District Governor Nomination Process
The Rotary Clubs of District 5440 are dedicated to humanitarian service, working “hands on” and through support of The Rotary Foundation.  The district governor and the District 5440 team help to provide clubs and Rotarians with necessary resources, education, motivation, and inspiration to grow membership and increase their ability to serve others.  The role played by the governance team is critical to the ongoing success of the district.  The search for dedicated Rotarians to fill these positions is one of our highest priorities.
The Selection Process
All clubs will be asked to submit suggestions for nominations for governor, and these should be in the form of a resolution adopted at a regular meeting of the club naming the suggested candidate. As with all elective offices in Rotary “any effort to influence the selection process for an elective office in positive or negative manner by campaigning, canvassing, electioneering or otherwise is prohibited,” according to Rotary’s bylaws.
Each fall candidates are interviewed to serve as district governor-nominee.   The successful candidate will participate in an extensive training and leadership development program culminating in service as District 5440 Governor three years later.  Each club should send their nomination to District Administrator, Kellie Kegerreis at rotary5440@yahoo.com.  The due date to submit a nomination is November 1, 2024. 
The District Nominating Committee is comprised of the five most recent past district governors and two past presidents of District 5440 Rotary clubs. The meeting to select the nominee for the 2026-27 will be November 16, 2024.
Duties and Responsibilities
The nominee designate will be encouraged to attend all district meetings and events, including the Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS)  expanding knowledge of the operation of District 5440 and working with the current governor on the important task of building appreciation, understanding, and support of The Rotary Foundation.
The governor nominee joins his or her “class” of nominees from 29 other Rotary districts in the western United States for training and education in the following year seeing, meeting, and learning and making new friends and contacts. The governor elect year is one of more learning, but mostly planning and assembling the team of Rotarians that will serve on and lead the various committees that assist the clubs.
Leadership Team Approach
The Leadership Team shall comprise the current District Governor, the Vice Governor, the District Governor Elect, the District Governor Nominee and the District Governor Designate, once selected.
The Leadership Team will work together, as a team to:
  • Visit each club, at least once per year in such a way that by the end of your term as DG you will have visited all of the clubs at least once.
  • Attend club events and fundraisers, as invited
  • Divide up the committees so that each committee has a member of the Leadership Team as a member, and encourager. Attend your committee meetings regularly. Report back to the team once a week at the Leadership Team meeting
  • Work together to assist clubs and committees, as needed
  • Discuss issues within the District, and assist the District Governor to come up with solutions.
General Information
While several past governors have been retired, others continued to be actively employed.  Spouses, partners, or friends have often accompanied the governor in their club visits and other appearances. 
 Rotary International and District 5440 pay the expenses of attending training in the governor nominee and governor elect years, and for the governor. The governor elect and the governor also attend the Rotary International Convention as representatives of our district. Although most of the expenses for the governor are reimbursed, there may be some expenses that will not be covered by Rotary International and district allocations, such as gifts for staff or other personal items.
Questions please contact PDG Chuck  Rutenberg, Chair, District Nominating Committee 2023-2024, chuck.rotary5440@gmail.com