Rotaract Club of Nicosia attend RYLA Cyrpus 2012 @ Troodos 16.03.2012 -17.03.2012


During the weekend of 16th -17th March, Rotaractors of Rotaract Club of Nicosia along with friends journeyed up to the snowy mountains of Troodos to participate at this years Cyprus RYLA.

This years Cyprus RYLA took place at the suprisingly snowfilled mountain of Troodos at the Jubillee Hotel.

Our Rotaractors had the opportunity to meet fellow Rotaractors from other Clubs in Cyprus as well as gain unique experiences and enjoy an educational workshop on Leadership.

for more info on this years Cyprus RYLA visit :

What is RYLA? 

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an international program that was created by Rotary International to encourage strong leadership in youth. Young people chosen for their leadership potential attend an all-expenses-paid conference to develop and enhance leadership skills through activities conducted in an atmosphere of trust and respect.

  • RYLA aims to teach what it takes to be an effective leader.

  • Every RYLA includes the following topics:

  • Fundamentals of leadership

  • Ethics of positive leadership

  • Importance of communication skills in effective leadership

  • Conflict management and problem solving

  • Building self-esteem and self confidence

  • Elements of community and global citizenship

  • Rotary’s purpose of service to the community and world


Alexandra Rotary, Victoria, Australia, toasts our Club!

On February 6th 2012 it was with great surprise that we found in our inbox an email from  Alexandra Rotary in Vicotria, Australia informing us that our Rotaract Club had been the Toast of their Meeting….

….we had been “discovered” as a result of our previous two day online facebook event held in conjuction with PASYKAF on the occasion of the World Cancer Day.

I quote their email below.

“6th February  2012

To the President

Rotaract Club of  Nicosia,   Cyprus

Pres.  Glafkos Mitsidis

Dear Glafkos,

Our Club has an established custom of toasting a Rotary Club from another country at our weekly meetings. This broadens our knowledge of clubs around the world. We had the pleasure of toasting your Club at our meeting. We wish your Club every success in your Rotary endeavours. We’d love to hear from your club.

Reason for Toast:  February 4 was World Cancer Day which we recognised last week.

Tonight we toast a small, but very active Rotaract Club which was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Nicosia.

In conjunction with the Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends, the Rotaract Club of Nicosia hosted a two day online facebook event, inviting people to spread the message “Together it is possible..”

Yours in Rotary,

Tom Farrell

Alexandra Rotary Club”

To reciprocate the Toast our Rotaract Club toasted the Rotary Club of Alexandra at our next Club Meeting.

Rotaract Nicosia @ the Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family (28.01.2012)


Our Club’s effort to support the Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family was met with much enthusiasm by all our Rotaractors, our friends and the general public.

Through our mini marathon of December Christmas Bazaars and the sale of our 2012 Rotaract Calendar not only did we manage to raise awareness about the Association’s programmes and initiatives but we also managed to raise over 2000 euros as net proceeds in order to purchase some much needed household goods for the Shelter.

Fortunately after having bought all items on the Association’s “wish list” there was a remaining sum of 600 euros.

On 28th January 2012 a team of our Rotaractors went over to the Associations offices to drop off our ‘gifts’, the remainder of the 2012 Calendars (to be sold or given at the Association’s discretion) and of course the amount of 600 euros all of which were handed over to the Association’s Programme Officer, Mr Marios Nikolaou.

He thanked our Club warmly for showing such keen interest in the Association’s work and for our Club’s efforts to support them and wished us all the very best in our next endeavours.
Our Rotaractors reciprocated the wishes and assured Mr Nikolaou that our Club will stand close to the Association for any further assistance in the future.
We kindly ask you to spare a few minutes of your time by clicking on the link below to find out more about the Association and their efforts.

Rotaract Club of Nicosia – Cutting of the Vasilopita @ Fratelli (12.01.2012)

On Thursday 12th January 2012  our Rotaractors and friends got together at Fratelli Bar & Restaurant to celebrate the New Year.

This celebration was held with the traditional cutting of a Vasilopita. A tradition associated with the blessing of the house (or in our case RAC Nicosia) and the blessing of good luck for the new year to a lucky person, in  whose piece, the hidden coin is found.

Members and friends alike, each enjoyed a piece of the delicious Vasilopita cake. As fate would have it the hidden coin was found in the piece cut for our Club leaving us with the hope that our endeavours as a Club this year would also be accompanied with luck !

Our partying at Fratelli continued…and the general merriment was not only attributed  to the excellent wine served by Fratelli’s staff but also to the rewarding feeling of pride for the work done in 2011 and our enthusiasm for things to come in 2012.

This joyous occasion, in the presence of our Club’s members and friends, was the perfect opportunity to welcome our Club’s first new member for 2012.

In the pinning ceremony held,  Anna Maria Leotsakou was made the Club’s newest member as a reward for her enthusiasm and contributions to our Club.

We warmheartedly welcome Anna Maria to the Club and the Rotary family !!

 Click on Our Gallery page to see more photos from the night!

Rotaract Club of Nicosia launches RAC Nicosia’s NewstRACker !

Dear Rotaractors, friends and visitors,

A few hours before the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012, I have the pleasure of announcing the launch of the very first issue of our Club’s Newsletter (or NewstRACker)!

I encourage everyone to click on the link below and read about our past projects, events and activities. After all the joy is in the journey and not the destination.

The amount of work put in by our Club’s Rotaractors these past three months is commendable and I take this opportunity to thank everyone for contributing their good spirit, their time and their efforts in making all our ideas a reality. It is truly one of the most rewarding periods to be part of this team.

My biggest hope is that by reading NewstRACker you will re-discover Rotaract Club of Nicosia and come closer to the amazing people who are part of it.

RAC Nicosia NewstRACker

On behalf of  Rotaract Club of Nicosia I wish you all the very best for the New Year!!

Glafkos Mitsidis

President 2011 -2012

Rotaract Club of Nicosia


Rotaract Club of Nicosia – Christmas Dinner @ Mondo Prive (15.12.2011)

As we came to the end of a fruitful calendar year for our Club it was an opportunity to celebrate not only the season spirit but our achievements as a Club.

It was with great joy that all our Rotaractors, our friends and our guests gathered for our Club’s Christmas Dinner on Thursday 15th of December at Mondo Prive. We were especially glad to see our Rotarians, Yioula Papakyriacou, our District AG Maria Christopoulou our VDRR Vural Vural, as well as our past Rotaract President and current Rotarian Louis Thoma join us in what our Club is hoping will become an Annual Christmas Dinner.

Taking the opportunity of this occasion we held a pinning ceremony to welcome 3 new members to our Club as a reward for their selfless contributions to our Club activities and their enthusiasm.

The announcement of their names was met with a long applause by all, as each one stepped up to receive their pin by one of our distinguished guests.

We warmheartedly welcome Antonia Hadjicosta, Natalie Sepou and Evripidis Hadjinestoros to our Club and the  Rotary family!

click on the link below to see the power point presentation of the night or go to Our Gallery page to see photos from the night!

Rotarcat Christmas Dinner Presentation

Rotary & Rotaract Club of Nicosia hand over proceeds of summer beach bbq to Alkionides Charity.

Dear Rotaractors and guests

As you may remember,in early September our Club held a joint event in Protaras with our sponsoring Rotary Club of Nicosia.

This joint event (the  BBQ Beach Party see post of Sept. 12th 2011) had been held in order to raise funds to support the work  and in particular the Alkionides Nest in London. Moreover we hoped that through this event we would draw the spotlight on the Charity, their mission and their achievements but also bring the public’s attention to the difficulties of their endeavor.

Although attendance was lower than expected on the day of our BBQ Beach Party, we managed to raise over 600 euros on the day and a further 400 euros from donations made by Rotarians and others who were listening to our DJ broadcasting live over HiLights internet radio and his appeal for donations at the specified bank account.

On Thursday, 15th of December 2011, Mrs Georgia Polyviou, President of the Alkionides Charity accepted a cheque for 1000 Euros by Mrs Katerina Konnaris, President of the Rotary Club of Nicosia and myself representing our Rotaract Club.

Mrs Polyviou thanked us all for our contribution to the Charity and our commitment in assisting their cause and concluded by wishing us all the best in our future activites and events.

I reciprocated the wishes with a pledge that our Club will in the future organise another event in support of their cause with even greater success.

As part of that pledge I would like to ask you to spare 2 minutes of your time to click on the link belowand read more on the Alkionides Charity…

Best Rotaract regards

Glafkos Mitsidis

Rotaract Club of Nicosia – Results of our Christmas Bazaars (03.12.11 & 04.12.11)


Dear Rotaractors, Friends and Visitors

As you are aware our Club had set the goals of raising funds and awareness in support of the Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family through a mini-marathon of Christmas Bazaars (held on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of December).

Our Club’s Rotaractors initially displayed their hidden (or not so hidden for some) artistic and culinary talents in preparation for our Bazaars, making an envious selection of cakes, cookies, brownies and muffins but also handcrafted jewelry and Christmas ornaments.

Their talent in creating artistic and culinary delights was however far surpassed by their great season spirit, positive energy and of course excellent salesmanship on the days.

This could not but be reflected in the outcome of our efforts. Our Club’s Rotaractors managed to raise over 1000 Euros as net proceeds.

In this accomplishment a big Rotaract THANK YOU goes out not only to this amazing team of Rotaractors but also our family and friends for all their support.

Special thanks are extended also to the following for their kind donations on both days :

Coffee Direct & Coffee Time Cafe, Nicosia  (for their flavorsome filtered coffee) &

Get Fresh, Nicosia(for their delicious hot chocolate)


our efforts as a Club however continue as we try to raise awareness and funds for the Association through the sale of our 2012 Calendar.

more info on how to get your hands on a copy of the Calendar will be posted shortly…

Interota 2011 – Hurghada, Egypt (18-22 November)

This triennial worldwide meeting of Rotaractors is hosted by the Rotaract clubs of Egypt. The program includes workshops on Rotaract-related topics, a project promoting peace, visits to historical and cultural attractions, and numerous social events.

What is Interota?
Interota is a worldwide Rotaract meeting, held every that is organized and sponsored by Rotaractors every three years. It provides Rotaractors with a forum for sharing ideas, concerns, and experiences with other Rotaract club members around the world. Participants are also treated to sightseeing and other cultural events throughout the weeklong event.
Although Interota is not an official Rotary International meeting, the RI Board of Directors recognizes its value and supports the event by approving its program content and by ensuring representation of RI leadership.
This triennial meeting offers workshops, discussions, and speakers on topics of interest. It is also an opportunity to network and socialize with fellow Rotaractors from around the world. At the meeting, delegations from various countries present conference proposals for the upcoming Interota, and participants then, vote to select the next meeting site.

More info at

RYLA in Jordan

Dearest Rotaractors,
RYLA Jordan 2011 will be taking place at the end of this month, from the 29th of Sept till the 2nd of Oct, in AMMAN.
The deadline to send the candidate application is till September 26th, 2011 and has be to be approved by sponsoring Rotary club.
If you are interested in participating please email

The Registration Form and Schedule will then be emailed to you.

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone that helped with this Event!!

We managed to raise over 600 euros for the Alkionides Charity and shall invite the President of Alkionides Charity along with Mrs Katerina Konnari, President of Rotary Club Nicosia, at a date to be announced very soon to hand over the money that was raised.
Special thanks also go out to the following:

Cavo Maris Beach Hotel for their excellent hospitality and their assistance on the day.

Hilights Internet Radio and in particular Mr Yiannis Savvidis for all the musical entertainment.

And of course we could not neglect to thank the following for their kind donations of all the food, beverages and materials necessary for the night.

Starbucks Coffee Company Cyprus (Hot and Cold Coffees)

Photos Photiades Brewery Ltd ( Carlsberg Beers)

E. Neophytou Trading Co LTD (Serano Mixed Nuts)

The wonderful ladies of Alkionides Charity for preparing the Sheftalies

Pittas Dairy Industries Ltd (Halloumi Cheese)

Ηνωμένα Αρτοποιεία (Pitta bread)

RYLA in Rhodes


Dear all,
District 2470-Southern Greece is organizing a RYLA in English for Rotaractors, on the island of Rhodes, during the three-day long weekend of October 28-29-30, and is inviting a number of Rotaractors from Turkey, as well as four Rotaractors from Cyprus.
The Rotarians of Rhodes will cover accommodation, the meals, the training, excursions etc. Participants are asked to pay only their travel expenses.
If any member of Rotaract Club Nicosia is interested please respond by Monday 12th of September to

The detailed programme for the event will be posted as soon as it is available.