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Title: Rotary Fellowships


1
Rotary Fellowships
  • Fellowship is wonderful
  • it illuminates lifes pathway,
  • spreads good cheer,
  • and is worth high price....
  • Rotary Founder Paul Harris

2
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

3
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

4
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.

5
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.

6
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
    International.

7
Examples of Rotary Fellowships
Scuba Diving
Marathon Running
Doll Lovers
Flying
8
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.

9
Fellowships at the International
Convention (cont.)
  • Above The Convention-Goers Fellowship
    celebrates Rotarys Centennial at the 2005
    International Convention in Chicago

10
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.

11
Online Resources
  • For general program information, visit
    www.rotary.org and search for Rotary
    Fellowships.
  • Visit the Download Center to access the
    following
  • 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
    s.org.
  • Join the Rotary Fellowships Discussion Forum at
    http//forums.rotary.org/.

12
Contact RI Staff
  • Rotary International
  • Service Support Awards Department
  • Phone 1-847-866-4494
  • Fax 1-847-866-6116
  • E-mail rotaryfellowships_at_rotary.org
  • Rotary International
  • 1560 Sherman Avenue
  • Evanston, IL 60201-3698
  • USA
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