Posted on Jul 14, 2017

Dear District 5730 Rotarians,

With sadness I share with you a self explanatory email from RIP Ian Risely.


DG Charles Starnes


My fellow Rotary leaders,

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I need to advise you that the President-elect of Rotary International, Sam Owori, died last night.

Sam had undergone some surgery in Texas that he had been planning for some time, and there were post-operative complications from which he couldn’t recover.   I will provide appropriate details when they are known.

In this time of great loss, I ask you to keep Norah, the Owori family and Sam’s millions of friends around the world in your thoughts.

Sam was a special person in so many ways, and is a huge loss.  We will provide more details on funeral arrangements as they become available.

From the perspective of Rotary administration, we in Evanston are looking at what needs to be done as a result of Sam’s passing.  

With enormous sadness,


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