NEXT (19 Dec): Last Meeting for the Year at the “German Christmas Market”

The last meeting of Rotary Club Sofia International for 2018 will be on 19 December 2018. The meeting venue will be the “German Christmas Market” in the City Garden near Alexander Battenberg Square (Location:
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Please bring warm clothes, good spirit, friends & family.

(21 Nov) Rotary Club Sofia International was Bestowed an Award for its Efforts 2017/2018 – Being One of the Most Active Clubs (+GAL)

On our regular meeting held on 21st of November 2018 was announced that our club was awarded for its efforts in 2017/2018 as being one of the most active clubs. Only 213 worldwide clubs were bestowed with such a distinction.

As a guest the club members welcomed Mr. Diego Apicella, Rotary Club Genova, Italy and Mr. Yordan Dukov – Rotaract.

Members were requested to bring items for the auction of the upcoming Christmas party of the club on 28 Nov. 2018 and to invite as many as possible guests.

At the meeting future fundraising events were discussed and especially the idea to focus on one sustainable cause. Our club is looking for a single, long term goal, that the entire club will embrace and support. 

Our club member Ms. Slavena Savkova made a brief explanatory presentation about her previous’ clubs effort, where Rotary Club Sofia Balkan started funding disabled people wishing to play basketball. 

The topic for the upcoming elections for President and board scheduled was discussed as well. Members were advised that in line with our tradition the President for 2020/2021 ought to be a foreigner.

Two more reports followed: The Ambassador of Kingdom of Morocco to Bulgaria – H.E. Mrs. Zakia El Midaoui invited the Rotary Clubs from Sofia to her Residency. Our club was represented by Ms. Slavena Savkova.

The second report was for Rotary Club Veliko Tarnovo’s Celebration of 80th Birthday. Our club was represented by Ms. Ani Hristova. More information on the event here:

After the official part was closed, the fellowship continued in the lobby bar of the hotel.

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(16-18 Nov) Rotary Club Sofia International Member Attends the Rotary Foundation Seminar and 80 years of Rotary Club Veliko Tarnovo (+GAL)

The Rotary Foundation Seminar this year was combined with the celebration of the 80th Birthday of Rotary Club Veliko Tarnovo and was attended by Ms. Ani Hristova, Past President of our club.

On 16 November the host club organized a concert attended by more than 2,000 guests. During that concert more than 2,000 BGN were collected for the project of the club. This same evening Rotary Club Veliko Tarnovo they announced the winners of the two painting competitions they have organized – “Veliko Tarnovo – My Inspiration” and “My City of Tarnovo”. The evening concluded with a dinner and  the “Sound and Light Show”.

The Rotary Foundation Seminar of District 2482 was held on 17 November in Sevastokrator Hotel & SPA in Arbanasi. Mr. Veselin Dimitrov, District Governor of District 2482 opened the seminar, followed by a welcome from Mr. Rosen Velikov, President of Rotary Club Veliko Tarnovo.

The first lecture was made by Mrs. Nina Miteva, Assistant Zone Coordinator of Rotary Foundation with topic: “How the Rotary Foundation Changes the Fates of the People. The Club’s Projects – Inspiration and Opportunity.” She used as a positive example the Rotary Peace Fellow Alumna Ms. Silvia Nitsova, who was nominated by Rotary Club Sofia International and has successfully completed the program in one of the Rotary Peace Centers.

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(14 Nov) Regular Meeting and Presentation of Mr. Wolf Harlfinger about Fraternities in Germany (+GAL)

The weekly regular meeting of Rotary Club Sofia International took place on 14 October in Hilton Sofia. Our guests were: H.E. Bea ten Tusscher – Ambassador of the Netherlands in Bulgaria; Mrs. Aparna Vinod – Rotary Calicut Beach, Kerala, India; Mrs. Jude Notea – Rotary Club Rishon le Zion Israel; Ms. Alda Ramadanowa – Interact Sliven; Mr. Cris Biemond – Rotary Troyan; Mr. Yordan Dukov.

Mrs. Aparna Vinod’s club is located in Calicut Beach. It is a beach on the Western side of Kozhikode, situated on the Malabar Coast of India. Mrs. Vinod explained that the city was flooded recently and now is almost destroyed. She gave as a gift to our President a small toy – symbol of the strong spirit of the people who live there.

Mrs. Jude Notea – Rotary Club Rishon le Zion Israel also explained about her club and brought a gift from her place, a traditional plate.

H.E. Bea ten Tusscher- Ambassador of the Netherlands in Bulgaria introduced herself and shared her Rotarian experience and her activities in Bulgaria. 

We also welcomed our beloved member Snejana, who has finally recovered from ailments and whom we look forward to see more often.

At the same time our member Ms. Slavena Savkova represented our club at the dinner party of H.E. Zakia El Midaoui, the Ambassador of Morocco in Bulgaria.

Mr. Repouz gave to floor to Ms. Hristova to presented an Award of Rotarian Contribution 2017/2018 by District Governor Mr. Emil Kotsev issued to Mrs. Snejana Doncheva for her work as a Chairman of Rotary Peace Fellowship Committee.

Mr. Repouz reminded the members to register for our Christmas party, which will be on 28 November 2018 at Ranchero Steak House by Bodega, starting at 19:00 o’clock.

The meeting then continued with a presentation on “Fraternities in Germany” by our dear friend and member Mr. Wolf Harlfinger.


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(7 Nov ) Traditional Rotary Club Sofia International Oktoberfest (+GAL)

On 7 November 2018, the President of Rotary Club Sofia International, Mr. Enrico Repouz, welcomed more than 30 members and guests at Sofia’s “Bitburger Club Sofia, Restaurant & Garden” to our already traditional club Oktoberfest.

Our special guests were Mr. Gregory Harris a Rotarian from San Diego, California and his wife.

With typical Bavarian food and beer our members and friends had spent a fantastic evening in an informal atmosphere. 

We would like to thank main organizer of this fantastic evening, our member Mr. Thomas Westerhoven, 

Do not forget about our Rotary Club Sofia International Christmas Party on 28. November 2018 at Ranchero Steak House by Bodega, starting at 19:00 o’clock.

If you would like to join us, please fill in the attendance form at: Christmas Party – RCSI.

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(31 Oct) Regular Meeting at Halloween (+GAL)

The regular weekly meeting of Rotary Club Sofia International was held on Halloween, 31 Oct at our regular venue – Hilton Sofia. Our guests were: Mr. Bob Backx from Rotary Club Westerlo, Belgium, Mrs. Natalia Atanasova, and our regular guest Mr. Yordan Dukov.

On this night is Halloween, or Hallowe’en (a contraction of Hallows’ Even or Hallows’ Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a celebration observed in several countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories, and watching horror films. In respect of those traditions several members of the club were dressed up. 

On this day is also the Reformation Day – in 1517 Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace Church. The event marked the start of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.

During the meeting we discussed the venue for our Rotary Club Sofia International traditional Christmas Party, which will be on 28. November 2018 at Ranchero Steak House by Bodega, starting at 19:00 o’clock.

If you would like to join us for this celebration, please fill in the attendance form at: Christmas Party – RCSI.

After the announcements the official part of the meeting was closed and the fellowship to continued in the lobby bar of the hotel.

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(24 Oct) Regular Meeting on World Polio Day (+GAL)

The regular weekly meeting of Rotary Club Sofia International was held on 24 October at Hilton Sofia. The president of the club Mr. Enrico Repouz opened the meeting and gave the floor to our guests: Ms. Ajda Ramadanova and Mr. Yordan Dukov. They introduced themselves. Ms. Ramadanova is member of Interact Club Sliven, she briefed the present about her club, members, activities and projects. Mr. Yordan Dukov is our regular guest and we were happy to welcome him again.

Later on Ms. Hristova invited all members and guests to the Traditional “Party of Wine and Friendship” in the city of Harmanli. Organized by Rotary Club Harmanli. 

The meeting continued with Mr. Kertev providing details on the Preliminary PETS seminar held in Sofia, sharing information on the speakers and the topics discussed.

After the announcements and the invitations, Mr. Repouz gave the floor again to Ms. Hristova to say e few words about 24 October –  the World Polio Day.

World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. Use of this inactivated poliovirus vaccine and subsequent widespread use of the oral poliovirus, developed by Albert Sabin, led to the establishment of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in 1988. As of 2013, GPEI had reduced polio worldwide by 99%.

Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines. Polio can be prevented through immunization. Polio vaccine, given multiple times, almost always protects a child for life. The strategy to eradicate polio is therefore based on preventing infection by immunizing every child until transmission stops and the world is polio-free.

In about 0.5 percent of cases there is muscle weakness resulting in an inability to move. This can occur over a few hours to a few days. The weakness most often involves the legs but may less commonly involve the muscles of the head, neck and diaphragm. Many people fully recover. In those with muscle weakness about 2 to 5 percent of children and 15 to 30 percent of adults die.

Rotary International has been trying to eradicate Polio. Thanks to the efforts of Rotary International with the support from the Foundation of Bill and Melinda Gates, and from the numerous donors to the campaign, we have seen a worldwide reduction in polio cases of 99.9%. Last year we only saw wild polio cases in three countries.

Rotary International is running a “We Are so Close to End the Polio” campaign, which aims at completely eliminating the disease. For more information:

After that official part of the meeting was closed and the fellowship continued in an informal atmosphere.

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(17 Oct) Handover Ceremony of Rotary Club Sofia International (+GAL)

On 17 October 2018 in Hilton Sofia, Rotary Club Sofia International held its regular meeting and a past due Handover Ceremony of the old and new Presidents.

On the occasion, our Past President, Ms. Ani Hristova, held an entertaining short presentation on the achievements during her presidency.  She tired through pictures to remind the members of the numerous guests, presentations, events, projects that happened during her mandate. She has also updated the club on the Rotarian events she had the chance to visit during the summer.

Ms. Hristova used the opportunity to once again and from the bottom of her hearth than the Board members, who served during her year – Ms. Slavena Savkova, Mr. Enrico Repouz, Mr. Jörg Schenk, Mr. Michail Sougarev, Mr. Plamen Kertev, Mr. Tony Ripley, Mr. Horst Stüer, Mr. Plamen Lazarov.

After these emotional moments she handed over the President’s chain to the new President of the club Mr. Enrico Repouz. They also exchanged presents, as it has become a tradition in the club already, Ms. Hristova received the symbol of wisdom and our club – an owl and huge bouquet of flowers. While she presented the new President with a fashionable wooden bow tie with the Rotary logo on it.

The meeting continued with Mr. Repouz announcing future events from the calendars of the other clubs in the District. He also announced that the organization of the already traditional Oktoberfest of our club is ongoing. Te event wil take place on 7 November 2018 at Bitburger on 20, Stefan Karadzha Str. in Sofia. The registration for the event is open and should you wish to join, you can fill in the form at:, not later, than 5 November 2018.

After the official part of the meeting the members and guests moved to the lobby bar of the hotel where the congratulations for the new president continued.

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(10 Oct) Regular Meeting, Future Plans, Projects and Club Affairs (+GAL)

The regular meeting of Rotary Club Sofia International was held on 10 October 2018. As a guest the club members welcomed Mrs. Maria Doncheva. Every year she supported us in the projects for the kids from social homes in Sofia and Father Ivan’s kids.

During the meeting along with the administrative issues important decisions of the board meeting were announced as well as the schedule and content of meetings with presentation topics and presenters. Among the announced topics were – Design thinking, Agile methodology, Bitcoin, Industry 4.0/ 5.0, Cancer and Treatment, “Ole Male”, etc.

Special events were also scheduled: Octoberfest – 07 November at Bitburger, annual elections of the club were set up to be on 05 December, the meeting will be closed for guests, Christmas Ball of Sofia Rotary Clubs – 01 December at Hotel Balkan (former Sheraton).

Rotary Club Sofia International Fundraising events as usual will be the Wine It! on 14.03.2019 and Whisky Night on 30.05.2019.

The official meeting of the District Governor is scheduled for 20.02.2019.

Rotary Club Sofia International is supporting the Foundation for Social Change and Inclusion’s social enterprise HOPe Restaurants and therefore we were very proud of the announcement of our club member Jörg that one of the kids – Todor, a keen judo practitioner, who joined the House of Opportunity Program from a Sofia orphanage a year ago made it to the National Sports Academy. Congratulations. We are very proud of him.

Our club member Claude Badan brought greetings and two flags from Rotary Clubs he visited while traveling.

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(26 Sept) First Formal Meeting for the New Rotarian Year (+GAL)

The first regular weekly meeting for this Rotarian year was held on 26 September 2018 at our regular place for meetings – Hilton Sofia.

Our new elected president for 2018–2019, Mr. Enrico Repouz made a short introduction of the new board members and informed us about the official transfer of our dear friends Mr. Cris Biemond to Rotary Club Troyan and Mr. Ilian Madjarov to Rotary Club Tallinn Global.

Mr. Repouz made a short summary of the year of our past president Ms. Ani Hristova. He focused on open and finished projects and updated the members on the informal meetings held at Raketa Rakia bar during the summer period.

It was announced that for the Rotary convention, which will take place in Hamburg on 01-05.06.2019 early birds will be granted a discount for registrations until 15.12.2018.

Members were asked to propose upcoming projects and the meetings schedule with events until the end of 2018 was announced.

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  1. (Dec 19) Last Meeting for the Year at the “German Christmas Market”

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