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The last three years have seen profound change in our club's life. In 2007 Rotary in Hungary came of age once more, as a separate entity (a "District") was created for Hungary within Rotary International for the first time since it was disbanded in the early 1940s. We have tried to play our part in the development of the District by creating a literary prize. After huge work, that prize has now won wide-spread endorsement as a force for good, most notably by the screening in prime time TV by Hungary's international TV channel of a two hour award ceremony. And in 2009 we formed a club for teenagers and students, within Rotary's ROTARACT programme.
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Rotary Club Budapest-Tabán
Who are we?
We are a group of friends who like the opportunity to meet over dinner each week and to work together on charitable projects. Beyond the limits of our circle, we also enjoy the opportunities offered by Rotary International to meet and help similar-minded people elsewhere: attending each others meetings, weekends away, exchange-programs etc. We take time to deepen friendships, through shared interests and enlightened company. And we proudly contribute to the wider projects of the Rotary (www.rotary.org) to build peace, goodwill, and friendship in the world and to extend help.
We are a relatively young club, organised in a democratic spirit and relying on our members to volunteer their own contribution in whatever way they can and wish to. Bearing in mind our small size, we are an energetic club, organising many social events both open ones to raise money for our chosen causes and closed ones for ourselves. Currently our main charity is the Tudor Foundation (www.tudor-alapitvany.hu), a small but growing network of classrooms for talented but deprived 8-10 year olds to help develop their lives after school. And, as mentioned above, our main
We share a common respect for the spirit and values of the Rotary, friendship and service; we are based within easy reach of the historic central area of Budapest called Tabán; and we all speak Hungarian and understand at least one other. Amongst our members we have not only locals but Hungarians from beyond today's borders (Upper Hungary), one dual resident of Italy and Hungary, and an English immigré. As you can see from the brief introductions each of us has written for this booklet, we come from a variety of backgrounds and have many different interests and occupations - although we accidentally have strong representation from property-related professions.
Indeed we believe that diversity enriches our club and contributes to its dynamism and capability. So we would welcome potential new members who help broaden the composition of our club.