10, 11, 12 June 2005
we are approaching our RIC meeting from the 10. June to 12. June .
62 of you have announced their coming and we in Leipzig are looking forward to spend exiting days with you, having fun, showing you a bit of Leipzig and discussing mutual interesting topics.
Here is a summary of the events which we have planned:
10. 06. 2005
We expect your arrival from 12:00 on. Your hotel is a few steps away from the centre of Leipzig.
When you are arriving in Altenburg Nobitz we shall have a shuttle there to bring you to the hotel.
The same from the Airport Leipzig – Halle
Should you arrive by train let us know to meet you at the station.
We shall meet you in the hotel
15:00 we have planned a visit to the magnificent Building of the former Reichsgericht now housing the Federal court of Justice for Administration
18:00 light supper in the restaurant of your hotel
20:00 A Piano recital in the “Old Bourse” with the outstanding young pianist Julia Mustonen
After the Concert a get together in the oldest inn of Leipzig,the “Koffeebaum”
23:30 bed time
11. 06. 2005
9:00 departure for an excursion in to the surroundings of Leipzig
- Stop an old church in Störmthal where we shall see an hear an old organ made by Hildebrand which was inaugurated by Johann Sebastian Bach
- A visit to the brown coal mines and the conversion of a landscape
- Lunch at the piano factory Julius Blüthner with typical dishes from the area
- Official RIC Meeting for all Rotarians
- For all other a tour through the piano factory Julius Blüthner
16.00 Return to the Hotel and preparation for the evening
17 :45 Departure to the Leipzig Zoo where we offer you a walk around . You will see Europe’s largest collection of hominids
20:00 An evening in a Safari lodge . You may choose your attire as you wish but you would not wear a black tie going on a lyons hunt , or would you ?
We shall have taxis for the return to the hotel.
12. 06. 2005
10:00 Fare well at the Völkerschlachtdenkmal
There is a little restaurant where we meet. If you wish you can go up the monument and to get some explanation from our friends
Some tit bits and some drinks will be provided to get you safely on your way.
For those to the Air ports we shall provide transportation and make sure you get there in time.
So for the Concert you might want to wear a dress and a suit
For the excursion informal dress is suggested may be also adjusted to out – door circumstances.
For the Safari Evening informal dress with maybe a slight Safari touch is suggested.
We are looking forward meeting you all !!
June 11th 2005
Rotary Club Leipzig
1929 – 1937 Charter 3. November 1990
Rotary International Distrikt 1880
Präsident: Ingbert Blüthner-Haessler c/o Julius Blüthner GmbH
Sekretär: Dr. Albrecht Randelzhofer c/o Notare Tzschaschel & Dr. Randelzhofer
After the guests had arrived on Friday 10 June a first welcome of the guests and dinner took place in the Hotel Mercure (formerly Dorint) after which the guests and many friends from the RC Leipzig went to a piano concert in the Alte Börse (Old Stock Exchange). After the concert a sociable evening with snacks, wine and beer which lasted until after midnight was held at Coffé Baum. It was a good occasion to assist everyone in getting to know each other. On Saturday 11. June in the morning there was a sightseeing tour to the open cast mining area south of Leipzig and to the church at Störmthal after which guests and hosts had lunch at the premises of the company Julius Blüthner. The official meeting took place between 2 and 4 p.m. while accompanying guests took part in a tour through the production plant.
Minutes of the official meeting
Date: 11 June 2005
Location: Julius Blüthner GmbH, Dechwitzerstraße 12, 04463 Groß Pösna
- RC High Suffolk: Alan Cutting, Carol Garrett, John Rodgers, Harry Standley, Bryan Hull, Susann Hansen, Myles Hansen
- RC Leipzig: Rolf Arnold, Hans Bauer, Bernd v. Bieler, Eberhard Blüthner, Ingbert Blüthner-Haessler, Joachim Brödner, Andreas Brzezinski, Axel Buschmann, Markus A. Denzel, Reinhold Franz, Peter Fritz, Lech Jankowski, Friedrich Kremer, Gerd W. Kück, Ulrich Kühn, Klaus Melzer, Michael Merkel, Peter Müller, Matthias Nitsche, Albrecht Randelzhofer, Frank Rohrwacher, Wolfgang Rotzsch, Rudolf v. Sandersleben, Peter Schmidt, Werner Stärtzel.
- RC Le Vesinet: Bernard Assous, Alain Candelier, Oliver Cóte, Jean-Francois Favard, Jean-Pierre Fiquet, Christian Godde, Gilbert Guinault, Etienne Le Gac, Daniel Rether, Gerard Spaggiari,
- RC Nieuwkoop: Gert Achterveld, Ed van Dijk, Jan de Greef, Cees den Hertog, Henk van de Meent, Ko Orlebeke, Fons Rietmeier, Jan Zwaan
- RC Rotselaar: Staf Bergmann, Patric Billiet, Marc de Jonge, Eric Giskes, Johan Gordts, Roland Heelen, Andre Oeyen, Roland Organe, Jo Pauels, Gilbert Pues, Tom Van Orshove, Germain Wyseur
- Guests: RC Lublin: Henryk Taranski, Radoslaw Hunek, Wincente Kurczuk, Krzysztof Kurczuk.
The President of the RC Leipzig, friend Blüthner-Haessler as host opened the meeting and welcomed everyone present.
He asked all representatives of the individual clubs to give a brief report of the Rotary Year that was about to close and invited the President of the RC High Suffolk to speak first. She reported that the number of members of the RC had increased from sixteen to nineteen and that her club has now existed for ten years. On occasion of the 100 year anniversary of Rotary the club has supported a local and an international project. Funds were raised on the Christmas markets of the market towns typical for the rural area for a
blood pressure Project and a disarmament project. The President of the RC Leipzig, friend Blüthner-Haessler, reported a consolidation of the number of members at a level between 65 and 70. A considerable part of club members participated in the annual trip abroad which on this occasion was to Jordan. In addition there had been a joint trip to the wine-growing area near the Saale and Unstrut rivers as well as a visit to the Museum for Anthropology in Halle (Nebra Sky Disc). As a joint project of all four Rotary Clubs in Leipzig the club participated in the conservation of the oldest Bach monument in Leipzig. As social projects the RC Leipzig also supported the Hospice Association and as a new project the House Steinstraße. The latter is also participating in the project which is to be supported with the results of the R.I.C. meeting.
The President of the RC Le Vesinet asked another member to present his statement. The RC Le Vesinet is 20 years old and has 31 members, with the membership number having been increased this year from 27 to 31 by an email campaign. As regards social projects, fishermen in Sri Lanka have been supported due to the tsunami. There was also support of well building in Afrika and within [France] there was the project “One Young – One job – One Rotarian” as part of which efforts were made to help young people into jobs through 30 meetings and 200 interviews, faithful to the motto “to give time is as wonderful as to give money”.
The President of the RC Nieuw Koop reported the joining of seven new members, including four women. The acceptance of women had not led to a disaster but enriched the club. As regards social projects in Surinam, a summer cam, St Nicholas festival on 5 December and Donations for a children’s choir, including a used piano.
The RC Rotselaar reported of its activities to raise funds. A golf tournament had been held and a classical concert as well as a Christmas sale had been organised. The golf tournament had raised €40,000. With this the club supports Moscow street children, the disabled and a holiday abroad for Chernobyl children. The project “see you” supported the purchase of a monitor to observe prematurely born babies. 29 club members took part in a two week trip to South Africa. the club has managed to attract to new members. After a short comment regarding the decision to relocate the DHL air freight centre from Brussels to Leipzig (on of the few battles the Saxons had won in their history) the guests’ presents were handed out (chocolates and paintings).
The President of the RC Lublin started by thanking for the invitation. The RC Lublin supports cancer patients. On 10 October 2005 it will celebrate the 15th anniversary of its re-foundation and is inviting everyone for that occasion. He pointed out that Lublin only appears to be far east and can be reached by a two hour flight. It is the most easterly large city in Poland but despite this there are still not bears walking around its streets at night. Thereafter banners were exchanged and presents were handed over.
Following this friend Billet from the RC Rotselaar spoke and handed over the R.I.C. flag, which is to be kept by the respective hosting club and then handed over to the new host, to the President of the RC Leipzig as visible evidence of the R.I.C. meeting. Then glasses were given as presents.
Thereafter it was reported that on the previous evening agreement had been reached on the final wording of the R.I.C. Rules and these were signed.
After this act friend v. Bieler of the RC Leipzig presented the project proposed by that club.
Subsequently High Suffolk was voted to be host of the next R.I.C. meeting and the R.I.C. flag was handed over.
The representatives of the RC Suffolk thanked for the selection stated that as pro-European Brits they were very pleased to be hosts. It was suggested that the flag should only be handed over to the host at the R.I.C, meeting and should remain in Leipzig until then. Then the project proposed by the RC Suffolk of the R.I.C. meeting in 2006 was presented. The funds raised are to be used to support Mark Cook’s project “Hope and Home for Children” which since 2001 has been running two houses in Prizren (Kosovo) in which 12 children aged 2 to 17 from different religions have found a home. This project needs €20,000 per annum. A specific part of the project is to be supported to ensure 24 hour care on seven days a week. Mark Cook’s organisation has been chosen because as a small club the RC Suffolk cannot run the organising itself and because the project was convincing. A CD was handed over for further explanation.
The President of the RC Leipzig thanked all participants of the R.I.C. and the friends who were involved in organising it and concluded the official R.I.C. meeting.
After the official meeting the guests were taken to the Zoo for a guided tour before festivities started at 8 p.m. in the Africa Lodge of Leipzig Zoo with African food, music and dance.
On Sunday 12 June the R.I.C. meeting ended with a visit to the monument of Battle of the Nations 1813 and a brunch in the Café am Völkerschlachtdenkmal.
Social project Leipzig 2005
Handicapped Children will become Book Publishers
The Rotary Club Leipzig wants to bring forward the initiative for a youth-project which 1) is strongly recommended in the sense of developing handicapped childrens capabilities in times of restricted public budgets, which 2) needs financial help to have the project started (start-up-support), which 3) will not have follow-up-costs as the project is intended and calculated for self-financing and which 4) is located in the community of Leipzig.
Particularly there will be no support for this project from the social or youth welfare office of Leipzig community. Without significant help from outside one has to fear that the project will die before it could show his positive effects.
1. The history of the project:
The initiator, the friendly society „Haus Steinstrasse e.V.“ is experienced with different ways of encouraging children and youngsters in their development of creativity, consciousness and selfesteem by using different approaches, in particular with the so-called project “Plumb-Bug-Publishers”, based on the use of an inhouse print-workshop at the location Steinstrasse.
The particulars of the publishing-project is the implementation of a protected creative room for children and youngsters on one side, the stepping out in public fields and combined with that the social participation in public affairs.
Craftmanship + Creativity + Social Communication = Extension of Abilities and Self-Esteem
From first planning and the complete fabrication up to the presentation of the work the young book producers between 6 and 18 years are authors, illustrators, bookprinters and public relation managers in one person. They are pedagogically and artistically attended by professional artists.
The working in the in-house printing workshop is followed up by the experiencing of the former traditional and of the contemporary bookprinting-techniques as well as by lectures and exhibitrions.
2. The new project for physically handicapped children:
The objective is the improved integration of physically handicapped children and youngsters to prevent this group from being separated and excluded, and to develop new forms of perception of disabled persons.
The existing facility is an old house without elevators and bad conditions for handicapped people. The recently opened opportunity to use room(s) in the Albert-Schweitzer-School for handicapped boys and girls as well as the present of an up to now idle blockprint-facility which had been posted already in the cellar of the Albert-Schweitzer-School open up very positive perspectives and usefull opportunities.
The school has currently 210 disabled scholars in classes of primary and secondary school. The physical handicaps are e.g. cerebral apraxias, paraplegias, muscle-diseases and developmental disorders/internal diseases. The school already offers for recreational activities courses in performance, music, computer, pottery. Up to now there is no comparable project in the area of visual arts. The school is supporting the a.m. project particularly by not billing the young bookprinters for extra rent, heat and water and by the pedagogical assistance of teachers for special projects.
3. Courses and workshops:
Based on the excellent experience with the existing print workshop at the Steinstrasse the new facility will offer school-complementary longterm projects for physically handicapped children and/together with not disabled children:
Regular courses in spare times for the children and teenagers attending classes of the school, for children/youngsters of a nearby asylum as well as of the quarter (6 to 8 persons per course twice a week in the afternoon).
Multidisciplinary school-projects in the classes language, arts, biology and social studies for classes 1 to 9 with the task to produce an original graphic book in a big print-run (4 projects per each).
In special projects handicapped together with not disabled children are working on a joint theme and together in the workshop with the objective of the fabrication of a book or a graphic project (2-3 projects per school-term for classes 1-9). The intention is to have both groups get a better sense of the other participants and their strenghs and weaknesses.
“Kindergarden-workshop” in coordination with a nearby remedial daycare center, which means that preschool children will learn basic techniques in letterpress.printing and learn by playing with alphabetic characters, numbers and scriptures and fonts. They will create their own stories and fantasies, graphics and books (10 weeks per year).
4. Current situation and prospects:
The initiators started the project in January 2005.
The first course with 7 children of classes 3 and 4 has already started, each Tuesday afternoon 90 minutes, concentrating on bookdesign, –arrangement and -manufacture, learning of graphic techniques, motivating the children to develop their own fantasies (which is reported to be very poor). As space is limited school authorities are asked to open additional resp. bigger facilities to have more (interested) children participating.
A second course has just started with 3 scholars of the school and 4 children of a nearby youth-daycare-center, Thursday afternoon 4 hours.
In march we have the annual book fair in Leipzig. It is intended to have handicapped children visit the book fair and in particular child-oriented printing and publishing companies to build up first relations.
In april 2005 they hope to have at least 10 children of the school and 6 children of the surrounding quarter participating in courses.
In May/June approx. 6 children in pre-school age at the remedial daycare-center will start courses.
Multidisciplinary courses, which will be projected together with teachers of the school within next months, will be offered after summer vacations (approx. 3 courses with 7-8 children/youngsters).
5. Planned Budget for the Start-Up-Period (12-15 months)*:
Absorption of fees (courses) for the handicapped persons:
10 children for 40 weeks at 3,50 EUR/course 1.400 EUR
Salary for a person in respect of organizing, coordinating and performing the different courses as well as building up the network for generating future income (sponsoring, sale of Books and graphic products):
10 hours per week for 20 weeks 2.500 EUR
Purchase of specialized tools (e.g. smaller milling tools) for the specific needs of the handicapped children 600 EUR
Posters and flyer to make the project known to potential users (buyers of the graphical products) and sponsors 500 EUR
Total 5.000 EUR
Additional needs in case that the project gets status of a matching grant:
Costs of printing 2 to 3 books, which shall be published in high print runs (500) to generate future revenues (depending o used techniques one calculates 400 to 1.000 EUR per title) 1.500 EUR
Necessary repair of the existing scissors for paper (2 knifes have to be produced and built in) estimate of costs 1.000 EUR
* The given figures refer to the start-up, in which no revenues can be generated from the sale of Books and the support of users and sponsors.
The social and youth welfare office Leipzig has stated, due to financial restrictions, to be unable to support this project. That means that the success of the project without additional support in the start-up-period is in danger.
Rot. Bernd v. Bieler Leipzig, March 07, 2005