District Election Guidelines (2016)

This document is intended for distribution by district governors to their Rotary clubs at the time of the official call for nominations.

A fundamental principle of Rotary is that the best qualified candidate should be selected for service in elective offices. The RI Bylaws prohibit any effort by a candidate, a candidate’s supporter, or any Rotarian to influence the selection process in a positive or negative manner, including but not limited to, campaigning or canvassing. The RI Board developed these guidelines to assist Rotarians in better understanding election procedures:

For All Rotarians

  • Review and comply with RI’s election guidelines as explained in the following documents:

          - RI Bylaws: Articles 11, 13 and 14 

          - Rotary Code of Policies: Sections 17.030.3(A),17.040, 19.030, 26.070 and 26.080 

          (Note: You will find the above documents on www.Rotary.org at Learning & Reference -> Governance Documents.)

  • Avoid any actions designed to gain visibility, publicize candidates’ names and achievements, or give anyone an unfair advantage over someone else.

For Candidates

  • Immediately express disapproval in writing of any campaigning activities undertaken on your behalf and ask for the actions to cease.
  • Do not respond in a similar manner to another candidate’s improper activities.
  • Do not communicate with or visit clubs involved in the election, except to fulfill necessary functions. If there are any concerns that a current assignment or a new assignment may give an appearance of campaigning, consult with the district governor. Routine performance of assigned activities is not a violation of Rotary’s election policies.

District Governor

Steve Handrick
920-217-4232 (c)
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District 6220
Executive Assistant

Lisa VanderKelen
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