Rotary International News

John Kenny, of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth, Central, Scotland, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2009-10. He will become the president-nominee on 1 December if there are no challenging candidates.


Kenny is a past dean of his local law faculty, a judge, and a notary. He is active in scouting and earned the Medal of Merit for helping form new scout groups in Eastern Europe. An elder of the Church of Scotland, he's served as session clerk and presbytery elder. Kenny was also appointed deputy lieutenant of his district by Queen Elizabeth II. He is a past president of both the Forth Valley Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Scottish Junior Chamber of Commerce. He is also past general legal counsel of Jaycees International.

A Rotarian since 1970, Kenny served Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland as president and vice president. He has served RI as director, executive committee chair, Rotary Foundation trustee, institute moderator, district governor, convention vice chair and group leader, president's representative, and committee member and chair. He's been a delegate, member at large, and parliamentarian at several Councils on Legislation.

Kenny is a Major Donor to The Rotary Foundation and a Bequest Society member and has received the Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award.

The nominating committee members are Ray Klinginsmith (chair), USA; G. Kenneth Morgan (secretary), USA; Jacques Berthet, France; John T. Blount, USA; Hee-Byung Chae, Korea; Gerson Gonçalves, Brazil; Abraham Gordon, USA; Sushil Gupta, India; Lynn A. Hammond, USA; Rafael G. Hechanova, Philippines; Toshio Itabashi, Japan; Jorma Lampén, Finland; Gerald A. Meigs, USA; David D. Morgan, Wales; Jiichiro Nakajima, Japan; Stan Tempelaars, The Netherlands; and Luis F. Valenzuela, Guatemala.