About Us

The Rotarian Home Exchange Fellowship is formed under specific policies of Rotary International and evaluated and approved by the Rotary International Board of Directors.  Our fellowship operates independently of Rotary International with our own rules, fee requirements, and administrative structure.  Membership in the Rotarian Home Exchange Fellowship is open to all Rotarians.  For further information about Rotary Fellowships visit https://www.rotary.org/en/take-action/empower-leaders/form-rotary-fellowship

Home exchange is a natural for Rotarians because we are interested in the world.  We want to encourage peace, friendship, and understanding.  We believe in International Service.  There is no better way to understand a country or region than to spend a few weeks in someone else’s home.

The Rotarian Home Exchange Fellowship was started in 1972 by Joe Irvine of the Rotary Club of Santa Ana, California.   In those days we published a written directory of members.   In 1992, Joe Donachie of the Rotary Club of Amherst, Nova Scotia (District 7820) took control of the fellowship.  Joe has spent thousands of hours promoting Rotary home exchange since that time and has been well supported by his Rotarian colleagues in Atlantic Canada.

Home exchanges used to be arranged by telephone, mail, or fax.  Home exchange has been revolutionized by the Internet.  The Fellowship partnered with a commercial home exchange agency to allow Rotarians to trade homes with each other using the best available web technology.    This arrangement ended when the agency abruptly shut down our website as they weren’t willing to continue to work with us.  We have found a new partner, www.HomeExchange50plus.com.

Your membership fees are shared between us and our commercial partner.  We use our share of the funds for this website and to promote membership in the Fellowship.    The Trustees of the Fellowship are not paid any compensation though certain expenses relating to Fellowship business are reimbursed.  Over the years we have donated a total of about $10,000 in surplus revenues to Rotary service projects.   These included donations to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and to service projects in Peru.

We value your comments, ideas, and support.  If you wish to help promote our Fellowship please let us know.  We are always looking for new members on our Board of Trustees.  Information on each of the Trustees of the Rotarian Home Exchange Fellowship follows.  Please feel free to call or e-mail us anytime.

Chair of the Board of Trustees

John B. Mensinger is a member and Past-President of the Rotary Club of Modesto, California.  His classification is Building Materials, Retail.  He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.  He has been in Rotary for over 27 years and led a Group Study Exchange team to France in 1998.   He served as District 5220 YEO for several years. His family has exchanged their home twenty times and he has written a book on home exchange.  You can learn more by visiting his informational websites, www.HomeExchangeUniversity.com and www.HomeExchangeGuru.com.

1231 Ninth Street, Modesto, California, 95354, USA.  (209) 578-5200 (work), (209) 602-4515 (cell).

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View my Rotarian Home Exchange Listing.



Joe Donachie has been a member of the Rotary Club of Amherst, Nova Scotia since 1966 and has been involved in many different club and district activities, being presently the District Chair of the RI Foundation Alumni Committee. In 2008 he was the Team Leader for District 7820 Group Study Exchange to Normandy, France. Joe recently retired after a long career as an anesthesiologist in Canada and in this capacity he also participated in eight Rotary sponsored medical volunteer programs which took him to North Africa, the Caribbean and latterly to the interior of Peru. Joe was chair of the Rotarian Home Exchange Fellowship for over 20 years.  His family has participated in sixteen successful home exchanges in several regions of the US and Canada as well as in a number of European countries.

13 Regent Street, Amherst, Nova Scotia, B4H 3S6, Canada

902-667-1163 (home).

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Photo of Joe Donachie to the right of Past Rotary International President Cliff Dochterman



Richard W. Anderson, you can call him Dick, is a retired US Navy commander with a doctorate in Law.  He is a member and Past-President of the Rotary Club of Newport, Rhode Island.  His classification is International Law.  He was Governor of District 7950 in Rotary’s Centennial year of 2004-2005.  He has served as District Chair for Vocational Service, Youth Exchange, Foundation Alumni, Group Study Exchange and has served on multi-District committees.  He is a director of the International Travel and Hosting Rotary Fellowship.  He lived for several years in Portugal and Brazil and speaks Portuguese.  He was a Group Study Exchange leader to Uruguay and Argentina.


14 South Drive, Middletown, Rhode Island, 02842, USA.  (401) 847-8147.

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Stanley (Stan) Jackson is a retired civil engineer having spent most of his career in local government in New South Wales. A Rotarian for 35 years, he is presently a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia. His classification is Local Government Engineering.

Within District 9650 of Rotary he has served two years as Governor’s Assistant, and as chair of Membership and Extension for several years. He is currently serving his fourth year as District Chair of Rotary Friendship Exchange.

Stan and Jan have now completed eleven home exchanges since 2004 and of these five have been with members of the Rotarian Home Exchange fellowship.

65 Raleigh Street, Coffs Harbour, NSW, 2450, Australia.   61 2 6652 4911.

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