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The Rotary Club of Patong Beach – Phuket Thailand - Chartered 5th September, 2001

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Meetings Tuesday 7.00pm for 7.30pm – Aloha Villa Hotel 145/2 Rat–U–Thit Road PATONG BEACH

http//www.rotarypatong.org

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President RI

District Governor 3330 President RC Patong Beach

Kalyan Banerjee

Orachorn Saisrithong

Best Wanamakok

Vapi, Gujarat, India,

MEET WITH ROTARIANS FROM AROUND THE WORLD AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION IN BANGKOK MAY 6th - 9th

2012

Future Events TUESDAY 8th NOVEMBER

ANTOINE CUISINIER Who I am TUESDAY 15th NOVEMBER

CLUB ASSEMBLY–PRESIDENT BEST DISTRICT 3330 MEETINGS Location - Samila Beach – Songkla SAT SUN

16 Dec 2011 17 Dec 2011

SAT SUN

March 2012

SAT

2 June 2012

DISTRICT CONFERENCE DISTRICT CONFERENCE Location - Kanchanaburi – dates and venue TBA DISTRICT ASSEMBLY DISTRICT ASSEMBLY

Location - Royal Phuket City Hotel 14:00 - 17:00 hrs 18:00 - 22:00 hrs

DISTRICT AWARD PRESENTATION DISTRICT 3330 - 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELLEBRATION

CLUB PROGRAMME 2011-2012 Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov

8 8 15 19 22 22 29

Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

6 13 13 14 16 17

NOVEMBER – ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH BOARD MEETING – 1800hr @ ALOHA VILLA ANTOINE CUISINIER - WHO I AM CLUB ASSEMBLY LIBRARY UPGRADE WORKING BEE @ SUWANAKIRI SCHOOL IN PATONG MEET DG ORACHORN SAISRITHONG – 1800hr @ ALOHA VILLA VISIT - DISTRICT GOVERNOR - ORACHORN SAISRITHONG RYLA KIDS – AN UPDATE & PRESENTATION DECEMBER – FAMILY MONTH DINNER OUT BAAN CHOM VIEW -- KATA BOARD MEETING – 1800hr @ ALOHA VILLA PATRICK BUCKLEY - DIRECTOR QSI SCHOOL POLIO PLUS VACCINATION DAY MOKEN SEA GYPSY VILLAGE KOH SIREY PHUKET TOWN DISTRICT CONFERENCE - SAMILA BEACH SONGKLA DISTRICT CONFERENCE - SAMILA BEACH SONGKLA

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P. BEST ANTOINE P. BEST RICHARD G P. BEST P. BEST P. BEST GERRY P. BEST BRAD KENNY P. BEST

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TENTATIVE DATE --- CHRISTMAS PARTY MEETING CANCELLED - CHRISTMAS JANUARY – ROTARY AWARENESS MONTH NO MEETING - NEW YEAR BOARD MEETING – 1800hr @ ALOHA VILLA CLUB ASSEMBLY TO BE ADVISED POLIO PLUS VACCINATION DAY MOKEN SEA GYPSY VILLAGE KOH SIREY PHUKET TOWN BOARD MEETING – 1800hr @ ALOHA VILLA TO BE ADVISED TO BE ADVISED FEBRUARY – WORLD UNDERSTANDING POSSIBLE VISIT TO HONG KONG DINNER OUT BOARD MEETING – 1800hr @ ALOHA VILLA TO BE ADVISED TO BE ADVISED BOARD MEETING – 1800hr @ ALOHA VILLA

P. BEST

P. BEST P. BEST P. BEST P. BEST

ANDY P. BEST

P. BEST

Greetings from your President! Dear Fellow Rotarians and Friends,

June 2011

The last dinner out at the floating restaurant was a highlight of my week. It has been a while since I last visited “Krue Wit.” Thanks Secretary Richard A. for organizing it. I won’t get into what happened at the Karaoke bar after the dinner out. Better keep that between me, PP Mark + Cha Cha and PN George + Apple.  Sangsom has never tasted so good. Anyhow, that’s one of the rehearsals before the real deal at the District Conference (DC) in Songkla during 16-18 December weekend. PN George, I think you did not do too bad rapping 50 Cent’s “In De Club” with all fingers sticking out like that.  Denis is back from Pattaya and bracing for water to enter the neighborhood. Hang in there, my friend!! A couple things FYI: 1. DG Orachon Saisrithong’s official visit to the club on Tue, 22 November. Please mark your calendar!!! She keeps us Phuket clubs as her last visits. She will meet with board and then preside as guest speaker. Chairpersons, please send me your part of the report soon!!! 2. The Polio Vaccination this Rotary year will be held on Wed, 14 December 2011 and Wed, 18 Jan 2012. A meeting was held with Public Heath Dept and a few details were confirmed. a. There are 6 locations this year that PHD needs help from Rotary Clubs. In short, each club was asked to take one location. RCOPB has selected a Moken – Sea Gypsy Village near the brand new Westin Siray Bay Hotel on Koh Sirey, Phuket Town. I have been there one time. This village is larger in my opinion than the one in RAWAI. b. We can still split up into teams same as in the past to Patong Hospital, Loong Pitak, etc. But, we should do a head counts first. I like the idea of one location and then lunch afterwards. Give me your ideas. Volume 6 - Issue 18

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3. Some new info re “Bankgkok RI Convention 2012.” We have booked the hotels and have 35 seats reserved under RCOPB for the opening ceremony – 10am, Sunday, May 6th- in a very large Challenger Hall. We will leave Phuket on May 5th and check into ASIA hotel which connects to the Sky Train. I am excited already and will write more about RI convention later. Sec Richard will have info on hotel booking to all of us. 4. Flood relief effort is ongoing for both club level and district level. Help spread the words if you can. The club plans to send more money DIRECTLY to local rotary clubs (if we get more) and also supports the D 3330’s 1 Million Bottle initiative. We have sent 10k thb to three clubs so far. I have with me now tickets for Phuket Fantasea, Aphrodite Cabaret, and Simon Cabaret at discounted price. Will give you more info at the meeting. 5. Stay tuned for library upgrade project on Nov 19th. Mark your calendar for this one-day-projectfor-a-good-cause-in-your-backyard. Rtn. Rick G. has info for us at this coming Tuesday meeting.

Our new member Rtn. Antoine will get a chance to tell us more about himself this coming Tuesday. Be sure to join us!!! Have a good week!!

Yours in Rotary, Best Wanamakok

President 2011-2012 Rotary Club of Patong Beach, D. 3330 Phuket, Thailand

BIRTHDAYS ir

Sii Eawaskul - 13th November

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LAST WEEK @ ROTARY – 1st November 2011 Another great Dinner Out at the floating restaurant @ the Kruwith Seafood – organized by June 2011 Secretary Richard Arell A total of 24 including Rotarians – and visitors. Members: 13 Visiting Rotarian: - Prasan Sharp – Weston Creek – ACT Australia Visitors: - Evelyn Degen & Tina (Heidi), Tony (Antoine), K Toon ( Richard), K Aeow (Michael) K Na (Brad), K Apple (George), K Gop (Larry) , K Cha Cha (Mark)

Beautiful location to have Dinner Out

Gerry enjoying his first plate with Tony

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Not sure who invited this couple -- not very talkative Smile

Heidi – I am taking your photo OK – I guess the seafood is more important

David laughing @ Cha Cha’s joke ? Oops sorry Cha Cha – busy eating

Another happy group enjoying the food & company – welcome Rotarian Prasan from Australia

Cheers David & Antoine - I seem to have a lot of photos of David-same same - lol Enjoy P Best --- hello Stewart – give us a smile !

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Looks like a couple are getting primed for Cheers K Gop --- looks like everyone had fun

the “after” party

27 ATTENDANCE - 48 % Total members : Attended: Make-Ups : Leave of Absence Visiting Rotarians: Visitors:

34 13 3 16 1 1 10

K Aeow – Michael needs a LOT more than a few strands of your hair to cover the bare patches lol Thank You Richard Arell - for arranging the dinner out. Richard Reported to me :

NO ROTARY BUSINESS FOOD WAS GOOD EVERYONE HAPPY NO ONE FELL IN THE WATER

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I guess mission accomplished -Thanks to Apple & Larry for the photos - Ed Denis

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Flood Relief – Bake Sale @ Bangkok Hospital Phuket If you're anywhere near Bangkok Hospital Phuket on Monday or Tuesday morning, the Sandwich Shoppes and Khun Woody's Bakery are going to put on a Bake Sale, with all of the proceeds going to the Rotary Flood Relief fund. Really great munchies - and every satang goes to help people displaced by the flood up north.

Drop by Monday or Tuesday morning, starting at 9:00. We’ll be going both days

until we run out of fresh-baked goodies. - Join us, and help pitch in for Flood Relief! - Woody

DEFINITIONS ARBITRATOR: A cook that leaves Arby's to work at McDonalds AVOIDABLE: What a bullfighter tried to do BERNADETTE: The act of torching a mortgage BURGLARIZE: What a crook sees with CONTROL: A short, ugly inmate COUNTERFEITERS: Workers who put together kitchen cabinets ECLIPSE: What an English barber does for a living EYEDROPPER: A clumsy ophthalmologist HEROES: What a guy in a boat does LEFT BANK: What the robber did when his bag was full of money MISTY: How golfers create divots PARADOX: Two physicians PARASITES: What you see from the top of the Eiffel Tower PHARMACIST: A helper on the farm POLARIZE: What penguins see with PRIMATE: Removing your spouse from in front of the TV RELIEF: What trees do in the spring RUBBERNECK: What you do to relax your wife SELFISH: What the owner of a seafood store does SUDAFED: Brought litigation against a government official

Thank you WOODY

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL – NEWS After the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, the governments of Australia, Canada, and Nigeria, along with the Gates Foundation, made a combined pledge of more than US$100 million in new funds for polio eradication. Standing with Canadian Rotarian and polio survivor Ramesh Ferris (center) are Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Photo by Petina Dixon-Jenkins

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The Rotary Club of Patong Beach – Phuket Thailand - Chartered 5th September, 2001 “In honor of World Polio Day, 24 October, we are asking for your help to tell the world about Rotary’s achievements and to finish the job,” stated Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Bill Boyd, in announcing to club presidents a special online initiative in support ofRotary’s US$200 Million Challenge for polio eradication. Rotarians responded generously during the 24-28 October initiative, in which the Foundation offered double Paul Harris Fellow recognition points for online contributions of $100 or more. Contributions are being tallied and the total will be announced soon. Throughout the week, Rotarians took up the call to end polio in variety of ways. In Australia, Rotarians and the Global Poverty Project carried out a petition drive to persuade world leaders to fully fund the critical work of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Almost 25,000 supporters signed the petition, resulting in a $20,000 contribution to Rotary's challenge by the Rotary Club of Crawley, Western Australia, which had offered to donate A$1 (about US$1) for each signature. In Perth, the Global Poverty Project's End of Polio Concert on 28 October raised additional funds. The concert coincided with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth; Rotarians had teamed up with the group to encourage government leaders to put polio eradication on the agenda. Following the meeting, the governments of Australia, Canada, and Nigeria, along with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, announced a combined pledge of more than US$100 million to support polio eradication efforts. “I also want to acknowledge the efforts of Rotary in what has been a long-standing global initiative for change, and I'd like to remind everyone that change is possible,” said Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. “When the Queen first visited Perth in 1954, it was in the grips of a polio epidemic. Of course, circumstances have changed in our country.” “The government of Canada is proud to have supported [the Global Polio Eradication Initiative] for many years,” said Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. “When Rotary International first began the campaign that would lead to the 1988 WHO resolution to eradicate polio, poliomyelitis was still a devastating disease all over the world, crippling those it touched for life.” “Global collaboration has ensured that eradication is within reach,” said Michael Sheldrick, the Global Poverty Project's polio campaign manager and a Crawley club member. “Our generation has a chance to realize a historic opportunity and ensure that no one else ever has to fear this disease. That’s why it’s vital we commit to finish the job." In Washington, D.C., Bill Gates joined dozens of Rotarians on Capitol Hill to affirm the joint commitment of the Gates Foundation and Rotary to make history by eradicating the disease. Rotary clubs in Arizona, USA, launched Hike the Arizona Trail to End Polio, aimed at raising $250,000 by 14 February. Rotarians and others are pledging at least $100 each to walk, bike, or ride horseback on sections of the 800-mile trail, which extends between the state’s borders with Mexico and Utah. In Italy, Rotarians and friends participated in the Run to End Polio fundraiser, organized by the Rotary Club of Venezia-Riviera del Brenta, as part of the 23 October Venice Marathon. Rotary club members and supporters also created personalized photos of themselves as part of Rotary’s“This Close” public awareness campaign and used them as their social networking profile pictures on World Polio Day. Celebrity participants included Angelique Kidjo, Jack Nicklaus, Itzhak Perlman, Tanvi Shah, and Ziggy Marley. The week that began with World Polio Day ended on another high note as well: more than 80 million children in Africa and Asia were immunized against polio, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Volume 6 - Issue 18

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Photos of the week The flooding waters have moved from the north to the outer areas of Bangkok. We “escaped” to Pattaya on October 21st before the waters came After nine days looking around as a “tourist” we drove back only to find nothing had happened in our area. ---

we are now awaiting the water to come and have made the car

waterproof --- or at least we hope so. All trussed up awaiting the water. One Rotarian suggested we tie down the vehicle to avoid damage and floating away.

We do not anticipate very much at all as we are not too far from an industrial estate, which is being protected at all costs. Further updates next week.

Ed Denis

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