International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians
Americas Region, Vice President George Chaffey
Altitude without Attitude ..... Welcome to IFFR Americas.
We are IFFR.
We are members of the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians.
We have friends worldwide in Rotary and in aviation.
The first Rotary Club met in Chicago in 1905.
Rotary was the intellectual offspring of a unique adventurous soul, Paul
P. Harris. IFFR was the brainchild
of E. Edison Kennell.
Rotarian Ed realized that there must be hundreds of fellow flying Rotarians in the skies over his native land and worldwide.
Founding chairman Ed envisioned a network of pilots who shared not only his love of aviation, but his dedication to the Rotary concept of fellowship and service. The dream of Paul Harris grew to include over a million men and women worldwide. The select group of Flying Rotarians grew to include thousands of members worldwide. As Rotarians, we know that as we travel, there are Rotary clubs ready to welcome us to their local weekly meetings. As IFFR members we know that many of those clubs include fellow aviators, many already members of our worldwide family. The realization " You are my fellow Rotarian, and a fellow pilot!" never fails to elicit a smile on the face of a flying Rotarian. Many Rotarian pilots have yet to learn of IFFR. But when they do, they promptly join.
Rotarians strive to get the most out of our Rotary club
membership by attending weekly meeting and growing fellowship locally.
IFFR members learn how to maximize their benefits from, and service to,
our worldwide family. We learn when
traveling with or without our personal aircraft, to make contact with local IFFR
members. The benefit
of this may turn out to be enjoying coffee or a meal with a new friend.
Or it may turn into a lifelong friendship with a Rotarian who treats us
to adventures we would have never enjoyed
telephoning a stranger for advice only to spend the following afternoon
overflying three of the Hawaiian Islands in his personal aircraft!
Or dropping in on strangers in a Rotary Club in central Switzerland to be
befriended by a couple of fellow IFFR members, one of who arranges a three-hour
adventure over Alpine ridges that very afternoon in a high-performance
Even if one limited contact with fellow IFFR members to
participating in the organized
events of the group, your life will
be enriched by rare regional and international adventures.
We have journeyed in a fleet of 52 private aircraft from Brisbane on the
Pacific Ocean to Longreach in the Australian Outback, then nearer the equator to
Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.
We spent a week using leased and chartered aircraft to bet to know six islands
From the USA our members have flown aircraft loaded with
disaster relief supplies to Haiti and into Mexico.
Some of our more intrepid pilots have crossed the Atlantic and Pacific
Oceans in personal aircraft. One
IFFR member just completed an around the world adventure with spouse and friends
in a private aircraft. Many of our
members use personal aircraft to fly children to faraway medical resources and
to transport medical specialists into under served regions.
Aviation opportunities in IFFR are innumerable.
More valuable are the lifelong friendships that originate in our unique
organization. To acquire friendships
of depth is easier among like-minded individuals.
We share Rotary. We share a
respect for, and a love of, aviation.
If these attributes describe you,
join us in the best of the Rotary Fellowships.
IFFR WORLD PRESIDENT 2012-2014