Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure

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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Download the current zone structure.



#1   Submitted By Wolfgang Maurus on 18-Feb-2017 09:53 am

Wird Germany in zwei Zonen unterteilt?

#2   Submitted By Seong-Yong Sin on 19-Feb-2017 11:47 pm

I agree this new zone.

#3   Submitted By Hae-Jin Shin on 20-Feb-2017 07:10 am

어려운 결정에 감사와 경의를 표합니다.

한국로타리안으로써의 자긍심을 가질 수 있는 계기가 될 것 같습니다.

#4   Submitted By Shivraj Bhargava on 28-Feb-2017 03:54 am

It is good that new zones have been created.

India will have better representation

#5   Submitted By Margaret James on 1-Mar-2017 10:15 am

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.  

#6   Submitted By Urs Klemm on 1-Mar-2017 06:45 pm

Thank you, I am glad that Switzerland is now united in one Zone!

#7   Submitted By Kamoru Omotosho on 5-Mar-2017 08:27 am

We in Africa are greatly inspired by this new zoning.


#8   Submitted By Peter Mbui on 6-Mar-2017 12:49 pm

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!!

#9   Submitted By Piedad Meneses ... on 7-Mar-2017 08:09 am

Buen trabajo.  Debería darse a conocer por los Gobernadores entrantes.

Good job. It should be made known by the incoming Governors.

#10   Submitted By Cassy Venters on 11-Mar-2017 11:04 am

I appreciate the work and thorough review of the new zone structure.

#11   Submitted By Simon SMITH on 17-Mar-2017 07:13 am

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!

#12   Submitted By Hamada Zahran on 18-Mar-2017 11:37 pm

 Finally Africa it will be 1 Zone great job, but there are 2 talking language in this Zone English and French!!! which is great.

#13   Submitted By Eric Kimani on 20-Mar-2017 05:02 am


Africa must now proof to ourselves and the rest of the world that the future of Rotray growth lie with us!


#14   Submitted By Phyllis Danks on 20-Mar-2017 12:39 pm

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. 

#15   Submitted By Roberta "Betty"... on 20-Mar-2017 04:42 pm

This is EXCITING News!  Que Emocion!

Betty Ramirez-Lara

District 5930 District Governor-Elect 

#16   Submitted By Tae-Hyun Lee on 22-Mar-2017 09:17 pm

드디어 한국에 두개의 존이 생겼습니다. 로타리안으로서 자긍심이 생깁니다. 감사합니다.

#17   Submitted By Yong-San Kwon on 23-Mar-2017 07:16 am

2개의 존 탄생을 축하합니다. 이 일을 이루어 내기 위하여 노고를 아끼지 않으신 문은수 이사님께 경의를 표합니다.  


#18   Submitted By Eniolorunda Dayo on 23-Mar-2017 06:04 pm
It is a wonderful development, if well implemented. Good one
#19   Submitted By Bettina Redl on 5-Apr-2017 04:06 am

@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!


#20   Submitted By Uthaman Nair on 10-Apr-2017 01:02 pm


#21   Submitted By Bart LELIE on 15-Apr-2017 07:48 am

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.

#22   Submitted By Jürgen Strauss on 17-Apr-2017 07:59 am

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.

#23   Submitted By Vick VERHAEGHE on 18-Apr-2017 02:00 am

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 

#24   Submitted By Karel DARLEY on 19-Apr-2017 02:34 pm

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

#25   Submitted By Hae-Jin Shin on 22-May-2017 09:51 am

2개의 존 탄생에 기쁨과 책임을 인식하여 더욱 분발할  수 있는 자세로 임하겠습니다.