Rotary Club Thessaloniki Anatolia
Wish you and your families
With health, love and peace
For the B. of D.
John Tachos Freddy Gkoutziouli
Rotary is an autonomous non-governmental organization offering service with more than 1,200,000 members in more than 30,000 Rotary Clubs, in 162 countries. It consists of active members of our society (businessmen, scientists, professionals, etc.), which carry out together international humanitarian projects, encourage high ethical standards in all occupations and work towards achieving global understanding and peace.
The Rotary Club Thessaloniki Anatolia has been one of the most dynamic Rotary Clubs of Greece with Rotaract (18 to 30 years old) and Interact (14 to 18 years old) sections since the first moment of its foundation. It has even the first section for children under 14 years old to better prepare them for admission to Interact.
Although it is one of the youngest Rotary Clubs of Greece, the action is rich, complex and visionary for the future.
These actions include major speeches from distinguished speakers, numerous events of all the sections of our young people to raise awareness and inform our citizens on environmental issues, charity events for the orphanage in our city''''St. Stylianos", participation in speech and art events, with major institutions of our city, our country, and other consular authorities of our city, awards to groups and individuals with great blood offer, great sports offer, without omitting athletes with disabilities, as well as awards for exceptional clubs and people with significant social and other offer. We must not forget to mention twinning with other Rotary Clubs, tours to our friends in the Balkans, tours of archaeological sites, the nights entertainment with dances, songs and jokes and also the sailing trips in Thermaikos bay, which tend to be a tradition each September, every year.
On May 17, 2009, after a conference was held by various Rotary Clubs of the Balkans, in Grand Hotel Palace, in Thessaloniki, the first Balkan Network was founded, which was later named
Culture, Friendship, Cooperation
and sealed on Sunday, January 10, 2010 with the multiple twinning of the Rotary Clubs of Thessaloniki Anatolia-Greece, Nis "Constantine The Great"-Serbia, Blagoevgrad Centrum-Bulgaria, Tirana-Albania, Craiova-Romania and Thessaloniki West-Greece.
Purposes of this Balkan Network are:
1. The art exhibition called CUB (Culture Unites Balkans), which started in Casa Bianca, Thessaloniki and continued successively in the Synagogue of Nis, Serbia, in the American University of Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria and at last in the Gallery of the Association of Sculptors of Craiova, Romania.
2. The first seminar on Leadership YLC, with specially selected children by the twinned Rotary Clubs, the Young Ambassadors of the Balkan Network CFC, which has already been done with great success in Thessaloniki, and which will be conveyed to the other cities of the network.
3. Several common offering programs that will multiply the possibilities of each local Rotary Club with the help of large companies operating in the Balkan countries and using various EU and Rotary programs, wherever it is possible.