President Elect Barry Rassin and the Global
Networking Groups (GNG) Committee believe that Rotary Action Groups (RAGS) and
Rotary Fellowships offer a value proposition to attract potential members and
to provide opportunities to engage and retain existing members. Our clubs
will once again be strong and vibrant. Our membership will start to grow!
I think you will agree that the 26 RAGs and
more than 70 Fellowships are a well-kept secret for the most part. Some
Rotarians may be members of a RAG: Alzheimer’s/Dementia, Water and Sanitation, Disaster
Assistance etc. Our own district Rotarians were very involved in the Rotary Action Group for Family Health and AIDS Prevention. Some may be members of a Fellowship: Wine Lovers, Motorcycling, Tennis,
Of the 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide, only 31,000 Rotarians are
members of a RAG and 82,000 are members of a Fellowship. If you ask a
club president if his/her members belong to a RAG or Fellowship, they probably
To learn more about these international
networking and service opportunities, you can visit rotary.org
Then consider joining a RAG you are passionate about to help others and/or a Fellowship to have fun with your fellow Rotarians around the world.
Club Presidents-Elect will learn more about
these programs at Peach PETS.
Robert Hall, 678-429-2799
Rotary International Director, 2014-16
Chair, Global Networking Groups Committee