Last Monday, October 9, 2023, the Rotary Club Sevilla International celebrated a memorable lunch at the prestigious Real Club de Golf de Sevilla. The event was adorned with the presentation of the book “The Franco Forger” by its author, Juan Carlos Arias, who is also a detective and a valued member of our club. Around 50 people, including club members and special guests, joined us in this celebration of camaraderie and collaborative effort.
It was an honor to have the presence of the vice president of the Rotary Club of Madrid, Fernando Azcona, also with the president of Rotaract Sevilla, Hicham Bougrine, and especially, two members of the Rotary Club Karlsruhe-Fächerstadt from Germany. The brotherhood between our club and the German club, which has a 40-year history and 80 members, was solidified through the traditional exchange of pennants, carried out by our president, Fran Guillén, and Ulrike Lange, a member of the Karlsruhe club.
Luis Prieto, our vice president and president of the project committee, shared a summary of the activities recently carried out, highlighting the donation of 1080€ for the victims of the earthquake in Morocco through the Rotary Foundation. On his part, Francisco Martín, president of the training committee, reminded in his training pill the main lines of charitable action of Rotary at a global level.
Sebastián Morales, treasurer of the club and president of the networking committee, introduced a new networking initiative that seeks to strengthen the ties between club members, promoting an atmosphere of collaboration and mutual support.
On his part, Rafael Casal, secretary of the club and president of the impact acceleration committee, announced the opening of the registration period for mentors in the Impact Mentors accelerator, an initiative promoted by our club to assist entrepreneurs with social and environmental impact projects.
On an encouraging note, Gerardo Martínez, president of the Rotary Foundation committee, shared that we recently received a donation of 600€ from the Rotary Foundation for the project of vein detection devices for pediatric oncology patients, in collaboration with the foundation Por la Sonrisa de un Niño. The club has already acquired four of these vital devices, marking a significant step towards improving medical care for these young patients.
This lunch not only celebrated individual and collective contributions to noble causes but also served as a reminder of the power of collaboration and friendship in creating a lasting impact in our communities and beyond. It left us with a renewed sense of purpose and the anticipation of many more impactful initiatives and enriching meetings in the future.