As an effort to serve others, RGHF offers history training for Rotary leaders.

The fellowship accumulates and preserves the complete history, values, and philosophy of the Rotary movement,

as well as encourages others to do the same at every level of the Rotary movement,

and publishes those histories, values, and philosophies on the internet, as well as other forms of media as expedient.

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Rotary Fellowship 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.

 


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. The average size for each Fellowship is 557 members.

 

In the Rotary 2014-15, 62 - fellowships reported a combined membership of 40,838 people in more than 180 countries worldwide. The average size for each Fellowship was 692 members. As of October 2015, 27 fellowships (44% of all fellowships) charged no membership dues. For those fellowship that charged dues, the average annual membership cost was US$25 and average lifetime membership cost was US$150.



Recreational and Vocational Fellowships with histories are listed below... and more will be added.

 

As of 201-176 there were 70 registered Fellowships.

These are Fellowships authorized by Rotary International (or were once as noted wtih **)

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** No longer active

Effective 1 July 2005, the Rotary Fellowships program became part of the Global Networking Groups. This Group entity includes groups of individual Rotarians organized to focus on shared topics of interest on an international basis. Fellowship groups with a service-oriented focus are called Rotarian Action Groups. Fellowship groups focusing on fellowship of a recreational or vocational nature are designated Rotary Fellowships. For more information, please refer to Frequently Asked Questions. 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 Global Networking Groups are fantastic resources for all Rotarians to develop new friendships and to advance opportunities for service. (Rotary International information)