(Jul 5) Successful Project for Association DEBRA Bulgaria in Support of the Butterfly People (+GAL)

On 5 July we finalized the project with the Association DEBRA Bulgaria for support to the people suffering from Bullous Epidermolysis. We collected 3,900 BGN during our Wine It! event – the traditional wine tasting fundraising evening organized annually by Rotary Club Sofia International, which was held on 15 March 2018 in Ranchero Steakhouse by Bodega.

The funds collected during the charity initiative were used to buy supplies for the “butterfly” people – patients suffering from Bullous Epidermolysis. With the collected money we also covered the transport costs for sending the supplies directly to the homes of the people who needed these.

The “butterfly” people suffer from severe chronic wounds throughout their lives. Such patients are confronted with daily pain and decreased quality of life, as well as the need for hourly care and treatment. Successful therapy depends on the wounds hygienic condition. We purchased the medications to relieve the diagnosed with this incurable disease from the German pharmaceutical company B. Broun. B. Brown has developed a wide range of wound care products that allow for optimal wound manipulation by assisting and accelerating the healing.

Huge thanks to them and to our member Mr. Horst Stüer for the support, appreciation also to our Past President Ms. Ani Hristova, who lead the project from the beginning to the successful realization with great passion and dedication.

The project, of course, would not have been possible without our kind sponsors and all the guests who attended the events.



Rotary Club Sofia International would like to wholeheartedly thank: 
1. Vinprom Rousse
2. Via Vinera Karabunar Estate
3. Tatratea
4. Chateau Copsa
5. Manolev Winery
6. Menada Winery
7. Asen Milchev
8. Saloon-American Pub
9. Hilton Sofia
10. Graphya Ltd.
11. Ranchero Steakhouse by Bodega – our hosts.

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(3 July) Member of the Club Visiting RC Bacolod South D-3850 Philippines (+GAL)

Our member and friend Mr. Alberto Rossi was guest of Rotary Club Bacolod South in District 3850 Philippines. The club meets Tuesday at noon. There are 25 members, who are representative of many different professions. The club was chartered in September 1969. At the meeting they shared their activities and service support projects and Mr. Rossi recounted about the projects our club is engaged in. 



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(24 June) Members of Rotary Club Sofia International attend the 109th Rotary International Convention (+GAL)

On 24 June 2018 our friends and members of Rotary Club Sofia Intentional Mr. Claude Badan and Mrs. Inna Badan attended the 109th Rotary International Convention in Toronto, Canada. There were more than 24,000 registered participants from 175 countries and geographic regions who have come together to renew friendships, find inspiration, and immerse themselves in the many cultures for which Toronto is famous.



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(16 June) Rotary Club Sofia International, International Women’s Club, InterNations Garden Party (+GAL)

The garden party organized by Rotary Club Sofia International, International Women’s Club, and InterNations Bulgaria was held on 16 June 2018 in Hilton Sofia.

Unfortunately, the weather did not allow to use the garden for the entire duration of the party, thus we had to continue in the lobby of the hotel. Despite the misfortune, it was a great opportunity for the three organizations to meet and discuss future collaboration possibilities.


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(13 June) Welcoming Rotarians from Rotary Club Bitola Shirok Sokak, Rotary Club Skopje International and Wilshire Rotary Club of Los Angeles at a Regular Meeting (+GAL)

The regular weekly meeting of Rotary Club Sofia International was held on 13 June at the Hilton Sofia. The president of the club Ms. Ani Hristova opened the meeting and gave the floor to our international guests: Mr. Aleksandar Markovski, Rotary Club Bitola Shirok Sokak, Mr. Aleksandar Stamboliev, Rotary Club Skopje International, and Mrs. Elizabeth Caragay Watts-Russell, Wilshire Rotary Club of Los Angeles. The Rotarians from Macedonia and USA introduced themselves and briefed about their clubs, membership, activities and projects.

Further on Ms. Hristova announced the results from the latest fundraising event of the club – “The Experience”. The collected net amount is 2888,10 BGN which will be used for setting up of an open air library in Sofia. The President Ms. Hristova thanked the members who actively helped to realize the event, and especially to our guest Mr. Yordan Dukoff, who helped to find our main sponsor. She thanked as well to all sponsors: Transimport, Natali Mark, Nestle, Inkofoods, Saloon – American Pub, Hilton Sofia, Bodega, HiLife, Kaliman Caribe, Sunray, Marina Cape.

After some more announced upcoming events and invitations from other Rotary clubs in the country the official part of the meeting was closed, for the fellowship to continue in an informal atmosphere.

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(7 June) The Experience! – Fundraising Whisky Tasting Evening Successful for a Consecutive Year (+GAL)

On 7 June 2018 in Bodega Tsar Asen in the center of Sofia, Rotary Club Sofia International held its traditional whisky tasting fundraising evening. As usual we welcomed numerous guests and friends of the club, as well many Rotarians from other clubs, many friends from InterNations, and regular supporters of our initiatives.

Mr. Jörg Schenk, our Past President and the host for the evening opened the event and gave the floor to our President Ms. Ani Hristova. She welcomed the guests and the members of the club and wished them a wonderful night. Later on, Mr. Evgeni Makaveev, Assistant District Governor, also welcomed the guests and conveyed the greetings from the District Governor – Mr. Emil Kotsev.

Rotary Club Sofia International would like to thank our sponsors: Transimport, Natali Mark, Nestle, Inkofoods, Saloon – American Pub, Hilton Sofia, Bodega, HiLife, Kaliman Caribe, Sunray, Marina Cape, SlowCooker.bg.

The collected net amount is 2,888.10 BGN which will be used for setting up of an open air library in Sofia.

The President Ms. Hristova thanked the members who actively helped to realize the event, and especially to our guest Mr. Yordan Dukoff, who helped to find the main sponsor.

As usual the progress of our projects and future initiatives can be followed here on our website or on our Facebook Page.

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(2-3 June) The President of Rotary Club Sofia International at the 11 Conference of District 2482 Bulgaria (+GAL)

Ms. Ani Hristova, the President of Rotary Club Sofia International attended the 11 Annual Conference of Rotary District 2482 Bulgaria in Ruse, which started on Saturday 2 June 2018 with Parade of the club flags throughout the city.

The seminar itself was in Dohodno Zdanie, where the District Governor, Mr. Emil Kotsev, opened it with greetings to all the participants, followed by Ms. Elena Ignatova, President of Rotary Club Ruse, Mr. Galin Grigorov, Governior of Ruse Municipality, and Mr. Plamen Stoilov, Mayor of Ruse Municipality.

In the second plenary session in the module of the Past District Governor, Mr. Dimitar Dimitrov, our President, Ms. Hristova, was invited to present. The topic of the module was: “Evolution of Membership and Friendship: Clubs that Made the Difference During the Year”. Ms. Hristova held a presentation about our club. She briefed the audience on our meetings, guests, lectors, and causes. Rotary Club Sofia International currently is the biggest club in the District in terms of membership. Ms. Hristova received on behalf of the club a recognition from the District Governor for making the difference.

We leave Ruse with warm feeling and with huge thanks to our District Governor, Mr. Emil Kotsev, who was the one who made the difference this Rotarian year,

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(1 June) Visiting Rotarians from Rotary Club Korneuborg, District 1910 (+GAL)

On 1 June 2018 Rotary Club Sofia International together with Rotary Club Sofia Balkan welcomed 45 people, members and their guests, from Rotary Club Korneuburg, District 1910, in restaurant in Borisova Garden in Sofia.
Korneuburg is a town in Austria. It is located in the state Lower Austria and is the administrative center of the district of Korneuburg. Korneuburg is situated on the left bank of the Danube, opposite the city of Klosterneuburg, and is 12 km northwest of Vienna.
Main organizer of the night from our club was Mr. Rumen Rusinov. Who made also a short presentation of our club’s activities and projects. The networking and the friendship were great. We all danced and had fun together.
Thank you, dear friends from Rotary Club Korneuburg, for being our guests and hope to see you soon again.

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(29 May) Give Way to Life Project Opening Campaign (+GAL)

On 29.05.2018 was the official opening campaign of the project “Give Way to Life”. This is a 5 years project realized by all Rotary clubs in Sofia and with the help also of District 2482. Our club actively participated in the governance of the project with our Past President Mr Plamen Lazarov controlling the budget.

The project is supported and sponsored by the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, New Bulgarian University, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Bulgarian National Television, The Bulgarian National Radio, Darik Radio, etc.

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(23 May) New Members Acceptance and a Presentation by Mr. Krasse Gueorguiev at a Regular Meeting (+GAL)

The regular weekly meeting of Rotary Club Sofia International has been held on 23 May at Hilton Sofia. The president of the club Ms. Ani Hristova opened  the official part and informed the present on the club’s projects in progress, shared invitations for events, and announced The Experience! – the traditional whisky fundraising event. This year it will be on 7 June 2018 in Bodega Tsar Asen on 6, Tsar Asen Str. in Sofia. You can already reserve your place at info@rc-si.org.

The focus of the meeting was the acceptance of out two newest members Mrs. Linda Kim and Mrs. Elena Vassileva. Their pins were presented to them by their guarantors Ms. Ani Hristova an Mr. Plamen Lazarov. After promising to follow the Four Way Test in all their endeavors, the two ladies were congratulated by all the present.

The meeting continued with an exciting presentation “If You Are Not Scared of Your Dreams, They Are Not Big Enough!” held by the ultramarathon runner Mr. Krasse Gueorguiev.

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