The Judging Process
In order to ensure a fair and rigorous judging process, the organising committee has established a three-tiered judging system.
Judges in all three panels are volunteers who have signed confidentiality agreements to keep the results secret until the winner is announced at THE ONE Gala Dinner.
The initial screening panel is comprised of Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars, Rotary Peace Fellows and representatives from local and international NGOs. They are tasked with evaluating and scoring all applicants according to an established list of award criteria. All applications are then compared to prevent any errors or omissions.
The 10 applicants with the highest scores will then progress to the next stage.
The senior Rotarian panel includes past, present and future District Governors of Rotary International District 3450. They are assigned to review and select the top three candidates to enter the final round of judging.
The final judging panel is comprised of significant guests outside of Rotary. These judges are asked to personally interview all the finalists via a live judging session and rank them according to the award criteria and ultimately select
THE ONE Award Winner. They themselves do not know the final winner as their results are tabulated by our honuorary audit company.
To authenticate information provided by the candidates, all applications must be endorsed by a Rotary club and signed off by the current President of the endorsing club. The organising committee also performs additional checks to clarify and verify all information provided.