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Digital Technology Rotarians Fellowship

Digital Technology Rotarians Fellowship

The Digital Technology Rotarians Fellowship welcomes you. Ours is one of the newest International Fellowships recognized by Rotary International and it is dedicated to working on bringing the usefulness of the Internet to everybody in the world, not just the privileged few.


Digaria is the one place that can really include every district, club or special interest group right down to the last member!


Thank you, and please join us in this wonderful and exciting journey we call Digaria, we depend on the thoughtful insights and generous subscription pledges of members like you in order to make this vision possible.


This is new Blogworking magazine allows for interaction in a virtual, polite Rotarian oriented community.


This site is an example of how useful the Internet can be. It is a great way for Digarians (Digital Rotarians with profiles on this site) to keep in touch and share resources.


Digarians are people who are members of Rotary clubs, or who are members of the Family of Rotary by having been a part of various Rotary programs (Rotary Youth Exchange students, Ambassadorial Scholars, Interact, Peace Center Fellows, GSE, RYLA, etc.).

It is the world of new age science and technology. The world is coming closer to the power of the Internet. There is almost nothing that cannot be achieved with the power of the digital world.


In spite of this, the issue of poverty still remains a real problem faced by various nations. The economic disparity around the world can be heartbreaking to see. Poverty has far-reaching consequences and it greatly affects an individual and community. This, in turn, makes a difference to the economy of a nation and has an impact on its global standing.


When the economy of a nation grows, it provides its citizens plenty of opportunities for growth and empowerment. These may be in the form of employment and hence an increase in income.


Rotary International and its members have been working hard to provide solutions to poverty, which are sustainable. The Digital Technology Fellowship aims at making the most of the incredible power of the Internet. This fellowship is committed to not limit the changes to just a few but in making it accessible for all.


Many times individuals may not get the right chances and opportunities to thrive. This is important for their development. Rotary helps them by creating such chances, which is, aimed at an individual and community for their social and financial betterment.


With plenty of options, Rotary works at providing the best solutions as per the specific needs. The use of digital technology assists in fulfilling the aim of empowering local economies.


We provide loans to entrepreneurs in rural areas so that they can fulfill their desired requirements. Some examples are buying livestock, planting crops and even getting them trained in the field of sustainable farming.


There may be situations where environmental conditions may be tough such as soil erosion or the soil losing its fertility. When the required skills to tackle such problems are given, there is an increase in the crop yields and hence of the profit too.


Choosing the right information from the huge repository of the Internet, along with the correct knowledge and experience makes all the difference. The efforts are tough but the persistence of Rotary members along with a great tool to handle the physical aches and pains involved work well. Hondrocream is quick in alleviating pain and aids the joints and ligaments to regenerate. It is a completely natural product that is certified by experts and has a long lasting effect.


Some entrepreneurs may wish to become street vendors, rickshaw drivers, tailors, weavers, etc. Support is given to them in the form of the much-needed microloan and thus become independent.

Sometimes such solutions are not enough where the communities are extremely impoverished. In such cases, members apply a well-coordinated strategy in order to break the vicious cycle of poverty.


As the situation gets better, training is provided so that well-paying jobs and studying at higher financial management institutions are not out of reach. During these times activities to improve networking and advice for the purpose of business development are essential. Such resources and training are also provided.


The Rotary International with their sustained efforts and enthusiasm is using the digital world to change the real world little by little.

Canoeing Rotarians

Canoeing Rotarians

The International Fellowship of Canoeing Rotarians has many meanings to each individual member. It may be to improve one’s health; out exercising one’s upper body with the paddling, one’s lower body, carrying the canoes and everything including the kitchen sink of one’s colleague who didn’t pack lightly, over a one kilometer or mile long portage. It may be learning new skills, of how to pitch a tent, following instructions that might be easy for Leonardo, but difficult in the dark mosquito infested night.It may be learning about nature, of how a large racoon can eat into one’s backpack and carry away one’s food for the next day. It may be learning about tricks of how to avoid such predicaments by hanging food bags in trees, or in a canoe anchored off shore in a lake. It may be improving the environment, cleaning up a river from garbage carelessly left by others not in tune with the interdependent web of life. It may be learning about the history of historical rivers, explored by cour des bois, “runners of the woods”, fur trappers, adventurers from years before. It may to others be learning geography of new lands in the far north, or rivers, or lakes far from home.

Trips like this helps a person discover a lot about self and others around them. This gives a person a lot of time to introspect and analyze their own behavior, needs and thoughts.

This also gives them a chance to be up close and personal with nature rather than travel in their swanky cars and fly around the world in planes. When they are cleaning the area around them or in the river, they become aware of what are the wastes that get clogged and what passes of gets processed in the soil. This helps them create awareness among their friends and family. Even if a member does not tell the world around him about such wastes, telling his family is enough. Even a small change can impact nature in big way.

When they learn to camp and build a fire, they are learning life saving skills. One may argue, they may never require such skills, but it never hurts to know something different from others. Cooking over a campfire is definitely different from cooking over the glass top stove back home. One will have to suffice with water and the tea they make over this fire. They will have to give up their daily dosage of Eco Slim. But they will be losing weigh even faster with all these physically taxing activities and the best part is, they won’t realize it until they get on that weighing scale and read the numbers. Being physically active combined with a cup of the drink can speed up the weight losing process and give you good results in no time.

It may be learning about one’s self, and building self confidence. It may be writing up the adventure, reading about others, writing a poem,….literature. But above all, it is fellowship, of enjoying each others company, of learning what other Rotarian clubs are doing to make the world a better place.

The IFCR began many years ago, in about 1991 by PRID John Eberhard of the R/C of London, Canada, Chip Honsinger and others who formed an international group that paddled Quetico Lake in Northwestern Ontario. From there, another group, led by Ross Ventreck paddled the lakes and rivers of Northern Ontario, attracting other Rotarians. Then came other people who joined and invited others to paddle the Thelon River and other historical rivers in Canada, sometimes in historical large canoes holding many people. Others in the States and Australia wrote about their adventures.

Ross or John added the Canadian Canoe and Kayak magazine “Kanawa” subscription to the annual membership dues. Ross kept the money coming in as treasurer and a list of all members. We now move forward with a new President and executive and look ahead to more great paddling together, enjoying each others fellowship.

Bird Watchers

Bird Watchers
The Bird watching Fellowship commenced in 1991, with its presence at the Mexico convention.

At it commenced the tradition of holding field trips during the convention to seek out local birds. Ultimately such trips took place the day immediately after the international  convention in order not to interfere with any of the scheduled events of the convention. With the aid of local leaders such trips customarily locate about fifty local species. Between 20 to 30 members usually take part in these events.

The first lengthier trip occurred after the Singapore convention, 1999, through much of central Malaysia, for seven days.

Funny fact about bird watching. Bird watching is often considered a lazy hobby. People mistakenly assume that bird watchers just sit around in various spots waiting to catch sight of various species of birds. When, in fact, the truth is that bird watching requires a fairly active lifestyle. More often than not, bird watching implies long walks, difficult treks and sore muscles. As for sitting in one spot, when you have to stay crouched on a hard rock for better part of the day you end up straining muscles you didn’t even know you had.

When you set out for a bird watching trip, you need to know how to pack right, have your equipment ready (binoculars and/or camera, if you are keen to capture digitally or on print the birds you see) and carry plenty of sunscreen and water to stay hydrated. Bird watching or birding as it is sometimes referred to as, is a complete outdoor activity.

If you intend to take this up seriously, then it’s important to know that you can’t jump into this with zero preparation. This is especially true, if you intend to take a birding tour. while bird watching is not as intense as say a marathon, if you do not exercise at all, then even bird watching will wear you down, more so, if you are carrying a few extra pounds.

One way is to try shedding some excess fat, take a few supplements, boost metabolism, products like Eco Slim can help you there. However, this should be backed up with light to moderate exercise. The exercise is not just to tone your muscles, but regular exercises will also improve your stamina which in turn will help you walk and trek more comfortably when bird watching.

Staying fit and active will definitely help you walk longer with fewer breaks. It will also mean that you don’t huff and puff  100 meters into a trek.

Rare birds and several species are often found in hills, mountains and forests. You need to be able to kit yourself to stay outdoors, walk long hours, while carrying your backpack of essential supplies. All this while keeping your binoculars on the ready.

Bird watching is also a restful activity. You can’t thunder through woods, making loud noise and disturbing the natural habitat of birds because then these birds will take flight before you can catch a glimpse. The idea is to keep your distance, be as inconspicuous as possible, make less to no noise and not disturb their environment at all. Stay low, stay still and if possible, stay hidden – 3 key mantras that have helped countless avid bird watchers and photographers view the several hundred rare species of birds on our planet.

There are so many active groups of bird watchers who organize several walking tours across the globe. One among them are the tours organized by rotarians. Rotary clubs are popular all over the world and the bird watching tours are conducted through Africa, India, Singapore, Malaysia, South America, etc.

In May of 2001, a fifteen day trip was organized through southern Africa, including Kruger National Park and much of Swaziland and Botswana.  Much of the transportation  and accommodation in Africa was through the assistance of local Rotarians.

Environmental projects have been assisted financially in Bolivia and India.

English Newsletters are mailed to all members , with translations now to those of Spanish extraction, three times yearly. The publisher is Joan Heidelberg of Troy, Ohio. The full membership list is up-dated annually and sent to all members.

There are now over 250 members, within 45 countries.

The initiator of the Fellowship was Dick Tafel of North Bay, Ontario, Canada. In June of 2002 he was superceded as titular president by Mike Lakin of Botswana, Africa. Treasurer is Ann Treimann of Conn. U.S.A.; Vice President, Steve Leonard of Martinsville, Indiana.

Clifford L. Dochterman

President’s Name Clifford L. Dochterman
Presidential Year 1992-1993
Theme Real Happiness is Helping Others
Home Town (Moraga, California, USA)
Convention Host/

Convention History

Melbourne, Vic., Australia
May 23-26 (22,083)
Other Information
  • The ABC’s of Rotary
  • Recognized by Rotary Global History Fellowship with the 1905 Liberty V Nickel
  • 12 Steps to the Centennial
  • What is a “PHF” Paul Harris Fellow?, by CLD
  • Why I am a Rotarian
  • The global issues that our world and its people face today are getting more challenging day by day. It has become imperative for individuals to get together and find solutions that can bring about lasting changes. These changes must happen right from the individual and community level to a global platform so that the world becomes a better place for all. 

    There are several organizations that are working in this direction all across the globe. One of the names that truly stand out is that of Rotary International. It is one of the oldest initiatives with a committed and spirited workforce that has brought about many significant changes.


    The reason for its existence was the vision of a man named Paul Harris. His initial aim was to start a platform where people from diverse backgrounds could collaborate. He wished that an exchange of ideas and forging of meaningful friendships could enable them to contribute positively to the community and society.


    His successors were truly able to continue this mission with their dedication, sincerity and hard work. One such name is that of Clifford L. Dochterman. He served as the President of Rotary International from 1992 to 1993. He believed that Rotary signifies opportunities, which help to improve the quality of life and become a better person. His leadership and commitment continue to inspire Rotarians even today.


    The leadership of Rotary has truly been exceptional and this is vital to the success of any organization. While having the right vision is important, the degree of its success depends on the type of leadership that the organization has. It is the responsibility of a leader to take the right decisions in this endeavor.


    An effective leader provides the correct guidance to help others fulfill the various roles that they are responsible for. While training is necessary, the greatest impact is when a leader leads by example.


    An environment where the morale is high can help to improve performance and keep the motivation levels high. A sense of confidence and trust ensures that the positive approach to work is maintained. It is also necessary to maintain cooperation to understand team work better. This would help to understand how working for team objectives is more important than the fulfillment of individual objectives.


    Values like integrity, passion, and honesty are crucial for success and this is exemplified only when there is an able leader at the top. Taking responsibility for actions is the best way to demonstrate accountability.


    One important aspect that could suffer due to a stressful and tough work environment is good health. Leaders must find a way to balance work and health, not only for themselves but also as an example to the others.

    This might not be easy for all individuals to do especially when one handles multiple responsibilities. Lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity are becoming increasingly common.


    A revolutionary product called Chocolate Slim has been created keeping those in mind who want to maintain an ideal weight without worrying about calories. It normalizes the metabolic processes of the body, which eventually leads to a reduction in weight and cholesterol levels as well.


    This chocolate flavored diet supplement tastes delicious and works wonders with fantastic results.

License Plate Collecting

License Plate Collecting 

CAR TAGCollectors of Automobile Registration Tags from Around the Globe

Brings together Rotarians around the world who participate in the hobby of license plate collecting.  Publishes a quarterly newsletter and manufactures and distributes unique collectible RI Convention license plates since 1992.

Dues are $20 per year.  For more information contact one of the fellowship officers:

Chair– Marcus Crotts, 10 Gomer Lane, Winston-Salem, NC  27106 USA;

Secretary & Treasurer– Gordon White, PO Box 308, Mt. Sidney, VA  24467 USA;

Vice Chair, Founder, & Bulletin Manager— Don Jacobovitz, 107 Magnolia Dr., East Palatka, FL  32131 USA.


LATIN CULTURE –   Marcelo Frangiosa

The Fellowship maintains a web page with members� information, and gives space to its members to publish material in their spheres of interest.

Translation is one venue which has received a lot of interest for decades. People learn new languages and pass on that knowledge by translating. This translation service helps bridge numerous cultural and language gaps which otherwise splits up people and keep them apart.

Communication is the key to any relationship and this is no less important when it comes to people from different countries or different backgrounds. Rotary International focuses on relationships not only between its members of one club but between members of various clubs too. This includes clubs from other countries and hence the need for translation.

When this need arose and we had people volunteering, it was put out on a bigger scale to help the general public. These members are ready to happily sit and sip on a glass of Chocolate Slim, while translating pages from one language to another.

Some are well versed in quite a number of languages and this helps in getting mpre work done. These people help in translating one document into a number of other languages, without having to seek help from the home country.

The biggest advantage in an international organization like Rotary is, we are never in shortage for a volunteer. There are many people who want to serve others with whatever they have. Not everyone can give money and money is not what is required at all times. Services such as these can add a lot of value and can help build sturdy relationships between clubs and even countries.

The Fellowship members share a very active discussion forum about Rotary Information, including a translation service into Spanish and Portuguese of the latest R.I. News. A volunteer group of translator members feed the Fellowship with the latest R.I. information available, as soon as it gets out of Evanston.

The Fellowship promotes and encourages individual members to circulate information about the activities of their clubs and districts, allowing sharing ideas, and best practical experiences. This is a key area of the fellowship as it allows members to ask/offer advice and help in different regions. Members act as ambassadors and help build bridges across the countries: if something that cannot be solved by a club in one given place is published, a member in some different area of the region will no doubt come forward with a solution. This not only covers activities, but also includes Rotarians traveling in/outside the region, and Rotary Foundation scholars, for example.

The Fellowship participates in Community Service activities proposed by members in a given place, and collectively help to solve problems, including funding some activities. One example is the proposal from Rotary Club Oliva, in Cordoba, Argentina, to help patients at a Mental Hospital in their area by obtaining a milk cow. Mental Health experts believe such a project ameliorates patients conditions and help them develop areas of activity and responsibility. The Rotarian cow is to join a bread producing activity at the same Hospital, and fellowship members not only are donating funds (coming from all over Latin America and Spain and France), but are involving their clubs and individual club colleagues to support this project. A few experts in dairy production have already come forward to advise on this issue.

The Fellowship organizes face to face meetings in different regions of Argentina like Tandil and Mar del Plata, giving members an opportunity to share weekends together, after and in addition to their daily exchanges on the net. Thus, members can reinforce the bonds of friendship and can enrich their knowledge of Rotary.

The Fellowship has participated in promoting its activities at the 99th Rotary International Convention in Los Angeles.


Monthly feature: “What Paul Harris Wrote” click here for archives,

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(Cookeville, Tennessee, USA)
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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Singapore, Singapore
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(Milan, Italy)
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(An�huac in Mexico City, Mexico)
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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> San Antonio, Texas, USA
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(Niles in Fremont, California, USA)
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(Dhonburi in Bangkok, Thailand)
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(Kano, Kano State, Nigeria)

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22-26 May 2004

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(Shades Valley, Ala., USA)

Celebrate Rotary Chicago, IL, USA

19-22 June 2005

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Service Above Self Malm� / Copenhagen

June 11-14, 2006

 2006-2007 William Boyd

(Pakuranga, New Zealand)

New Orleans, LA, USA

June 24-28 2007

 2007-2008 Wilfrid J. Wilkinson

(Trenton, Ontario, Canada)

Los Angeles, CA USA

June 15-18 2008

Doug Rudman  Rotary History Fellow

<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> In the August 1931 issue of The Rotarian, RI President Sydney W. Pascall of Great Britain wrote an article called “Consolidate, Investigate, Translate.” He was the first European to be elected RIP. In his think-piece he talks about the need for RI to be able to communicate with all its members in their own languages. His third paragraph reads as follows: “I have no slogan to suggest, no motto for the year, and Rotary needs no motto other than “Service” – “Service” unqualified, unconditional. “Let him that would be great among you be servant of all”; that is the Rotarian’s high aim.” My first response is that there are three great mottos here, (1) Consolidate, Investigate, Translate, (2) Service and (3) Service, Unqualified, Unconditional. Second, he embraces the universal concept of service, and everything else in Rotary is a subset.  <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” face=”MS Sans Serif, Verdana, Arial”> Doug Rudman<style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” face=”MS Sans Serif, Verdana, Arial”> </style=”font-size:></style=”font-size:></style=”font-size:>


Monthly feature: “What Paul Harris Wrote click here for archives,

For February 2006: “Wednesday forenoon I planted my first tree of friendship in European soil. It seemed to me especially appropriate that it took place in Germany �� in its metropolis �� Berlin. The planting occurred in a sports platz formerly devoted to war purposes, and a large number including Rotarians, city officials and others were in attendance. I was offered my choice of three trees of different species all of which had been groomed for the ceremony. My choice fell upon a Maple and I was then given the choice of three locations. Having selected what seemed to me the most appropriate tree and location, the ceremony began. There were two brief addresses, one by the mayor and one by myself. The tree was planted with the fervent hope that it would stand for many years as symbolic of the living, growing friendship between the great German people and my own country. Since leaving Germany I have learned that our German friends have planted a little monument in front of the tree commemorating the event and describing the purpose it was intended to serve.” Paul Harris, 1932 <style=”font-size: 9pt?=””>Paul Harris’ unpublished diary of his journey to Europe in 1932</style=”font-size:>


Rotarians on the Internet

Rotarians on the Internet
The seed for ROTI was planted in the mid 90’s when a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of National City, California, USA established a Rotary interest group list on the original Prodigy system.

The internet is THE place to be today. Everything happens over the internet and it makes the world much more smaller than what telephones did. Anyone and everyone can communicate with one another, irrespective of the distance and the different time zones, absolutely free too.

Today, when one wants to know more about any organization, they seek information on the internet and this makes it very important to make your presence online. Rotary International, though very well known, is always on the lookout for new members and having this internet fellowship will help getting more members easily. One need not speak at length about Rotary to create awareness nor does one have to go from door to door, seeking members. When it is on the internet, it reaches more people than intended or anticipated. As a result more people get to know about Rotary and we have more members coming in each year.

Even communication has become easier with the internet. A group of Rotarians can be contacted at the same time and people can discuss issues in their respective groups rather than one person calling the other or asking all members to meet in person to discuss something.

Also, it opens a lot of doors to Rotary as members from across the world can be reached and other organizations can be contacted too. One does not just get Frumusete Sanatate on the internet but also details about the economy and various other projects that has been carried out in different ideas.

The idea of an actual fellowship grew when Rotarian Darryl McKeller from New Zealand started talking on the list about trying to form a new Rotary International fellowship on the Internet specifically created for Rotarians using the internet. At that time, there were approximately 30 Rotarians from 6 or 7 countries on the list that communicated with each other. The group began to discuss the idea of a group of Rotarians using the internet for better communication for Rotarians all over the world; the goal was to eventually become a Rotary recreational Fellowship with a few hundred members.

After a year of work, developing the total package needed for a fellowship according to the rules set by Rotary International and an organizational effort, fellowship status was granted by RI and by winter of 1996-97, the group welcomed its one hundredth members to the fellowship.

In 1998, the ROTI Fellowship had a booth at the Indianapolis convention, where ROTI was introduced to thousands of Rotarians and hundreds of new members signed up.

ROTI had its first real chance to make a major change in the Rotary World when future RI president Frank Devlyn spent time at the ROTI booth learning about the unlimited potential of the Internet and the value it could be to Rotary International in improved communications and time and cost savings. When he became Rotary International President in 2000-01, Frank called on ROTI members to assist him in creating a major internet presence in every club and District in the Rotary world. That changed the way that all communications between Rotary International and Rotary clubs and Districts, so that everything that used to be handled by snail mail is now conducted through the Internet. We are proud to have been a big part of that revolution.

The Fellowship of Literacy Providers




The Fellowship of Literacy Providers is a group of Rotarians, from around the world, who are interested in sharing ideas, information and techniques for improving literacy.

There are many people who don’t know to read just because they were not given a chance to learn. There are people who are not interested are just don’t have the patience to learn to read and write, but there are people who are smart, quick to learn yet never learnt to read or write due to various reasons.


One of the main reasons for illiteracy is poverty. People don’t have the money to eat a decent meal in a day, leave alone read and write. As a result, every country has a high illiteracy rate.


There are many people around the world who realize this to be a problem and want to do something about it. There are literacy providers who go from place to place to teach the poor and illiterate to read and write for free. There are volunteers who conduct classes on a regular basis, s that a section of the illiterate people can be educated.


At Rotary, its visionaries realized this problem has to be handled and people need to be taught, thus the idea of bringing all the literacy providers together. Bringing these people together will not only create a good bond between these people but will also throw the doors open for new ideas and programs that can benefit people in a great way.


The idea for the Fellowship was developed by PDG Harold C. (Hal) Shipley of Rotary International District 5180 which covers much of the Sacramento Valley of California, USA.  Hal had been the District Chairman of the Literacy Committee since 1998 and was very interested in finding ways to improve the literacy level in his district.


Hal contacted several like-minded District Governors and Past District Governors from around the world and in 2004 applied to the Board of Directors of Rotary International for approval of the Fellowship and the approval was granted in November 2004.


The Fellowship started with 18 members from five different countries and three different states.  During the 2005 International Convention in Chicago, Illinois, USA, Hal set up a Literacy Booth in the House of Friendship and was able to increase the size of the Fellowship to 139 members from 34 different countries and 35 different states.  The Fellowship also has members from 137 different Rotary Clubs and 93 different Rotary Districts.


The Fellowship maintains its own web site at and publishes a quarterly newsletter which is posted on the web site.


The Founding Officers of the Fellowship, who served for 3 years, were:


Chairman:                     PDG Harold C. (Hal) Shipley, District 5180 �USA

Chairman Elect:           PRID P.C. Thomas, District 3200 � INDIA

Chairman Nominee:    PDG Werner Schwarz, District 5160 � USA

Director:                       PDG Henrique Pinto, District 1970 � PORTUGAL

Director:                       PDG Harold Sharp, District 9680 � AUSTRALIA

Director:                       PDG Michael Dunne, District 1240 � ENGLAND


The Current Officers, taking Office July 1, 2007 are:


Chairman:                     PRID P.C. Thomas, District 3200 � INDIA

Chairman Elect:           PDG Werner Schwarz, District 5160 � USA

Chairman Nominee:    PDG Henrique Pinto, District 1970 � PORTUGAL

Director:                       PDG Harold Sharp, District 9680 � AUSTRALIA

Director:                       PDG Michael Dunne, District 1240 � ENGLAND

Director:                       PDG Harold C. (Hal) Shipley, District 5180 – USA


Doll Lovers Fellowship

Rotary Doll Lovers Fellowship - BRINGING WORLD CLOSER

Doll Lovers Fellowship
The Group was chartered on 24th August 2004.
While most Rotary Fellowships are based on niche groups which share a common hobby, we made “doll” an image to share culture, traditions & ethnicity across borders of the world.

It is a proven fact that adult and children both love dolls and toys. While dolls & toys are partners in growth for children they remain a popular item of nostalgia for adults to take a trip down a memory lane of their own childhood days. The most favorite collectible still remains dolls after stamps and coins.

Doll – a wonderful medium, attracts both children and adults equally, but also can be an effective tool for education.

Doll – an amazing little “human” replica, which brings in values of tolerance, acceptance, innocence, love and care.

Doll – a “silent” messenger speaking the language of its origin, culture, traditions all draped in this toy which we, human beings may not be so explicit in projecting the same.

Doll – a “god-like” simple idol of sheer Love, Care & Concern.
Let’s spread Love, Care & Concern !
Objectives of DLF

Vision of DLF
The vision of DLF is to create a forum of cultural & traditional exchange amongst the Rotarians, beyond boundaries of politics, religion & ethnicity.

Mission of DLF
The mission of the Doll Lovers Fellowship is to bring the world closer through out the Rotary World by sharing traditions, culture, history & life-styles.

Our Belief
Individually we are great, together we can be magnificent.
Objectives of DLF
� To create a platform for cross cultural sharing with a sense of respect & tolerance for all religions, traditions and cultures.
� To create an environment for Love, Care & Concern for brethren of this Universe.
� To gift the childhood memorabilia of love and innocence to our friends across nations.
� To create a Universal message of World Peace through the most wonderful medium of dolls.
� To give a worldwide momentum to our “Bring a Smile” movement for the less privileged children.

Everyone has a passion. Some of these are their love for certain things that stemmed in their childhood. They carry the love and let it grow despite them growing up into adults. Many grow up loving cars and bikes. What used to be fun time toys will become proud possessions when they earn and buy the life size version of their favorite miniatures as a kid.

While childhood fancy for cars and bikes have been accepted by the world, there is another section of people who love doll houses. No, it is not just the 8 year old girls having their pretend tea parties for their dolls, these are adults who have an eye for beautiful doll houses. Some of these houses are as tall as a full grown adult and have intricate details that can even stump a professional architect.

This love for doll houses is not as well known or well received like the love for cars, bikes or other knick knacks. Hence people are not aware of other people who share this love. This is why Rotary has a special fellowship dedicated specifically to doll house owners and lovers.

These owners need not have a pretend tea party, they can sit around sipping on their Eco Slim and discuss the various details of doll houses, where to find the parts, how to improvise, etc. This gives this special group a change to mingle, bond and eventually work together for various projects by Rotary. When people with similar interests come together, the results are impressive.

Deepak Agrawal
Doll Lovers Fellowship


4- Manhar Plot
Rajkot 360002
Phone: 91-9825480678
Fax: 91-281-2476487