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July 2016 —
Volume 7, Issue 1
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Rotary representatives from
around the world who met in
Chicago 10-15 April took several
historic actions that will grant
clubs greater flexibility in their
meeting schedule and membership.
Here are answers to questions
about some of this year’s Council
on Legislation decisions.
HOW WILL THE COUNCIL
ACTION AFFECT MY CLUB’S
The Council overwhelmingly
voted to eliminate limitations on
how clubs conduct their meetings.
Clubs now have the option of
amending their bylaws to vary
their meeting days and times. And
they are now able to decide when
to cancel a meeting, as long as
they meet at least twice a month.
Clubs are still expected to forward
attendance reports to the district
governor within 15 days of the last
meeting of each month.
The Council felt strongly that
clubs are in the best position to
determine the meeting format that
works best for their members. Any
club can meet in person or online,
or use a mixture of these formats.
It could even use both formats
at the same time. (For example,
a member could use Skype to
participate in a physical meeting.)
Clubs can also choose to replace a
traditional meeting with a service
project or social event.
HOW WILL THE CHANGES
AFFECT CLUB MEMBERSHIP?
Rotary will continue to recognize
two kinds of membership — active
and honorary. But clubs may
now choose to offer additional
membership categories — such
as associate, corporate, or family
membership — creating alternative
financial, attendance, and service
expectations. However, for
these members to be recorded
as members of RI with the full
benefits of membership, clubs must
report them as active members and
pay per capita dues accordingly.
DOES MY CLUB HAVE TO
ADOPT THESE CHANGES?
No. The Council action did not
explicitly remove or modify the
existing rules and traditions in
Rotary’s governing documents.
Any club that still wishes to follow
the traditional requirements for
meetings, attendance, structure,
and categories of membership may
continue to do so.
WHY ARE THESE CHANGES
While Rotary continues to grow
at a rapid rate in some parts of
the world, membership has been
stable or declining in other regions,
with the average age of members
increasing. Through various
membership pilots, clubs that have
experimented with new categories
of membership and with flexibility
in meeting schedules have
experienced growth, improved
retention, and increased diversity
and member engagement.
Read a recap of the Council
Download vote totals
WHAT YOU SHOULD
KNOW ABOUT THE
2016 COUNCIL ON
The Rotary Council on Legislation voted to let
clubs amend their bylaws to vary meeting days