Rotary Fellowships


Rotary Fellowships are autonomous, international 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 Rotary experience

Rotary Fellowships began informally in 1928 when Rotarians with a shared interest in the international 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 - which now holds the distinction of being the oldest continuing fellowship. The scope of fellowships has changed significantly over the years, but their purpose remains the same: to unite Rotarians in friendship and provide opportunities to enjoy favorite recreational or professional activities.

Many fellowships also use their special interests to serve others. For example, the Fellowship of Canoeing Rotarians has organized cleanups of polluted rivers; members of the International Computer Users Fellowship of Rotarians conduct training sessions for Rotarians and others in their community, and members of the International Fellowship of Rotarian Scuba Divers join local Rotary clubs to undertake service projects on each of their diving trips.

Rotary International has established specific policies for forming a Rotary Fellowship. The RI Board of Directors evaluates each prospective group before deciding whether to formally recognize it. However, each fellowship operates independently of RI, with its own rules, dues, requirements, and administrative structure.

Membership is open to all Rotarians, Rotarian spouses, and Rotaractors.

Co-Chair: Rtn. Jane Shoobridge Sandy Bay

Co-Chair: PP Michael Quinn Glenorchy