International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians
Americas Region, Vice President Alan Dias

Alan Dias
IFFR Americas, Vice President 2020-2022

It is a privilege to follow in the footsteps of previous Americas Region Vice Presidents.  Jennie and I are looking forward to the next two years and the opportunity to meet many of you and enjoy with you our common bonds – Rotary and Aviation.  As is the custom, let me take a moment to introduce myself.

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Description automatically generatedJennie and I live in La Canada, CA – a relatively small community north of downtown Los Angeles and west of Pasadena.  JPL is next door. Jennie is a Real Estate Broker and I work with her.  Our Company is called Al-Jen Holdings Inc. and is affiliated with Dilbeck Real Estate where Jennie is a Broker-Associate.

I have been an active Rotarian for several years, first as a Member of LA 5, the fifth Club of Rotary International where I was on the Board, and am now a member of the E Rotary Club of Aviation and the Club’s 2020-2021 President.

The picture of Jennie and I was taken prior to the International Convention in Toronto.  We spent three weeks traveling across Canada from Vancouver to Toronto with fellow Rotarians and IFFR members – including immediate past World President – Phil Pacey and his lovely wife Judy.  Also, in our group were Mike McFarlane and his lovely wife, Sali.  Coincidently, it turns out that Mike is now the current IFFR Vice President – Australasia and Asia.  As large as we grow it is still a small IFFR world.

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Description automatically generatedI earned my Private Pilot’s license in 1979.  I am instrumented rated with over 2000 hours. We are co-owners in a 1976 Cessna 182P based at Whiteman (KWHP) Airport.  Since 1995 many of my hours were booked flying Missions for Angel Flight West (AFW) throughout the Western States.  If you are not familiar with AFW its mission is to provide free air transportation for non-emergency medical and other compelling human needs (angelflightwest.org).  Over the years I held several volunteer leadership positions in AFW and was the organizations Executive Director for six years.  In addition to flying missions together Jennie and I enjoy taking trips in our plane to interesting destinations throughout California and surrounding States.  We are looking forward to meeting you at IFFR Fly-Ins during the next two years.

I graduated from Kent State University with a BA in Industrial Psychology. My professional background includes seventeen years in progressively more responsible Human Resource Management positions culminating as Vice President Human Resources for an international insurance holding company.  I resigned that position to create and develop Personalized Relocation Management (PRM), an international relocation management company contracting with corporations to move staff from where they were to where they were needed in the world.  After twenty years we sold PRM to Crown Relocation an international moving company headquarted in Hong Kong.

What excites me about the IFFR is clearly stated in our Mission Statement: The International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians (IFFR) is a group of Rotarians dedicated to promoting Rotary and aviation as an opportunity for fellowship and service.  

Fellowship and Service – this is what it is all about.

Over the years – and especially recently – Jennie and I have expanded our friendships around the world.  It has been and continues to be both enjoyable and enlightening.  We have learned so much more about our Country, as well as other countries, and enjoyed the fellowship of other Rotarians.  And, at the same time, have been able to contribute as Rotarians.

Service – it is the underlying premise of being a Rotarian.  And, through the IFFR, we have the unique ability to provide service to our communities by giving back through flying.

In my two years as your Vice President my goal is to add value to your membership.   This will be done by continuing our opportunities to interact through Fly-Ins, but also by expanded communications.  Dealing with the Coronavirus has provided acceleration to virtual interaction.  I intend to incorporate this into our communications and expand the benefits available to you. 

Very soon, I will be announcing a new affiliation that will provide access to local volunteer flying organizations. My hope is that this will encourage IFFR members, if not already involved, to learn more about volunteer flying opportunities in their areas.

But – I need your help and involvement.  I have learned that the more you commit to this Organization the more you will get out of it.   Please reach out to me – archer6911p@gmail.com – and let me know your interests.  Let me know how you would like to get more involved, and what you would like to see added as a benefit to your IFFR membership. 

Here is to -
Blue Skies and Tailwinds,

Alan M. Dias
Vice President