The Rotaract Med MDIO event “Mediterranean Board Convention” (MBC) took place for the Rotarian year 2015-16 from 12 to 15 November, 2015, in the capital of Egypt, Cairo and the city of Alexandria!
This is an annual event in which the Med MDIO board members and Country Representatives meet each other, work together and explore the hosting city and country!
Present at this year’s MBC were the Vice President Paul Sampatakakis, the General Secretary of the Med MDIO Saja Fathy, the Communication Coordinator Menna Arafa, the MEDICON 2015 Correspondent and Med MDIO General Secretary 2014-2015 Dina Gazayerli, the Country Representative of Egypt Ahmed Darwish, the Country Representative of Greece Constantine Imprialos in addition to the guest who attended the event exceptionally, George Tziomalos, member of the Representation Committee of Greece to the Med MDIO. Roraractors from Rotaract Clubs of Cairo and Alexandria and the Egyptian Rotaract District 2451 contributed greatly to the organisation of the whole event!
On the first day of the MBC 2015, after their arrival in Cairo, the participants got a first taste of the traditional cuisine eating Koshari, the traditional dish of Egypt! Served in almost every corner of the country, this is an unusual but delicious combination with lentils, chickpeas, rice and pasta topped by a spicy tomato sauce with oriental spices and onions sauté! The evening closed with a beautiful boat trip on the Nile on the tunes of oriental music and Egyptian beer!
The second day started very early but with a lot of energy! The participants first visited one of the most famous and oldest surviving buildings of mankind, the famous pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx! They then stopped by the great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha on the summit of the citadel of Salah al-Din in Cairo. This is the largest mosque built in the first half of the 19th century and is visible from every corner of the great capital of Egypt.
On Friday night, the official board meeting of the Rotaract Med MDIO took place online, in order for all the members who could not visit Egypt to be able to take part! Under the chairmanship of our Med MDIO President Vera Damerjian, the team discussed about various MDIO issues, such as the Med MDIO Syrian Refugee initiative, the MEDICON, the next MBC, and so on with all the ongoing Med MDIO activities.
On the third day, the event continued in the beautiful city of Alexandria! The attendees, together with members of the District 2451 committee and of some local Rotaract Clubs, visited the Montaza Palace. The summer residence of the former King Farouk of Egypt was built on a high hill that offers panoramic view across Alexandria. After a night walk in the royal gardens, the team had dinner along the sea. The evening ended with drinks at the ”Skyroof”, a roof garden with a magnificent city view!
During the last day of the event, Kostas Imprialos and George Tziomalos left the group to return to Greece while Paul Sampatakakis stayed in Alexandria until Tuesday. He signed, together with the Med MDIO Communication Coordinator Menna Arafa, a twinning through the Med MDIO between Rotaract Club Athens, RD2470 Greece and Rotaract Club Cairo Royal RD2451, Egypt! During his stay in Alexandria, the Med MDIO Vice President met with the DRR 2451, Moataz Abdallah and they exchanged flags of their countries!
The Rotaract Med MDIO would like to thank our Med MDIO Country Representative Ahmed Darwish, the Med MDIO General Secretary Saja Fathy, the Med MDIO Communication Coordinator Menna Arafa, and of course all the Egyptian Rotaractors from RD2451 ( Rotaract Club Alexandria Cosmopolitan, Rotaract Club of Nozha New Era, Rotaract Club of Alexandria Marine, Rotaract Club of Alexandria West , Rotaract Club Cairo Royal, Rotaract club of Kasr El Nile ) who helped the Med MDIO members organize this fantastic event!
The Med MDIO team! From the left: CR Greece Costas Imprialos, CR Egypt Ahmed Darwish, Vice President Paul Sampatakakis, Communication Coordinator Menna Arafa, General Secretary Saja Fathy
At the Muhammad Ali Mosque Cairo! From the left: Menna Arafa, Ahmed Mekky, Ahmed Darwish, Costas Imprialos, Saja Fathy, Fara Lotfy, Soha El Sokkary, Paul Sampatakakis, George Tziomalos
At “Skyroof”, Alexandria! From the left: CR Greece Costas Imprialos, DRR RD2451 Moataz Abdallah, George Tziomalos
DRR RD2451 Moataz Abdallah, Vice President Paul Sampatakakis
From the left: Paul Sampatakakis, Raghda El Roumy, Noha Rashad, Nadine Mishriki, Rime Henri, George Tziomalos
From the left: Ahmed Darwish, Noha Rashad, Raghda El Roumy, George Tziomalos, Paul Sampatakakis, Costas Imprialos