are a new member seeking information on how the
DLF works, or you are an active member interested
in improving your involvement for bringing a smile
to the less privileged, we welcome you to the Members'
Guide to DLF.
In this booklet, the subjects are:
||How to Make
the Most of DLF
||How to Get
Started in DLF
of Membership in DLF
New Members to DLF
You are invited to help us improve
The Members' Guide to DLF by sending your suggestions
We hope you will enjoy many rewarding experiences
from your membership in DLF.
What is Doll Lovers Fellowship ?
The Doll Lovers Fellowship is a network of like
minded Rotarians and partners throughout the world
agreeing to share their culture and traditions
with each other in return for a favor of their
virtual presence on the DLF website.
The DLF is an organization dedicated to bonding
the world together through an exchange of its
culture, traditions and caring.
The DLF works for two main objectives :
make the Rotary Dolls Museum rich with a representation
of each of the existing Rotary Districts around
||To make "Gift a Smile" movement more effective for the less
privileged children across the world.
What is the origin of DLF?
The Doll Lovers Fellowship is an important missionary
out come of the Rotary Dolls Museum ( RDM ) housed
in the city of Rajkot, Gujarat State, India. The
RDM is a project by the Rotary Club of Rajkot
Midtown ( R.I. District 3060, India ).
The RDM started with just a click
of humble request via e-mails to the Rotarians
world wide in June 2001. The generous contribution
of ethnic traditional dolls received from all
corners of globe has been an overwhelming experience.
e-mails responded in a Museum-full of dolls and
the RDM was inaugurated in July 2004.Today the
Museum has a collection of over 1400 dolls from
525 Rotary Clubs from 293 RI Districts from 93
countries. It is an ideal example of true internationality
Apart from the representing dolls, we have received
letters or the articles sent with the dolls signifying
culture, tradition, life-styles, recipes, prominent
The sentiments and enthusiasm of the Clubs which
have sent the dolls has been immensely portrayed
from selection of typified cultural / traditional
dolls & researching an article of the background
of dolls to the packaging of dolls. Each doll
is housed in glas cases along with the related
information. So the children get the unique joy
of learning about world culture & history.
Some of them have hosted a "Send Off"
party before the dispatch of the doll, while others
have ensured that one of the Club members or its
family member hand makes the doll.
So much for the Museum made especially for the
less privileged children to "Gift a Smile"
on the faces of underprivileged children.
Some Rotarians fell in true love with dolls and
decided to make the logical extension in global
way, thus this group of Doll Lovers registered
the Doll Lovers Fellowship in February 2005.
How does one enjoy the most of membership in
Explore: the members and partners in distant
land for information of their culture, traditions,
Communicate: Write, phone, fax, e-mail to
others living in countries you wish to know more
about. Exchange and seek ideas on your current
Invite: Rotarians in your club and district,
particularly friends in other countries,
to join DLF. Tell them about www.rotarydlf.org
- they can join DLF on-line.
1) The presence of your Club
in the Rotary Dolls Museum.
2) "Gift a Smile"
Make suggestions: This is fellowship of
your choice. Your suggestions and feedback may
be just what can make a world of difference.
Step up to leadership: Take the lead by
offering yourself as a district or regional representative
How to get started in DLF?
To become a member in DLF is easy. Be a member.
You may have :
· received an e-mail from DLF
· you have been prompted by another member
· you just were awaiting a formal announcement
Decide on type of membership - whether
Club or Individual
Consult and share the information with
your Club members.
Join by filling up the membership form.
Up on the type of membership that you have
process to send your symbolic doll
a write-up or an article on the culture or tradition
that your doll may symbolize
||If you are
joining the DLF to participate in the "Gift a Smile" movement, choose the toys that you
want to send across. You need to send 50 toys for
the less privileged children.
these toys need to be more of play things than something
to read and follow. Remember most of the less privileged
children may not necessarily have the basic education.
The toys may be of any sort but not hazardous to
children in shape or material. They should look
fresh and appealing to play with.
And, the benefits of belonging
to DLF are?
Membership in a family of Rotarians and partners
having genuine interest in the internationality
of Rotary through opportunities for cultural sharing
and rich fellowship.
Ready made avenues for unique perspectives of
distant places and their special characteristics
while being in the comforts of your own room.
The potential for developing life-long friendships
and associations with individuals, couples, families
and even groups of families from the exchanges
of culture & traditions made.
Frequent and open sharing of experiences with
one another through newsletters and the website
www.rotarydlf.org, contributing to a heightened
level of enlightenment about other people, other
countries and other cultures, or could we say:
"international understanding and world peace".
Share your Club's current projects with the Rotarians
Opportunities to participate in the "Gift a Smile" movement for the less privileged
children across the World.
Attracting New Members
DLF is looking for true & genuine Rotarians
who strongly believe in a
United World, ever eager to Gift a Smile on someone's
actually having seen it !
Join DLF for your unconditional love for the
brethren of this Universe.