(Feb 28) Regular Meeting and Tasting of Products Distributed by Vega Star Trading (+GAL)

On 28 February 2018 at the regular meeting of Rotary Club Sofia International in Hilton Sofia we welcomed our friends from Vega Star Trading.

The presentation of their products started before the official meeting with Pearadise Cognac – ideal balanced combination of liqueur from fresh pear extract and pure cognac Godet. 

At 19:30 the President of the club Ms. Ani Hristova opened official meeting. She shared invitations for different Rotarian events and information for the traditional Wine It! – wine tasting fundraiser on 15 March 2018. 

After Ms. Hristova closed the official part of the meeting the tasting continued with Grand Macnish Six Cask Edition – innovative malt blend of six separate malt whiskeys, one from each of six Scottish whiskey producing regions – Highlands, Spaceide, Ayla, Campbell Valley, Lowlands and the Islands.
The master blender has created a remarkable, complex and well-balanced scotch. After that our guests presented their cigars.

More information you can find on Vega Star Trading web page: http://vegastartrading.com/bg/

The fellowship then continued, as usual, in the lobby bar of the hotel.

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(21 Feb) Regular Meeting and a Presentation by Mr. Tohid Abdollahi (+GAL)

At the Regular meeting of Rotary Club Sofia International held at the Hilton Sofia on 21 February 2018, we had numerous guests – Mrs. Krasena Kancheva, Mr. Mehrdad, Mr. Marcel van der Hoek, Mr. Petar Kabakov.

We had also special guest Maestro Mr. Nicola Guerini, member of Rotary Club Verona. He presented to us his CD with Classical music, special book about Verona, and we exchanged the flag of  his club with us. You can find more information about Maestro Guerini here – https://www.nicolaguerini.org/videos.

Ms. Hristova updated the present on the Wine It! – Fundraising wine evening, which will on 15 March 2018 at 19:00 in Ranchero Steakhouse by Bodega. She consequently gave the floor for the presentation of Mr. Tohid Abdollahi.

A presentation about Persian traditional attire and the photographic portrayal thereof was delivered by Mr. Tohid Abdollahi. Following in the footsteps of an illustrious father who was a pioneer in the Persian film industry, his son Mr. Abdollahi, followed his passion in Persian cultural clothing by incorporating lessons learned from his fathers’ example and displayed numerous photographic portraits of traditional Iranian scenes with models attired in beautiful cultural clothing.

Though maintaining its’ own distinct identity there were remarkable similarities with traditional Bulgarian dress. Mr. Abdollahi aims to showcase the Persian culture in Bulgaria, and even hinted at the idea of pursuing a similar exhibition of Bulgarian traditional dress in the future.

The fellowship continued after the official part, as usual, in the lobby bar of the hotel.

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(Feb 13) Rotary Club Sofia International Member Meets Fellow Rotarians in Rotary Club Troyan (+GAL)

Our member Mr. Cris Biemond who recently moved to Oreshak, decided to visit the local Rotary club in Troyan.

The weekly meetings are held on Tuesday evening in Hotel Troyan Plaza, which has a nice atmosphere and as Cris knew from previous visits a good cuisine as well.

The meeting started with a prayer and continued with the introduction of the Sofia International member. After a successful introduction in Bulgarian the meeting continued with some internal announcements.

Highlight of the evening was the discussion about the Russian evening that will take place the 28 February 2018, to which we are all invited.

After the meeting the evening continued with nice informal talks.

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(Feb 7) Regular Meeting and Tasting of Bononia Estate Wines (+GAL)

The regular meeting of Rotary Club Sofia International was held on 7 February at Hilton Sofia. The president of the club Ms. Ani Hristova announced some invitations from other Rotary clubs and the updated agenda of the forthcoming club meetings. Focus was set out on the preparation of the traditional Wine Evening scheduled for 15.03.2018 when funds for our cause of the year will be raised.

Main topic of the agenda was presentation and tasting of wines produced by Bononia Estate winery. This young and rapidly growing company is named after the ancient Roman fortress situated along the Danube river – Bononia (nowadays city of Vidin). 2016 is the year when Bononia Estate launched its first wine brands – ISTAR, Ooh La La, Gomotartzi, and Bononia Estate Reserve.

The club members enjoyed all the wine brands of Bononia Estate which own two distinct characteristics that unite them: their finesse, along with gentle, discreet flavours, and a recognizable varied temper.

As usual the meeting ended with fellowship at the lobby bar of Hilton.

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(Jan 31) Regular Meeting and Tasting of Villa Melnik Winery’s Wines (+GAL)

On 31 January 2018 at the regular meeting of Rotary Club Sofia International in Hilton Sofia we welcomed our friends Ms. Militza Zikatanova and Ms. Petya Angelova from Villa Melnik Winery.

This time the tradition with the lectures was broken and we started with the presentation during our dinner with Bergulé Rosé, Orange Wine and AplauZ Shiroka Melnik.

When the clock was exactly 19:30, the President of the club Ms. Ani Hristova started the meeting. She shared invitations for different Rotarian events and also information for the traditional Wine It! – wine tasting fundraiser on 15 March 2018.

After that the floor was given to our friend from Villa Melnik Winery. Our guest presented their excellent wines and all of our members were impressed with them and the lecture, made by Ms. Militza Zikatanova and Ms. Petya Angelova. 

Villa Melnik invited us to their annual Celebration of Vinegrowes and Winemakers, St. Trifon Zarezan on 17.02.2018, Saturday, at their winery near Harsovo. The celebration is part of the Melnik Wineries Open Doors Weekend, 17-18.02.2018. The events are free entry and everyone is welcome. For more information please visit the Facebook Event here: fb.me/events/349685225499771/.

Villa Melnik are our first sponsors as well for the Wine It! fundraising event. They also donated for our charity auction a bottle of each of the wines they presented during our meeting.

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(Jan 24) Regular Meeting and Preparation of WINE IT! – Our Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser (+GAL)

The weekly regular meeting of Rotary Club Sofia International was held on 24 January 2018 in Hilton Sofia. We welcomed a new friend to our club, Mr. Olafur Helgi Kjavtansson from Iceland, Past District Governior of D-1360. He shared a few details about himself.

After that as usual the President of the club Ms. Ani Hristova shared information from some past and future events. First, she recounted about the initiative of the Ultra-marathon racer Krasi Georgiev. He ran successfully a 36 hours marathon on a treadmill in the Park Center Mall in Sofia on 19 and 20 January. On a second treadmill everyone who wanted to support him also could run for a while and then donate an amount to the Association “Kids with Oncohematological Diseases” for the Young Cancer Survivors Olympic Games in Moscow.

The second topic of the meeting was the upcoming traditional fundraising wine tasting event of the club – Wine It! – which will take place on 15 March 2018.

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(Jan 17) Regular Meeting and a Presentation by our Past President Mr. Jörg Schenk (+GAL)

The regular meeting of Rotary Club Sofia International has been held on 17 January 2018 at Hilton Sofia. As usual the President of the club Ms. Ani Hristova announced the invitations for charity events received from other Rotary clubs and the updated agenda of the forthcoming club meetings. Some small projects and a proposal for club’s cause of the year have been communicated as well.

Our friend Mr. Enrico Repouz briefed the Rotarians about his meeting with Mr. Okawara, a Rotarian from Rotary Club Tokyo Sanno who visited Sofia as a member of the business delegation led by the Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe a week ago. More details at https://rc-si.org/new/?p=14275.

As a main topic of the meeting our friend and Past President Mr. Jörg Schenk delivered a very rich in content and comprehensive presentation „Hamburg – one of the most livable and beautiful cities in the world” dedicated to the history, economy, architecture, culture, sightseeing and contemporary life of this amazing city. 

He also shared his idea about a joint trip to Hamburg for the club members on 24-27 May 2018 or 1-2 weeks later. The Rotarian friends and regular guests who would like to join the trip were requested to confirm it in due time.

Following the tradition, the meeting ended with networking at the lobby bar of Hilton.

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(Jan 15) RC Sofia International President Elect Meets with Rotarian from Rotary Club Tokyo Sanno

As Adviser to and economical/cultural entourage of Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan Mr. Okawara is on a week long tour through the eastern states of Europe. His visit to Europe started in Estonia, covered Latvia and Lithuania and will continue through Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia.
In Lithuania the delegation visited the memorial of Japanese Diplomat, Mr. Chiune Sugihara – “Japans  Schindler”, who saved 6.000 European Jews from the Holocaust by issuing none-authorized visas. (https://www.timesofisrael.com/abe-visits-memorial-to-japanese-schindler-in-lithuania/)
The visit was coordinated with Rotary Club of Tokyo Sanno and local Rotary Clubs for the initiative of restoring the museum and raising funds to cover respective cost is an all Rotary Club of Tokyo Sanno initiative.
The President Elect of RC Sofia International Mr. Enrico Repouz met with Mr. Okawara. Mr Okinawa himself a veteran and very active Rotarian was very interested in Bulgarian club activities, especially about such of RC Sofia International, apparently well known for its large, uniquely diverse English speaking members.
Further topics included brief overview and country specific statistics and current demographics, “Bulgaria in the transitional period – since 1989”, standard of education, youth perspectives and academia, Bulgarians abroad and private measures of the industry to educate, keep and attract young Bulgarian professionals (local and foreign) in the country.
Mr. Okawara sends his warmest regards and greetings while extending an invitation to all members of Rotary Club Sofia International to visit his Club in Tokyo.

(Jan 12-14) Member of RC Sofia International at the XIIIth Winter Games Organized by Tartu Hansa Rotary Club, Estonia (+GAL)

This weekend, the Tartu Hansa Rotary Club organised the XIIIth amazing winter event in the beautiful town Otepää, which is the winter capital of Estonia, and the venue was the Tehvandi sports center. The town is situated in the adorable hilly southern part of Estonia. The event, which started on Friday evening and ended on Sunday, included different games like playing darts and petang outside at – 6ᵒC, sauna, hiking around a beautiful lake, demonstration of basic lighting fire survival skills, etc. Our club member Ilian Madjarov, together with club members from other Estonian Rotary Clubs, was kindly invited by the organizers to join the event.

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(Jan 11) RC Sofia International Member Visits RC Talin in Estonia

Last week, our fellow Rotarian Mr. Ilian Madjarov visited Tallinn Rotary Club, the oldest Rotary club in Estonia. He was warmly greeted by the President, Mr. Veiko Paalma, and the club members.

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