(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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(Oct 26) Regular Meeting and Presentation by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lyudmil Vagalinski (+GAL)

The regular meeting of Rotary Club Sofia International has been held on 26 October 2016 at the Hilton Hotel. The president of the club Mr. H. Stüer announced some organizational topics and invitations received from other clubs within the district. The club members have been briefed, as well, about  the preparation of the charity Christmas event in Yakimovo (Father Ivan’s village) planned for 3 December.

The main topic of the agenda this evening was the lecture “Heraclea Sintica – The City of Macedonian Kings” held by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lyudmil Vagalinski, director of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum (NAIM) since 2010. Mr. Vagalinski presented an archaeological site called Heraclea Sintica located near the city of Petrich (SW corner of Bulgaria). Heraclea Sintica was founded as a Macedonian colony in the end of 4th c. BC. It was the main settlement of the Middle Struma River till end of 4th c. AD. Since 2007 systematic archaeological excavations have been carried out. Many ancient ruins, tools, dishes and coins have been found there as evidence for the rich, dramatic and exciting history of this part of Bulgaria.

In addition Mr. Vagalinski answered some questions of the club’s members and expressed his readiness to co-operate with Rotary Club Sofia International in its future projects and activities.

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(Oct 25) Donation of Computers to the Agency for Social Support (+GAL)

25 October 2016, Rotary Club Sofia International donated 14 computers, 13 monitors, and one copy machine to the Bulgarian Agency for Social Support.

The Agency provides social services to indigent members of the society. It caters food, distributes heating allowances, supports children and disadvantaged people.

The project had been initiated and realised by our member Mr. Svetozar Shkoutov.

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(Oct 19) Presentation by Dr. Mitko Vassilev at a Regular Meeting of the Club (+GAL)

Rotary Club Sofia International held its regular weekly meeting on 19th of October 2016 in Hilton Sofia.

The main topic of the evening was the presentation of Dr. Mitko Vassilev. He presented the network of German Industrial and Trade Chambers and also the activities and projects of the German-Bulgarian Industrial and Trade Chamber.

Before the presentation we opened the donation boxes, which we have had at the Oktoberfest Celebration on 15 October in Hilton Sofia. We managed to collect 1,515.00 BGN, which will go towards buying essentials for the kids of Father Ivan in Yakimovo. A member of the club donated additional 1,000.00 BGN for the project. Information of how the money is spent will be available here and on our Facebook Page.

After the meeting the fellowship continued with drinks and conversations around the next projects of the club.

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