Petr Smejcky and Gerry Tipple of RCPIIn 1938 Sir Nicholas Winton (1909 - 2015) and a small dedicated group evacuated 669 children from Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia in an operation which later became known as the Kindertransport. Sir Nicolas died peacefully at the age of 106 in 2015 and to commemorate his life the Czech Post Office issued a commemorative stamp.
Sir Nicholas lived in Maidenhead in England and as a gesture of international fellowship Rotary Club Prague International has sent a letter together with the commemorative first day cover bearing the stamp to the Rotary Club of Maidenhead where Sir Nicholas was a member.
Dear President Tony and Members of RC Maidenhead,
As a symbol of our international Rotary fellowship, we are pleased to send to you, a first day cover of a special stamp issued by the Czech Postal Service which commemorates your distinguished former member, Sir Nicholas Winton. We know that you are aware of the extraordinarily high esteem with which Sir Nicholas is held in the Czech Republic and you should also know that he remains an inspiration to us here as well as Rotarians everywhere. At a time when refugees are again high on the agenda, it is perhaps more appropriate than ever to remind ourselves of Sir Nicholas’s example. You may also like to know that at our meeting on the 3rd September we toasted your club with our usual international Rotary greeting:
To all of you there, from all of us here,
In Moravian wine and good Czech beer.
From beautiful Prague, a Rotarian cheer!
Our very best wishes to all of you.
Best regards,