(25 Oct) The Intersection of Public Image & Membership Seminar (+GAL)

An interactive meeting organized by the Rotary Public Image Teams of Zone 21A and Zone 21B on 25 October 2022.. The meeting was also attended by Rotary International President Nominee Mrs. Stephanie Urchick and Past District Governor Mr. Tom Gump.

A total of 131 Rotary members attended the two-hour video conference. The following countries were represented: Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Israel, Lebanon, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States.

The recording of the Meeting can be watched online here.

Ms. Ani Hristova, Past President and Mr. Rumen Rusinov, President of Rotary Club Sofia International attended.



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(22 Oct) Training Seminar for New Rotarians (+GAL)

On 22 October 2022, Ms. Ani Hristova, Past President of Rotary Club Sofia International and Ms. Nevena Ivanova, President of Rotaract Club Sofia International arrived in the beautiful city Haskovo to attend the Training Seminar for New Rotarians.

The day started with the official inauguration of the Rotary Corner for Lovers – the latest project of Rotary Club Haskovo. Later on, the program continued planting of trees in the Kenana Park at the Alley of Rotary. After that the seminar was officially opened. It started with welcome words by Mrs. Hristina Hubenova, President of Rotary Club Haskovo, Mrs. Violina Kostova, District Governor of Rotary Bulgaria and District 2482, followed by Mr. Bane Randjelovic, Regional Rotary Coordinator of Rotary Region 25. Our Ms. Nevena Ivanova, President of Rotaract Club Sofia International also was a lecturer at the seminar.

The evening continued with the official dinner, the motto for which was the 27th birthday of Rotary Club Haskovo, the hosts of the seminar.

The program for the following day was also intense. It started with a visit to the Thracian tomb in Aleksandrovo, dated at early 4th century BC. A visit to the Church of the Assumption in Uzundzhovo was next on the agenda. Later a stop in the town of Harmanli followed by dinner.

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(19 Oct) International Support Sought After at a Rotary Conference in Ireland (+GAL)

International Support Sought AfterThe meeting held on 19 October 2022 started with an update on the Interact assembly held in Sozopol on 15 October 2022. The President expressed gratitude to the secretary of the district – Mrs. Desislava Vasileva for her support.

Later, our club members, Ms. Ani Hristova, Mr. Grant Dale and Mr. Rumen Rusinov reported on their visit at the consecration ceremony of the new modern Recreation Center for Children with Onco-hematologic Diseases on 16 October 2022. Our President shared his very positive impressions of the complex and announced that he has invited the Manager of the center, Mr. Plamen Belchev as guest speaker on 2 November 2022.

The donation of a medical bag with first aid equipment (total amount of 1122 BGN), from our member Mrs. Svetlana Foteva, her husband Mr. Milen Fotev and their company TurMed Services was handed over on 18 October 2022 to the Pediatric Hospital in Sofia “Prof. Dr. Ivan Mitev”. The donated equipment was accepted with thanks by the Director of the hospital Dr. Blagomir Zdravkov.

The meeting continued with the presentation of our guest speaker Ms. Radina Moskova – Vice President of Rotaract Club Sofia International. She and prof. Valentin Stoyanov, Past District Governor, took part in the Rotary conference in Ireland on 23 – 25 September in Londonderry (Derry), Northern Ireland. Guest speakers at the conference were the secretary of Rotary International, the mayor of Londonderry and the District Governor of Ireland. There were more than 60 Rotarians, participating in the event. Our fellow Bulgarian friends joined them with a mission – to introduce the need of an additional international partner for the Global Grant project of Rotary Club Samokov. Radina, who is part of the District of International Service Committee, introduced the topic with a short presentation.

At the end of the meeting the president of our Rotaract Club Sofia International Ms. Nevena Ivanova made a short update on the plans and projects of their club. The club members are taking an active part in the organization of the National initiative of Rotaract Clubs in District 2482, Bulgaria –  RotaRun Bulgaria. Last year the club suggested their project – RotaRun Sofia and the project won with majority to become a National Initiative. We are very proud with our Rotaractors.

The initiative is expected to be held in fifteen cities across Bulgaria on 13 May 2023. Their cause is to support an information campaign for stem cells donation and groups for psychological help for people who have been diagnosed with leukemia, myeloma or other types of lymphoma. In this regard, Rotaract needs sponsors and partners like medical institutions, vendors for sport equipment, clothes, food, beverages, etc.

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(18 Oct) Donation of a Medical Bag to Pediatric Hospital in Sofia (+GAL)

Donation of a Medical BagA donation of a medical bag with first aid equipment for the Pediatric hospital in Sofia “Prof. Dr. Ivan Mitev” was implemented by Rotary Club Sofia International. The club has already realized several projects for the supply of medical equipment and consumables for the Pediatric Hospital in Sofia. When we found out about their need for a medical bag with first aid equipment and announced it at a club meeting. Our club member Mrs. Svetlana Bozhilova immediately responded to the request and stated that she and her husband Mr. Milen Bozhilov through their company TurMed Services in cooperation with their partner Mr. Nikolay Hadzhiev would personally take the initiative to donate the much needed bag. The project that started last Rotarian year and was coordinated by our Past President Mrs. Hristina Malchevska was finalized on Tuesday, 18.10.2022. The bag was handed over at the Pediatric Hospital in Sofia “Prof. Dr. Ivan Mitev”.

The donated equipment was gratefully accepted with thanks by the Director of the hospital Dr. Blagomir Zdravkov.

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(16 Oct) Rehabilitation Center Christening (+GAL)

Rehabilitation Centre ChristeningThe Christening of the Rehabilitation Center for Children with Oncohematologic Diseases took place on a sunny Sunday, 16 October 2022. Ms. Ani Hristova, Past President, Mr. Rumen Rusinov, President and Mr. Grant Dale, President Elect attended the event.

The rehabilitation center received the name “St. Stylian” –  patron Saint of children. The center started working in September 2020.  Our club in collaboration with other organizations donated a van to the Association “Children with Oncohаematologic Diseases”, who are the organization running the center.

The center is used by children in remission and their families. They receive psychological help aided by art therapy, sports activities and other recreational undertakings. The center also works with parents who lost their children in the battle with cancer, who find salvation and understanding and are given strength to continue with their lives.

We had the privilege of meeting the founder of the center Mr. Plamen Belchev, who through his own family challenge, decided to create this unique for Bulgaria place, inspired by similar centers in Italy, Ireland, and Germany. What was evident to us, is his drive and dedication, and his unwillingness to allow obstacles to get in his way of achieving his goal, namely, to help families to recover with their loved ones after a harrowing ordeal.

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(12 Oct) Rotary Club – Up to Date by Mrs. Elitza Stoilova (+GAL)

Rotary Club – Up to DateRotary Club – Up to Date lecture by Mrs. Elitza Stoilova was the main focus of the regular meeting held on 12 October 2022 in Hilton Sofia. The meeting started with welcoming words of the President and introduction of the guests and guest speaker – Mrs. Elitza Stoilova, member of Rotary Club Sofia Center and Chair of Public Relations and Public Image Committee.

The meeting then continued with announcement about the Assembly of Interact in Sozopol. Followed by an update on the MED-Bul project, namely the donation of a medical bag with first aid equipment (total amount of 1122 BGN) from our member Mrs. Svetlana Foteva and her husband Mr. Milen Fotev and their company “Turmed Services”. It is planned to be be handed over on 18.10.2022 to the Pediatric Hospital in Sofia “Prof. Dr. Ivan Mitev”.

Ms. Ani Hristova, Mr. Konstatin Yordanov and Mr. Rumen Rusinov have visited a meeting of Rotary Club Sofia and Konstantin shared his impressions from the meeting and the guest lecturer.

Then it was announced that the meeting on 26 October2022 will be held at Forest Restaurant in Sofia. It will be a joint meeting of all Rotary clubs from Sofia.

The highlight of the meeting was the presentation from our lecturer for the evening – Mrs. Elitza Stoilova, who was also a guest speaker last year in our club. The theme of the lecture was “Rotary Club – UIp to Date”. A very interesting topic about the image of Rotary, how we show our self in public, how important it is to show that we are people of action in our everyday life and in our club activities. She talked about the way we inform people of what we plan to do, what we have done and to follow up what happened after that and to inform later on about the impact of our actions. She emphasized how important it is to be up to date, to be modern, to use the new technologies and different channels for communication like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn and Podcasts and to think about Rotary as a business.

Our guest speaker for 19.10.2022 is Ms. Radina Moskova from Rotaract Club Sofia International, she will be sharing her moments from the Conference in Ireland, where she took part.

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(10 Oct) Members of Rotary Club Sofia International Visited Rotary Club Sofa (+GAL)

Visit to Rotary Club SofaVisit to Rotary Club Sofa on 10 Oct by club members Ms. Ani Hristova, Past President, Mr. Rumen Rusinov, President and Mr. Konstantin Yordanov. Rotary Club Sofia is the oldest club in Bulgaria. The regular meeting was held at their meeting place – Downtown Hotel. Our hosts welcomed us warmly and we discussed future ideas for projects. Special thanks to Mr. Christo Mihaylovski for his invitation and hospitality.

Special guest of the meeting was Mr. Velizar Shalamanov – Minister of Defence of Bulgaria in 2014. He shared his views on the situation in Ukraine and the outbreak of the war as well as his understanding for NATO’s and Bulgaria’s position. After the lecture a discussion was opened and many questions were raised.

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(8 Oct) Preliminary Training Seminar for Elect Presidents (+GAL)

Preliminary Training SeminarPreliminary training seminar for Elect Presidents was held on 8 October in the city of Panagurishte. Mr. Stoian Stanchev, President of Rotary Club Panagurishte opened the seminar and welcomed the guests. The District Governor Mrs. Violina Kostova and District Governor Elect Mr. Christo Mihailovsky also welcomed the participants and presented themselves.

Lectures presented were by Mrs, Nina Miteva – “Rotary International Priorities”, by Mrs. Maria Djaleva – “Successful Planning of Rotary Club Activities”, by Mrs. Ekaterina Vadadjiska – “How to Maintain and Develop a Vibrant Club – Membership and Projects” and “Rotaract, Interact – Sustainable Partnerships”, by Mrs. Elitsa Stoilova “Rotary up to Date” and last but not least by Mr. Mihailovsky – “The Demographic Crisis in Bulgaria – Threats and Opportunities for Change”.

The atmosphere and the discussions was pleasant and constructive. 

Ms. Ani Hristova, Past President of our Rotary Club Sofia International was there.

We wish to the new Presidents successful years in their mandate.

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(5 Oct) Oktoberfest Proceeds Announced at Regular Meeting (+GAL)

Oktoberfest Proceeds AnnouncedOktoberfest proceeds were announced during the regular meeting on 5 October 2022 at Hilton Sofia. The two donation boxes from the Oktoberfest event were opened and the collected amount counted. The boxes contained 346,60 BGN. After announcing the amount our friend Mrs. Linda Kim donated another 153.40 BGN to round them up to 500 BGN. Our appreciation goes to the organizers of the Oktoberfest– DB Events, to all donators for their contribution to help with the delivery of medical equipment donation for Bulgaria.

The meeting started with a presentation of the 2022/23 Rotary Presidential theme and logo – Imagine Rotary. This year the emphasis will be on togetherness, doing things together. To hold club meetings together with other Rotary clubs and to have common projects.

The meeting continued with internal affairs announcements. Few invitations by Rotary clubs were announced, one of them the invitation from Association “Children with Oncohematologic Diseases” for celebration of two years since the official opening of the daily center in the village of Optsvet. Our club has donated a new van for the association in 2016. Members of the club will participate at the event.

After the official end of the meeting, the fellowship followed in the meeting room of the hotel Hilton.

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(28 Sept) First Official Meeting After Summer (+GAL)

First Official Meeting After SummerWe had the pleasure to meet in person and online after the long summer period. The first official meeting was long awaited and altogether 13 club members met at Hilton Sofia hotel.

The meeting started with welcoming words by Mrs. Elena Vassileva, Secretary of our Club, who was substituting Mr. Rumen Russinov.

A presentation followed about the activities, during the summer months – news, internal affairs, activities, and projects completed.

Presentation slides with memories from the informal summer meetings were shown as well as some activities during the summer period like the donation of cloths for young ladies to Louis Braille School and the visits and exchange of flags with foreign Rotary representatives, the District Governor of Serbia Mr. Nikola Bozic, District 2483, Rotary Club Blouberg District 9350 Capetown South Africa presented by the Honorary consul of Bulgaria in South Africa Mr. Boris Vasilev and the Rotary Club of Carol Stream Illinois, USA, represented by Mr. Adams and his Mrs. Vania Adams.

The presentation continued with the introduction of the new board members, Secretary and President for this Rotary year as well as the Strategic plan, the themes and visions for 2022/2023. At the end the plan for regular meetings was presented and members were invited to book dates for guest speakers.

The fellowship followed in the meeting room of the hotel.

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