The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise
The Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Patong Beach - Thailand
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 2001/02 C.P. Paiboon Upatising 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08
Friedrich “Sam” Fauma
Jeroen Deknatel Arnaud CMC Verstraete Neil Cumming Michael Massey Friedrich “Sam”Fauma Bradley Kenny Arnaud CMC Verstraete Otho Beale "O.B." Wetzell III David Arell Kenth Nilsson Otho Beale "O.B." Wetzell III Adriano Trapani Mark Pendlebury Major Donors Benefactors Level 2 Arnaud CMC Verstraete Arnaud CMC Verstraete DISTRICT 3330 DISTRICT GOVERNOR
Paul Harris Fellows Arnaud CMC Verstraete * Friedrich “Sam” Fauma Denis Carpenter
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 Michael Massey VICE PRESIDENT Denis Carpenter PRESIDENT ELECT Gregory “WOODY” Leonhard PRESIDENT NOMINEE 2011-12 Best Wanamakok IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Otho Beale “O.B.” Wetzell III PAST PRESIDENT David Arell SECRETARY Best Wanamakok TREASURER Kenth Nilsson assisted by Khun Batt
CHAIRPERSON— COMMITTEE SERVICES PROJECTS CLUB ADMINISTRATION MEMBERSHIP ROTARY FOUNDATION FUNDRAISING PUBLIC RELATIONS SCHOLARSHIP SEARGENT AT ARMS 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 Patricia Michel : Richard Arell Denis Carpenter
Chartered 5th September 2001
Volume No 3 3-- Issue No. 30 27th January, 2009 Meetings Tuesday 7.00pm for 7.30pm Aloha Villa Hotel 145/2 Rat Rat-- U U-- Tit Road Patong Beach Photo - Denis - SURIN BEACH - PHUKET
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What’s on Next Meeting -
Tuesday 27th January, 2009
Visit by District Governor Khun Dr. Ratmanee Tanyingyong Tuesday 3rd February, 2009 Dinner Out - Hilltop Hotel - Patong Beach
The dinner out this month will be at the HILLTOP HOTEL Patong Beach . With a DANISH buffet and magnificent views of Patong it is sure to be a wonderful evening. Come and enjoy great fellowship, good food and watch the sun go down over Patong Beach. Commencing 7.00pm for 7.30pm. At the top of the hill in PATONG
JANUARY R.I. THEME - ROTARY AWARENESS - PP DAVID ARELL Tue
DISTRICT GOVERNOR KHUN DR. RATMANEE TANYINGYONG
FEBRUARY RI THEME - WORLD UNDERSTANDING Tue Tue
Tue 17 Fri Fri 20-27 Tue 24 Fri
DINNER OUT PP O.B.
- SAA HILLTOP HOTEL - PATONG BEACH BOARD MEETING
24 31 7
SPECIAL EVENT DURING MONTH & ORGANISER
RICHARD ARELL BARRY PAYNE
BOARD MEETING - DISTRICT EVENT BOARD MEETING
AN AFTEROON AT LIFE HOME PP SAM
SPECIAL EVENT DURING MONTH & ORGANISER
PP JEREON DEKNATEL CLUB ASSEMBLY JIM DOMVILLE
BOARD MEETING BOARD MEETING
5 DINNER OUT - SAA 12 PP SAM FAUMA 19 BRAD KENNY 26 WOLFGANG MUESBURGER
INTERCOUNTRY ROTARY VISIT TO MALAYSIA P.MICHAEL & P.P. DAVID ARELL
SPECIAL EVENT DURING MONTH & ORGANISER
May 09 RI THEME - NO THEME Tue Tues Tues Tue
KIDS DAY AT SCHOOL -
GSE WELCOME - PHIUKET CLIUBS -JOINT MEETING - HOLIDAY INN KIDS DAY - CAPE PANWA SCHOOL - RICHARD ARELL
Apr 09 RI THEME - MAGAZINE - DENIS CARPENTER Tue
SPECIAL EVENT DURING MONTH & ORGANISER
RICHARD ARELL & BEST WANAMAKOK
Sat Sun 14-15 DISTRICT CONFERENCE - NAKOM PATHON Tues 17 PP DAVID ARELL Tue Tue
SPECIAL EVENT DURING MONTH & ORGANISER FAMILY DAY OUT - PP JEROEN DEKNATEL
GROUP STUDY EXCHANGE TEAM VISIT FROM U.S.A.
Mar-09 RI THEME LITERACY - RICHARD ARELL Tue
3rd February , 2009
BOARD MEETING BOARD MEETING
AN AFTEROON AT OLD PEOPLES HOME PP ARNAUD VERSTRAETE
Last week’s meeting report 20th January,2009
Last week’s meeting report 20th January, 2009
SAA Pat was amazed by the number of people at the RCoPB Meeting but she recovered quickly, set up six more chairs and asked P Michael to open the meeting. P. Michael gonged and welcomed all.
P. Michael listed all the events RCoPB has coming up, District meetings, DG’s visit, GSE visitors from the USA, Kids Day on Feb. 27, Youth Linc visit…. and other meetings I didn’t catch
Visiting Rotarians: Erkki Eskelinen, Forssa, Finland - population 18,000, their club has 45 members, 6 females, started in 1950. Anne & M. Letang-Jegat from Brittany, France, their club started in 1959 and now has 53 members, 4 females. Karl Schwijgerl from Sweden who was very happy to finally discover the banner that he had brought 7 years ago. It was the 2nd banner up on the banner lines hanging from the ceiling - a place of honour from such a distinguished visitor. Eric Mases from Malmoe Triangeln, Sweden, his first visit to Phuket but says he’ll be back. His club has 50 men, 18 women (that’s better). And Michael Nour, a Roteract member from Lebanon who is working at the Millennium Hotel in Patong and says he’ll be back to our meetings. Old friend Tony Bouwman also joined us. Visitors: Heath invited 4 guests, three Daves and one Ken, mostly from Canada. The best magic show producer and sailor Ed Vaughan now residing in Phuket was there, Gordon Ward, ex Rotarian from Cambridge, UK and resident of Phuket. George McCall invited Kuhn Piyawat Ruengphongkarnchana, manager of the Bangkok Bank, Patong Branch, Aloha’s next door neighbour. Norm Dawkins and Stuart Bird sent their apologies, Norm’s car was involved in an accident on their way to the meeting. Brad announced that a US Navy aircraft/hovercraft carrier was coming to Patong Feb 13, followed on the 18th by a smaller US Navy ship. Both ships would have crew ready to perform COMREL projects. Finally the museum with all of its 150 columns might be finished! 150 columns is a lot of columns but the museum is starting to look really good. Brad welcomes all ideas for COMREL projects.
PP Arnaud introduced his charming, erudite, articulate, guest speaker, Colin MacKay who, for the past two years, has been writing a book on the History of Phuket. As Arnaud said, Colin might be Scottish but he was born and grew up in Kenya, he has already written three books, salvaging of treasure ships in the Caribbean before setting up three maritime archeological museums in Vietnam, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. He first came to Phuket 22 years ago and finally moved here, in 1998. Colin’s speech was geologically historical (clanging of the plates creating volcanoes and karsts from Phang Nga to Gweilin via Halong Bay) informative (the trade routes) and entertaining, (racy letters between Sir Francis Light of Penang fame and his lady friends in Phuket who had run out of his money). Unfortunately SAA Pat had to cut him short for question period and because we had to get to TVs to hear President Obama’s Inauguration Speech. RCoPB would like to welcome Colin back again for more on the History of Phuket. Jim Domville thanked Colin MacKay and went directly into Who Am ? Ken from England (at the same table as Richard, Heath, Woody, Karl) was quickest with the answer – Sting, so nicknamed because of the bee-like yellow shirt with hoop stripes that he wore at some of his early concert gigs. Jim’s first joke, suckered everyone into it – about a man caressing his wife entitled, Ah! Married Bliss and the second – the shortest in the history of RCoPB, a teenage boy asks his granny ‘have you seen my pills, they were labeled LSD?’ Granny: “F..k. The pills; have you seen the dragons in the kitchen?” Happy Hundreds: Able was happy that it was Barak Obama’s Inauguration Day which prompted a whole bunch of people to tell of their happiness and pay the 100B. P. Michael reminded us that next week was full dress, socks, shoes and ties as the District Governor would be in attendance. P Michael then closed the meeting with an apt toast to change. (Thanks PAT Ed)
A Letter from President Michael
A message from PP Sam Fauma
Dear Fellow Rotarians & Friends,
Dear members of the Rotary Club of Patong Beach
I’d like to take this opportunity to send you all a belated happy new year’s salutation and wish you every success and happiness in the coming year.
It is our provinces honour to welcome the GSE Team from the district of 7890 Massachusats U,S,A ,on the 20th of February until the 27th of February 09 during the visit of our district Phuket will be their base camp for the first week, A joint meeting of the Rotary Clubs of Phuket will be held at the Holiday Inn on Tuesday 24th February, 2009
The Rotary year to date has once again evidenced the substantial contribution that our club makes to our local community and further afield. It would take more than the space available in this bulletin to list all of the projects, assistance and contributions that have been actuated, completed or are continuing. To all of you who have and continue to play a part in these important works – thank you. The coming weeks and months are also stacked with activities and action, so hopefully we are all refreshed by the festive season break and ready to roll up the sleeves and get stuck into it. Next week our District Governor K. Ratmanee Tanyingyong will make her annual club visit. For all that we and especially I are not attracted to the “bureaucracy” of Rotary I feel it is important to recognize the massive effort and commitment it takes to be a District Governor in Rotary. Effectively it means a huge sacrifice of family and business time, PP Sam states that basically you give up two years of your life to fulfil this role. This is DG Ratmanee’s 3rd attempt to visit our club. The first date was rescheduled due to me being in NZ to spend time with my father before he passed away, the second date fell in the midst of the PAD closure of Phuket airport. I would appreciate a fullest possible attendance next week to show our appreciation of DG Ratmanee’s commitment to our club.
Let's get to know our guests GSE Team from D-7890 USA and give them a very warm welcome Yours in Rotary,
PP Sam Fauma
New Rotarians inducted 13th January Editor received some late photos of the induction of the four Rotarians
The significant but often unappreciated work of Rotarians at the District level is part of what allows us to focus on our local communities. Let’s show her how much we respect that, and honour her with plenty of bums on seats this Tuesday 27th. Aside from all that – this is an infrequent but sought after opportunity to dress up. YIR Michael
Axel Schuh, Norman Dawkins, George McCall, Stuart Bird, with SAA Richard Arell Thanks PP SAM
ROTARY NEWS - END POLIO GRANT - $255 MILLION
ROTARY NEWS - END POLIO GRANT - $255 MIION
Bill Gates announces a new US$255 million grant for ending polio at the 2009 International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
“The world would not be where it is without Rotary, and it won’t get where it needs to go without Rotary,” he said.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded US$255 million to Rotary International in the global effort to eradicate polio, bringing the total committed by Rotary and the Gates Foundation to $555 million. Shortly after meeting with incoming district governors from the four countries where the wild poliovirus is endemic -- Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan -- Bill Gates announced the new grant on Wednesday morning at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
The final hurdle still is ahead, said RI President-elect John Kenny. This grant shows that the Gates Foundation is just as committed as Rotary to ridding the world of this disease, he said.
“Rotarians, government leaders, and health professionals have made a phenomenal commitment to get us to a point at which polio afflicts only a small number of the world’s children,” Gates said. “However, complete elimination of the poliovirus is difficult and will continue to be difficult for a number of years. Rotary in particular has inspired my own personal commitment to get deeply involved in achieving eradication.”"We are going to end polio now," affirmed Robert S. Scott, chair of RI's International PolioPlus Committee.
“She obviously didn’t understand why people were poking her legs and looking so serious. But she’ll never be able to kick a ball around, never be able to play hide-and-seek with her friends, because she has polio,” Gates said. “As I held Hashmin, I thought, We can end this.”
In response to the new $255 million Gates Foundation grant, Rotary will raise $100 million in matching funds. In November 2007, RI received a $100 million Gates Foundation grant, which Rotary committed to match by raising $100 million. The two Gates Foundation challenge grants now total $355 million. Rotary International’s matching effort in response is called Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge, which must be completed by 30 June 2012. The $255 million grant is one of the largest challenge grants ever given by the Gates Foundation and the largest received by Rotary in its 104-year history. Rotary will spend the grant in direct support of immunization activities carried out by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which is spearheaded by RI and its partners , the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF. Rotary will distribute the funds through grants to WHO and UNICEF. The participation of Rotary clubs and individual Rotarians in Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge remains crucial to its success. Rotary has raised nearly $73 million toward this amount: $62 million in contributions and $11 million in commitments. Each club is being challenged to organize a public fundraiser annually for the next three years. In October, The Rotary Foundation Trustees approved special Paul Harris Fellow Recognition, which begins 1 July, featuring a certificate with the End Polio Now logo. Polio eradication has been Rotary’s top priority since 1985, with more than $1.2 billion contributed to the effort. Gates praised Rotary for providing the volunteers, advocates, and donors who have helped bring about a 99 percent decline in the number of polio cases.
Gates also shared with the incoming district governors and Rotary leaders a story from his trip to India in November, when he held a nine-month-old girl afflicted with polio in his arms in a slum in East Delhi.
“We don’t know exactly when the last child will be affected. But we do have the vaccines to wipe it out,” he said. “Countries do have the will to deploy all the tools at their disposal. If we all have the fortitude to see this effort through to the end, then we will eradicate polio.” In addition, the governments of the United Kingdom and Germany announced they have respectively committed $150 million and $130 million to eradicate polio, which will not count toward Rotary’s challenge. COMMENTS: Frank Hart-Venn wrote: In the current climate, the Gates concern for humanity
and the aid Rotary International needs to fulfil its pledge transcends the pessismism surrounding the financial needs to help the underprivileged. This partnership adds great strength and value to the work of our great organisation Rtn. C.J. Singh wrote: Hats off to Bill & Milinda Gates Foundation for their concern towards humanity. I am sure, Rotarians would rise up to this occasion and match it much before the deadline. GBEMI TIJANI MST wrote: The GATES/RI ARMORY AGAINST POLIO SHOULD BE SUSTAINED AS ONE ONE THE GREATEST TESTS OF COMPASSION IN THE MILLENIUM YEARS.AS UNESCO EXPERTS COPINE :NORMAL MAN IS BOUND TO SUCCEED THEN PARASITICALLY IMPAIRED HUMAN BEINGS SHOULD BE VACCINATED /TREATED TO SURVIVE AND LIVE TO FULFIL DREAMS .ALL ROTARIANS & CONSCIENTIOUS ,SUPER ABUNDANTLY BLESSED PHILANTROPISTS, NGOS,GOVERNMENTS -LOCAL/STATE S SUPPORT THE ERADIATIONN TASK.THIS IMPLIES GIVING MORALLY, MATERIALLY & FINANCIALLY.NO REGRET IN ALL BECAUSE THE LORD RETURNS THE SELFLESS GIVER IN BUSHELS WITH CARTLOADS .GOD' WILLING BILL GATES CONTINOUSLY STREAMING SUPER ABUNDANT PROSPERITY WITHIN & BEYOND MICROSOFT. GBEMI,RC.OF OLUYOLE , D9130 NIGERIA.
Dates for your Diary
More Amazing Chalk Drawings on City Pavement
ROTARY DISTRICT 3330 MEETING SCHEDULE 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
NO ONE - THIS WEEK
Who am I
Last Tuesday night 20th January winners were:-
Richard, Heath, Woody and visitors Ken from England & Karl
from PPinDavid Denisâ€™s 1st pics -Joke New Camera action in BANGKOK
Guard training - at the Palace
Thanks to WOODY