(8 Nov) New Member Acceptance and a Presentation by Mr. Cris Biemond (+GAL)

On 8 November 2017 Rotary Club International held its regular meeting in Hilton Sofia and welcomed Mrs. Zlatka Yaramova, Mr. Jo Van Baelenberghe, Mr. Yordan Goleminov as guests.

The meeting started with internal announcements. Then the floor was given to Mr. Badan to tell us about the visit together with his wife and our member of a meeting of Rotary Club Ferney-Voltaire in District 1710.

Later on the President announced with joy that Mr. Plamen Lazarov has arranged a laptop for the use of the club, so future lecturers can use this when presenting in front of our members and guests.

The meeting continued with the acceptance of our regular guest Mr. Thomas Westerhoven as a member of the club. His sponsor – Mr. Horst Schmidt give him the Rotary pin and wised him to wear it with pride.

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(1 Nov) Regular Meeting and Presentation by Dr.H.C. Peter Simon About Private Piloting (+GAL)

The weekly meeting of Rotary Club Sofia International took place in Hilton Sofia on 1 November 2017. We had the pleasure to welcome Mr. Daniel Vu, CEO at Veblen, as a guest of the club.

Before the official meeting the board has had their regular meeting. Ms. Hristova announced briefly the decisions, taken during the board meeting. Mr. Schenk updated us about the Christmas Ball of the Sofia Rotary Clubs, which will be held on 1 December 2017.

After the announcements Dr.H.C. Mr. Peter Simon took off with his presentation about private piloting. Peter showed us how much freedom it gives him to fly and also showed us the amount of theory and practical lessons are necessary before a one can be a pilot.

When the official part finished, the fellowship concluded in the lobby bar.

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(25 Oct) Regular Meeting and Presentation by Mr. Mehrdad Meghdadi, Director of “Aryanco” (+GAL)

The weekly regular meeting of the Rotary Club Sofia International was held in Hilton on 25 October 2017.  We welcomed a number of guests: Thomas Westerhoven, Mr. Mehrdad Meghdadi, Director of “Aryanco”, Mr. an Mrs. Thomas and Vassiliki Typaldos from Rotary Club Lefkada in Greece.

After the announcements and the flag exchange ceremony between Ms. Hristova and Mr. Typaldos, our secretary – Mr. Plamen Kertev – announced that 2 youngsters from our Vocational Training Project for the kids form Doganovo have started driving lessons for obtaining professional category.

The presentation for this evening was given by Mr. Mehrdad Meghdadi, Director of “Aryanco”. Mr. Meghdadi is original from Iran, but lives in Bulgaria for 2 years. He started up an enterprise that produces traditional Iranian/Persian Ceramics and pottery. He explained about the material, how are they made, and his idea to teach people in Bulgaria to produce them locally. Unique masterpieces made of ceramics and wood have been shown, all of them an outstanding result of a 3000 years old ancient tradition.

After the official part of the meeting the fellowship continued in the lobby with our guests and friends.

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(23 Oct) RC Sofia International Members Visited Rotary Club Ferney-Voltaire

On 23th October our club members Inna and Claude Badan visited a meeting of the Rotary Club Ferney-Voltaire in District 1710.
Ferney-Voltaire is a small city situated in eastern France, next to the border with Switzerland and forms part of the metropolitan area of Geneva. The club received its charter from district 1910 in 1996. Today the club has 22 members. More information you can find on http://www.ferney-voltaire.rotary1710.org
Mr. Badan send greetings from Rotary Club Sofia International and exchanged the clubs’ banner with the President of Rotary Club Ferney-Voltaire.

(18 Oct) New Member Acceptance Followed by a Presentation on Double Helix – 7 Art Project (+GAL)

The regular weekly meeting of  Rotary Club Sofia International was held in Hilton Sofia on 18 October 2017. We were honored to welcome Mrs. Pepi Nesheva, Mrs. Zhivka Nikolova, and our friend and regular guest Mr. Thomas Westerhoven.

The meeting started as usual with a brief update on the internal affairs, some announcements and invitations. After that we had the privilege of accepting Ms. Panagiota Angelopoulou, the Past President of our Rotaract Club Sofia International, into our midst as member or Rotary Club Sofia International.

Special speaker of this evening was one of our esteemed members and President Elect Mr. Enrico Repouz. 

Mr. Repouz is the founder and creative head of Architechnicals, a Bulgarian architecture firm. He presented with verve his social project called “Double Helix – 7“. This is a Pan European art project for the unity of Europe exposing populistic rhetoric. It is a project he undertakes together with the painter Mr. Ruprecht von Kaufman. This is a special project that celebrates and visualizes the benefits of the European unity through visual and artistic expression.

After the fascinating presentation, the fellowship continued with drinks in the lobby, as usual.

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(11 Oct) District Governor Emil Kotsev Visits the Club at a Regular Meeting (+GAL)

As usual, the regular weekly meeting of the Rotary club Sofia International was held at Hilton Sofia. Among the honored guest were: Mr. Emil Kotsev – District Governor of District 2482., Mr. Evgeni Makaveev – Assistant District Governor of District 2482 Zone I, and Mr. Konstantin Yanakiev – Assistant District Governor of District 2482 Zone II. From Our Rotaract Club we hosted: Claudio – President, Victotria – Secretary, Ermia, Polivius and Filippo.

The President, Ms. Ani Hristova opened the meeting by welcoming the members and guests. She informed the present, that Ramla Rotary Club in Israel had the privilege to toast in honor of our club in their last meeting and they are forwarding their club’s blessings to us.

Ms. Ani Hristova asked all members and guests to have a toast for Ramla Rotary Club in Israel to whom we extend our greetings and best wishes. Ms. Hristova asked everyone to also toast Rotary Club Astana International and their President Mr. Taylan Karamanli. Ms. Ani Hristova thanked him for his support in transferring Inna and Claude Badan to our club. 

After the internal affairs and the announcements the District Governor – Mr. Emil Kotsev took the floor. He held a presentation for the first time in English, to honor our club, whose official language is English. Mr. Kotsev stressed the importance of a strong Rotary organisation and the importance of creating new projects and introduced a check list to evaluate our club. Mr. Kotsev has all confidence that our club has all the requirements to pass this check list.

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(4 Oct): Regular Meeting and Presentation by Mr. Brendan Cobble (+GAL)

Rotary Club Sofia International held its weekly regular meeting in Hilton Sofia. Among the honored guests  where: Mrs. Jenifer Cobble, Mr. Brendan Cobble, Mr. Thomas Westerhagen, Mrs. Inna Badan, and Mr. Claude Badan

The official part of the meeting started exactly at 19.30. The President, Ms. Ani Hristova, reminded to the members the decisions taken during the board meeting. She also pointed out forthcoming events.

After some internal announcements we can proudly announce that Panagiota Angelopoulou became our newest member.

The following point on the agenda was the Presentation of Brendan Cobble which was titled “The Sofia Coat Drive” Brendan is a 16 years old student of the Anglo American School (AAS) who launched a very successful project to collect used coats and redistribute them to people in need.

After this well received presentation the bell, that ended the official part of the meeting, rang and the fellowship continued in an informal atmosphere.

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(27 Sept): Regular Meeting and Presentation of Franciacorta – the Italian Sparkling Wine by Mario Piazza. (+GAL)

The first regular meeting of Rotary Club Sofia International after the summer break was held at the usual place – Hilton Sofia on 27 September 2017.

Amongst the esteemed guests were:  Dr. Meglena Plugtschieva, Valia Batista, Luiza Orza, Gulliano Torri, Bruno Cajeli, Alexander Filev, Vessela Toncheva, Inna Badan and Claude Badan.

The President, Ms. Ani Hristova welcomed the guests and members. She briefly explained about the decisions taken on the board meeting, preceding the regular one, and pointed out the dates of club events and shared the invitations we have received from other clubs.

Our Guest Speaker was fellow Rotarian Mario Piazza, who delivered a fascinating presentation on Franciacorta – the Italian Sparkling Wine. The presentation highlighted the almost identical origin of the Franciacorta the Champagne. After the presentation and close of the official meeting, members were treated to a tasting of the ‘Pas Dosè’ and ‘Millésimé’ from the Franciacorta collection. Needless to say, it was greatly appreciated by all members and guests, and the fellowship continued in the lobby lounge.

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(6 Sept): The President of the Club Visits Rotary Club Harmanli on the Unification Day (+GAL)

On the Unification Day of Bulgaria, our President Ms. Ani Hristova was invited to a regular meeting of Rotary Club Harmanli by Mr. Galin Karagyozov – Vice President of the club.

The Meeting started with prayer, read by the Master of Ceremony – Mr. Aleksanar Petrov. The President Mr. Gosho Zhelev welcomed warmly our President Ms. Ani Hristova and gave her the floor where she briefly presented the activities and some past and current projects of our club.

The members from Rotary Club Harmanli also shared their realized projects, some of these are: air-conditioning of Harmanli Hospital, two mini vans for Harmanli Municipality (for the kids of the city), screening for breast cancer (for all the women in the city).

The President Mr. Zhelev and all the members invited all our club members to their regular “Wine and Friendship Fest 2017” on 2 December 2017 in Prikazkite Restaurant (https://goo.gl/WQ6rD4). Additional information can be found at: https://goo.gl/KdWNCw.

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(29 Aug) Members of RC Sofia International Visited Rotary Club Kyustendil (+GAL)

Our dear friend Yolanda Ruiz Puente, member of Rotary Club Kyustendil and spouse of our member Alberto Rossi invited Rotary Club Sofia International to join their meeting.

On 29 August 2017, our President Ms. Ani Hristova, the Secretary Mr. Plamen Kertev, his spouse Mrs. Polina Kerteva, Mr. Alberto Rossi, Mr. Alberto Staykov and Mr. Cris Biemond attended the meeting of RC Kyustendil.

The President of Rotary Club Kyustendil – Mr. Georgi Ilinov welcomed the guests and presented the club and the main projects they are realizing. Some of these are: Construction of city fountains; Small hospital church, Center for Emergency Medical Services, Screening of children with diabetes.

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