(10 Jan) Regular Meeting and a Presentation by H. E. Mr. Eric S. Rubin (+GAL)

The first regular meeting of Rotary Club Sofia International for 2018 has been held on 10 January at the Hilton Sofia. The president of the club Ms. Ani Hristova started with welcoming our guests. After that she continued with best wishes to our friends Alberto Staykov, Claude and Jörg who had their birthdays around Christmas and New Year. 

The focal point of the agenda this evening was the lecture by H.E. Eric S. Rubin, Ambassador of the United States of America to Bulgaria. H. E. Mr. Rubin has been warmly welcomed with applause by the club members. The official part started after the performance of the National Anthems of Republic of Bulgaria and the United States of America. Mr. Rubin thanked for the invitation to be a guest of Rotary Club Sofia International and explained, that he knows a lot about Rotary for he used to be a guest lector to many clubs in the countries (Honduras, Ukraine, Thailand) where he served as a career foreign service officer.

He briefed about the American-Bulgarian relations – history, current status and prospects. 

In his lecture Ambassador Rubin focused on the bilateral co-operation in the field of economy, culture and education. At the end he also answered some questions asked by the Rotarians and guests, regarding the US investments to Bulgaria, energy supply diversification, visa arrangements etc. 

After the lecture some gifts have been bestowed to the Ambassador – a basket with advertising materials of J.C.Newman Cigar Company, from their distributors on the Bulgarian Market and our sponsors Vega Star Trading. Another gift was art photography made by our friend Alberto Staykov (Graphya Foundation), when he visited the USA. H. E. also received a traditional mug with the logo of Rotary of our club.

After the official meeting was over we continued our networking in the lobby of Hilton Sofia.

 

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