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The annual Indian Food Helps campaign starts on the 19th October 2015 and runs for two weeks.
The Curry House restaurant ,which has been voted the Best place in Prague for Indian Food, is once again preparing your lunches.  With new dishes on the menu and no delivery charges your order will make a real difference to a child's life and prospects in India.
Read more about how you can support the fund raising campaign by clicking HERE
Petr Smejcky and Gerry Tipple of RCPIIn 1938 Sir Nicholas Winton (1909 - 2015) and a small dedicated group evacuated 669 children from Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia in an operation which later became known as the Kindertransport. Sir Nicolas died peacefully at the age of 106 in 2015 and to commemorate his life the Czech Post Office issued a commemorative stamp.
Sir Nicholas lived in Maidenhead in England and as a gesture of international fellowship Rotary Club Prague International has sent a letter together with the commemorative first day cover bearing the stamp to the Rotary Club of Maidenhead where Sir Nicholas was a member.
Dear President Tony and Members of RC Maidenhead,
As a symbol of our international Rotary fellowship, we are pleased to send to you, a first day cover of a special stamp issued by the Czech Postal Service which commemorates your distinguished former member, Sir Nicholas Winton.
We know that you are aware of the extraordinarily high esteem with which Sir Nicholas is held in the Czech Republic and you should also know that he remains an inspiration to us here as well as Rotarians everywhere.
At a time when refugees are again high on the agenda, it is perhaps more appropriate than ever to remind ourselves of Sir Nicholas’s example.
You may also like to know that at our meeting on the 3rd September we toasted your club with our usual international Rotary greeting:
To all of you there, from all of us here,
In Moravian wine and good Czech beer.
From beautiful Prague, a Rotarian cheer!
Our very best wishes to all of you.
Best regards,
The speaker at the RCPI club meeting this week was Linda Kaplanova who spoke about her 2.5 year travel in Indonesia and showed a delightful slideshow - what an adventure. We  were joined by visitors from clubs from around the world as well as NGCE interns Antonina from Poland and Sharon from Taiwan. Visitors from RC Agra West India, Dr. Arun Sarabhai and his son Arjun Sarabhai who is a medical student at Charles University. The President of RC Calgary and Alfred Huber of RC Zurich-Dictikon who is doing a 24,000 km (!) bike ride from the northern tip of Norway to the bottom of South Africa… with his dog. Yes, his dog is literally running beside him. Rotary Club International - interesting people with a common goal - helping those less fortunate than ourselves.
This weekend, District 2240 hosted this year’s Rotary Youth Exchange Programme inbound students in Strecno, Slovakia for the annual orientation weekend. The district welcomes 82 students this year from all over the world. District 2240 is proud to be the most active Rotary district in the world, as we send or receive more exchange 
students per Rotarian than anywhere else. Inbound students were given the oppotyunity to meet each other and other Youth Exchange Officers (YEOs) in the district, while also learning the ins and outs of life in Czech Republic and Slovakia. YEOs, a few of whom are first-timers, attended a seminar preparing them for leading each club’s inbound students.
District Governor, Vladimir Adamek and Youth Exchange Chairperson, Jaromir Barak offered RCPI’s own Radka Rajska the role of Family Exchange Chairperson for District 2240, which she proudly accepted. Sanan Phutrakul was also offered and accepted the role of New Generations Service Exchange (NGSE) Chairperson for District 2240. Both will be working to increase the number of family exchanges and youth internships between districts. RCPI wished them and all the students in YEP a very productive year.
It was with great pride that RCPI President Petr Smejcky and Gerry Tipple and presented Vlasta Krahulcova with the certificate and lapel pin and officially named Vlasta a Paul Harris Fellow. The honour is bestowed on Rotarians in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world. Vlasta was President of RCPI in the past year and has made a tremendous contribution not only to the club in Prague but also to Rotary overall. Vlasta made a short speech thanking the members.
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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
RC Prague International

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