Rita Knijff-Pot lives and works in the region ‘Het Gooi’ near Hilversum in the Netherlands. She was born in Utrecht and was raised in the Limburg province in the South of the country.

After her Bachelor education Clinical Chemistry and Microbiology she has worked at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Utrecht University. Her interest in visual arts brought her in balance with respect to emotion and intellect. She continued her education at the Rotterdam Art Academy: Graphic Art. Her work was exposed at art exhibitions in Amsterdam and Paris. Portrait drawing was taught to her by Maarten Krabbé in Amsterdam. She followed art painting workshops from Ingrid Schubert, Mark van Praagh and Herman Tjepkema. Next she exposed at exhibitions in Hilversum and Arnhem.

Rita was contract student Art History at the Amsterdam University. Soon after she started to write about art, she chose to register for a short stories writing course at the Writer’s School (‘Schrijversvakschool’) in Amsterdam. There she was encouraged to follow their official program in order to  develop the literary aspect of her writing. Which she did for two more years.

Subsequently she immersed herself in literary non-fiction at the Academy for Journalism in Utrecht. She started to write columns for a nationwide website. This led to two bundles ‘Stand By Your Man’ in June 2007 and ‘Stand By Your Man II, crossing borders’ in March 2010 and more publications in newspapers and on websites. After Stand By Your Man I and II, in 2013 STAND BY YOUR MAN was issued, an anthology in which besides the new third part 'The Board' also Part I and II are included.


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In STAND BY YOUR MAN, Rita Knijf-Pot describes the time in which her husband Paul Knijff fulfilled the position of District Governor in the centre of the Netherlands, in a personal search for what Rotary stands for (SBYM I).
After that, Paul was an International Membership Coordinator. The part of the book that describes this period (SBYM II) takes you to places like Cologne, Sarpsborg (Norway), Brussels, Vienna, Bucharest and Paris.
In the years 2011-13 (SBYM III), Paul served as Director in the Board of Rotary International.
The book offers the reader a behind-the-scenes look at the worldwide organisation of Rotary, in a mildly satirical, relativising and critical narrative.

Bill Boyd (RI President 2006-07):
"I found it most interesting to read your impressions of events and people that Lorna and I also know. It is too easy to think that your view is as others see it and your book has lead me to rethink.

Elio Cerini (RI Director 2010-12, Past RI Treasurer 2011-12):
"I find it intelligent, intriguing, amusing  and absolutely politically correct. Brava Rita!”

Celia Cruz de Giay (RI Director 2013-15 - RI Vice-President 2014-15)
"I want to congratulate Rita for the way she wrote it. When I started to read,  it was so interesting that I could not stop until I finished. She has a very personal style and I love it!!! After reading the book I feel I am closer to her for the way we both think. She is a great writer."

STAND BY YOUR MAN by Rita Knijff-Pot
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ISBN 9789078094555
Paperback - Pag. 240