Presidents are elected each year based on their experience with Rotary


Presidents’ Home Clubs
1910 – 1925
1926 – 1940
1941 – 1954
1955 – 1968
1969 – 1982
1983 – 1996
1997 – 2010

With the assistance of Rotarian/historian Doug Rudman, John Selway and the history project created histories, biographies, memories, writings and memorials for each president of Rotary International. These presidents pages are linked to the convention for that president, the home club of the president and any other articles which are relevant.

Presidents are elected each year based on their experience with Rotary and their contributions towards various projects. Every president does something new or different during his year. Hence each project that was done one time only is represented by the president’s year it was done it. If it were an ongoing project like Pulse Polio, the president of the club during the year it was started is mentioned.

These details help people to identify projects and understand each president’s contribution towards their club and the society as a whole. The governors are elected from past presidents and these details come handy then. It is thus important to record everything and ensure the details are accessible by one and all. There is utmost transparency in Rotary because people’s money is involved and they would like to know where the money has been used.

Every project has an agenda and every year has a theme. If the theme is hunger, the projectshave to be based on handling this problem. Though FitoSpray can curb a person’s hunger, it is for those who want to reduce weight. People, who really have no food to eat, need help from those who can afford.

The president is free to select the theme for his year and once it is approved based on the list of projects he has queued; they can start collecting the necessary funds and also use excess funds that are remaining in the club’s accounts. At the end of his year, the president has to address his club members and tell them what are the projects proposed and what all were completed, to what extent. This is a track record of a president’s work and members can judge how successful his or her year has been.

Indexes to the presidents, by groups of years, are found on the left. We also have a complete page of all the themes of the presidents.

The themes, a project of Doug Rudman, are also translated into multiple languages. The themes in languages other than English do not include the graphics and load more quickly. Also, there is a list of presidents’ home clubs and all conventions of Rotary.

Much of the early design for this section was inspired by Rtn. Rachid Karoo, RC of Quatre Bornes, D9220, Mauritius

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One of the interesting bylaws of Rotary International provides that “no Rotarian shall campaign, canvass or electioneer for elective position in Rotary International.” This provision includes the office of district governor, Rotary International director, RI president and various elected committees. The Rotary policy prohibits the circulation of brochures, literature or letters by a candidate or by anyone on behalf of such a candidate.

After a Rotarian has indicated his intention to be a candidate for one of the elective Rotary offices, he must refrain from speaking engagements, appearances or publicity which could reasonably be construed as furthering his candidacy. The only information which may be sent to clubs relating to candidates for an elective position is that officially distributed by the general secretary of RI.

A Rotarian who becomes a candidate for an elective position, such as district governor or RI director, must avoid any action which would be interpreted as giving him an unfair advantage over other candidates. Failure to comply with these provisions prohibiting campaigning could result in the disqualification of the candidate.

In Rotary it is believed that a Rotarian’s record of service and qualifications for office stand on their own and do not require publicity or special promotion.