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Nominations of candidates to serve as District Governor in 2022-2023 are due to District Governor Ellie Patterson on or before July 31, 2019.  Any club may nominate a candidate who is a member of that club or a member of another club (with the other club’s concurrence).  Candidate interviews occur during the month of September 2019.
Candidate Qualifications:  The RI Manual of Procedure spells out the qualifications for candidates (Chapter 2, pp. 20-22), the qualification summaries are below:
At the time of nomination, the candidate must:
  • Be a member of a functioning District 5500 Rotary Club;
  • Be a past president of a Rotary Club (as defined in the District 5500 Bylaws);
  • Meet all other qualifications specified in the Rotary International Manual of Procedure
     •      At the time of taking office (July 1, 2022), the candidate must have been a member of a Rotary Club for at least seven years and must have attended the Governor-Elect Training Seminar (GETS) and the International Assembly during the Governor-Elect year
•    District 5500 also requires that candidates must have attended the Governor Nominee Advanced Training Seminar (GNATS) during the Governor-Nominee year
Nomination Process:  To nominate a candidate, the Rotary Club should adopt a resolution at a regular club meeting and submit the nomination to District Governor Ellie Patterson no later than July 31, 2019.  The resolution shall:
•  Certify that the candidate meets the Qualifications for District Governor as provided in the current RI Manual of Procedure (Included on Governor Nominee Data Form);
       •  Include a photograph of the candidate;
  •  Include a resume and biographical sketch of the candidate’s personal and Rotary background;
•  In addition, the candidate must complete the Governor Nominee Data Form (attached) and must be signed by the candidate and Club Secretary and sent to District Governor Ellie Patterson.
Prohibition Against Campaigning/Promoting:  As stated in the RI Manual of Procedure, “Any Rotarian who engages in campaigning or canvassing for elective office in RI may be subject to disqualification from election to the office sought . . .” (Chapter 2, p. 21) NOTE: This prohibition includes the position of District Governor.
Sources for Additional Information:  Details and copies of the application forms could also be obtained from the District website:
The qualifications and duties of the District Governor and the selection process are outlined in Chapter 2 (“The District”) of the RI Manual of Procedure.  Information is also included in the RI Bylaws (Articles 10, 12, and 13) and in the Rotary Code of Policies (Articles 17, 19, 21, and 26).  Also, refer to District 5500 Bylaws in Article 4 (“District Officers”).  A copy of the Rotary Election Policies (revised August, 2012) is also on the District website as part of the nomination materials.
Questions:  Direct your questions to:
2019-20 District Governor Ellie Patterson
(520-360-7181) or
2019-20 District Governor Elect Diane Ventura-Goodyear
(520-409-8656) or
Mailing of Nomination Materials: All nomination materials should be sent to:
                DG Ellie Patterson (4526 E. Camp Lowell, Tucson – AZ, 85712)
The completed package of materials must be emailed or postmarked by July 31, 2019 and should include:
•      Governor-nominee Data Form including;
              Candidate’s Statement, and
              Club’s Statement of Candidate’s qualifications
•      Photograph – preferably jpeg format if emailed
•      Resume and biographical sketch of the candidate’s personal and Rotary background