Hana Hynková - new member of our club
Hana Hynková was ceremoniously accepted as a new member of our club at a January meeting. She has engaged actively in the activities from the very beginning and was accepted by all members present at the meeting. The ceremony was started by Gita Cerna who brought her among us. Acting president Jana Orlikova welcomed Hana by flowers and handed over to her a club badge.
Hana, we wish you to be happy with us, we are glad to have you as our member.
Common trip to Zdar nad Sazavou
Every year we go out of Prague for a get-together. This year we have chosen for this trip and also a monthly meeting the weekend 7th till 9th June 2013 in a Moravian town Zdar nad Sazavou. The main attraction for us was not only local old castle but also famous pilgrime church of St. Jan Nepomuk on Green Mountain which had been included in 1994 among UNESCO Word heritage.
The program of our meeting was enriched by a lecture about the life and work of genius architect Jan Blazej Santini Aichl (1677 – 1723), who built not only the two mentioned objects.
The excellent accommodation in a renovated „Pension in the Chapel“ directly within the castle compound together with nice weather contributed to marvelous atmosphere. This has been proved again that such an excursion improves general atmosphere in the club. Almost 100 % participation and satisfaction with this trip is a proof of the total success of the event.
Assistance to ACORUS
Director of ACORUS – Centre for women threatened by domestic violence – Mgr. Zdena Bednarova asked us to find a solution of difficult life situation of one of their clients. Because of our club has been collaborating for several years with this centre, many our members are seeking a more permanent solution. But as we know that quick help is the most effective, we have decided immediately to send on behalf of our club 5000,- CZK, which will be increased by personal contribution of several our members.
Eliska und Zuzana met two ladies of German Penzberg who were wondering to Spanish pilgrim place Santiago de Compostella (this time they walked a short distance from Praha-Branik to Karlstejn). Both ladies are interested in continueing a dialog between our countries, also in frame Brücke-Bridges-Society (Ackermann-Gemeinde, Anti-Komplex), so that they will visit Prague this or next year again.
Opening of the exhibition TRIP TO GLASS HOLY GRAIL
September 4th 2013
The opening statement about this jubilee exhibition outlining last 20 years of J. Rybak´s art production was presented by Jana Orlikova. Jaromir Rybak, husband of a member of our club Katerina Rybakova, is an excellent glass maker, who is able to connect glass products with copper art supports but he presented himself also as a painter. Among friends and art lovers were present also members of our club (Hermina, Eliska, Jana M., Jana O., Katerina). The exhibition took place in the Diamant Gallery in Spalena St. in Prague 1.
Visit from Bayreuth
12th – 13th October 2013
Numerous group of sisters from our link SIC Bayreuth with some of their husbands visited Prague. They used our offer to visit a Jazz concert on Saturday. On sunny Sunday they walked through Prague with explanations of the guide, a member of our club, Jana Matejkova. Walking tour was not directed on traditional tourist routes but to see New Prague Town with emphasis on Art Nouveau and Cubism. We did not miss a pleasant rest for refreshment in a historical hotel in the Old Town, after a walk through former Jewish town and finally common lunch in an interesting restaurant Grosseto on Moldau river. All participants appreciated friendly atmosphere and tradition of our mutual contacts (J.Orlikova, E. Krchova, E. Kyselová, V. Volarikova).
Celebration of 10th Anniversary of the foundation of SI club Kosice
Three members of our club took part from 10th till 13th October 2013 in 10th anniversary of the foundation of Kosice SI club (Hana Hynkova, Bobi Matyasova and Lenka Stastna). The whole event was very well prepared. Also members of SI club Zilina, Bratislava, Brno, Hungarian Szeged and Polish Krakow participated. The program was officially opened by the Mayer of the city of Kosice in the historical city hall, where we signed into chronicle of the city. We had a chance to visit marvelous representative halls of the city hall. During festive dinner in the evening the successful decade of the club activities was evaluated and the post of the club prezident was festively passed over from Ing. Beata Murkova. JUDr. Maria Olsavska has become the new club prezident. During the festive dinner children from the local school, supported by SI club Kosice, presented a musical performance.
Program continued next day by the trip to Zemplin resort with the visit of wine cellar and degustation of Tokai wine. In the evening we could enjoy the opera Rigoletto by Verdi in the State theatre Kosice.
What we appreciated very much was great support of the municipality leadership to the SIC club. And also the beauty of the city which changed very much in the last period. That is why Kosice was declared European culture capital for the year 2013.
We wish to SIC Kosice many other successful projects and permanent support by the city and other institutions.
Get-together with the Mayor of Košice
Meeting with soroptimists from India
Two sympathetic members of SI clubs Nisha Ghosh from the city of Pune, in the Indian state of Maharashstra and Naina Shah from the city of Chennal, in the Indian state of Tamilnadu visited Prague on their way through Europe. Their living conditions are very different from ours, but we found a lot of common interests and experiences. It was proved again how the Soroptimist International movement connects women and that they are close to each other. We enjoyed small gifts handmade by themselves and also by women who had suffered by tsunami in 2004. New contact with distant friends was iniciated on behalf of Prague club by Irena Coufalova and Jana Matejkova.
Get-together with a glass of wine
Every year event called Get-together with a glass of wine. We donate financial profit to one of chosen supported institutions with which we cooperate for a long time. We invite people to the discussion with the special guest from the field of culture, art, science, etc. Among our guests were: actors Petr Kostka, Jana Hlavacova, Kveta Fialova, Vaclav Postranecky, Jiri Labus, Miroslav Donutil, violonist Vaclav Hudecek, cosmetic surgeon Jan Mestak, CSc., architect Zdenek Lukes, conductor Libor Pesek, chef Zdenek Pohlreich, guitarist Stepan Rak.
In November 2013 American journalist Erik Best, living in Prague, came among us.
22nd October 2013 ceremonially started to lead our club Zuzana Ilincevova. She was unable to take over the leadership from Jana Orlikova on the spot, as Jana O. could not be present due her illness. But we appreciated her contibution to the consolidation of the club already before. We also welcomed the new member of our club Eliska Kyselova with a flower. We wish she feel happy among us.
Christmas in ACORUS
As it is our tradition, we prepared for individual children, who stay with their mothers in this institution, gifts under the Christmas tree. Not only children were surprised and pleased but also their mothers, who also received nicely packed gift surprises. Mother emotionally expressed their thanks and some of them admitted that they received such gifts for the first time in their lives. It was the most rewarding for us.
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