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Title: Rotary Fellowships

Rotary Fellowships
  • Fellowship is wonderful
  • it illuminates lifes pathway,
  • spreads good cheer,
  • and is worth high price....
  • Rotary Founder Paul Harris

What are Rotary Fellowships?
  • Groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses and
    Rotaractors who unite to
  • Share a common interest in worthwhile
    recreational activities (sports, hobbies, etc.)
  • Further their vocational development through
    acquaintance with others of the same profession
  • Make new friends around the world
  • Explore new opportunities for service
  • Have fun and enhance their experience in Rotary

Other Benefits of Rotary Fellowships
  • Rotary Fellowships...
  • Offer opportunities for Rotarians to make lasting
    friendships outside of ones own club, district
    and country
  • Contribute to the advancement of world
    understanding and peace
  • Serve as an incentive for attracting new members
    to Rotary and for retaining existing members

Rotary Fellowships History
  • Rotary Fellowships informally began in 1928 when
    a group of Rotarians with an interest in
    Esperanto joined together. In 1947 Rotarians
    organized a group of boating enthusiasts, which
    became the Yachting Fellowship.
  • These activities gained more attention and
    operated over the years as World Fellowship
    Activities, International Vocational Contact
    Groups, Rotary Recreational and Vocational
    Fellowships, and finally, Rotary Fellowships.

Rotary Fellowships History (cont.)
  • Rotary Fellowships now belong as a distinct
    category under Global Networking Groups, which
    also includes Rotarian Action Groups.
  • Rotarian Action Groups are organized in a similar
    manner as Rotary Fellowships, but focus on
    specific service-related activities.
  • As of 1 July 2007, there are 84 Rotary
    Fellowships and 14 Rotarian Action Groups.

How Rotary Fellowships Operate
  • Each fellowship is operated independently of
    Rotary International, with its own rules, dues
    requirements, and administrative structure.
  • Membership in fellowships is open to Rotarians,
    spouses of Rotarians and Rotaractors.
  • Each fellowship must maintain a membership base
    representing at least three different countries.
  • Each fellowship elects at least three officers to
    oversee the groups operations.
  • Fellowships are expected to facilitate
    communication amongst their members and to
    maintain regular communication with Rotary

Examples of Rotary Fellowships
Scuba Diving
Marathon Running
Doll Lovers
Fellowships at the International Convention
  • June is Rotary Fellowships Month
  • Fellowships often use the International
    Convention in June as an opportunity to plan
    meetings and activities for attending members
    from around the world.
  • Fellowship exhibitions make up a vital part of
    the House of Friendship, and groups use this
    opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments,
    plan for the future, and recruit new members.

Fellowships at the International
Convention (cont.)
  • Above The Convention-Goers Fellowship
    celebrates Rotarys Centennial at the 2005
    International Convention in Chicago

How to Join a Rotary Fellowship
  • Contact the group directly using contact
    information found on the RI Web site, or in the
    Global Networking Groups Directory.
  • Complete a membership inquiry form and submit to
    RI World Headquarters so staff can forward it to
    the group you are interested in.
  • Contact your district Rotary Fellowships chair.
  • If a group for your interests does not currently
    exist, contact RI Staff for information on how to
    start a new group.

Online Resources
  • For general program information, visit and search for Rotary
  • Visit the Download Center to access the
  • Rotary Fellowships Handbook (publication 729)
  • Global Networking Groups Directory
  • Global Networking Groups Membership Inquiry Form
  • Global Networking Groups Application Form
  • To suggest a new fellowship, or view other
    suggested fellowships, visit www.rotaryfellowship
  • Join the Rotary Fellowships Discussion Forum at

Contact RI Staff
  • Rotary International
  • Service Support Awards Department
  • Phone 1-847-866-4494
  • Fax 1-847-866-6116
  • E-mail
  • Rotary International
  • 1560 Sherman Avenue
  • Evanston, IL 60201-3698
  • USA