As requested by Rotary, all districts worldwide need to nominate a District Governor for the 2023-2024 Rotary year starting on 1 July 2023. The procedure is carried out over a period of time and there are certain deadlines that the Nominating Committee needs to abide by.
We plan to interview the proposed candidates on Friday 11 December 2020 in Johannesburg and if there are no challenges, the selected district Governor Nominee Designate will be announced on Monday 28 December. Should there be any challenges, the full procedure will be outlined.
We invite you to nominate Rotary members to be considered for this position. It truly is an exceptional experience (leading up to and including the Governor's year) and we know that there are many outstanding candidates waiting to be given the opportunity to lead the district.
The responsibility of serving as Governor is a four year commitment serving as District Governor Nominee, District Governor Elect, District Governor, and Immediate Past District Governor. The commitment requires time and focus on behalf of the nominee as well as the personal and professional circumstances to allow for that commitment.
As you consider this future leader, we outline the following qualifications for nominating a District Governor.
  1. The Rotarian must be a member in good standing of a club in the district.
  2. The Rotarian must have full qualifications for such membership in the strict application of the provisions, therefore, and the integrity of the member's classification must be without question.
  3. The Rotarian must be a member of a functioning club in good standing which has no outstanding indebtedness to RI or to the district as of the close of the year preceding that in which the Rotarian is proposed as a candidate for nomination for district governor.
  4. The Rotarian must have served as president of the club for a full year.
  5. The Rotarian must demonstrate willingness, commitment and ability, physically and otherwise, to fulfil the duties and responsibilities of the office of district governor as provided for in section 15.070 of the Manual of Procedure.
  6. The Rotarian must demonstrate knowledge of the qualifications, duties and responsibilities of district governor as prescribed in the bylaws and submit to RI through its general secretary, a signed statement that the Rotarian understands clearly such qualifications, duties and responsibilities. Such statement shall also confirm that the Rotarian is qualified for the office of district governor and willing and able to assume the duties and responsibilities of that office and to perform them faithfully.
  7. The Rotarian must have been a member of one or more Rotary Clubs for at least seven years.
Should you know a suitable candidate and the person is willing to serve as the District Governor 2023-2024, please submit a detailed CV, together with a signed completed copy of the attached Governor-nominee Designate Form.
These documents must reach IPDG Maurice Stander, Chairperson of the District Nominating Committee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by no later than 23 November 2020 (midnight).
Today is a historic moment - Africa is Polio Free! It has been four years without a single case of wild polio, the African region has been certified free of wild poliovirus. Decades of extraordinary investment has paid off. We need to recognise more than 1 million Rotary members who have donated their time and money to eradicate polio.This was our promise to the children of the world. Yet, the job is not finished as the focus needs to be on Pakistan and Afghanistan. These efforts must continue to prevent wild polio from returning and to end all forms of polio for good – both in Africa and globally. The end is in sight...
Rotary International President Holger Knaack and Nigeria National PolioPlus Chair Dr. Tunji Funsho congratulate Rotarians on eradicating wild polio in the African Region

This month we remember our Rotarians who have been called to higher service.

 We pay tribute to the following Rotarians:

PP Francois Pienaar (02/08/2020) (RC Rustenburg Kloof)

PP Cesare Vidulich (26/07/2020) (RC Rosebank)

PRID Tony Serrano (16/07/2020) (RC Bedfordview)

PP Marian Laserson (10/07/2020) (RC Rosebank)

PP Brian Leech (07/06/2020) (RC Rosebank)

PP John McCory (11/05/2020) (RC Gabarone)

Chesley Reynolds Perry, a Spanish-American War veteran and former Chicago Public Library employee, served as Rotary’s first secretary and is known as “the builder of Rotary International.”

While Rotary’s president changes every year, only 12 people have served as general secretary, a role that’s equivalent to a chief executive — and at 32 years, Perry served the longest.

In August 1910, the newly formed National Association of Rotary Clubs (now Rotary International) unanimously selected Perry for the role then known as secretary. He accepted the part-time position at $100 per month, with an agreement that the amount of time he’d devote would remain unspecified. By 1912, the job had evolved into a full-time executive role, and Perry’s pay was increased.

Perry’s own office on LaSalle Street in Chicago, Illinois, USA, served as the first headquarters of the association. By 1911, Rotary had established an office in the First National Bank Building at the intersection of Dearborn and Monroe in Chicago.

Perry concurrently served as editor and business manager of The Rotarian from 1911 to 1928, and he opened Rotary’s first international office, in Zurich, Switzerland, in February 1925. He oversaw the expansion of Rotary as it grew during his tenure from 16 clubs in the United States to more than 5,000 worldwide. His title was officially changed to general secretary in 1941-42, his final year in office.

"If I can in truth be called the architect, Ches can with equal truth be called the builder of Rotary International."

— Rotary founder Paul P. Harris, “My Road to Rotary” (1948)

Perry had announced his plans to retire in 1940, but agreed to remain in his post while the organization trained his successor, Philip C. Lovejoy. A number of clubs sought to nominate Perry for RI president in 1942-43, but he declined, saying, “I am gratefully conscious of the high compliment thereby being paid to me.”

After retiring, Perry remained a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago, which he’d joined in 1908. But he wasn’t done being a leader, and served as club president in 1944-45. In 1954, Rotary offered him the title “secretary emeritus” to honor his years of service, but he again declined, preferring the role of ordinary Rotarian.

Perry died on 21 February 1960 at the age of 87.


Chesley R. Perry, 1910-42
Philip C. Lovejoy, 1942-52
George R. Means, 1953-72
Harry A. Stewart, 1972-78
Herbert A. Pigman, 1979-86; 1993-95
Philip H. Lindsey, 1986-89
Hugh M. Archer, 1989-90
Spencer Robinson Jr., 1990-93
Geoffrey S. Large, 1995-97
S. Aaron Hyatt, 1997-2000
Edwin H. Futa, 2000-11
John P. Hewko, 2011-present

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Jennifer E. Jones, of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, is the selection of the

Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2022-23.

Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.

Jones will officially become president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge her.

Jones says she sees Rotary’s Action Plan as a catalyst for increasing Rotary’s impact.

“As we reflect upon our new strategic priorities, we could have never envisioned that our ability to adapt would become our North Star during what is inarguably the most profound time in recent history,” Jones said in her vision statement. “Silver linings rise out of the most challenging circumstances. Using metric-driven goals, I will harness this historic landscape to innovate, educate, and communicate opportunities that reflect today’s reality.”

As the first woman to be nominated to be president, Jones understands how important it is to follow through on Rotary’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement. “I believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion … begins at the top and for us to realize growth in female membership and members under the age of forty — these demographics need to see their own reflection in leadership,” Jones said. “I will champion double-digit growth in both categories while never losing sight of our entire family.”

Jones is founder and president of Media Street Productions Inc., an award-winning media company in Windsor. She was chair of the board of governors of the University of Windsor and chair of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. She has been recognized for her service with the YMCA Peace Medallion, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and Wayne State University’s Peacemaker of the Year Award, a first for a Canadian. Jones holds a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.).

A current Rotary Foundation trustee, Jones has been a Rotary member since 1997 and has served Rotary as RI vice president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator, and district governor. She played a lead role in Rotary’s rebranding effort by serving as chair of the Strengthening Rotary’s Advisory Group. She is the co-chair of the End Polio Now Countdown to History Campaign Committee, which aims to raise $150 million for polio eradication efforts.

Jones recently led the successful #RotaryResponds telethon, which raised critical funds for COVID-19 relief and was viewed by more than 65,000. Jones has also received Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. She and her husband, Nick Krayacich, are members of The Rotary Foundation’s Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris Society, and the Bequest Society.

The members of the Nominating Committee for the 2022-23 President of Rotary International are: Robert L. Hall, Dunwoody, Metro Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Bradford R. Howard Oakland Uptown, California, USA; Per Høyen, Aarup, Gelsted, Denmark; Peter Iblher, Nürnberg-Reichswald, Zirndorf, Germany; Ashok Mahajan, Mulund, Mah., India; Sam Okudzeto, Accra, Accra, Ghana; Eduardo San Martín Carreño, Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain; Takeshi Matsumiya, Chigasaki-Shonan, Chigasaki Kanagawa, Japan; Michael K. McGovern (secretary), Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA; José Alfredo Pretoni, São Paulo-Sul, São Paulo, Brazil; Saowalak Rattanavich, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand; Hendreen Dean Rohrs, Langley Central, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada; Kenneth M. Schuppert, Jr (chair)., Decatur, Alabama, USA; Ravindra P. Sehgal, Belur, West Bengal, India; Noel Trevaskis, Merimbula, Tura Beach, Australia; Giuseppe Viale, Genova, Genova, Italy; and Chang-Gon Yim, Daegu-West, Daegu, Korea.

— By Ryan Hyland