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16 Rotarians and 5 guests attended the Club meeting.  Guests included exchange student Lara, Martin Sebek and his son Simon, Martin Zikmund and Jiří Bavor.
 
Members were informed the results of on-line voting.  Members agreed to apply for Pilot Project on the topic „Flexible and Innovative Club“.  This project is aimed at increasing membership via introducing possibilities of family and corporate memberships.
It can bring the change in meetings set up (more project meetings as opposed to formal club meetings) and different rules with regards to attendance – priority given to project work.
Announcements:
 
Check the district website for your entries with regards to publishing RI Club Directory.  Deadline March 31.
In case you need an assistance, please ask Sanan for help.
 
Karin mentioned the idea of making use of the requirements of certain schools for Community / volunteer work with regards to RI projects.
 
Put in your diaries dates and events Petr Smejcky is organizing.
 
Last but not least, check the list of companies Petr Smejcky is going to send with regards to Dragon Boats participation.
 
The Toast went to the town of Alhmult.
 
Yours in Rotary
 
Linda Štucbartová, Club Secretary
 
 
A couple of weeks ago Rotary Clubs from Prague came together for a ten pin bowling competition. Much fun was had by all as the bowling balls were sent hurtling down the lanes towards the pins. RCPI members played well, however our exchange student Lara stole the show with her bowling skills. Lara has enjoyed bowing for many years in her home state of Nevada in the US where her family regularly go bowling. The result: RCPI won the bowling trophy!
 
 
Over 30 members joined the weekly dinner at the Bacelo Hotel to hear Jozefa Poláková, the Rotary District Governor, speak about Rotary. the numbers were also swelled by a number of very welcome guests. Two guests were ex members of the club during their residency in Prague from 2001 to 2003 and are now back at home in Stoke on Trent in the UK. The club toasted their club called Etruria.

Jozefa thanked RCPI for the energy and drive and described the club as one which has embraced the 21st Century. She particularly emphasisd how positive it was to see a club embracing the values of Rotary and be open to women and men. A special thanks went to Staffen who, in the role as treasurer, has kept the accounts superbly and in all the years has not needed a single reminder form the district!

Petr reminded the members and friends that the Dragon Boat Charity Race is on the 23rd of May and asked all present to use their contacts to encourage companies, club and associations to enter boats.
Jiri updated members on the results of the 10k run which took place the previous weekend - well done to Staffen's son, Hugo, who finished in an amazing 39.01 minutes.
 
The evening was a great occasion of like minded people coming together to share stories, chat and have a really great time 'doing good'. It is thrilling to see such an active club.
 
 
 
 
On a bright and sunny Saturday morning six Rotarians and guests joined in the Palestra 10 KM run. The conditions could not have been better and as the starting pistol sounded 1700 runners set off to show what they can do. Half way around the course and having been overtaken by what seemed like a stampede I set myself the objective that 'taking part is what really matters' and completing the race is what it is all about. The Czech nation is not only one of tennis and ice hockey players but also has running talents. The best time (alas not from our team) was 30 minutes and 14 seconds however Staffen's son Hugo finished in an amazing 39.01 minutes. A big thanks to Jiri Bavor for organising our participation and a note for your diaries - Jiri is already working on the next run: 15K on the 31st May around the Macha lake.
 
 
Rotary Club Prague International continues to grow and at last week's meeting Ales was welcomed by Vlasta as the newest member of the club. Ales has been active in the club for some time and previously made his presentation to the members who welcomed him as an active participant who has much to give whilst at the same time having fun!
 
 
Ambassador Moon and Kim Hwa Jeong,senior advisor for political affairs, of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea attended the meeting of the Rotary Club Prague International. Ambassador Moon  presented the political, economic and cultural relations between ROK and the Czech Republic underscoring each chapter with many fascinating examples of collaboration.  Prague is one of the favourite tourist destinations for Koreans with over 180,000 visiting the Czech capital every year. The history, architecture and culture are a particular attraction which make Prague a must-visit experience for citizens of ROK.
Ambassador Moon also expressed his hopes for a reunification of Korea in the not too distant future. Rotarians were most interested to hear him expand on this topic by explaining how the adoption of smart phones at an accelerated rate is giving citizens of North Korea a glimpse of the life in ROK and indeed the rest of the world. Poverty and hunger as well as a economic decay could, Ambassador Moon explained, lead to a peaceful transition by the peoples to a unified Korea. He himself has traced his ancestry to north of the divide and said that many families have members on both sides of the border which divided Korea in 1945.
Sanan thanked the Ambassador for a fascinating and insightful speech and wished him well.
 
 
 

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Members and guests thoroughly enjoyed the annual members for members dinner dance at the Malostranska Beseda Trick Bar. The 11-member Miloslav Novotny Jazz Swing Orchestra ensured that the mood was set with wonderful jazz and swing music whilst Members and Friends dresses for the occasion in 1920s style dresses and suits. A big THANK YOU has to go to Radka and Sanan who organised the evening including the fundraising raffle. The dancing continued until after midnight - definitely a sign that Members and Friends were 'having fun and doing good'.
 
We are set for our annual members for members dinner party, Saturday 14 February 2015 from 19:00 at Malostranska Beseda. The theme of this year's party will be 1920s prohibition, so ladies and gents please get your period dress ready. If you need inspiration, please do an online image search for "Boardwalk Empire".
 
Real machine guns will not be allowed, however, food and "booze" will be available in copious amounts.  The venue is the appropriately named "Trick Bar" at Malostranska Beseda, which has a capacity of about 100. The Trick Bar is comprised of 4 rooms: a sit-down bar, a dance floor with stage, and two lounges/saloons. The place looks like a "speak easy," that used to be very popular during the 1920s in the US.
 
The evening will include cold/hot buffet, unlimited beer/wine/non-alcoholic drinks, an cash bar serving spirits. Entertainment will be provided by the 11-member Miloslav Novotny Jazz Swing Orchestra. There will be a couple of surprises awaiting you.
We are set for our annual members for members dinner party, Saturday 14 February 2015 from 19:00 at Malostranska Beseda. The theme of this year's party will be 1920s prohibition, so ladies and gents please get your period dress ready. If you need inspiration, please do an online image search for "Boardwalk Empire".
 
Real machine guns will not be allowed, however, food and "booze" will be available in copious amounts.  The venue is the appropriately named "Trick Bar" at Malostranska Beseda, which has a capacity of about 100. The Trick Bar is comprised of 4 rooms: a sit-down bar, a dance floor with stage, and two lounges/saloons. The place looks like a "speak easy," that used to be very popular during the 1920s in the US.
 
The evening will include cold/hot buffet, unlimited beer/wine/non-alcoholic drinks, an cash bar serving spirits. Entertainment will be provided by the 11-member Miloslav Novotny Jazz Swing Orchestra. There will be a couple of surprises awaiting you.
We are set for our annual members for members dinner party, Saturday 14 February 2015 from 19:00 at Malostranska Beseda. The theme of this year's party will be 1920s prohibition, so ladies and gents please get your period dress ready. If you need inspiration, please do an online image search for "Boardwalk Empire".
 
Real machine guns will not be allowed, however, food and "booze" will be available in copious amounts.  The venue is the appropriately named "Trick Bar" at Malostranska Beseda, which has a capacity of about 100. The Trick Bar is comprised of 4 rooms: a sit-down bar, a dance floor with stage, and two lounges/saloons. The place looks like a "speak easy," that used to be very popular during the 1920s in the US.
 
The evening will include cold/hot buffet, unlimited beer/wine/non-alcoholic drinks, an cash bar serving spirits. Entertainment will be provided by the 11-member Miloslav Novotny Jazz Swing Orchestra. There will be a couple of surprises awaiting you.
We are set for our annual members for members dinner party, Saturday 14 February 2015 from 19:00 at Malostranska Beseda. The theme of this year's party will be 1920s prohibition, so ladies and gents please get your period dress ready. If you need inspiration, please do an online image search for "Boardwalk Empire".
 
Real machine guns will not be allowed, however, food and "booze" will be available in copious amounts.  The venue is the appropriately named "Trick Bar" at Malostranska Beseda, which has a capacity of about 100. The Trick Bar is comprised of 4 rooms: a sit-down bar, a dance floor with stage, and two lounges/saloons. The place looks like a "speak easy," that used to be very popular during the 1920s in the US.
 
The evening will include cold/hot buffet, unlimited beer/wine/non-alcoholic drinks, an cash bar serving spirits. Entertainment will be provided by the 11-member Miloslav Novotny Jazz Swing Orchestra. There will be a couple of surprises awaiting you.
 

 
22 Rotarians and friends gathered on February 5.
 
The guests included Norwegian Rotarian Sam Carsten Aase who comes to our Club whenever he travels from Norway to Prague and Zaza Tsereteli, Georgian by origin by now Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services i Tallin, Estonia.
 
The Club announcements:
 
·         Come and bring guests to Members for Members event on February 14.
 
·         Come and join other Prague Rotary Clubs for Prague Rotary Bowling Cup on February 18, from 7 to 9 pm at Radava Bowling Clubs.
 
·         Start informing Peter Smejcky / Gerry Tipple about Dragon Boats, now it is time to secure marketing and CSR budgets!
 
Our honorary member, Thomas Tietjen gave a great presentation on Alzheimer disease and its links to vascular risk factors.
 
Did you know that human body has 100 000 km vessels as the transport organ?
The layer of Endothelium as the control unit for small vessels ranges from 5 000 to 8 000 square kms?
Do you know the equation from Mr. Poiseule for flow rate and friction?
 
Well, perhaps it is high time you start doing the following to avoid your vessels ageing…
1.       Exercise. Daily. (ask Staffan for the contact to World Class Gym.)
2.       Consume antioxydants (including red wine – consult George).
3.       Eat vegetarian food (go to Mamun´s place more often).
4.       Destress…
5.       Foster social contacts (improve your RI attendance).
6.       Try physical vascular therapy (contact Thomas to lease a special mattrace for a trial period).
 
Come next time to listen to another brilliant member and excellent speaker, Roman Frkous.
 
Vesela koruna was happy to bring 1100 CZK.
 
Until next time,

Yours Club Secretary Linda Stucbartova
 

 

Dear Rotary Friends,

The month of February is full of significant events in our Rotary lives, as Rotary Clubs traditionally organise benefit balls, and other such gatherings, as a result of which they can implement their projects to help others. In February on the 23rd specifically, we remember, our 110th anniversary of the establishment of our international organisation, and this day is also the Day of International Understanding. It is also the time of rekindling of our contacts across borders, which have brought us so much Rotary fellowship and friendship. In some clubs, we have forgotten these contacts and have focused in, on ourselves, which cuts us off from friendships, as well as our ability to prepare projects together.

International Service is a focus from another angle, and that on POLIO Plus the eradication of childhood polio. Truly, we are so close to the complete eradication of this polio virus from the world, and Rotarians throughout the world are fulfilling their promise of its eradication, helped modestly by our own help.

International Service is also mirrored in our Youth Service our Youth Exchange Committee is working hard with all inbound students in our District, organising for them the best possible conditions, so that they can in the future be the carriers of understanding and peace back to their own countries. They focus too on our outbound students, who represent our two republics so well.

The month of February, is also a month, when we prepare plans for the new Rotary Year. The best place for getting information, the full background, and above all, inspiration, is PETS President Elect Training Seminar and District Training Assembly - which will take place in Olomouc on 13th 15th March 2015. I look forward to meeting the future Presidents and Secretaries, who will lead our clubs in the Rotary year 2015-2016. Please find the detailed invitation from DGE Vladimir Adamek in Appendix 8-1.

In Appendix 8-2, you will find the proposed draft Bye Laws for District 2240, which the District Legislative Committee drafted in accordance with the District Conference 2014 resolution, and is therefore here submitted for discussion at Club level. If you have any comments, please send them to the Chair of the District Legislative Committee, Dr František Vavroch: akvavroch@akvavroch.cz: by 10.3.2015, so that the proposed Bye Laws can then be put to the District Training Assembly in Olomouc for approval.

Yours in Rotary,

Jozefa Poláková, DG 2240, 2014/2015

 

 
 

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Speakers

Apr 02, 2015
Debashish Chaudhuri and Lenka Černá
Classical music and charity work
Apr 09, 2015
Jiří Heřmánek, GM, Alexion Pharmaceuticals
Alexion Pharmaceuticals – What we do, How we help
Apr 23, 2015
Amb H.E. Mr Ed Hoeks
The Netherlands and Czech Republic
 

Upcoming Events / Meetings

  • Regular Thursday Meeting
    Hotel Barceló Old Town, Celetná 588/29, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město
    Apr 02, 2015
    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Regular Thursday Meeting
    Hotel Barceló Old Town, Celetná 588/29, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město
    Apr 09, 2015
    6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Regular Thursday Meeting
    Hotel Barceló Old Town, Celetná 588/29, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město
    Apr 16, 2015
    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Regular Thursday Meeting
    Hotel Barceló Old Town, Celetná 588/29, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město
    Apr 23, 2015
    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 

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After the first cases of Ebola reached Liberia's capital, Monrovia, last June, local Rotary members feared that the city's limited health care system wouldn't be able to contain the highly infectious, often-deadly disease. Those fears were realized when infections quickly multiplied, underscoring the speed with which Ebola can spread in an urban center. It was the first time the hemorrhagic fever had threatened a major city since it erupted in West Africa last March. Now, after months of crisis-level response, and with the number of new cases declining, club members are looking to the long...
 
 
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