November is Rotary Foundation Month in the Rotary International annual calendar of monthly themes. The Rotary Foundation is probably more widely known than Rotary International. The Rotary Foundation is to Rotary International what M-PESA is to Safaricom in Kenya.

To commemorate the November theme, Rotary Club of Nairobi has deliberately organized a number of activities around TRF.

One of the activities is to contribute to the financial resources of The Rotary Foundation. Our Club has donated $25 for each of its 43 active members making a total donation of $1,075 to the polio plus account. It has been quite appropriate to donate to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) at this time when there is a challenge from the Bill Gates Foundation to match every donation given at the rate of 2:1.  This means the $1,075 donation is now turned into a significant $3,225for the polio disease eradication.

As Rotarians, we are lending a hand to the efforts to eradicate polio disease from the face of the earth.

Our club is also raising awareness of the financial resources that are available from The Rotary Foundation to do a lot of good in our communities and improve the quality of lives.  On November 9th we had a presentation on what is needed to participate in Global Grants. The members were informed on requirements such as finding a partner Club from another District, having a written commitment in form of a MOU with our own District for good financial stewardship, declaring all perceived and/or real conflict of interest in projects and being up to date in reporting all previous projects among other things.

Members were also informed that a GG must be at least $30,000 as TRF puts emphasis on high impact projects. The aim of getting more participation was achieved with members volunteering to join as Project committee members in the proposed Global Grant Projects.

Theme: ‘Making a Difference’

The 93rd District Conference & Assembly (DCA) will take place at Enashipai Resort in Naivasha from April 19th – 22nd, 2018.

Registration fees are as follows:

  • ‘On-time’ (01 July 2017 – 01 Jan 2018): USD 200
  • ‘Late’ (01 Jan – 30 Mar 2018): USD 250
  • ‘Very Late’ (April 2018): USD 300

Learn more (links open in a new window):

  • To read more on the event website, click here.
  • To visit the Enashipai Resort website, click here.
  • To register online for the event, click here.
  • To download the manual registration form, click here (pdf, new window)

The next RI Convention will be held from 23-27 June 2018 in Toronto, Canada.

Why Attend?

  • Learn best practices from successful projects
  • Share unforgettable experiences at exhibits and events
  • Immerse yourself in diverse cultures and develop rich relationships

Program highlights

  • Unparalleled lineup of speakers, entertainment, and events
  • Preconvention events
  • House of Friendship
  • Breakout sessions

Discover Toronto

  • Tour Casa Loma, Toronto’s renowned Gothic castle
  • Explore Kensington Market, the legendary outdoor market
  • Delight in traditional bakeries and delis in Roncesvalles Village

Read more:

  • To learn more, please visit the event website here.
  • To register, click here.

Please find herewith the steps to register on My Rotary:

1) go to
2) at the top/bottom are options for “My Rotary”
3) click on My Rotary
4) sign in/ register (& click on create account)
5) enter your email address & assign My Rotary a password
6) enter the required data- Name, Address etc. most importantly, your Rotary ID (each Rotarian has a Rotary ID- contact the club PA & club Secretary/ treasurer for your ID in order to register correctly). Please have your Rotary ID before you register on My Rotary in order to correctly complete the process.
7) confirmation will be sent on your email address, go to your email inbox and click the link in the email.
8) registration in My Rotary complete.

If you would like to register for the Atlanta Convention, you can do this through Log into my Rotary, click on Rotary events and start the registration process. It is a 6 step process.

The District onto Kisumu/Atlanta Chair is Rtn. Susan Oloo-Oruya whose email address is and the District RI Convention Booth and Reception Chair is Rtn. Joachim Githinji, whose email address is

They will help you with the necessary information you may require to complete the process.

At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs.

Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008.

The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director, incoming director, or immediate past director) from each zone in the region. The regional workgroups submitted their proposals to the Zones Review Committee, chaired by past Rotary Vice President Michael K. McGovern, which consolidated them into a single, worldwide plan for the Board’s consideration.

“I think the regional workgroups did a great job,” says Rotary President John F. Germ. “Rezoning is always an emotional subject for some Rotarians, but the workgroups and Board acted courageously in an effort to be fair to all concerned.”

The Board will consider other zone-related issues such as sectioning, pairing, and director election rotation at its June 2017 meeting.

New Zone Structure*
RI Board Decision 94, January 2017
1 Bangladesh, Indonesia, Japan (northern), Pakistan
2 Guam, Japan (central), Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Palau
3 Japan (southern)
4 India (western and northern)
5 India (southern), Maldives, Sri Lanka
6 Bhutan, India (eastern), Nepal
7 India (central and southern)
8 Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands
9 China, Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia, Taiwan
10 Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand
11 South Korea (northern)
12 South Korea (southern)
13 Andorra, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Monaco
14 Italy, Malta, San Marino
15 Germany (northern and central)
16 Germany (southern), Israel, Switzerland
17 Aland Islands, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Russia (western), Sweden (northern)
18 Denmark, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden (southern)
19 England (northern), Ireland, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales
20 England (southern), Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands
21 Austria, Eastern Europe, Middle East
22 Africa
23 Central America, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, USA (TX), Venezuela
24 Brazil (central and northern)
25 Antarctica, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil (southern), Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay
26 Canada, Russia (eastern), St. Pierre & Miquelon, USA (AK, ME, MI, NY, WA)
27 USA (CA, CO, ID, MT, NE, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY)
28 USA (AZ, CA, CO, HI, NM, NV, TX)
29 USA (IA, IL, KS, MI, MN, ND, NE, OK, SD, WI)
30 USA (AL, IN, KY, MS, OH, TN)
31 USA (AR, IL, KS, LA, MO, MS, OK, TN, TX)
32 Bermuda, Canada, USA (CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT)
33 USA (D.C., DE, MD, NC, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV)
34 The Caribbean, French Guiana, Guyana, Puerto Rico, Suriname, USA (FL, GA, SC)
* Zone numbers subject to change; sectioning and pairings to be approved by the RI Board at its June 2017 meeting.
Source: Rotary International

By PP Sudesh Walia

Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our peace centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.

In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 900 fellows for careers in peace building. Many of them go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.

Check out the Rotary Peace Map to see where our alumni are creating positive change.

Two types of peace fellowships are available.

Master’s degree

We offer master’s degree fellowships at premier universities in fields related to peace and conflict prevention and resolution. Programs last 15 to 24 months and require a practical internship of two to three months during the academic break. Each year, we award up to 50 master’s degree fellowships at these institutions:

  • Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA (fact sheet)
  • International Christian University, Japan (fact sheet)
  • University of Bradford, England (fact sheet)
  • University of Queensland, Australia (fact sheet)
  • Uppsala University, Sweden (fact sheet)

Professional development certificate

For experienced professionals working in peace-related fields who want to enhance their professional skills, we offer a three-month program in peace and conflict prevention and resolution at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand (fact sheet). This program incorporates two to three weeks of field study. We award up to 50 certificates each year.

The application for the 2018 Rotary Peace Fellowship program will be available in January 2017.

Find everything you need to complete the application process on the Peace Fellowships Application page.

Please find below the steps to register on My Rotary or scroll down to see the slideshow:

  1. Please have your Rotary ID at hand before you register on My Rotary (you can find your Rotary ID above your address field on the Rotarian magazine or contact the club PA & club Secretary/ treasurer).
  2. Go to
  3. At the top/bottom click on My Rotary.
  4. Click on create account.
  5. Enter your email address & create a password.
  6. Enter the required data: name, address etc. most importantly, your Rotary ID (see above).
  7. A confirmation email will be sent to your email address; once received, click the link within the email.
  8. Registration in My Rotary complete.


(please hover over the image to reveal the navigation buttons for the slideshow:)

There have been many changes to Rotary policies and procedures since your leadership manuals were written, including some from the 2016 Council on Legislation. Here is a summary of those changes, which override entries in the Lead Your Club manuals. The most recent versions of the club constitution and bylaws are available on


The following changes to the Bylaws of Rotary International, effective 1 July 2016, apply to all Rotarians:

Becoming a Rotarian

Clubs may determine their own rules for transferring members, dual membership, and honorary members. They’re also free to continue following the traditional provisions for these members. The only mandatory qualifications for membership are that Rotarians must be adults who have demonstrated good character, integrity and leadership; have a good reputation in their business, profession and community; and be willing to serve in their community and around the world.

Potential members who owe money to a Rotary club aren’t eligible for membership. Clubs must confirm that transferring or former Rotarians seeking membership don’t have any outstanding debt to their previous club. (For complete details, see the RI Bylaws, section 4.030.)

Flexibility in meeting frequency, format, and attendance

Council on Legislation representatives voted overwhelmingly to eliminate limitations on how Rotary clubs conduct their meetings, and recognized the fact that a club’s health is not determined by attendance alone. With the RI Board’s endorsement of the Council’s changes, clubs now can:

  • Determine the best day and time for their meetings
  • Change or cancel a meeting
  • Count service projects or social events as meetings
  • Choose whether to meet in person or online, to alternate between online and in-person meetings, or even to use both formats at the same time (for example, a member could participate in an in-person meeting through a video chat)
  • Amend their bylaws to change attendance requirements and termination policies involving members with poor attendance

Rotary clubs now can reduce their meeting frequency, as long as they meet in some way at least twice a month. They are still expected to forward attendance reports to the district governor within 15 days of the last meeting of each month.

Flexibility in membership types

Rotary has two types of membership: active and honorary. Clubs can now offer additional types, such as associate, corporate, and family, as long as they report these individuals as active members and collect RI membership dues from them.

Rule of 85

Rotarians can be excused from attendance if two conditions are met: They have been a member of one or more Rotary clubs for at least 20 years, and their years of club membership plus their age equals at least 85.

E-clubs and Rotary clubs

Given the new flexibility granted to all Rotary clubs, Rotary is no longer making a distinction between e-clubs and traditional clubs. References to e-clubs have been removed from the RI Bylaws and the Standard Rotary Club Constitution, but clubs may continue to designate themselves as e-clubs to emphasize that they meet exclusively or primarily online.

Dual membership for Rotaractors

In order to facilitate the transition from Rotaract to Rotary, the RI Bylaws now permit Rotaractors who meet the qualifications for membership to join a Rotary club while remaining Rotaract members.


Clubs may now suspend a member for a maximum of 90 days. At the end of that time, they must terminate or reinstate the member. A suspended member has the right to appeal the suspension or request mediation or arbitration.

Click image to download the Secretary 2016-19 Edition:

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Where can I find more downloads?

On the RI website here.