In 2016, Rotary International changed the mechanism by which clubs and districts could seek specific Rotary Board of Directors actions.  Prior to this change, clubs and districts could seek to amend the RI Constitution and bylaws, or the standard Rotary Club Constitution, only by enactment of a resolution.  The Council on Legislation meets only once every three years.  The process to propose and enact legislation is arduous and complex.
With the recent change, clubs and districts now have an additional and alternate means to bring items to the attention of the RI Board of Directors.  RI implemented this change by adopting a yearly Council on Resolutions.  Resolutions, unlike legislation, are not binding on the RI Board of Directors, but they require that the Board consider enacted resolutions for further action.  The advantage of resolutions is that they may be proposed any time, are considered yearly, and are significantly easier for a club or district to propose.
The next Council on Resolutions will meet in late 2018.  To be considered, Resolutions must be adopted and submitted by no later than June 30, 2018.  A future newsletter article will go into more detail on the process of adopting and submitting Resolutions and Legislation.
The Council on Resolutions “meets” by on-line voting of proposed resolutions.  Each district selects a representative to serve in each Council Cycle.  The current Council Cycle is 2017 to 2020.  I have the honor of being selected to serve as representative from District 5400.
During the Council on Resolutions, 38 specific resolutions were presented for consideration.  Each representative read and considered each resolution and voted to adopt or reject the resolution.  The results of the 2017 voting can be found at this link: 
Links to each of the resolutions are available at the embedded links on that page, but I wanted to highlight a few.
Resolution 17R-01 requested that the RI Board consider recommending that each club have a strategic planning committee as one if its standing committees.  This resolution was adopted, and the RI Board may take specific action to implement it.
Resolution 17R-02 requested that the RI Board consider REQUIRING that all clubs start or end their meetings with the Four-Way Test.  This resolution was rejected.  This vote showed a pretty consistent trend among all of the results of voting on the resolutions to afford clubs significant individual autonomy in structuring the flow of their own club meetings.
Resolution 17R-05 requested that the RI Board implement a procedure where terminated clubs must secure the endorsement of their districts as an additional requirement for reinstatement.  Currently, only payment of delinquent dues and fees is required.  The reason offered for this resolution was to address possible non-monetary reasons why a District would not want a club reinstated.  This resolution was adopted, and may result in RI Board action adding this requirement.
Resolutions 17R-16 and 17 requested that the RI Board consider adopting ecologically sustainable initiatives and sustainable development and environmental protection as areas of focus.  Both resolutions were adopted.
Resolution 17R-23 requested that the RI Board of Trustees for The Rotary Foundation develop and include a water project application template as a means of easing the application process for routine water projects.  This resolution was adopted.
The Council on Resolutions also considered a number of issues regarding dues.  The Council adopted a resolution for the RI Board to consider not increasing dues at the 2019 Council on Legislation (17R-31); rejected a provision to consider variable dues by country (17R-32); rejected a request to develop a RI Budget on a scenario of reducing annual RI Dues to US$50 (17R-33), and rejected a proposal to decrease per capita dues for Rotaractors (17R-34).
If you have any interest in discussing any of the Resolutions considered, rejected or adopted, please contact me any time! 
Ken Howell
PDG 2015-2016, Council on Resolutions and Legislation Representative, 2017-2020 cycle