Dale Basham


Fasten your seatbelts – we’re about to be the envy of Indiana. Hoosiers will ask, “How did you get here, from there?” Meet the candidate that’s reshaping District 34.

Dale Basham began his career as a high school English, speech, and drama teacher. After directing the high school theatre company for fifteen years, he began to realize that guidance counselors were not advising students of the importance of the arts. He returned to Ball State University to study Guidance and Counseling and became a guidance counselor. After ten years, he began to lament school leaders’ lack of appreciation for the arts and the role of guidance counselors in the overall operation of a high school. Basham returned, once again, to Ball State University to study School Leadership. Dale became a high school principal. After retiring, he was elected to serve on the Muncie School Board of Trustees.

Dale’s heart for serving his community led him to join the Muncie Rotary Club. He was elected president of the club in 2014. Since 2010, he has served as the Education Director for Muncie Rotary, Co-Chair of the 2016 Rotary District 6560 Conference, and as a member of The Rotary Foundation Fundraising Team of 6560. He was chairman of the RI District 6560 Conference at The Indianapolis Children’s Museum in April 2017 and chairs the RI District 6560 High School Speech Contest. In July 2018, Dale was inaugurated as Governor of Rotary International District 6560. He has inspired audiences around the world with his heart of service and his powerful messages about production, presentation, education, diversity, and inclusion.

Dale Basham currently serves as Chairman of the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, Business-Education Partnership, President of the Muncie Fire Merit Commission, and President of the Muncie Downtown Development Partnership.