2018 Council on Resolutions

Proposals from Clubs for 2018 Council on Resolutions – Closes 13 April 2018

Rotary International’s Council on Resolutions meets online each year to vote on proposed resolutions submitted by clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the general council or conference of RIBI. The Council on Resolutions has the authority to adopt resolutions. Most adopted resolutions are then considered by the RI Board or the The Rotary Foundation Trustees. D9810 and D9810 Clubs may propose Resolutions. D9810’s representative to the Council on Resolutions (COR) delegate is David Alexander.  [Please contact him directly if you would like assistance drafting your Resolution].

Deadline to Submit Resolutions

Key dates
Lodge proposed resolutions with David Alexander:                                                            10 April, 2018
All lodged resolutions sent to Clubs (21 days prior to President’s Meeting 4 May):        13 April, 2018
Club vote to endorse resolutions at President’s Meeting:                                                    4 May 2018

Resolutions lodged on-line by D9810 COR Delegate
DG authorisation
RI closing date   30 June 2018

For a club to propose a resolution, the club’s board of directors must first submit the proposed resolution to the club members for adoption, before sending it to the district. Any resolutions proposed by clubs or districts are then voted on by all Clubs at the May 2018 Presidents Meeting, before it can be submitted to Rotary.

Assistance with drafting your Resolution

Resolutions are made up of two parts. First is the supporting information, which uses preambulary or ‘whereas’ clauses as the proposers argument for the resolution.
The second part to each resolution is the action or resolved clause. Resolutions may contain any number of supporting information clauses, but they always have only one resolved clause. The resolved clause states the action that the proposer wishes the RI Board or TRF Trustees to consider. For examples of resolutions, see the 2017 Council on Resolutions section of the rotary.org website.

Should you propose a resolution?

Resolutions are a great way to propose ideas that will impact the Rotary world; however, the Board only reviews adopted resolutions. To guarantee that the Board reviews your proposal, submit it instead as a petition to the Board. A petition is a request for action on a specific matter. Items that have a limited scope, rather than impacting the whole Rotary world, are better to submit as petitions. The process allows clubs to bring issues of concern to the Board for consideration and possible action at its regular meeting. The RI Board hears petitions at every meeting.

Petitions to the Board may be submitted directly by clubs or may result from a district conference. They must also be signed by either the club president or district governor. The intent of the petition should be clearly explained in a letter either to the Rotary president, Board of Directors, or the general secretary. The petition can be formatted as a proposed resolution or simply as a letter.

Follow the link for further information on How to Propose Resolutions


Results of the 2017 Council on Resolutions

To see the list of 38 resolutions considered by the 2017 Council and the voting results, please view here. 17 Resolutions were adopted and 21 rejected.


Club Briefings

To gain an insight into how your Club can propose a Resolution or an Enactment for consideration at the next Councils, or information about the Council processes, please contact David Alexander – 2018 Council on Resolutions  Delegate /  2019 Council on Legislation Delegate, or alternate representative PDG Tony Monley.


2019 Council on Legislation (COL)

[Now Closed for Submissions] – Deadline 31 December 2017

Every three years, Delegates from all Districts meet at the Council on Legislation to review and vote on proposed changes to the legislation that governs Rotary. They consider enactments, which change Rotary’s governing documents, and position statements by the RI Board.

Proposing legislation

D9810 and D9810 Clubs may submit up to 5 proposed enactments to the Council on Legislation. The deadline for submitting legislation for the 2019 Council on Legislation is 31 December 2017.  Refer Club Notice of Intention to Propose Legislation and 2019 COL Club Briefing Kit

Proposed enactments seek to change Rotary’s constitutional documents (the RI Constitution, RI Bylaws, and the Standard Rotary Club Constitution).

For a club to propose an enactment, the club’s board of directors must first submit the
proposed enactment to the club members for adoption, before sending it to the District.

An enactment submitted by a club must also be endorsed by the clubs in its district before it
can be submitted to Rotary. Typically, in D9810 this takes place at the District AGM to be held this year on 24 November 2017.

Once endorsed, the proposer may submit the enactment to Rotary through the online
form by 31 December 2017. The district governor must also confirm the district’s
endorsement by 31 December 2017.

Assistance with drafting your your proposed enactment

[Please contact 2019 D9810 COL Delegate David Alexander if you would like assistance drafting your enactment].

To begin, consider the change you are proposing and find the related sections of the
constitutional documents that need to be amended in order to bring about the change.

For example, if you are proposing a change to the Object of Rotary, you will want to
mark changes in the RI Constitution and the Standard Rotary Club Constitution. You
can locate other related sections by:
1. Searching for keywords relating to the proposed change
2. Searching for references to the amended section in the constitutional documents

To mark your changes in the constitutional documents, [• RI Constitution, • RI Bylaws, and
• Standard Rotary Club Constitution] use the Word versions found on the governance documents page of rotary.org. The versions are set up to automatically mark your proposed changes. Save a copy of your amended version of the constitutional documents, before submitting it to Rotary.

Make sure that all related sections are properly amended because an enactment can be found defective by the Constitution and Bylaws Committee if they are not. A defective enactment will not be transmitted to the Council on Legislation.

Purpose and Effect Statement

The proposer must provide a statement of purpose and effect, 300 words or less, in
order for the proposed enactment to be considered duly proposed. If a statement is not
provided, it will not be considered duly proposed and will not be considered by the
Council on Legislation. This statement should identify the issue or problem that the
proposed enactment seeks to address and explain how the proposal addresses or
resolves the problem or issue.



 About the Council on Legislation

The Council on Legislation, Rotary’s “parliament,” meets every three years to deliberate and act upon all proposed enactments submitted by clubs, district conferences, the General Council and Conference of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, and the RI Board. The Council itself also makes proposals. Following a decision of the 2016 Council on Legislation, a separate Council on Resolutions is now held annually.