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Rotary District of Czech Republic & Slovakia and Rotary Club Prague International have partnered with WeForest to plant trees in Zambia. WeForest have a long track record of successful projects which not only involve planting trees but also creating a sustainable eco system to benefits the community as well as the planet.
WeForest has been operating for many years and has a successful reforestation programme in the Luanshya district of Zambia. The project is based on sustainable reforestation which includes not only planting trees but also delivering benefits for the local community so that the trees become part of the income and livelihood of the community. Our participation was prompted by Iain Riseley, RI President, who challenged all Rotary Clubs to plant one tree for every member by April 28th 2018 - we have exceeded that target already and have raised funds for over 1000 trees
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Václav Špáňa and Jitka Polanská presented the work of Amelie to members of the club at our recent meeting.
In 2005 Pavla Tichá was diagnosed with cancer and rather than giving up she realised that whilst he medical treatment was very good, the support patients require to cope with the holistic aspects of cancer were lacking. She founded Amelie, a charity which sets out to humanise the system of cancer care by providing assistance to patients and their families.
Václav and Jitka explained that the organisation relies principally on volunteers to meet and help cancer sufferers. This can be the simplest gesture such as  being the smiling person in the oncology clinic waiting room offering patients the chance to talk with a cup of tea and a biscuit. Hundreds of volunteers throughout the Czech republic give up their time to help patients. Jidka commented: 'it is a very rewarding experience not only for the patient but also for the volunteer'. Every volunteer is professionally trained to give assistance  and advice of a non-clinical nature. Whilst Amelie receives generous grants from public funds, the organisation is looking to broaden the funding base through voluntary donations from the public as well as other funding bodies.
Raising funds for and supporting good causes is the heart of what Rotary, and Rotary Club Prague International, sets out to achieve. Our members work on many different initiatives to raise funds which we proudly donate to good causes. We have started a page on our website to celebrate the charitable donations made. Take a look - there are many more to add! In 2017 alone we donated over CZK 1.2m.
At the last club meeting of the Rotary Year 2016/17 Sanan Phutrakul handed over his presidency of RCPI to Helen Noll. Helen was welcomed as the new President of our club by MD. Ilja Chocholouš, Deputy District Govenor of district 2240.
Helen spoke to the club members of her vision and strategy for the club. She spoke of inclusion and changing the demographics of the club. Paul Harris founded Rotary at the age of 36 and we need to embrace and attract younger members to the club as well as continuing to encourage more women to join and contribute to Rotary. Rotary has many values but at it's core is service, to those who really need it most and this year I will be looking to get my hands dirty in the name of service and make a difference. As the largest club in our district -  where we lead, others are sure to follow. Helen has written a letter of welcome to Members and those interested in finding out more about Rotary.
MD. Ilja Chocholouš, Deputy District Govenor of district 2240 presented Sanan Phutrakul, President of Rotary Club Prague International, with the Significant Achievement Award for the contribution to Rotary in the year 2016/16. RCPI has grown as a club, raised thousands for charity and led the way in transforming the club into an organisation where like minded people come together to do good whilst having fun. The President's citation is a recognition of the very significant achievements in different aspects of Rotary.
Four members of RCPI were awarded Paul Harris Fellowships for their contribution to the Rotary Foundation.

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 

Karin receives her Paul Harris Fellow recognition

Sanan receives his Paul Harris Fellow recognition
Andreas receives his Paul Harris Fellow recognition
Christian receives his Paul Harris Fellow recognition
In 1911, Service above Self was approved as the Rotary motto at the second convention of the National Association of Rotary Clubs of America, in Portland, Oregon. One of our members really took this to heart when, on her birthday, Linda Štucbartová asked her friends not to give her presents or flowers but to pool the money they would have spent to make a charitable donation.
This idea caught on and on this occasion Linda's husband celebrated his birthday in a similar manner. The result: a donation of CZK 15,000 which was presented through Rotary by Linda to Jeanne Bočková of the Centre for Talented Minds. Jeanne came to our recent club meeting to receive the cheque and thanked Linda and her husband for the generous donation.
The communist system brutally suppressed any elites, gifted children education and individualized approach to learning. This legacy still affects the educational system in the Czech Republic.  While there are many institutions helping with inclusion and children with special needs, the opportunities for gifted are very limited.
CTM aims to motivate talented hardworking young minds in Central Europe to excellence in education; help prepare students for admission to university studies at home and abroad and Create opportunities for the professional development of teachers and instructors.
Our Rotary Exchange students will be returning to their home countries at the end of this month. At the last club meeting the students recounted the positive experiences and friendships they have made during their stay with RCPI members and how valuable the experience has been to their lives.
RCPI has a very active student exchange programme which gives young people from our region the chance to live in another country as well as students sponsored by other clubs to experience life in the Czech Republic. If you would like to know more about the programme please contact youth@rcpi.club
Uea-angkun Rattanayan, Anusri Arulmozhi,Laura Chironi with RCPI President Sanan Phutrakul
The recent Dragon Boat Charity Challenge was a huge success and raised over 500,000 CZK for charities. A huge vote of thanks was given by members of the club to Peter Klima and the Czech Dragon Boat Association for the tremendous support without which the event would not have been possible. RCPI would also like to thank all the companies, teams and clubs who participated - you raised the funds which will change lives. Thank You.
This week Rotary Club Prague International presented the receiving charities with their donation certificates:
CZK 50,000 received by Lucie Hnojnová on behalf of  APLA Jižní Čechy, z.ú.
CZK 180,000 received by Zuzana Baudysova on behalf of Nadace Nase Dite
CZK 100,000 received by Marie Svobodová on behalf of VDV
CZK 140,000 received by Tereza Sobotova on behalf of Zivot 90
RCPI also donated CZK 40,000 to Muzy Detem
Twenty two Members and Friends met up at 3:30am this morning with their bicycles to start the annual Rotary Club Prague International dawn cycle ride. On what is nearly the longest day the possy cycled around a deserted Prague on a tour specially devised by organiser, Petr Smejcky. The tour took a route to parts of Prague which were new to many members as well as to some of the best viewpoints from where the cyclists observed the city slowly waking up.
On the return to Mala Strana, Cafe Limonade opened their doors early to welcome the hungry team. Petr organised a quiz which was enjoyed by all as they munched their way through breakfast. The event raised CZK 7000 for charity.
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