Posted by Chris Peterson
June is Rotary Fellowship Month!
Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.
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.
From birdwatching to yachting, there is a Rotary fellowship for almost everyone. The most active Rotary Fellowship in District 5470 is the International Skiing Fellowship of Rotarians ( The First Annual International Skiing Fellowship Meeting was held in Vail, Colorado, in February of 1974. Vicki and I have attended events in Snowmass (2018) and Telluride (2019) and had a great time skiing with Rotarians from as far away as Great Britain and Austria.
Fellowships are open to Rotarians, family members, and program participants and alumni.
Here is the complete list: