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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. - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/5578#sthash.1dW4YODe.dpuf
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. - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/5578#sthash.1dW4YODe.dpuf
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. - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/5578#sthash.1dW4YODe.dpuf
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. - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/5578#sthash.1dW4YODe.dpuf
 
 

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

 
 
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
 
 
One of the highlights of our last meeting was the welcome to our newest member Joseph who was formally 'pinned' with the Rotary emblem at the club meeting on the 29th January by the club chairman Vlasta. Joseph has attended many club meetings and made an interesting presentation to the members in previous weeks. A rousing round of applause welcomed Joseph to Rotary.
 
In other news Gerry updated members that the arrangements for the Dragon Boat event have now been finalised and the date fixed so keep the 23rd of May free for the major fundraising event in the RCPI calender.
 
Sanan reminded members that tickets are still available for the members for members dinner which is on the 14th February. The event will be rather special with an 11 piece Jazz Swing Orchestra entertaining us throughout the evening. A night of fun, dancing, music and of course a wonderful dinner as well as all inclusive drinks. See the club website for further details.
 
 
 
 
RC Prague International has been supporting Project Klicek in conjunction with our partner club the Rotary Club of Lomma-Bjärred in Sweden. The donation of funds was turned into practical reality when crates of teaching materials arrived from Sweden just as Rotarians Gerry, Birger and Staffan visited the project and met the project director. (In the Picture from left to right: David Havelka, Staffan and Birger - Gerry behind the camera!)
Staffan updated Rotarians at this weeks meeting commenting how overwhelmed he was at the dedication and energy the teaching staff gave to the school which in turn creates a really positive learning environment for children with special needs. The shipment is one of a number which will reach the school over the next months as part of the assistance Rotary International is giving to this very worthwhile project.
 
 
In December our man in India, Gerry of Prague, had once again the honour to represent our club for the Indian Schools project. Through our successful Indian Food programme and some generous donations from members we this year raised 76,000Kč, which is the most ever and represented more than 50% of the total budget for this year's project. Other funds were raised by our partners living in Graz, the Jyoti family.
This year we principally helped a new 'primary plus' school which takes pupils from 4 until 11 years old. 165 children were given school bags, uniforms, sweaters, blankets, pens, pencils and exercise books, a water bottle, some personal hygiene products and a blanket.
For the school we bought two computers - the first the school has have ever had - rugs, benches, some sports equipment, musical instruments and we paid for whitewashing and painting the outside of the school.
We had a great high-level attendance for the presentation with the District Collector from Rajsamand, the local education minister, a gaggle of reporters and most of the families from the village. As always, the villagers and the school staff were very appreciative of our support. A little money goes a long way in these rural communities so our contribution was indeed very large.
 
 
 

Dear Rotary friends,

We have turned over to a new month and a new year, 2015, in our calendar, and I wish you and all your nearest and dearest, every good health, lots of energy, mutual understanding, happiness and a great love of life itself and of Rotary.

The month of January in our Rotary calendar is the month of Rotary Awareness. This year we remember the 110th anniversary of our international organisation. Its an opportunity for us to remind ourselves of what being a Rotarian is all about; about how Rotary is reflected in our daily lives, as we respect others, as we act according to ethical principles, and that we think in an international dimension when we help those whom we don't know.

The month of Rotary Awareness is also an opportunity to re-evaluate our club goals, as well as to think about our own engagement in Rotary. In December, clubs held their elections for their new Board for the next Rotary year and I remind you of the date 31.1.2015 by which clubs should inform Rotary International as well as our District Secretary, Oto Kovar. This administrative step, naming your new Club President and Secretary on the Rotary International database, has been actioned by only 13 clubs in the District: Zvolen, Zlín, Valtice-Břeclav, Trenčín, Telč, S.N.Ves, Prostějov, Hluboká, Beroun, Prag Bohemia, Ostrava Int., Levice, Humenné!

We’re starting the second half of our Rotarian Year and we have a number of opportunities for Rotary Awareness, as we consider who to nominate for District Governor for the Rotary year 2017-2018 the Nomination Committee request is attached. We also have a great opportunity to meet RI President Gary Huang, and that at the President’s Conference in Graz, Austria on 25.4.2015, which is being organised by Districts 1910 and 1920 – come along! The invitation and application is attached.

To strengthen our Rotary resolve, we can contribute by participating in the opera-ballet European premiere of undying love: ‚Petro e Lucia‘ – our strong rejection of war and terrorism. Further information in the attached no war!

Rotary awards also help in increasing Rotary Awareness – please consider making nominations for awards which will be distributed at the District Conference in Kosice 22- 23.5.2015 (attached)

In conclusion dear Rotary friends, I wish every day this year to be your day of Rotary Awareness.

Jozefa Poláková

 
 
 

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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.
 
All this for an entry of 1,200 Kc! More details to follow, including a formal invitation and how to book your places.
 

 
 

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