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2017-18 Nominating Committee for RI President will also select RI President for next Rotary year

19 July 2017 485 views No Comment


Rotary International has a line of succession that is planned out years in advance. Owori's death raised many questions among Rotary clubs as to how the vacancy would be filled, and what steps Rotary would take to ensure continuity and a smooth transition of leadership.

Finding a new person to fulfill the role of President-elect is governed by RI Bylaws section 6.080. After consultation with senior staff, as well as the Board's own procedures for nominating the President, Riseley authorized several procedures to take place to find Owori's successor.

They included:

Selection of the 2017-18 RI President-elect shall be made by the 2017-18 Nominating Committee for RI President, with an extra day added to provide extra time to interview candidates and make a selection

All eligible candidates who submitted their names for consideration by the 2016-17 Nominating Committee for RI President will be contacted by the general secretary and asked whether they wish to be considered for selection by the 2017-18 committee.

No other candidates will be considered for selection by the committee.

Making ineligible members of the 2017-18 Nominating Committee who were candidates in 2016, per the RI Bylaws.

After determining which 2016 candidates wish to be considered by the committee, the general secretary will provide an electronic ballot to the members of the 2017-18 Nominating Committee asking each member to select the top six candidates for in-person interviews.

Background materials submitted by the candidates in 2016 will be forwarded to this year’s committee with the ballot.

The 2017-18 Nominating Committee will meet on Monday, 7 August, to select its candidate for RI President-nominee, as previously planned, and Tuesday, 8 August, to select its candidate for RI President-elect.

In accordance with June 2017 Board decision B-9-d, any committee members not voting for their top six candidates will not attend the 8 August meeting.

The period for challenging the nominating committee’s selection of the President-elect shall expire on 1 September 2017

Based on this timetable, Rotary International expects to be able to name the new President-elect sometime in September 2017.

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