Well, yesterday was Skeptics Day and it was exhausting! So many questions and doubts. Even after all these years, I am amazed by the munber of people who, when it comes to Dragons, insist on seeing before believing. They just don’t undertand that someties, with somethings, it is essential to believe before you can see.
There were also a lot of questions about WAFDE, the organization extraordinaire – and its members – that help make Month of the Dragon possible. When did it start, who are its members, what does it do for the other 11 months of the year, etc.
Today I thought I would try to answer some of those questions.
WAFDE was founded in the early 1900s by two amazing scientists, Amelia Penrhyn-Haile, and her partner, Portia Featherstone, and an enchantment of far-sighted Dragons from Northern Wales. Amelia and Portia saw the need to not only protect Dragons in the modern world, but also to share their wisdom, delight, and downright awesomeness.
With the aid of the National Trust and working in tandem various international conservation organizations, WAFDE has grown over the years, welcoming Dragons and their people from pole to pole, forest to concrete jungle.
Today, aside from sponsoring the Month of the Dragon, WAFDE also promotes draconic education programs – kids are particularly eager to embrace Dragons – and training seminars for would-be Dragonkeepers. WAFDE has also expanded to the realm of social media with its own Facebook page and growing online membership.
Membership is free and comes with an digital certificate, suitable for framing, for the asking.So….That, in a Pisuhand-sized nutshell, is WAFDE. You can find a more detailed history on our FB page, as well as details on requesting your membership certificate. I hope you will come join us.
And if you have any friends who are still skeptics, remind them of the words of Ursula K. Le Guin:
People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.