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 A warm welcome to you all from our Club, Rotary Club Prague International (RCPI).
RCPI is an English-speaking club based in Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic. It is a club with over 50 enthusiastic members who share common values and through various projects and initiatives support communities in Czechia and abroad. 
Our mission is to serve above self and change the world to be a better place to live and thrive. If only we changed a single life, it would be worth it!
If you are visiting Prague or living in the city or nearby, we would be very happy to welcome you to join one of our meetings or activities. Please reach out to us, so we can tell you more about Rotary and about our club, and to show you how Rotary connects the world whilst opening new opportunities. We meet on Monday evenings and you will find our upcoming meetings, activities and events detailed on these web pages.
Yours in Rotary
Radka Rajska
RCPI President 2022-2023
Our meeting location has changed temporarily to:
The Fitzgerald Prague Hotel
Vítkova 151/26
Prague 8 - Karlín
186 00

Hotel The Fitzgerald is a picturesque and modern boutique hotel, located right in the heart of Karlín, not far from the city center. Click here for a map


On Saturday, 28th of May together with our partners from Late Night Diplomacy and Lastavica, we have organized the first edition of a charity event with the aim to raise funds for the organization of the summer camp for almost 100 youngsters from homes for children without parental care from different countries in the region of Western Balkans.
Apart from our main intention to raise funds, we also wanted people to come to celebrate our first year of the Speechless Reconciliation together with other supporters.
We are delighted to announce that as part of our strategy to strive for the best possible policy of child protection in the Speechless Reconciliation project and beyond we, as a Rotary Club Prague International, have recently become members of the global organization called Keeping Children Safe. 
This organization will help us to shape and draft our child protection policies in order to achieve highest possible International Child Safeguarding Standards and while engaging with youngsters on our summer camps and other activities we do not breach any laws or regulations on child protection. 
These policies will be crucial for us in order to make sure that we can expand our project on a global scale in a safe manner. The importance of this membership for us is multiplied by the fact that one of the other members of the Keeping Children Safe organization is our partner SOS Children's Villages International.
Below you can see a detailed membership declaration and logo.
On behalf of the Speechless Reconciliation Team,
Matěj & Gerry & Tim
Our members and friends participated in our traditional annual Dawn Ride across Prague starting before sunrise of the longest day of 2021, followed by a lovely breakfast.

Important news: Rotary Dragon Boat Charity Race 2021

Important news: Rotary Dragon Boat Charity Race 2021
In light of the currently improving situation and cancellation of Covid preventive and restrictive measures, I would like to share with you good news regarding the annual Rotary Dragon boats race 
We are pleased to confirm that this year's event will be held on Sunday, September 5th 2021 at Zlute lazne!
More details to follow as they develop.
Rotary Club Prague International
Důležitá zpráva: Charitativní závod Rotary Dračích lodí 2021
S ohledem na momentálně zlepšující se situaci a postupné rušení preventivních opatření, bych se s vámi chtěl podělit o dobré zprávy, jež se týkající každoročního závodu lodí Rotary Dragon. 

S potěšením potvrzujeme, že letošní akce se bude konat v neděli 5. září 2021 ve Žlutých lázních!
Rotary Club Prague International
Great Club meeting last Monday, as we had a special Belgian Beer Tasting event. We had the opportunity to taste a variety of Belgian Beers -non available outside of Belgium- with their own unique stories, their own character and their own matching glasses, and to participate in a beer auction.
Disaster Aid Europe z.s, (DAE), a project of Rotary Club Prague International (RCPI), is focused on helping rebuild communities after disasters. Disaster Aid Europe’s goal in Beirut is to assist Lebanese Rotary & Rotaract Clubs helping in supporting the communities severely affected by the 4th August 2020 explosion in Beirut. 300,000 homes were destroyed, and many have homes with no windows and doors as well as other damage.
Following up on the success of the Kladno Hospital Easter Baking project, after reaching out to the Bc. Barbora Pittnerova from the hospital, Nina and Karin decided to repeat the Baking Project before Christmas.
Thanks to the support of our fabulous Rotarians members and friends (Jana J., Andreas, Roman, Gerry, Nelly, Alica, Mamun, Yvonne and Veronicah) as well as our wonderful non-Rotarian friends, on Saturday November 21st, 26 boxes filled with delicious cakes and dessert were delivered to the Kladno Hospital.
Many thanks to those who contributed to this wonderful project and a big THANK YOU to Karin for organisning it.
The daughter of our dear friend, Birger Husted, lost her life in tragic circumstances in Prague on Friday, 6th November, 2020. Our deepest and heartfelt sympathies go to Birger and his family.
Nina's life dream was to build a senior home with a kindergarten. When Nina’s grandmother died in Denmark, she and her sister Anna worked over the summer helping in the local retirement home. Nina was very impressed by the kindness, care, love, and opportunity for senior citizens to have a decent life in the facility and wanted to build a senior home that would operate on similar principles in their home country of Czech Republic. Unfortunately, Nina left us forever, so this dream cannot be fulfilled by her. But it can be fulfilled for her.
Nina's family together with closest friends would like to enhance and improve senior living in the Czech Republic by initiating a senior home concept whereby senior citizens will find understanding and love, where there will always be things to do and where everyone will find their place and dignity. The family are presently studying the best way to launch this concept and will share further details in the coming weeks.
Our club would like to support the family to make Nina's dream come true. This dream describes in the best way what Nina was like. It is a dream that the family want to spread as much as possible among as many people as possible.
Nina’s family have decided to start a collection in her name with our support, so that she can continue to help others. You can make a donation HERE.
A Facebook page has also been set up where updates will be posted.
For one week commencing 19 October you can once again enjoy great Indian lunches prepared by The Curry House Restaurant, voted the Best Curry in Prague. A second week of this service is planned for the week commencing 2 November.
All the proceeds from this action go towards supporting primary schooling in rural Rajasthan. We will buy equipment for the schools, school bags, exercise books and writing materials, school uniforms, hygiene kits and pay school fees for poor families.
One lunch will enable us to buy 2 school bags or two girls uniforms. Five lunches can pay for the school fees of one child for a year. All proceeds will be spent on material needs of the children and the school. There are no administration costs.
Please order your food by 18:00 pm the day before required using our on-line order form at www.indianfoodhelps.cz
Payment should be made with order by debit or credit card
Delivery will be between 11.30 – 13.30
Home Working? Have Indian food delivered to your door (Minimum order 4 meals). Since they are cooked fresh on the day you can pop what you do not eat in the freezer and enjoy it another day.
On Saturday 19th September, Rotary Club Prague International joined more than 100 groups in the city of Prague and millions of people around the world for World Cleanup Day. Ten members got together to clean Údolí Kunratického potoka (Kunratice Brook Valley), located in Prague 4.
The Disaster Aid Europe Sky Hydrant Appeal Albanian Night was a great success last Friday 28th August, with the Albanian Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Ilirian Kuka as the Guest of Honour.  We were so lucky to have our District Governor Nominee George Podzimek as our Master of Ceremonies – he was marvellous. 
We had 55 people and 4 children come to the evening – programme attached; it was a great turnout! However, we had many more donations from those who could not attend, both due to Covid and other commitments, as well as from our Club Fun Evening fund raiser Curry Night.  
The Albanian Night was a very enjoyable evening at the International Hotel in Prague 6 (outside until the rain came!) with delicious Mediterranean food, beer, wine, soft drinks ; fantastic mood music provided by a violinist and musician/singer Roberto Caporali, and Stuart provided an exhibition of the Sky Hydrant and other DA Europe information.  There was also terrific Tombola and Auction (attached prize list).  And the Ambassador with his wife stayed and enjoyed the event until 22.00. In fact most did not want to leave even at 22.30!  
Disaster Aid Europe, a project of this club (RC Prague International) raised over 100,000czk during this evening! an amazing result and so A BIG THANK YOU to all sponsors of the Auction and Tombola, and above all A BIG THANK YOU to all who either donated through a ticket purchase (700czk from each ticket sale was a donation) or sent a donation.  The proceeds of the evening were based on ticket sales (as stated before, each participant paid a ticket price which included an amount to cover the cost of the evening plus also a donation), an auction of 5 prizes and a Tombola of about 37 prizes.  The leading Auction prize, donated by RC Durres, Albania, Disaster Aid Europe’s partner in DAE’s work in Albania was 5 – 7 nights hotel stay for 2 people in either Hotel Kitarrat or Hotel Arvi, Durres, Albania and this was won by one of the DAE Trustees and member of our Club (Immediate Past President), Fernanda Escobar Illoldi! Congratulations! 
Disaster Aid Europe thanks all of you (DAE member, RCPI members, friends and family) who contributed to making the evening such an enjoyable success! 
Including other donations plus a final ‘top up’ of 248euro from our own RCPI club, Disaster Aid Europe Sky Hydrant Appeal has now achieved its target of 5,000euro! So soon the purchase of a Sky Hydrant will be made, sent from Disaster Aid Australia direct to Albania, and then Stuart Amesbury, a DAE Trustee and RCPI member will travel to Durres help the RC Durres team to install it at a University facility, hopefully in October!  
You can see the full album of pictures HERE
Thank you again everyone!!
Irena Brichter
We live in uncertain times. COVID-19 has imposed changes in our way of living as humans, citizens and professionals; as Rotarians.
We’ve had to postpone some fundraising events, celebrations, and projects scheduled for the coming months. The wonderful Dragon Boat Charity Challenge, a special activity for SKP HOPO - Azylový dům or our visit to the Prague Zoo with the children of Žatec dětský domov as examples.
As painful as this was, the members of RCPI still found ways of helping those in need.
In March, we started a fundraising campaign for ŽIVOT 90, in helping finance safety aids and supporting the Coordination Centre for Crisis Aid to the Elderly. A place where senior people can ask for help in delivering groceries, medicaments, or for a volunteer with whom they can stay in contact for their daily necessities. https://www.darujme.cz/projekt/1202809.
Presently and until April 24th, the Club is supporting ŽIVOT 90 by making-up and delivering lunches throughout Prague. Furthermore, to provide financial assistance in purchasing protective clothing and equipment for those volunteers helping seniors https://rotarypragueinternational.org/.
Only on Thursday, volunteers delivered 57 lunches.
We have had some inspired initiatives from our members, such as delivering delicious cakes to the medical staff of Kladno Hospital to help them celebrate Easter, providing used laptops to single mothers for school lessons for their children, and medical clothing to Na Homolce hospital.
While COVID-19 might have brought to a halt many aspects of our lives, it couldn´t stop Rotarians as people of action. Our weekly meetings, now online, have continued uninterrupted and on more than one occasion, we have discussed that we believe in the possible transformation this crisis can bring for both individuals and collectivities. We know the challenges ahead will remain daunting, but we are involved, we are engaged, and we are Rotarians continually on the look-out for avenues of service.
Yours in Rotary,
Fernanda Escobar Illoldi
President 2019-2020
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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