Ugandan banker to be RI president in 2018-19

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Sam Owori welcomed home by Rotarians at Entebbe International Airport.

Rotary International has selected its president for 2018-19, and his fellow Rotarians gave him a hero’s welcome when he returned home this week from RI world headquarters in Chicago after the election.

Samuel Frobisher Owori, a banker in Uganda, was greeted by a boisterous crowd of hundreds at the Entebbe International Airport near the capital city of Kampala.

Owori, who became a Rotarian in 1978, has held a variety of Rotary offices since becoming a club president in 1987, including that of district governor for all of Uganda.

“Rotary is going to become a household name everywhere in the world. There is a lot of work to do. I am going to push other countries that are just coming up so that we grow membership,” Owori said.

Owori has a strong record in recruiting new members as well as fostering new clubs. When he became the district governor, there were only nine Rotary clubs in his nation. Today, there are 89.

He has served as regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, regional RI membership coordinator, RI Representative to the United Nations Environment Program and UN-Habitat, and RI director. He has been a member or chair of several committees, including the International PolioPlus Committee, the Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, and the Audit Committee. Most recently, he served as trustee of The Rotary Foundation, chair of The Rotary Foundation’s Finance Committee, and a member of the Investment Committee. He is a Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation, and he and his wife, Norah, are Major Donors and Paul Harris Fellows.

Professionally, Owori is chief executive officer of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda. Before that, he was executive director of the African Development Bank, managing director of Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd., and director of Uganda Development Bank.


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