Council on Resolutions: Frequently Asked Questions

General information

How often does the Council on Resolutions meet?
The Council on Resolutions (COR) meets online each year.

When will the 2017 Council take place?
Voting takes place 15 October to 15 November.

You can begin reviewing resolutions on the COR voting site on 1 October. Results will be published by 20 November. Any Rotarian can view the resolutions and the results, but only representatives can vote.

What are resolutions?
A resolution is a request to the RI Board or The Rotary Foundation Trustees to take an action that is outside the purview of the constitutional documents. Ideally, a resolution should affect the Rotary world, rather than address local or administrative issues.

Who votes on the resolutions?
Representatives from all Rotary districts vote on resolutions proposed by clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the general council or conference of RIBI.

Representatives are chosen for three-year terms. The 2017-20 Council representatives will vote in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 CORs.

What happens if my district doesn't have a representative?
The 2017-20 representative selections were due to Rotary by 30 June. If your district has not selected its representative, please do so as soon as possible. If a representative is not selected by 1 October, the previous representative will continue to serve until the end of the Council on Resolutions voting period.

If your Council representative changes, notify Council Services as soon as possible.

Can Council representatives delegate their role to another Rotarian?
No, the Council does not permit proxy votes, so representatives cannot delegate their role to another Rotarian.

Who can view the Council resolutions and results?
All Rotarians can view the resolutions and results on the COR voting site. However, only a district's Council representative can vote.

How can I view the resolutions?
Select "View detailed resolution" below the title of each resolution to open a PDF in a new window or tab.

Can resolutions be amended?
No. If you want to change your resolution, you can withdraw it and submit an updated version. Updated resolutions submitted after 30 June will be reviewed at a future Council.

Can resolutions be withdrawn?
Yes, resolutions can be withdrawn until the last day of voting. If you see a resolution marked as withdrawn, this means that the proposer withdrew the item from consideration during the voting period and it can no longer be voted on. The results will not include vote counts of withdrawn resolutions.

What happens to adopted resolutions after the Council?
The Board or Trustees will consider the adopted resolutions.

How long will the results be posted?
The results are available until the next COR begins.

How do I print pages from the COR voting site?
You can print pages by using the print function on your browser. Council representatives can also print their voting record by selecting the printer icon at the top of the page.

Voting

Where do I access the COR voting site?
You can reach the voting site at https://my.rotary.org/en/cor/vote.

When do I vote?
Representatives can begin voting on resolutions on 15 October. You have until 15 November at 23:59 Chicago time (UTC-6) to submit your votes.

You will need a My Rotary account to vote. If you don't have one, go to my.rotary.org and select the "Register for an account" button. Need help? See How to Create a My Rotary Account.

Is training mandatory for the COR?
Training is not required. However, we encourage you to review all informational materials before the Council begins.

Do I have to vote or may I abstain?
You are not required to vote, but we encourage you to voice your district's opinion on each item. You may abstain from voting on any item by leaving the dashes in the voting drop-down menu. However, you must vote yes or no on at least one item to submit your votes.

Do all Council representatives need to be online at the same time to vote?
No. Council representatives can read and vote on resolutions at their own pace during the voting period.

I'm a representative, but the COR site isn't giving me the option to vote — what do I do?
First, check that the Council is in an active voting period. The voting dates are listed after the Council title. Second, confirm that you are signed in to your account on My Rotary. If you still are unable to vote, contact Council Services.

Will there be debate?
No. If you would like to discuss resolutions, you may use the discussions feature in the Council on Legislation workgroup, found through your profile page on My Rotary. The workgroup is open to all Council representatives.

How long will it take me to vote?
Voting is simple and shouldn't take long to complete. However, please allow enough time to read each resolution. The amount of time will depend on the number of resolutions being considered.

Can I save my votes?
Yes, if you're not ready to submit your votes, you may click or tap the Save for Later button. For your votes to count, you need to submit them before the voting period ends.

How do I submit my vote?
When you're ready to submit your votes, scroll to the bottom of the voting page and check the box confirming you understand that once you submit your votes, they cannot be changed.

Can I change my votes after I have submitted them?
No. Once your votes are submitted, they are final and cannot be changed.

Is there a record of my votes?
Your voting record will be available from the time you submit your votes until next year's voting period begins — about 11 months. At that time, your voting record for the previous year will no longer be available.

Are my votes private?
Yes, your votes are anonymous and confidential. Because of this, Rotary staff members are unable to view or retrieve your voting record.

What happens in a tie vote?
The Council chair will break a tie vote. The result will reflect the chair's decision, but the vote total won't include the additional vote.

Still have questions?
Review the Council on Resolutions resources or contact council_services@rotary.org