(21 Oct) Online Regular Meeting

Rotary Club Sofia InternationalOnline regular meeting of Rotary Club Sofia International took place on Wednesday 21 October 2020. It was the club’s fourth meeting for this Rotarian season. The meeting was online, as it is planned in our plan and schedule for conducting meetings.

We had 12 club members attending. The meeting started with the announcement of the planned events of our club for the Rotarian. The first one is the traditional Oktoberfest of the club. The plans for 2021 include a Wine Fundraising Event in March. Another event would be the Petanque Tournament in April together with Rotary Club Samokov and Rotary Club Paris Agora from France. A Sitting Volleyball tournament, together with our sitting volleyball team Sofia Owls in May will increase awareness for this initiative of the club. Finally a French Night is planed together with the handover ceremony of the presidents of the club in June. All events will, of course, depend on the developments of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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(Oct 7) Organizational Matters Discussed at Regular Meeting (+GAL)

Organizational Matters Discussed at Regular Meeting by President Marc BouzyOrganizational matters discussed at Rotary Club Sofia International’s regular meeting in Hilton Sofia on 7 October 2020.

During the meeting there were updates on the progress of the important topics for the club. Improvements are already implemented on the back-end of our webpage. Additionally, the developments on the common project with Rotary Club Zurich International for our MED-Bul Project, for donation of medical equipment from Swiss Hospitals to hospitals in Bulgaria. Also, the positive developments of potential common projects with other clubs in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. We also discussed some other aspects of the club activities. Namely, the preparation for our annual fundraising events and the Christmas Parity of the club. These will be finalized during the next board meeting, later this month.

We also tried to find an optimal solution for our outside of Hilton Sofia monthly meetings. Likewise, how to harness and improve the effectiveness of our monthly online meetings, by inviting foreign clubs to join and discuss potential collaborative projects together.

Later, Mrs. Ani Hristova shared with the members her recollections from the visit to Rotary Club Sofia’s exhibition in Largo Sofia. The experience was very nice with numerous Rotary friends present. During her visit Ani used the opportunity to invite fellow Rotarians to our meetings. The exhibition is available at least for the next week, so everyone interested can visit.

Our friends Mrs. Hrsitina Malchevska and Mr. Yordan Dukov proposed to onboard two new initiatives. One for support for a school in the small town of Rakovitsa in North-West of Bulgaria. The other for support of the revival of the orienteering club in Elena. Actions are to be taken on both opportunities. All friends are, in the meantime, invited to help. For additional questions and comments, please, contact our club at info@rc-si.org.

We closed Rotary Club Sofia International’s regular meeting devoted to organizational matters. 

Our next meeting will be held on 14 October 2020 in Hilton Sofia. Starting time is 18.45 and all members and friends are invited to join us. 

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(4 Oct) Our Members Participated in a Garage Sale Project (+GAL)

Garage SaleOur members participated in a Garage Sale project of Rotary Club Ferney-Voltaire. The event took place on Sunday, 4 October 2020 in Ferney-Voltaire in France. It was a fundraising action of selling goods that the members of the club do not need any more. At the Garage Sale, or Vide Grenier in French, our friends were able to collect around 600 EUR.

Ferney-Voltaire is a small city situated in Eastern France. It is situated next to the border with Switzerland. It forms part of the metropolitan area of Geneva. The club there was chartered by District 1910 in 1996. Today the club has 22 members.

Rotary Club Ferney-Voltaire organized this event for collection of funds for the organization Aide Gessienne. It helps deprived people in the region of Ferney-Voltaire. This assistance is especially needed now during the pandemic times.

Inna and Claude Badan, Rotary Club Sofia International members, participated in the Garage Sale project. Inna and Claude contribute to the fundraising activities of Rotary Club Ferney-Voltaire not for the first time. You can recall their involvements here and here.

Rotary Club Sofia International members wish the fellows of Rotary Club Ferney-Voltaire health and prosperity. We also hope they will realize many more successful fundraising projects. Our friends Inna and Claude are always there to help, when they are in the region.

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(1 Oct) Exhibition What Rotarians Did for Their City by Rotary Club Sofia (+GAL)

ExhibitionExhibition What Rotarians Did for Their City by Rotary Club Sofia opened on 1 October 2020. It is hosted in the exhibition hall under the domes of Largo in Sofia and is accessible to visitors.

The exhibition presents 18 posters. They show the contribution of the oldest Rotary club in Bulgaria – Rotary Club Sofia – and its members, to the development of our capital. The main projects of the club are presented. These are related to better education and literacy, protection of children’s and mother’s health, work with young people, prevention of significant diseases, landscaping, support of science and culture, improvement of road safety, assistance provided to the cultural institutions of Sofia municipality.

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(30 Sept) First Official Meeting for the New Rotarian Year (+GAL)

Rotary Club Sofia InternationalFirst official meeting of Rotary Club Sofia International for the new Rotarian year was held on 30 September 2020 in Hilton Sofia. This was also the first official meeting of Mr. Marc Bouzy as President of the club for 2020/2021 Rotarian year.

15 club members attended. All were excited for the start of the new Rotarian year. During the meeting we discussed plans and organizational matters for the coming season. Some of these:

  • Updated meeting schedule with one online meeting and one meeting outside Hilton Sofia each month; 
  • Regular meetings with representatives of our Rotaract club;
  • Date for the elections of the club;
  • Fundraising events of the club;
  • Actions on the improvement of the club’s online visibility;
  • Plans for international cooperation with foreign clubs.

Later, our Past President presented a copy of the Rotary Citation 2019-2020. The President of Rotary International awarded it to our club for helping Rotary connect the world. Only 18 clubs in our District received such a citation for the past Rotarian year.

After that, our guest Mr. Stefan Hristov, member of Rotary Club Zurich International, shared some of the projects, which their club is doing. He proposed to make a common project with Rotary Club Sofia International in the field of healthcare.

Then, Mrs. Ani Hristova recounted of a project by the Association Children with Onco-Hematologic Diseases. We, as a club, support them for many years. They have successfully finished and officially inaugurated, three weeks ago, a center in Opitsvet. Its main purpose is helping during the recovery of kids who overcame an onco-hematologic disease. The event was attended by many people, including representatives of the municipality, a few ministers, and members of out club. The center will function during the whole year. It is the first such venue on the Balkans and the 8th in the world.

Before the official closing of the meeting, the President invited the members to volunteer to hold presentations during one our next meetings.

The fellowship, then, continued with further discussions in the lobby bar of the hotel.

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(14 Sept) Opening of Rehabilitation Center of the Association “Children with Onco-Hematologic Diseases” (+GAL)

Opening of Rehabilitation CenterOpening of Rehabilitation Center of the Association “Children with Onco-Hematologic Diseases” happened on the Bulgarian holiday Holy Cross day in the village of Opitsvet, Kostinbrod region.

Children who have overcome cancer and are still convalescing, together with their families will be accommodated there, and rehabilitation will be free of charge.

The State Fund “Agriculture” has allocated 3.7 million BGN for the construction of the center. An additional 750 thousand BGN has been allocated from the budget of Kostinbrod municipality for financing ineligible expenses under the program. Funds amounting to 478,162 BGN were allocated by the Council of Ministers for the construction of a new road with a length of 1.5 km. in place of a dirt, field road.

The center is the third of its kind in Europe and eighth in the World. Construction began in 2018, and completed in 2020. The initiative is entirely from the children’s parents, and especially of Mr. Plamen Belchev.

The center includes seven houses, which will accommodate families. Also a hotel, a sports center, a dining room, a kitchen and meeting rooms. The total capacity of the center is for 40 people. A chapel has also been constructed onsite, as well as a swimming pool, conference hall and common room.

The opening ceremony was amazing, the kids from the association sang songs which created a great atmosphere. We were given a heart-warming reception and feeling.

Rotary Club Sofia International had a special invitation, because we supported the Association by donating a minivan to them.

If someone would like to make a donation, or visit the center, please contact Ms. Hristova.

Our wish for them is that the Rehabilitation Center never needs to be used and that all children are healthy. But knowing that they are there should this wish be not fulfilled is comforting.

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(1 Aug) Rotary Golf Cup in Bansko (+GAL)

Rotary Club Sofia InternationalThe Rotary Golf Cup in Bansko took place from 31 July to 1 August. It was attended by Ms. Ani Hristova, Mrs. Inna Badan, Mr. Claude Badan and Mr. Grant Dale all representing Rotary Club Sofia International and enjoying, of course, the hospitality of Rotary Club Bansko-Razlog.

On 31 July Rotary Club Bansko-Razlog chartered their Interact club. We wish luck and lots of successful projects for the new young members of the Rotary family.

On the 1 August, the 8th Edition of the District Governor Rotary Golf Cup was held and took place at the Pirin Golf & Country Club.

After the official opening, the players were separated into groups – Rotarians, non-Rotarians the 3rd group where our Rotary members, together with Mr Ibrahim Kachan from Rotary Club Kazanlak took part. We had a special private instructor and it was followed by a friendly competition.

The dinner was a Garden BBQ in Regnum Bansko Apart Hotel Spa, where we had a great time and wonderful conversations in the spirit of Rotary.

The same day was the Swiss National Day and we dressed up to celebrate it with Claude, our Rotarian from Switzerland. Congratulations also to Linda and all ours Swiss friends.

As a tradition, we stayed in Regnum Bansko Apart Hotel Spa. On Sunday we visited the thermal mineral baths of the other hotel in the group – Regnum Banya Thermal, in Banya.

The great organization and hospitality of Mrs Ayshe Medarova and her group were greatly appreciated and made our stay extremely comfortable and memorable.

Our thanks to the President of Rotary Club Bansko-Razlog 2020/2021, Mr Ivan Hadzhiruskov, and members, for hosting the event, we extend our warmest Rotarian greetings to all concerned.

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(1 Jul) Official Handover Ceremony (+GAL)

Rotary Club Sofia InternationalOfficial handover ceremony of Rotary Club Sofia International between the current President Mr. Plamen Kertev and the inauguration and the new President for year 2020/2021, Mr. Marc Bouzy, took place in the pleasant atmosphere of the Season’s restaurant garden in Hilton Sofia.

The meeting started with a speech by our current President Mr. Plamen Kertev. He kindly presented the projects and events realized and supported during his Rotarian year. He expressed his sincere gratitude to all members who contributed to the successful Rotarian year with their donations, active work, and positive energy. This year proved again that with active participation of numerous club members we can achieve a lot.

The year of Plamen’s presidency was marked with the global COVID-19 pandemic. Thus the efforts of the President were focused on uniting the club and reviving the meetings via online platforms. This enabled the club to continue operations and even allowed for realizations of a few projects. More on these here and here.

Afterwards a welcome speech of our new President – Mr. Marc Bouzy followed. He kindly thanked Plamen for his successful year and contribution to the club and granted him with a gift. Marc also expressed his gratitude to the club for giving their trust and electing him as the new President. Considering the worldwide Coronavirus situation, the coming Rotarian year brings uncertainties. However, now we have all the tools to meet, realize projects, and contribute to the society despite COVID-19.

Marc concluded the official handover ceremony on a note that the venue for the informal weekly summer meetings of the club will be Club of the Architects restaurant, on 11, Krakra Str., Sofia. These will take place every Wednesday at 7 pm. Members and guests alike are welcome to join.

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(30 Jun) A Respirator Monitor Donation to „St. Sofia“ Hospital (+GAL)

Rotary Club Sofia InternationalA respirator monitor donation to the First Therapeutic Clinic of the Specialized Hospital for Pulmonary Diseases “St. Sofia” was realized by Rotary Club Sofia International on 30 June 2020.

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic the members of Rotary Club Sofia International feel it is their duty to help local hospitals and provide support where it is most needed. Therefore, the club undertook several COVID-19 related projects. Already two food donations were completed. And now we supported the Specialized Hospital for Pulmonary Diseases St. Sofia with a respirator monitor donation. The equipment is needed to complement existing respirator for treating patients with respiratory insufficiency. The total cost of the medical equipment is 2400 BGN.

The project would not have been possible without the professional supervision of Dr. Tanya Benisheva and the generous donation by Mrs. Linda Kim. The monitor was delivered on 30 June 2020. A official handover took place with the President of Rotary Club Sofia International, Mr. Plamen Kertev and the head of the First Therapeutic Clinic Ass. Prof. Petrov. While receiving the donation, he expressed his sincere gratitude for the good deed of the club.

The donation of the monitor is a continuation of the project of 9 Sofia Rotary Clubs, which in May donated a device for the needs of patients with respiratory diseases.

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(17 Jun) Meeting at The Architects Club (+GAL)

Rotary Club Sofia InternationalMeeting at The Architects Club restaurant instead of the regular gathering in Hilton Sofia took place on 17 June 2020. 12 members of the club attended the dinner and we had the pleasure of welcoming Mr. Plamen Latev, a guest of our member Mrs. Elena Vassileva.

It was our first club meeting at The Architects Club. A cozy restaurant with prefect location and amazing cuisine. The place was very well accepted by the attending friends. During the diner we had the chance to discuss some of our past projects, such as the MED-Bul one, and to plan for future ones.

It was a nice experience and wonderful time to enjoy the Rotary fellowship in an informal and friendly atmosphere.

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During the summer break informal meetings take place at Club of the Architects Restaurant every Wednesday at 19:00.

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