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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.

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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Diplomat in a world where, when he started his work, a physical diplomatic bag arrived once a week by plane and has now been replaced by electronic communication where distance is no longer a barrier.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:
 
 
 

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.
 
 
Dear Rotary Friends,

Following on from our spring holidays, we see and feel nature around us in all its renewed energy – this has influence on all our activities, even our Rotary activities. Two weeks ago, all future Club Presidents and Secretaries met at PETS and District Training, so that under the DGE Vladimir Adamek’s conductors baton ‚they gained inspiration and information for the new Rotary year 2015- 2016.
The month of April in our Rotary calendar is Magazine Month. As you know, it a Rotarian’s duty and right to receive a Rotarian magazine, either The Rotarian, or a regional publication like in our District, our own „ROTARY GOOD NEWS“ (RGN). Its not uninteresting that we belong to that greater proportion of the Rotary world who have their very own magazine. If you are curious about which regions or districts have their own magazine, this you can find on: Rotary World Magazine Press.

I was even more proud of our magazine, when the April information for DGs from the European Office of RI displayed a regional magazine and it was our own RGN! It is the magazine for all of us, which helps us be informed about Club activities in our District and about The Rotary Foundation; the English supplement we provide is very highly regarded by many Rotarians, publishers and other readers! Sometimes, when visiting clubs, I hear the view that our magazine gives more information from the Rotary world but less about our own club activities. The Editorial Board of RGN brings us the specific material sent from RI HQ – this is a requirement under our licence to publish a regional magazine – and in many cases, this is the only way we are informed about Rotary activities worldwide. So I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who, regularly or only sometimes, send articles to RGN and also to the Editorial Board, who has managed to make our magazine one of the best!
 
I would very much like to welcome a new club into our District, RC Ostrava City, who were chartered on 4.2.2015, and also our District’s first satellite club: Karlovy Vary Spa Satellite Club of RC Most. Welcome into our Rotary District 2240 family! We have received information that RIP Gary Huang has named his Representative to our District Conference in Kosice (22-25.5.2015), and it will be PDG Moshe Yoan from Israel. So I also remind you to register for the District Conference – see attached. Please do not miss this unique opportunity to participate in the 3rd District Conference in Kosice / the first was in 1935, second in 2009. Finally, I would like to ask all those clubs who during the winter months focused their activities on supporting the eradication of Polio – project POLIO, to send these funds as soon as possible to our
District account (name of club, plus word: POLIO), so that the District can send these contributions to RI before the end of the Rotarian Year, as is required. Please send information on your contribution also to Pawel Jurkiewicz, RC Piestany (member of District TRF team): coffeetea01@gmail.com Those of us who wish to find out more about Rotary and meet with RC President Gary Huang, still have time to register for the President’s Conference in Graz 24-25.4.2015, which is focused on the 25th anniversary of re-establishing Rotary in Central and East Europe. Arising from the resolution at the District Training Gathering in Olomouc, the District Legislative Committee will distribute and send out the D2240 Bye Law to each club for their comments, so that the final version can be agreed by the District Conference in Kosice. I wish to thank everyone, including clubs who are working together on this important document.
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
Jozefa Poláková,
 
DG RI D 2240
2014/2015
 
 
 

Our Stories....

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!
 

 
 

Rotary Club Prague International was privileged to welcome Debashish Chaudhuri and Lenka Černá as guest speakers at our weekly meeting. Debashish is a renowned conductor who was born in Calcutta, India and now lives in Prague. He has a rich European repertoire, 15 years of professional experience with various orchestras and 19 years of professional teaching experience. He inspired us with his vision that music and in particular a Philharmonic orchestra can be used to support charitable causes.

In 2006 he initiated a special annual concert under the auspices of Lions Club honoring visually handicapped people, its 8th year welcomed a top virtuoso Vaclav Hudecek. Since then Debashish, as well as his professional conducting appearances, has been conducting orchestras where teh purpose of the performance is to inspire, entertain, educate and at the same time raise funds for charitable causes. He has worked with phenomenally talented musicians and soloists some of whom are disabled. Debashish said that he was humbled by the outstanding passion of the disabled performers who used music as a medium to excel.

Debashish challenged RCPI to consider organising a charity concert and offered his services not only to conduct but also, together with his manager Lenka, to help to organise such an event.

A truly inspiring speaker who transmits energy, enthusiasm and a true 'can-do' attitude.

 

 
 
Our club meeting this week was not only a highlight of the week because of the renowned speaker Debashish Chaudhuri but also because we were joined by fellow Rotarians from Finland and Denmark. Rotary Club Farso represented Denmark and Rotary Club Esbo Alberga represented Finland. We exchanged rotary flags in the traditional style and welcomed our visitors to the meeting and dinner at teh Barcelo Hotel in Central Prague. You can read more about our guest speaker and his speech in a separate article on our web page.
 
The enthusiasm of Rotaract Prague was communicated by Ziya Aktig, their President, who encouraged Rotarians to consider asking their children and friends of children to join  Roteract to have fun and do good. The club is active in Prague and has a current project which involves collecting used books for distribution to the needy throughout the Czech Republic. Please contact Ziya Aktig regarding details of how to donate books.
 
The Dragon Boat Charity Fundraiser is proceeding with great momentum. A big thanks to Casey for organising the posters which you will find in the metro. As a little challenge to Rotarians: please send me pictures of the posters in situ - this will make a great collage fo this and future events! christian@noll.uk
 
Tombola prizes are also needed for the event - please see if you can spare suitable small (and large) donations such as bottles of wine etc.
 

 
 
 
 
 
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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