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Coming to a Rotary Zone Institute Near You

We're hitting the road over the next two months to visit Rotary Zone Institutes across the country! We are excited to travel to Springfield, Orlando, Chicago, Hartford and Reno to meet Rotarians and District Governors and learn about each District and their club's impact on their local community.

If you’re not familiar with Rotary’s structure, a Zone is one of the larger designations. Rotary is set up from smaller to larger groups in this order:

  • Individual Member
  • Local Rotary Club and Club President
  • District (50-60 Clubs) and District Governor
  • Zone (comprised of several districts)

Rotary International selects a number of Districts to fall under a Zone designation. Earlier this year, some Zones were reconfigured. Rotary makes Zone decisions based on population size and how many members are in each Zone and in each local Rotary District. The Rotary International Board of Directors oversees Zones under the President of Rotary International. At the Rotary International level, there are staff members who oversee the administration of Rotary across the world.

Rotary Zone Institutes bring together District leaders and thought-provoking speakers for opportunities to connect and learn and offer training required for District Governors. Each District Governor is trained during Governor Elect Training Seminars/Zone meetings. There, they learn all about how to govern their District, about District grants and more to help them lead.

We’re kicking off our Rotary Zone tour with a trip to Springfield, Illinois to visit Rotarians in Zones 30 and 31. From there, we will make our way back to our home state of Florida to meet with members of Zones 33 and 34 in Orlando. After that, we’re traveling to Chicago, Illinois to get to know the Rotarians of Zones 28 and 29 and Hartford, CT with Zone 24 and 32. To conclude our tour, we’ll head west to Reno, Nevada to attend the Rotary Institute for Zones 25 and 26.

District Governors are charged with spreading the theme of Rotary for their year. A District Governor visits each club in their District to make a presentation sharing the annual theme and goals of Rotary. Every District Governor from around the world convene in San Diego in January at the International Assembly for the big reveal of the upcoming Rotary year’s theme (a Rotary year runs from July 1 through June 30). At the Zone Institutes in the fall, National Awards4U works to make the process of sharing a new theme easier for District Governors by setting up pre-orders of the theme merchandise. That way the District Governor can be prepared to bring materials (like lapel pins and banners) to the Clubs for members and Rotary Club Presidents.

We look forward to strengthening our relationships with Rotarians across the country and supporting their needs during our tour over the next two months. We are honored to serve those who serve the world!

Important Note: The Rotary Zone Institute planned for Houston was cancelled in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Disaster Aid USA, operated by Rotarians, is supporting recovery efforts in Texas and providing updates on Facebook and their website. You can make a donation to support their work at