Dear Members, Friends and prospective Members,,

Hello, I am Helen Noll, the President of Prague International Rotary Club.

Let me start by telling you a bit about our club:  in Prague there are eight Rotary clubs, we are the only English speaking club, our members come from Japan, Mexico, Germany, Sweden, Bangladesh and many more countries.  Our meetings are all conducted in English and we enjoy having visitors from all over the world drop in and visit us. Prague is a popular destination.

Our club is very different from most clubs, we have a great diversity in age and we are 30% female.  In the letter from our new President, Ian Riseley from Australia is keen to point that the image of Rotary is in need of a revamp.  The greatest majority (80%) of  members are over 60, and they are men with only 20% of all Rotarians worldwide being women.  This needs to change or Rotary will not reflect the real world we live in.

This year the challenge has been set by Ian to plant a tree for every member, that is 1.2 million trees, to signify Rotaries commit to environmental issues.  Prague International will certainly rise to that challenge. 

Our club can feel proud of what it does, we raise over $22,000 by organising a Dragon Boat race with local businesses taking part.  There is the Indian lunch project which raises money to send children to school in India and we go there and hand deliver the school bags.  We have glamorous events, a Gala to support a local charity that works with families of those with addiction and so much more.

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. We need to let the mature members of the club who have been doing all the hard work for years know that they can be assured and comforted that Rotary is very active and younger members are coming along. We will make them proud by making a difference to those who need it most.  If you are interested, get in touch come along and see what this is all about.  Thank you!

Helen
President 2017/18
RC Prague International