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Nominating a CNY Rotary President

Thank you for coming to learn more about the nomination process for the role of President of CNY Rotary (previously referred to as District Governor). Below are the formalities of how the Nominating Committee will function and how the process is conducted.

We ask that all suggestions from clubs for the 2026-27 President role are submitted by October 31, 2023.
In person or virtual interviews of candidates will be held in November and a candidate will be confirmed as President Nominee Designate by the end of the calendar year.

Getting Started…

The Nominating Committee invites clubs to submit their candidate suggestions for President of CNY Rotary for the 2026-27 Rotary year.

Clubs will have 45 days before suggestions are due to the nominating committee (due by Oct 31, 2023). The suggestions shall be submitted by a resolution naming the suggested candidate adopted at a regular club meeting and certified by the club secretary. The committee shall nominate the best qualified Rotarian who is available to serve as governor and not be limited to those names submitted by the clubs.

Nominating Committee consists of:

  • the Chair: Dana Jerrard, Utica Rotary
  • one (1) PDG from each of the three (3) geographical areas of the District,
  • one (1) Assistant Governor from each of the three (3) geographical areas of the District,
  • one (1) Immediate Past Club President chosen randomly from each of the three (3) geographical areas of the District
  • the DGE: Lizzy Martin, Baldwinsville Rotary


Per Rotary International, potential challenges to the Committee’s selection can be made within the following guidelines:

1. Only clubs that have proposed a candidate for DGND can challenge the selection of the Nominating Committee by a resolution of the club adopted at a regular meeting

2. Challenges must be filed with the governor within 14 days of notification of the selection for governor-nominee.

3. Within seven days after the deadline, the governor shall notify clubs if there is a challenging candidate. The notice shall include the name and qualifications of each challenging candidate, and  process to determine if there is a valid number of clubs concurring with the challenge. If so, a vote of all clubs must take place between 15 and 30 days, with instructions that the completed ballot be returned to the governor within 15 and 30 days following the date the governor sent the ballots to the club, per. the RI Bylaws 12.030.8 If there is no challenge to the Committee’s selection, the candidate will become DGND.

Please send completed nomination forms and a Rotary resume for the candidate to 


A Special Thanks to The Steering Committee