Rotary International new policies

GFR Europe has called upon Rtn Rik Janssens, graphic designer and member of RC Brugge ‘t Vrije in Belgium, RI district 2130 to create its new logo and badge to adhere the new ‘branding policies’ of Rotary International.

RI: Branding – It is mandatory that the Golfing Fellowship comply with the new branded logo put forward by RI. The logo must include the RI Master Brand Signature (on the left side) and our Golf Fellowship Signature (on the right-hand side). The RI Master Brand Signature (the Rotary wheel) is not permitted anymore in fellowship’s badges.

RI has introduced a Code of Conduct and a Bylaws template that is to be adhered to by all of the Fellowships. It is the responsibility of the IGFR to ensure that the Golf Fellowship Chapters adhere to these standards. Established Golfing Fellowships Chapters, such as Europe, Australia and the US Canada, will be encouraged to incorporate these documents into their own Chapters. New Chapters must include the Bylaws and Code of Conduct.

The GFR Europe ExCom agrees with the statement concerning a uniformity of good branding signature.
GFR Europe was the first Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians that included the RI Master Brand Signature in its logo (since 2018). Only the badge needed to be changed, which may not have any link with RI. See GFR Europe logo and badge above. Our fellowship has created a similar badge for all its affiliates. Any more questions? Please mail to for further information. 

We thought this information will be helpful to understand the changes we had to make.

42.010.1. Terms of Fellowships
A Rotary fellowship is a group of individuals who globally unite around a common interest, vocation, or recreational activity with the primary purpose to network and further friendship. Membership in a fellowship is open to any interested individual. Fellowship activities must be conducted independently of RI, but must be in harmony with RI policy, including the use of the Rotary Marks. Fellowships may not be used to promote religious beliefs, political issues, or other organizations. Recognition of a fellowship by RI in no way implies legal, financial or other obligation or responsibility on the part of RI, or any district or club. A fellowship may not act on behalf of RI, or represent or imply that it has authority to act on behalf of RI. A fellowship is not an agency of RI. Fellowships must be self sustaining financially, administratively, and otherwise. Fellowships may not exist or function in any country in violation of the laws of such country. Individual Rotary Fellowships are not covered by RI insurance and are encouraged to assess their own risk and secure coverage as appropriate. (January 2020 Mtg., Bd. Dec. 100)

42.010.5. Statement in Publications
A prospective Fellowship must prominently identify itself as a “prospective” group.
Rotary Fellowships must prominently display the statement “This fellowship is not an agency of, or controlled by, Rotary International” or similar language approved by the general secretary in newsletters, publications, brochures, and websites. Following is an approved example of how such language may be incorporated into a statement describing the fellowship.
“The International Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians is a group of Rotarians dedicated to promoting golfing as an opportunity for fellowship. This fellowship operates in accordance with Rotary International policy, but is not an agency of, or controlled by, Rotary International.” (January 2019 Mtg., Bd. Dec. 115)

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