Faye Cran joined Rotary for all the wrong reasons. As a busy wife and mother, all she wanted was to have one lunch a week with her Rotarian husband, Derick. “We rarely saw each other during the day,” she recalls, “because I was spending all day, including Sundays, running the chicken farm. It was 55 miles away, so I was leaving Arusha at 6.00am and returning between 07:00 and 08:00pm. I was in Moshi by day and Arusha by night, so we agreed that we should meet for lunch once a week,” she says.
Those weekly lunches nurtured a Rotarian few can match, not only in Tanzania but in District 9211 as a whole. Today, Faye, or Mama Kuku as she is affectionately known, is a Service Above Self Recipient, a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, one of the longest serving lady Rotarians in Tanzania and winner of several District Awards and Presidential Citations.