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Rotary Fellowships Part I
by Carol Steen
Do you have a hobby or special interest? Chances are, there's a Rotary Fellowship you can join that will connect you with Rotarians around the world who share your interest.
At the suggestion of a visiting Rotarian, we will begin a series of makeup programs that describe various Rotary Fellowships. This month we are featuring fellowships for tennis, railroad, and jazz enthusiasts.
The basic information below, from the Rotary website, gives
an overview of the operations and benefits of Fellowships
How Rotary Fellowships
Each fellowship is operated
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.
- Fellowships must be international in
nature with active members in at least three countries.
Each fellowship elects at least three
officers to oversee the group's administration.
Fellowships are expected to
facilitate communication among their members and maintain regular
communication with RI.
Some Benefits of Rotary
Fellowships provide opportunities for
Rotarians to make lasting friendships outside of their own club,
district, or country.
Fellowships contribute to the
advancement of world understanding and peace.
Fellowships serve as an incentive for
attracting new members to Rotary and retaining existing ones.
The International Tennis Fellowship of Rotarians (ITFR) is just one of the many sport-related fellowships. Annually the fellowship organizes a World Tennis Championship of Rotarians. This year's championship will be held this month, August 2013, in Romania.
As of this writing, members come from 69 countries. The group is open to Rotarians, Rotaractors, and partners. Founded in 2004, and it currently has almost 1300 members.
The fellowship also organizes regional matches and encourages tennis-playing Rotarians to tour each other's countries. This combination of hospitality and recreation allows Rotarians to experience different cultures and playing sites. Activities are also planned for Rotarians who can no longer play the game but still have a passion for tennis.
Funds collected from the ITFR's various events are donated to Rotary projects. Visit the club's website at itfr.org for more information, including how to join.
IFRR, thee International Fellowship of Railroading Rotarians, is made up of Rotarians who have a common interest in railroading, whether it's steam, diesel, electric, or model railroads. Rail fan photographers, rail travelers, those who collect railroad memorabilia, and those with special interests such as private rail cars and trolley cars will find a home in this fellowship..
This year, 2013, the group planned a special German Model Train trip around the convention time in Lisbon.The fellowship's website is ifrr.info.
Rotaryjazz.com is the place to find more information about this special interest fellowship. This fellowship is fairly new, and its goal is to bring together musicians and Rotarians from around the world who are enthusiastic about supporting both outstanding music production as well as cultural exchange.Listeners are invited to join this group, along with musicians, producers, event managers, technicians, and engineers.
* Carol Steen is a Member and Past President of Rotary eClub One.
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