Rotary International 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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2017 International Assembly Committee

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

Chair

Ian Riseley


2017 Atlanta Convention

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

Chair

Barry Matheson


2017 Atlanta Convention Promotion

This committee promotes attendance at the Rotary International Convention.

Chair

Paul A. Netzel


2018 Toronto Convention

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

Chair

Gordon R. McInally


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

Michael Colasurdo


Communications

This committee guides and advises the Board on effective ways to communicate what Rotary is and what we do, to Rotarians, clubs and districts, and 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

Juin Park


Districting

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

Chair

Karen K. Wentz


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

Yash P. Das


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


Global Networking Groups

This committee guides and advises the Board on Rotarian Action Groups, and Rotary Fellowships, and on strategies for promoting vocational service. It also assists Global Networking Groups with applications for official status and considers requests from Rotarian Action Groups for alternative funding models.

Chair

Robert L. Hall


Leadership Development and Training

This committee guides and advises the Board on Rotary’s leadership training program for Rotary members, clubs, and districts, with special emphasis on district governor training.

Chair

Richard L. Panyik


Member Benefits

This committee assists in the implementation of the member benefits 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

Larry A. Lunsford


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


Joint Committee on Partnerships

This committee advises the Board on partnership and sponsorship matters.

Chair

Stephen R. Brown


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

Tommie Buscemi
Laura Sophie Verdegaal


Strategic Planning

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

Chair

Stephanie A. Urchick


Young Leaders and Alumni Engagement

This committee advises the Board on building loyalty and encouraging ongoing connections to Rotary with our current Rotary program participants, Rotary alumni, and other youth and young professionals.

Chair

Holger Knaack


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.

Chair

Ekkehard Musick


Zone Review

This committee will review the current composition of Rotary zones and recommend any future realignment to the Board.

Chair

Michael K. McGovern