The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise
The Rotary Club of Patong Beach Bulletin
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 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 Rotary Foundation Past Presidents Sustaining Members
Paul Harris Fellows
2001/02 C.P. Paiboon Upatising
Friedrich “Sam” Fauma
Arnaud CMC Verstraete *
2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08
Arnaud CMC Verstraete Michael Massey Bradley Kenny
Friedrich “Sam” Fauma
Jeroen Deknatel Neil Cumming Friedrich “Sam”Fauma Arnaud CMC Verstraete David Arell Otho Beale "O.B." Wetzell III
Benefactors Arnaud CMC Verstraete
Otho Beale "O.B." Wetzell III
Kenth Nilsson Adriano Trapani Mark Pendlebury Major Donors Level 2 Arnaud CMC Verstraete DISTRICT 3330
Brad Kenny Larry Amsden David Arell
Otho Beale "O.B." Wetzell III
(* Multiple PHF) Bequest Society Arnaud CMC Verstraete
Khun Dr. Ratmanee Tanyingyong
ROTARY CLUB OF PATONG BEACH — BOARD PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT PRESIDENT ELECT PRESIDENT NOMINEE 2011-12 IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT PAST PRESIDENT SECRETARY TREASURER
Michael Massey Denis Carpenter Gregory “WOODY” Leonhard Best Wanamakok Otho Beale “O.B.” Wetzell III David Arell Best Wanamakok Kenth Nilsson assisted by Khun Batt
Chartered 5th September 2001 Volume No 3 3-- Issue No. 10 2nd September, 2008 Meetings Tuesday 7.00pm for 730pm Aloha Villa Hotel 145/2 Rat U-- Tit Road Rat-- U Patong Beach Thailand
CHAIRPERSON— COMMITTEE SERVICES PROJECTS CLUB ADMINISTRATION MEMBERSHIP ROTARY FOUNDATION FUNDRAISING PUBLIC RELATIONS SCHOLARSHIP BULLETIN EDITOR
Bradley Kenny Denis Carpenter Mark Pendlebury P.P. Arnaud C.M.C. Verstraete Otho Beale “O.B.” Wetzell III Jereon Deknatel Larry Amsden Denis Carpenter
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Tuesday 2nd September 2008
What’s on Next Week - 9th September 2008 -
Dinner Out - 180 degree - Villa Zolitude
Jim Domville has arranged an excellent speaker in Dr. Sujit who is a Thoracic surgeon. Stem cell research is a very important & sometimes controversial topic. It is indeed incredible that the possiblilites for dramatic improvement in many people’s lives may be possible with stem cell research. Make sure you don’t miss this important talk on ROBOTICS & STEM CELL RESEARCH
Tuesday 9th September 2008
Dr. Sujit - Thoracic Surgeon ROBOTICS & STEM CELL RESEARCH
SEPTEMBER R.I. THEME - NEW GENERATIONS - MARK PENDLEBURY Tue
DINNER OUT SAA - 180 DEGREE VIEW AND GRILL
Dr.SUJIT, THORACIC SURGEON - ROBOTICS AND STEM CELL RESEARCH IN HEART SURGERY.
PP SAM FAUMA
INTERCITY MEETING - TRANG
PE “WOODY” LEONHARD
SPECIAL EVENT DURING MONTH & ORGANISER
- VILLA ZOLITUDE BOARD MEETING BOWLING - JUNG CEYLON - ORGANISER REQUIRED
- DISTRICT EVENT BOARD MEETING
OCTOBER R.I. THEME - VOCATIONAL SERVICE - LARRY PASHAK Tue WedSun
SPECIAL EVENT DURING MONTH & ORGANISER
DINNER OUT SAA
8-12 RYLA - (ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS) NAKOM PATHON
DISTRICT EVENT BOARD MEETING
VOCATIONAL VISIT IN PHUKET LARRY PASHAK
District Intercity meeting at Trang on September 20th A great opportunity for fun and fellowship with other Rotarians from the district and your own good friends from Rotary Club of Patong Beach A weekend experience from later Friday 19th - with two nights in Trang and an easy return back to Phuket on Sunday 21st DON’T MISS THIS GRAEAT ESCAPE WEEKEND *************************************************************************************** ROTARY CLUB TOASTS - ROTARY CLUB OF PATONG BEACH Dear Otho, I am pleased to inform that Rotary Club of Boroko, District 9600, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea toasted your Club during its International Toast last night (31 July 2008) in its meeting No. 2052. Thank you to Past President Craig Brouggy for doing the honors
OurTravelling Rotarians - Did I miss anyone ? PP Sam - Not sure when he will be back , however the family sure will be enjoying their time in Austria. 3
Mark is in Australia for a couple of weeks to see his mum & new grandson & friends Hoping to do a make-up at his Aus club Wolfgang - Is also enjoying a break from his hectic time in Patong Kenth - is back from visiting Sweden - trust you had a great time Kenth J
Jim - Is in Bangkok this week for medical follow up - all the best Jim Stay safe fellows - enjoy your travels
Last Meeting - 26th August 2008 SAA Richard commenced proceedings and welcomed all to the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Patong Beach and asked President Michael to open the meeting. Michael bonged the gong to get things started and the national anthem was enthusiastically sung in tune by all present. Visiting Rotarians: Alby Barton from the RC of Numurkah Victoria Australia introduced himself. He comes from the Shepparton region which is the food bowl of Aus. The area has been affected by drought and rice growing has been reduced due to lack of water. Alby presented a banner from his club & received a business card in return from P. Michael.( new banners are expected in a couple of weeks) Visitors: Peter Fenwick & Maurice Barlow.
(Maurice advised me his Dr. told him if he remains living in England he will die - due to chest conditions he has in the cold weather - so he is living in Thailand no problems since being here - Ed ) Good enough reason to escape the U.K.
Brad (welcome back ) advised he has received notification of the visit of the US Navy who have requested two COMREL projects they would like to do. The 2x 30 groups will do community service projects. If anyone has any projects that come to mind please contact Brad. P.P. O.B. advised that people are being sought for the big charity golf day on 31st August at Laguna Phuket golf course. The amount raised will be provided to the parents of baby RUBY who has a congenital heart condition. A Myanmar letter has been sent out by PP.O.B. Following the visit by PP.O.B. & Best three conduits have been determined to ensure people who need assistance following cyclone Nargis receive much needed assistance. Larry: Advised the board had approved an additional nine children who were Tsunami affected in losing one or both parents to be added to the scholarship program. This brings the total to 260 children who will benefit from the program P.P. David reminded all of the District Intercity meeting to be held at Trang on 20th September. This is an opportunity to enjoy fellowship with other Rotarians in the district. An extended weekend similar to last visit to Krabi is planned. The board has approved some funds to assist with registration & hotel costs. A van will leave late Friday afternoon with two nights in Trang and returning Sunday. RYLA will be held from 8th - 12th October for 14-20 year old in Nakon Pathon Looking for a chaperone to go with the young people in a minibus & return. May suit a person who has some business to do in Bangkok.
Last Meeting - 26th August 2008 P. Michael - encouraged as many as possible to attend the Intercity District meeting on 20th September in Trang. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some fellowship with other Rotarians from our club which is not always possible at our weekly meetings. He reminded us of the fun time we all had at Krabi - with he being locked out of his room late - early in the morning. Throwing things at the window to wake son Sean - Able calling security after all the noise - in other words a great time regardless of the bad weather. Jereon was our guest speaker and enthralled us all with an education on SHARKS. (Unfortunately the Bulletin Editor was so mesmerized with the
detail Jereon provided I did not take any notes )
Jereon commenced many years ago and gradually upgraded his vessels to explore further from Phuket. He explored the area off Myanmar and charted the hard way without the benefit of GPS and other aids and he named the area as Burma Banks ( the most magnificent diving in the Andaman Sea) which are flat top sea mountains . These underwater mountains rise to within fifteen metres of the surface of the Andaman Sea to a depth of three hundred metres. Diving and enjoying the wonderful range of sea life in the area developed into a must do trip whilst in Thailand. Unfortuantly other diving boats arrived at the Banks with a different way of “entertaining” their clients. Frenzied feeding of the fish & sharks commenced and gave way to many boats catching sharks for the soul purpose of catching sharks for their fins and the making of shark fin soup.
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Sharks have been in existence for over 400 million years and have survived where the Dinosaur has not No skeleton - just cartilage Live 20 - 30 years although Whale shark possible 100 years Endangered species Ten people die from shark attacks annually One hundred million sharks are killed each year Don’t eat Shark fin soup Thank you Jereon - very educational and thought provoking
Dates for your Diary
Last Meeting - 26th August 2008 The Shark is truly a remarkable creature; Sleeping in a current sometimes on the seafloor. Five to seven gills Major declines in shark stocks have been recorded in recent years - some species have been depleted by over 90% over the past 20-30 years with a population decline of 70% not being unusual
ROTARY DISTRICT 3330 MEETING SCHEDULE 20 September 2008 - District Intercity Meeting for zones 1-12. All members encouraged to attend this training and fellowship meeting. Thai Language. Location: Trang. Dress code: Suit 8-12 October 2008 - RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Leadership development program for outstanding youth aged 14-22. Youth are selected by clubs to participate. Clubs participate by escorting youth to the event and picking them up at the end. Location Nakorn Pathon 2-4 January 2009 Intercountry Meeting - Malaysia - Thailand - Ipoh Malaysia 13 March 2009 - District Leadership Seminar - Training for anyone wishing to help at the district level. Location: River hotel, Nakorn Pathom 14-15 March 2009 - District Conference - Fellowship, fun, and recognition of outstanding service programs from across the district. All members encouraged to attend. Location: River Hotel, Nakorn Pathom. Dress code: suit *********************************************************************
Who am I
? Last Tuesday night 26th August winners were:-
Heath, David, Jereon, Denis + Alby Barton from Aus
Photo of the week
With more affluence the SHARK killing for soup is increasing **********************************************************************
Horseshoe pan - Grand Canyon
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See son - this is why I save these bits
NO ONE THIS WEEK
Rotary International News
Man pedals around the world By Donna Polydoros
Chelala arrives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA on 10 August.Photo courtesy of Chelala Jean-Gabriel Chelala is out to set a record as the first person to circumnavigate the globe using human power â€“ and he is sharing his inspiration with Rotarians along the way. Braving 17-foot waves, 35-knot winds, and an encounter with a whale that destroyed his rudder, the 27-year-old civil engineer journeyed 65 days across the Atlantic Ocean in a 27-foot pedal boat. Landing on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, Chelala was short on funds and looking for friends. A director of a marina referred him to the Rotary Club of SaintMartin Nord, Guadeloupe, French West Indies. "I am really proud to talk with people like Rotarians because they think with their hearts, and they use their hands to make the world better," Chelala said. Chelala spoke to the club, describing his journey and message of the strength of the human body and spirit. Rotarians were so impressed, they named him an ambassador of their club. Chelala continued on his journey to Puerto Rico, where he met John Richardson, assistant governor of District 7000 (Puerto Rico), who was also inspired by Chelala's determination and positive message. "After spending a couple of hours with Jean-Gabriel talking about his quest, we concluded that he should connect to [Rotary's] global network and share his message, which is so much like our own," said Richardson. "An ordinary person armed with the strength of his conviction can pedal around the globe in much the same way as, [with] Rotary, ordinary people do extraordinary things." Chelala has since added stops at several U.S. Rotary clubs to his itinerary, including the Rotary Club of Chicago. He plans to begin the next 22,000-mile leg of his journey by bicycle from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Alaska on 11 September. Chelala began his journey in Paris on 13 January, bicycling 1,375 miles to the South of Portugal. He continued by pedal boat to Morocco and the Canary Islands, eventually crossing the Atlantic and landing in Saint Martin. He will complete his journey by cycling through the contiguous United States, Canada, and Alaska, crossing the Bering Sea and Siberia, and returning to Paris. Richardson reports that Chelala now carries a Make Dreams Real pin with him. "To say the least, he is a very special guy," said Richardson.
THE FIVE-MINUTE MANAGEMENT COURSE Lesson 5 A turkey was chatting with a bull. 'I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree' sighed the turkey, 'but I haven't got the energy.' 'Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?' replied the bull. They're packed with nutrients.' The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree.. He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree. Moral of the story: Bull Shit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there..
Special for some of us Yes! I'm A Senior Citizen I'm the life of the party -- even if it lasts until 8PM. I'm very good at opening childproof caps -- with a hammer. I'm usually interested in going home before I get to where I am going. I'm awake many hours before my body allows me to get up. I'm smiling all the time because I can't hear a thing you're saying. I'm very good at telling stories; over and over and over and over... I'm aware that other people's grandchildren are not nearly as cute as mine. I'm so cared for -- long term care, eye care, private care, dental care. I'm not really grouchy, I just don't like traffic, waiting, crowds, lawyers, loud music, unruly kids, Toyota commercials, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, barking dogs, politicians and a few other things I can't seem to remember right now. I'm sure everything I can't find is in a safe secure place, somewhere. I'm wrinkled, saggy, lumpy, and that's just my left leg. I'm having trouble remembering simple words like... I'm beginning to realize that aging is not for wimps. I'm sure they are making adults much younger these days, and when did they let kids become policemen? I'm wondering, if you're only as old as you feel, how could I be alive at 150? And, how can my kids be older than I feel sometimes? I'm a walking storeroom of facts -- I've just lost the key to the storeroom door. Yes, I'm a SENIOR CITIZEN and I think I am having the time of my life! Now if I could only remember who sent this to me...