NEXT (14.03) Wine It! 2019 – Fundraising Wine Evening

The traditional fundraising wine evening of Rotary club Sofia International – Wine It! – will take pllace on 14 March 2019 at CREATIVE HALL Studio on 122, Tintyava Str., Sofia 1172. The starting time of the event is 19:00 and tickets cost 40 BGN. Find out more about  the surprises we have prepared for you HERE.

(06 Mar) Presentation on “A Company’s Online Presence – The Own Website DOs and DONTs” by Mr. Thomas Westerhofen (+GAL)

On Wednesday, 06 March 2019, we were treated with yet another very informative presentation on “A Company’s Online Presence – The Own Website DOs and DONTs”, this time by our own Mr. Thomas Westerhoven. The topic was really interesting. Quite some people were keen on taking notes.

Our guests were Mrs. Vessela Schenk, Ms. Dessy Tian, Mr. Brandur Haukson and Mr. Thomas Metz.

Big thank you goes to Horst Stüer, who has made the first donation for our “Sofia Owls” Sitting Volleyball team.

Past President, Mr. Jörg Schenk was elected as President of the Bulgarian Field Hockey Association. Bravo Jörg, we are all proud of you.

Next week is our “Wine It!” event, which will take place on Thursday 14 March 2019 at Creative Hall Studio, on 122, Tintyava Str., Sofia 1172. The event will start at 19:00. Entrance fee 40 BGN. This year 20 different winemakers will offer their best wines to try. In addition to tasting and musical program, which can last until the early morning hours due to the location of the venue, Peter and Enrico will fight for the title “Best Goulash”.

The fellowship, as usual, continued with discussions and the presentation and the upcoming wine evening in the lobby bar of the hotel.

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(27 Feb) General Assembly and Election of President 2020/2021 (+GAL)

Rotary Club Sofia International held its elections for President Elect for 2020-2021 on its regular meeting on 27 February 2019, since on the last elections for President Elect 2020-2021 in December last year no President was elected due to lack of quorum. Our newly adopted rules, at the time, allowed us to elect only the Board members for next Rotarian year.

On the elections meeting we accepted firstly changes to our internal rules. All changes passed and most votes were unanimous. After changing the election quota for President we proceeded with elections for President Elect 2020/21.

Nominees for President 2020/2021 were Mr. Marc Bouzy and Mr. Jørgen Atke. After applying the electoral procedure Mr. Marc Bouzy was chosen over Mr. Jorgen Atke with a 15 to 3 votes.

Mr. Marc Bouzy is President Elect for 2020/2021. Congratulations to Marc and thank you to Jørgen for being a good sport.

After that short updates on “Wine It” 2019 event followed as well as on “Sofia Owls” – our Sitting Volleyball team – whose name is now officially registered.

After the elections the fellowship continued in the lobby bar of the hotel.

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(20 Feb) Mr. Veselin Dimitrov – District Governor of District 2482 Visits Rotary Club Sofia International (+GAL)

20 February 2019 was a remarkable date for our club life. On our regular meeting we were visited by the District and Assistant District Governornors of Rotary, District 2482 – Mr. Veselin Dimitrov and Mr. Konstantin Yanakiev.

Before the meeting, our guests wanted to meet with the boards of Rotary Club Sofia International, Rotaract Club Sofia International and Interact Club Sofia International at Meridian 22 School.

The meeting was witnessed by many honored guests like Mr. Arif Söylem and his wife Mrs. Akai Sölem (RC Goztepe – Izmir), Ms. Yoanna Yordanova, Mr. Brandur Hauksson, Ms. Dessy Tian, Ms. Marina Staykova (Interact), Mr. Nikolai Kolev (Interact), Mr. Philippo Balbi (Rotaract).

We had a minute of silence in respect of the husband of our member, who passed away days before. Rotary Club Sofia International gives sincere condolences to Mrs. Elena Vassileva and her family.

Mr. Repouz presented briefly our club, our members, our activities and how special we are. After that the floor was given to Mr. Dimitrov, who explained about our District, his goals for the year, and about the future of Rotary in Bulgaria.

He also presented the RI President-Elect Mr. Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration. The presentation was followed by flag exchange and pin ceremony. All board members received a pin by the Governor with the theme logo on it.

Big thank you to Mrs. Hristina Malchevska for patiently interpreting the Governor’s presentation.

Along with the eminent visit our president Enrico had the pleasure to announce the good news that our Past President – Ms. Ani Hristova – was officially elected as Chair of the Subcommittee for Donations and Recognitions of District 2482 on a training seminar in Arbanasi (Veliko Tarnovo) and not only that, Ani was awarded with the coveted pin,\ by our President Mr. Repouz, one of the most rare in Rotary – “100% Attendance” for being 559 days uninterruptedly present at our meetings from 1 July 2017 until 20 February 2019, what better time to do so than in official presence of our District Governor. Congratulations, Ani.

Ms. Hristova thanked for the honor to have the “100% Attendance” pin and for the great surprise. She briefly explained about the training seminar in Arbanasi. She also presented her team: Ms. Veronika Botsova from Rotaract Club Sofia-Vitosha, Mr. Michail Sougarev from our club and Mr. Galin Karagyozov from Rotary Club Harmanli.

Two more presentations followed by the representatives of Rotaract Club Sofia International – Mr. Philippo Balbi and of Interact Club Sofia International at Merdian 22 School – Ms. Marina Staykova and Mr. Nikolai Kolev.

The meeting was rounded off with a collective photo. And after the meeting the fellowship continued in the lobby bar of the hotel.

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(16-17 Feb) The New Chair of Subcommittee for Donations and Recognitions of District 2482 – Bulgaria – Ms. Hristova Attended the Training Seminar of the District Team in Arbanasi (+GAL)

On 16 February many Rotarians arrived in the village Arbanasi, near the city of Veliko Tarnovo for the District Team Training Seminar. The program for the evening was free and the participants decided to have a fellowship dinner and celebrate the Birthday of Mr. Ivan Ivanov – Assistant District Governor of Zone 16 (Aytos, Karnobat, Nesebar and Pomorie).

On Saturday, 17 February, in Sevastokrator Hotel in Arbanasi, the Training Seminar of the District team was opened by the District Governor of D-2482, Mr. Vesselin Dimitrov. He introduced the District Governor Elect – Mr. Mitko Minev, member of Rotary Club Veliko Tarnovo.

Mr. Rosen Velikov, President of Rotary Club Veliko Tarnovo then took the floor and warmly welcomed the participants of the seminar. Mr. Daniel Panov, Mayor of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality, honorary member of the hosting club also greeted the seminar attendees.

The first session started with a presentation by District Governor Elect – Mr. Mitko Minev, who said a few words about Mr. Mark Daniel Maloney the 2019-2020 Rotary President. He then presented motto – “Rotary Connects the World” and the logo of the year.

Mr. Minev continued with presenting his team – the District Officers of D-2482.

Our member and Past President Ms. Ani Hristova is nominated as the Chair of Subcommittee for Donations and Recognitions. We all wish her success and are extremely proud with her achievement. It may sound immodest, but our dear Ani, received the strongest applause from all the officers presented.

Ms. Hristova will have 3 more team members: Mr. Sougarev (from our club), Mr. Galin Karagyozov (President of Rotary Club Harmanli) and Ms. Veronika Botsova (Past President of Rotaract Club Sofia-Vitosha).

Later on PDG Mrs. Nina Miteva moderated a very productive panel – the topic was “How to Work with the People?”. Participants shared ideas and proposals how to improve the work of the District and some of those we will see already at the PET Seminar in Bansko.

Mrs. Violina Kostova, from Rotary Club Sofia City and Chair of Committee of Rotary Foundation was the next presenter with the topic “How to Support the Community?”. She was followed by Mrs. Tania Georgieva, who presented “How to Build the Public Image of Rotary?”, The last presentation and the new secretary of the District – Mr. Plamen Tzvetkov, whose topic was “How the District Team has to Work as Team?”.

After the closing words from Mr. Minev the bell was ring and the program continued with the Sound and Light show, a special compliment to all Rotarians from the Mayor of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality. After the show a farewell dinner was hosted.

Ms. Hristova would like to thank to Mr. Velikov, the President of Rotary Club Veliko Tarnovo and for all friends from the club for their warm hospitality and great organization.

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(13 Feb) Lecture by our Past President – Mr. Horst Stüer on the “Principles of Laser” (+GAL)

On 13 February Rotary Club Sofia International held a numerous in attendance regular meeting, not only by club members, but also by guests like Ms. Dessy Tian, Mr. Brandur Hauksson, and Mr. Thomas Metz. We had our regular meeting in Hilton Sofia.

Discussed topics were the “Goals for the Year”, which shall be updated on our website, and planed activities on our new initiative – the founding of a sitting volleyball team for people with physical handicaps. The club will be known as: “Sofia Owls”.

“Sofia Owls” will be predominantly for persons with physical impairments but wishes to include other non-handicapped athletes regardless of gender, age or race. The goal of the team is to integrate athletes regardless of their physical constituency as long as their physical disability allows to play the sport within the rules and regulations of sitting volleyball.

The fundraising cause for this year on our Wine It 2019 event will be the collecting of money for the sitting volleyball team. All of you are welcome on 14 March in Creative Hall Studio. Additional information is available here.

We also discussed about the Annual Rotary Peace Fellowship 2019-2020, if someone wants to nominate a student, please, contact us or directly Mrs. Snezhana Doncheva.

Club discussions were followed by an “in-house” presentation on the extremely interesting subject “Principles of Laser” by our dear member Mr. Horst Stüer, who refreshed our memories on physics.

After the meeting the fellowship continued in the lobby bar of the hotel.

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(06 Feb) H. E. Bea ten Tusscher, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Bulgaria Official Acceptance and Lecture by Mr. Christoph Glaser About “The Hilton Effect“ (+GAL)

On 6 February 2019 in Hilton Sofia Rotary Club Sofia International held its regular weekly meeting.

H. E. Bea ten Tusscher, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Bulgaria was officially accepted as a member of out club. Warm welcome from all the members, Bea.

Our meeting was attended by our regular guest Mr. Christoph Glaser, General Manager of Hilton Sofia, who also was our presenter for the evening, and by Mr. Thomas Metz from Bosch.

Our resident Mr. Enrico Repouz received certificated of appreciation form “National Fund St. Nicola” Foundation, for the successful realization of the project for donating shoes to kids in need. You can read more here. Apart form the certificates, our member Mr. Peter Simon, who took active role in the project, received a painting form the kids we presented with new winter boots.

The evening continued with a discussion of our next fundraising event – the traditional wine tasting evening – Wine It! 2019. Stay tuned for more details soon.

After the the internal topics agenda was exhausted, we all enjoyed an educative presentation on “The Hilton Effect“ by Mr. Christoph Glaser, General Manager of Hilton Sofia. He walked us briefly through the 100 years history of Hilton hotels. The presentation was followed by a lively question and answer session.

After the official part the fellowship continued in the the lobby bar of the hotel where we learned even more interesting facts about Hilton.

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(30 Jan) New Member Acceptance H.E. Mrs. Bea ten Tusscher, Ambassador of Netherlands to Bulgaria (+GAL)

The meeting held on 30 January in Hilton Sofia was carried through by the secretary of our Club Mr. Rumen Rusinov. Once again we would like to express our gratitude to Linda for providing us with a wonderful evening in her home where we held our meeting on 23 January.

On the meeting we were very proud to announce that our new member candidate – H. E. Mrs. Bea ten Tusscher, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Bulgaria will be formally accepted as soon as schedules are congruent.

Bea transfers form the Gimle Rotary Club in Oslo. Official acceptance ceremony shall follow.

Rumen announced the possibility for executing of mutual projects with RC Korneuburg, Austria. We had a very nice first meeting with many club members from RC Korneuburg last summer during their visit in Bulgaria at “Veseloto selo” Restaurant.

The cause this year for our fundraising event – “Wine It!” 2019 will be “sitting volleyball”. This is going to be a huge party for the venue allows for it. We will be in a “factory type” venue – Creative Hall Studio.

Join the event on 14 March and invite guests and sponsors. All ideas are welcome.

After the closing bell, we continued the discussions about “Wine It!” 2019 in the informal atmosphere of the Hilton Sofia Lobby bar.

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(23 Jan) Swiss Fondue Night at Linda’s Home (+GAL)

Our regular meeting on 23 January was held at one of our member’s home – Mrs. Linda Kim!

She was so nice to invite us to a Swiss Fondue Night and share the secrets of preparing Swiss fondue, together with the other Swiss members Claude and his wife Inna.

All members took part in the preparation of the fondue and a special fruit salad. The atmosphere was very nice, cozy, and in the spirit of friendship.

Many internal club issues were discussed and especially our new cause. We are taking the first steps toward writing a new chapter of our bellowed Rotarian Club – the establishment of our own sitting volleyball club with special purpose. The name of the sitting volleyball club is suggested to be “Sofia Owls”. The name is chosen in order to hint to its heritage – our club, which has as its logo an owl.

The cause of this year “Wine It” 2019 event will be collecting money for the sitting volleyball team.

The night was fantastic, we all felt at home. The combination of wine and fondue with wine was great. For desert Linda surprised us with homemade fruit salad and with Slivova rakia.

Thank you Linda, for your hospitality.

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(16 Jan) Lecture by our Member Mr. Kostadin Kostadionov on Blockchain (+GAL)

Rotary Club Sofia International had its regular meeting in our regular place – Hilton Sofia.

Our gratitude from the meeting goes to Mr. Kostadin Kostadinov, who has mastered a sheer impossible task to bring us closer to “Blockchain” and how it works.

Now we know that, there are “miners” in the process of a transaction between two parties. Business as usual, but the miners craft the block (part of the chain of information which is irreversible) and available to all participants in the “Blockchain” transaction.

The omnipresent “paper trail” that is left behind is the security buyers and purchasers are looking for.

Next regular meeting will be at Linda’s home. The invitation is for a Swiss Fondue Night – to discuss in private atmosphere club life and issues, like the organization of our fundraising event – “Wine It” 2019 and the Sitting Volleyball initiative, which is going to be the cause of the event this year and one of the causes of our club from now on.

The discussions continued in the lobby of the hotel in an informal atmosphere.

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