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This weeks meeting combined dinner, meeting friends and Rotarians with the Club Assembly. Visitors from Germany and Canada joined us as we raised our glasses to toast another Rotary club - this time to Rotary 1 - the very first Rotary Club. We also welcomed a new member to Rotary and applauded as Radka was presented with a Rotary Pin as the newest member of RC Prague International.
The weekly collection for charity has been accumulating and we sent $2000 to the Rotary Foundation to help good causes.
It's election time once again and we have two candidates for the position of Chairman of the club: Sanan and Petr S have agreed to stand for election which will be held in the coming weeks. The positions of Treasurer and Club Secretary will also be vacant in the next round and candidates are very welcome to submit their names.
Petr Smejcky gave an update on the preparations for the Dragon Boat racing which will take place on the 30th May 2015 - now is the time to enter a team!
The Indian Meals Fundraiser has gone from strength to strength the total which will be sent to India to help schoolchildren with their education is now a staggering $3200 - well done to everyone who helped and in particular to Gerry Tipple who masterminded the entire operation.
And finally... Dr Engelbert Quack, visiting form RC Heidelberg Neckar in Germany, held a short speech about the workings of his club and the town of Heidelberg with its historic University.
Good company, good food, good conversation made a great evening.
 
 
 
 

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STOP PRESS!!! - The total raised has now reached a staggering 70,000 Czech Crowns ($3200)!
 
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Please accept our huge thanks and sincere appreciation of your support for our Indian Food helps programme this year.
Thanks to you we delivered 385 lunches and raised over 25,000Kč for our primary school education project, even more than last year. The funds will be used to buy uniforms, books, mats, tuition and health checks for children in rural schools of Rajsamand, Rajasthan, India. One lunch will be enough to buy 2 text books or 3 exercise books and a pencil so the total raised by the Club this year will make a significant difference to many children's education.
 
Thank you!
 
Gerry Tipple and the Indian Food team
 
 
 
Our meeting at the Barcelo Hotel Old Town Prague was attended by over 25 members and friends. Five members of the Holbaek Inner Wheel Club Joined us, the oldest Inner Wheel club in Denmark and were very welcome.
 
Lara, our exchange student presented the club with the flag from her home club, Minden in Nevada.
Gerry updated the members and friends on the tremendous success of the fundraising effort "Indian Food Helps" where meals are delivered to offices with a significant contribution from each meal going to help Indian schoolchildren with their education. Over 50% more meals have been sold than last year!
Sanan raised the awareness of the club about a funding issue at a local hospital which is funded by the municipality of Prague 1. The situation is some wards is very difficult and Sanan is liaising with the hospital to determine if Rotary can help.
Our guest speaker was Petr Bisek who gave a fascinating account of how he has seen and seized opportunities throughout his life. Opportunities which have resulted in Petr being awarded medals of honour, meeting prime ministers and presidents, publishing a Czech language newspaper in the US and coaching a rowing team to medal success. It all really started when, under a previous regime, he threw a hand grenade 83 meters in a competition, much further than anyone else had ever thrown one.....
 

 
A great weekend was spent in Harrachov by 6 of our club Rotarians and 6 friends. Superbly organised by Petr Smejcky we enjoyed wonderful walking on Saturday and brilliant biking on Sunday. a couple managed to get some downhill skating in as well. Good food, good beer, great lodging and typical Czech hospitality made for a memorable weekend.
 

 
 

Our club earns the Presidential Citation with Distinction for our activities in the last Rotary Year. The award is given by past RI President Ron Burton and is here being presented by our past District Governor, Irena Brichta to current and immediate past Presidents Vlasta and Gerry. Prague International is the only club in the District to earn this award.

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We meet every Thursday evenings, 6.00pm at the Barcelo Old Town  Hotel and we are always happy to meet like-minded and likeable people.

 
 
 

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Speakers

Nov 06, 2014
Ing Arch. Jan Kasl
former Mayor in Prague - leader of a political movement Democrats for Prague
Nov 13, 2014
The Head Nurse
Na Frantisku Hospital, Prague 1, A story of caring
Nov 20, 2014
Annika Jagander
Swedish Ambassador to the Czech Republic
 

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