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How to form an official RFI Listeners Club

Did you know there is such a thing as an "official" RFI Club? Why not start your own? Here’s how.

You can either transform your existing radio club into an RFI Club, or create a brand new one. Then, anytime you plan special events – be they humanitarian, cultural, or sports-oriented; if you want to host an environmental program, or a day dedicated to health issues - RFI will help you with ideas and free promotional items for your members. You’ll also be eligible to participate in special RFI Club events.

If you are interested in either changing your radio club into an RFI club, or if you would like to create a brand-new RFI club, the first step is to read the RFI Club Charter:

RFI Club Charter

If you are willing to abide by the Charter, write to me at thesoundkitchen@rfi.fr and let me know. We want to know about your club - how often do you meet? Which RFI programs do you listen to? Which other international radios does your club listen to? What community activites has your club organized or been a part of? What are  your club's future plans for community involvement?  Send us pictures of your events!

RFI Clubs are meant to be involved in their community. We need to hear about your activities - and see photos! - in order for you to maintain Active status in the RFI Club family. Your club will need to send us your updates at least once a year. - but more often is preferable!

Then you will need to send (via e-mail) a photograph of your members, with their full names, so that the Listener Relations department can make the identity cards. We must also have a group photograph of your entire membership – during one of your meetings would be perfect! Send the photos to my colleagues in the Listener Relations Department. They will make up the ID cards and send you a welcome box filled with RFI goodies!

Sébastien Bonijol (sebastien.bonijol@rfi.fr)
Audrey Iattoni (audrey.iattoni@rfi.fr)
RFI – Relations Auditeurs
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130, Issy-les-Moulineaux
France

We in the English language service are quite proud of our 42 official RFI Clubs.

We send our warm regards to all our clubs: the RFI SISA Youth Development Club in Bamenda, Cameroon, Eric Mbotiji, president; the RFI Club Freetown in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Abdulai Saiku Bah, president; the Divin-Alam RFI Club in Alim-Fundong, Cameroon, Njang Marinette Njong, president; the Hope Yang RFI Club in Njinikom, Cameroon, Jianbo Cyrille Fointama, president; the Club RFI Monrovia, Lloyd N Toh, president; the RFI Butterflies Club Ain Kechera in Ain Kechera, Algeria, with Ferhat Bezazel as president; the RFI Ducor Sea Breeze Club in Monrovia, Liberia, headed up by Hyrum Karyea Mennoh; the Kemogemba Club in Tarime, Tanzania, started by Ras Franz Manko Ngogo; the RFI Listeners Club Gambia in Brikama Town, The Gambia, Lamin Ceesay president, and our two clubs in Holguin, Cuba: the RFI Club Cuba with Ivan Carralero as its president, and Cubans on the Radio with Rommel Tamayo Gutiérrez at the helm.

We have 9 clubs in Pakistan, three of which are in Muzaffargarh:  the RFI Lovers Club with Mubashir Bukhari as president; the Modern DX Club with Muhammad Tariq Rehman as president, and the RFI Listeners Club started by Mubashir Hussain Asher. In Faisal Abad, there's the Naz RFI and Internet Fan Club, Rasheed Naz, president; in Mailsi, there’s the RFI Web Visitors Club, Abid Hussain Sajid, president, and in Chiniot, there's the Seven Stars Listeners Club with Muhammad Saleem Akhtar Chadhar as president. In Sahiwal, there's the Pak-France International Listeners Club, with Shahzad Shabbir as president. Finally, there's the RFI Fans Web Visitors Club in Khanpur, with Amir Manzoor as its president and the RFI Listeners Club in Sheikhupura, Riaz Ahmed Khan, president.

In Bangladesh, we have 7 clubs: the Online RFI DX Club in Narayanganj, Abu Sayed, president; the Kaptai RFI Fan Club, headed up by Jahangir Alam Manto, and the RFI Amour Fan Club in Rajshahi has AKM Nuruzzaman as president. There are two clubs in Dhaka: one started by Wali Ahad, the RFI Club Dhaka, and the other by Royeka Khatun, the RFI Surfer’s Society Bangladesh. In Nilphamari, Shahanaj Parvin Sathi is the president of the Nilshagor RFI Fan Club, and in Bogra, Dr Alam Shahinur is the president of the RFI Peace Fan Club.

In India, we have 15 clubs -  8 (!)  in Murshidabad: The RFI Fan Club, Naved Raiyan, president; the United RFI Listeners Club, Debakamal Hazarika, president;  the Murshidibad RFI Women’s Club, Priyanka Paul, president; the Golden DX Club with Siddhartha Sarkar as president; the RFI Natun Radio Listeners Club with Kanchan KR Chatterjee as president; the International DX Radio Listeners Club, with the RFI Students and Sports Club section, Mr Najimuddin, president; the Metali Listeners Club and the RFI Metali Students Club, with Shivendu Paul serving as president for both clubs. In Delhi, Mahesh Jain is the president of the RFI Club Delhi and in Hariharpara, the RFI Mahila Shrota Sangha (RFI Women Listeners Fan Club) is headed up by Nafisa Najim. In Sainikpuri / Secunderabad, the RFI Young Stars Radio Club has Hari Madugula as president; in Maharashtra, the Marconi DX Association was created by Sandeep Jawale. Finally, there’s the RFI Listeners Club in Jamshedpur, SB Sharma, president; the Golden Eagles Club in Keralam, Muhammad Shamim S as president, and in Assam, the RFI Listeners Club of Jorhat, Prithiwiraj Purkaystha, president.

Which leads me to another item of interest: the "general" RFI Listeners Club. Everyone can belong to the RFI Listeners Club, but you will only be issued a membership number, not an identity card. Only members of an official RFI Club will have identity cards. As an RFI Listeners Club member, you will still win a premium prize if you win a Sound Kitchen quiz. So no reason not to join – although having an official RFI Club is really far cooler.

If you only want to be a member of the general RFI Listeners Club – that’s great, too! Just send your full name, your postal mailing address, and  your e-mail address to english.service@rfi.fr. You’ll receive an RFI Listeners Club number; include that number every time you enter a quiz, and if you are a winner, you’ll get a premium prize!

Nota bene: The RFI Listeners Club used to be called “Club 9516”. So if you are a member of the “Club 9516”, you are already a member of the RFI Listeners Club. Your “Club 9516” membership number still works – no need to reapply. Just include your membership number on your quiz entries.
 

 
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