About the Rotary Fellowship of Quilters and Fiber Artists (RFQFA)

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.

Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.

Fellowships are open to Rotarians, family members, program participants, and alumni.

RFQFA: 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.

Who Can Join?

The fellowship is open to Rotarians, family members of living or deceased Rotarians, Rotary Program Participants, Alumni, 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.