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Following the great success of the past years the Sananim Anniversary Gala will once again take place on the 21st October at the Zlata Praha Restaurant on the top floor of the Prague Intercontinental Hotel. Naomi is, as in previous years, organising the event with her team of helpers with the proceeds donated Sananim. The album of pictures from the spectacular event last year is available here.
For more information and tickets click HERE
Yulo Tomka mentions RCPI in his latest letter to all clubs. We have teamed up with the District in the Trees for Life initiative and all clubs in District 2240 have been invited to join us in planting trees in Zambia in association with WeForest, our NGO partner. You can read Yulo's letter by clicking on the links (English Letter) (Appendix) (Trees for Life invitation).
President RCPI 2017/18
That was the feeling of 16 children from the Zatek orphanage who enjoyed a day out at the Internationales Märchenfilm-Festival "fabulix" in Annaberg-Bucholtz thanks to Rotary Club Prague International.
Rotarians Filip Albrecht and Sanan Phutrakul organised the visit which turned out to be 'the best trip ever' as described by the children on their return.
Filip's inspiration founded the festival and he organised many special surprises for the children which started with a Czech viewing of “Korunni Princ” in the main square. They met a real life Princess and Prince (Alexandra and Georg zur Lippe) in a private reception and the Mayor, Rolf Schmidt, who presented the children each with a bag full of gifts to remember the day by.  A highlight was the the “Merchen Bergparade” followed by the closing show of the festival and as well as a tour of the Barrandov Studio museum dedicated to fairy tale costumes. For many of the children that had not only been a spectacular day but also their first excursion to to Germany adding another highlight to an already packed day.
The children had more food, ice cream and cookies than they could eat and in the end were a very very happy and tired bunch as the coach made its way back to Prague.
Rotary - making a difference to the lives of others.
Bob Boudreaux joined Rotarians and friends at our meeting this week as our guest speaker. Bob started his career in the US military, however decided that addressing audiences was more his thing and, after leaving his post as a helicopter flight instructer, took on a post as television news reporter and anchorman. After 13 years as Channel 13 news anchor, it was a chance meeting with Guy Roberts at the Huston Shakespeare festival which changed his career direction once more and Bob joined The Prague Shakespeare Company where he has continued his acting career.
"Shakespeare in English language is not a new idea." said Bob, "After the plague struck in England all theatres were closed whilst those in central Europe remained open. A number of actors traveled to Bohemia in order to make a living and brought with them English language Shakespeare".
Bob enthralled the audience with an explanation of the cadence of Shakespeare "10 beats a line - just like the human heart when spoken" and the background to a production which Bob is producing which has a very personal connection: Man of La Mancha written by Dale Wasserman. Bob told the audience that this play was the career tipping point for him from flight instructor to actor. "I saw the play whilst on a short leave from the services. It just captured me as it has captured audiences ever since. A play within a play within a play. A story of transformation which is as applicable now as it was when first written. It is all about recognising the good in others and transforming." Our very own RCPI Member, Linda, has recently published an interview with Lane Davis who start in the production.
Man of La Mancha plays from the 6th of October in Prague.
Bob is a former Rotarian and Paul Harris fellow.
Gabriela Selinger and Pavel Kholl joined our recent club meeting to present the work of SKP HOPO, Středisko křesťanské pomoci Horní Počernice, the Christian Aid Centre which provides accommodation and care for displaced families. Gabriela explained how easy it is to fall into a poverty trap and how families are often separated in the process of being placed in the social system, SKP HOPO differentiates by offering accommodation for entire families so that the family unit remains together at this crucial time of stress and change.
Over 3000 individuals have been helped by the centre since its founding in 1999, with around about 80 people in residence at any one time. The foundation has been restoring and adding to the large historic castle in Praze-Horních Počernicích which was  used as an orphanage from 1927 to 1947 and then underwent a series of ownership changes including nationalisation.
"There are many stories of people who need help due to being made homeless", said Gabriela, "some are due to a series of incidents which build up over time and result in a family loosing its home. It is out mission to assist and help through housing and other means to put these families back on their feet."
The maximum stay for a family at the foundation is one year as dictated by Czech law. Club members asked Gabriela and Pavel many questions and if you would like more information about the work of the foundation please contact Gabriela by EMAIL.
Rotary Club Prague International will once again be selling Burgers for Charity at the annual Burgerfest held at the Holesovice exhibition ground. Apart from burgers there is live entertainment which makes for a great day out sampling the best Prague has to offer. We are looking for volunteers to help cook the burgers, serve and to assist with the logistics.
The slots are:
Friday 8th September - 6pm to 9pm - Setup of stall
Saturday 9th September - 9:30 to 14 - Burger cooking and selling
Saturday 9th September - 14 to 18 - Burger cooking and selling
Saturday 9th September - 18 to 22 - Burger cooking and selling
Sunday 10th September - 10 to 14 - Burger cooking and selling
Sunday 10th September - 14 to 17 - Burger cooking and selling
Sunday 10th September - 17 to 21 - Burger cooking and selling (plus taking down stall)
Plus any other offers of help such as drivers to collect burger buns.
Volunteers please email PR@RCPI.CLUB indicating when you can help.
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 1700 trees
To find out more and join in click HERE
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