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In 2001 Rotary International agreed to support a pilot project establishing Rotary e-clubs. The key elements for this project were to extend Rotary to business, professional, and community leaders who are unable to meet traditional attendance
requirements because of extensive travel, conflicting occupational
demands, physical immobility and other reasons. Web communities in this project would foster friendship and good will among its members, and pilot clubs would
determine the viability and effectiveness of a cyber Rotary club framework.

Rotary International stipulated that members could claim a makeup for 30 minutes of participation on an e-club site.

Most of the current e-clubs chartered in 2004-2005. Currently, there are eight e-clubs conducted in English

Meeting makeup formats. Meeting makeup programs vary from easy access to a program, to moving through a donation process to get to the program, to viewing links as a program, to those who have an actual meeting online that is also their club bulletin. Some programs are focused on Rotary information and some are varied. All meeting makeups are interactive.

Membership base.
One e-club is geographically based, modeled on the Rotary Zone concept focusing on team and club membership. A few have worldwide membership, and some appear to be a regional or district membership base.

Fellowship. A few e-clubs have face-to-face fellowship at a designated time. Some clubs meet geographically in cyber space as well.

Service. An e-club can do service anywhere in the world. The only restriction is stated in their unique e-club constitution and bylaws. E-Clubs do support The Rotary Foundation in financial efforts, in Matching Grants, sponsoring Ambassadorial Scholars, Youth Exchange, RYLA events and their own unique individual and club projects.

View lists of clubs participating in the e-Club pilot projects.