Every three years, Rotarians meet at the Council on Legislation to review and vote on proposed legislation. The Council gives us a voice in how our organization is governed.
2016 COUNCIL ON LEGISLATION
The 2016 Council on Legislation met in Chicago 10-15 April. With the Council adjourned, an official report of action will be compiled, sent to clubs, and posted online within two months. Clubs have an opportunity to record opposition to any action during the following two months. If at least 5 percent of the votes entitled to be cast by the clubs oppose an action, the legislation is suspended and the general secretary conducts a ballot-by-mail. A majority vote would cause the proposal to be rejected. All Council actions otherwise go into effect 1 July.
The Council has seen the value of clubs and is now removing all contingencies to make clubs exactly the same as all other Rotary clubs. This is something Rotarians have already practiced, but when the first eClub was created there were strict requirements to allow for this alternative meeting style. Now clubs meet in the morning, Noon and evening hours, on modified schedules like once or twice a month, and this new flexability has opened the door to members that previously were unable to make the weekly commitment.
WHAT THE COUNCIL DOES
Each Rotary district sends a representative to the Council. Representatives deliberate and act upon all proposed enactments and resolutions. Enactments seek to change Rotary’s constitutional documents, and resolutions express an opinion or make a recommendation to the RI Board.
The RI Board reviews and acts on resolutions adopted by the Council and items referred to the Board.
2016 COUNCIL ON LEGISLATION DOCUMENTS
- Recommended Rules of Procedure – 2016 Council
- 2016 proposed legislation
- Constitution of Rotary International (PDF) (Word)
- Bylaws of Rotary International (PDF) (Word)
- Standard Rotary Club Constitution (PDF) (Word)
- Five-year financial forecast
- Strategic Plan update presentation
- Vote totals
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