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Rotary Fellowships at a Glance

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

In 2010-11, 59 fellowships reported a combined membership of almost 32,842 Rotarians, spouses of Rotarians,
and Rotaractors in 104 countries. The average size for each Fellowship is 557 members. In 2010-11, 37
fellowships (63% of all fellowships) charged membership dues, with an average of US$24 for annual dues and
US$143 for lifetime dues.

Fellowships of Rotarians, by RGHF member Mel Powell, USA, Part I

Fellowships of Rotarians, by RGHF member Mel Powell, USA, Part II

Recreational and Vocational Fellowships with histories are listed below... and more will be added. To include your fellowship's history send a message at www.historycomment.org

These are Fellowships authorized by Rotary International (or were once)

*Listed here, but not an official Fellowship of Rotarians
** No longer active

See also Rotary Action Groups

If you have information of these or other missing fellowships found at www.missinghistory.org please contact us at www.historycomment.org

Missing Fellowships: www.missinghistory.org

See also Rotary Authorized Action Groups

As of 1 July 2005, the Rotary Fellowships program belongs to a new parent entity known as Global Networking Groups. The new entity includes groups of individual Rotarians organized to focus on shared topics of interest on an international basis. Effective 1 July 2006, all existing and future fellowship groups with a service-oriented focus will be reclassified under a new category called Rotarian Action Groups, while existing and future fellowship groups focusing on fellowship of a recreational or vocational nature will remain under the designation of Rotary Fellowships. For more information, please refer to Frequently Asked Questions.

During this period of transition, both Rotary Fellowships and Rotarian Action Groups will be represented on the Rotary Fellowships pages of the RI Web site. Pending the development of a separate Rotarian Action Groups Web page, both pages will be linked through a common portal for Global Networking Groups. Please check back periodically for further updates.

Global Networking Groups currently comprise more than 90 independent Rotary Fellowships and Rotarian Action Groups. Join the growing number of Rotarians who are sharing their favorite activities and professional interests through organized recreational and vocational groups in Rotary Fellowships, or explore new opportunities for international partnership in service in Rotarian Action Groups. Whether you are interested in bird watching, motorcycling, volunteer dentistry, or the fight against AIDS, Rotary’s Global Networking Groups are fantastic resources for all Rotarians to develop new friendships and to advance opportunities for service.  (Rotary International information)