By Margaret Sheard …
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By Margaret Sheard …..
We were invited to join the Rotary Club of Kyrenia Cosmopolitan for their fortnightly meeting at the Merit Park Hotel in Karaoğlanoğlu which this time had a special guest speaker, Elena Tanou the 2017/18 Deputy District Governor.
We enjoyed a lovely buffet lunch in a special allotted area of the hotel restaurant prior to the meeting so had an opportunity of speaking socially with some of the Rotary members.
Following lunch we headed to the conference room which had been provided and the meeting commenced with Behiye Műftűzade giving a short speech and introducing those present. Various Rotary members gave their reports of their particular projects and then Elena Tanou gave her presentation with a slideshow which was entitled “Our Year Together – Rotary in Motion”. The headings were Making a Difference : Willpower : Exceptional Ideas : Know How : Networking – Local, National, Global and Elena spoke about each of these subjects.
The next topic was Membership and Elena emphasised the need to encourage youth into Cyprus Rotary in the age group 30+. There is a need to interact with Universities and a series of 5 lectures will be given to highlight the requirement to help people, through Rotary, to obtain worthwhile jobs. Also a short film is being produced to promote Rotary via TV and other media channels.
Elena then went on to the next subject which was Environmental Challenges. There is a need to plant many trees and although this has been done in the past many of the trees have not survived through lack of water etc. There is also a project to plant 5 large trees at as many schools as possible to provide shade for the children and enhance the environment.
Hotel Project – Elena told the members of her experience in Alaska where the hotel had a policy of where a room was not requested to be cleaned, a cash refund was given. This policy had an ongoing effect of conserving water and also helping the environment. Elena said she is endeavouring to introduce this in Cyprus with a sign which is attached to the hotel room door handle and displayed to show “no cleaning required”. The cash back amount would be €5. Discussions have already commenced with hotels and the Hoteliers Association.
The final subject was:
Our Achievements and Ongoing Projects
Our achievements have been:
Helping Old Age People Centre
Vakif Food to Needy Families
Fund raising committee is doing so well, we are reaching our target for our Main Project
Ongoing projects :
Food Bank for Vakif, Nicosia
Jessics Bar fund raising for Yesilyurt Special Need School, weekly bingo
Blakes – doing a monthly Quiz Night to fund raise
Blue top collection for wheelchair to Rehabilitation Centre in Nicosia
Weekly Raffle – for Forestry Project
Rotary Club of Kyrenia Cosmopolitan President Gultach Ozsan received a very nice thank you letter from DDG Elena Tanou in which she thanked the Club for their hospitality and congratulated them on the way their meetings were held in correct Rotarian format. She was also impressed with the involvement of the Club directors and the praise which was given to everyone for their efforts within the Club.
There are a lot of projects in hand and Rotary are doing such a good job of helping people, the environment and health issues throughout the world, as well as the community in their own specific locations. We are so pleased to be able to share Rotary information with our worldwide readership and will continue to do so.
This year marks 32 years since Rotary launched PolioPlus, its campaign to rid the world of polio. Since 1985 Rotary and its partners have helped reduce the number of cases from 350,000 annually to fewer than 400 in 2014, and they remain committed until the disease is eradicated.
The Rotary Club of Kyrenia Cosmopolitan held a Music Night in the Gamblers’ Inn, (Kumarcilar Han) in Nicosia on 24th August, 2017. The night was organised and based on the fund-raising project of Rotarians Terim Erdemlier and Ben Benoit with the purpose to collect donations for Yesilyurt Special Needs Education Centre where both mentally and physically disabled children of a range of ages are provided educational and social activities.
Hello Rotarians and friends of Rotary …..
It’s only a couple of months until our 1st Golf Tournament at CMC Golf Course near Lefke on Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th October. This is in aid of projects at the Yesilyurt Special Needs School and the students from the school will be having a mini golf contest on Sunday morning, then putting on a concert for us before the prize giving.
The Rotary Club of Kyrenia Cosmopolitan have had a busy year so far and they now have a new Chairman – Gultach Ozsan, who was welcomed on 7th July 2017 at a Rotarian evening at the Merit Park Hotel when the outgoing President, Malcolm Mitcheson, handed over the Chain of Office.
The new Rotary Club of Kyrenia Cosmopolitan have issued their newsletter for the first 6 months of 2017 and the members have been very busy with their various projects. We are showing below some of the wonderful achievements by this new Rotary Club and their complete newsletter can be viewed by clicking here. (This is a large document and may take a little while to download).