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What is a Rotary Fellowship?

Rotary is an organization of business and professional men and women united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

Global Networking Groups currently comprise more than 90 independent Rotary Fellowships and Rotarian Action Groups. Join the growing number of Rotarians who are sharing their favorite activities and professional interests through organized recreational and vocational groups in Rotary Fellowships, or explore new opportunities for international partnership in service in Rotarian Action Groups. Whether you are interested in bird watching, motorcycling, volunteer dentistry, or the fight against AIDS, Rotary’s Global Networking Groups are fantastic resources for all Rotarians to develop new friendships and to advance opportunities for service.

Our Beginnings

Honorary Rotarian Phyllis Giersch, of the Rotary Club of Madera, California, USA, conceived the idea for a Rotarian Fellowship of Quilters and Fiber Artists in 2003.

Phyllis is a professional quilter and former owner of a quilt store called The Patchwork Pansy, in Madera. She is the founder of the Heart of California Quilt Guild and has taught quilting classes locally and in Australia. Phyllis has been highly recognized for her work.

To form a Rotary Fellowship, an application must be signed by Rotary District Governors from a minimum of three countries and approved by the Board of Directors of Rotary International. The countries forming the charter RFQFA are Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.

The goal for this fellowship is to share ideas, techniques, articles, service projects, and stories of interest regarding the fiber arts. The fellowship is open to Rotarians, partners or widows of Rotarians, Inner Wheel members, and members of Rotaract who work in this art form or have an appreciation for its beauty, design and history around the globe.