October 24, 2019
Becoming District Governor

Have you thought about serving as District Governor?

by | Oct 24, 2019 | MOJO Blog

Serving as a Rotary District Governor is the honor of a lifetime.  It is an awesome responsibility, and offers such tremendous leadership opportunity. Individuals that serve in this capacity are recognized leaders, nominated by their clubs to fill this important role. As Governor, you are the official representative of Rotary International in our District. As Governor, your role is to inspire Rotary members and clubs, and engage the general public in the important role fulfilled by Rotary in our community. District Governors serve for one full Rotary year, from July 1 to June 30, and are very actively engaged in District decision-making leading up to their year as Governor.

As your journey begins

The road to becoming District Governor starts roughly 3 years before assuming office with your nomination as District Governor Nominee Designate. Training to become Governor takes a full 2 1/2 years.  Applicants for the position must fulfill certain requirements, including 1) having previously served as President of a Rotary club, and 2) being a member of Rotary for at least seven years by the time they become District Governor.

After your selection to the DGND role, you’ll immediately become involved with 2020 High Country PETS planning with the current DGE and DGN.  In July 2020, after ascending to the DGN you will have an opportunity to travel to the Leadership Institute (TBD) and the Zone Institute in Houston (Sept 2020).  You should be prepared to travel (with your partner).  The district will reimburse you and spouse for all of your training travel.

As DGE, you and your partner will have an opportunity to travel to the 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston, TX.  And as DG in 2022-2023 you and your partner will have the opportunity to attend the 2023 Rotary International Convention (TBD).

Learn more about serving as District Governor by downloading Lead Your District: Governor, published by Rotary International. 

The District 5630 Nominating Committee is now accepting completed application forms for Governor of District 5630 for Rotary Year 2022 – 2023. The application deadline is December 31, 2019. As provided in our District 5630 Bylaws, the composition of the Nominating Committee shall be composed of the five most recent Past District Governors. One member shall be the immediate Past District Governor and the other four Past District Governor members shall be active members who reside in and are members of a club within the District.  In 2019-2020 these members will be PDG Dale Schultz (Chair), PDG Jerry Milner, PDG Don Peterson, PDG Koby Rickertson and PDG Ron Bazata.

All nominations must be submitted on the District Governor-Nominee Application Form. Fully completed forms accompanied by a recent photograph should be directed to:

Dale Schultz, IPDG
Chair, District 5630 Nominating Committee
1312 Sheridan Dr.
Hastings, NE 68901

Qualifications for District Governor are prescribed by the Rotary International Manual of Procedure (RIMOP). The RIMOP Article 16 stipulates that

16.010. Qualifications of a Governor-nominee.  Unless excused by the board, the person selected as a governor-nominee shall at the time of selection:

  1. be a member in good standing of a functioning club in the district;
  2. have served as club president for a full term or as charter president for at least six months;
  3. demonstrate willingness, commitment, and ability to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of a governor in section 16.030.;
  4. demonstrate knowledge of the qualifications, duties, and responsibilities of the governor as prescribed in the bylaws; and
  5. submit to RI a statement that the Rotarian understands those qualifications, duties, and responsibilities is qualified for the office of governor and is willing and able to assume and faithfully perform those duties and responsibilities.

16.020. Qualifications of a Governor.  Unless excused by the board, a governor, when taking office, must have attended the international assembly for its full duration, have been a Rotarian for at least seven years, and continue to possess the qualifications in section 16.010.

Please consult the Rotary International Manual of Procedure for complete details and qualifications.

By PDG Scott McLaughlin

District Governor 2019-2020
PDG Scott is currently serving as an Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 29 (Region 36). Scott is a member of the Paul Harris Society and Major Donor.Scott is a Rotarian in the Kearney Dawn Rotary Club of Kearney, NE

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