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I have read some online commentary about the continuing lack of a woman nominee for Rotary International President. There are a few reasons why a woman has not yet been nominated and I think chief among them is a bias for long term senior position service in Rotary. The last six president nominees joined Rotary in 1974, 1976, two in 1978, and two in 1980. Thus, no man or woman who joined Rotary since 1980 has been nominated to be president and women first joined in 1987.

Should it really take 38 or more years of service to become Rotary president? Of course not. Paul Harris became president at the age of 42. My solution would be to allow past club presidents to stand to serve on the nominating committee for director and to stand for director. Currently, only past governors can serve. We should also allow past club presidents to serve as delegates to the council on legislation.

The Rotarians chosen to be president are truly highly qualified and have done and/or will do a great job. But I think Rotary would survive with some younger directors, Council members and international presidents who have belonged to Rotary for quite a bit under four decades. Rotary’s strategic planning process is an opportunity to look at governance issues and I encourage friends to write to the committee with whatever your views are and not to just complain online.

PS: I did not stand for president this year and will not do so in the future. My motive in writing this is to encourage Rotarian friends to look at the gender issue from another perspective and to encourage a dialogue to the strategic planning committee on larger governance issues.
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August 11, 2019 at 04:23AM