March 2019 —
Volume 9, Issue 5
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Arnold R. Grahl
Rotarians from around the world will gather in downtown Chicago 14-18 April to consider and vote on
changes to the constitutional documents of Rotary International.
2019 COUNCIL ON LEGISLATION
MEETS IN APRIL
The Council on Legislation (COL) meets every three years and
is an essential part of Rotary’s governance. Each Rotary district
sends a representative to the COL. Representatives review and
vote on enactments that seek to change Rotary’s constitutional
documents, as well as on position statements from the RI Board.
Over the decades, the COL has debated virtually every nuance of
Rotary policy and membership and attendance rules. For example,
the 2016 COL adopted enactments to give clubs greater flexibility
to choose when, where, and how they meet and the types of
membership they offer. The COL is one of Rotary’s main avenues
for change, allowing the organization to evaluate its relevance
and evolve in a rapidly changing world.
Representatives also changed the structure of the Council itself
in 2016 by creating a separate Council on Resolutions that takes
place annually online. Clubs and districts can learn how to draft
resolutions by reviewing How to Propose Resolutions, and
then submit them through the online form. Rotary must receive
any proposed resolutions for the 2019 Council on Resolutions by
30 June 2019.
The 2019 COL will be an exciting meeting. The Council will
once again consider a number of large changes to the COL and
proposed legislation that could help modernize Rotary and its
constitutional documents. Talk to your district’s representative to
learn more about the proposed changes, and visit Rotary.org for
frequent updates during the Council.