To promote and encourage the use and appreciation of music in Rotary clubs by Rotarians in our society and, thereby, to encourage world-understanding.
The International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians began in 1972 to "promote and encourage the use and appreciation of music in Rotary clubs by Rotarians in our society and, thereby, to encourage world-understanding." It was first registered in New Mexico as a not-for-profit corporation in 1985. In the US the practice of singing a song at meetings (as an aid to better and closer friendship) is more widespread than here in the British Isles. We are more reserved ! Consequently the UK membership of the Fellowship is quite low, and consists more of instrumentalists than singers.
Over the last 30 years, officers and members of the Fellowship have taken a leading role in inspiring the cultural and educational use of music in Rotary, including group singing, musical entertainment, and the fostering of music projects. The Rotasry Club of Dartmouth held a most entertaining “Desert Island Discs” social evening to elicit the musical tastes of their members, with some surprising results. As a barbershop singer in the quartet “Jigsaw” David Morehen has given talks and demonstrations after Rotary dinners and provided entertainment at some of their charitable fund-raising events. Only this July "Jigsaw" were able to entertain children and parents at a barbecue and party at Exeter Airport on the "Fly 15" party for Children's Hospice Southwest, when some very young children were taken up in privately owned aeroplanes.
IFRM has published and arranged the annual RI Presidents’ theme songs; furnished musical leadership and performances at RI Conventions and District Conferences, or manned a booth to educate Rotarians about the Music Fellowship, or provide instrumental entertainment; songbooks and tapes are distributed and new members recruited.
The picture above is the 'Jigsaw' barbershop quartet, part of the "Kingsmen" chorus from Kingsbridge, and members of the British Association of Barbershop Singers.
David Morehen, Rotary club of Dartmouth
IFRM Vice-Chairman (Europe) 1985 - 1998