The greatest thing about Rotary is that every Rotarian has a chance to change its very Constitution. Any Rotarian can propose resolutions or enactments to the COL (Council on Legislation) which meets once in three years. The next meet is in 2019 at Chicago. The enactment has to be endorsed by all clubs in the district.
At the April 2016 COL, a new annual Council on Resolutions (COR) was approved. Here are the two Indian resolutions passed in the first edition of COR that met online in October-
- To request the RI Board to consider revising the Rotaract club certification form – endorsed by D 3141
- To request the RI Board to consider publishing the annual presidential theme in Hindi – by D 3070
The COR is a separate governing body that will meet online every year. It will review resolutions sent by clubs and districts to the RI Board.
The proposed resolutions express opinions and make recommendations to the Board. They do not seek to amend RI Constitutional documents but other RI policies, procedures and programmes. If approved by the COR, proposed resolutions are referred to the RI Board for consideration.
The proposed enactments seek to change Rotary’s constitutional documents — the RI Constitution, RI Bylaws and the Standard Rotary Club Constitution. If approved by the COL, the enactments become effective from July 1 of the following Rotary year. But they must be received by RI by December 31, 2017. So, the districts must pass them by November. The proposed legislations must be submitted to Rotary through the online form: https://rotary.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1zb6VhSSzgQXLLL.
Timeline for 2017–20 Council cycle:
- 2017–18 COR: November 15
- Enactment submission deadline: December 31, 2017
- Amendments to proposed enactments deadline: March 31, 2018
- Resolution submission deadline: June 30, 2018
- COL book published: September 2018
So, Rotarians energise your clubs before December 31 to create an evolutionary new Rotary!
The writer is a PDG and COL Representative of D 3232.