Posted by Catherine Ibrahim
Rotary president-elect Sam F Awori dies unexpectedly on July 13, 2017 due to complications after surgery.  Sam was a devoted member of the Rotary Cub of Kampala, Uganda, for more than 38 years. 
In his own words during his nomination last year, he said "Rotary has become a way of life for me with the intrinsic value and core belief in mutual responsibility and concern for one another as a cornerstone.  I feel immense satisfaction knowing that through rotary, I've helped someone live better".
Sam Owori's term would have began on July 1, 2018 as the 108th President of Rotary International.
To Rotarians around the world, president Ian Risely said "in this difficult time, I ask you all 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" Risely said.
Rotary International is making arrangements to celebrate Sam's life.  More information will be made available soon.