Making new Rotary friends aboard a cruise ship

By Rhonda Whitton, Founder and Member of the Fellowship of Cruising Rotarians

The Fellowship of Cruising Rotarians is a social media based fellowship for Rotarians who have a shared interest in leisure cruising. We know that many Rotary members enjoy traveling and visiting exciting new places from the comfort of a cruise ship so we encourage fellowship members to contact with one another prior to a cruise and coordinate a Rotary meeting or service initiative on board.

We maintain a list of all cruises our members have booked and we connect members with one another. For example, we recently connected three fellowship members all on the same cruise. We aim to help members make lasting friendships with people from around the world while cruising.

Members can purchase a fellowship lanyard and lapel pin to wear on-board to identify themselves as Rotarians. Most ships provide make-up certificates for those attending on-board meetings. By meeting members on-board, you have the opportunity to exchange ideas and information about cruising as well as plan possible service activities during a cruise.

Fellowship members do not have to have cruised – just have an interest in cruising. Our members enjoy uploading cruise photos to our Facebook page and sharing their experiences and knowledge.

While the fellowship is social media based, members do not have to be Facebook users to join as all members receive ShipShape, our monthly fellowship newsletter. We take online privacy/security very seriously and members have access to our Facebook group page and are advised not to post information that may reveal their identity or specific travel plans.

Being Facebook-based means all communications are either via Facebook or email. The benefit of this is that we have no financial overheads and there is no cost or annual fee to join our fellowship. Interested in joining? Contact us!


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Throughout the month of June, we’ll be celebrating Rotary Fellowships Month by sharing inspirational services stories from various Rotary Fellowships. We hope these stories inspire you to join or start a Rotary Fellowship.

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