Rotary International President (2018-19)
Club Presidential Citation (PDF)
District Governor Brian Barstead (2018-19)
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Meet Your District Governor 2018-19 – Brian Barstead
A lifelong resident of Central Illinois, Brian was born in Lincoln IL and his family moved to Springfield soon thereafter. . Raised by a divorced working mom, Brian was educated in Springfield Public Schools and graduated from Springfield High in 1976. Brian went on to graduate from Illinois State University with two bachelors’ degrees in Biology and Medical Technology in 1981. After working in a clinical lab for two years, Brian met his wife Nancy and they were married in 1983.
Brian obtained an MBA with a Finance and Marketing emphasis from the University of IL at Springfield ( formerly known as Sangamon State ) in 1986 and changed careers. Brian helps clients with financial planning, investments, retirement planning and estate planningas a Certified Financial Planner, and Private Wealth Advisor Franchise owner with Ameriprise Financial. Brian was elected twice by his Franchise Advisor peers in IL/IN/KY/MO to represent them on the company’s Regional Franchise Advisory Council. During his tenure he spent nearly 18 years in management with the company.
Brian joined Rotary in 1990 and has served in various club roles including Club President. He also has served at the district level on District Conference planning committees, two years as Editor for the “Four Way Today” District Newsletter, three years as District Treasurer and three years as Assistant Governor. Brian has served on the boards of the Lincoln Memorial Garden, Parent Place and the American Cancer Society Central IL and played bass clarinet, announced and served as volunteer marketing director with the Springfield Municipal Band. For his community efforts outside of Rotary, Brian received the John Giavaras Community Service Award from District 6460.
Brian and his wife Nancy currently reside in Rochester, Illinois and they have one son, Alex, who works in e-marketing in Seattle, WA. Nancy was a microbiologist with the Illinois State Department of Public Health and St John’s Hospital and retired in June of 2018. They also have a West Highland Terrier, Lucy, who was introduced to the family when Brian emceed a District Conference breakfast in 2006. Lucy was bred by two Mississippi Rotarians: the late Past District Governor (PDG) DH Short and his wife, Kathie, who also served as a DG in 2017-18— so, technically, we like to call her a Roterrierian.
Brian is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a Paul Harris Society member.
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The Five Avenues of Service
Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding.
We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.
Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest.
Learn more in Communities in Action: A Guide to Effective Projects and this Community Service presentation (PPT).