June is the month that focuses our attention on Fellowships.  What exactly are Rotary fellowships?

Rotary Fellowships are groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses, and Rotaractors who join together 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

Examples of Rotary Fellowships
Marathon Running, Scuba Diving, Flying, Canoeing.  
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.
·       Fellowships must be international in nature with active members in at least three countries.
·       Each fellowship elects at least three officers to oversee the group’s administration.
·       Fellowships are expected to facilitate communication among their members and maintain regular communication with RI.
Some Benefits of Rotary Fellowships
·       Fellowships provide opportunities for Rotarians to make lasting friendships outside of their own club, district, or country.
·       Fellowships contribute to the advancement of world understanding and peace.
·       Fellowships serve as an incentive for attracting new members to Rotary and retaining existing ones.
Join a Fellowship
Interested in a particular Rotary Fellowship?  While in Hamburg, Rtn. Maggie joined the fellowship of Rotarian Musicians, your editor has been a member of the fellowship of Rotarians on the Internet for many years and I have made some lifelong friends whom I have only ever met on the internet.  I was encouraged to join the Tennis fellowship  They thought I might need some help!  Not that I play tennis at this time, but may return to it (under lights) - never say never !!
Start a New Fellowship
If your recreational or vocational interest isn’t represented by an existing fellowship, contact RI staff to learn how
you can start a prospective Rotary Fellowship.
Related RI publications
Contact RI staff:
Programs & Presidential Initiatives Section (PD210)
Fax: 1-847-556-2182
E-mail: rotaryfellowships@rotary.org