(Dec 14) RC Sofia International Elected Board 2017-2018 and President Elect 2018-2019 (+GAL)

Today, 14 December 2016, Rotary Club Sofia International held its elections for the Board of the club for 2017-2018 Rotarian year and for President Elect 2018-2019. The following members were elected:

President Elect 2018-2019:
– Enrico Repouz

Board members for Rotarian year 2017-2018:
– Jörg Schenk
– Michail Sougarev
– Plamen Kertev
– Slavena Savkova
– Tony Ripley

Additionally members of the Board for 2017-2018 are also:
– Horst Stüer (Past President)
– Ani Hristova (President)
– Enrico Repouz (President Elect)

Congratulations to all elected.

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(Dec 7) Regular Meeting and a Presentation by Mrs. Yuliana Antonova (+GAL)

On 7 December Rotary Club Sofia International held its regular meeting at Hilton Sofia.

Mr. Stueer and Mrs. Doncheva  recounted on the 10th Annual Christmas Puppet Theatre held for a second year in Yakimovo for the kids of Father Ivan. Santa Claus was also there and he awarded all of the kids with presents, donated by Vivacom, McDonald’s, members and friends of Rotary Club Sofia International. We also donated and delivered 13 cubic meters of wood directly at the home of Father Ivan, thanks to Prof. Ivan Iliev, Rector of the Forestry University.

Number of members and friends of our Club attended the celebration, together with our Rotaract Club.

The meeting continued with a presentation by Mrs. Yuliana Antonova, a founding member of our club. She presented her book and recounted about her experience in Japan during the last several years.

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(Dec 3) 10th Christmas Charity Puppet Theater Project by RC Sofia International (+GAL)

On 3 December, Rotary Club Sofia International once again visited the village of Yakimovo and Father Ivan’s shelter.

We provided for Christmas Puppet show “Christmas Magic” by private Pupper theather “Gluharcheta” with director Tanya Gigova. Santa Claus also was there and he awarded all of the kids. They were very happy to receive presents specially prepared for them.

Apart from the personal attention, Rotary Club Sofia International donated numerous toys, children’s books, sweets, necessary school supplies, hats, t-shirts, and essential food supplies, as well as 160 donuts from McDonalds.

Also Rotary Club Sofia International donated and delivered 13 cubic meters of wood with a free shuttle directly at home of Father Ivan, thanks to Prof. Ivan Iliev, Rector of the Forestry University.

All of the presents are around 3,500 BGN, those money were collected during the Octoberfest in Hilton, and from private donations by our members and friends.

This year once again we received help by Nikola Gechev – Director Corporate Sales of Vivacom, Svetoslav Nikolov – Managing Director of BE 4, Lidl, and of course theatre “Gluharcheta” .

Watching over the organization of the event in the houses of Father Ivan were personally the President of Rotary Club Sofia International – Mr. Horst Stüer and the longtime member of the club and main organizer of the Christmas puppet theater – Dr. Snejana Doncheva.

Members and friends of the Club were also, together with our Rotaract Club.

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(Nov 30) Regular Meeting and a Presentation by Mr. Georgi Kolev on HOPe Restaurants (+GAL)

The regular meeting of Rotary Club Sofia International was held on 30 November 2016 at Hilton Sofia. The president of the club Mr. Stueer  briefed the club members and guests on the preparation of the Puppet Theatre Project, a traditional Christmas charity event of the club to take place in Yakimovo (Father Ivan’s village) on  3 December 2016 .   

Club members and guests have been invited to the Christmas party of Rotary Club Sofia International on 21 December 2016 in La Prima Osteria. Bookings can be made at info@rc-si.org. Deadline is 14 December 2016.

Next club meeting on 14 December 2016 will be entirely dedicated to the elections for President and Board of Rotary Club Sofia International and will be closed to guests. 

Main topic of the meeting was the presentation of Mr . Georgi  Kolev about HOPe  Resaturant – a cooperation project between the Foundation for Social Change and Inclusion, Rotary Club Sofia International, Rotary eClub West of England and Rotary District 1100, as well as the other ther contributing Rotary Clubs – Bristol Breakfast, Bristol Bridge, Brue Valley, Clifton, Evesham, Gloucester, Stroud, Thornbury, Worcester in Rotary International Great Britain and Ireland and the money from the Rotary Foundation Global Grant 1420691. Mr. Kolev explained the structure of HOPe restaurant. located on 43 Vladayska Str. in Sofia ,its services, goals and plans for the future development of the establishment. Aside from services it supplies already it will also offer catering with a van, preparation of food for events, expanding the career opportunities to young people it already provides,  franchising.

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(Nov 23) Presentation by the President of Rotaract Sofia International at a Regular Meeting of Rotary Club Sofia International (+GAL)

Rotary Club Sofia International held its regular meeting on 23 November 2016 in Hilton Sofia. We were happy to host a number of guests, including Mr. Stephan Reiter – the General Manager of our hosts Hilton Sofia, Ms. Panagiota Angelopoulou – Past President of Rotaract Sofia International, Mr. Alp Bolcal – President of Rotaract Sofia International, Mrs. Tania Benisheva, Mrs. Ute Ehenberg, Mr. Nedy John Cross, and Mr. Grant Dale.

Mr. Alp Bolcal presented a project that his club, Rotaract Sofia International is organizing for the World AIDS day 2016. To raise awareness, the Rotaractors are planning to give away free condoms in a so called “Condomize” Campaign. The board of Rotary Club Sofia International decided to support financially that project. In order to make it even bigger, our Rotaractors need contacts with companies producers or importers of condoms. You can contact us at info@rc-si.org should you happen to have such contacts.

Additionally the upcoming club elections were once again discussed. These will be on  14 December 2016 at a closed meeting of the club.

Our Christmas Party in La Prima Osteria on 21 December 2016 form 19:30 is also approaching and it is time to reserve your place now.  Get in touch with us at info@rc-si.org

The club decided to not have a meeting on 28 December 2016 and on 4 January 2107.

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(Nov 21) Members of Rotary Club Sofia International Visit HOPe Restaurant (+GAL)

On Monday 21 November the members of Rotary Club Sofia International, who are also members of the Vocational Training Global Grant Project Committee have met in HOPe Restaurant on 43, “Vladadaiska” Str. in Sofia to discuss the future cooperation of the club and the newly opened social enterprise.

The restaurant is a social enterprise unit the purpose of which is to help beneficiaries from the Houses of Opportunity run by the Foundation for Social Change and Inclusion (FCSI) to become more employable by giving them opportunities to develop social and employment skills, work discipline and structure in a commercial working environment.

The new food enterprise offers customers the following products and services:

  • Café beverages and snacks for consumption on the premises or to take out;
  • Lunchtime food competing in the traditional mainstream downtown market: soups, salads, main dishes, again for consumption on the premises or to take out;
  • A delivered to premises catering service for local businesses and institutions;
  • Hire of premises for children’s parties and other special functions;
  • Since opening the hours of operation have extended to to 8pm as a result of consumer demand, evening food competing in the traditional mainstream downtown market.

Partners in this endeavor are: Foundation for Social Change and Inclusion, Rotary Club Sofia International, Rotary eClub West of England and Rotary District 1100, as well as the other ther contributing Rotary Clubs – Bristol Breakfast, Bristol Bridge, Brue Valley, Clifton, Evesham, Gloucester, Stroud, Thornbury, Worcester in Rotary International Great Britain and Ireland and the money from the Rotary Foundation Global Grant 1420691.

A Conference is to be held in February 2107 at which the restaurant will be showcased and the food for the delegates will be provided it.This will give FSCI to promote themselves to other Rotary Clubs throughout Bulgaria and Balkan States. It will also provide a Launchpad for further international relationships for FSCI. Target audience – Bulgairian Rotary Clubs, Children’s organisations and networks.

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(Nov 19) Members of RC Sofia International Attended the Rotary Foundation District Seminar in Sevlievo (+GAL)

On 19 November in Sevlievo the District seminar of Rotary Foundation was held.

Before the seminar, a group of Rotarians started planting a new “Alley of Rotary” in park “Kazarmite” in Sevlievo. 

The District Governor of D2482 Mr. Dimitar Dimitrov opened the seminar. The first session started with a presentation by Mr. Orscelik Balkan – Member Board of Trustees at The Rotary Foundation. The topic he spoke on was “One Hundred Years Rotary Foundation”. The program then included a presentation by he Past District Governor Mrs. Nina Miteva on with the topic: “One Hundred Years We Are Making Good Thought the World”. The session was concluded with a presentation by our friend from Rotary Club Haskovo Mr. Vladimir Gonchev.

During the second session Mrs. Violina Kostova from Rotary Club Sofia City announced the winner clubs of the district grants. After that Mr. Konstantin Stoyanov from Rotary Club Stara Zagora explained about the global grants and how easy it is to make the step from District to Global Grant. Mr. Volkan Akyıldız – Past President of Rotary Club of Caddebostan, District 2420 Turkey shared best practices on how a club of 8 people became one of the most successful clubs in Turkey.

Mrs. Snezhana Doncheva a member of Rotary Club Sofia International presented the Rotary Peace Centers program – a dynamic and ambitious project of the Rotary Foundation to identify highly qualified professionals and train them to become agents of peace. Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 900 Rotary Peace Fellows who are now working throughout the world in a wide range of occupations and positions of authority to serve the goal of building peace. In addition to contributing to peace as individuals, these dedicated fellows are part of an expanding global network of Rotary alumni whose influence grows exponentially with each graduating class.

The seminar was followed by a formal dinner, where the participants celebrated 15 years of Rotary Club Sevlievo, which finished with fireworks.

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(Nov 16) Regular Meeting and Presentation of Mr. Valentin Georgiev, Executive Director of American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria (+GAL)

On 16 November 2016 Mr. Valentin Georgiev, Executive Director of American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria (AmCham Bulgaria) was a guest of Rotary Club Sofia International in Hilton Sofia.

He presented the activities of the organization and answered the questions of our members and guests. AmCham Bulgaria is a member of a vast network of American Chambers in the World, and currently it has 339 members.

During the meeting we discussed the elections of the club’s President Elect 2018/2019 and Board 2017/2018, which will be held on 14 December at a closed meeting.

The Christmas party for the members and friends of the club was announced. It will be in La Prima Osteria restaurant on 21 December from 19:30. The cover fee is 35 BGN (no alcohol included) for four course dinner and special homemade surprises from our hosts.

The annual Puppet Theater Project of the club this year will again be for the kids of Father Ivan in Yakimovo. The event will be on 3 December. The kids will have a Puppet theater performance. We will also supply fire wood, food, Christmas treats, and donuts. Our friends from Vivacom will present the kids with a bag including t-shirt, hat, rucksack, notebook, pencil, box for pencils.

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(Nov 9) Regular Meeting and Presentation of Ms. Panagiota Angelopoulou, Past President of Rotaract Club Sofia International (+GAL)

On 9 November 2016 Rotary Club Sofia International welcomed Ms. Panagiota Angelopoulou, Past President of Rotaract Club Sofia International in Hilton Hotel Sofia. She presented a project executed by the club on dental hygiene and prophylaxis for orphans.

During the meeting the organization of the project for the kids of Father Ivan were discussed. We would entertain the kids with a Puppet theater. Additionally we would supply fire wood, food, Christmas treats, donuts. Our friends from Vivacom will present the kids with a bag including t-shirts, hat, rucksack, notebook, pencil, box for pencils. The event, which will take place on 3 December 2016 was made possible through the money collected at the Hilton Oktoberfest Celebration and numerous private donations from members and friends of our club.

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(Nov 2) Regular Meeting and Presentation of Cedar Bulgaria (+GAL)

On 2 November 2016 Rotary Club Sofia International welcomed Ms. Alexandrina Dimitrova from Cedar Bulgaria at a regular meeting of the club. She  presented the activities of the foundation and shared best practices for fundraising and invited the members and guests to their traditional ball.

Prior to the meeting the Board of the club discussed 2 projects, one from Peter for 100 books for local reading houses (Tschitalischte) in the villages of middle and west Bulgaria and one from Jørgen for helping an organization catering for disabled children. Each project requires around 2500 BGN and these will be collected at our traditional Wine and Whiskey evenings.

Additionally the club is planning to realize a bigger project under the patronage of a famous Bulgarian. This is still in the planning and as the organization progresses we will share news here and on our Facebook page.

After the meeting the discussions continued over beers in the lobby bar of the hotel.

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