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FIRST FELLOWSHIP

1989 ROTARIAN    ADVANCER BEGINNING     CALENDAR WHAT'S NEW? UPDATES
 

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The founding of a Rotary Fellowship is based on the idea that more than one person has a passion for an avocation or hobby.  As my husband, Don, and I roamed the Friendship House and various booths at the San Antonio RI Convention, I never imagined that some mysterious force would stop me in front of Graham Money from South Africa.  I was carting around the materials I needed signed to begin a Rotary fellowship for dog lovers.  I had worked on a name that was fairly universal (fido) and was trying to figure out how to accomplish my task.  After a couple of minutes talking with Graham about his Rotary Club project, the conversation moved to fellowships.  I told him what I was trying to start a fellowship for dog lovers and he immediately said me, too!  And, any of you that know Graham, hes quick to action!  He was having dinner with then RI President-elect Rick King, who is also wild about dogs.  By the next day, he had Rick signed on as our Honorary Chair.  I chased down every DG I could find from multiple countries to sign my paperwork.  Although exciting and exhausting, we accomplished our task and were approved as a Fellowship in November of 2001.

Diantha Grant, Florida USA, FIDO Co-founder

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