How does Rotary decide our qualifications for membership? Our RI dues? … Our meeting schedule? …Our membership and attendance requirements??  These bylaws which unite us as Rotarians  have evolved over time --- but did you know that we have a voice in whether to retain or change Rules, By-Laws and even the Constitution of Rotary International! 
Proposals are made through the RI Council on Resolutions and Legislation which meets annually to determine pending resolutions, and every three years to determine the fate of proposed legislation. Our District elects one of our Past District Governors to serve for a three-year term as our District Representative on the Council.  Proposals that are adopted then head to the RI Board of Directors for adoption. We see the results in the triennially published Manual of Procedure, Rules, Bylaws and RI Constitution.
I hold the Council Rep position currently, and PDG Steve Kuhn serves as Alternate Rep. Working together, we invite all District Rotarians to view and comment on pending resolutions and legislative proposals. Clubs can also propose resolutions and legislation “for the benefit of all concerned.”  
The two of us attended Rotary's Zoom Zone Institute session for COL Reps on Sept. 12, in prep for the work ahead. The best comment shared is that Rotarians should not be heard to say "they decided" this or that... really, WE together make those important policy decisions that will shape Rotary's present and future. .  
All Rotarians can see the resolutions, urgent enactments (emergency legislation), and results of Council action at Council voting site --and you can  “View Detailed PDF” for more information on each. You can then provide your comments, or your Club’s comments, to me at
The current year’s resolutions and emergency matters for consideration will be posted on or about September 28. After reviewing your comments, submitted, please, by October 31, I will vote on behalf of our District before the voting deadline of November 14th.
Are you wondering what such legislation has looked like in the past? A Sampling of legislation adopted in 2019 ….(click read more)
Belvidere Rotary Supports Mobile Pantry
The Mobile Pantries help supplement what food needy families get from the local food pantries and what they can buy with SNAP benefits if they receive them. Everyone we talked to was extremely grateful for the help."We served 173 households benefiting 734 individuals."  "92% of the households were in the 61008 zip code."  The generosity and time certainly helped Belvidere residents who were in need of food assistance. 
Sandwich Rotary Drive Through
The Sandwich Rotary Club did a drive through fundraiser.  Their Famous brats and hotdogs were a huge success.  The club may be small but they are mighty and working to opening doors for opportunities in the Sandwich area.  Included in the picture is the PDG Nel Pitelka (far right).... even in her 80's she supports Rotary!
New Furniture for Friendship House
The two Ottawa Rotary clubs partnered with Friendship House to purchase new furniture for their clients. Thank you District 6420 for the community grant that made this possible!!
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