Posted on May 14, 2019
Rotaract welcomed to RI
Rotaract clubs will now be considered a part of Rotary International, as opposed to a program of RI, following a vote by the Council.
The Rotary's Council on Legislation acknowledged Rotaract clubs in the Rotary International Constitution and Bylaws and elevated them as an important member of the Rotary family. Rotaract clubs will continue to have their own standard constitution but will receive greater support from RI.
"We need to be an inspiration to our young partners, so they will continue doing the great service that they do," said RI President Barry Rassin, who presented the measure. "This sends a strong message that they are truly our partners in service."
Rassin stressed that many of the other aspects of Rotaract clubs will remain the same. Rotary clubs will still sponsor Rotaract clubs, and will still support them. Rotaractors will also not be considered Rotarians, and will retain their own unique club experience. The measure simply broadens the definition of membership in RI to include Rotaract clubs.
The benefit to Rotary is the ability to learn more about Rotaractors and improve the support and resources it offers to help Rotaract grow. As Rotaractors become our partners in service, we will be able to better track their impact and expand our reach, supporters said.
(As an aside, individuals are technically not members of RI. Clubs are members of RI. This distinction helps explain why Rotaract clubs will now become members of RI, while the club's members remain Rotaractors and not Rotarians.)
Historical footnote: This is also the first time a sitting RI President has ever proposed an item to the Council.
President Barry Rassin, in his closing statement said, "You have made transformative changes. You have sent a message to the Rotary world about where you think we need to go for the future."
"And I have to add, thank you for elevating Rotaract."
Rotary dues to increase by a dollar
The Council has approved a dues increase of $1 a year beginning with the 2020-21 year for each of three years. The board described the increase as a modest amount needed to keep the organization operating at a small deficit.
The Board would seek to close that deficit with further efforts to reduce expenses. These include a further review of business processes and procedures, moving work to low cost jurisdictions, implementing a revised financial system, and pursuing changes in RI's charitable status.
With the increase, dues clubs pay to RI per member will increase to $34 a half year in 2019-20 (as established by the 2016 Council) $34.50 per half year in 2020-21, $35 per half year in 2021-22, and $35.50 per half year in 2022-23 until modified by future councils.
No club president for life
Imagine you were chosen president of your small club, but after your term, no one steps up to take over. A year goes by, then two, then three, and your club requires you stay in command. A proposal put forward by the Rotary Club of Béthune-Artois, France, would prevent that. Approved by the Council 279-225, the measure specifies that a president's term shall only be extended by one year if no one comes forward to take over.
Council on Legislation 2019
Every three years Rotary’s Council on Legislation meets in Evanston, Illinois to discuss, debate and decide on issues raised by Every three years Rotary’s Council on Legislation meets in Evanston, Illinois to discuss, debate and decide on issues raised by Rotarians in the form of Proposed Legislation. Every District is represented on the Council, which met in April 2019, and our District was represented by PDG Bob Nsibirwa. form of Proposed Legislation.
Caption: PDG Robert Nsibirwa representing District 9211