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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2007 COUNCIL ON LEGISLATION
Effective date July 1, 2007
Reduction of required attendance from 60% to 50% Assistant Governors are exempt from attending 30% of meetings at their home club
Participant in community service (i.e. community volunteer) is a new accepted vocation for membership (business, professional and/or community service)
A Rotaractor who joins a Rotary club within two years of leaving Rotaract is exempt from paying an admission fee
Youth protection Clubs that fail to investigate allegations of violation of youth protection laws by any member during Rotary activities (i.e. Youth Exchange, Camp Enterprise, RYLA, etc) are subject to suspension and/or termination
RI dues will increase by $1.00 per year per member in 2008-09, 2009-10,and 2010-11
Districts can form an internal audit committee rather than using/hiring an independent accountant to review annual income & expenses
RI dues for new members will be prorated monthly
Elections of RI & District Officers
District Governor Nominees can be selected 36 months (up from 30) prior to service
Nominating Committee for RI President will consist of 34 members (up from 17) one from every Zone in the world. All candidates for RIP will have the opportunity to be interviewed Campaigning including use of electronic media is not permitted
COL reps should be selected by a District Nominating Committee. Members of the RI Director Nominating Committee must be a PDG at the time of service and must have attended at least two Rotary Institutes
Affirmed that Polio Eradication is Rotarys highest priority & that no other corporate program will be adopted until this is achieved.
Endorsed the Future Vision Plan of The Rotary Foundation
Subject: Rotary Council on Legislation
To: District 5960 Club Presidents
In April of 2007 the Rotary Council on Legislation (COL) will gather in Chicago with delegates from the 530 Districts around the world to debate and vote on legislation proposed by clubs, districts, the general council of RIBI, the RI Board, and the Council itself. This Council, which convenes once every three years, will help to decide whether Rotary remains as it is today, or institutes changes to its Constitution and Bylaws. With additional voting members and observers totaling over 700 attendees, it can be a very exciting event.
This is our opportunity as Rotarians to submit pieces of legislation to modify or change our rules. Clubs and Districts are encouraged to give careful thought and discussion to submitting potential changes. Now is the time to start thinking about items of legislation that you would like to submit. At the last COL held in 2004, the US/North America proposed approximately 13% of the changes, of which 20% passed. You might note that the US/North America represents approximately 33% of Rotary membership.
If you would like to propose a piece of legislation which would amend RIs constitutional documents, the following steps should be taken:
- Talk to your club Board. The Clubs board of Directors must submit the legislation to the club membership for adoption at a regular club meeting. If adopted, the proposal must then be forwarded to the governor with a letter signed by the club president and secretary certifying that it has been adopted.
- The next step is for the legislation to be voted on at the district conference. If the piece passes there, the District Governor completes the certification form and sends to RI headquarters to arrive by June 30, 2006.
- The COL delegate presents the piece of legislation at the Council.
It is recommended that if you are considering submitting a piece of legislation that you work with the COL delegate or alternate to create a position statement (an explanation of why you support or oppose something) to attach when submitting the legislation.
We look forward to working with any Rotarian/Club to help create pieces which shape our future and ensure the health and well being of our organization.
PDG Steve Wilcox, Delegate for D-5960 to the Council on Legislation steve @ theresultants.com or 715-386-2800 (O)
PDG Cathy Smith, Alternate Delegate csmith @ centralroofing.com or 763-572-0660 (O)
Timeline for Council on Legislation:
Nov. 1, 2005 - Notice of 2007 COL to all Club Presidents, AG's and District Leadership.
Nov.12, 2005 - Notice to AG's at AG Training of the opportunity to "change Rotary" through legislation at the COL and their promotion at the clubs they serve.
Dec. 1, 2005 - 2nd Notice of COL to all Club Presidents directing them to the COL feature on our district website with download forms for writing legislation. A small COL District Committee will be named to assist in coaching clubs in the writing of legislation, reviewing proposed legislation for district approval and presenting proposed legislation at the District Conference in April for final District approval.
Jan.14, 2006 - Midterm PowerPoint Presentation "training" the steps to propose enactments and resolutions for consideration during morning opening with COL handout included in all of the President, Club and P-E packets...
March 17-18, 2006 - Joint PETS to further bring COL awareness and action through the Presidents-Elect.
April 1, 2006 - All proposals must be sent to Steve Wilcox, Chair, via email, fax or US mail
1228 Tenth St, Hudson WI 54016 or steve @ theresultants.com or 715/386-7301
April 21-23, 2006 - District 5960 District Conference - COL Presentation and conference approval of legislation submittals
June 30, 2006 - Legislation MUST be in the hands of the RI General Secretary in Evanston, IL to be considered for the 2007 COL.