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Rotary's Governance


A Rotary delegate votes at the Council on Legislation.
A Rotary delegate votes at the Council on Legislation.

Let's chat about how Rotary makes decisions and plans for the future, focusing on two important meetings: the Council on Resolutions and the Council on Legislation.


First up, the Council on Resolutions. This is an online meeting that happens every year, where Rotary members vote on big ideas and suggestions for action. These aren't just any ideas, though. They're ones that could really make a difference in the Rotary world, beyond just local or day-to-day stuff. Also, if something really important comes up that can't wait, they talk about urgent changes that might need to be made to Rotary's big rule book.


Who gets to vote? Well, every Rotary district sends representatives to weigh in on these ideas, which can come from local clubs, the districts themselves, the Rotary International (RI) Board, and even the RIBI (Rotary in Britain and Ireland) general council or conference. If an idea gets the thumbs up, it's then up to the RI Board or The Rotary Foundation Trustees to decide what to do next. And if an urgent change is approved, it becomes official just one month after the meeting summary is sent out.


Curious about more details or have questions? There's plenty of info out there on the Council on Resolutions on the MyRotary.org website or ask the District Governor.


Now, the Council on Legislation is a bit different. Every three years, Rotarians gather to discuss and vote on changes to the rules and policies that guide everything Rotary does. They look at proposed changes (called enactments) and the RI Board's suggestions.


Each Rotary district picks someone to represent them at these meetings for three years. These reps get to participate in all the Council on Resolutions meetings during their term, as well as the big triennial Council on Legislation.


District governors need to choose their reps by June 30, 2023, for the term starting July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2026. These reps will be involved in the Council on Resolutions for 2023, 2024, and 2025, and the big Council on Legislation meeting in 2025.


Want to put forward a change or a big idea? Clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the RIBI can all submit their proposals. For the Council on Resolutions, get your ideas in by June 30 each year. And for the Council on Legislation, the deadline for the 2025 meeting is December 31, 2023.


It's all about making sure Rotary stays relevant and effective, with input from members all around the world.

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