Rotary Club Prague International
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Indian Food Helps! is back and will be delivering wonderful Indian lunches to offices around the city during the week commencing 17 October 2016.

All the proceeds from this action will go towards supporting primary schooling in rural Rajasthan. We will buy equipment for the schools, exercise books and writing materials, school uniforms, hygiene kits and pay school fees for poor families. We also arrange health checks and basic treatment for children and mothers.

One lunch can enable us to buy 2 exercise books or a workbook and pencil. Five lunches can pay for the school fees of one child for a year. All proceeds will be spent on the materials without deduction of any administration costs. Find out how to order HERE

Great countryside, great company, great food, great walking  and a lot of laughter. That was the formula when 9 members of RCPI joined our partner club Rotary Club Bristol Breakfast for a long weekend of walking in the Welsh countryside.
On the first day we walked part of the Wye valley way from Chepstow to the fabulous Tintern Abbey and returned along a section of Offa's Dyke.
The Black Mountains were our challenge on day two with a steep ascent however we enjoyed superb views as a reward. Of course a pub lunch was a mandatory break in the middle of the day with sampling of ales. A whole weekend in wales in October without a drop of rain - we were very lucky!
A big thank you to all our friends from Bristol who were superb hosts and organisers of a very memorable weekend.
Cars, technology, passion, innovation and a clear strategy for the future was the message from Mr Bernhard Maier, CEO of Skoda when fourty Rotarians from RCPI and RC Bohemia visited the Skoda facilities in Mlada Boleslav. Following a very kind invitation from Florian Weymar we not only toured the museum, listened to the CEO, toured the factory but also enjoyed a superb dinner in the restaurant.
It was interesting to see the dedication and focus Skoda apply to everything they do from training the staff to innovation and of course manufacturing. Mr Maier explained that because of the product and the quality, the Skoda client is one of the most brand loyal in the industry. One can see why when visiting the factory which is meticulously organised to deliver over 1000 high quality vehicles per day. Both clubs thanked Mr Maier and Florian for their tremendous hospitality and presented Mr Maier with a gift as a token of our appreciation.
Bernhard Maier, Florian Weymar
At a recent RCPI club meeting Prof. Martin Filipec presented his work with a charitable institution called Light for the World. It is a Non-govermental organization focusing on the prevention and treatment of blindness and the systemic support of people with disabilities in developing countries. He made us aware that there are 38 million blind people in the world and the most common causes of blindness in the developing world are cataract and trachoma. Cataract can be removed in a 10 minute operation and trachoma is entirely preventable. Light for the World has been operating since 1988 and has 181 projects in19 developing countries. In 2015 alone the organisation reached 1.3 million people. In Ethiopia for instance there are only 110 eye doctors caring for 100 million people so the work of Light for the World becomes a lifeline for thousands. Martin's energy, knowledge and enthusiasm gripped the room as he went on to explain the work of the organisation and the pros and cons of different aid models. His approach is a holistic one, not just eye surgery but also prevention, education and the creation of a sustainable infrastructure which has lasting impact. RCPI President Sanan thanked Martin for his speech and the club wishes him and his organisation all the best in their vital work.
A new venture for RCPI - Burgerfest!
Over a dozen Rotarians helped to make Burgerfest 2016 a weekend to remember. We created a very special burger: Pork and Apple with a variety of dressings including Mamun's super hot chilly paste. It was a runaway success with hardcore chilli fans queuing up for more. The event attracted thousands of visitors and we promoted Rotary with leaflets and of course burgers.
Our chief burger griller was our very own Casey Holt who now has at least 1000 burgers to his name!
RCPI Member Josef Simpartl organised a club visit to Sananim, a charity which works hard to help those overcoming drug addiction. Their mission statement includes the following phrase:
'We do not wish to walk indifferently away from those who have lost faith in themselves'
The facility we visited is above Prague 5: a centre which treats men and woman, with their families to get well after the effects of drug addiction. They learn skills along the way, making cheese from their own goats, growing vegetables and also run a cafe in Prague – Cafe Therapy!
For us they laid on some clay works, it was easy to see how this therapy can be helpful, it is relaxing but also consumes the mind, we were very quiet whilst concentrating on various bowls, plates and mugs.  In November RCPI will hold a major fund-raising event for Sananim, as we did last year and it is great to see and hear what work they are doing.  They success rate is around 70% of people being clean after one year and they are the only place in the Czech Republic that accepts broken families, they all need healing. The team at Sananim are caring and compassionate, it takes a special kind of person to work in this type of environment.
A welcome from RCPI President Sanan Phutrakul
Dear Members, Friends and prospective Members,,
I would like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Prague International (RCPI), based in one of the most beautiful cities in Central Europe. Founded in 1998, RCPI is the largest and only English-speaking Rotary club in District 2240, with a professionally and culturally diverse membership. Our club prides itself on the service projects we carry out year-to-year, as well as a breadth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm our club members bring with them.
This year’s theme is “Rotary Serving Humanity”, and as you can see on the following pages, that is exactly what our club does… serve people who are in need. Whether it is supporting local charities like Modrý Klíč or supplying clean water to communities in India, RCPI members are committed to service above self through a robust and entertaining schedule of activities and events that we schedule throughout the year.
My goals for the year are focused on New Generations Service with an emphasis on Rotaract and Interact club support; supporting our growing membership in both acquisition and retention; support for the Rotary Foundation centennial anniversary; and strengthening community outreach with local businesses and organizations through various activities planned throughout the year.
I am proud and honoured to represent the Rotary Club of Prague International and I wish a very warm welcome to you all.
RC Prague International

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