Serving With The Best
The Rotary Clubs of District 5320 are dedicated to humanitarian service, working “hands on” and through support of The Rotary Foundation. The District Governor and the District 5320 team help to provide clubs and Rotarians with necessary resources, education, motivation and inspiration to grow membership and increase their ability to serve others. If you are interested in serving Rotary beyond your club, let the Governor know! We’re waiting for your call!
Governor Selection Process
It is a matter of passage in Rotary, that on July 1 of every year, a new Governor assumes responsibility for our, and every, District. This brings a new theme, new responsibilities in the various committees, and, hopefully, a consistency of focus to attract new and keep current members, to make the world a better place, and to build awareness of our work.
“The governor is charged with the duty of furthering the Object of Rotary by providing leadership and supervision of the clubs in the district. The governor shall inspire and motivate them and ensure continuity within the district.” according to the Rotary International Bylaws.
There are sections in various documents addressing the qualifications and duties of the Governor that can be found in the Manual of Procedure; to make it easier for the average Rotarian to access and understand, these have been posted on our District’s website.
Our District Nominating Committee is comprised of four Past Presidents of Clubs in our District who are elected at the District Assembly each year, and the three immediate Past District Governors. The current Governor is an “ex officio” member of the committee. Charged with the “duty to seek out and propose the best available candidate for governor-nominee” they meet each fall, in accordance with the bylaws, to interview and select our future District’s Governor,
The Governor Designate will quickly find a new, expanded circle of friends, peers, mentors, and trainers and will begin, with them, a schedule of sessions and seminars, refining skills and techniques, and, along the way, acquiring an entirely new perspective of Rotary. The Nominee-Elect attends all District meetings and events, expanding knowledge of the operation of District 5320 and working with the current Governor on the important task of building appreciation, understanding, and support of The Rotary Foundation.
The Governor Nominee continues in the following year seeing, meeting, and learning – visiting Rotary Clubs and making new friends and contacts.
The Governor Elect year is one of more learning, but mostly planning and assembling the team of Rotarians that will serve on and lead the various committees that assist the Clubs.
The Governor year is a period of meeting, listening, executing or adapting plans, inspiring, motivating, and occasionally, correcting.
One need not be retired from one’s profession to serve as Governor; however a strong administrative and management support structure in one’s business is helpful, particularly during the year as Governor. Rotary International and District 5320 pay the expenses of attending training in the Governor Nominee and Governor Elect years, and for the Governor. The Governor Elect and the Governor also attend the Rotary International Convention as representatives of our District. Although most of the expenses for the Governor are reimbursed, there may be some expenses that will not be covered by Rotary International and District allocations, such as gifts for staff or other personal items.
The District Nominating Committee, based upon interviews and a candidate’s experience, selects the most qualified Rotarian in the District to become the District Governor Nominee. The District Governor is not an elected position and campaigning or canvassing for selection as District Governor is grounds for disqualification. As with all elective offices in Rotary “any effort to influence the selection process for an elective office in positive or negative manner by campaigning, canvassing, electioneering or otherwise is prohibited.”
All Clubs will be asked to submit suggestions for nominations for Governor, and these “..should be in the form of a resolution adopted at a regular meeting of the Club naming the suggested candidate.” The Home Club of the Governor should be prepared to sponsor various District events and activities financially and, in some cases, to provide staffing.
The Governor’s role includes many social situations, and a partner or good friend certainly makes the experience more enjoyable. The network of Past Governors proves to be a valuable asset at these events and in all stages of the Governor’s preparation and service. The members of the Nominating Committee are available to answer questions about the process, and there will be a reception for interested Rotarians with a forum of Past Governors addressing the various components of this wonderful experience.
Timeline for Selection of the Governor:
August (or thereabouts) – Workshop – The Path to Leadership – 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Rotary District 5320 Training Center..
September (or thereabouts) – Applications due to Rotary District 5320 office (must be received by date)
September (or thereabouts) – Interviews and selection, Rotary District 5320 Training Center
Nominating Committee Chair Jim Paddock
Supplemental Candidate Information (Please complete both forms)