Posted by Dave Lorenzen
Rotary Fellowships Month - Make New Friends Around the World

ImageRotary Fellowships Month - June is designated as “Rotary Fellowships Month” by the RI Board to recognize the importance of international fellowship and good will among Rotarians with similar recreational interests, vocations, and health and medical issue-oriented interests, to promote increased participation in fellowships and increase understanding of this program. The RI Board encourages fellowships groups to highlight activities through projects, activities, and events in celebration of “Rotary Fellowships Month” in June.

“Fellowship is wonderful; it illuminates life’s pathway, spreads good cheer, and is worth high price.”

  -Rotary Founder Paul Harris

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.

As of 16 April 2012, there are 62 Rotary Fellowships.

How Rotary Fellowships Operate


Each Fellowship is officially recognized by the RI Board of Directors, but operates 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 group’s operations.

Fellowships are expected to facilitate communication amongst their members and to maintain regular communication with Rotary International.



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Antique Automobiles  License Plate Collecting  email
Authors and Writers  Literacy Providers
Bird Watching  Magicians
Bridge  Magna Graecia    
Canoeing  Marathon Running
Caravanning  Motorcycling
Carnival, Parades & Festivals  Music
Chess  Old and Rare Books
Computer Users  Photographers
Convention Goers  Police and Law Enforcement
Cricket  Pre-Columbian Civilizations  email
Curling  Quilters and Fiber Artists
Cycling  Railroads
Doctors  Recreational Vehicles
Doll Lovers  Rotary Global History
Editors and Publishers  Rotary Heritage and History
Environment  Rotary on Stamps
Esperanto  Scouting
Fine Arts and Antiques  Scuba Diving
Fishing  Shooting Sports
Flying  Singles
Go  Skiing
Golf  Social Networks
Gourmets  Tennis
Home Exchange  Total Quality Management
Horseback Riding  email contact  Travel Agents
Internet  Travel and Hosting
Italian Culture  Wellness and Fitness email contact
Jazz  Wine
Latin Culture  Yachting