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This weeks meeting was a fun meeting at the bowling alley where RCPI Rotarians and Friends enjoyed themselves in good company and cheer. If you want to find out more about Rotary please contact us.

Dagmar visited RCPI this week and delivered a fascinating insight into the work of the The Česká spořitelna Foundation. The foundation started its work in 2002 and has a substantial capital base of 501,000,000 CZK which allows it to distribute over 17m CZK per year in three strategic areas.
  • We believe that active ageing requires an environment that is age-friendly, allowing older people stay active and independent in their homes
  • and communities.
  • We are known for our long-term engagement in prevention and treatment of substance abuse and its support to the largest organizations which effectively deal with the drug phenomenon. Programs of our partner organizations motivate drug addicts in being able to use own strengths and will for accepting professional help and treatment leading to their ultimate cure – that is to ultimate return to “normal” drug-free life, where they would work, study, live in normal partnerships and raise their children.
  • We at the Foundation realize that the biased view of people with mental handicaps needs to be removed so they can be successfully integrated into society, and therefore – through the projects we support – we want to appeal to society to open up “to those others”.
Dagmar explained the philosophy of long term support to organisations and highlighted cases where the engagement has been in place for over 20 years and thus makes a significant long term difference.
Petr Smejcky, President of RCPI, thanked Dagmar for a very insightful and interesting presentation. RCPI is looking forward to collaborating with The Česká spořitelna Foundation.
Rotary Club Prague International plans well ahead and the elections for the role of President for the Rotary Year 2017/18 took place during the past weeks. The voting was carried out electronically and the number of Members participating very high indeed. Helen Noll was elected president and will follow Sanan Phutrakul who will be President 2016/17.
The announcement was made by Gerry at the Club Meeting this week and Helen thanked the members for their confidence and said that she was looking forward to learning in the role of deputy to Sanan in the coming year.
Rotary Club Prague International has a new member. Our President, Petr Smejcky, welcomed Marcela and presented her formally with her Rotary pin. Marcela lives in Prague and has been active and working with NGOs for some years. A resounding round of applause welcomed our newest member.
RCPI met for a very special occasion this week: Gerry Tipple's Birthday, and a special one at that. Over thirty Rotarians and Friends attended a combined Christmas meal and celebration of Gerry's birthday. Gerry recounted some of the events of his early life including how his mother named me after Geraldo of  'Geraldo and his Concert Orchestra' fame, as he was on the radio that evening. "Geraldo's real name was Gerald Walcan Bright. I guess I'm lucky not be called Walcan - especially as my father's name was Wallace" said Gerry with a smile.
In line with the theme of birthdays Rotarians enjoyed the quizz based on 'can you guess who this is.... aged 4'. Some Rotarians have not changed a bit. The Barcelo served a delicious fare of roast duck, traditional dumplings as well as a variety of other courses followed by super puddings. Another quiz had Rotarians debating what are the ingredients of famous cocktails and how many Olympic medals the Czech Ice Hockey team has won.
Gerry kindly sponsored the food and wine and Members contributed  to our Indian School project with a generous 21,500 Kc with still some more to come. It's a great contribution that will ensure we send the promised 80,000 Kc (200,000 Indian Rupees) as part of our Indian Food Helps Programme that will provide a lot support to the education of poor rural children in Rajsamand.
The evening was also the one where we all wished Ben Ivory farewell as he and Maureen return to Chicago. Ben has been an active member of RCPI for a number of years whilst working on an international assignment for Graebel. Of course we never say good-bye since Rotary is a great family and we already look forward to Ben and Maureen visiting us again. Ben did offer to host RCPI Rotarians in Chicago so book your slot!
Rotary is about doing good and having fun. Our meeting was a perfect example of fun, friendship, celebration and raising funds for good causes.
A very Merry Christmas from Rotary Club Prague International!
Photography by Natalie Rajska
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A welcome from Petr Smejcky - President 2015/16
Dear Members, Friends and prospective Members,,
I am thrilled to be able to be able to greet you all in my capacity as President 2015/16 of RCPI. Our club has an outstanding reputation which is nothing other than the sum of the energy, drive and commitment which our Members and Friends have shown over the past months and years.  New members have joined us bringing a wide range of interest and talents to our club. My main focus is to give everyone a chance to participate and contribute to the club and the charities we support in whatever way they can.
If you are interested in Rotary and joining our club then come along to one of our meetings where you will see that we are a group of fun loving individuals with a common aim of "doing good and having fun". ROTARY is a great way to meet like minded people from diverse backgrounds, professions and cultures.
My motto for the year: All for one, one for all
Petr Smejcky
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