(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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(19 May) Charter Party of Rotary Club Plovdiv International (+GAL)

The Charter Party of Rotary Club Plovdiv International has been held on 19 May 2108 at Ramada Plovdiv Trimontium Hotel.

Rotary Club Plovdiv International became the newest Rotary club in District 2482, the fourth in city of Plovdiv, and the the second English speaking in the District.

The event was attended by the District Governor – Mr. Emil Kotsev, the Past District Governors – Mr. Nasko Nachev, Mrs. Nina Miteva, and Mr. Dimitar Dimitrov, District Governor Elect – Mr. Vesselin Dimitrov, District Governor Nominee – Mr. Ilian Nikolov, Mrs Savina Petkova – Chairman of the Municipal Council – Plovdiv, as well as many friends from clubs from around the country, and many friends from abroad.

Our President – Ms. Ani Hristova was there with our soon to be a member Mrs. Linda Kim, and with the dear friend of our club – Mrs. Dessy Tian.

The present from Rotary Club Sofia was made by the kids from the Association “Children with Oncohematologic Diseases”, which she bought at a charity auction on one of their events. The present is a jar with an owl – our logo and the symbol of wisdom. Our president also proposed that they can use it to collect money from their members, who at the end of each meeting share for what they have been thankful. Each member who wishes to thank for something is supposed to put a coin in the jar.

Their Charter President Assoc. Prof. Mr. Dimitar Pazardzhkiliev MD received the congratulations from all the guests on behalf of the newest club in the District.

Dear friends from Rotary Club Plovdiv International, we wish you a lot of success.

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(19 May) Rotary Club Sofia International Helps Rotary Club Ferney-Voltaire (+GAL)

Rotary Club Ferney-Voltaire (France) organized on Saturday 19 May 2018 a fundraising action by selling second hand books. Our members and friends Inna and Claude Badan joined our fellows the full day.

The President of Rotary Club Ferney-Voltaire thanks for the support received form Rotary Club Sofia International.





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(16 May) Regular Meeting and Presentation by Mr. Alberto Staykov of the National Polytechnical Museum (+GAL)

The regular meeting of the club took place on 16 May in Hilton Sofia. Among our regular guests we had he pleasure to welcome Mr. Jamie Sanabria Tapias, from Columbia, who presented himself and all present welcomed him.

Before the regular meeting the Board held a meeting and Ms. Hristova updated the members about the decisions taken. The main topic was the traditional Whisky Tasting Fundraising Evening, which this year will be held 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.

After that Mr. Stüer updates us about on the progress of the project with DEBRA Bulgaria – for medical supplies for the “Butterfly Kids”. Thanks to the involvement of Mr. Stüer we were able to achieve good discounts and buy much more goods with the money collected at our Wine Evening on 15 March 2018.

After shareing the latest invitations we have received, Mrs Hristova gave the floor to Mr. Alberto Staykov who presented the National Polytechnical Museum.

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(15 March) One More Successful Edition of “Wine It!” – the Fundraising Wine Event of the Club (+GAL)

The annual Wine It! fundraising evening took place on 15 March 2018 at 19:00 in Ranchero Steakhouse by Bodega. The funds collected during the initiative will be used for supplies for the butterfly people – suffering from Bullous Epidermolysis, the beneficiary organization is the association DEBRA Bulgaria. We managed to raise 3,900.oo BGN for our cause.

Rotary Club Sofia International would like to thank all of the kind sponsors of the event:

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

We would like to also thank all the friends and guests who attended and supported the cause.

Stay tuned for more details on the realization of the project with DEBRA Bulgaria.

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(10 May) Rotarians, Young Life Bulgaria Foundation, and Friends Bring Smiles to Children with Oncohematological Diseases at Queen Giovanna Hospital (ISUL) (+GAL)

On 10 May 2018 Rotarians form Rotary Club Sofia International, friends and regular guests of the club and the friends from Young Life Bulgaria Foundation met with children at Queen Giovanna Hospital (ISUL).

Young Life brought two guitars, puppets, games and skits to brighten the children’s day. The children on their side with their courage and zest for life brightened our day. At the end it was the children who stole the show dancing, singing, and even replacing the friends with the puppets. We met mothers and grandmothers who laughed and even shed a few tears through their smiles as their children and grandchildren enjoyed the attention. “Everyday I pray for a miracle for my grandson,” one grandmother said to our group. “And then I look at my grandchild and see the miracle in him.”

Rotary Club Sofia International would like to thank once again our member Mr. Tony Ripley and his team from Young Life Bulgaria Foundation. The thanks extend to also to our club President – Ms. Ani Hristova, who came up with the idea and coordinated the entire organization. Of course we would also like to thank our members Mrs. Snezhana Doncheva, Mr. Plamen Kertev, Mr. Marc Bouzy, and to our friends Linda, Dessy, and Lilly.

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(9 May) Regular Meeting of Rotary Club Sofia International (+GAL)

On 9 May Rotary Club Sofia International held its weekly regular meeting at Hilton Sofia. Among our regular guests we had he pleasure to welcome our newest guest Mr. Yordan Dukoff.

The president, Ms. Hristova opened the meeting and shared numerous invitations we have received. She also shared the project of District 4380, Venezuela, who have 44 youth participating in the student exchange program. Our club would be looking at the opportunity of hosting one exchange student for a year in the period 08/2018 until 07/2019. We are already in contact with District 4380 and if there are volunteers to host student at home for 2 months (can be non-Rotarian family), please, contact us at: info@rc-si.org.

Later Ms. Hristova and Mr. Rusinov shared their experience form the District Membership Seminar that took place in Burgas on 27 and 28 April 2018. (https://rc-si.org/new/?p=14855)

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