DG Jimmie Invites Clubs to Propose Changes to RI Council on Legislation

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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.

DG Jimmie Williamson’s July Message

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Jul 212014
 

Confucius, the Ancient Chinese philosopher is noted to have said “ It is

better to light a single candle than to sit and curse the darkness.

That line sums up the way we in Rotary approach the problems of the

world. There is so much difficulty and suffering in the world, but if we

each were to do our fair share – to light OUR own candle, we can do so

much more. If I light one candle, you light one candle and the other 1.2

million Rotarians around the world light a candle, we can truly make a

difference and “Light Up Rotary”!

This year, I ask you to Light The Candles in your community, as we

strive to be of service to our fellow man. I hope that you will Light Up

Rotary as you engage your club in a Rotary Day that demonstrates to

your community how our philosophy of service is put into action. I

hope that you will Light Up Rotary by learning more about a dreaded

disease facing at least 5 millions of Americans – dementia and

Alzheimers. I hope that you will Light Up Rotary as you sponsor a

fund raiser for a charity where 100% of the donations go to research

– our own CART fund. I ask you to Light Up Rotary by redoubling your

commitment to eradicate Polio. I ask you to Light Up Rotary by inviting

at least one person to join Rotary this year. I ask you to Light Up Rotary

by continuing to support our charity – The Rotary Foundation.

Finally, I ask for your support. Because of the trust placed in me this

year by this district, I am challenged to preserve and protect what

Rotary holds dear. I humbly ask that you “Advise me when I go astray

and follow me when I lead”. Thank you for your support of Rotary

International, District 7770 and all of humanity!

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