Committees

Rotarians appointed to committees by the Rotary International president help ensure clubs and districts perform efficiently. All RI committees promote the priorities and goals of Rotary’s strategic plan.

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2016 International Assembly Committee

This committee assists the president-elect in planning the International Assembly and ensures effective and consistent training of incoming governors. 

Chair

John F. Germ


2016 Seoul Convention

This committee assists the president in planning the Rotary International Convention.

Co-chairs

Kazuhiko Ozawa

Ian H.S. Riseley


2016 Seoul Convention Promotion

This committee promotes attendance at the Rotary International Convention.

Chair

Ronald L. Beaubien


2017 Atlanta Convention

This committee assists the president in planning the Rotary International Convention.

Chair

Barry Matheson


Audit

This committee reviews and reports to the Board on RI and Rotary Foundation financial reports, the external audit, system of internal control, internal audit, and other related matters.

Chair

Robert L. Hall


Board Council on Legislation Advisory

This committee advises the Board on Council matters, including proposed legislation and the Board's roles and responsibilities at the Council. The committee also drafts statements of support or opposition for consideration by the Board.

Chair

John F. Germ


Communications

This committee guides and advises the Board on effective ways to communicate who Rotary is and what we do to Rotarians, clubs, and districts and to the general public. Rotary’s communication tools include printed publications, websites and social media, and multimedia materials.

Chair

John C. Smarge


Constitution and Bylaws

This committee serves as counsel to the Board on all matters related to Rotary’s constitutional documents and legislative procedures.

Chair

Kenneth M. Schuppert


Council Operations

This committee recommends the rules of procedure and the order in which legislation is considered by the Council on Legislation, drafts amendments to legislation to correct defects, makes necessary correlative amendments to the constitutional documents, and prepares a report of the Council.

Chair

William Duane Benton

Co-chair

Eric E.L. Adamson


Districting

This committee reviews minimum standards for districts and recommends any needed adjustments of district boundaries to the Board.

Chair

Karen K. Wentz


E-Club

This committee reviews the clarity and effectiveness of RI policy governing Rotary e-clubs and makes recommendations to the RI Board to enhance their long-term growth and success.

Chair

Charlotte Ahlberg


Election Review

This committee reviews cases involving complaints or disputes over an election to any RI office, such as charges of canvassing, campaigning, or electioneering, and any related matters.

Chair

Kenneth W. Grabeau


Finance

This committee advises the Board on all RI finances. It recommends the annual budget and five-year financial forecast, reviews financial statement activity, monitors revenues and expenses, recommends investment policies, and monitors the performance of investment managers.

Chair

Steven A. Snyder


Joint Committee on Alumni Relations

This committee advises the Board on alumni matters. It coordinates and strategizes activities to expand and promote Rotary’s alumni network and associations.

Chair

G. Kenneth Morgan


Joint Committee on Partnerships

This committee reviews and recommends current and potential partnerships and sponsorships. It also recommends a process for assessing partnerships.

Chair

Stephen R. Brown


Member Benefit

This committee assists in the implementation of the member benefit initiative, Rotary Global Rewards.

Chair

David J. Harilela


Membership

This committee guides and advises the Board on membership development, retention, and education. It considers developing programs to recruit members, educate and retain members, and encourage the formation of new Rotary clubs in countries that already have clubs.

Chair

Allan O. Jagger


New Generations

This committee advises the Board on matters related to Rotary’s fifth Avenue of Service, especially on meaningful ways to engage young people. It also guides and informs the Membership, Rotaract and Interact, Joint Committee on Alumni Relations, Rotary Youth Exchange, and RYLA Committees.

Chair

Holger Knaack


Operations Review

This committee advises the Board by reviewing the effectiveness and efficiency of operations, administrative procedures, standards of conduct, and other operational and financial matters.

Chair

Mark Daniel Maloney


President's Advisory

This committee assists the president during his year in office. It counsels the president on the need to align his or her annual goals and programs with Rotary’s strategic plan.

Chair

Luis V. Giay


Reach Out to Africa Committee

This committee enhances Rotary in Africa in the areas of projects development, partnerships with Rotary clubs and districts in other countries, use of RI and Rotary Foundation resources, involvement in Rotary programs, and membership growth.

Chair

Patrick D. Chisanga


Rotaract and Interact

This committee advises the Board on the Rotaract and Interact programs. It reviews policies for promoting and strengthening cooperation, mentoring, and reverse mentoring between Rotarians and Rotaractors, as well as policies related to advancing Interact’s purpose of leadership development and service. Under the direction of the president, the committee plans and develops program content for the Rotaract Preconvention.

Co-chairs

Yen-Shen Hsieh
Florian Wackermann


Rotarian Action Groups

This committee guides and advises the Board on the Rotarian Action Groups program. It assists groups seeking official Rotarian Action Group status with the application process and considers requests for alternative funding models.

Chair

Kalyan M. Banerjee


Rotary Fellowships

This committee guides and advises the Board on the Rotary Fellowships program. It assists groups seeking official Rotary Fellowship status with the application process.

Chair

Serge Gouteyron


RYLA

This committee advises the Board on the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program. It reviews policies for incorporating the evaluation of outcomes and meaningful engagement with participants at the district level. Under the president’s direction, the committee plans and develops program content for the International RYLA meeting.

Chair

Richard A. Baines


Strategic Planning

This committee advises the Board by developing, recommending, and updating Rotary’s strategic plan.

Chair

Shekhar Mehta


Vocational Service

This committee guides and advises the Board on strategies for promoting vocational service.

Chair

Frank N. Goldberg


Youth Exchange

This committee advises the Board on the Rotary Youth Exchange program. It reviews related issues and suggestions, including input on the development review stage. Under the president’s direction, the committee plans and develops program content for the Youth Exchange Officers Preconvention Meeting.

Chair

Guillermo A. Lopez Portillo Gerardo