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Rotary International Councils


Rotary has two Councils “Council on Resolutions” and Council on Legislation”. Basically they are the Parliament of Rotary where members can have their say. Each Rotary District elects a representative for 3 years to attend both these Councils. A representative can serve for more than one period.

Council on Resolutions

The Council on Resolutions meets online every year to vote on proposed resolutions. Resolutions are requests to the R.I. Board or the Rotary Foundation Trustees to take action that is outside the scope of Rotary Constitutional documents. A Resolution should address the Rotary world, rather than adress local or administrative issues.

Representatives vote on proposed Resolutions proposed by Clubs, Districts, or the R.I. Board. Adopted Resolutions are then considered by the R.I. Board or the Rotary Foundation Trustees. All voting by the Representatives is done on line over 1 month.

Council on Legislation

Every 3 years the Representatives meet in Chicago for a week for the “Council on Legislation” to review and vote on changes to the legislation that governs Rotary. Any Club, District or R.I. Board can propose changes. In 2019 there were over 400 pages covering over 100 changes to R.I. Legislation. The Representatives have the proposed changes well in advance so that they can be studied and considered by their District before they discuss and vote on them in Chicago.

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