June 23rd

June is designated Rotary Fellowships Month to recognize the importance of international fellowship and goodwill among Rotarians with similar recreational and vocational interests, promote increased participation in fellowships, and increase understanding of this program. The RI Board encourages these groups to celebrate Rotary Fellowships Month through projects, activities, and events. (RCP42.010.9.). MOP 2013.
What are the benefits for Rotarians in joining the Rotary Fellowships? Fellowship provides opportunities for Rotarians to make lasting friendships outside their own Club, District or country. Fellowships contribute to the advancement of world understanding and peace. Also, Fellowships serve as an incentive for attracting new members to Rotary and retaining our existing members. Indeed, Rotary Fellowship, together with the Rotarian Action Groups, serve as an effective tool in promoting membership development and should be actively promoted in our Districts.

There are many Fellowships that would be of interest to our members, and they are detailed on http://www.rotary.org/fellowships. You may find many extensive activities of the Rotary Fellowships that your profession, business or industry area has already established. If not, why not think about starting one yourself! Fellowships contribute to the advancement of world understanding and peace. Interested Rotarians can join a Rotary Fellowship by viewing the Rotary Fellowships Handbook (729) or even start a prospective Rotary Fellowship if their recreational or vocational interest is not in the list of approved Rotary Fellowships. The Rotary Fellowships are expected to facilitate communication among their members and maintain regular communication with RI.
When we talk about “Rotary Fellowships”, we actually refer to the groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses and Rotaractors who join together to:

  • Share a common interest in worthwhile recreational activities (sports, hobbies, etc.);
  • Further their vocational development through acquaintance with others of the same profession;
  • Make new friends around the world;
  • Explore new opportunities for service; and
  • Have fun and enhance their experience in Rotary.

Examples of Rotary Fellowships include: Rotarians on the Internet (ROTI), International Fellowship of Rotarians of Amateur Radio (ROAR), International Computer Users Fellowship of Rotarians (ICUFR),

Last Week: David Hillshafer – Military Warning Satellites and the Weather

June 16th

David E. Hillshafer is a major in the US Air Force. He received his commission through the University of Texas ROTC program in May 2006. At his first assignment at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert of California, he served as a Flight Test Engineer on the B-52, B-1, and C-17 aircraft, testing new capabilities including targeting pods, alternative fuels, and new GPS precision airdrops. At his second assignment at the Space and Missile Center (SMC) in Los Angeles, CA, he managed technology development and review for the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) and the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS). While deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, he served as an Operations Officer for the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), where he safely conducted over 100 combat convoy missions. In his current assignment at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), in Charlottesville, VA, he is a Test Director where he tests all the new Defense Intelligence collection systems.

While at SBIRS, Major Hillshafer led the team that used missile warning satellites to improve weather updates over Afghanistan from hours to minutes. This unconventional and innovative approach allowed weather forecasters to warn deployed troops of fast-forming, severe weather events that had previously destroyed $20 million worth of valuable equipment every year, disrupted counter-terrorism operations, and put the lives of aircrew at risk. For his effort, Major Hillshafer was awarded the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA) in the Early Career category in 2014. The award is sponsored by the Space Center Rotary Club of Houston, Texas, to recognize outstanding achievements in our nation’s space program

Dave will be introduced by his grandfather, our own Larry Jackson.



International Convention in Atlanta 2017

June 13th

District 7620 and our own members having a great time at Rotary International Convention in Atlanta 2017