Aug 092014

Every three years Rotary International’s Council on Legislation meets to debate and vote on legislation submitted by clubs and districts. The Council has the authority to amend RI’s constitutional documents, as well as adopt resolutions. Every district sends one representative to the Council and PDG Kay Oldhouser Davis will be our representative to the 2016 Council.

Every club may propose legislation. If your club is considering proposing legislation for the Council, the basic guidelines are below but you should also contact PDG Kay for additional details.

There are two types of legislation: proposed enactments and proposed resolutions. Proposed enactments seek to change RI’s constitutional documents (the RI Constitution, RI Bylaws, and the Standard Rotary Club Constitution), while proposed resolutions seek actions by the Council that do not amend the constitutional documents.

For a club to propose legislation:

  1. The club’s board of directors must first submit proposed legislation to the club members for adoption at a regular club meeting.
  2. If adopted, the proposal must then be forwarded to the district with a letter signed by the club president and secretary certifying that it has been adopted by the club. The deadline for submitting the proposal to the district is September 15, 2014.
  3. The proposal must be endorsed by the clubs in D7770 through a ballot-by-mail.
  4. Once endorsed, the proposal must be submitted to Rotary through an online form.

Please contact PDG Kay for detailed instructions well in advance of the September 15, 2014 deadline if your club wishes to propose legislation for the 2016 Council.

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