Council on Legislation

Every three years, Rotarians meet at the Council on Legislation to review and vote on proposed legislation. The Council gives us a voice in how our organization is governed.

2016 Council on Legislation

The next Council convenes in April 2016.

Legislation must be received at RI headquarters by 31 December 2014. There are no exceptions to this deadline. Club legislation must be endorsed by the district.

What the Council does

Each Rotary district sends a representative to the Council. Representatives deliberate and act upon all proposed enactments and resolutions. Enactments seek to change Rotary’s constitutional documents, and resolutions express an opinion or make a recommendation to the RI Board.

The RI Board reviews and acts on resolutions adopted by the Council and items referred to the Board.

Selecting representatives

Each district should select a representative and an alternate during the 2013-14 year through a nominating committee. Otherwise, the district should make the selections at the annual district conference (or district council, for Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland) or through a ballot-by-mail.

Find more information on how to select Council representatives.

Proposing legislation

Proposed enactments and resolutions may be submitted by clubs and districts, though club items must be endorsed by the club’s district. Proposals may also be made by the General Council or Conference of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, the RI Board, and the Council itself.

2016 Council on Legislation documents

2013 Council on Legislation documents

2010 Council documents

Contact information

General Secretary
c/o Council Services
Rotary International
1560 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201 USA
Fax: +1-847-556-2123
Email: Council Services