Rotaract Club of Nicosia participates in ‘Lets Do It Cyprus’ Cleaning project

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The Let’s do it! campaign is the biggest volunteering project in the world that was initiated in 2008. Since then, it has been organized in 91 countries with 22.128 points of garbage dumps mapped on the world trash map. This project is engaging and brings together millions of volunteers from over 100 countries cleaning up their countries.

Cyprus participated this year for the first time in this campaign. On 29th of September 2012, the ‘Let’s Do It Cyprus’ team took the initiative to the clean up waste from the island’s countryside in a single day with the help of volunteers from all over the island.

Rotaract Club Nicosia Aspelia and Rotaract Club Nicosia joined their forces for this cause. Early Saturday morning all Rotaractors from Nicosia got together and cleaned up waste in a designated area in Aglantzia near the buffer zone.

In this way both Clubs helped to raise awareness, educate and improve attitudes of Cypriot citizens towards waste, recycling and environmental protection. Moreover this project aimed to improve the recycling habits of citizens and support a sustainable society in Cyprus.

The cleaning session was followed by a fellowship lunch where both Rotaract clubs had the opportunity to bond and exchange their experiences on past and future projects.

Let’s do it again next year!

Presentation to District Governor at Chateau Status (07.09.2012)

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On this warm night of the 7th of September, Rotaractors from around  Cyprus gathered at Chateau Status in Nicosia to welcome our District Governor, Kevork Mahdessian and took the opportunity to present our respective Rotaract Club’s to him.

Impressed by the presentations and the good work displayed by all Rotaractors he wished us the very best in our new endeavours and stressed the importance of fulfilling the message of the 2012-13 theme of the RI President Tanaka , “Peace Through Service”.

We all thanked him for his presence and advice and invited him to join us at the garden area of Chateau Status to enjoy a glass of wine, an excellent choice of finger food and of course our good company.

Rotaract Club of Nicosia would like to thank the organising committee for their excellent organisation of the night!

See below for our Clubs’ presentation on the night:

Rotary – Rotarct Fellowship & Fundraising Event in Lythrodontas (12.07.2012)

Dear Rotaractors, Friends and visitors

Firstly I take this opportunity to wish you all a great start to the New Rotary Year of 2012 -2013 !!

The Rotary Year begins with our first joint fellowship and fundraising event  in Lythrodontas in support of the Alzheimer Friendship Foundation and in particular the Alzheimer Day Care Centre in Lythrodontas.

The cost  per person is 25euros with Dinner at a local Lythrodontas taverna and transport (for those who dont want to drive) included. Buses will be parked close to petrol station of the Hilton Hotel (Transportation is offered  free,by Jordanis company)

The itinerary for the evening will be as follows :

6.30pm     Pick up time at Hilton Hotel by bus .

 7.00 pm   Arrival at Alzheimer day care centre -Lythrodontas

 7.45pm    Visit the church of Aghios Therapontas

 8.15 pm   Visit the village square- Dinner with live music

10.15 pm  Buses return to Hilton

For tickets contact us at or purchase them directly at the HIlton Car park or at the Lythrodontas village square on the night.

Best Rotaract regards

Glafkos Mitsidis
President 2012 -2013
Rotaract Club of Nicosia

Rotaract Nicosia Handover Dinner @ Mediterranean Restaurant (20.06.2012)

Dear Friends, guests and visitors,

It was with great joy that we held our Handover Dinner on Wednesday, 20th June. The venue of our dinner/handover was at Mediterranean Restaurant (, where we all enjoyed a fun night, of  getting together and celebrating our Club’s achievements of the 2011 -2012 period  for the last time before the New Rotary Year began.

We were particularly glad to have with us Mrs Yioula Papakyirakou, our sponsoring Rotary Club’s President for 2012 -2013,  District AG Maria Christopoulou and Rotaract – Rotary Liaison Mr Louis Thoma for yet another one of our events, confirming that the solid Rotary -Rotaract relationship from the years before would continue with even greater zeal this Rotary year.

During our informal Handover Dinner those Rotaractors who would not be continuing as officers this year were thanked for their work and the new Board was introduced and welcomed by all for what promises to be an even more fruitful Rotary year.

Best Rotraract regards and all the very best to us all !!

Glafkos Mitsidis
President 2012 – 2013
Rotaract Club of Nicosia
to view our new Officers click on this link

Dancing for Life’ with 48 ORES live @ Red 17.05.2012

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Dancing for Life’ with 48 ORES live in Red by Rotaract Club Nicosia!

In cooperation with the Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends (or PASYKAF as it is most commonly referred to) Rotaract Club Nicosia organized a benefit concert on Thursday, May 17 2012 with the famous Greek Rock band 48 ORES. The concert was organized at RED Music Stage in Nicosia and the band offered the public a night full of music and rhythm.

This exceptional musical night was organised with the aim to raise awareness about the work of PASYKAF and bring attention to cancer prevention amongst young people. Moreover all of our proceeds went to PASYKAF in order to help them with the work they do.

We would like to thank all of you for attending this event and therefore contributing to the significant work PASYKAF continues to provide.

On behalf of all Rotaract Nicosia a special thanks is due to our main sponsors Nice Day Development without their help this event would not have been possible!!.

Dancing for Life” live music with 48 Ores @ RED Music Stage on May17th 21:30

Dear Rotaractors, Friends and Guests

It is with great pleasure that i invite you all to join Rotaract Nicosia on Thursday 17th May from 21:30 onwards at RED Music Stage in Nicosia. Greek rock/pop music band 48 Ores will be appearing for one night only in what promises to be a memorable party.

In cooperation with the Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends (or PASYKAF as it is most commonly refered to) we have organised an exceptional musical night to raise awareness about the work of PASYKAF and bring attention to cancer prevention amongst young people.

The price is 15 Euros (drink not included)….good tunes and good times are included though 🙂

For reservations and/or information you can call RED music stage at 22767711 or me at 97783316

Hope to see you there!!

Best Rotaract regards
Glafkos Mitsidis
President 2011-2012
Rotaract Club of Nicosia

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.

Συναισθηματική Νοημοσύνη: Ο δρόμος προς την Επιτυχία – Emotional Intelligence: the road to success

On 21st February 2012 our Rotaract Club held its third Professional Development for the year on the subject of:

Emotional Intelligence: the road to success

was presented to our club members and our guests on the night by Psychologist, Mrs Christiana Gregoriou.

Στις 21 Φεβρουαρίου 2012 ο  Όμιλος Rotaract Λευκωσίας οργάνωσε την ομιλία με θέμα

Συναισθηματική Νοημοσύνη: Ο δρόμος προς την Επιτυχία

Εισηγήτρια της πιο πάνω ομιλίας ήταν η Ψυχολόγος κα. Χριστιάνα Γρηγορίου,

Η Συναισθηματική Νοημοσύνη είναι μια σχετικά καινούρια έννοια που υποστηρίζει ότι οι μη-ακαδημαϊκές δεξιότητες είναι εξίσου σημαντικές στην προσωπική και εργασιακή επιτυχία. Τα προσωπικά μας χαρακτηριστικά, η ικανότητα μας να επιλύουμε συγκρούσεις, η αυτό-ενημερότητα, η ικανότητα δημιουργίας και διαχείρισης σχέσεων, η ικανότητα διαχείρισης του στρες, η ικανότητα επίλυσης προβλημάτων και η εμπιστοσύνη στον εαυτό και την ομάδα που οδηγεί στη λήψη ρίσκων συνδέονται άμεσα με την εργασιακή εξέλιξη και με την επιτυχία.

Το σεμινάριο περιλάμβανε επεξήγηση της έννοιας ΕΙ, τους τρόπους εκπαίδευσης σε αυτή και το πώς μπορεί να οδηγήσει σε επαγγελματική επιτυχία.

Λίγα στοιχεία παραπάνω για την κα. Χριστιάνα Γρηγορίου

Πτυχίο στην Ψυχολογία (ΑΠΘ), μεταπτυχιακές σπουδές στον τομέα της Θεωρίας της Ψυχανάλυσης και στη Συμβουλευτική/Ψυχοθεραπεία (Essex & Roehampton University), εκπαιδεύσεις στην παρέμβαση σε κρίση και τη συμβουλευτική. Εργάστηκε ως καθηγήτρια ψυχολογίας, ψυχοθεραπεύτρια και εκπαιδεύτρια σε θέματα που αφορούν ενίσχυση αυτοπεποίθησης, διαχείριση άγχους, διαχείριση συναισθημάτων και σχέσεων. Συμμετοχή σε ΜΚΟ που αφορούν τα δικαιώματα παιδιών και νέων αλλά και την καταπολέμηση της φτώχειας και του κοινωνικού αποκλεισμού σε τοπικό και ευρωπαϊκό επίπεδο.

Rotaract Club of Nicosia – World Cancer Day 2012 Online Awareness Campaign


Did you know? 33% of cancer cases can be prevented. This World Cancer Day, DO SOMETHING. Tell the world what you will do to help decrease preventable deaths from cancer.

Το γνωρίζεις? 33% όλων των καρκίνων παγκοσμίων μπορούν να προληφθούν! Σήμερα, που είναι η Παγκόσμια Μέρα Κατά του Καρκίνου, ΚΑΝΕ ΚΑΤΙ! Πες στους φίλους σου τι θα κάνεις για να βοηθήσεις να μειωθούν οι θάνατοι από τον καρκίνο.

Rotaract Club of Nicosia in coordination with the Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends (PASYKAF)are hosting a two day online facebook event inviting you to spread the message that “Together it is possible”….post your own message on the Event wall, on your own wall or on a friends wall.

Ο Όμιλος Ρόταρακτ Λευκωσίας σε συνεργασία με τον Παγκύπριο Σύνδεσμο Καρκινοπαθών και Φίλων (ΠΑΣΥΚΑΦ) φιλοξενούμε μία διήμερη διαδικτυακή εκδήλωση όπου σας προσκαλούμε να μεταδώσουμε το μήνυμα ότι “Ενωμένοι Μπορούμε”…γράψε και συ το δικό σου μήνυμα στον τοίχο μας..στον τοίχο σου ή στον τοίχο των φίλων σας και βοήθησε να περάσει το μήνυμα.

Visit the Facebook Event page and unite your voice with ours:

Sign the World Cancer Declaration by following the link below:
Υπόγραψε την Παγκόσμια Δήλωση για τον Καρκίνο ακολουθώντας το πιο κάτω link.

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.

Effective Communication: How to achieve it! (24.01.2012)


On Tuesday 24th  January 2012 our Club held its second Professional Development Event for the 2011-2012 period, once again at the House of the European Union in Nicosia.

Rotaractors, friends and other guests had the pleasure of enjoying a presentation titled “Effective Communication: How to achieve it” , given in Greek by Mrs Andrie Penta.

The presentation was a synopsis of the most important “tools” of communication (such as tone of voice, hand gestures, eye contact, correct use of words etc) and how we can use these tools effectively in every aspect of our life, whether in a professional context or in a social one.

The presentation provided an overview of the differences in verbal and non verbal communication through useful examples as well as a practical guide on how everyone can use these “tools” and of course a few tips on the ever important social networking.

The end of the presentation was followed by a brief Q&A session where any remaining unanswered issues were clarified by Mrs Penta.

Guests, friends and Rotaractors then had the opportunity to socialize and put the nights teachings in practice at the reception area of the House of Europe where refreshments and nibbles were offered for all.

A few words about Andrie Penta:

Andrie Penta, holds a BA (Hons) in Marketing and Management from Middlesex University, London, and an MSc (with Merit) in Strategic Marketing from the University of Hertfordshire, London. She also holds advanced certificates in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (London) and in Image Coaching and Personal Branding from the London Image Institute. She gained work experience in the field of marketing and communications in various reputable organizations in London and Cyprus, including the position of head of Marketing & Communications at Ernst & Young.
Andrie is the Managing Director of Penta Marketing Art and the Cyprus Image Institute, which she established in 2008 and 2010 respectively, offering marketing, PR, and personal branding services. In addition to being a member of various professional associations Andrie is the Cyprus Ambassador of the ‘European Network of Female Entrepreneurship’ and an approved trainer of the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus. Her publications include weekly columns as well as specific articles in the local press as well as in various trade publications.
More for Ms Penta at and

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 Party @ Fratelli Bar & Restaurant on Thursday 12.01.2012

Rotaract Club of Nicosia is celebrating the New Year with a bang with the Club’s first party for 2012 !

Join us on Thursday 12th January 2012 @ Fratelli Bar & Restaurant at 20:30 for the cutting of our Club’s Vasilopitta

Price : 20 Euros per person

Price includes:

Finger Food (Hot & Cold Nibbles)

Open Bar (Local Beers, House Wine, Soft Drinks & Coffee)
*Any other Alcoholic Beverages will be charged according to Menu Prices with a 15% Discount.

Please RSVP a.s.a.p

See you all there!!

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