2019 COUNCIL DECISION
Every three years, the Council on Legislation considers proposals that determine the direction
of Rotary International. The 2019 Council, which met 14-18 April in Chicago, amended our
constitutional documents to include Rotaract clubs as a membership type of Rotary International.
Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions
about the Council’s action.
What does the vote on Rotaract mean?
Rotary International is composed of its member clubs.
This enactment, 19-72, broadens the definition of
membership to include both Rotary and Rotaract clubs.
It elevates Rotaract clubs by acknowledging them in the
RI Constitution and RI Bylaws as a unique membership
type within RI. Rotaract clubs will still have their own
standard constitution and will remain a separate club
membership type from Rotary clubs. But because they will
be recognized in the constitutional documents, Rotaract
clubs will enjoy greater support from RI.
Are Rotaract clubs still required to be sponsored by
a Rotary club?
Yes. Rotaract clubs need to be sponsored by a Rotary
club to be officially recognized by Rotary International.
Sponsorship of Rotaract clubs is mandated by the Board
and described in the Rotary Code of Policies.
Does this mean Rotaractors automatically become
No. Members of Rotary clubs are Rotarians and members
of Rotaract clubs remain Rotaractors. This does not
change the separate identity of Rotaractors.
Will this change the Rotaract experience?
This will not change the club experience that Rotaractors
have. Rotaract clubs will still be sponsored by Rotary
clubs, and as partners in service, both clubs should strive
to maintain their current relationship. But Rotaractors
will have a much closer relationship with RI now that
Rotaract clubs are a recognized membership type of RI
rather than a Rotary program.
Does this mean Rotaract clubs will start paying
dues to Rotary International?
Not immediately. According to the current RI
Constitution, Rotaract clubs will pay dues as established
by the Board. The Board will have to determine the
amount of dues and when they would be collected. It
will continue to research the best way to introduce dues
and will consider what amount is fair and what products
and services Rotaractors would receive in exchange. Any
changes will be implemented gradually.
Where can I find the full text of the enactment?
For the exact text, refer to the legislation that was
proposed at the 2019 Council. See the version of
enactment 19-72 marked “Motion to Amend” at the top.
The Council approved this wording. All other versions
should be disregarded.
See more answers to frequently asked questions on
this topic, and highlights of the other Council action.