The Rotary International Board of Directors has taken the decision to prioritize the health and safety of our participants by moving the 2021 International Assembly to a virtual format to be held 1-11 February 2021.

Governors-elect and selected Rotaractors will come together virtually to discuss the impact of our service, the power of Rotarians and Rotaractors to do good in the world and the importance of telling our story. We'll also focus on membership and how Rotary leaders can empower each and every member to play a role in growing Rotary.

Governor-elect partners will enjoy a meaningful program of their own. Join the partner breakout sessions to discuss your role as governor-elect partner and Rotary's membership, service, and Rotary Foundation programs and initiatives.

All participants will be invited to participate in ongoing discussion groups, activities and challenges designed to prepare and inspire them for the year ahead.


Participants are invited to access the virtual learning platform, Cloud Conventions, for assembly programming. Watch the Orientation video for more information. Read the Assembly Program for descriptions of each session.

Opportunities for Learning

  • General Sessions for all participants with inspiring and informative experts and speakers from around the world, including our very own Rotary leadership.  
  • Live, interactive breakout sessions where you’ll learn about Rotary programs and initiatives, exchange ideas, and share your plans for the coming year with people from all over the world.
  • An informative workshop led by RI Staff, supporting governors-elect in managing the practical issues they will face during their governor year.

Opportunities for Networking and Global Connection

  • Connect for Culture – Visit a virtual cultural exchange and enjoy exhibits from different regions around the Rotary world
  • Connect for Service – Learn about projects others are seeking partners for, share your own and become inspired to start new ones.
  • Connect for Fellowship – Interact with your fellow classmates, Rotaract participants, and Rotary Senior Leadership in an informal setting.
  • The Marketplace – Speak with RI staff, learn more about the RI Convention, chat with the Houston Host Organization Committee, get excited about your convention and turn in attendance goals for the 2022 RI Convention in Houston, Texas, USA, see what great items the Licensed Vendors have to offer.
  • Discussion Forums – Visit the discussion forums to continue conversations from breakout sessions and discuss Rotary topics with a broader group of participants.

Resources & reference

Learn more about the district governor role

District Governor-elect and Rotaractor Workbook

International Assembly Leader's Guide

District Governor-elect Partner Workbook

See videos from the 2021 International Assembly

Governors-elect can review the courses in their learning plans (Basics, Intermediate, and Advanced).

Governor-elect partners can learn more about the basics of Rotary. The Getting Started with the Learning Center, Rotary Basics, and Rotary Foundation Basics courses provide an excellent overview of Rotary and its Foundation.

Rotaractors can prepare for breakout discussions by completing the Rotaract District Committee Intermediate learning plan in the Rotary Learning Center, including the Rotary Foundation Basics course.

Rotary support