History of Rotary E-Clubs


The Council on Legislation represents the legislative body for Rotary International Worldwide and officially voted to make E-Clubs a permanent part of Rotary on April 26, 2010. The measure was approved by a vote of 430 to 85.  The six year E-Club pilot program came to an end on June 30, 2010.  The new Rotary year beginning on July 1, 2010 allowed Rotary E-Club's to form and become fully Chartered.  

The basic features of an E-Club are as follows:

  • E-Clubs must first apply for Provisional Club Status by Rotary International
  • Twenty-five (25) members are required to become a fully Chartered Rotary Club.  These members are called Charter Members. 
  • E-Clubs meet on-line (electronically) or a combination of both on-line and in-person; each club makes its own determination as to it's model
  • E-Clubs meet regularly
  • E-Clubs conduct service projects and fund raising projects to support those service projects
  • E-Clubs have the same responsibilities as other Rotarians and abide by the same rules and regulations within Rotary 
  • E-Club members promote and financially support The Rotarian Foundation
  • A maximum of two (2) E-Clubs are allowed to form per District (one Hybrid E-Club and one International E-Club)
  • Hybrid E-Clubs are defined by their members living or working within the confines of the clubs District 
  • International E-Clubs are defined by their members living or working anywhere in the world (no geographic restrictions apply) 
  • E-Clubs are an effective way to recruit and attract younger Rotarians
  • E-Clubs are an effective way to recruit and attract Rotarian with physical disabilities, Rotarians that travel extensively, or Rotarians that enjoy technology and meeting on-line (electronically).  This is also a good model for Rotarians that have dual residences in different regions of the country or world and can not commit to a weekly in-person meeting at one Rotary Club.   
  • E-Clubs are organized the same way as a standard Rotary Club with a Board of Directors and Committees
  • The first E-Club formed was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Boulder Colorado; it is called the Rotary E-Club One.  It is an international E-Club and their website is www.rotaryeclubone.org 

By December 2011, there were 44 Rotary E-Clubs around the world.  The breakdown by country is as follows:

  • US  (8)  TX, AZ, NY (2), CO, CT, CA, FL
  • Mexico(1),  Brazil (4), Venezuela (1), Peru (1), Puerto Rico (1)
  • S. Africa (1),  India (6)
  • Japan (2),  Philippines (1),  Taiwan (5),  Rep. of Korea (3),  French Polynesia (1),  Singapore (2),  Hong Kong (1)
  • Finland (1),  England (2), Germany (2) , Italy (1)


Brief History of the Rotary E-Club of SOWNY (Southern Ontario Canada & Western New York US) 

The idea of developing the first Rotary E-Club in District 7090 was approved by the District Council in September 2010.  It was agreed that the first E-Club would be a hybrid club.  The requirement is that members of the hybrid E-Club must work or live within the confines of the District 7090 (see map posted on this website for a definition of our District's geography).  

Since District 7090 is a bi-national District, it was determined that the newly formed E-Club would have two (2) sponsors, one Canadian and one American.  The Canadian sponsor is the Rotary Club of Font Hill  and the American sponsor is the Amherst East Rotary Club.  Two mentors were designated from each club:  Paul McAfee from Amherst East Rotary Club,  and  Annie Holtby from the Rotary Club of Font Hill. 

From September 2010 through February 2011; the two sponsor clubs worked to solicit interest among Rotarians in the District to seek out leadership so that a Board of Directors could be formed.  By February 2011, the Board Members were identified and the application was submitted to Rotary International to become officially recognized as the  Provisional Rotary E-Club of Southern Ontario CA and Western New York US.  The Provisional status was granted in March 2011.  By April 2011, a US Bank account was opened.  Since that time, the Board Members have worked to develop a website:
www.rotaryeclub7090.org.  In addition, stellar webinar programs are offered and a standard schedule of meetings and events are managed via the website and the GoToWebinar tool.   The objective has been to fully develop the tools and infrastructure of the E-Club so as to attract new members and engage current members through participation in the webinar programs.   We were proud to become a fully chartered Rotary E-Club in July of 2013.