Dawn Welch is the new president of Rogue Gateway Rotary. She became president of her club July 1, and is leading a board whose members include Steve Roe, president elect; Gina Marie Agosta, president nominee; Tommi Drake, secretary; Laurel Samson, treasurer; and Janie Duewel, immediate past president. Other board members are Mike Bird, James Dunn, Greg Fishwick, Jan Jones, Win Howard, Lutz Kramer, Kelly Moodie, and Doug Walker.
Dawn Welch graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. After relocating to Salem with her husband and sons, she held a position with the State Board of Psychologist Examiners prior to moving to southern Oregon.
Welch had a 28-year career in healthcare fundraising, retiring in 2015 as director of the Asante Foundation. She was an original member of Pathways to Care Network, is a member of the Four Way Community Foundation Board, and serves as an advisory board member for Rogue Community College. Past service includes the Grants Pass School District 7 Curriculum Committee and the Grants Pass/Josephine County Bikeways Committee.
A noted runner, she competed in the first Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials. Other personal pursuits include cycling, traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with family as often as possible.
Rogue Gateway Rotary organizes and hosts Porchfest, is a major supporter of Foundry Village, recently constructed a tranquility garden at the Josephine County Senior Resource Center, and participates annually in the Duck Derby.