Overlijden RI President elect dhr. Sam Owori

20 juli 2017

Beste Rotarians,

Mogelijk hebben sommigen van jullie al via andere kanalen het droeve nieuws vernomen dat onze RI President Elect dhr. Sam F. Owori afgelopen week als gevolg van postoperatieve complicaties is overleden. Dit trieste bericht ontvingen wij van RI President Ian Riseley.  
Daarop volgend heeft dhr. Riseley nog een tweede mail gestuurd met wat praktische informatie. Beide berichten vinden jullie hieronder.

dhr. Sam F. Owori

Mocht er nog nadere relevante informatie volgen, dan zullen we jullie ook langs deze weg daarvan op de hoogte brengen.

Met  vriendelijke groet,

DG Paulus Jansen


Dear fellow Rotarians,

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I share the sad news that the President-elect of Rotary International, Sam F. Owori, died last night as a result of post-operative complications from a planned surgery. 

In this difficult time, I ask you to keep his wife, 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 his unexpected death is a huge loss to Rotary, his community, and the world. We will provide more details on plans to celebrate his life as they become available.

From the perspective of Rotary leadership, we will share information on the impact and the path forward as a result of Sam’s passing. In addition, we are establishing a memorial fund in Sam’s honor and will provide further details soon.

With enormous sadness,



Dear fellow Rotarians,

There has been an outpouring of heartfelt messages since President-elect Sam’s passing last week. Rotarians and members of the public have been sharing memories and recalling how Sam inspired them through his hard work as a Rotarian and as a dedicated civil servant. It is clear that his impact and legacy were felt worldwide.

There will be a service for Sam on Friday, 21 July, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at St. Vincent’s Cathedral in Bedford, Texas. Friends in the area are encouraged to visit. Funeral services in Uganda are currently being planned.

Memorial contributions in honor of Sam will be directed to the Sam F. Owori Memorial to Polio. This fund has been established to honor his commitment to Rotary’s polio eradication efforts. Sam was a member of both the Africa Regional PolioPlus Committee and the International PolioPlus Committee. You can make online contributions to the fund here.

The 2017-18 nominating committee will select a new president-elect, in addition to the president-nominee, during its scheduled meeting in early August.

Thank you all for your continued support during this difficult time.


Ian Riseley

Rotary International President, 2017-18