Handover Dinner 2024 Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2024-05-21 21:00:00Z 0

Visitors from Ironbridge Rotary Club, UK

Recent visitors to our Club were Viv and Tony Moore from Ironbridge Rotary Club. In Shropshire UK. Previous residents of Cyprus, Viv was a member of Limassol Berengeria Cosmopolitan RC, and they are both friends of Carol who was pleased to welcome them.
Visitors from Ironbridge Rotary Club, UK Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2024-05-08 21:00:00Z 0

27th anninversay dinner

Our 27th Anniversary Dinner became a night of awards and surprises!
PPs Thorsten and Ian were awarded PHFs, and PPs George and Carol were awarded Sapphire PHFs.
After a wonderful meal with members and guests, thanks to the staff at The Lodge, there were speeches and presentations before the cake was cut by our longest serving member Pantelis, and our newest member and incoming President Timo.
Congratulations to those who received much deserved recognition.
We can't wait to see what next year will bring!
27th anninversay dinner 2024-04-25 21:00:00Z 0
Our 27th anniversary Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2024-04-24 21:00:00Z 0
A young violinist Giannis visits our club 2024-04-17 21:00:00Z 0

Happy Easter

Happy Easter our Rotarians and friends of Rotary 
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Charity Race Night

A big Thank You to all those who organised, attended and supported our Race Night last Thursday. It was a great event and we raised over €900 for Shelterbox.
Charity Race Night Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2024-03-27 21:00:00Z 0

Visitors from RC Lublin Centrum

On Wednesday, 28th February we met Jacek Telenga and his wife from the Rotary Club Lublin Centrum in the Capital Coast Hotel in Paphos. We discussed our clubs, projects and of course we also exchanged our banners. Hopefully we will meet soon again. 
Visitors from RC Lublin Centrum 2024-03-27 21:00:00Z 0
Charity Night Of Live Music 2024-03-16 21:00:00Z 0
Charity Race Night 2024-03-16 21:00:00Z 0

February 2024 online meeting

As many of us are travelling and are not always available for personal meetings in Paphos we offered our members and friends our monthly online meeting again. This time we welcomed Charlie from Margate, UK again. 
We will continue doing online meetings once a month again. 
February 2024 online meeting Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2024-03-03 21:00:00Z 0

Fellowship February 2024

We had a wonderful fellowship at Poppadums Indian Restaurant this week.. Delicious food, excellent company and lots of chat. We also enjoyed meeting new friends, Paul and Paula, who recently arrived in Cyprus.
Fellowship February 2024 Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2024-03-03 21:00:00Z 0
New Member moved from Bonn, Germany Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2024-02-07 21:00:00Z 0

Vasilopita 2024

Our Club's Vasilopita Dinner at Neos in Peyia. The cake was cut by PP Pantelis and the coin was found by De,Ly's. An enjoyable evening with good food and good company!
Vasilopita 2024 Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2024-01-17 22:00:00Z 0

Message from the president Christmas 2023

Dear friends, fellow Rotarians,
we've had a successful year raising funds for our charities, In particular our main project of the year, the shelter boxes, which undoubtedly will benefit numerous people suffering disasters around the world, I thank you for your effort, support and hard work though out the year .                                                 
My wife Sheila and I would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New year,
Dr Reda Youssef,
Club president 
Message from the president Christmas 2023 Reda Youssef 2023-12-15 22:00:00Z 0

Christmas Dinner 2023

On Thursday the club members with friends and family enjoyed the annual Christmas dinner at Palia Ilektriki. The food was wonderful and we enjoyed great service form their team again. A big thanks to all our supporters. We all wish you a very Merry Christmas and a fantastic 2024.
Christmas Dinner 2023 Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2023-12-13 22:00:00Z 0

Giannis - a young violinist from Paphos

At our last meeting we welcomed a return visit from Giannis Christodoulides, the young violinist who was sponsored by our Club to attend the European Youth Orchestra Academy in Mannheim, Germany. As the only Cypriot representative, Giannis spoke about his wonderful experience and then played some Mozart for us. He hopes to return to Mannheim next year and I am sure we will be pleased to sponsor him again.
Giannis - a young violinist from Paphos Carol Heads 2023-11-29 22:00:00Z 0

Shelterbox Event at Tsangarides Winery

Sunday we had our first event to raise funds for our Shelterbox Project. Despite the atrocious weather, we had a great afternoon at Tsangarides Winery and raised over €700. Thanks to our visitors for their support, especially DDG Tastan Altuner who came all the way from Kyrenia, our AG Snezana Cvetkovic and Jelena, President of Limassol Berengaria with some of her members. The Christmas Hamper raffle was won by a delighted Steve who couldn't wait to take it home and enjoy the contents! Finally a very special "Thank You" to our host and supporter Angelos Tsangarides who made our event possible.
Shelterbox Event at Tsangarides Winery 2023-11-25 22:00:00Z 0
Talented young violinist from Paphos Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2023-11-22 22:00:00Z 0
'Shelterbox Lunch' 2023-11-16 22:00:00Z 0

September Fellowship 2023

Rotarian Anke opened her house and garden for our September fellowship. It was a full house with our Rotarians, friends and neighbors, kids and dogs. A big thanks also to Andrew who was in charge of the souvla and did a marvelous job. Thanks Anke for a fantastic evening.
September Fellowship 2023 Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2023-10-05 21:00:00Z 0

Remember why going to our meetings is part of being a Rotarian 

Attendance at meetings is considered important for Rotary members for several reasons, reflecting the organization's values, principles, and the effectiveness of its service-oriented objectives.
Here are some key reasons:
  • Fellowship and Networking:
Rotary places a strong emphasis on fellowship and building relationships among its members. Regular attendance at meetings provides members with the opportunity to connect with each other, fostering a sense of camaraderie and friendship.
  • Information Sharing:
Meetings serve as a platform for members to share information about Rotary projects, initiatives, and community activities. This ensures that all members are well-informed about the organization's ongoing efforts and can contribute effectively.
  • Organizational Updates:
Rotary is an international organization with various levels and committees. Meetings provide a forum for disseminating updates on district and global Rotary activities, as well as information about changes in leadership, policies, and procedures
  • Service Planning and Coordination:
Attendance is crucial for planning and coordinating community service projects. Members need to be present to discuss and organize upcoming events, allocate responsibilities, and ensure the smooth execution of initiatives.
  • Professional Development:
Rotary meetings often include presentations or talks on relevant topics, contributing to the professional development of its members. Exposure to diverse ideas and discussions can broaden members' perspectives and enhance their knowledge.
  • Rotary's Four-Way Test:
Rotary adheres to the Four-Way Test, a set of ethical guidelines that members use in both their personal and professional lives. Regular attendance reflects a commitment to the principles of truth, fairness, goodwill, and beneficial outcomes
  • Building Trust and Accountability:
Consistent attendance demonstrates commitment and accountability, building trust among members. Trust is essential for effective collaboration and the successful implementation of Rotary's humanitarian and community service projects.
  • Inspirational and Motivational:
Rotary meetings often feature speakers who share inspirational stories or insights. Regular attendance provides members with the opportunity to be motivated and inspired, reinforcing their commitment to Rotary's mission.
  • Leadership Opportunities:
Active participation in meetings is often a precursor to leadership roles within Rotary. Members who attend regularly are more likely to be considered for leadership positions where they can contribute more significantly to the organization's objectives.
  • Fun and Enjoyment:
Rotary values the idea of having fun while serving the community. Meetings are designed to be enjoyable and uplifting, creating a positive atmosphere that encourages members to actively engage in Rotary activities.
While attendance is encouraged, Rotary recognizes that members have other commitments, and flexibility is often given to accommodate busy schedules. The emphasis is on active participation and a genuine commitment to Rotary's mission of service above self.
Remember why going to our meetings is part of being a Rotarian Thorsten Quakernack 2023-10-05 21:00:00Z 0
Welcome October Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2023-10-05 21:00:00Z 0

First Meeting After the Summer Break

After our summer break we met in the Anemi Hotel and it was great to see all our members again. We also welcomed Jane Vice-Long with her husband from the Bury Abbey Rotary Club in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK.
First Meeting After the Summer Break 2023-09-06 21:00:00Z 0

Our talented Violinist Giannis

At our final meeting before the summer break, we were delighted to welcome Giannis Christodoulides and his father Savvas. Giannis is 17 years old and a very talented violinist who attends the Paphos Music School and also was awarded a Scholarship to study advanced technique at the Nicosia University.
Giannis auditioned, and was accepted to participate in a European Youth Orchestra Academy organised by the Rotary Club of Mannheim-Rhein-Neckar as a RYLA Project. He is the only Cypriot to be accepted with students from all over Europe.
We are so impressed by this talented young man and unanimously agreed to sponsor him. He will come back later in the year to tell us about his experiences in Germany and also to play for us. Well done Giannis, I am sure you will make Paphos (and Cyprus) proud of you!
Our talented Violinist Giannis Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2023-07-23 21:00:00Z 0

Handover Dinner in the Lodge

After 2 years being president out our club Juergen Krekeler handed over to our new president Reda Youssef. A big thanks to Juergen for all his work he has done with his team.
Congratulations to Reda and we wish him a successful year. It was great to see so many Rotarian friends from several other clubs as well as many supporters of our club. Big thanks also to the team at THE LODGE who looked after us. We all had a fantastic evening and looking forward to the new Rotary year.
Handover Dinner in the Lodge Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2023-06-30 21:00:00Z 0

Charity Raffle April 2023

Two of our members attended a recent event where we were allowed to have a charity raffle. A lovely lady called Gail won the huge food hamper, which she said she would share with her friends, and €235 was raised for the Friend's Hospice. Thank you to our Club members for their donations.
Charity Raffle April 2023 Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2023-04-25 21:00:00Z 0

Polio and Rotary

Polio – what does that word mean to you? To some of us, those of a somewhat more advanced age, it will likely conjour up mental pictures of children walking with calipers and patients confined to an iron lung. To younger people polio may mean little or nothing. Polio was a fearsome and much feared disease which particularly affected children, a disease eliminated from Britain (and Cyprus) and most of the world.
This remarkable feat was achieved thanks to almost universal vaccination (the first vaccine came out in 1953 and earned its inventor, Jonas Salk, a Nobel prize and the gratitude of millions). Despite cynicism about covid vaccines it has to be acknowledged that vaccines have transformed disease control and in the case of polio made its complete eradication possible.
In1988 the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was founded and since then polio cases have been reduced by 99.9%.Rotary International has been a part of the Initiative since its inception and Rotary Clubs have contributed the staggering sum of $2.1 billion. Many Rotary volunteers have participated in mass vaccination programmes across the world.
Now polio is only endemic in 2 countries – Pakistan and Afghanistan ( and Pakistan is well on the way to being polio free). It is tempting to think of polio as ‘their problem’ and that we need do no more. But until polio is eradicated- until it ceases to exist anywhere – we cannot rest. Traces of polio virus were found in London water last year and, because polio is no long the feared spectre it was, vaccination rates have dropped, leaving people vulnerable.
Every Rotary Club in the world – all 14,000 – in Cyprus, UK Germany, Russia ,Pakistan among many in virtually every country – is pledged to continuing the fight against polio until it is completely eradicated.
Rotary Clubs see defeating polio as ‘our fight’. We in Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club regularly send funds to buy vaccine ans support its use. Indeed, every time we have a guest speaker we donate 100 euros in their name.
So, when you see one of our members collecting for the End Polio Now campaign, please give generously. Help us to make this only the second disease to be wiped off the earth. We are so close to winning but inevitably the last round takes the greatest effort.
Quiz question: What is the only disease that has been completely eradicated?
Polio and Rotary Ian Graves 2023-04-06 21:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Paphos Aphrodite ABC

Rotary Club of Paphos Aphrodite ABC
A is for American University of Beirut
As most readers will be aware the prestigious American University of Beirut is opening an off shoot in Paphos, building next to AlphaMega in Kato Paphos.
We entertained the Rector of the University, who gave a good sized audience a talk on the plans they have. In brief they start taking in students in September and are planning to expand at around 200 students per year until they reach their target of 2000. Students will come from all over the Eastern Mediterranean area as well as from countries such as the US, UK and Germany.
 This is a great coup for Paphos, which was selected ahead of the UAE. Thu University, a long established charitable institution, will provide jobs and income for the city.
B is for bees
A second guest at our club was Dr Manfred Lange who is a leader of Rotary Cyprus’s Pollinator project. He explained the pressing need to encourage pollinating insects including, though not exclusively, bees. Rotary Clubs across the island are working with communities to establish areas that attract pollinators and to educate the public on the need.
This was a very informative presentation (worrying in places , when talking about global warming) and inspired our club members to take forward our own plans to develop pollinator gardens.
C is for Concert
Our Rotary Club is not all about serious things. We like to have fun, too. And to raise money for charity. So we are planning our fourth Rock Concert, which will take place in Tala Arena in June. A great night is guaranteed and we hope to raise more than the €3000 from last year. Keep an eye on Facebook and this publication for date, tickets etc.
If any of this interests you and you would like to help us and attend events, either as a full member or as a supporter we would love to hear from you. Give me a ring on 96418623 or mail me at ian.graves@mac.com. You will receive a warm welcome to our club and the fascinating and worthwhile world of Rotary.
Rotary Club of Paphos Aphrodite ABC Ian Graves 2023-04-02 21:00:00Z 0

Pollinator Garden at the Learning Refuge in Paphos

Rotarians at work! A start to prepare the ground for our Pollinator Garden at the Learning Refuge in Paphos. This centre provides support and assistance to refugee and asylum seeker families and also the underage young people who are currently housed in the New York Plaza apartments. As you can see we had two mini Rotarians to help us as well as two young Afghan boys. It was hard work, so well done! Updates on the progress of the garden will follow.
Pollinator Garden at the Learning Refuge in Paphos Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2023-03-24 22:00:00Z 0

Pollinator Project

Our guest speaker in March was Dr. Manfred Lange who spoke about the idea of Pollinator Gardens and explained how they benefit our environment. We had many ideas, good questions and interesting discussions.
Pollinator Project Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2023-03-22 22:00:00Z 0
Online Auction Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2023-03-21 22:00:00Z 0
Speaker Event March 2023 Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2023-03-04 22:00:00Z 0

Rotary in March 

Today is pretty grim – hail, rain, wind! Winter is here. But thankfully by the time you read this we will be looking forward to spring.
Spring is the time for action and Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club is already springing (forgive the pun) into action. We have been planning our programme of events and fundraising so I am writing at more length than usual (editors willing) because without you and your support we can not achieve our aims.
So firstly, what are our aims? One is to bring people together in common cause because as we all know people working together can achieve far more than on their own. Those causes and aims are to improve the lives of others, whether by education or our efforts or by raising funds for others. We are planning to work in all those ways.
Education: A major push by Rotary across Cyprus is to encourage people to understand the necessity for assisting pollinators, such as bees (though many other insects pollinate also). We are helping to create pollinator gardens at the Learning Refuge, Hope Farm and our own little patch in Mesa Chorio. Pollinator Gardens are really simple- essentially they are just areas within a garden or open space filled with plants that attract bees and insects. If you are interested in the pollinator project look at http://rotary-cyprus.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/ROTARY-Cyprus-pollinatorProject Flyer eng.pdf
By our own efforts: You may have noticed that there is quite a lot of rubbish by the roads and streets of Paphos. On March 18th Rotarians will take part in a clean up operation on Europis Avenue (ERA to the triangle) which we hope will be the first of many such events. Of course the help of others would be much appreciated so if you think a tidy town is important come and join us – keep an eye on Facebook.
Raising Funds
For three years now we have put on a rock concert in the summer and we will be doing the same this year. It will be in Tala Amphitheatre and will feature two acts. If it is as good as previous years there will be much fun and dancing. Proceeds go to our charities. Keep your eyes out for publicity and please join us.
We are also planning to put on other events and to run raffles at other music events.
And lastly – did you know that there was a Rotary Square in Paphos and have you been there? It is a little hidden, just off Kennedy Square with entrances from Kiniras Hotel and Palia Elektriki. Although it bears our name it has not been used for much – so far. We have plans to put on a number of events there, starting with a craft market in late spring/early summer. So find out where it is and come along.
Just typing about the programme we have has worn me out but we are excited as well. If you feel that you would like to get involved in any way , either by joining our club or just coming along to help you can contact me at ian.graves@mac.com.
The motto of Rotary is Service Above Self and we do our best to live up to it.
Ian Graves
Vice President
Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club
Rotary in March Ian Graves 2023-03-01 22:00:00Z 0

Speaker Event February 2023

Our speaker in February was Dr. Wassim El-Hajj, the Rector of the new American University of Beirut Mediterraneo. We had many guests at our meeting who were interested in hearing about the history of the AUB and the development of the new campus in Paphos.
Speaker Event February 2023 Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2023-02-22 22:00:00Z 0

February 2023 Fellowship 

Several of our members enjoyed a great fellowship evening at Agora Restaurant.
It was a pleasure to have DDG Emilios Tannousis and his wife as our guests.
February 2023 Fellowship Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2023-02-15 22:00:00Z 0

The new American University of Beirut – Mediterraneo will share the vision of the new university due to open in Paphos

Greetings from Paphos-Aphrodite Rotary Club
We would like to extend an invitation to attend a presentation where the Rector of the American University of Beirut – Mediterraneo will share the vision of the new university due to open in Paphos with its first student intake in September 2023.
Details are as follows:
Location: Anemi Hotel – Paphos - https://anemihotel.com/
Date: Thursday 23rd February Time: 20h00
Guest Speaker: Dr. Wassim El-Hajj-Rector of the American University of Beirut – Mediterraneo.
RSVP: As space is limited, please RSVP by Monday 19 February to Rob Ullrich on either Mobile No:. 95767714 or email: robtradeup@gmail.com
Brief Bio of Dr. Wassim El-HAjj
Wassim El-Hajj is tenured Professor of Computer Science at the American University of Beirut (AUB).
He received his BS degree from AUB in 2000, and the MS and Ph.D. degrees in 2002 and 2006, respectively, from Western Michigan University (WMU), all in Computer Science.
Right after his graduation, he joined the Information Security department at UAE University as an assistant professor. He then joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at AUB as a visiting professor and then joined the Computer Science department as a full-time faculty member in 2011.
In 2013, he was elected to Chair the department of Computer Science and served for two terms until 2019. He was promoted to Associate Professor in June 2014, and to Professor in June 2021.
In 2019, he was appointed as the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at AUB leading the eLearning and entrepreneurship strategies, and attending to student concerns.
In September 2021, he was appointed as the Executive Director of the American University of Beirut – Mediterraneo project, AUB’s first ever twin campus abroad, leading on and participating in all the project aspects including strategic planning, local and US accreditation, legal agreements, HR matters, communications, finance, procurement, and housing.
In January 2023, he was apppinted as the Rector of the American University of Beirut – Mediterraneo.
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting
The new American University of Beirut – Mediterraneo will share the vision of the new university due to open in Paphos Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2023-02-09 22:00:00Z 0

Vasilopita 2023

Frist Meeting in January 2023, Vice President Ian cut the Vasilopita cake at Hazelli Taverna in Tala. He won the coin, but passed the gift of wine to PP George. Lovely food and a cosy evening by the fire.
Vasilopita 2023 Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2023-01-18 22:00:00Z 0

Gluehwein Event December 2022

A fantastic day at our annual Gluehwein Event on Kennedy Square today. We have been very busy selling Gluehwein and sausages to our friends and visitors. Thanks to everyone who supported us to raise money for all the causes we are supporting. We are very tiered but happy and in the Christmas mood. We had fun and enjoyed Paphos during this festive season even more. Merry Christmas and a good 2023.
Gluehwein Event December 2022 Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-12-10 22:00:00Z 0

Gluehwein at Kennedy Square

Our Rotarians will be back in Kennedy Square this coming weekend to serve you our delicious gluhwein and hot sausages. Please come and join us, have a chat and spread some Christmas Cheer!
Gluehwein at Kennedy Square Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-12-03 22:00:00Z 0

Jennifer Jones, president of Rotary International talks to in-cyprus about the organisation’s humanitarian work

Jennifer Jones, the first woman to become president of Rotary International, visited Cyprus to take part in the International Rotary Institute conference, held in Limassol between November 9-13.
During the conference, which took place for the first time in Cyprus, Rotary officials from 40 countries gathered to discuss pressing issues such as disease prevention, education, the climate crisis, and social inclusion, as well as Rotary’s role in tackling them.
During her time in Cyprus, Ms Jones and other Rotary delegates, both local and foreign, visited the village of Ora which was devasted by a wildfire in July 2021 to see how Rotary contributed to its rebuilding.
Moreover, the Rotary president saw the ground-breaking work of the Karaiskakio Foundation, which recently received 40,000 dollars worth of equipment for its Children’s Cancer Diagnostic Laboratory, by the Rotary Clubs of Cyprus who collaborated with other Rotary clubs abroad to raise the amount.
In an interview with in-cyprus, Ms Jones talks about Rotary’s contribution to global humanitarian efforts and the role that storytelling can play in charity.
She stresses that she is focused on building new relationships with organisations around the globe that share Rotary’s vision of humanitarian service, while being committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Jennifer Jones, president of Rotary International talks to in-cyprus about the organisation’s humanitarian work In-Cyprus 2022-11-29 22:00:00Z 0

November Fellowship

Last Thursday we had a Fellowship evening at Melitzia Taverna in Tala with partners and friends. A wonderful Meze was served while we planned our Gluhwein event.
November Fellowship Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-11-23 22:00:00Z 0

Rotarians from 40 countries gather in Cyprus to welcome president of Rotary International


For the first time in Cyprus Rotary History, the Zone 21 Institute will be held in Limassol Cyprus between the 9th and 13th of November 2022, thanks to the efforts of Past Rotary International Director Katerina Kotsali Papademetriou and Past District Governor Christina Covotsou-Patroclou. The opening ceremony is on the 10th of November at the Carob Mill whilst the main sessions of the conference are at the Elias Beach Hotel.

It is considered a great honour for a country to be selected as the host of the Institute and particularly to host the Rotary International President at this event. It puts Cyprus Rotary and Cyprus as a destination, in the limelight of Rotary throughout the world.

Rotary dignitaries from 40 countries which include many European countries and some from the Middle East and Africa have already booked their participation.

The full programme of the institute can be found on the www.limassolinstitute2022.org  website. The delegates will be addressing crucial and current issues such as Disease prevention, basic education, the environment, girl empowerment, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, development of partnerships. The Institute also serves as a forum for networking opportunities, exchanging ideas and updates on the developments, initiatives, and priorities of Rotary International from global and regional perspectives.

President of Rotary International Jennifer Jones, the first woman to be elected in this post, will be participating in the Institute. President Jones is a charismatic and inspiring leader and a seasoned Rotarian, who has served in multiple key roles in Rotary International and the highly acclaimed Rotary Foundation

During her one-year term as President, Jones is focussing on building new relationships and establishing collaborations with organizations that share Rotary’s commitment to driving impact through humanitarian service and to developing leaders around the globe. She has also made Rotary’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion a key part of her presidential platform.

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.4 million members of more than 46,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping those in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

For more information, visit Rotary.org

Since World War II Rotary’s Charity Foundation has sponsored more than $4 billion in projects worldwide, it puts to use approximately 47 million volunteer hours of service each year, serving humanity.

Nearer home, Cyprus Rotary is among the very few organisations that operate across the dividing line of our country. Rotarians from all the communities of Cyprus proudly work together in harmony to serve humanity.

Cypriot Rotary Clubs (RCs) have over the years been instrumental in delivering many projects to meet community needs. The flagship project is the recent purchase of equipment for the Childhood Cancer Diagnostic Centre at the Karaiskakio Foundation

This state-of-the-art laboratory, the cost of which was to the tune of $400.000, determines the type of cancer in children and young adults and recommends a treatment that minimises collateral damage due to cancer treatment.

The Karaiskakio Foundation offers its services free of charge to all Cypriot communities, without any discrimination on grounds of religion or ethnicity.

In response to the Covid 19 pandemic, Cyprus Rotary clubs donated in 2020, 4 ICU beds to the Nicosia hospital valued at $108.000 and medical equipment to the Kyrenia hospital valued at $45.000.

Among International personas who served as Rotarians are Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, John F Kennedy, Neil Armstrong, Guglielmo Marconi, Thomas Edison, Walt Disney, and Pope Francis is an active Rotary supporter.

Rotarians from 40 countries gather in Cyprus to welcome president of Rotary International In-Cyprus Philenews 2022-11-03 22:00:00Z 0

Rotarians meeting DG in Limassol

A small group of our members travelled to Limassol to meet George Azar, our District Governor. At the dinner it was good to catch up with some of our fellow Rotarians from the Limassol Clubs
Rotarians meeting DG in Limassol Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-11-02 22:00:00Z 0

September Speaker Event

Our speaker in September was Mary Beth Trotter, Assistant Director at the Episkopi(Paphos) Environmental Centre. She explained what the centre had to offer and also about the beautiful nature in the Ezousa Valley. We were then treated to some fresh carob flavoured soutzouko, a cup of herb infused zivania and then our hands were soft and perfumed with cream made with geranium and patchouli, all from the village.
We hope to arrange a visit soon.
September Speaker Event Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-09-28 21:00:00Z 0

September Fellowship

At our September fellowship we met with friends, family, members and other Rotarians for our September fellowship at Gabriel’s Tavern in Kouklia. Nice food and great entertainment.
September Fellowship Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-09-28 21:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Zone 21 Institute

2022 Zone 21 Rotary Institute will take place in Limassol from 7 to 13 November.
The purpose of a Rotary International Institutes are to :
* Inform accurately current and past Rotary International (RI) officers about the
policies and programs of RI , including those of its Foundation .
* Promote support for these policies and program while also soliciting suggestions
for imporvements and innovations . Inform the RI Board of successful program
developments at the Zone level which the RI Board may want to consider for
further development .
* Inspire , Motivate and inform Governors about leadership .
* Provide a forum for learning , discussion and inspiration , which will engineer
fellowship and a team spirit among the participants .
* Governor Elect Training Seminar (GETS) is mandatory for all incoming Governors.
* Governor Elect Spouses Seminar is for all spouses of incoming Governors
Rotary International Zone 21 Institute Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-09-13 21:00:00Z 0

Annual Charity Concert in Tala

We think everyone who attended our Charity Concert had a great time.
Thanks to some superb music from Ronn van Etten, New Rules Duo and Marios Danos and the Dizzy Bees.
The Friend's Hospice and the Margarita Liasidou Foundation will benefit from the funds raised. Thanks must also go to our generous sponsors for their support.
Hope to see you all next year!
Thanks for your support :-)
Annual Charity Concert in Tala Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-07-29 21:00:00Z 0

Visitors from Bonn - Germany 

Last night at our meeting we welcomed Rtn. Timo Trog and his wife from Germany. His club's banner was presented to President Juergen
Visitors from Bonn - Germany Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-07-14 21:00:00Z 0
Happy New Rotary Year 2022 2023 Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-06-30 21:00:00Z 0

Change over fellowship 

Congratulations to our new and old president Juergen Krekeler who will serve the club with his team for another year. We therefore had only a nice fellowship and not a big handover event. Great evening and a big thanks to the team at the Acropolis Tavern.
Change over fellowship Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-06-29 21:00:00Z 0

Honey & Beekeeping Festival of Odou

On Sunday, 26th June 2022, during the 4th Honey & Beekeeping Festival of Odou, the Official Opening of the "Bee Life" "Μέλισσα Ζωή" Queen Bee Artificial Insemination Center and Honey Quality Control Laboratory took place. DDG Peter Ashdjian gave an opening speech giving insight on the conception of the idea one year ago by Cyprus Rotary Clubs and the Bank of Cyprus. He noted the valuable contribution that the Center will bring in cooperation with government and local Officials and thanked all parties for their help to make the "Bee Life" Center a reality, with special mentions for Ora's Community Leader, Mr. Menelaos Philippou, the president of Troodos Network, the president of the Cyprus Beekeepers Association Παγκύπριος Σύνδεσμος Μελισσοκόμων - Κέντρο Μελισσοκομίας Κύπρου and all Rotarians involved.
The Center is a collaboration of the Rotary clubs of Cyprus with the Bank of Cyprus that will offer a new dynamic in bee reproduction, restoration of the lost bee hives, protection of the native Cypriot bee and improvement in the quality of Cypriot honey.
Honey & Beekeeping Festival of Odou Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-06-25 21:00:00Z 0
Charity Concert   30th July 2022 at 7 pm Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-06-16 21:00:00Z 0
25th Anniversary Party Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-05-27 21:00:00Z 0

Juergens May Greeting 

Dear fellow Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club members
25 years ago -on April 25th, 1997 to be precise - our Rotary Club was founded in Paphos, Cyprus. Since then the members of the club are serving our community, people in need and many institutions and organisations. I want to thank all of you for your voluntary service for so many years.
Such an anniversary well deserves a celebration. On May 28th, 2022 we will celebrate then 25 years of Paphos Aphrodite Rotary club in Anemi Hotel (see invitation below). I hope I can welcome many of our members with their families and friends.
Looking forward to seeing you
Yours in Rotary
Juergen Krekeler 
Juergens May Greeting Juergen Krekeler 2022-04-30 21:00:00Z 0
April Fellowship Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-04-27 21:00:00Z 0
25th Anniversary Party Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-04-26 21:00:00Z 0
25th anniversary Charter day Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-04-24 21:00:00Z 0

What does Rotary means to you ? - Thorsten 

So what is Rotary?
I’m sure if you’re a Rotarian you have been asked, “What is Rotary”?
If you’re one of our guests  and told someone you were going to a Rotary meeting today, you may have been asked , “what is  Rotary”?
My 18 year old godson asked me that question a few months ago.  He said, Thorsten, “What is Rotary” ?
Now I can say, “Rotary is an international service club of 1.4 million business and professional men and women who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build good will and peace in the world”.  But that really doesn’t say what Rotary is!
Rotary may be and is:
  • Taking 2 hours out of your day to attending a regular meeting with 10 to 20 men and women from different walks of life, turning off your phone, enjoying stimulating conversation and hearing a great speaker like we had last Thursday about mental health issues with Derek
  • Getting up early on a cold crisp November morning to help with a fundraising for needy families at Papantoniou supermarket in Chlorakas.
  • Setting up and helping at the Gluehwein Stall with Julia and team each December.
  • Planting trees with Rob and Carol in Letymbou village
  • Preparing out 25th club anniversary, working on our Photobook and search for a venue with our members
  • Working with Carol and Ian on our Facebook page and Website.
  • Working with George on the next Concert in the summer
  • Having a great party, going to a convention or making new friends!!!
The largest humanitarian project ever conceived by a service club; eradicating polio from the world.
I could go on and on and on!!!! Rotary may be and is all of those things and much, much more.   Rotary is the projects that clubs like ours decide to do; there are 46,000 clubs in the Rotary world all doing worthy projects.
Look  around the room. What you see, is the face of Rotary.  Rotary is the same around the world men and women  meeting together  in clubs.  The club is the heart of Rotary;  all that is done in Rotary starts in a club.
Here in our club you could be sitting at the table with a teacher from Germany, a lawyer from Cyprus, a psychiatrist from Ireland or an accountant from England.  Such diversity of membership brings unique perspectives to a club and is one of the major strengths of what Rotary is. 
The Four Way Test
From the earliest days of Rotary, Rotarians were concerned about promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives.  One of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements on business is the “ Four Way Test”.  It was created by Rotarian Herbert Taylor in 1932 for his staff  at an Aluminum Company that was facing bankruptcy.  He found that by putting these 24 words into practice the employees were able to turn the company around. The Four Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943 and has been translated into  hundreds of languages  published in thousands of ways. 
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
What I like best about Rotary is the Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club.  I’ve been involved in lots of Rotary projects, visited lots of other Rotary clubs, attended conventions and conferences, but for me; 
Rotary is attending my Rotary Club.
See you all next Thursday.
What does Rotary means to you ? - Thorsten Thorsten Quakernack 2022-03-31 21:00:00Z 0

The stigma of mental health issues 

At our last meeting, some of our members and guests found our speaker's topic very interesting and thought provoking. Thank you to Derek Holt who spoke to us about the stigma of mental health issues and lack of support and understanding in our society, also the struggle to get apporopriate treatment. There were many questions raised afterwards, and Derek was warmly thanked by President Juergen.
The stigma of mental health issues Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-03-30 21:00:00Z 0

March 2022 Fellowship

Our members and visitors enjoyed a meze and fellowship evening in Emba Village. President Juergen welcomed our visitors and exchanged banners with our special guest DDG Hassan Airais from RC of Dubai.
March 2022 Fellowship Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-03-16 22:00:00Z 0
Applications for Rotary’s Peace Fellowship are now open! Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-02-20 22:00:00Z 0

Tree planting in Letymbou

Last Sunday we planted more than 200 trees in the beautiful village of Letymbou. Thanks to all the volunteers for their attendance and made this happen, Paphos Aphrodite Rotary for the donation of the trees and the Community of Letymbou and 100,000 trees for Paphos, for the co-organization. It was good fund and the weather was perfect.
Tree planting in Letymbou Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-02-19 22:00:00Z 0

Tree planting on Sunday in Letymbou

This Sunday we will plant trees in Letymbou village and we will start at 10.00 am. Hope you will join us and help make Cyprus greener. 
Tree planting on Sunday in Letymbou Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-02-16 22:00:00Z 0

Paphos Aphrodite RC supports Shelterbox

In December last year the Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club decided again to support Shelterbox (https://www.shelterbox.org/) and our club donated Euro 500 to this worthwhile charity.
In 2012, ShelterBox became Rotary International’s first Project Partner and remains the only disaster relief charity.
As you can see our club has supported Shelterbox for many years:
2006      our Box went to Islamabad, Pakistan
2010      our Box went to Haiti - For those made homeless by the devastating earthquake
2014      our box helped in the below destinations:
               - Pakistan - To assist those affected by flooding.
               - Niger - To assist those affected by conflict.
2020      the donated money will help Shelterbox in several countries
Right now, more than 113 million people around the world have been made homeless by disaster and conflict. We’re working to change this.
By providing emergency shelter and tools for families robbed of their homes by disaster, we’re transforming despair into hope.
We want to see a world where no family is left without shelter after disaster.
If you like to support Shelterbox please donate.
Paphos Aphrodite RC supports Shelterbox Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-02-02 22:00:00Z 0
Tree Planting in Letymbou Village Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-01-30 22:00:00Z 0

Vasilopita 2022

Our Vasilopita dinner at Hazeli in Tala also turned into a Liverpool fan club outing. We had a great night with President Juergen cutting the cake with a sword, and our lovely waiter Marios getting the coin.
Vasilopita 2022 Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2022-01-26 22:00:00Z 0

Happy End to the Year 2021

A happy end to the year at Paphos-Aphrodite with the award of a Sapphire PHF to PDG David Whindle in recognition of his continued support for the Club. Secondly our new member Anke Ulisch was pinned by President Juergen.
Congratulations to both.
Happy End to the Year 2021 Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-12-30 22:00:00Z 0

The Annual Gluehwein Event 2021

Thanks to all supporters who joint us today. Unfortunately we have to cancel our event tomorrow due to bad weather forecast. Merry Christmas from all of us and a very happy new year.
The Annual Gluehwein Event 2021 Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-12-17 22:00:00Z 0

Donation for Friends Hospice

Chris Jones ~ the Trustee President  of the Friends Hospice is pictured here receiving another wonderful donation of €624.09 from our club. Juergen Krekeler recently held a fund raising house warming party for fellow Rotarians. What a clever idea! We're completely with Juergen who felt that the 9 cents was important ~ all those 9 cents add up for sure! Thank you so much for all your support.
Donation for Friends Hospice Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-12-09 22:00:00Z 0

Help at the Logicom Marathon

These wonderful helper volunteers from TLC made our morning a real fun event handing out water to the marathon runners. Thank you and well-done kids, you absolutely rock.
Help at the Logicom Marathon Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-12-04 22:00:00Z 0

December Collection 

Last week our members worked with Avgerinos charity at Papantoniou Chloraka to collect food for families in need at Christmas. Several trolley loads of food were donated as well as over €250 which will also be used to buy food. Thank you to all who helped us.
December Collection Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-11-26 22:00:00Z 0
DG visit in Paphos Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-11-16 22:00:00Z 0
DG visits Rotary Square Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-11-12 22:00:00Z 0

Money raised

We had a busy time during our fellowship evening at The Lodge Restaurant. First of all we pinned two new members.
to Robin Ullrich and Panayiotis Kyriakou. Then cheques for €1500 each were presented to Fytoula from the Margarita Liasidou Foundation, and also to Chris Jones from the Friends Hospice. This was money raised at our recent Rock Concert. Finally we were honoured to welcome PDG Kevork Mahdessian and DDG Hassan Al Rais from the RC of Dubai who joined us for dinner.
Money raised 2021-10-22 21:00:00Z 0
Rotary Square - T-Shirt Project 2021-10-22 21:00:00Z 0

Concerts Helpers

A big thank you to George and his team to a successful Charity Concert. Some action pictures below: 
Concerts Helpers Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-10-01 21:00:00Z 0

Guest speaker from Hellenic Bank

We were honoured to welcome the CEO of the Hellenic Bank, Oliver Gatzke, as our speaker this evening. He spoke about banking and the Cyprus economy to an appreciative audience, who later had several questions. Oliver was presented with a certificate stating that the Club would make a donation to RI Polio Fund on his behalf. There were several visitors, including two PDGs, one AG and one President from the UK.
Guest speaker from Hellenic Bank 2021-09-30 21:00:00Z 0

Mr Oliver Gatzke, CEO of the Hellenic Bank as our September guest speaker 

We were honoured to welcome the CEO of the Hellenic Bank, Oliver Gatzke, as our speaker this September. He spoke about banking and the Cyprus economy to an appreciative audience, who later had several questions. Oliver was presented with a certificate stating that the Club would make a donation to RI Polio Fund on his behalf. There were several visitors, including two PDGs, one AG and one President from the UK.
Mr Oliver Gatzke, CEO of the Hellenic Bank as our September guest speaker Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-09-29 21:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Award: Rotary Citation 2020-2021

Congratulations!  Our club has earned the Rotary Citation, the most significant award a Rotary club can achieve, for 2020-21. During a year that was challenging for many Rotarians around the world, our club demonstrated a commitment to achieve its goals, which ultimately helps strengthen Rotary and shape our future. Well done and thanks for all your help and support. 
Rotary International Award: Rotary Citation 2020-2021 Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-09-27 21:00:00Z 0

Charity Concert 2021

The bands from this years Charity concert at the Pissouri Amphitheatre. On The Wave, Murphy's Brother in Law and The Cover Up. Thank you to all who came to support us and also a big thank you to our sponsors. All profits will go to The Friends Hospice and The Margarita Liasidou Foundation in Paphos.
Charity Concert 2021 Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-09-16 21:00:00Z 0
Charity Concert Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-08-24 21:00:00Z 0
Our July 2021 Fellowship 2021-07-21 21:00:00Z 0

July 2021 Speaker Event

We had our first speaker event in the new Rotary year. The General Manager from the Anemi Hotel, Mrs Evelyn Cleanthous Komodromou, spoke to us about 'The impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the Tourism and Hospitality industry in Cyprus and future plans". 
A fantastic presentation and a lively discussion. Thanks to everybody involved. 
July 2021 Speaker Event Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-07-07 21:00:00Z 0

Cyprus Fires

The Rotary Clubs of Cyprus helping the victims of the fire and firefighters with food and water, they need a generator and more will be needed today, tomorrow and the next few weeks and months.
We are helping but need funds urgently.
Please donate now that we can continue to help. Please do it now:
Please donate directly to the Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club donation link.
Thanks for your support
Cyprus Fires Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-07-06 21:00:00Z 0

Hand-over Ceremony Gala Dinner

We had a very nice Gala Handover Ceremony Dinner with the support of our new DDG Peter Ashdjian. We also pinned two new members and awarded 2 Paul Harris fellowship awards to George Kafizas and Erland Carl. A big thanks to the Anemi Hotel and their excellent team who looked after us and their chefs for an amazing meal. Thanks for supporting our club and we wish our new president Juergen Krekeler a successful year.
Hand-over Ceremony Gala Dinner Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-06-25 21:00:00Z 0

Paphos Aphrodite receives 4 District Awards

The 8th Conference of the Rotary District 2452 has just finished and I am very proud to tell you 3 clubs from Cyprus won Awards this year, namely
- RC Nicosia Salamis
- RC Kyrenia Cosmopolitan
- Paphos Aphrodite RC
98 clubs of our district applied for awards.
As you all can imagine we are very happy that our club has received the following awards:
- Club Administration (certificate)
- Community Service (trophy)
- Public Relations and Rotary Image (trophy)
- Membership Development and Rotary Awareness (trophy)
Our club can be very proud of this achievement – 3 trophies and 1 certificate - in difficult circumstances.
I would like to thank you all for your hard work and it is nice to get our achievements recognized not only by Rotary Cyprus but also by our district.
Well done – and I am very, very proud of you all.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Take care,
Paphos Aphrodite receives 4 District Awards Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-06-11 21:00:00Z 0
District Conference Opening Ceremony Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-06-09 21:00:00Z 0

ART SALE for ShelterBox and the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit of Makarios Hospital

Welcome to Paphos-Aphrodite Rotary Club Art Sale, a joint effort with renowned Iranian artist Elham Razani, to raise funds for ShelterBox and the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit of Makarios Hospital in Cyprus.

Buy stunning Original Art to support Life Saving Charities

This is an opportunity to beautify your home or workplace and also help people in extreme situations or children with serious medical needs.

Elham Razani is a renowned Iranian artist, who has exhibited her paintings in four continents and who is equally happy painting abstracts or works that pay homage to her Persian heritage. A dedicated artist, each work is a work of love.

Her husband, Robin, is a Rotarian of Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club and he recognised the opportunity to make a significant contribution to worthwhile Rotary projects through the sale of Elham’s work.

Therefore of the proceeds of this sale, both original and in print form, 20% will be given to either ShelterBox or the Paediatric Ward at Makarios hospital in Nicosia – see the descriptions on the website.

When you buy you will be given the choice of charity you wish to support. This is an excellent opportunity to purchase exquisite art and to make a significant contribution to two worthy causes.

ART SALE for ShelterBox and the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit of Makarios Hospital Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-04-26 21:00:00Z 0
Interview with Cyprus in Style Thorsten Quakernack 2021-04-26 21:00:00Z 0

Easter Collection with Avgerinos Charity

Our club members (including our Easter Bunnies) did a great job last Saturday with Avgerinos Charity to collect money, food and baby product donations for Paphos families in need. Several trolley loads of food and a total of €365 will help so many families. Thank you to all those who donated and especially a local farmer who promised a donation of 300 eggs.
Happy Easter, Kalo Pascha to all.
Easter Collection with Avgerinos Charity Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-04-23 21:00:00Z 0
Happy Easter Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-04-01 21:00:00Z 0

Fellowship at Muse

We had our first fellowship and we all enjoyed it very much at Muse, Paphos. As one of our members commented: 'The venue was perfect, food amazing & how wonderful to socialize with our fellow club members, especially new members we have not had an opportunity to meet in person till now. So nice to have a little bit of normality back in our lives.' We all had a good time and felt safe. 
Fellowship at Muse Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-03-17 22:00:00Z 0

Zoom Dinner from Robin's kitchen

For this meeting we decided to support Robin's kitchen. Our members ordered lasagna and tiramisu from Robin's kitchen and collected it but we ate all together our meals via Zoom. 
It was a very nice meal and good fun. 
Imagine every commercial kitchen in your City donating a meal for every sale they make... no one in your City will ever go hungry!
You might think is impossible and yet, a well run kitchen can produce an extra meal for every sale and still manage to cover all the associated costs, as long as the owners don't keep the profit to themselves.
Robin's kitchen is a non-profit kitchen with a unique selling proposition:
“For every meal you buy, we donate one to people in need.”
Zoom Dinner from Robin's kitchen Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-03-10 22:00:00Z 0
Happy Women's Day Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-03-07 22:00:00Z 0
Power of Goodness Video Competition Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-03-03 22:00:00Z 0

Rotary Square: The new plaque is installed

The new plaque below the Rotary mosaic is now installed on our new Rotary Square. Now we give credit to the artist but also to our contributor RC of Westport, CT, USA and to our own club. 
A big thanks to George who organized it all for us, from the design to the installation. Well done  !
Rotary Square: The new plaque is installed Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-03-02 22:00:00Z 0

Happy Birthday Rotary

Grassroots at the core, Rotary links 1.2 million members to form an organization of international scope. It started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities.
Happy Birthday Rotary Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-02-22 22:00:00Z 0

Tree planting in Choletria

On Thursday the first trees got planted in the village of Choletria in the Paphos region. A big thanks to the team from '100,000 trees in Paphos' , Choletria council as well as to Happy Garden CY. More trees will be planted shortly. Due to the restrictions we are slowed down. A big thanks to all our supporters, their donations and the hard work of our planters. If you like to support us please donate via our website. Thank you very much.
Tree planting in Choletria Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-02-10 22:00:00Z 0

Trees for Choletria

We know have purchased and selected the trees for Choletria village. We bought 40 Olive trees and 40 Carob trees and they are now delivered and will be planted shortly Thanks for everybody supporting our Trees project this year. 
Please continue to donate via our website or via GoGetFunding. Thanks for your help and support. 
Trees for Choletria Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-02-08 22:00:00Z 0
The Pollinator Project of Rotary Cyprus Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-02-05 22:00:00Z 0

Support Paphos families in need with Avgerinos

Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, Paphos-Aphrodite Rotary Club members have worked hard to support local families in need with food and other essentials.
Due to a public collection and further donations, we have been able to donate €800 euros worth of food and baby supplies to Avgerinos. This charity will distribute these to families who still need ongoing support at this time.
We would also like to thank Papantoniou Supermarkets for their kind offer of a discount on the items purchased which means the families will benefit even more.
As we would like to help more, therefore please help your fellow citizens in Paphos and donate now:
Support Paphos families in need with Avgerinos Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-01-29 22:00:00Z 0
A good start for 2021 - The Rotary Mosaic is installed - Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2021-01-07 22:00:00Z 0

Happy Holidays

To all Rotarians of the Paphos-Aphrodite Rotary Club, their families and friends,
As the year comes to an end, our thoughts turn graciously to all of you who made our success possible this year.
Thank you for all of your support and donations. May the next year be a prosperous, joyous and 'service above self' year for all.
Yours in Rotary, 
Thorsten Quakernack
President 2020-2021
Happy Holidays Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2020-12-21 22:00:00Z 0

Collection for 'Hug with Love' - 'Agkaliazw me Agapi'

On Saturday, 19th December 2020 our club and members of the charity 'Agkaliazw me Agapi' collected money and food donations in front of the Papantoniou Supermarket in Chlorakas. 
It was a fun event and public donated generously to this cause, which was very much appreciated. A big thanks to everybody who donated and to the management  and staff of Papantoniou Supermarkets in Chlorakas who
have been fantastic hosts as they not only looked after us but also gave us a discount and free delivery. 
Collection for 'Hug with Love' - 'Agkaliazw me Agapi' Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2020-12-18 22:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Square Aerial View at Christmas Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2020-12-14 22:00:00Z 0
Please help with your change Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2020-12-13 22:00:00Z 0

Hug With Love - Agkaliazw me Agapi

The Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club is helping families in Paphos who need support by providing the Charity 'Hugs with Love' - 'Agkaliazw me Agapi' with food and baby items. 
A big thanks to Papantoniou Supermarkets who gave us a discount for our shopping and free delivery. BRAVO
Hug With Love - Agkaliazw me Agapi Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2020-12-13 22:00:00Z 0
Rotary in the news: Shelterbox Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2020-11-30 22:00:00Z 0

Rotary Square update

Dear All, 
The other day we did visit the new Rotary Square in the Old Town of Paphos and we liked very much what we have seen. 
We are also working with a local artist on a mosaic for the Rotary Square and it is all very exciting. Please find below some pictures we have taken: 
Rotary Square update Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2020-11-13 22:00:00Z 0
Buy a face mask for Euro 5 and support a win against Polio Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2020-10-30 22:00:00Z 0
Our club in the Paphos Post Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2020-10-29 22:00:00Z 0

October Fellowship at Casa Mespilea

A great night out with fantastic food, a great atmosphere and amazing people at our October fellowship. A big thanks to the team at Casa Mespilea who provided us with a delicious 5 course meal which was FANTASTIC !!
October Fellowship at Casa Mespilea Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2020-10-28 21:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day - 24th October 2020 Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2020-10-23 21:00:00Z 0

The Swedish Ambassador visits our club

On Thursday, 15th October 2020,we welcomed our guest speakers His Excellency the Swedish Ambassador Anders Hagelberg and the director of The Religious Track of the Cyprus Peace Process, Salpy Eskidjian Weiderind who gave us an understanding on the ongoing process. Members of the Swedish Association and friends of Rotary supported this event. Thanks for a very interesting meeting.
The Swedish Ambassador visits our club Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2020-10-14 21:00:00Z 0
End of Summer picnic Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2020-10-07 21:00:00Z 0

Fundraising dinner in Limassol 

Lovely evening with fellow Rotarians, attended by Juergen and Carol. This was a fundraising dinner in support of Beirut organized by our clubs in Limassol. 
Well done for a successful evening. 
Fundraising dinner in Limassol Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2020-09-22 21:00:00Z 0

Cyprus Helpers

Great speaker at our Club last Thursday. Derek Holt from Cyprus Helpers group who set up a system to help families and others in need when the Covid crisis had such a devastating effect. We worked with their volunteers to distribute our food parcels.
Cyprus Helpers Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2020-09-17 21:00:00Z 0

Help for Beirut 

The Rotary Clubs in Cyprus launched a campaign for Beirut to help rebuild the damaged city after the traumatic event last month. 
Please find below some pictures when the supplies arrived in Beirut. This is Rotary at work: 
Help for Beirut Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2020-09-17 21:00:00Z 0

Fighting Climate Change - One Tree At The Time

The Paphos Post kindly printed the blow article about our TREE Project in the September issue. 
Thank you for your support Paphos Post and we hope that many more will join our project. 
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Fighting Climate Change - One Tree At The Time Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club 2020-09-04 21:00:00Z 0

Fellowship at Suite 48

Great fellowship event at Suite 48. It was good to meet new people who are interested in joining our Club and a great start after the summer break. 
Fellowship at Suite 48 Carol Heads 2020-08-26 21:00:00Z 0

Summer Meeting in the Anemi

This was our first Summer Meeting in the Anemi Hotel.
As you can see it was very successful as we had many guests and members came and joint the meeting at 8 pm.
We normally don't meet in the holiday month of August but Carl and Juergen had the idea about the summer meeting and it seems they have been right. 
Great to see so many new faces. See you all next Thursday again. 
Summer Meeting in the Anemi Thorsten Quakeranack 2020-08-05 21:00:00Z 0

Fellowship at Tsangarides Winery

On Sunday 2nd August we had our fellowship at Tsangarides Winery, which is our members favourite place.
Angelos offered again fantastic food and his best wines. 
We not only had a great afternoon but we also raised funds for our Paphos Tree Project as well as for Shelterbox
A big thanks to Angelos Tsangarides and his very helpful team who was not only a fantastic host but also contributed to the Tree Project. 
Thanks to everyone who supported us on Sunday. We hope you enjoyed it and that we all see you soon again. 
Fellowship at Tsangarides Winery Thorsten Quakernack 2020-08-01 21:00:00Z 0
Speaker Event : Rtn. Claire Polycarpou Thorsten Quakernack 2020-07-22 21:00:00Z 0

Food Parcels prepared and delivered

David and De,Ly's helped with delivering the food parcels to Tracy and Trevor last Friday. Only one more week of funding left with 96 parcels delivered so far.

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Food Parcels prepared and delivered Carol Heads 2020-07-11 21:00:00Z 0

The new ROTARY SQUARE in Paphos

The Rotary Square
The Paphos-Aphrodite RC is the main contributor to a new square in the revitalized Old Town of Paphos. 
This new public square for Paphos, where people can enjoy an open, urban space and relax but it will also raise awareness of the work Rotary does. 
With the money the club will help the municipality to create this wonderful new space but we also indirectly support the local economy and secure jobs. 
The Rotary Square will be enjoyed by locals and tourists as a destination. 
Last week we enjoyed a walk through the new Rotary Square and it looks very good already. We will keep you posted about the development of the Rotary Square
Please enjoy the first pictures we have taken. 
The new ROTARY SQUARE in Paphos Thorsten Quakernack 2020-07-07 21:00:00Z 0
Handover Dinner at Palia Ilektriki Carol Heads 2020-07-02 21:00:00Z 0

Sponsor a tree for Paphos


“100,000 Trees in Paphos” is a citizen’s initiative aiming at mobilizing, local authorities, the Forestry Department and institutions to facilitate a massive tree- planting project in 2020 - 2021 with the Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Toronto Bay Bloor, Canada.

Paphos, is already facing the effects of global warming in the form of extended heatwave periods. Scientific projections are sketching a very unpleasant picture for the future with rising temperatures and a process of desertification reshaping the Cypriot landscape in the next few decades. There is a scientific consensus that reforestation can help combat climate change, soil corrosion and desertification and significantly reduce temperatures in urban environments. We do not wish to sit back and watch the effects of climate change destroy our habitats and make life on the island unbearable.

One tree costs between Euro 3 to Euro 10.

Buy a tree as a present for family and/or friends.


Fundraising with GoGetFunding
Fundraising with GoGetFunding
Sponsor a tree for Paphos Thorsten Quakernack 2020-06-20 21:00:00Z 0
Margarita Liasidou Foundation took part in testing for Coronavirus Thorsten Quakernack 2020-06-16 21:00:00Z 0
Food parcels for families in need Carol Heads 2020-06-11 21:00:00Z 0


On September 10th the Club welcomed Didstrict Governor Schawkat Tadros, from Jordan, to its weekly meeting.  Schakat set out his vision for District 2452 and exchaged Club banners with President Ian Graves.

VISIT FROM THE NEW DISTRICT GOVERNOR David Greensmith 2019-09-09 21:00:00Z 0


The Club signed off in style on the evening of 26 July before its August recess, with a great evening at To Tavernaki, a restaurant rapidly gaining a top reputation.  We were particularlypleased to welcome distinguished visitors from RC Nicosia-Salamis - Deputy District Governor George Psimolophites and President Anna Hadjimarcou, plus Litsa Aresti.



GREAT FELLOWSHIP EVENING AT TO TAVERNAKI David Greensmith 2019-06-27 21:00:00Z 0


The Anemi did us proud on Friday 28th June with a first class dinner to end the 2018-19 Rotsry Year and begin the 2019-20 one.  Outgoing President George Kafizas handed the Chain of Office to his successor Ian Graves; two new Members were inducted; a cheque for 6,000 euros was presented to the Margarita Liasidou Foundation https://margaritafoudation.net, and our excellent Club Secretary Carol received a Paul Harris Fellowship Award to recognise her outstanding service to the Rotary Movement over many years.


                              George (right) passes the baton to Ian.


A well deserved charity contribution.  The Foundation does some great work.                                                                              

        Induction of new Club Member Reda Youssef


             A surprised and delighted Carol Heads receives her PHF Award

EXCELLENT EVENING AT THE HANDOVER DINNER David Greensmith 2019-06-27 21:00:00Z 0


Around 200 Rotarians, guests and visitors enjoyed a great evening of music and dancing at Tala Amphitheatre on June 15th, with the brilliant blues of Zilla Project and the contemporary sound of Cover Up.  Te event raised over 3700 euros for local charities

Zilla Project down with the blues

Cover Up performing with panache.


Club members and guests enjoyed some top class food and drink at Taverna Konia on 23 May, and also raised 150 Euros for charity.


GOOD VIBRATIONS AT THE DANCE PARTY David Greensmith 2019-06-14 21:00:00Z 0


Club members and guests enjoyed some top class food and drink at Taverna Konia on 23 May, and also raised 150 Euros for charity.


EXCELLENT EVENING AT TAVERNA KONIA David Greensmith 2019-05-22 21:00:00Z 0


Club members and guests passed a very enjoyable evening at the Carpe Diem Lounge on Saturday May 11th, placing bets on video races and thereby earning lots of money for the Margarita Liasidou Foundation for adults and children with learning difficulties https://margaritafoundation.net.  Many thanks to Rtn Ian Graves for his excellent event organisation.  

Maybe these happy peoplehavejustbacked a winner ?

RACE NIGHT WINS BY A DISTANCE David Greensmith 2019-05-10 21:00:00Z 0


Our Master Potter, Rotarian Panicos Georgiades, opened his premises, Savvas Pottery at Geroskipou, to Rotarians, guests and visitors on Saturday April 13th to allow adults and keen chidren to try their hand at making or painting their own pot.  An excellent community event as in past years, and 400 euros were raised for the Margarita Lisasidou Foundation, https://www.margaritafoundation.net our main chairty for this Rotary year.  Many thanks to all our volunteers, and particular thanks to the Master Potter himself.

THROWING ON THE POTTER'S WHEEL David Greensmith 2019-04-12 21:00:00Z 0


On March 31st Club members and guests consumed some excellent food and wine courtesy of vintner and Club member Angelos Tsangarides.  Angelos's description of the winemaking process and the properties and styles of the various wines on offer was particularly instructive.  In the Webmaster's opinion, this is one of the best local boutique wineries.



                              Happy diners; great food and drink !

SUNDAY LUNCH AT TSANGARIDES WINERY David Greensmith 2019-03-30 21:00:00Z 0


An enthusiastic team of Club members acted as marshals for the Paphos Marathon and other races on Sunday 17 March.  This great community event is an excellent fund-raiser for local charities.

TRACK MARSHALLING AT THE MARATHON David Greensmith 2018-03-16 22:00:00Z 0



There are currently 8 clubs from the European Union in this group:

Oudenaarde Club Belgium (who initiated the group)
RC Auxerre St Germain,France
RC Iglesias,Sardinia, Italy
RC Tabergsdalen Jonkoping, Sweden
RC Hastings, England
RC Dublin, Ireland
RC Bochum-Rechen, Germany
Paphos-Aphrodite RC, Cyprus

Website:  http://www.euromeetings-rotary.eu

Mostly it is a sociable fellowship event which takes place once a year and it rotates each year to be hosted in a different country. 
Every Club donates EUR 250 for a local community project of the host Club.

The program consists of the following activities:

  • The programme begins officially on Friday night with a reception in the hotel and then all guests are brought to the host clubs members’ homes for dinner.
  • On Saturday the host club arranges sightseeing etc.
  • Saturday night is an official Gala Dinner.
  • Sunday morning every club presents a song, there is brunch and the goodbye.

Many guests spend a few days before or after the event in the area around
the host club.
The attendance is usually around 150-200 guests.

The event is good fun and very tiring as there are late nights and early starts.

It is a weekend fellowship at its best!

The 2014 meeting was held in Jonkoping in Swedens lovely lake district. Five members and spouses attended the very successful meeting which included a conducted tour of the SAAB aircraft factory. The nine members of the Euromeeting Group contribute to a fund which the host club used to provide a trailer for a local charity dealing with drug rehabilitation.

Paphos-Aphrodite RC hosted the Euromeeting in October 2010 in our home town Paphos and again in 2017 when Paphos was the European Cultural Capital. The 2018 Euromeeting hosts will be Bochum, Germany.  A link to their Euromeeting Web Page is here http://euromeeting-bochum.de

                                                         OTHER TWINNED CLUBS

Paphos-Aphrodite is also twinned with two Rotary Clubs in Greece - Corfu and Xanthi

EUROMEETINGS David Greensmith 2017-10-18 21:00:00Z 0