The Rotary Clubs are the basis of the organization. Each club is an independent public organization, according to the current legislation of the country of location that operates in accordance with the Statute and Bylaws of the Club. Rotary International (RI) – international Association of Rotary Clubs. The club called Rotary Club should be registered in RI and get a Charter.
The headquarters of Rotary International is located in Evanston (USA). Coordinating the work of the Clubs in the individual regions is performed by seven regional offices. Regional office RI that serves the Clubs of Europe, Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean is in Zurich (Switzerland).
Associations of Rotary Clubs on a territorial basis are called Districts. In turn, the consolidation of Districts forms the Zones. Today 537 Rotary Districts combined into 34 zones.
Leadership RI is administered by the Board of Directors, where each Director is elected from the pairs of Zones for a period of two years. The Rotary International President heads the Board of Directors.
All Rotary leaders are elected for one year, from the level of the Club's President to the President of Rotary International. Rotary year begins July 1st and ends June 30th of the following year. Traditionally, the RI President determines the slogan and theme of the year.
Ian H.S. Riseley
Rotary Club of Sandringham
Ian H.S. Riseley is a chartered accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co., a firm he established in 1976. Prior to starting his own firm, he worked in the audit and management consulting divisions of large accounting firms and corporations. His firm specializes in income tax and management advice for individuals and small businesses. He has a master’s degree in taxation law and graduate diplomas in accounting and income tax.
Riseley has been a member of the boards of both a private and a public school, a member of the Community Advisory Group for the City of Sandringham, and involved in Sea Scouts and sporting groups, as well as honorary auditor or adviser for a number of charitable organizations.
Riseley’s honors include the AusAID Peacebuilder Award from the Australian government in recognition of his work in East Timor, the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the Australian community, the Distinguished Service Award and the Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World from The Rotary Foundation.
A Rotarian since 1978, Riseley has served as treasurer, director, Foundation trustee, and member and chair of numerous RI and Foundation committees.
He and his wife, Juliet, a past district governor, are Major Donors and Bequest Society members of The Rotary Foundation. They live on seven hectares at Moorooduc, where they practice their personal philosophy of sustainable and organic living. They have two children and four grandchildren.