Once every three years representatives from every one of Rotary’s 538 districts meet in Chicago to update the organization’s three constitutional documents, the RI Constitution and Bylaws and the Standard Club Constitution.  The meeting is called the Council on Legislation and the most recent meeting has just completed. Changes will become operational as of 1 July, 2019.
These documents along with a Recommended Club Bylaws document prescribe how a Rotary Club operates. Clubs are free to amend the Recommended Club Bylaws to suit their own needs as long as those amendments do not conflict with the provisions of the other three documents. Therefore, clubs should periodically review and adjust their club bylaws to assure compliance.
116 enactments plus 1 RI Board proposed position statement were considered, 47 were adopted, 55 were rejected and 15 were withdrawn. Of the adopted legislation, the ones with the most direct consequence to clubs were:
If a club is unable to find a president-elect, it may ask the current president to serve a second consecutive year. However, no president may serve three or more consecutive years.
Club officers must provide the membership with a mid-year financial status report and a financial report of the previous year by 31 December.
Currently, makeups (for clubs which still require makeups) must be made within 14 days before or after the missed meeting. The new enactment allows makeups to be done anytime during the same Rotary year, which may put a recordkeeping burden on the club secretary.
A club cannot participate in district voting on any matter if it is delinquent on paying its district dues.
The RI board may terminate a club upon the request of the district governor if the club membership falls below six members.
Per capita RI dues will increase by $1 US for each half-year starting 1 July 2019 through 30 June 2022.  Total annual dues in US dollars are $68 in 2019-20, $70 in 2020-21 and $72 in 2021-22
Further information and downloadable documents are posted on the district website, see the homepage story titled “Legislation Updates