The District Governor shall be nominated by a nominating committee organized as set forth in this Article and shall be elected by the Convention of Rotary International as provided in the Bylaws of Rotary International.
(a) In November of each year, the District Governor shall appoint a Chair of a district nominating committee, the chair of which shall be a past district governor. The District Chair of the committee shall issue a written call during the month of December to the presidents and secretaries of each club for nominations for the office of District Governor for the year beginning two years from July 1 of the next Rotary year. Such notice shall call for nominations on forms provided by Rotary International to be received by the Chair of the nominating committee by January 31 of that Rotary year. No club shall nominate more than one candidate.
(b) After January 31 of the current year, the District Governor shall appoint the six remaining members of the nominating committee. The committee shall consist of seven past presidents, of whom two (including the Chair) shall be past district governors. The remaining five past presidents shall not be a current, past or incoming governor or a candidate for governor. The committee shall be so constituted so that each county within the district shall be represented by at least one non-governor past president. No member of a club which shall have nominated a candidate for governor shall serve on the committee.
(c) The nominating committee shall meet during the month of February, shall personally interview all candidates who shall have been nominated by their clubs, and shall then nominate a qualified Rotarian for district governor, whether or not nominated by any club. At least five votes of committee members shall be required to nominate a Rotarian for district governor. The Chair shall notify the District Governor in writing of the name, address and club of the nominee selected by the committee, and the District Governor shall give notice in writing to all clubs in accordance with Article XIII, Sec. 020.5 of the Rotary International Bylaws. Such notice shall give each club three weeks to make another nomination in accordance with the Rotary International Bylaws. If no other nomination is received by the District Governor within the three week period, the District Governor shall declare the nomine of the nominating committee as the nominee of the district, shall certify such nominee to Rotary International and the nominee shall be designated as District Governor Designate.
(d) The District Governor Designate shall automatically become the District Governor Nominee on July 1 following the nomination.
Qualifications of a Governor Nominee
At the time of selection, the Rotarian must:
Be a member in good standing of a functioning club in the district;
Have full qualifications for membership using the strict application of club membership provisions, and have a classification whose integrity is without question;
Have served as president of a club for a full term;
Demonstrate willingness, commitment, and ability, physically and otherwise, to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the office of governor as provided in RI Bylaws;
Demonstrate knowledge of the qualifications, duties, and responsibilities of governor as described in the RI Bylaws and submit to RI, through its General Secretary, a signed statement acknowledging a clear understanding of them. This statement shall also confirm that the Rotarian is qualified for the office of governor and willing and able to assume the duties and responsibilities of the office and to perform them faithfully.