(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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(May 25) Regular Meeting and a Presentation by Mr. Jörg Schenk (+GAL)

On 25 May 2016 in Hilton Sofia, Rotary Club Sofia International hosted its regular weekly meeting. Our President Mr. Jörg Schenk opened the meeting and introduced the new guests. He later on proceeded with a presentation of the Rotary International Youth Exchange program.

Later details about the upcoming Blend It! – the traditional whiskey tasting fundraiser by the club were discussed. Organization of the event is underway and a number of sponsors and guests have already confirmed participation. Tickets for the event are available on Eventim, as well as during the regular meetings of the club on Wednesdays at 18;45 in Hilton Sofia, and through bank transfer.

The fellowship continued with further discussion of Blend It! over a drink in a nearby bar.

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NEXT (Jun 10): Blend It! A Fundraising Event by Rotary Club Sofia International

Rotary Club Sofia International organises Blend It!
The traditional whiskey tasting charity event on 10 June 2016 at 19:00 in La Prima Osteria on 32 Hristo Belchev str., Sofia 1000.

We would like to invite you to take part in our noble cause.

The price of the tickets is:
30 BGN for tickets purchased in advance (25 BGN for Rotaract);
40 BGN for tickets purchased on the door (for everybody).
Buy your ticket via Eventim and their partner network.
You can get additional information on how to purchase tickets on info@rc-si.org.

The funds collected during the charity initiative will be used for purchasing of a minivan for the Association “CHILDREN WITH ONCOHАEMATOLOGIC DISEASES“.

Kind sponsors of the event are: Johnnie Walker, Vega Star TradingLa Prima Osteria, Omaia Ranch1 METER CHOCOLATESALOON-American Pub, Cottage Farm Alino, NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto BulgariaHiL!fe, Sunray Publishing Company, GraphyaStar Club Fit&spa, Hilton Sofia.

Host is the actor Yordan Danchev.

Let’s continue giving away smiles together!

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(May 11) Regular Meeting and a Presentation by Rene Kist (+GAL)

On 11 May 2016 Rotary Club Sofia International held its regular meeting in Hilton Sofia. The club event was enriched by the unexpected visit of a Jordanian delegation that visited Sofia to promote the nation and its active role in the Middle East conflict.

It was led by the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of he Jordan Parliament and former Minister of Regional Develeopement, Mr. Hazem Qashou, who delivered a short devoted speech, in which he highlighted the positive role of the Jordan government and its people, continuously played in the Middle East peace process and the provision of land and accommodation to the many refugees the country hosts.

Main event of the evening was the presentation by Dutch Rotarian and regular guest of the club, Rene Kist (RC Barendrecht), on transport development in underdeveloped countries. Rene presented both a global as well as a local perspective on various transport issues such as the development of main transit canals in the world and the development of Bulgarian ports and intermodal transport in the regional context. All was adequately supported by relevant pictures showing the sometime poor infra structure and outdated handling equipment in ports.

Rene is actively engaged as Team Leader in the JASPERS funded (EU/EIB/EBRD) Technical Assistance project aiming at capacity building for the Bulgarian Ports Infra structure company. His presentation and opinions were on personal note and do not reflect that of the EC or JASPERS.

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(Apr 20) The Ambassador of Republic of India – H.E. Mr. Rajesh Kumar Sachdeva Presentation at a Regular Meeting of RC Sofia International (+GAL)

On 20 April 2016 in Hilton Sofia, Rotary Club Sofia International hosted a presentation by the ambassador of Republic of India – H.E. Mr. Rajesh Kumar Sachdeva at a regular meeting. The topic of the presentation was “India on the Move” – facts and success stories from contemporary India. The expose of H.E. was followed by an extensive and lively question and answer session.

At the meeting we also had the pleasure to welcome the Past President of the club Mr. Iain Greive, who happened to have a birthday that same day. All the present members and friends wished Iain lots of health and happiness.

The fellowship continued with drinks and discussions about India in the lobby bar of the hotel.

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(Apr 17) Rotaract Club Sofia International President Attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Seminar (+GAL)

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards seminar (RYLA) took place in the city of Bourgas between 15 and 17 April 2016. The president of the Rotaract Club Sofia International  Panagiota Angelopoulou – was chosen to take part in the seminar among multitude of candidates from Rotaract clubs in Bulgaria. She kindly shared a few words with impressions from the seminar:

“I joined RYLA, first time in Rome two years ago and now in Bourgas, Bulgaria, because I wanted to feel the spirit of the big Rotaract family. I had been informed, and then I realized that RYLA is a great place to change and challenge yourself. According to my last experience in Bourgas and the two previous, I believe, that joining RYLA is a combination of unforgettable moments and valuable memories. I developed my social network and I learnt how to be a real leader. It is truly once in a life time journey!

Thank you Rotary Club Sofia International for having this amazing experience!”

Rotary Club Sofia International would like to thank Rotary Club Bourgas Pyrgos for the organization and for selecting the President of Roataract Club Sofia International to take part in the event.

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(Apr 16) A Member of the Club Attended the Spring Ball of Rotary Club Haskovo-Aida (+GAL)

On 16 April 2016 a member of Rotary Club Sofia International – Ani Hristova – visited the Spring Ball of Rotary Club Haskovo-Aida.

The funds, collected during the fundraising ball, will be for the project “In the Game We Are All Equal” for the day care center for children with physical and mental disabilities – “Marina” in Haskovo .

The event took place in “Haskovo” restaurant, where members and guests of the club were dancing and partying together. The atmosphere was friendly and in the late hours of the night, Mr. Pilio Pilev, a member of Rotary Club Haskovo-Aida, contributed to the festive spirit of the ball by singing favorite songs of the club’s members and guests. Later on, the party continued with Karaoke until it finished in the small hours of the night.

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(Apr 13) Regular Meeting and a Presentation of Foundation for Social Change and Inclusion (+GAL)

On 13 April 2016 Rotary Club Sofia International held its regular meeting in Hilton Sofia. We had the pleasure to welcome the Assistant District Governor of Lebanon for District 2452, Mr. Rami Majzoub. He introduced himself and shared a few facts about his Rotarian Zone.

The main topic of the evening was the presentation by Ms. Darina Gadjurova and Ms. Biliana Mladenova from the Foundation of Social Change and Inclusion Bulgaria (FSCI). They briefly recounted about the main focus and activities of FSCI and then presented the progress of the Vocational Training Global Grant Project of the our club and the friends from District 1100 in Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland (RIBI). The members and guests were very interested in the project and took active participation in the discussion with many questions.

The fellowship, after the official part, continued in the lobby bar of the hotel.

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