22 July 2013 — The Rotary International Secretariat







The administration of Rotary International, in support of the Rotary Clubs around the world, rests with the Secretariat, led by the General Secretary, Mr. John Hewko. Mr. Hewko spoke at the Lisbon Convention, explaining this in general terms, while also noting some changes that were to take effect in 1 July–and are now in play. Following Mr. Hewko’s speech is a bit more information, to give us some of the administrative context of Rotary International as an entity.

RI General Secretary John Hewko Addresses Lisbon Convention from Rotary International on Vimeo.

Don’t listen to us, listen to Past RI President Cliff Dochterman, in “The ABCs of Rotary.” What is theSecretariat? “Many Rotarians consider the Secretariat simply another name for the RI World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA. Actually, it is much more. The name describes the entire operations of the general secretary and the more than 600-member staff working to make Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation run smoothly and effectively. In addition to World Headquarters, the Secretariat includes seven RI international offices around the world. The Secretariat’s sole purpose is to serve the clubs, districts, and administrative officers of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. RI World Headquarters, in a building called One Rotary Center, is the headquarters of the Secretariat.”

Where are those other offices?  Buenos Aires, Argentina; New Delhi, India; Parramatta (near Sydney), Australia;  Sao Paolo, Brazil; Seoul, South Korea; Tokyo, Japan; and Zurich, Switzerland.  (There is also RIBI–Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland–still a separate entity under the RI umbrella.)

All Clubs also have regionally-designated Club and District Support Teams.  For our Club (and all Clubs in District 5280, as well as the District itself), the Club/District supervisor is Jim Damato, with coordinator John Hannes.  In addition, Maria Flores serves as our Financial Services Representative, for issues such as RI dues.

For more on John Hewko, click here.

For more on the history of the position of General Secretary, with links at the bottom (if you look closely!) to the stories of some of the people who have filled that role, click here, courtesy of Rotary Global History Fellowship.

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7 responses to 22 July 2013 — The Rotary International Secretariat

  1. Good information.

  2. I noticed the tenure of this position ranges from one year to more than thirty. What is the average number of years that someone holds a position with RI?

    • Depends on if you mean a leadership role (like Board of Directors or Foundation Trustees; 2 years) or a staff position, which would be unrelated. John Hewko is a Rotarian, but he is paid staff, so it’s a different analysis.

  3. I like this video because it provides a sense of what RI does in support of the clubs.

  4. Kind of a State of the Union for Rotary. It was nice to hear that the website is being redesigned.

  5. It is very encouraging to hear about all that is evolving in Rotary, while retaining the same purpose and goals. I can’t wait to see the new website!

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