Graeme's Message, 11 June 2015

Dear Rotarians and friends,

June is Rotary Fellowship month. We enjoy Fellowship on a weekly basis over lunch or dinner, however there are opportunities to enjoy fellowship at activities like the Golf Day, the sausage sizzle or the Bike Shed in a more relaxed atmosphere. At events such as District Conference and the International Convention one gets the opportunity to enjoy the fellowship of Rotarians from diverse backgrounds.

Some Rotarians join special interest Rotary Fellowship Groups that may reflect their hobby or profession. There are over fifty such groups listed on the RI website and some examples include:

Rotarians of Amateur Radio (ROAR) is one of the oldest fellowships of Rotary International. It was organized in 1966 and members participated in their first Rotary International convention as a fellowship in Denver, Colorado, USA, in 1966. 

Today, there are more than 350 members representing 25 countries. Hugh Archer president of Rotary International in 1989 was a member of ROAR. The theme during his presidential year was “Enjoy Rotary” and he suggested one way to do this included participation in its fellowships.

The International Fellowship of Cricket Loving Rotarians in Australia has 200 members. It began in 1993 , at the RI Convention in Melbourne. Touring has been a highlight for members with trips to England, New Zealand, South Africa and India. There have been eight World Rotary Cricket Festivals and domestic fixtures are held across Australia. Don McQueen established the Hume and Hovell Cricket Ground at Strath Creek, as an English ‘village green’ style cricket ground that has become recognised as the spiritual home of Australian IFCR.

Rotary International announced official recognition to the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians (Rotacyclists) on the 13th January 1992, and has grown steadily over the years. There are a number of chapters throughout the world with membership open to Rotarians who share an interest in motorcycling.

The Rotary on Stamps Fellowship is an organisaton affiliated with Rotary International and the American Philatelic Society. The group is dedicated to promoting the hobby of topical philately and provides an opportunity for fellowship and service.

International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians began in 1965. The Australian Chapter has membership of around 200. Flyins around Australia are the most extensive of their activities as is attendance at World Conventions where IFFR is always well represented and made more enjoyable by “flyaways” that are added to the program.

There are also professional fellowships for doctors, lawyers, and police and other groups for golfers, scuba divers photographers and wine lovers. To my knowledge none of our members are involved in any of these Rotary Fellowship Groups but if I am wrong let us know and provide a report on your experience.

Another night of fellowship that I am looking forward to is the changeover on July 9.