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The 2015 Charity Dragon Boat Challenge was a MASSIVE success. Over 1000 people attended the event and 28 teams competed and a record amount was donated to charity. A big THANK YOU to everyone who attended, organised and facilitated the event.
 
The weather could not have been better on the day as the starting gun fired and the dragon boats, crewed by teams made up of 17 keen and eager paddlers, made their way along the 200 m course to the finish line. Good hearted rivalry between teams ensured there was a certain competitiveness in the air however winning was not everyone's objective. Taking part and raising money for charity was the primary reason why over 1000 participants, supporters and fans gathered on Saturday morning to participate in the 6th Rotary Charity Dragon Boat Festival.
 
 
You can view the results, including precise photo finish timings by clicking HERE.
 
Pictures of the photo finish and of the day are available HERE
 
 
 
 
RCPI was privileged to have Veronika Wolf as our guest speaker. Veronika was invited by our very own Casey Holt who introduced her as the Director of one of the most beautiful, fascinating, extensive and indeed hidden gems in the city of Prague.
 
Veronika is the Director at the Lobkowicz Collection which is housed not only at the Lobkowicz Palace, Prague Castle, but also in a number of castles throughout the Czech Republic. In a delightful visual tour, Veronika took the assembled Rotarians through the treasures of the collection which go back many centuries. She spoke of the tremendous efforts to bring the collection together once again after the Velvet revolution and the task she as the Director has now to maintain, restore, catalogue, interpret and display the thousands of artifacts.
 
Rotarians were fascinated by the account of the Breugel paintings and of course the most famous Canaletto painting London: The Thames on Lord Mayor’s Day, looking towards the City and St. Paul’s Cathedral (circa 1750) which formed the visual centrepiece of the celebrations of the Exhibition in London: Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames to mark Queen Elizabeth's 60th year of reign. Veronika smiled as she told the club of her pride as she ascended the escalator at Victoria Station in London to be greeted by a massive banner proclaiming the celebrations - the backdrop - of course - the Lobkowicz Canaletto!
The club thanked Veronika for the fascinating talk and insight into the collection and the work of the Collection.
 
A great way to not only see but also support the collection is to be come a member. Membership not only allows you access to the collection but you will also be invited to special private events, viewings and concerts not normally open to the public. A must do and must see in Prague.
 
 
Helen formally joined the Rotary Club Prague International at our most recent club meeting. Joining Rotary is more than just joining a club, it is becoming a member of a world wide organisation which has the objectives:
  • FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Vlasta congratulated Helen and 'pinned' her with the famous Rotary Pin which is given to all Rotarians world Wide to signify membership of the club.Helen is the 11th member to join RCPI this year and was warmly welcome by all the members.
 
 
Dr Arnie Bieber, the Director of the Prague International School joined Rotarians, visitors and friends at our club meeting where he explained the philosophy of the school and gave his views on education in the 21st century. The emphasis is no longer on 'chalk and talk' said Arnie, todays classroom is about discovery and learning in a quite different way. Inspiring Learners for Life is the mission statement which is expanded to include: "ISP inspires learners to lead healthy, fulfilling and purposeful lives, preparing them to adapt and contribute responsibly to our changing world."
 
Pupils at the school have access not only to some of the most modern teaching facilities but also to a team of highly motivated teachers. The Club thanked Arnie for a very insightful and interesting presentation.
 
 
Košice, 3. 5. 2015

Dear Rotarian Friends,

Warm spring days are here and are connected with significant historic events, which we can easily forget during our daily multitude of tasks. We remember the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II which was the most terrible period of anguish and poison in this last century. I am glad that several Rotary clubs: RC Levice, RC Dunajská Streda and others have prepared extra meetings with a programme remembering this significant anniversary. Other clubs are remembering that we became European citizens. There is no specific theme in the Rotary calendar for this month of May, and it seems to me that it is predestined to be for remembering history, but also it is the month of love, without which none of us Rotarians can fulfil the motto of „Service above Self“. The month of May is traditionally in our District the month of Rotary organisation celebrations, when we meet at the District Conference. This next Conference is the 16th since the creation of our own D2240 in 1990. With great pleasure, I can inform you that several of our international rotarian friends will participate, amongst them will be PDG Paul Jakowitsch from Austria, György Balogh from Hungary and others. World RI President Gary Huang is sending as his representative to us, PRIR Moshe Yonay with his wife Zipora – please come to Kosice to meet them.
 
Just a few days ago, we were all touched by the destructive earthquake in Nepal and our District thought only: How can we help? I thank DGN Štěpán de Wolf who contacted the DG in Nepal, very soon after the news reached us, so that we could let all our Rotarians know how we could most effectively help. Rotarian Martin Pešat from RC Ostrava organised Shelterboxes to be sent; RC Hluboká n/Vlt - Golf, RC Praha City, RC Valtice – Břeclav (and certainly other clubs too, though I am not aware which yet) immediately paid for Shelterboxes to be sent where they are needed. We will inform you at the District Conference in Kosice of the final total of financial and other help. Only a few hours after this catastrophe, I felt the incredible strength and desire to help coming from our District – I am very proud of you all my Rotarian friends and thank you. Rotary is made up of people from a variety of professions and amongst us there is unique and conscientious Honorary Rotarian of RC Most – Stanislav Štýs. His exhibition: ‚Revived Land‘ was opened in the Theresian Wing of the Old Royal Palace at Prague Castle. It is the work of many decades, a photo documentary of the changing countryside from open cast quarries to its recultivation. The exhibition is very interesting for environmental experts who are focused on landscape recultivation, protection of the environment, water and land management, forestry, as well as fruit production – all this is happening there where active open cast mining was happening in North West Bohemia. The exhibition’s author invites all of you to a Rotary Day on 17th June 2015 at 10.00am for a guided tour, which can also be made in conjunction with an individual tour of the gardens and the Castle interior.
 
I would like very much to focus your attention on an important document – the District 2240 By Laws which were sent to all clubs for their comments and I ask that you send all relevant proposals/comments as soon as possible to Rotarian friend Frantisek Vavroch (akvavroch@akvavroch.cz – 15.5.2015) so that as the Chair of the District Legislative Committee, he can then put the final proposal forward for ratification at the District Conference 2015.
 
Dear Rotarian Friends, I look forward to meeting you at our 16th RI District 2240 Conference in Kosice 22 – 24.5.2015.
 
With very best wishes

Jozefa Poláková
 
 
 

Our Stories....

RCPI has gained a new member, in fact the 10th new member this year - welcome Martin! Martin has joined RCPI for a number of meetings and recently presented his 'story' to the club. Rotary Club Prague welcomes new members who wish to join in the activities of the club and 'have fun by doing good'.
 

 

Rotary Club Prague International is raising funds to purchase a Shelter Box which will provide a temporary home to a family in Nepal following the devastation caused by the earthquake. The boxes are packed and sent to the disaster zones by a registered charity called Shelter Box based in the UK.

Read more HERE

 

 
 

Rotary Club Prague International welcomed a new member at our weekly meeting. Vlasta, President of RCPI formally presented Jiri with his Rotary Pin and welcomed him to the club. Jiri has already been very active in the club with an attendance record spanning many months and organising participation in a 10k run in Prague.
 

 
His excellency Eduard W. M. V. Hoeks, ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands joined over 30 members of RCPI at our regular meeting at the Barcelo Hotel. The Ambassador gave a fascinating account of his work at diplomatic postings at the Embassies of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nairobi, Sofia, Moscow, Dhaka, Algiers, Ouagadougou and Jakarta. His insights and observations of culture and behaviour held the attention of the members as he continued to expand on the changing role of the Diplomat in a world where, when he started his work, a physical diplomatic bag arrived once a week by plane and has now been replaced by electronic communication where distance is no longer a barrier. He observed that new topics had joined the agenda of the Diplomat including Migration, Climate Change, Energy, Cyber Crime and latterly Ebola.
 
The club thanked Ambassador Hoeks for his not only informative but also highly entertaining speech.
 
Postsctipt: Ambassador Hoeks publishes a blog and his most recent post can be found at:
 
 

 
 

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Jun 04, 2015
Offsite club meeting @ Na Františku - No speaker
Visit to Nemocnice Na Františku followed by dinner/drinks at James Joyce Pub
Jun 11, 2015
Radka Máchová
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