Ask an RCM president to tell you the most important assignment that he or she faced as president of the club and you will often hear: leading the process to select the best person to succeed me as president.
This tradition—the president-elects leading the nominating committee to select the presidents that will follow them--has served RCM well.
According to the by-laws, the president-elect is charged with convening a nominating committee composed of the past-president, president, executive director, and other members appointed by the president-elect. The committee selects nominees for the positions of president, president-elect, secretary, treasurer, sergeant-at-arms, and five (5) directors of the board. The slate of candidates is voted on by the Board and then ratified by the club with a voice vote at a club meeting each spring.
The nominating committee looks for individuals with passion for Rotary, a solid community profile, leadership experience in and out of Rotary and the ability to deal effectively with many personalities.
The presidency is a position that truly requires a commitment to “Service above Self.” A president must put the interest of the club ahead of any personal interest. Strong leadership is necessary to preserve the legacy of the club.
Of course, the nominating committee always welcomes input and suggestions from club members.
A look at the 101 presidents who have led Rotary shows how this practice has served our club well… and we are building on a solid tradition as we look to the next century.