North American Chapter          


Calling all Rotarians...

Calling all Collectible Car Enthusiasts...

Join a Rotary International Fellowship whose common interest is the Collectible Car...
The Antique, Classic and Historic Automobile Fellowship of Rotarians (ACHAFR)

As a current Rotarian, you are already eligible to join; you don’t even have to own a classic car, just a love for them. There is a membership fee of $50.00 for the 1st Year (including brass grill badge), $25.00 for renewal years, $200 for a Lifetime Membership, or our "Club Membership" for only $50.
Your membership includes a copy of our e-book "How to Put on a Car Show, Rally and Tour for Fun, Fellowship and Fundraising". You will also receive a newsletter and information about car shows put on by fellow Rotarians. Members will have the support of international marketing of their car show events and free classified advertising for cars and parts you may want to sell, buy or trade.

Free Breakfast at Hershey Swap Meet

ACHAFR is having the 4th Annual Breakfast at Hershey, and it is free to you and your guest! Come join us at our vendor spot GBJ 34-36 (walk straight from the bus drop off!) on Friday morning, Oct. 10, 2014, from 7:30am - 10:30am. Come by, say hello, meet up with a few old car friends, and maybe meet some new Rotarian car buddies. Hot coffee and tea, fruit and pastries, and plenty more! Send an email or voice mail (813)714-1019(813)714-1019 to let us know if you are coming so we can plan food, otherwise just show up!

 All are welcomed!


Not a Rotarian? Let us tell you about the international advantages to joining one of the oldest community service organizations in the world. You will meet fellow car enthusiasts and professionals around the world, and have the opportunity to participate in regional, national and international meets, tours, rallies, and swap meets. Buy, sell, restore... we will get you information on all makes, models, and classifications.

Don't know if your car qualifies?

All vehicles from the turn of the century until 1989 are considered collectible. This is a great way to combine the camaraderie of Rotary International with one of the most popular sports/hobbies in the world. 

You do not have to own a collectible car to join!

As a member of the North American Chapter of ACHAFR you will receive a Rotary International ACHAFR radiator grill badge, a directory of fellow members, a newsletter filled with events around the country and the world, opportunity to advertise to buy or sell those "dream" cars.

All membership also receive an access code to our latest e-book "How to Put on a Car Show, Rally and Tour for Fun, Fellowship and Fundraising".


2014 Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia

With nearly 20,000 Rotarians in attendance, you can imagine that the House of Friendship was one busy place! But folks still seemed to find their way to the ACHAFR booth, and we had a great time meeting car collectors from around the world!


RI 2012-2013 President Tanaka Visits ACHAFR-North American President

It was a great day in Tampa Bay on Monday, February 4, 2013, when RI President Sakuji Tanaka came to visit. Truth be told, he was not here to visit with your ACHAFR Chapter President (that’s me!). He was actually here as an invited guest of our nearby Lakeland Rotary Club. It seems that Paul Harris had planted a magnolia tree in Lakeland 70 years ago, and President Tanaka came to re-plant and replace the tree that had since perished. Ironically, the original planting was in 1942 during the war with Japan. 70 years later the RI theme of “Peace Through Service” was chosen by our Japanese RI President, who rededicated the monument with the tree planting.

President Tanaka arrived at Tampa International Airport, and was greeted by our District Governor (and fellow ACHAFR member) Dr. Tom Wade. He then attended our welcome luncheon at historic Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, a suburb of Tampa. This restaurant continues to be owned and operated by the original Gonzmart family since establishment in 1905, the same year as Rotary! With the rich heritage of the Spanish & Cuban influences that we have all come to know and love, the beautiful architecture and delicious food are internationally famous.

Pictured below is President Tanaka with our 1939 Lincoln Limo. We may have struggled slightly with our language variances, but the international language of cars was the cure for much communication. We were delighted to hear that it was actually Pres. Tanaka’s birthday on the day of his visit. DG Tom had a birthday cake ready for the occasion, and I had my tech-wiz daughter, Amanda, quickly text me phonetically pronunciation for Happy Birthday in Japanese.

When I mentioned that the car was born in 1939, Pres. Tanaka said to me “I too was born in 1939”. And when he spotted the badge on the front grill work he said “ahh, V-12”. Talk about universal car man language! He next enjoyed a quick look under the hood before he took off to his next venue. But not before I shared with him our ACHAFR business card, wooden nickel, and brass grill badge. And that last photo is of President Tanaka admiring the fresh paint job on the 1939 Lincoln. It’s a car guy thing!

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