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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 1. 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. 2. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business and community life. 3. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

The Object of Rotary

BULLETIN EDITOR

Denis Carpenter

The Four Way Test 1. 2. 3. 4.

Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIP? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Past Presidents

Club Honour Roll Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellows Sustaining Members Arnaud CMC Verstraete

2001/02

C.P. Paiboon Upatising Friedrich “Sam” Fauma

2002/03

Jeroen Deknatel

2003/04 2004/05 2005/06

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

Arnaud CMC Verstraete

Friedrich “Sam” Fauma Denis Carpenter Bradley Kenny * Larry Amsden * David Arell * (Multiple PHF) Michael Massey Stefan Schmitz Michael Bequest MasseySociety Stefan ArnaudSchmitz CMC Verstraete

DISTRICT 3330 DISTRICT GOVERNOR Khun Wichai Maneewacharakiet ROTARY CLUB OF PATONG BEACH - BOARD PRESIDENT David Arell VICE PRESIDENT Larry Amsden PRESIDENT ELECT O.B Wetzell PRESIDENT NOMINEE Michael Massey SECRETARY Richard Valentine TREASURER Jirapa Eawaskul IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Arnaud C.M.C Verstraete SERGEANT-AT-ARMS Godfrey Kent, Brad Kenny DISTRICT ROTARY FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE - CHAIRPERSON PP Friedrich “Sam” Fauma MEMBERS— PP Arnaud C.M.C Verstraete, PP Neil Cumming

CHAIR CHAIRPERSON-- COMMITTEE SERVICES PROJECTS Bradley Kenny CLUB ADMINISTRATION Denis Carpenter MEMBERSHIP Kenth Nilsson ROTARY FOUNDATION P.P. Arnaud C.M.C. Verstraete PUBLIC RELATIONS Best Wanamakok SCHOLARSHIP Larry Amsden

The Rotary Club of Patong Beach Chartered 5th September 2001

Club Bulletin Volume No. 1 - Issue No. – 47 Tuesday 26th June , 2007 Meetings Tuesday 7.00pm for 7.30pm Aloha Villa Hotel145/2 Rat- U- Thit Road Patong Beach Thailand


Tuesday 26th June, 2007 Movie Night Wednesday 4th July, 2007 Dinner Out at Khun Woodies June 2007 Tue 26 Friday 29 Saturday 30 July 2007 Wed 4 Tue 10 Sunday 15 Tue Tue

Activity Family Night - Movie Phuket Thai Speaking Clubs Installation Night Koh Samui Installation night

Activity Dinner Out at Woodies TBA Joint Installation Night of Rotary Clubs of Laguna & Patong Beach

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Club Program 2006/2007 AHEAD -Activity 4th July

LOOKING July 2006

Tue 25 Dinner at Envision Wine shop - Surin Celebration of Independence at Khun Woodies! Aug 2006 Tue 1 Club Assembly - Presentation Committee Plans Tue 8 K. Suwalai - Director PHUKET TAT office Tue 15 EXCELLENT SPEAKER Tue 22 K Anurak Director Phuket International Hospital Tue Who

29 I Quiz Dinner-out – Sam’s restaurant Inn Am Sudden Death- Holiday Playoff!

The Who Am I Quiz stands tied with Larry and Richard sharing the top spot. However there can be only one champion, so we will hold a sudden death play off to determine the winner. SAA Brad, possibly with some email contributions from SAA Godfrey, is preparing a couple of tie breaker Who Am I quizzes for the finals. Good luck to both contenders.

Last Week at Rotary Thanks to Richard for these minutes.

This weeks guest speaker was Howard Digby Johns, who amongst other things is one of the members of the local Masonic Lodge, based here in Phuket. He was joined by his partner Nui and gave an interesting and informative presentation on the Masons and highlighted many similarities between masons and Rotary. His speech was based on the English section of Masonry, there are 5 different parts to Masons, dependent on their starting point, and English is one of the oldest and is the base for the society here in Phuket. He explained that whilst all Lodges (clubs) have similar aims there is no automatic right to visit another Lodge as there is in Rotary. Also unlike Rotary there is no overall International organization, with each lodge being controlled by a grand Lodge, and there being a series of treaties between various Grand Lodges. Many of the aims of the organization are similar to Rotary and are based around children, family, education, and the elderly. Unlike Rotary all of their giving must be done anonymously and as a result of this many Rotary Clubs in the UK are the public face for donations made by Masons. Because of this, similar ideals, and similar backgrounds nearly 70% of Rotarians in the UK are Masons and vice versa. Here in Thailand it is almost 0% Howard went on to explain some of the myths surrounding masons and to try to quell rumors that surround the organization. Masons is not a religious organization but to become a member you must profess to a belief in a higher being. The organization does not limit to Christianity as often thought and has members from most religions. One area where there is a conflict of interest is in Thailand with Thai Buddhism where Thais do not believe in an ultimate being, but instead prefer to follow the ways of Buddha and as such cannot swear a belief to a higher being. i Several interesting questions were raised by the topic including why it was still a male only organization…..


The Shiny-Walled Box Thingie

President David’s Mailbox & Special Announcements

An Amish boy and his father were visiting a nearby mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny silver walls that moved apart and back together again by themselves.

Hello everyone,

The lad asked, "What is this, father?"

This will be my last Bulletin note as President and I wanted to extend a thanks to all of you for making this a great year. Everyone helped contribute to make this year successful but I 'd like to especially thank and recognize: VP Larry, PN Richard, Khun Sii, Khun Batt, Godfrey, Brad, PP Arnaud, PP Sam, Best, Kenth, Denis, PE O.B., PN Michael, Able and Hari. They have Led the Way for our club and I am honored to have had the chance to work with them. Thank You!

The father (having never seen an elevator) responded, "I have no idea what it is."

I missed our weekly meeting last Tuesday as I received a call during the board meeting that a family member was in a traffic accident. Happily he will be fine and I wanted to thank all of you for your calls and well wishes. Thanks again for a great year and here's to what is shaping up to be an even better new Rotary year under President O.B.! Yours in Rotary, David

While the boy and his father were watching wide-eyed, an old lady in a wheelchair rolled up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened and the lady rolled between them into a small room. The walls closed and the boy and his father watched as small circles lit up above the walls. WHO AM I? The SAA Godfrey’s quiz The wallsprovides openedaup again beautiful twenty-four-year-old woman The SAA few cluesand to a aperson’s identity. The first table to stepped out.identity to the SAA wins 1 point for each Patong Rotary member at provide the the table. Our leaders on Ten points are-Richard & Larry, followed The father looked at his son anxiously and said, "Go get your mother." by David at 9, Sam at 7 and Michael at 6.

Birthday Celebrations No one this week CONGRATULATIONS Upcoming Birthdays: 25 June - PP Neil 28 June - PE O.B. 4 July - PP Sam


Something Light - Proxy Father The Smiths had no children and decided to use a proxy father to start their family. On the day the proxy father was to arrive, Mr. Smith kissed his wife and said, ''I'm off. The man should be here soon." Half an hour later, just by chance, a door-todoor baby photographer rang the doorbell, hoping to make a sale. ''Good morning, madam. You don't know me but I've come to....'' ''Oh, no need to explain. I've been expecting you,'' Mrs. Smith cut in. ''Really ?'' the photographer asked. ''Well, good! I've made a specialty of babies.'' ''That's what my husband and I had hoped. Please come in and have a seat. Just where do we start?'' asked Mrs. Smith, blushing. ''Leave everything to me. I usually try two in the bathtub, one on the couch and perhaps a couple on the bed. Sometimes the living room floor is fun too; you can really spread out.'' ''Bathtub, living room floor? No wonder it didn't work for Harry and me.'' “Well, madam, none of us can guarantee a good one every time. But if we try several different positions and I shoot from six or seven angles, I'm sure you'll be pleased with the results.'' ''I hope we can get this over with quickly,'' gasped Mrs. Smith. ''Madam, in my line of work, a man must take his time. I'd love to be in and out in five minutes, but you'd be disappointed with that, I'm sure.'' ''Don't I know!'' Mrs. Smith exclaimed. The photographer opened his briefcase and pulled out a portfolio of his baby pictures. ''This was done on the top of a bus in downtown London.'' ''Oh my god!!'', Mrs. Smith exclaimed, tugging at her handkerchief. ''And these twins turned out exceptionally well when you consider their mother was so difficult to work with.'' The photographer handed Mrs. Smith the picture. ''She was difficult ?'' asked Mrs. Smith. ''Yes, I'm afraid so. I finally had to take her to Hyde Park to get the job done right. People were crowding around four and five deep, pushing to get a good look.'' ''Four and five deep?'' asked Mrs. Smith, eyes widened in amazement. ''Yes,'' the photographer said. 'And for more than three hours too. The mother was constantly squealing and yelling. I could hardly concentrate. Then darkness approached and I began to rush my shots. Finally, when the squirrels began nibbling on my equipment, I just packed it all in.'' Mrs. Smith leaned forward. ''You mean they actually chewed on your, eh......equipment ?'' ''That's right. Well madam, if you're ready, I'll set up my tripod so that we can get to work.'' ''Tripod??'', Mrs. Smith looked extremely worried now. ''Oh yes, I have to use a tripod to rest my Canon on. It's much too big for me to hold while I'm getting ready for action. Madam ? Madam?..... Good Lord, she's fainted!''

INVITATION

Matching Grants Among the programs of The Rotary Foundation are the Matching Grants that assist Rotary clubs and districts in conducting international service projects. Since 1965, more than 16,000 grants have been awarded for projects in about 191 countries, totaling more than US$165 million. A club or district must contribute an amount at least as large as that requested from The Rotary Foundation with at least half the funds that the Foundation will match coming from a country outside of the country where the project will take place. Grants have been made to improve hospitals, develop school programs, drill water wells, assist the disabled or persons requiring special medical attention, provide resources for orphanages, create sanitation facilities, distribute food and medical supplies, and carry out many other forms of international community service in needy areas of the world. Some grants are for projects in the magnitude of from US$15,000 to US$50,000, but most are in the range of US$5,000 to US$10,000. Matching Grants are not approved to purchase land or construct buildings, except for low-cost shelters for underprivileged families, and they may not be used for programs already underway or completed. Personal participation by Rotarians is required and the benefits should extend beyond the recipients. The Matching Grants program is a very significant part of The Rotary Foundation and provides an important incentive for clubs to undertake worthwhile international service projects in another part of the world. They certainly foster goodwill and understanding, which is in keeping with the objectives of The Rotary Foundation.


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