DEARBORN – Jim Ives was named Rotarian of the Year by the Rotary Club of Dearborn.
Ives, a 20-year club member, served as club president in 1997-98 and as governor of District 6400 during Rotary International’s centennial year in 2005.
Each year the club recognizes one of its members for his or her many volunteers activities on behalf of Rotary.
“Even though Jim has served Rotary in numerous capacities that include positions at the district, zone and international levels, he continues to regularly support our club by serving as webmaster and photographer for our weekly meetings and numerous events held throughout the year,” said Hassen Hammoud, president-elect and chair of this year’s nominating committee.
Ives and his wife, Diane, who also is a Dearborn Rotarian, frequently attend and speak at Rotary conferences throughout the country. In 2001, Ives traveled to Nigeria to participate in a Polio National Immunization Day and also to South Africa to attend the African President Conference.
In recent years, the Ives’ youngest son served as a Rotary Youth Exchange student to Finland and their older son traveled to Kenya to work on a Rotary project.
Ives is executive vice president and co-owner of Rose Pest Solutions in Dearborn and served as president of the Michigan Pest Control Association for two years.
“It is an honor to be included in the group that has gone before me with this award,” Ives said. “Even though service is what we are supposed to do, it is nice to be recognized for serving.”