Council gets ready to meet in Chicago
Delegates review proposed legislation during the 2001 Council in Chicago. Rotary Images
Delegates from Rotary's 531 districts will be convening in downtown Chicago next week to debate changes to the policies governing Rotary International and its member clubs.
The Council on Legislation, established in 1933, meets every three years to consider changes to the RI Constitution, RI Bylaws, and the Standard Rotary Club Constitution. Over the years, the Council has evolved from an advisory body that convened during a convention plenary session into an independent legislative arm of Rotary International.
This year's Council meets 25-30 April and will be considering more than 200 pieces of legislation submitted by Rotary clubs, districts, and the RI Board of Directors, and compiled by RI staff.
Look for news stories, daily roundups, and vote totals from the Council at www.rotary.org beginning 26 April.
Among other items, delegates will be determining the fate of e-clubs, Rotary clubs that meet online. A select number of e-clubs were chartered as part of the Rotary E-Club pilot project set to expire 30 June.
The proposed legislation would allow up to one e-club per district. E-clubs would hold a regular meeting once a week by posting an interactive activity on the club's website. Rotarians would be counted as present at an e-club meeting if they participated in the interactive activity during the week it was posted.
If the legislation is not approved, pilot e-clubs would be required to become traditional clubs or terminate their membership in RI.
Delegates will also be considering a proposal from the RI Board of Directors seeking a slight increase in the per capita dues Rotary clubs pay to RI. Per capita dues are presently set in the bylaws at $50 for 2010-11. The proposal would affect the subsequent three years.
Delegates will also consider legislation that would
- Alter the requirement that all members receive a subscription to The Rotarian or another Rotary World Magazine Press publication
- Affect the frequency of meetings
- Create a new category of membership for corporate members
- Add youth service as a fifth Avenue of Service
- Request that the Board consider promoting EarlyAct, RotaKids, and Elderact as structured programs of RI
See a full list of proposed legislation. Download a list of delegates. (PDF)
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