We will begin accepting nominations for 2019-2020 on 1 October 2019.

Nomination Criteria is listed below according the Rotary Code of Policies. Questions on the form will be related to these criteria.

Nominees must be Rotarians in good standing.  They must have demonstrated exemplary continuing humanitarian service, in any form and at any level.  There should be an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary.  The award will not be given solely in recognition of one’s performance in an elected or appointed Rotary assignment.  Personal financial contributions to Rotary, its Foundation, or any individual project are not relevant considerations for this award.


Please Note: We will not accept paper applications, all nominations must be submitted through the online form available 1-October. 



This special issue of Training Talk is dedicated to district trainers. Share this information with other trainers in your district.

Learning Center update
The Learning Center has more than 450 courses for members and club and district officers. Before your next in-person training, ask participants to complete one or more of the courses in the Learning Center to prepare them for your event.

Here are some courses to recommend: 

·         Grant Management Seminar 

·         Rotary Foundation Basics

·         Membership courses

And be sure to promote these resources to club officers:

·         Club President Basics

·         Club Secretary Basics

·         Club Treasurer Basics

The club officer courses in English now reflect the recent Council on Legislation (COL) changes and we’ve updated the format of the materials from PDF documents to interactive learning modules. The updated courses will be available in more languages by the end of December.

For a full list of courses, see the Learning Center course catalog.

Leader’s guides for your training events
Are you looking for ideas for your next training event? Our leader’s guides include suggested speaking points, activities, and worksheets. Customize them to suit your needs. Share these links (available at rotary.org/trainers) with your facilitators:

·         District Membership Seminar Leader’s Guide

·         District Public Image Seminar Guide

·         District Rotary Foundation Seminar Leader’s Guide

·         District Team Training Seminar Leader’s Guide

·         District Trainer Seminar Leader’s Guide

·         District Training Assembly Leader’s Guide

·         Governors-nominee Training Seminar Leader’s Guide

·         Grant Management Seminar Leader’s Guide

·         Leadership in Action Leader’s Guide

·         Presidents-elect Training Seminar Leader’s Guide

In addition to these guides, the Train the Trainer Seminar Leader’s Guide offers topics and worksheets you can customize for training event facilitators.

Look for the new Vibrant Club Workshop Leader’s Guide early next year. This workshop will combine the district membership seminar, district Rotary Foundation seminar, and district public image seminar as of July 2020, and will help clubs engage members in more interactive discussions around these topics.

Use the Practice Lab to train in My Rotary
Have participants practice adding members, updating club data, and more in My Rotary without the risk of posting publicly or changing a record. Practice Lab accounts have a fake district and club created for people to try different tasks and review the results. If you’d like a Practice Lab account for future training, complete this form.

Access Learning Center reports
Find out which courses members in your district are taking in the Learning Center by requesting access to usage reports. People in these roles can receive weekly reports by email:

·         District governors-elect

·         District trainers

·         District Rotary Foundation committee chairs

·         District membership chairs

If you’re serving in one of these roles and want to receive the reports, complete the Access to Learning Center Reports course in the Learning Center. You can find the course on the My Dashboard page or by searching for it on rotary.org/learn.

We’re here to support you in your training efforts. Send your questions and suggestions to the Learning and Development staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


By Thineskumar Asokokumara, past president of the Rotary Club of Subang, Malaysia.

In June, my company held interviews to fill an opening for manager of our Kuala Lumpur support center. We are a company of over 2,000 employees listed on NASDAQ and worth multi-millions of dollars. The interview was no small thing. A panel of four including our senior vice president judged the candidates. I would not have even considered applying if it were not for Rotary.

Going in, I was a considerable underdog. Several people who applied were my seniors in experience and tenure with the company. Some of them had been working at our company since day one. I was no match for them.

I initially decided to apply for the position just to make my presence known in the organization and to gain exposure and experience. Little did I know that my involvement in Rotary would make me a real contender.

During the interview, in addition to talking about my educational background and technical skills, I shared the many ways I have been involved with my Rotary club and the experience that I have gained. I explained how I have grown both personally and professionally. The leadership qualities Rotary has instilled in me have made me a better person both at work and at home. I was able to speak with confidence as I pitched my ideas to the panel about how I would lead the team toward achieving the goals and targets management has set.

Rotary’s reputation itself added credibility to my presentation, and the panel was impressed. They rated my presentation the best and called it fabulous. Although I walked in an underdog, I walked out a proud Rotarian, convinced of the many ways Rotary has made me a better person.

I am now manager of my organization’s support office in Kuala Lumpur. This would not have been possible without Rotary, which has made me the person I am today. Rotary continues to teach me valuable lessons as I grow my personal and professional skills.

This is my #RotaryStory. What’s yours?

Thineskumar Asokokumara

Thineskumar Asokokumara