Page 1

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?


Patong Beach

CLUB HONOUR ROLL Rotary Foundation Past Presidents Sustaining Members 2001/02 C.P. Paiboon Upatising Friedrich “Sam” Fauma 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06

Paul Harris Fellows Arnaud CMC Verstraete * Friedrich “Sam” Fauma

Jeroen Deknatel Arnaud CMC Verstraete Denis Carpenter Neil Cumming Larry Amsden Friedrich “Sam”Fauma Godfrey Kent Brad Kenny * Arnaud CMC Verstraete Bradley Kenny Larry Amsden * Michael Massey David Arell Stefan Schmitz (* Multiple PHF) Benefactors Major Donors Bequest Society Arnaud CMC Verstraete Arnaud CMC Verstraete Arnaud CMC Verstraete DISTRICT 3330 DISTRICT GOVERNOR 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 Richard Valentine Khun Jirapa Eawaskul Godfrey Kent, Brad Kenny


Bradley Kenny Denis Carpenter Kenth Nilsson P.P. Arnaud C.M.C. Verstraete Best Wanamakok Larry Amsden Denis Carpenter

Club Bulletin Volume No 1 1-- Issue No. - 24 Tuesday 9th January , 2006 Meetings Tuesday 7.00pm for 7.30pm Aloha Villa Hotel 145/2 Rat Rat--U- Thit Road Patong Beach Thailand

Friedrich “Sam” Fauma


Chartered 5th September 2001

“Sam” Fauma

Last Week at Rotary Tuesday 19th December

Tuesday 9th January, 2007 Tony Pope—THAITANICS

SAA Brad called members to order and asked President David to open the meeting. President David welcomed all to the meeting with several visiting Rotarians and visitors present.

Tuesday 16th January, 2007 Rugby 10’s

Able reminded everyone of the special morning on 24th December for the handover of medical equipment for the Takuathung Hospital Phang-Nga. Meet at President David’s office to leave 8.45am.

January Tues 9




Rugby 10’s Update and Planning

Wed Tues

17 23

POLIOPLUS - Patong Hospital - 8—12 Club Assembly - six month status report

Arnaud Pres DAVID



Joint Meeting—Phuket Clubs—Family Sports Day Celebrate Charter Laguna Club - Laguna—10.00 to 17.00





February Tues




Sharon Biddell








Michael Massey

PP Sam Fauma - The New Alien Business Law changes SHE—

Self—Help -Empower

Looking Ahead - 16th January , 2007 The RUGBY 10’s will be a major event in May 2007, which will involve the Rotary Club of Patong Beach to promote, arrange sponsors and assist in making this event an important event in the islands calendar . A committee has been meeting to develop the needs and requirements for this event. This meeting will have special presentations so that everyone is completely aware of the duties and responsibilities that the RC of PB will be required to complete to make this a great event. Your participation is essential to make this event great.

Larry advised the matching grant with the Rotary Club of Gedbury Scotland - three boats completed. Scholarships now have 201 students under the program. President David advised that Hari has transferred to the Rotary Club of Laguna. The vice president for the remainder of the year is Larry. Larry introduced Tom McNamara from the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation Tom has been in Thailand for seventeen years, arriving in 1989. In the early days, potential and opportunity , tourism, open sewers, coup , December 2004 tsunami. Education the key point in assisting the development of Phuket. The school at Kalim was destroyed in the tsunami. Initially a pilot program to teach English in the Kalim school was met with a question “ Why not al the schools on Phuket ?” A real challenge with 65 schools in total. With the development of major tourism in hotels etc the need for English by staff at the many new hotels and other tourist facilities is extremely important. A different method of teaching is essential with Best Teaching Practices being implemented as advised by Kate, the head teacher for the program. Benchmarking of the program has been extremely successful with 108 children in the Kalim school. There is a real desire to learn by the students . Funds of 5.3m baht have been sought for the program for the island which is not a band aid approach to the problem. The tourism industry alone will need approx 18,000 people being able to speak English to meet the requirements of the industry. Again a very healthy question and answer session showed the interest from the well presented talk. Many thanks Tom and Kate.

President David’s Mailbox & Special Announcements Dear Friends, I wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2007. The holidays this year were eventful for Rotary and some of the organizations we try and help. First, there was a great event organized by Able for the hospital donation on Christmas eve. Thanks to Able for organizing every detail so this event flowed like clockwork. Thanks to Best for the great job as Master of Ceremonies for the event, and thanks to PP Arnaud for sponsoring the food for the event. Next were some Christmas parties for the children that The Asia Center Foundation helps. Thanks again go to PP Arnaud for helping sponsor these events. The Life Home Project moved out of their old location into the new buildings on Koh Siree. They did this on Christmas day and the two following days. Thanks go out to PE O.B. for donating the use of some trucks and drivers to make this move possible. Sadly, the year 2006 also drew to a close with bombs in Bangkok and unrest in the South. Now more than ever the good efforts of Rotary clubs like ours are needed. Every time we improve the lives of the people in our community we help Lead the Way toward a better future. A future where bombings are studied as history instead of as current events. I look forward to seeing all of you on Tuesday for our first meeting of the New Year. Yours in Rotary, David


Something Light


Law of the Result: When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will. Law of Biomechanics: The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach. Law of the Theatre: At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle arrive last Law of Coffee: As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold. Murphy's Law of Lockers: If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers. Law of Rugs/Carpets: The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor covering are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet/rug. Law of Location: No matter where you go, there you are. Law of Logical Argument: Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about. Brown's Law: If the shoe fits, it's ugly. Oliver's Law: A closed mouth gathers no feet. Wilson's Law: As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.

Dates for your Diary Tuesday 9th Jan Tony Pope—THAITANICS Tuesday 16th Jan Rugby 10’s Speaker & Planning Wednesday 17th Jan Polio plus vaccination at Patong Hospital Tuesday 23rd Jan Club Assembly—six month status report Sunday 28th Jan Joint Meeting—Phuket Clubs—Family Sports Day Celebrate Charter Laguna Club - Laguna—10.00 to 17.00 Tuesday 6th Feb PP Sam Fauma - he New Alien Business Law changes Tuesday 13th Feb Sharon Biddell SHE — Self—Help— Empower Tuesday 20th Feb To Be Advised Tuesday 27th Feb To Be Advised Tuesday 6th Mar Meeting Cancelled Wednesday 7th Mar Joint Meeting Phuket Clubs with GSE 6380, Detroit, Michigan, USA. (Merlin Hotel Phuket Town) Saturday 10th Mar Rotary Club of LAGUNA Installation Night


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 Seven points is — RICHARD— How Bright is RV? ( I need to check who was on the table that won for the night of 19th December)

Attendance : 19th December 2006


Visiting Rotarians: Karl Schwrigerl—Ulricehin Sweden,

Simon Hef and Tommy Berg — Vasteras Sweden. Graham Rumble Australia

Visitors: Stephen Cope, Kate Cope, Carl Johan Berg, Fredrik Berg, Mana Berg, Jane Saunderson

Birthday Celebrations No one this week

May I extend to ALL a very happy and Prosperous New Year

Vocational Service

Vocational Service is the second Avenue of Service. No aspect of Rotary is more closely related to each member than a personal commitment to represent one’s vocation or occupation to fellow Rotarians, and to exemplify the characteristics of high ethical standards and the dignity of work. Programs of vocational service are those that seek to improve business relations while improving the quality of trades, industry, commerce, and the professions. Rotarians understand that each person makes a valuable contribution to a better society through daily activities in a busi-ness or profession. Vocational Service is frequently demonstrated by offering young people career guidance, occupational information, and assistance in making vocational choices. Some clubs sponsor high school career conferences. Many recognize the dignity of employment by honoring exemplary service of individuals working in their communities. The 4-Way Test and other ethical and laudable business philosophies are often pro-moted among young people entering the world of work. Vocational talks and discus-sion of business issues are also typical Vocational Service programs at most clubs. Regardless of the ways in which Vocational Service is expressed, it is the banner by which Rotarians “recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations” and demonstrate a commitment to “high ethical standards in all businesses and professions?’ That’s why the second Avenue of Service is fundamental to every Rotary club.

Rotary Anns

In many Rotary clubs throughout the world, wives of male members have been affectionately called “Rotary Anns?’ This designation was never one of disparagement, but rather grew out of an interesting historical occasion. The year was 1914 when San Francisco Rotarians boarded a special train to attend the Rotary Convention being held in Houston. In those days, few wives attended Rotary events, and until the train stopped in Los Angeles, the only woman aboard was the wife of Rotarian Bru Brunnier. As the train picked up additional convention-bound delegates, Mrs. Ann Brunnier was introduced as the Rotarian’s Ann. This title soon became “Rotary Ann?’ Since the clubs of the West were inviting the Rotarians to hold their next convention in San Francisco, a number of songs and stunts were organized that would be performed in Houston. One of the Rotarians wrote a “Rotary Ann” chant. On the train’s arrival at the Houston depot, a delegation greeted the West Coast Rotarians. One of the greeters was Guy Gundaker of Philadelphia, whose wife was also named Ann. During the rousing demonstration, someone started the Rotary Ann chant. The two petite ladies, Ann Brunnier and Ann Gundaker, were hoisted to the men’s shoulders and paraded about the hall. The group loved the title given to the two women named Ann. Immediately, the same term of endearment was used for all of the wives in attendance. Guy Gundaker became president of Rotary International in 1923 and Bru Brunnier was elected president in 1952. Thus, each of the two original Rotary Anns became the “first lady of Rotary International?’

The first edition of the Bulletin for the New Year. We have had quite a break from Rotary activities over the festive season and I trust Santa wa been kind to you. Although a glass or two of wine is supposed to be good for you, I do hope that you did everything in moderation. The presentation to the hospital of equipment on Christmas Eve was a fitting pre Christmas gift to those at the hospital who gave their time and expertise during the difficult time following the tsunami. The Takuathung Hospital in Phang-Nga was the main hospital servicing the area near Kho Lak. The inpatients wards have beds for 30 people. Following the tsunami over 170 people sought help from the hospital. The remaining 50% of the equipment will be provided as soon as possible. Now we look forward to good things in the next half year. President David , you are half way through your Presidency and there has been a lot happening in the last half. The Rugby 10’s is going to be a big event for the club and with 201 children now under the scholarship program ( with more a possibility) matching grants continue, there is plenty of things to keep us excited this year. All the more reason to get involved with one of the many projects being carried out by the Rotary Club of Patong Beach—a club I am proud to be a member. The RC of PB has achieved so much, particularly in the last two years, where a natural disaster enabled the club to do extraordinary things. Don’t be a “knife and forker ” your involvement will ensure the club continues to achieve great things. I am still looking for your input for the Bulletin—it is your Bulletin—I am sure you have something to contribute. ED Denis **************************************************************************************** Photo of the week — Do you have a contribution ?

I took this photo at the Takuathung Hospital

Handover equipment to Takuathung Hospital Phang-Nga 24th December, 2006 The handover of fifty percent of the matching grants project of equipment to the hospital was an exciting day for all. The Hospital ensured the day would be remembered with a wonderful morning with breakfast served before the proceedings commenced . The presentation was under the capable hands off Able with MC and Interpreter Best, ensuring everything went to clockwork, as well as everyone understanding everything being said. Herbert Bortolotti from The Rotary Club of Freyung-Grafenau was also present. He was a tsunami victim (who lost his wife in the tsunami) who stayed at that hospital at the time and took the initiative to do something to improve the hospital and the welfare of the patients there.

A small portion of the equipment

Hubert stands by HIS bed where he stayed after his injuries in the tsunami

President David affixes a Rotary Sticker

2007 issue 24  
2007 issue 24