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Our club currently hosts three students, two girls and one boy. One of the girls is from India and the second is from Italy while the boy comes from Thailand. We have also three Czech students that are out in the world being hosted by Rotarians.
 
The students in the whole district 2240 (Czech and Slovak) just finished a two week Euro trip together and are slowly preparing for the return to their home countries. Its a tough time for the students, with separation of close friendships that they have made with the other students and the host families.  But  the good thing is that many of these friendships are for life so most of them will keep in touch and meet again. 
 
At this moment preparations (paperwork for Visa application) are going on for next school year 2017/2018, where we will be sending one Czech girl to Canada and we will be hosting one boy from US. 
 
We also have a family exchange student, a girl that will be leaving for Taiwan first part of the summer and spend the second part of the summer by hosting a Taiwanese girl here in Czech Republic.
 
At our recent club meeting Gerry Tipple awarded members with Activity Point Certificates in recognition of their participation in club activities. RCPI, as one of the most innovative clubs, has introduced a programme which awards points to members for participating in club activities. For example attending a meeting will gain a member one point. There are many other ways to be awarded points including organising events, making donations, participating in committees and many more. The more a member engages in Rotary activities the more points are awarded.
You may ask - "what does one do with points?" Each point is equivalent to $1 which is donated on behalf of the member to The Rotary Foundation. The funding for the programme is generated through the donations made at meetings held throughout the year. Once 1000 points are accumulated, the member will be eligible for a Paul Harris Fellow recognition. So, points really do mean prizes!
You can read all about the Activity Points Programme HERE
Exchange students Laura and Anusri joined 85 other Rotary International Yourh Exchange students on a tour of Europe. The Euro Tour is part of the Youth Exchange Programme where young people from another country are hosted by Rotarians and live, learn and attend school as part of a family. The programme is very active in our District and is seen as one of the most successful Youth Exchange programmes in the world.
The Euro Tour took the 85 students from Prague to Paris and on to Spain. From Barcelona they crossed by ship to Italy where they enjoyed the sights of Rome, Florence, Pompai and Venice. "The whole trip was just an amazing experience" said Laura, "we learnt so much about the history and culture of Europe as well as about ourselves - two weeks on a tour bus is a good way to get to know one another!" For Anusri the trip was the highlight of the exchange: "I had to pinch myself to check that I am not in a dream. We cried when we had to say good-bye to our fellow students and guides."
If you are interested to find out more about the Rotary International Youth Exchange Programme please contact us by email: youth@rcpi.club or click HERE
Mr. David Langwallner provoked thoughts and comments with his interesting lecture to Rotarians and Guests at our meeting this week. He used his native Ireland as an example of how economic policies can fundamentally alter the trajectory of a country. David argued: "Capitalism is being destroyed by neo liberalism" because the basic safety nets of a decent society are eroded away and thus quash the entrepreneurship of the individual to try new ventures in the knowledge that failure is a step towards success. "Small businesses are not nurtured in this system", said David as he complemented the Czech Republic for maintaining a system where the small shop and entrepreneur continued to thrive.
As society strives for more materialism, David suggested that in the future we will have to make do with less, however whilst not sacrificing quality of life. "What's wrong with being nice to each other" David  concluded, expressing values of community, collaboration and an approach where individuals care, not only about themselves but also about the society in which they live and work.

David Langwallner is Lecturer Professor at the Honourable Society of The Kings Inns in Constitutional Law (Irish Bar) and Distinguished Senior Lecturer at the Anglo American University.
 

Mr. David Langwallner will speak to us about neo liberalism and development - an unstable world.

David Langwallner is Lecturer Professor at the Honourable Society of The Kings Inns in Constitutional Law (Irish Bar) and Distinguished Senior Lecturer at the Anglo American University.

- See more at: http://rotarypragueinternational.org/event/regular-club-meeting-35/#sthash.t9nEC8aR.dpuf

Mr. David Langwallner will speak to us about neo liberalism and development - an unstable world.

David Langwallner is Lecturer Professor at the Honourable Society of The Kings Inns in Constitutional Law (Irish Bar) and Distinguished Senior Lecturer at the Anglo American University.

- See more at: http://rotarypragueinternational.org/event/regular-club-meeting-35/#sthash.t9nEC8aR.dpuf

Mr. David Langwallner will speak to us about neo liberalism and development - an unstable world.

David Langwallner is Lecturer Professor at the Honourable Society of The Kings Inns in Constitutional Law (Irish Bar) and Distinguished Senior Lecturer at the Anglo American University.

- See more at: http://rotarypragueinternational.org/event/regular-club-meeting-35/#sthash.t9nEC8aR.dpuf
27 teams entered the Rotary Charity Dragon Boat Challenge and competed in the name of charity on the Valtava river in Prague. The teams were made up from clubs, societies, organisations and companies from the Prague region including Rotary clubs. Good natured rivalry and a determination to win spurred on the paddlers whose competence and confidence increased with each heat. However it was not all about winning - the event raised substantial sums for the three charities which were selected as the beneficiaries from the 2017 event: ŽIVOT 90, an organisation providing a wide range of services for senior citizens, Nadace Naše Dítě who offer much needed help and support for many children in very difficult circumstances and Výbor dobré vůle (VDV) whose main purpose is to help disabled, abandoned and discriminated against people to integrate into society. A big THANK YOU has to also go to Peter Klima and the Czech Dragon Boat Association for their kind help and assistance without which this event would not be possible. The full results are available at: http://www.dragonboat.cz/vysledky/187/
The Mathilda foundation, a registered charity,  was founded in 2010 and its mission is to support individuals with severely impaired vision. Though an individual Member's donation RCPI was able to channel 10,000 CZK to the Foundation to help with their work assisting the blind and partially sighted in the Czech Republic. Luboš Krapka from the foundation thanked RCPI in the name of the people they help for our excellent support.
(Picture: Mathilda volunteer training guide dogs)
The stories above are only the most recent stories of what we have been getting up to. To see the full list of stories click HERE
 
 
 

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