Michael Davidson – District Governor, 2018-2019, Rotary International District 7530
Rotary Club of Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
Michael (Mike) Davidson brings a wealth of Rotary experience. As a 20-year Rotarian, he served as president of two Rotary clubs, as an assistant governor, district directory publisher, district Rotaract chair and served on district Membership Committees. Mike actively participated in projects such as the Christmas Shoebox, microcredit and Bikes 4 Good Grades projects in Mexico; the Butterfly Club project fundraisers (wigs for cancer victims); and dictionary projects for local third graders.
He is a strong supporter of the Rotary Foundation and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. He’s also a Sustaining Member, a Benefactor and member of the Bequest Society of the Foundation.
Mike Davidson grew up in the Ohio Valley and graduated from high school and college in Wheeling. He completed Navy pilot training and served our country as a commissioned officer around the world. Mike believes his purpose in life is to help others down their own paths. After nearly 30 years of flying, he retired to the high desert of Arizona, bought a Harley and began his service in Rotary.
He spent most of his naval career flying EC-130 Hercules aircraft, providing backup communications to our nation’s ballistic missile submarines. He notes his most challenging Navy assignments were consecutive tours in Hawaii. “Tough duty, but someone had to do it,” he said. After retiring from the Navy, Mike was a Defense industry vice president and program manager of a $300 million contract.
Mike has been active in other community efforts, such as serving on the Board of the Greater Sierra Vista (AZ) Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Vista Municipal Airport Advisory Board. He has also served as a judge in multiple Miss America Organization pageants in Arizona.
Mike’s partner Vicki Hughes, a high school classmate, is also a Wheeling Rotary Club member and a Paul Harris Fellow. She’s always there to support him in many of their club and district service projects. They are both avid sports fans of the Steelers and WVU Mountaineers.