2020-2021 RI President Holger Knaack

Holger Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, has been selected to serve as president of Rotary International in 2020-21.

To build a stronger membership, Knaack says Rotary must focus on increasing the number of female members and transitioning Rotaractors into Rotarians.

Knaack believes that the People of Action campaign offers new public awareness possibilities for Rotary. “This campaign conveys our global image while still respecting differences in regions and cultures,” he says.

A Rotary member since 1992, Knaack has served Rotary as treasurer, director, moderator, member and chair of several committees, representative for the Council on Legislation, zone coordinator, training leader, and district governor.

He is an endowment/major gifts adviser and co-chair of the Host Organization Committee for the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg.

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At the 2020 Virtual Convention, then President-elect and since July 1 RI President Holger Knaack urged Rotarians to seize the moment and value it for what it is, the opportunity for Rotary to build on what has been learned, to embrace the new reality, to embrace new faces, and to find new ways to have a continuing impact on the world. https://on.rotary.org/virtualconvention