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How to form an official RFI Listeners Club

Did you know there is such a thing as official RFI Clubs? 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. Then you will need to send (via e-mail) a group photograph of your club and the full names of the members as well as their individual photographs to the Listener Relations Department. The Listener Relations Department will make up the identity cards, and send you a welcome box filled with RFI goodies!

Sébastien Bonijol (sebastien.bonijol@rfi.fr)
Chrystelle Nammour (chrystelle.nammour@rfi.fr)
RFI – Relations Auditeurs
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130, Issy-les-Moulineaux
France

We in the English language service are quite proud that in a very short time, 47 official RFI Clubs have been born! We send our warm regards to all our clubs: the RFI Fan Club in Kisii, Kenya, started by Mogire Machuki; the RFI 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 RFI Listeners Club Gambia in Brikama Town, The Gambia, with Lamin Ceesay as president; the Kemogemba Club in Tarime, Tanzania, started by Ras Franz Manko Ngogo; the Kumi Central RFI Listeners Club in Kampala, Uganda; the RFI Listeners Club GYPC Makassar, in Makassar, Indonesia, with Uki Ruknuddin at the helm; 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 10 clubs in Pakistan, four of which are in Muzaffargarh: the Sungat Listeners Club, Malik Allah Bachaya, Khokhar, 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 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. There are two clubs in Sahiwal: the Pak-France International Listeners Club, Shahzad Shabbir, president, and the Radio France International Online Visitors Club, Amir Jameel, 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 11 clubs: 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. There is a club in Lalpur: the Shawon DX Corner with Rajib Kumar Mondal at the head, and two in Naogaon: the Friends Radio Club with Dewan Rafiqul Islam as president and the RFI Fan Club with Jahangir Alam as its president. In Nilphamari, Shahanaj Parvin Sathi is the president of the Nilshagor RFI Fan Club; in Bogra, Dr Shahinur is the president of the RFI Peace Fan Club; in Sirajganj, there's the Karatao RFI Radio Listener Club,  Shariful Islam as president, and in Chapai Nawabganj, the Modhumala Radio Club, Sahadat Hossain, president.

In India, we have 17 clubs -  six (!)  in Murshidabad: 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 Medinipur, there’s the RFI Chaitak Listeners Club with Dr S S Bhattacharya at the helm; in Hyderabad / Miryalguda, the RFI Listeners Club is headed up by Mrs P Sreelatha Reddy; 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, and in Rampura Phul, the Green Listeners Club has Mrs Sonkia Gupta as president. Finally, there’s the RFI Listeners Club in Jamshedpur, SB Sharma, president; the RFI Fan Club in Nadia, headed up by Sunilbaran and Manjoo Das; 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 me your full name, your postal mailing address, and if you have one, your e-mail address. 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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