Rotary Fellowships

Introduction

Rotary Fellowships are groups of individuals who globally unite around a common interest, vocation, or recreational activity with the primary purpose to network and further friendship.

Every year, fellowships are encouraged to submit a report of activities to Rotary International.

Goals of Fellowships

  • Help participants to make lasting friendships outside their own club, district or country
  • Advance Rotary's public image and identity
  • Serve as an incentive for joining Rotary and for maintaining active membership

Fellowship Organisation

  • Fellowships function independently of Rotary International by esablishing their own rules, dues requirements and administrative structure.
  • Fellowships are open to Rotarians, their family members aand the participants and alumni of all Rotary and RI Foundation programs.

Historical Background

Rotary Fellowships began informally in 1928 when Rotarians with a shared interest in the language Esperanto joined together. In 1947, a group of Rotarian boating enthusiasts began flying the Rotary flag from their masts.

Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians; this fellowship now boasts the longest continuous existence. The scope of Rotary Fellowships has greatly changed over the years, but today their purpose is still to unite the Rotary family in friendship and provide venues for enjoying their favourite recreational or professional activities.

2019-2020

In 2019-20, the General Secretary, on behalf of the RI Board and in consultation with the Global Networking Groups Committee, recognized two new Fellowships:

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Beard & Moustache (you don’t need to have any facial hair to join)

Learn more about a few of the fellowships through fun informational sessions, then continue the conversation at their booths in the House of Friendship at the Rotary International Conference or your district conference.

Rotary Fellowships in a Nutshell

Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.

Learn more about a few of the fellowships through fun informational sessions, then continue the conversation at their booths in the House of Friendship at the Rotary International Conferefnce. Many Fellowships are having online meetings. Use Rotary’s presence on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn to promote or explore a fellowship. Rotary action groups and will covered further in this. To get the latest fellowship links, go to: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/more-fellowships.

I am currently a director for the wine Fellowship for Queensland & the Northern Territory, as well as Washrag and the Rotary Global History Fellowship, Gin, Wine (lifetime member) and the Beer Fellowship. If any one or any club would like a program on one of those, I would like help. I am also a lifetime member of Scouting Rotarians.
 
Cheers,
Bo
 
If you want to know more about fellowships, please check the link above to contact the fellowship directly first, but if you are having trouble getting in touch, or is you are a member of a fellowship and are willing to be the local district 9620 contact and provide an inroduction for our district fellowship pages, then please contact the D9620 RAGS and Fellowships chair John Lane.
 

Download the RAGs and Fellowships Presentation from the Hamburg Rotary World Conference