Activity

Our club meets on Mondays, at 18.30 at Palace Hotel.

At most meetings, we will have an interesting talk given by a distinguished speaker, except in the instance of business meetings that we have a few times a year. Please check the schedule for future events below and come back soon for amendments that tend to appear weekly.

All Rotarians are naturally welcome to all our club meetings. As the traditional meal is part of our club meetings, previous notification to the club secretary about your visit (and dietary requirements, if any) is recommended for practical purposes. However, this is in no way a requirement, just feel free to show up at the beginning of the next meeting and be very welcome. The hotel will do its best to serve your selection from the restaurant menu.

SEASON 2023/2024

05.02.2024 Jürgen Ligi is the longest serving member of the Estonian Parliament. He has been Minister of Finance, Minister of Foreign affairs, Minister of Education and Minister of Defense of Estonia. He gave us a very balanced and reasonable view on the contemporary political processes and answered many questions related to Estonian politics. 

29.01.2024 Club meeting. Discussion of future charitable projects.

22.01.2024 Our guest speaker was Peeter Tali, Member of the parliament of Estonia (Eesti 200). On an extensive overview on the war in Ukraine, followed by in depth discussion and exchange of opinions and ideas. 

15.01.2024 Guest speaker Joseph Dunnigan gave us an entertaining rendition of the Banned Books Museum which he has found in Tallinn. He is collector of banned books and especially the story’s behind banning in different countries and censorship.

08.01.2024 Club meeting.

14.12.2023 Annual Charity Christmas Dinner.

27.11.2023 David Wurmser gave us an overview of the Gaza and Mid East picture and possible outcomes. David was senior Mid East Advisor to Dick Cheney/George Bush whilst serving on the NSC. 

20.11.2023 Seva Krutko spoke about life in Belorussia under the dictatorship and innovative ideas on solving the practical problems of diaspora and political refugees.

13.11.2023 Club Election. 

6.11.2023 Liina Vahtras is e-Residency’s new Managing Director. She presented current situation and future plans of e-Residency.

30.10.2023  Roger McDermott talked with us about The Russian Military as an Adaptive Organisation – how are Russians changed their modus operandi during the war in Ukraine.

23.10.2023 His Excellency Ajaneesh Kumar, ambassador of India presented us interesting picture of Indian present and future in economic and political matters.

16.10.2023 Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces general Martin Herem spoke about big picture of defence and Russian aggression against Ukraine.

9.10.2023  Our guest speaker was Martin Arpo, deputy director of Estonian Internal Security Service (KAPO – Kaitsepolitseiamet).

2.10.2023  Rainer Saks, former head of Estonian foreign intelligence and now famous blogger on Russian aggression against Ukraine, spoke as guest speaker about war situation.

25.09.2023 Norwegian historian Hege Boman Grundekjøn spoke about Norvegian and Estonian common history and faith of sailors during and after WW II.

18.09.2023 Our guest speaker was Rob West, analyst on the Green Energy Transition, with a focus on disruptive technologies and outcomes – good and bad.

11.09.2023 Club meeting.

04.09.2023  Club meeting. 

SEASON 2022/2023

12.06.2023 The closing meeting of Rotary season 2022-2023 dedicated to RC “Tallinn Global” charity projects: the art therapy program “Invisible matters” for Ukraine refugee children in Tallinn; Sponsorship of Diabetic Alert Dog (DAD) training for Estonian children with diabetes. 

05.06.2023 Guest speaker Aivaras Abromavičius, a Lithuanian-born Ukrainian investment banker and politician, former Ukraine’s Minister of Economy and Trade who studied international business in Concordia International University Estonia. The topic of presentation of Mr. A. Abromavičius: “The Ukrainian wartime economy: grain deal, challenges and post-war perspectives”.

29.05.2023 Guest speaker Timo Nieminen, Executive manager at Finnish-Estonian Chamber of Commerce. The topic of presentation: “The Facial Action Coding System (FACS)”

22.05.2023 Guest speaker Kenn Konstabel, Associate Professor in Personality and Social Psychology at University of Tartu. The topic of presentation: “Mental health”

15.05.2023 Guest speaker Jan Olav Apold Gårdvik, Norwegian offshore oil rig business professional. The topic of presentation: “The Helgeland coast – Norway’s hidden treasure”.

08.05.2023 Speaker Vaidas Matulaitis, RC “Tallinn Global” secretary. The topic of presentation: “50 shades of Estonian silence through the eyes of local Lithuanian”. A mash of serious facts, real life discoveries and funny misunderstandings. Plus few useful tips for those who want to make connections in Lithuania and Estonia. 

24.04.2023 Guest speaker H.E. Raimonda Murmokaite, Ambassador of Lithuania to Estonia. The topic of presentation: “Russia‘s war against Ukraine and its wider security implications ahead of Vilnius NATO summit”.

17.04.2023 Guest speaker Mr. Luca Zampaglione , CSO of eu-LISA. Topic of the presentation: “Pragmatic perspective of cyber security”

03.04.2023 Guest speaker Mr. Vidas Petraitis, founder & CEO at Nortus, the largest Lean company in Baltic states. The topic of presentation: “Problem solving no.1 skill in the world.
Best excellence practices
“.

27.03.2023 Speaker Mr. Tõnis Arro, Charter President of the RC “Tallinn Global”. How mad is western world and is there a war against West going on? Tõnis will present a review based on Douglas Murray’s books “Madness of Crowds” and “The War on the West”. 

20.03.2023 Guest speaker Mrs. Jurgita Turulienė, the Governor of District 1462 (Lithuania). The topic of presentation: “An overview of the activities in Lithuanian district”.

13.03.2023 Guest speaker Mr. Genadi Shamugia, Information Security Officer of Pipedrive. The topic of presentation: “ChatGPT and beyond: How AI chatbots affect Cyber Security”.

06.03.2023 Guest speaker Mr. Remo Kirss, CEO of DPD Eesti AS. The topic of presentation: “DPD group in Estonia, A Green Transition in Traditional Business”.

27.02.2023 RC “Tallinn Global” and MTÜ LELEKA meeting-discussion dedicated to psychological help project for war refugee children of Ukraine in Estonia “Invisible matters”.

20.02. 2023 Guest speaker Mr. Priit Pedaja – strategic financing and business development director, venture investor and development supporter who has recently lived 15 years in Moscow. His topic is: “Thoughts on our neighbour”.

13.02.2023 Speaker is Club member Mr. John Longhurst, expert in Governance (inc Cyber), Strategic Advisory/geo-strategy. The topic of presentation: “Geo-economic outlook”.

30.01.2023 Guest speaker Mr. Hans H. Luik, founder of AS Ekspress Grupp, member of Tallinna Vanalinna Rotary Klubi. Open discussion

23.01.2023 Guest speaker Mr. Urmas Kaarlep, 2022-23 District Governor. Topic: “Why Rotary? How I imagine Rotary?”.

16.01.2023 Guest speaker Mr. Eerik-Niiles Kross, Member of Parliament (Reform Party), security expert, historian. The topic of presentation: “Armed resistance to Russian occupants in 1940s and today”.

09.01.2023 Guest speaker Mr. Taavi Rõivas, former politician and currently Chairman of technology company Auve Tech.  He will talk about tech megatrends and their influence on our lives today and tomorrow with a focus on self-driving vehicles.  In Q&A he is happy to take any questions. 

28.11.2022 Guest speaker Mr. Roger McDermott, International Centre for Defence and Security. Topic: “Russian and Central Asian defence and security issues”.

21.11.2022 Guest speaker Mr. Oliver Väärtnõu, CEO of Cybernetica.

14.11.2022 Guest speaker Mr. Marko Mihkelson, Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of Estonian Parliament.

31.10.2022 Guest speaker Mr. Urmas Reinsalu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia. 

24.10.2022 Guest speaker Mr. Ilmar Raag, Media executive, actor, screenwriter and film director. Topic: “Ukraine: first-hand observations from the frontline”.

17.10.2022 Guest speaker Club member Mr. Krum Garkov, Executive Director at eu-LISA. Topic: “Digital transformation of internal security and border management in EU”.

10.10.2022 Guest speakers Inna Karaulchikova & Prof. Eduard Maron. Topic: “Mental health support to the Ukrainian refugees and displaced people”.

03.10.2022 Guest speaker Mr. Charles Clarke, British Labour Party politician, former Member of Parliament (MP) and former Home Secretary. Topic: “Britain and the Geopolitics of the Baltics”. 

26.09.2022 Guest speakers O. Riabinina & O. Litvinchuk. Topic: “Charity project for Ukrainian children”.

19.09.2022 Guest speaker Mr. Hando Sutter, Eesti Energia CEO. Topic: “The Future of Energy Wars”.

12.09.2022 Guest speaker H.E. Mr. Ross Allen, The British Ambassador to Estonia. Topic: “The British Diplomatic Mission in Estonia”.

05.09.2022 First official meeting of the season. Guest speaker Club member Mr. John Longhurst, Strategy Advisor/geo-strategist, Tansaniit.ee CEO. Topic: “Geo-economic outlook”.