The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular to encourage: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service High ethical standards in business and professionals; the recognition of worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business and community life. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
The Rotary Club
The Four Way Test Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIP? Will it be BENIFICIAL to all concerned?
CLUB HONOUR ROLL Past Presidents 2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06
Rotary Foundation Sustaining Members
C.P. Paiboon Upatising Friedrich “Sam” Fauma Jeroen Deknatel Arnaud CMC Verstraete Neil Cumming Larry Amsden Friedrich “Sam”Fauma Godfrey Kent Arnaud CMC Verstraete Bradley Kenny Michael Massey Stefan Schmitz Benefactors Major Donors Arnaud CMC Verstraete Arnaud CMC Verstraete
Paul Harris Fellows Arnaud CMC Verstraete * Friedrich “Sam” Fauma Denis Carpenter
Brad Kenny * Larry Amsden * David Arell (* Multiple PHF) Bequest Society Arnaud CMC Verstraete
Chartered 5th September 2001
Club Bulletin Volume No 1 1-- Issue No. - 14 Tuesday 10th October , 2006
DISTRICT 3330 Khun Wichai Maneewacharakiet
ROTARY CLUB OF PATONG BEACH — BOARD PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT PRESIDENT ELECT PRESIDENT NOMINEE IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT PAST PRESIDENT SECRETARY TREASURER SERGEANT-AT-ARMS
David Arell Hari Bedi O.B Wetzell Michael Massey Arnaud C.M.C Verstraete
Friedrich “Sam” Fauma Richard Valentine Khun Jirapa Eawaskul Godfrey Kent, Brad Kenny
DISTRICT ROTARY FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE - CHAIRPERSON PP Friedrich MEMBERS— PP Arnaud C.M.C Verstraete, PP Neil Cumming
CHAIRPERSON— COMMITTEE SERVICES PROJECTS CLUB ADMINISTRATION MEMBERSHIP ROTARY FOUNDATION PUBLIC RELATIONS SCHOLARSHIP BULLETIN EDITOR
Bradley Kenny Denis Carpenter Kenth Nilsson P.P. Arnaud C.M.C. Verstraete Best Wanamakok Larry Amsden Denis Carpenter
Meetings Tuesday 7.00pm for 7.30pm Aloha Villa Hotel 145/2 Rat Rat--U- Thit Road Patong Beach Thailand
Tuesday 10th October, 2006 Mr. Peter Sayle Exotic Asian Destinations and Cultures
Last Week at Rotary Tuesday
SAA Godfrey (returning after a few weeks in U.K. )welcomed all to the meeting. Visitors included Rotarian Joe Segota—Chelsea Aust, Visitors Greg from Shanghai (cousin of President David) and Assum Kohli guest of Alan.
Tuesday 17th October, 2006 Barry Paine— Montpelier Expatriate Offshore Finances Oct Tue
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14 21 28 Dec
Mr. Barry Paine—Montpelier Expatriate Offshore Finances Mr. Tony Dudley—Tourist Police Volunteers Dinner Out - Woody’s SAND WITCH Shoppe— HALLOWEEN - FAMILY NIGHT
P.E. Otho Beale Wetzell: Education & The Future. Mr, Eric The Good & Bad from Insurance Godfrey Kent - PUB QUIZ NIGHT Khun Pakdee Krutanang, President Phuket Ecotourism Association - Ecotourism Activity
Hari Hari Godfrey Hari Organiser
MEETING CANCELLED H.M. King’s Birthday Club Assembly— P.E. Otho Beale Wetzell Annual Board Elections
Looking Ahead - Tuesday 17th October Barry Payne is originally from the UK where he owned his own business before selling up and deciding to work abroad in 2000, working for Montpelier Group a UK based FSA registered company offering sophisticated tax consultancy and independent financial advice for expats. He has worked in Spain and Kuwait before moving to Vietnam in 2003 to set up a new office in Ho Chi Minh for the rapidly expanding expat community there, before being asked to come here to Phuket in May this year to set up a satellite office to their Bangkok operation to bring help and advice to the expat communities in Phuket and the surrounding islands. He can help with topics from:- Inheritance and Income Tax planning -Investment advice from opening High Deposit Bank accounts to Bonds and Trusts to the Equities, Forex and Futures Markets Life Insurance, Health Insurance, Mortgages and most other areas that affect expats in the financial area He will give a brief introduction to the company and then invite questions (which he hopes he’ll be able to answer) on any areas of interest or concern to the members Have your questions ready for Barry
Godfrey spoke about his visit to the R.C of Keyworth U.K. who had provided $20,000 for tsunami relief. Larry advised that the matching grant had been approved with R.I. for scholarships for 50 children for one year. President David told that Six children would be attending RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) from 17-21 October near Bangkok. David asked for volunteer to act as chaperone for the children, who would be traveling to BKK by bus. Any volunteers ! PP Sam introduced the guest speaker Jose Luis Cano from the life Home Project who has been in Thailand for ten years teaching sailing, child watch and now with Life Home Project which is supported by the Rotary Club of Patong Beach. The new centre would open on Friday 6th October. It is hoped the rain will stop to allow the grounds to be completed. Bring your boots he advised. Jose spoke about AIDS with teenagers in Phuket. Major infection with housewives who have contacted from husbands. Education is the main deficiency to assist with this problem. Teenagers consider they are bulletproof , with TV influence. They are having sex younger, which without proper education will create further problems. The second part of Jose talk was also most interesting as he provided a photo display of photos that have been transferred from glass slides to digital format. The photos over fifty years old show the lives of the people of Phuket, especially from Phuket town. Twenty five thousand slides are to be converted. This should be completed in the next three months. Several of the members indicated they the Phuket club would welcome to view the lies of fifty years ago. A good night was had by all with such interesting topics. ***************************************************************
Thought of the week There’s a basic human weakness inherent in all people which temps them to want what they can’t and not what is readily available to them Robert J Ringer
Dates for your Diary
President David’s Mailbox & Special Announcements Dear Fellow Rotarians, Life Home Project Opening 5th October Today saw a wonderful opening at the New Life Home Project on Koh Siree. The Vice Governor of Phuket, the Ambassador from Ireland, singing star Derek McDonald, and MTV VJ Alex were there to cut the ribbon. The TV news and press cameras were there in abundance and Godfrey and I were there to represent the Rotary Club of Patong Beach. Our club received thanks from several speakers for our support of the Life Home Project. Pictures included on the following pages so you can see more about the opening.
Please remember that tomorrow, Saturday 7 October is the occasion of the wedding of Drs. Prasit and Sudawan's daughter at the Dusit Laguna Hotel starting at 6:00 PM. All Rotarians have been invited to the wedding. Tomorrow is also the Gala fundraiser for The Life Home Project. They have extended a special offer to Rotary to come attend the Gala after the wedding. Enter the Gala at 9:00 PM and after for 1,000 baht and enjoy the great entertainment and fun. YIR, David
Tuesday 10th Oct Peter Sayle – Director Infinite Asia Exotic Asian destinations and cultures Tuesday 17th Oct Barry Paine—Montpelier - Expatriate Offshore Finances Tuesday 24th Oct Tony Dudley—Tourist Police Volunteers Tuesday 31st Oct Dinner Out - HALLOWEEN @ Woody’s Sand Witch Shoppe Tuesday 7th Nov P.E. Otho Beale Wetzell (OB) Education 7 the Future Tuesday 14th Nov Mr, Eric The Good & Bad from Insurance Tuesday 21st Nov Godfrey— PUB QUIZ NIGHT Tuesday 28th Nov Khun Pakdee Krutanang, President Phuket Ecotourism Association - Ecotourism Tuesday 5th Dec NO MEETING - KING’S BIRTHDAY Tuesday 12th Dec Club Assembly - Annual Board Elections
WHO AM I?
The SAA Godfrey’s quiz
The SAA provides a few clues to a person’s identity. The first table to provide the identity to the SAA wins 1 point for each Patong Rotary member at the table.
Our leader on Four points is —
Birthday Celebrations Woody— 12th October CONGRATULATIONS
Birthday Celebrations — Attendance : 3rd October -58 % Visiting Rotarians: Joe Segata— Chelsea—Australia
Visitors: Garry from Shanghai —cousin of President David, Assum Kohli Apologies: Michael Massey, Kenth
Two guys are chatting in a bar. One says, “ Did you know that Lions have sex up to 10 times a day?” “Dam “ says his friend, “and I have just joined Rotary”.
Dear fellows, 10 years ago I celebrated my 40th birthday, and then, I also decided that this was the last one worth celebrating. However, lots of water has run under the bridges since then and for several reasons I decided that I would celebrate that birthday again. Therefore, you are all welcome next Saturday, October 14, not only to celebrate my birthday, but even more to celebrate my lovely wife, Eaks, birthday, that took place October 1. We will, together with you, celebrate at Nicky’s Handlebar, at Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong. We start at 19.00 and the dinner will be at 19.30 It will be lots of beer, good food and good music, so don’t miss it! Please send me an email, email@example.com, and let me know if you are coming. Regards, Kenth Nilsson
Life Home Project Opening -
Friday 6th October, 2006
Hi folks Youth event(s) planning meeting Lunch time Monday 9th October I’ve always had a soft spot for kids, maybe it’s because I used to be one. There’s absolutely no substitute for the good fortune of being raised in a loving and secure family environment, not to mention the bonus of being healthy at the same time. A few weeks ago we visited the special school up near Mission Hills. Over 50 mentally and physically handicapped kids, all under one roof. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who was moved by the plight of those youngsters or the amazing reception that they accorded to us. Indeed the above pictures tell their own story. After that I got to thinking, what could our Rotary Club do, either a one off, or a series of rolling events, that would make a difference in the lives of these kids and/or other disadvantaged kids in our community? Clearly what we do have to be realistic, done well and appropriate to the needs of the kids. As such I thought it would be good to have a brainstorming session, where we pile in all the ideas from as many folk as are able to make contributions. This will hopefully give us a shape in the fog which we can take forward into an action plan and beyond. President David has kindly put the lounge at his Chem Dry offices at our disposal (One minute north of Lotus/Tesco on the airport road. Ring David for further directions if needed) The meeting will commence at 12 noon and finish no later that 1pm Monday 9th October . If you have an idea but can only come for a part of the session, then just come along for 10 minutes and share it. If you have an idea but can’t make it, then email it to me and we can include it. Because I have always believed that none of us are as good as all of us, I would encourage any feedback from members whether or not they can attend For the kids Godfrey PS Thanks to David and Barry who have already said they will sit on the steering committee, we would warmly welcome others to join us
MEMBERSHIP Dear Members. As you all know, at least most of you, this year I am trying to add something more to the great membership in Rotary, by creating an LBN, Local Business Network.
International Responsibilities of Rotarian
As an international organization, Rotary offers each member unique opportunities and responsibilities. Although each Rotarian has first responsibility to uphold the obligations of citizenship of his or her own country, membership in Rotary enables Rotarians to take a somewhat different view of international affairs. In the early 1950s, a Rotary philosophy was adopted to describe how a Rotarian may think on a global basis. Here is what it said: “A world-minded Rotarian: • looks beyond national patriotism and considers himself - as sharing responsibility for the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace; • resists any tendency to act in terms of national or racial superiority; • seeks and develops common grounds for agreement with peoples of other lands; • defends the rule of law and order to preserve the liberty of the individual so that he may enjoy freedom of thought, speech, and assembly, and freedom from persecution, aggression, want, and fear; • supports action directed toward improving standards of living for all peoples, realizing that poverty anywhere endangers prosperity everywhere; • upholds the principles of justice for mankind; • strives always to promote peace between nations and prepares to make personal sacrifices for that ideal; urges and practices a spirit of understanding of others’ beliefs as a step toward international goodwill, recognizing that there are certain basic moral and spiritual standards which will ensure a richer, fuller life.”
So far only 16 of you have filled in the form, and that’s not enough! If this network should be worth anything ALL of the members have to fill it in. For those that haven’t done it yet, please do it as soon as possible, and for those that want to change or add something to their information, please send me an email, at. firstname.lastname@example.org Please describe as well as possible the business you are working in, so it will be as easy as possible for our members to realize how they can use the great Rotary network also for their business. In the personal section, please tell only what you want to share with the rest of our members. Please also give me your opinion about how we in other ways can increase the value of our club! Regards, Kenth Nilsson Chairman of membership 2006-2007 *************************************************************
Junkceylon Charity Bowls Day @ Bic C Saturday 30th September. More than 75 teams took part in this fun charity day. It was well organized and everyone had a great time, either bowling or enjoying the vocals. Our team of President David, Richard, DC, and friend of David-Steve. Represented Rotary Club of Patong Beach
That is quite an assignment for any Rotarian to practice in thoughts and actions! ‘When this philosophy was developed, Rotary was still an all-male organization. The description of a world-minded Rotarian today would obviously include all women members as well
Where do I put my fingers ??
Richard “throws” one down the alley !