(16-18 Nov) Rotary Club Sofia International Member Attends the Rotary Foundation Seminar and 80 years of Rotary Club Veliko Tarnovo (+GAL)

The Rotary Foundation Seminar this year was combined with the celebration of the 80th Birthday of Rotary Club Veliko Tarnovo and was attended by Ms. Ani Hristova, Past President of our club.

On 16 November the host club organized a concert attended by more than 2,000 guests. During that concert more than 2,000 BGN were collected for the project of the club. This same evening Rotary Club Veliko Tarnovo they announced the winners of the two painting competitions they have organized – “Veliko Tarnovo – My Inspiration” and “My City of Tarnovo”. The evening concluded with a dinner and  the “Sound and Light Show”.

The Rotary Foundation Seminar of District 2482 was held on 17 November in Sevastokrator Hotel & SPA in Arbanasi. Mr. Veselin Dimitrov, District Governor of District 2482 opened the seminar, followed by a welcome from Mr. Rosen Velikov, President of Rotary Club Veliko Tarnovo.

The first lecture was made by Mrs. Nina Miteva, Assistant Zone Coordinator of Rotary Foundation with topic: “How the Rotary Foundation Changes the Fates of the People. The Club’s Projects – Inspiration and Opportunity.” She used as a positive example the Rotary Peace Fellow Alumna Ms. Silvia Nitsova, who was nominated by Rotary Club Sofia International and has successfully completed the program in one of the Rotary Peace Centers.

Six Rotary Peace Centers operate in partnership with seven premier universities in six countries around the World In the United States, the peace center is associated with both Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the one that our nominated candidate graduated.

Center offers its own customized curriculum and field-based learning opportunities that examine peace and conflict theory through various frameworks. Five of the peace centers offer master’s degrees; one offers a professional development certificate.

To make peace in the world, Rotary needs more peace-builders. The Rotary Peace Centers program, is a dynamic and ambitious project of The Rotary Foundation, identifies highly qualified professionals and trains them to become agents of peace. Rotarians are vital to recruiting candidates.

The program continued with lectures from Mr. Jetchko Balabanov from Rotary Club Sofia Balkan; the District Governor Elect, Mr. Ilian Nikolov, Rotary Club Sofia – Serdica; Mrs. Violina Kostova; Mr. Tomislav Filipov from Rotary Club Berkovitsa.

The program continued with awarding certificates from Mr. Ian H.S. Riseley, President 2017-2018 of Rotary International to the best clubs in the world. Rotary Club Sofia International also received a certificate for helping Rotary make the difference.

The highlight of the seminar was the celebration “80 Years of Rotary Club Veliko Tarnovo”. It was a fundraising dinner. The funds collected will to forward the project of the host club for purchasing a modern Bronchoscope for the needs of the “Dr. Treiman” Clinic of the University of Veliko Tarnovo. Rotary Club Veliko Tarnovo managed to collected more than 20,000 BGN that night.

More than 420 guests from Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and Romania were guests of the celebration, which was held at the “Kaloyanova Fortress” attraction. The mayor of the city – Mr. Daniel Panov – became honorable member and four members of the Rotary Club Veliko Tarnovo received Paul Harris Fellow honors.

Photo credits: Mr. Gencho Petkov, Mr. Valeri Stavrev, personal archive.

 

 

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