Have fun and enhance their experience in Rotary.
Rotary Fellowships informally began in 1928 when a group of Rotarians with an interest in Esperanto joined. In 1947, Rotarians organized a group of boating enthusiasts, which became the Yachting Fellowship.
Examples of Rotary Fellowships include Rotarians on the Internet (ROTI),
International Fellowship of Rotarians of Amateur Radio (ROAR), International Computer Users Fellowship of Rotarians (ICUFR), International Fellowship of Rotary Convention Goers, International Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians, International Fellowship of Rotarians Musicians, Rotary Global History Fellowship, etc. Additional choices include marathon running, scuba diving, flying, bird watching, chess, doll lovers, environment, Esperanto, gourmets, lawyers, magic, nurses, police and law enforcement professionals, recreational vehicles, singles, stockbrokers, venture capitalists, wine and yoga.
Each Rotary Fellowship operates independently of Rotary International, with its own rules, dues requirements and administrative structure. Membership is open to Rotarians, spouses of Rotarians and Rotaractors. It must be international in nature with active members in at least three (3) countries. Each fellowship elects at least three (3) officers to oversee the group's administration. The Rotary Fellowships facilitate communication among their members and maintain regular communication with RI.
What are the benefits for Rotarians in joining the Rotary Fellowships? Fellowships provide opportunities for Rotarians to make lasting friendships outside their own Club, District or country. Fellowships contribute to the advancement of world understanding and peace. In addition, Fellowships serve as an incentive for attracting new members to Rotary and retaining existing members. Indeed, Rotary Fellowship, together with the Rotarian Action Groups, serves as an effective tool in promoting membership development.
Interested Rotarians can join a Rotary Fellowship by clicking https://www.rotary.org/en/form-rotary-fellowship. If their recreational or vocational interest is not on the list of approved Rotary Fellowships, Rotarians have the ability to start a Rotary Fellowship.