(22 Feb) Embracing Art and Future Collaborations: Members of Rotary Club Sofia International Attend ‘Each Painting – One Story’ Exhibition (+GAL)

On February 22, 2024, Ani Hristova and Grant Dale, representing the Rotary Club Sofia International, had the privilege of attending the inauguration of the art exhibition, “Each Painting – One Story.” This captivating showcase features the works of Croatian artists Zlatko Kackov and Asja Elezovic, organized by the Croatian-Bulgarian cultural association “Stjepan Jurinic.”

The exhibited paintings, adorned with motifs from various regions of the Republic of Croatia and captivating still-life compositions, tell unique and compelling stories. The venue, steeped in cultural richness, provided a perfect backdrop for this celebration of artistic expression.

Domagoj Stefan, Vice-president of the Croatian-Bulgarian cultural association, extended a warm welcome and expressed his support for potential collaborations between the association and Rotary Club Sofia International in the future.

In a gesture of goodwill and partnership, Domagoj gifted a painting, carefully chosen by the Rotarians, to be auctioned at their upcoming fundraising event. This generous contribution adds an exciting element to the club’s efforts and further strengthens the bond between the two organizations.

The event not only celebrated the beauty of art but also paved the way for exciting prospects of cultural exchange and partnership. Rotary Club Sofia International looks forward to exploring future projects that bridge artistic endeavors and foster deeper connections between communities.

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(21 Feb) Rotary Club Sofia International News: Interact Club Presentation and Fundraising Event (+GAL)

We are excited to share some uplifting updates from our club! This week, we had the privilege of hosting a presentation by the Interact Club from Meridian School, showcasing their remarkable projects and initiatives. Witnessing the enthusiasm, creativity, and dedication of these young changemakers was truly inspiring.

Commendable among their initiatives are a tree-planting project and their support for someone battling multiple sclerosis. They embody the Rotary spirit, demonstrating how to Create Hope in the World.

Looking forward, we invite you to our upcoming fundraising event on May 15, 2024, at the National Museum of History in Sofia. This event plays a crucial role in supporting two major projects:

Med-Bul Project: Aiming to bolster the medical sector in Bulgaria and enhance the health and well-being of our communities.

Photovoltaic Plant Construction: Supporting the Association of Parents with Children Recovering from Oncohematologic Diseases, reducing their energy costs and enhancing sustainability.

We’re pleased to announce the collaborative partnership of Rotary Club Gorna Banya and Rotary Club Sofia Vitosha for this event!

As we prepare for this meaningful occasion, we are actively seeking sponsors and donors willing to contribute to these noble causes. If you are interested in helping, in any way, please contact our Club Secretary, Ani Hristova, at hristova@rc-si.org. She will gladly provide more details and address any inquiries you may have.

Your support is invaluable, and we hope to see you at our fundraising event. Together, we can make a significant difference!

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(14 Feb) Rotary Club Sofia International Welcomes Ivo Topalov at Their Meeting on Valentines Day (+GAL)

On the romantic evening of Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2024, Rotary Club Sofia International gathered for its 17th regular meeting at the elegant Hilton Sofia.

The highlight of the evening was a captivating lecture by the esteemed Ivo Topalov. Ivo Topalov delved into the profound exploration of finding the ‘why’ in one’s life, inspiring attendees to reflect on their purpose and passions.

Ivo Topalov’s insightful talk resonated with the Rotarians and guests, emphasizing the importance of discovering personal motivation and contributing meaningfully to the community and the world.

Adding an international touch to the meeting, Past President and current Secretary, Ani Hristova presented a fascinating update on her recent trip to Serbia, where she had the privilege of meeting Rotary International President Gordon McInally. The exchange of ideas and experiences further strengthened the club’s commitment to Rotary’s global mission.

During the meeting, a significant announcement was made regarding the upcoming club fundraising event. The National Museum of History is set to host this grand occasion on May 15, 2024. Save the date for an evening filled with camaraderie, philanthropy, and the shared vision of creating a positive impact in our communities.

Rotary Club Sofia International continues to thrive in its mission, connecting hearts, inspiring minds, and contributing to the betterment of society. Stay tuned for more updates as we embark on exciting initiatives and collaborations. Create Hope in the World.

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(7 Feb) Rotary Club Sofia International Explores Terroir at Their 16th Regular Meeting (+GAL)

The Rotary Club Sofia International convened its 7th of February meeting, marking the 16th regular meeting of the Rotarian year. The gathering brought together 13 Rotarians and guests, representing diverse backgrounds and countries. The venue for this memorable occasion was the Terroir Wine Shop, nestled within the Park Center shopping center in the Bulgarian capital.

The event was nothing short of remarkable, characterized by warm fellowship and engaging conversations. As we relaxed during this bustling time of year, the location itself added to the experience. Our heartfelt gratitude extends to our Secretary, Ani Hristova, for orchestrating this meeting, and a special acknowledgement goes to our gracious host, Liliya Krasteva—an exceptionally talented entrepreneur and businesswoman.

Terroir, a recent venture by Lili, represents the first of many locations. Within its walls, 500 Bulgarian wines, meticulously handpicked by Lili, share space with an array of natural gourmet products sourced from small Bulgarian and Italian farmers and producers. The culinary journey included indulging in white cheese crafted by a grandmother who tends to 100 goats.

Historian and club member Bo Stefanov eloquently reminded us that the roots of viticulture and winemaking trace back to the Plain of Thrace in Bulgaria. Even the biblical Book of Thessalonians alludes to the Hellenic people’s eagerness to savor wines from our fertile lands.

This evening left an indelible mark—an epic experience and an absolute pleasure. As we look ahead to the remainder of the Rotarian year, we remain committed to our mission: Creating Hope in the World, both at home and across the globe.

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(31 Jan) Strengthening Bonds: Rotary Club Sofia International’s 15th Regular Meeting Goes Hybrid with Rotary Club Kifissia-Kastri (+GAL)

In a milestone event, Rotary Club Sofia International (RCSI) recently hosted its 15th regular meeting, adopting a hybrid format that allowed members to connect both in person and virtually. What made this meeting truly special was the participation of esteemed guests from Rotary Club Kifissia-Kastri, Greece.

The virtual attendance of Panagiota Angelopoulou, Vicky Kastri, and the President of RC Kifissia-Kastri, Evita Psoni, added a dynamic and international dimension to the gathering. This hybrid meeting exemplified the spirit of Rotary, transcending geographical boundaries to foster collaboration and mutual understanding.

During the meeting, both clubs engaged in fruitful discussions about ongoing projects and initiatives of mutual interest. The exchange of ideas was not only insightful but also laid the groundwork for potential joint ventures in the future. The commitment to service and community development echoed through the virtual and physical spaces as members passionately shared their visions.

A significant outcome of this collaborative session was the unanimous decision to continue and strengthen the collaboration between Rotary Club Sofia International and Rotary Club Kifissia-Kastri. Both clubs recognized the value of building enduring bonds that go beyond borders, contributing to the shared mission of making a positive impact on the world.

As the meeting concluded, the sense of camaraderie and shared purpose was palpable, reflecting the essence of Rotary’s commitment to “Service Above Self.” The hybrid format not only allowed for efficient communication but also highlighted the adaptability and resilience of Rotary in the face of changing circumstances.

Rotary Club Sofia International looks forward to the continued collaboration with Rotary Club Kifissia-Kastri, confident that together, they will embark on meaningful projects that create a lasting impact in their communities and beyond.

Additionally, we are pleased to share that we recently received some photos of the installed hospital equipment at the Zlatograd Hospital. The equipment was the result of our Med Bul Project, showcasing the tangible impact of our collaborative efforts.

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(25 Jan) Rotary Club Sofia International Extends Support to Rotaractors at REM 2024 (+GAL)

We are thrilled to share the exciting news of Rotary Club Sofia International’s active involvement and support for the Rotaract European Meeting 2024 (REM 2024). Held at the exquisite National Museum of History, this event brought together Rotaractors from across the region for a four-day period filled with inspiration, collaboration, and impactful discussions.

Our esteemed members, under the visionary leadership of Rotary Club Sofia International, played a pivotal role in ensuring the success of REM 2024. The event witnessed enthusiastic participation from Rotaractors who were eager to engage in meaningful conversations, workshops, and activities aimed at fostering personal and professional growth.

The gracious presence of the District Governor added a touch of distinction to the occasion, emphasizing the significance of this gathering in the broader context of Rotary ideals and community service.

As part of our commitment to supporting the Rotaractors, Rotary Club Sofia International actively contributed to the success of REM 2024. Our members shared valuable insights, experiences, and guidance, fostering a spirit of mentorship and collaboration. Through this collaborative effort, we aim to empower the next generation of leaders with the skills and knowledge necessary to make a positive impact in their communities.

The National Museum of History, with its rich cultural heritage and captivating surroundings, provided an inspiring backdrop for the event. Its historical significance added an extra layer of depth to the discussions, emphasizing the importance of preserving and learning from the past as we collectively work towards a brighter future.

Rotary Club Sofia International is proud to have played a role in supporting REM 2024, contributing to the success of this dynamic gathering of Rotaractors. Our ongoing commitment to mentorship, community engagement, and service reflects the core values of Rotary, and we look forward to continued collaboration with Rotaractors in shaping a better world for all.

For more details on REM 2024, please visit remsofia2024.com.

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(17 Jan) Elena Rousseva Delivers Engaging Presentation to Rotary Club Sofia International, and Med-Bul Project Delivers Again (+GAL)

Elena Rousseva, CEO of Playtech Managed Services, delivered an engaging presentation to the Rotary Club Sofia International on January 17, 2024. The presentation was insightful and informative, and the audience was impressed by her knowledge and expertise.

Following the presentation, the club president, Grant Dale, mentioned the ongoing Med-Bul Project, which aims to provide medical equipment to hospitals in Bulgaria. The project was supported by Rotary Club Karlstadt-Arnstein, Rotary Club Zlatograd, and Rotary Club Sofia International. I am happy to report that the project was a success again, and the hospital in Zlatograd received the equipment it needed.

During the meeting, a special tribute was made to Past-President, Enrico Repouz.

After the meeting, the members of the Rotary Club Sofia International gathered for a fellowship, where they discussed the presentation and shared their thoughts on the Med-Bul Project and other shared initiatives. The fellowship was a great opportunity for members to connect with each other and build lasting relationships.

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(10 Jan) The 12th Regular Meeting of Rotary Club Sofia International – Welcoming H.E. Mr. Sanjay Rana, Ambassador of India (+GAL)

Rotary Club Sofia International gathered for its 12th meeting, heralding the start of the promising year 2024 with a robust commitment to service and community development. The new year embarked on a journey teeming with impactful projects, exemplifying our shared dedication to effecting positive change in the world. We were pleased to welcome distinguished guests from Rotary Clubs in Sofia, alongside Prof. Antonio Antonov and Dr. Jörg Schenk from the Bulgarian Field Hockey Federation (BFHF).

The meeting commenced with a warm welcome from our club president, Grant Dale, who underscored our enduring legacy. The President acknowledged ongoing projects that continue to wield a significant impact on the community and the world, reinforcing our commitment to service above self.

As part of our initiatives for the year, Rotary Club Sofia International actively supports a Rehabilitation Center specializing in caring for children with onco-hematological diseases. Additionally, our MED-BUL project persists in delivering medical equipment to hospitals in Bulgaria, and we continue to support the BFHF for the ID Field Hockey Team. Dr. Schenk’s presence serves as both appreciation and a reminder of our shared contribution to supporting and creating joyful moments for the young field hockey team and beyond.

The highlight of the evening was the warm welcome extended to H.E. Mr. Sanjay Rana, the Ambassador of India. Mr. Rana and his distinguished guests shared valuable insights into India’s current projects, including extensive donations benefiting millions of people. They also shed light on positive political and economic developments in India, highlighting why the country is recognized as a global leader and its significant role in the G20. We are grateful for their presence in Bulgaria and look forward to continued partnerships for a positive impact on communities worldwide.

Following the official proceedings, everyone enjoyed a social hour, fostering fellowship and unity. This informal interaction underscored the importance of building strong connections and friendships. This meeting served as a testament to the Rotary Club’s unwavering commitment to giving, sharing, engaging, and prioritizing service beyond borders of self – to Create Hope in the World.

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(13 Dec) Rotary Club Sofia International Celebrates Christmas at Restaurant Unica (+GAL)

This year, Rotary Club Sofia International gathered at Restaurant Unica to celebrate Christmas. The evening was filled with camaraderie as members and guests came together to reflect on the past year and prepare for the challenges that lie ahead in the New Year. Our heartfelt thanks go to our Secretary, Ani Hristova, for orchestrating a successful event.

Throughout the year, we remained committed to supporting various causes. Notably, we continued our assistance to the Intellectually Disabled Field Hockey Team and The Association for Children with Oncohematological Diseases. Additionally, our MED-BUL project is making significant strides, thanks to a generous donation from our German Rotarian friends. Our dedication extends to the youth as well, with support for Rotaract and Interact programs.

As we embrace the festive season, let us recharge our spirits and renew our commitment to the motto of “Service Above Self.” To all our dear friends, we wish you a joyous holiday period.

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(6 Dec) Elections of Club Officers, and announcement of an award to RCSI (+GAL)

On the 6th of December, the elections for club officer positions were held at our 10th regular meeting of Rotary Club Sofia International.

The results of the elections were as follows:

  • President 2024-2025: Mr. Plamen Lazarov
  • President 2025-2026: Ms. Linda Kim

 

 

 

 

Board 2024-2025:

  • Hristina Malchevska
  • Ani Hristova
  • Mariam Melikyan
  • Rumen Rusinov
  • Svetlana Bozhilova
  • President – Plamen Lazarov
  • Past-President – Grant Dale
  • President-Elect – Linda Kim

Congratulations to all concerned; we are sure that ‘Service Above Self’ will earmark their contribution to Rotary!

Our Past-President Mr. Rusinov took the floor and presented to the club an award received by Rotary Club Sofia International from the Special Olympics Committee of Bulgaria. This award was in recognition of RCSI’s contribution to enabling intellectually disabled children to acquire the skills needed to represent Bulgaria at the Special Olympics in the Field Hockey discipline. Our continuing commitment to this cause and its sustainability are one of our primary objectives this year.

After the elections and announcements, the meeting was closed; the fellowship continued.

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