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On 31 March, our club organized a member for member evening at Malostranska beseda. The purpose of the event was to meet members and their guests in a different setting and raise money for charity. A part of the evening was a lesson in country (line) dance taught by a professional line dance teacher. We found out that a combination and coordination of simple dance steps is not easy but can be rewarding, exhausting and fun. Some members found the steps easier to follow that others but all had a good time together. Dancing enthusiasts among ourselves continued spending time on the floor with music carefully selected by the Radio 1 DJ, while others retreated to the bar or to the buffet which sported exquisite salads and desserts from different parts of the world prepared by the members for members.
The event raised CZK 40.000 for Ictus, an organization which helps people after stroke.  The event was organized and managed by Marie Jehlickova, Ales Zidek, Andreas Fehrens and Sanan Phutrakul. Many thanks to supporting members, Selin Zeybek, Fernanda Escobar and our friends at Rotaract.
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The sun shone and hundreds of paddlers took to the water cheered on by even more supporters all to have fun and raise money for charity.
The competition was good spirited and teams competed in multiple heats to battle for the coveted trophy. The winner was team "World Class" with a final time of 51 seconds to cover the 200m course. Rotary Club Prague International would like to thank everyone who participated, supported and helped in the oragnisation of the event which has raised hundreds of thousands of crowns for good causes.
This event is not just about the dragon boat racing, although that is the most exciting part of Prague’s Dragon Day. It is also about raising money for local charities that do invaluable work in supporting and helping those in need. It’s a unique opportunity for companies and organisations to get their brand and their name attached to the great causes that are being supported and to raise their profile.  Our 2016 main charity partners are ŽIVOT 90, an organisation providing a wide range of services for senior citizens and Nadace Naše Dítě who offer much needed help and support for many children in very difficult circumstances. World Class won the cup with a time of 51 SecondsA particular vote of thanks goes to Peter Klima and the Czech Dragon Boat Association for allowing us to use their boats and set-up on the day. Without this the day would not be possible.
The full results list is available HERE
You can see more pictures of the event by clicking HERE
The screening of The Devil's Mistress was a sell out and the audience listened with interest as Filip Albrecht from Rotary Club Prague International introduced Filip Renc (Director), Ivan Hubac (Screenplay), Pavel Kríz (Hitler) and Zdenka Procházková (Lída Baarová at 80) to the audience. Their comments and remarks about the making of the film added another dimension to the enjoyment of the film.
The RCPI charity screening was the first time the international version of the film (the German-Czech version with English subtitles) has been shown in the Czech Republic. It was a real pleasure to hear actors such as Karl Markovics (Goebbles) speak in their native language.
The screening was attended by dignitaries from the Embassies of The United States, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Israel as well as film enthusiasts eager to meet the cast and enjoy this unique experience.
The event raised funds for The Rotary Foundation - a charity which has a mission to to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
Martina took time out from her busy schedule to visit RCPI and to present to our Friends and Members what it means to be a member of the European Parliament. Martina explained that the Parliament consists of 751 elected MEPs of which 21 come from the Czech Republic. Martina has been an MEP since 2014 and spends her time in Brussels, Strasbourg and of course back in her home town of Zlin.
Martina explained the purpose and objective of the European Parliament (EP), an organisation whose role is often misunderstood. The EP supervises the activities of the EU and has been in existence in its present form since 1979 as a directly elected body (for 5 year term). It represents the EU citizens and together with the Council is involved in approving EU legislation.
Martina is very active in the EP and participates in Committee on Budgetary Control (vice-chair), the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (member) and the Committee on Transport and Tourism (substitute member). Staying connected with what the citizens think and feel is a passion for Martina and she also is a great supporter of learning and training initiatives. "Entrepreneurship does not mean that each of us must start his own business." commented Martina, "Rather, it is about an overall approach to professional life, attitude at work, and the courage to try new things." With this as a backdrop, Martina has founded a number of initiatives including a student traineeship programme called "PročByNe?" - "Why not?" which gives young people a chance they would otherwise not have had.
Martina also supports a number of other initiatives including:
  • Creative industries - Parliamentary Intergroup, Zlin Creative Cluster
  • Special Olympics, Czech Republic
  • Craft days
  • Science Pairing Scheme - shadowing by Dr. Gorazd Stokin
  • Students and business missions to the European Parliament
  • Mediatrip of Czech journalists to Brussels
Martina's passion and energy were applauded by the Rotarians who thanked her for a very interesting presentation which has dispelled some myths about the EP as well as demonstrating that as an MEP, Martina is very much connected with the feelings and opinions of citizens and businesses.
Martina is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Zlin.
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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.
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Petr Smejcky
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