VASILOPITA EVENING AT GUSTOSO RESTAURANT
A large number of Paphos Aphrodite Rotarians, relatives and guests enjoyed an excellent social event at Gustoso’s Italian restaurant on Thursday 19 January, centring on the Vasilopita traditional new year cake.
Things got off to a difficult start when the guest of honour, the Mayor of Paphos Phedonas Phedonos, arrived 45 minutes late and with no interim food served, but the food when it finally arrived was excellent and plentiful, washed down with a good selection of local and international wines. The Mayor’s main hostess for the evening, Rtn Xenia Papastylianou who introduced him to diners, was the lucky winner of the coin hidden in the cake. Pictures to follow shortly.
Club members were royally wined and dined at our annual Christmas meal on December 15th at the outstanding Lodge South African restaurant in Kato Paphos. Huge mounds of food and excellent beer and wine made for a truly memorable event. Any hangovers are the responsibility of the drinkers !
INTERNATIONAL EVENING AT ROMEO’S
Rotary’s international reach was much in evidence at an excellent social gathering at Romeo’s restaurant in Kato Paphos on November 18th. As a tourist centre, Paphos attracts a lot of visiting Rotarians and their partners from all over the world, and the Romeo’s evening featured visitors from Canada, South Africa, Sweden and Britain. They were rewarded with some great food, wine and entertainment.
President David with our visitors President David exchanging banners with Rtn George Ling from Chesterfield Scarsdale UK
Xenia outdoing Zorba !! Our excellent musicians.
TEN-PIN BOWLING EVENT
On Thursday 10 November Club members deserted our usual venue for a fun evening’s skittling at the Paphos Bowling Alley, accompanied by some excellent hot snacks and drinks. We were delighted to be joined by an old friend from Canada, Rtn Antoine Hirsch, plus another visiting Rotarian, Maxim Tafintsev from RC Moscow International, who exchanged banners with our President David Whindle.
Maxim and David exchange banners. Panicos panics – will it be a strike ?
Getting the beers in !! Joy unconfined – a great strike !
GRIMSBY ST JAMES CHARTER DINNER
Eight Club members plus five spouses had a great night out on Saturday 15 October helping members of the Rotary Club of Grimsby St James celebrate the Charter Dinner of their President, retired surgeon Reda Youssef, at Neo’s Sports Club in Peyia. Reda has visited our Club twice recently and told us of his innovative plan to hold his Charter Dinner in Cyprus, and it was good to see him getting such good support. An excellent meze dinner, great food and wine and fine entertainment. Here are a few images from the evening.
Our host, Dr Reda Youssef
Three belles – Elena, Julia and De’Lys
The two Club Presidents with wives De’Lys and Sheila
GREAT SOCIAL EVENING ON ‘WAVE DANCER’
The officers and crew of ‘Wave Dancer’, the popular pleasure craft moored at Paphos Harbour, did the Club proud on the evening of Tuesday August 23rd. Ace reporter Thorsten Quakernack describes the event ‘ Once on board the crew greeted us and escorted us to our table. We then set sail and the band started performing while we relaxed on deck and took in the spectacular coastal scenery. We then dropped anchor in a beautiful cove to enjoy dinner. The evening continued with a fantastic floor show followed by a spectacular fireworks display illuminating the night sky in the most beautiful colours. On our way back to Paphis Harnour we danced to some great music. A big thank you to Julia Rautenschlein who organised such a wonderful evening’
Harbour at night In full swing !!
Eye candy for girls…and for boys ! BOOM !!
EXCELLENT HANDOVER DINNER
Our home venue, the Anemi Hotel, did us proud on Thursday 23 June at a dinner around the hotel swimming pool to mark the passing of the Presidential baton from outgoing President Panicos Georgiades to incoming President David Whindle. Excellent food and drink, and NOBODY FELL IN THE POOL despite a significant quantity of wine being consumed.
The following pictures, clockwise from left, are: (i) Andi Georgiou and Christakis Pavlou from the Thalassaemia Association and Christodoulos Demetriou of the Confederation of Parents Associations of Primary Education receiving cheques from Panicos from funds raised during the recent running event (see below); (ii) the handover moment between Panicos and David; (iii) CHEERS on the top table; (iv) President David; (v) new secretary Carol Heads; (vi) glamorous former President Xenia Papastylianou (left) and friend.
WALKING THE DOG…JUST A-WALKING THE DOG
The late great Rufus Thomas, who sang the old soul classic quoted from above, would have approved of the Club’s sponsored Dog Walk on Sunday 8th May, from Lighthouse Beach to link up with the ‘Hot Dog’ show at the Venetian Fort in Paphos Harbour. The numbers attending were disappointing, but the Club still raised 600 Euros to benefit disadvantaged local schoolchildren and thalassaemia sufferers. Event organiser George Kafizas hopes that the Club can do better next year, backed up by a much stronger advertising and promotional campaign.
A couple of pictures from the event
RUN AROUND PAPHOS FOR CHARITY ON SUNDAY 17 APRIL
On the morning of Sunday April 17th, RC Paphos Aphrodite supported the local ‘Stelios Kyrakiades’ Running Club in its 10000 and 4000 metre road races around Paphos, commencing at the memorable setting of Paphos Castle (pictured) at the harbour. All runners received a commemorative medal and trophies were awarded to the first three men and first three women in both race categories, plus other prizes for various age groups, including some hardy over-60s. The men’s 10K race overall winner was Christos George with a time of 37.03, and the women’s 10k winner was Magdalena Wardacka-Taylor timed at 46.39. The men’s 4k race overall winner was Michael Sikopetrititis with a time of 14.57, and the women’s 4k winner was Helen Alexander times at 18.14. Club President Panicos Georgiades proudly took his place among the 10k runners, and finished in style. Our Club helped with registration, track marshalling and cleaning up.
The races are dedicated to the memory of the legendary Pafian marathon runner Stelios Kyriakides, winner of the 50th Boston Marathon in 1946, who used his great win to raise $250,000 in charitable donations to aid his war-ravaged homeland. This year’s event raised a splendid 1127 Euros, of which 740 will be spent on the purchase of clothing and footwear for needy local children and 387 to support child victims of the blood disorder thalassaemia.
Here are a few pictures taken by your scribe’s wife Sandra from close to my marshalling point opposite the Alexander the Great hotel.
Your Webmaster does not ‘do mornings’ so it took a huge effort to rise at 0600 on a Sunday morning !! Well worthwhile, however.
GALA DINNER WITH ROTARY CLUB OF PAPHOS
The Anemi Hotel did the Club proud with an excellent three course dinner and accompanying wine on March 31st, where we welcomed visitors from the Rotary Club of Paphos, plus visiting American Rotarians John and Julie from Modesto,California. Our distinguished guest speaker, paediatrician and likely future politician Andreas Petrides (pictured below) delivered an interesting talk about Greece’s struggle to free itself from Ottoman rule during the 19th century and the role of the various Great Powers in the unfolding drama. The talk was given in Greek, but a helpful Rotarian then delivered a summary of it in English for the inevitably monoglot British contingent. All in all a very good event which we hope will herald more co-operation between the two local Clubs.
LADY LUCK SMILES ON OUR FUN CASINO NIGHT !!
The Club hosted a great night of fun gaming at its annual charity ‘Casino Night’ on Saturday March 5th at the Anemi Hotel. Turnout was excellent, and we raised an impressive 1900 Euros (more then twice last year’s total) for Rotary approved charities, notably the movement’s drive to end polio worldwide. Many thanks to all Club members who helped to organise the event. Thanks also to our excellent croupiers, and to our various corporate sponsors. Some images from the night can be seen below.
The pictures show the calm before the storm, before the tables go into action, then three images of worried gamblers assessing the odds. Note the intense concentration on Carol Heads’s face in the third image. Finally, some pictures of a true professional in action, the croupier at the blackjack table I played.