I often think about my Rotary experience and what amount of time is appropriate considering the many other demands on my time. I don’t look at the time as an expense as much as I do an investment though. Through my Rotary Club and the District projects I’ve worked on, I’ve made relationships with many fine people within and outside of our District. Of course there are other things in my life: family, hobbies, business, etc. Why not combine the time and do these things with other Rotarians with the same interests? That’s what Rotary Fellowships are all about. Rotary Fellowships are international, independently organized groups of Rotarians, Rotaractors and their spouses who share a common vocation or recreational interest. Rotary Fellowships give their members the opportunity to have fun, make new friends around the world, and enhance their experience in Rotary. There are over 60 recognized fellowships currently in existence that cover many types of interests from sporting to crafting to learning and more. If there isn’t a fellowship that covers your particular interest, start one! There are requirements to gain official recognition from RI but it’s likely that if you have the interest, others do too.
The District 7710 Committee for Rotary Fellowships seeks to expand fellowship activity in our district by encouraging participation. Start a local chapter or meeting group of a fellowship that you belong. Get together with other Rotarians. Use your fellowship as a recruiting tool for new Rotarians with the same interests. If you’re a tennis player, what could be better than having more tennis players join Rotary? Cyclists? Wine lovers? Historians? Photographers? Quilters? The International Skiing Fellowship has trips coming up at Big Sky, MT, Saas-Fee, Switzerland and Whistler, BC. Many of the fellowships have their annual meeting at the RI Convention. One more reason to go!
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