(Jul 14) 15 years Hilton Sofia Creating Memories (+GAL)

On 14th of July 2016 Hilton Sofia, the hosts of the Rotary Club Sofia International’s regular meetings, celebrated its 15th anniversary.

Members of the club attended the celebration and presented to Mr. Stephan Reiter, the General Manager of Hilton Sofia, a bronze statuette of an owl – the symbol of wisdom and of our club.

Happy 15th Anniversary Hilton Sofia from your friends from Rotary Club Sofia International.

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(Jul 14) Successful Realization of a Dream (+GAL)

On 14 July 2016, members of Rotary Club Sofia International gathered in the show room of Renault Bulgaria,  where they, in the presence of the other supporting organizations – Lions Club Sofia  -Vitosha, Lions Club Sofia – Diamond, and Eurohold – presented the key for the van to the representatives of the Association “Children with Oncohаematologic Diseases”.

The funds for the van were collected during the Rotarian 2015-2016 year at the fundraising events organized by the club – Octoberfest, Wine It!, and Blend It!. These of course would not have been possible without our kind sponsors and all the guests who attended the events.

Rotary Club Sofia International would like to wholeheartedly thank:  Villa Melnik (Вила Мелник), Domain Marash,Villa Yustina, Malkata Zvezda Winery, Angelus Estate, Edoardo Miroglio, Minkov Brothers, Svishtov Winery, Vinprom Rousse,Bratanov Family Winery and Wineyards, Santa Maria Winery, Salla Estate1 METER CHOCOLATE, Dimitar Madjarov, SlowCooker.bgUnipek, LesaffreCottage Farm AlinoSALOON-American Pub, I & G Catering, Pretty Dance Hall, Marina Cape, Johnnie Walker, Vega Star TradingLa Prima Osteria, Omaia RanchNESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Bulgaria, VenianinaSunray Publishing Company, Star Club Fit&spa, Link2Bulgaria, Sense Hotel SofiaHilton Sofia, HiL!fe, GraphyaYordan Danchev.

Special thanks also to our Past President Mr. Schenk, who made this project the main project for the club during his term. Thanks also to all our members.

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(Jul 9) Handover Ceremony of District Governor D-2482 (+GAL)

On 9 July 2016 was the official opening of the New Rotarian Year 2016-2017 in the beautiful city Plovdiv, in the Regional History Museum, took place.

The Ceremony started with a cappella singing of the National Anthem of Republic of Bulgaria and the anthem of Rotary Bulgaria, performed by Trio “Soprano”.

Past District Governor presented the chain to the new District Governor – Dr. Dimitar Dimitrov and wished him successful year. After that the presidents of Rotary, Rotaract and Interact also exchanged chains. The 7 years old  violinist Victor Vassilev performed a musical greeting for the guests.

The official part was followed by a cocktail and later a dinner in Reastaurant “Bendida” in Grand Hotel Plovdiv. For the good mood of the guests again catered Trio “Soprano” and Viktoria Maneva – 14 years old talent.

Rotary Club Sofia International was represented by the President Elect – Ani Hristova.

In true Rotarian tradition the party ended in the early hours.

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(Jul 6) Handover Ceremony and New Member Acceptance (+GAL)

On 7 July 2016 in the garden of Hilton Sofia, Rotary Club Sofia International held its first regular meeting for the 2016-2017 Rotary Year. The main event during the meeting was the handover of the President’s Chain from Jörg Schenk to Horst Stüer. All the members of the club would like to wish our new President a successful year ahead. We will work together with him to make this Rotarian year yet another successful year in the history of the club.

Later on President Stüer pinned up the Rotary pin to our newest member Cris Biemond. We would like to wish Cris to Serve Above Self and be a valuable member of our club.

After the official part, the fellowship continued in a nearby bar with discussion on the future projects of the club. Stay tuned for many interesting initiatives and join us during the summer for our informal meetings where we will continue fine tuning our program for 2016-2017 Rotarian Year.

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(Jun 30) “Ethics Workshop”, Meeting in Tony Ripley’s Home (+GAL)

On 30 June 2016, members of Rotary Club Sofia International were invited by our member Tony Ripley at his home. Together with his friends from Chicago and from Bulgaria, we discussed the newest Rotary Club Sofia International project – “Ethic Workshop”.

The Rotary Ethics Workshop will be a full-day immersion into the field of ethics for high school students from Sofia schools. Best 10 to 12 students from 11th and 12th grade can participate in the workshop. During this time a Rotarian will “navigate” the conversation. Every member of the club is invited to take a part in that project.

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(Jun 23) Rotary Club Sofia International Receives a Certificate from DG Nina Miteva

On the last meeting of the Presidents of the Sofia Rotary Clubs for this Rotarian year, Nina Miteva, District Governor 2015-2016 awarded Rotary Club Sofia International for “Selfless service and implementation of successful and sustainable projects for the benefit of the community” and Interact Club Sofia International at Meridian 22 for “Helping Rotary make a difference in the lives of people all over the world”.

Nina Miteva congratulated Mr. Schenk for his very successful year.


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(Jun 22) Regular Meeting and an Update on the Progress of the Global Grant Project (+GAL)

On 22 June 2016, Rotary Club Sofia International held its regular meeting in the garden of Hilton Sofia. We had the pleasure to welcome numerous guests among whom the Vocational Training Team working on realizing the Global Grant Project of our club and clubs form D-1100 in Rotary Britain and Ireland, we also welcomed guests from RC Sofia Capital, as well as many friends of the club.

The meeting was presided by the President Elect, Mr. Horst Stüer, who opened, gave the word to the guests for a short introduction, and proceeded with announcing the program for the next couple of weeks. He also informed us that informal meetings will be taking place each Wednesday at 19:00 also during the summer vacation period.

Later the Vocational Training Team gave report on the progress of the Global Grant Project fro opening two social restaurants, where kids from protected homes would learn a profession and make their living. The project is worth over 100,000 USD. The two restaurants will soon be opened for operations. More information will be announced here.

The unofficial part continued with drinks and discussions and after midnight with the celebration of a Birthday of a dear member of the club.

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(Jun 15) Regular Meeting and a Report by the President of the Club for the 2015/2016 Rotarian Year (+GAL)

Rotary Club Sofia International hosted its regular weekly meeting in Hilton Sofia on 15 June 2016. The President of the club Mr. Jörg Schenk opened the meeting with congratulations for the Birthdays our members – Ms. Ani Hristova and Mr. Horst Stüer and introduced the new guests.

Later on he proceeded with a report of the activities and projects realized during his presidency for the 2015/2016 Rotarian year. The period was full with lectures, presentations, fundraising events, meetings to other clubs, attendance to District events, community projects, donations.

The club also has sound representation in the District committees for the next Rotarian year with Dr. Shezhana Doncheva as Chairman of the Committee for Fellowship and 4 other members in different District Committees.

The members of Rotary Club Sofia International would like to thank Mr. Jörg Schenk for the great year and thus for raising the expectations towards our President for 2016/2017 Mr. Horst  Stüer.

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(Jun 10) Successful Blend It! – Traditional Fundraiser by Rotary Club Sofia International (+GAL)

Rotary Club Sofia International held its traditional whiskey tasting fundraising event 0n 10 June 2016 in La Prima Osteria in Sofia. We had the honor to welcome numerous friends and guests who together with our sponsors made the evening yet another one to remember.

Thanks to all the guests and sponsors, as well as to the dedication of the members of the club we managed to collect 2,650 BGN to add to our cause. The funds collected during this charity initiative together with the money collected at the Wine Evening in March 2016 will be used for purchasing of a minivan for the Association “CHILDREN WITH ONCOHАEMATOLOGIC DISEASES“.

Rotary Club Sofia International succeeded to collect 10,000 BGN during this Rotarian Year for the cause. We are pleased to announce that with the help of a few other friends of the our club and the Association the minivan will be purchased by the end of June.

Kind sponsors of the event were: Johnnie Walker, Vega Star TradingLa Prima Osteria, Omaia Ranch1 METER CHOCOLATESALOON-American Pub, Cottage Farm Alino, NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Bulgaria, VenianinaHiL!fe, Sunray Publishing Company, GraphyaStar Club Fit&spa, Link2Bulgaria, Sense Hotel SofiaHilton Sofia.

Host was the actor Yordan Danchev.

Thank you all who supported us again. See you all at our next fundraising event.

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(Jun 1) Regular Meeting and a Presentation by Dimiter Dimitrov – “TICKEY – The Future of Public Transport” (+GAL)

Rotary Club Sofia International held its regular weekly meting on 1 June 2016 in Hilton Sofia. We had the pleasure to welcome numerous members and regular guests and friends of the club.

After the opening our guest Dimiter Dimitrov presented the product his company has developed an application for contactless payments of tickets in the public transport – TICKEY – The Future of Public Transport. The presentation was followed by an extensive Q&A session.

Later on details and organizational issues around the upcoming whiskey tasting fundraising event – Blend It! were discussed.

We are expecting you on Friday 10 June at 19:00 in La Prima Osteria on 32, Hristo Belchev Str. in Sofia. Come and support our initiative. we have prepared a lot of surprises for our guests.

The fellowship, as usual, continued with drinks and further discussions.

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During the summer break informal meetings take place at Edno Vreme restaurant in Borissova Gradina, Lake Ariana, every Wednesday at 19:00.

Upcoming Events

  1. (Aug 31) Informal Meeting

    August 31 @ 19:00 - 21:00
  2. (Sep 7) Informal Meeting

    September 7 @ 19:00 - 21:00
  3. (Sep 14) Informal Meeting

    September 14 @ 19:00 - 21:00
  4. (Sep 21) Informal Meeting

    September 21 @ 19:00 - 21:00
  5. (Sep 28) Regular Meeting

    September 28 @ 18:45 - 21:00

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