Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure
Editor’s note: The zone structure was further revised in June 2017. Learn more.
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.
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Wird Germany in zwei Zonen unterteilt?
I agree this new zone.
어려운 결정에 감사와 경의를 표합니다.
한국로타리안으로써의 자긍심을 가질 수 있는 계기가 될 것 같습니다.
It is good that new zones have been created.
India will have better representation
Thank you. I am delighted that Africa will now have a zone of its own and no longer be stuck on to a part of Europe.
Thank you, I am glad that Switzerland is now united in one Zone!
We in Africa are greatly inspired by this new zoning.
I am so delighted that Africa will now be zone on its own, I hope that means that we will always have an RI Director from our Africa. That will be wonderfu!!
Buen trabajo. Debería darse a conocer por los Gobernadores entrantes.
Good job. It should be made known by the incoming Governors.
I appreciate the work and thorough review of the new zone structure.
This may just be a formal nomenclature quirk but our District (2170) falls under Zone 13 but is then internally divided also into "zones" (my club is in Zone 6!). So, zone>district>zone!
Finally Africa it will be 1 Zone great job, but there are 2 talking language in this Zone English and French!!! which is great.
Africa must now proof to ourselves and the rest of the world that the future of Rotray growth lie with us!
It is great that other countries will now have their own zones and better representation in Rotary. To those of us who are being moved to another zone, it is both sad and exciting. We can only hope the comradery and the feeling of being part of a family will go with us to our new zone.
This is EXCITING News! Que Emocion!
District 5930 District Governor-Elect
드디어 한국에 두개의 존이 생겼습니다. 로타리안으로서 자긍심이 생깁니다. 감사합니다.
2개의 존 탄생을 축하합니다. 이 일을 이루어 내기 위하여 노고를 아끼지 않으신 문은수 이사님께 경의를 표합니다.
@Wolfgang Maurus: Germany ist aktuell auch schon in 2 Zonen aufgeteilt, durch die Neuordnung sind aber die deutschsprachigen Distrikte besser organisatorisch zugeordnet.
Congrats @RI - great work!
I do not understand the reasoning behind this rezoning policy. Can the reports of the working groups be published publicly? Belgium has been put in zone 13 which is almost all French speaking. The majority of Belgium is Dutch speaking, so this will be hard to accept.
Since I was in Rotary I was convinced that I was in a family and the change of area should not affect me because I am still in that great family that is Rotary.
I totaly agree that Rotary should be 1 family but putting Belgium in a PURE Frenchspeaking zone is creating an internal political problem! We would like to be part of the international Rotary NOT the French Rotary (Whe have 3 languages in Belgium and French is just one of them); so please add us in the zone 20 and not in zone 13
The addition of 3 Belgian/Luxembourg districts to Zone 13 (French speaking only) is reason for great concern because of the expected language discrimination of 135 Flemish/Dutch speaking clubs with 5.900 Rotarians. We suggest to respect the official Belgian language border, whereby the French speaking south of Belgium could join Zone 13 an the Dutch speaking north of Belgium should have the opportunity to join Zone 20
2개의 존 탄생에 기쁨과 책임을 인식하여 더욱 분발할 수 있는 자세로 임하겠습니다.