November 2. 2012

 Six Indian Rotarians were the guests of the Rotary Clubs of Berrima District and Moss Vale on Wednesday 17th October.

On their way to Adelaide to take part in an international Rotary cricket carnival organised by the Australian members of the International Fellowship of Cricketing Rotarians (IFCR), a key feature of their stopover in Bowral was a visit to the Bradman Museum where Curator David Wells described the origins and development of the Museum, its relationship to the town, the Bradman residences and the eventual marriage of The Don and Jessie Menzies.

During their stopover in Bowral the group attended meetings of the two Rotary Clubs prior to travelling to Melbourne for a tour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground and cricket match at Strath Creek.

In Adelaide the group played four matches on city and suburban grounds, as well as touring the ‘the city of churches’, the Barossa Valley and attending a Sheffield Shield match at the Adelaide Oval.

Ulhas Dandekar, Nitin Jadhav, Pradeep Godbole (Rotary Club of Bombay Juhu Beach), Dr Siva Sivaramakrishnan (Rotary Club of Chembur West)(Chairman IFCR Rotary District 3140), Achyut Damle, Naresh (Nandu) Shenoy (Rotary Club of Deonar)(Secretary IFCR India)

The IFCR is one of many Rotary Fellowships that provide opportunities for Rotarians with like interests to share with other Rotarians around the world. IFCR hosts an international cricket carnival in one of its eleven member nations every two years.


A feature from

Who doesn’t love cricket?

Mike Jackson is a Rotarian on a mission. The affable Brit is determined to enlighten his American colleagues about his favorite sport: cricket.

“I feel it is unfair that American Rotarians are being deprived of the pleasure,” says Jackson, former secretary of the International Fellowship of Cricketing Rotarians and a member of the Rotary Club of Fordingbridge, England. “So I am going to devote my life to educating America about cricket.”

Sensing a tough sell, he sweetens the pot, vowing to donate $1 to The Rotary Foundation for every American Rotarian who joins the fellowship.

Like baseball,cricket involves bats, balls, runs, fielders, and umpires. But the player an American would call the pitcher is the “bowler,” and the term pitch itself refers to the center of the oval playing field.

Cricket’s origins go back at least to 14th-century England. As the British Empire expanded, cricket spread with it, and the game is now very popular in former British holdings such as Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and Sri Lanka.

Past RI Director Geoffrey Pike founded the fellowship in 1993. Since then, every few years the group holds a world festival, where Rotarian teams from the major cricketing countries engage in a week of friendly but spirited competition. Sri Lanka is set to host the fifth world festival this month.

The events also generate opportunities for volunteer service, bringing together Rotarians from nearly a dozen nations. For example, after the South Asian tsunami ravaged the Indian coastline in December 2004, clubs from Australia and the United Kingdom partnered with clubs in India on relief and recovery projects because of connections made through the cricket fellowship.

Now, says Jackson, it’s time for U.S. Rotarians to get in on the action.

“I personally invite you to our next world festival,” he says. “No previous experience needed, and we’ll even provide coaching from world-class players. Are you up to the challenge, America?”

And don’t forget the $1-per-head “bounty” for the Foundation.



 New IFCR Website

Welcome to the IFCR website.  Building on the tremendous work by Richard Groom in developing the original site, the Mk III version is being managed by Robert Lee in New Zealand, with Richard Groom continuing to handle all the Australian section,  Rupert Cox editing for GB&I, Rtn.Sarathy for India and Robert Armstrong for New Zealand.  Editors for the other countries are yet to be appointed.  Richard will also deal with most of the International input.

The new site can handle scores, statistics and databases, which will run on Robert Lee's systems.  It is a decision for each member country as to whether or not to publish detailed scores

The new website allows greater flexibility and will be extended to include more information than ever before.  However, we gratefully acknowledge the contribution of Rotarian Andrew Donald of in designing, developing and hosting earlier versions of the site, without which the new site might not exist.

It will also tie in with the Yahoo! Group (contact Ravi to join).  Members who wish to keep up to date are encouraged to join the group.

This fellowship is not an agency of, or controlled by, Rotary International.