GRANVILLE — Service above self is one of the central tenets with Rotary International, and some members take that to heart. Putnam County Rotarian Scott Shore is one of those people, and in recognition of that, he has been nominated to serve as District Governor for Illinois Rotary for the 2016-17 term. Shore has been a member of Rotary for more than 35 years and carries a lot of credentials in district Rotary.
Shore served as president of the Granville Rotary in 1984-85 and has edited the local newsletter since 1986. He has served two terms as Governor’s Representative and one term as Assistant Governor. He is also the chair of the short-term youth exchange program, a position he has held since 2008.
“I’ll be serving during the 2016-17 term. Until then, I watch and learn and assist at the district level and work on building our future leadership,” Shore said. “I have a lot of mentoring behind me from people who have served as district governor. They’ve all enjoyed the experience. I get the opportunity to go around to all the clubs and see what’s going on first-hand and participate internationally.”
Shore is retiring as 10th Judicial Circuit Judge on Nov. 30 this year. He has served on the bench since 1990 and will return to private practice. It is his retirement that helped him make the decision to accept the nomination for the office.
“I would not have been able to do that while also serving as circuit judge, because of the time constraints, particularly during daytime hours,” Shore said. “When I made the decision to not run for another term as circuit judge, that indicated to myself that the time was right to finally do this. It’s been a dream to eventually participate at that level.”