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

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President RI Kalyan Banerjee

District Governor 3330 RC Patong Beach TUESDAY 13TH President DECEMBER Orachorn Saisrithong

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Best Wanamakok

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Future Events

TUESDAY 20th DECEMBER

Reading Contest Prize Party will be at the Suwan Khiri Wong school (Ricks Library project ) @ 2.00pm CHRISTMAS PARTY @ 1900hours HOLIDAY INN– PATONG BEACH WEDNESDAY 21st DECEMBER SIX ROTARY CLUBS OF PHUKET @ TACHAWAN RESORT - CHALONG DRINKS @ 1830 – START 1900 WELCOME TO GSE TEAM FROM AUSTRALIA DISTRICT 3330 MEETINGS Location - Kanchanaburi – dates and venue TBA SAT SUN

March 2012

SAT

2 June 2012

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

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DECEMBER – FAMILY MONTH CHRISTMAS PARTY - @ HOLIDAY INN 1900 hours JOINT MEETING OF PHUKET CLUBS --- WELCOME TO GSE TEAM FROM AUSTRALIA WELCOME GSE TEAM FROM AUSTRALIA @ TACHAWAN RESORT - CHALONG MEETING CANCELLED - CHRISTMAS JANUARY – ROTARY AWARENESS MONTH NO MEETING - NEW YEAR BOARD MEETING – 1800hr @ ALOHA VILLA CLUB ASSEMBLY MY BHUTAN EXPERIENCE POLIO PLUS VACCINATION DAY MOKEN SEA GYPSY VILLAGE KOH SIREY PHUKET TOWN BOARD MEETING – 1800hr @ ALOHA VILLA JOHN LINDSAY - HEALTH & WELLNESS JOHN HOLMES FEBRUARY – WORLD UNDERSTANDING VISIT TO HONG KONG DINNER OUT

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P. BEST P. BEST WOLFGANG P. BEST P. BEST KENTH GERRY ANDY

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


Greetings from your President! , Dear Members and Friends,2011 June I am writing this week's message on the road. We - PE Richard, PP Sam, AG Arnaud, Chair Boon are in transit heading south towards Songkla for this years District Conference. Dinner in Phattalung was great, but the weather was crappy. We had rain all the way from HKT to Songkla!! I will let you guys know what happens in Songkla in the next week's message. Ajarn Patrick from QSI school last Tuesday gave a very informative talk. He is new in town and I think we made him very welcome. The holiday season has begun, ladies and gents. I need a break myself. Looking forward to having a quiet time with Able and the boys away from the busy life style I have had in recent months. If you missed the polio vaccination on Wednesday, I have to say you missed a great day of uplifting experience. PN George + family, Rtn Brad, and I did more than 150 kids in about 2 hours. These kids are so under privileged that some do not even have birth certificate and therefore not able to go to school. Next one is on 18 Jan at the same location. Come join us. Bring candies to give to these Sea Gypsy kids. Good to see Dr. Peter again and his Ann. Congrats krub. We have a PHF pin for him. Dr Golf came up as promised 500 USD from his golf charity effort. Fundraising Chair Boon represented RCOPB in the handing over of the fund at Red Mountain GC on Thursday. SAA Andy is getting smoother week after week. Great job, Andy. Have a good week krub! Yours in Rotary, Pres Best Yours in Rotary, Pres Best Wanamakok Rotary Club of Patong Beach D. 3330 Phuket, Thailand

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


LAST WEEK @ ROTARY – 13th December 2011 NIGHT REPORT 13 December 2011 Sergeant At Arms Night Reporter Photographers Rotarian members Guests Guest Speaker

June 2011

Andy Becker George McCall Gerry Cummings/Apple Kangsawat 8 10 QSI Phuket Chief Administrator Patrick Buckley

Meeting commenced at 2000 hours 

Sergeant At Arms (SAA) Andy Becker opens the meeting, followed by the national anthem. The guests are introduced. All attendees are welcomed with a special welcome to Assistant District Governor Arnaud C.M.C. Verstraete.

The meeting commences with President Phuwanai ‘Best’ Wanamakok saying it is good to see so many familiar faces. Special guests are welcomed one by one including: o Visiting Rotarian Anthony Marr “from the mother of all clubs in Hong Kong”. o Visiting Rotarian Dr Peter Tschudi along with his wife from Switzerland said he was very happy to be back in Thailand, his first visit was in 2003. After the Tsunami he collected funds and donated an ambulance to the local hospital, and he is pleased to report that it is still in perfect condition (at that time Friedrich ‘Sam’ Fauma was Rotary President). He returns every year and is very committed to Thailand, and would like to initiate a new project along with Brad Kenny. o President Best introduced his guest, fellow Rotaract from Bangkok, Harnpadungthama, who has been on Portuguese exchange and continues to practice the language. o Another special guest, Dr Golf AKA Dr Volker Bernhardt attended the meeting unaccompanied as a ‘walk-in’ as he had unsuccessfully contacted the Club via email. He wished to tell the Club about what he does and how he can support the Club’s charities. He opened by saying that he was fond of President Best’s name, and wished that ‘Best’ was his name. He shared with attendees ‘golf is my life and passion’, he has seen the world, and worked previously for Gary Player in a golf academy. His crazy idea was to travel the world playing and teaching golf and he has played all of the best golf courses; such as Valderama, Dubai Emirates, Eagle Abu Dhabi, Black Mountain in Hua Hin. He currently donates his time and expertise teaching golf to people who in turn donate his coaching fee to their chosen charity; thus he proposed to the Club that he would donate his US$1,000 coaching fee to the Club if there were three Rotarians who would meet him at Red Mountain. His personal goal is to donate a total of one million US dollars to charity and he is well on his way to meeting this goal. Arrangements for the coaching session were discussed further after the meeting. o The youngest guest attending the meeting was introduced, Justin Kenny, son of Brad Kenny. The Rotary Club of Patong Beach Phuket – Thailand Chartered 5th September 2001


Club Business 

Polio vaccinations are being held at the Moken sea gypsy village (Koh Siree) at 900 hours on 14 December 2011 and 18 January 2012. Volunteers to wear their Rotary polio shirts.  President Best, along with Arnaud, Sam, Richard and Boon will be attending the district conference and will depart this Friday and return on Monday. There is still room in the van if others wish also to attend.  The Club Christmas party will be held on Tuesday 20 th December at the Holiday Inn, Busakorn wing. Party will commence at 1900 hours, with the Club Elections to be held this same evening. The call for more attendees is urgent now, as there are only 11 people confirmed so far. The party is registered for a total of 25 guests. Dress code is casual, and GSE (Group Study Exchange ) are also invited.  The GSE group party will be held in Chalong on the 21st of December commencing @ 1830 hours. Mark Pendlebury will take the GSE kids on his boat on the 20th December, departing at 900 hours. Five GSE will attend, and if there is anyone else wanting to attend they should contact Mark.  Book project led by Rick Gartland at 1400 hours on 20th December. More party members are requested to assist. Volunteers are Stewart Petersen and Gerry Cummings. Guest Speaker 

Patrick Buckley Director of Quality Schools International Phuket (QSI) was introduced by Brad Kenny. Mr Buckley has a long list of academic studies and accomplishments. Brad explained the difficulty of introducing people in Thai that describes their qualification, in that there is rarely an equivalent title in the English language, such as Doctor, Captain etc. For an esteemed educator, he therefore chose to use the Thai term, Adjan for Mr Buckley, which demands great reverence and respect among Thai people. Mr Buckley thanked Brad for such a great introduction.  Mr Buckley went on to thank all of the Rotarians, and in particular Brad and Michael Massey, for their hard work, assistance and support of QSI Phuket. QSI is not-for-profit and is now located in 36 locations around the world. Following an informative PPT presentation, Mr Buckley answered a variety of questions. QSI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PHUKET

• GREETINGS!

THANK YOU ROTARY CLUB OF PATONG • History of helping our students by serving as partners in volunteer opportunities • Examples include – Polio Plus, Book Project with US Navy and painting schools in need • Certificates from Rotary Club are cherished by our students and honored by universities because Rotary is well-known world wide • Your partnership helps our students develop

QUALITY SCHOOLS INTERNATIONAL

THANK YOU! • Brad Kenny – hundreds of hours donated to our school and community • Michael Massey – hundreds of hours donated to our school and community • Fellow Educators – choosing to serve the development of our youth • All Rotarians – choosing to lead in service for communities world wide

QSI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PHUKET

• Founded as a Non-profit

• 98 students from age 3 to 18

• World-wide system of schools in 36 different locations

• Oldest international school on island

• Focus is on what is best for students • American Curriculum

• Mastery Learning Approach to Education

• Class size is capped so that teachers can focus on development of each student • For example – our 12 year old class has 10 students in it; our 5- and 6-year old class has 7 students in it

• Best student to teacher ratio

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


QSI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PHUKET Licensure:

QSI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PHUKET Climate: • Family feel • Climate of Excellence

• We promote character development through Success Orientations: • Trustworthiness * Group Interaction

• Responsibility * Independent Endeavor • Kindness & Politeness * Concern for Others • Aesthetic Appreciation

QSI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PHUKET Next Steps: • Improved technology capabilities via wireless connectivity and laptop availability

QSI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PHUKET Licensure:

• Teachers are hired based upon competence and character

• Teachers are hired based upon competence and character

• We can always improve our competence (instructional technique), but can also always guarantee we have the highest character

• We can always improve our competence (instructional technique), but can also always guarantee we have the highest character

• Our school is fully accredited by Middle States Association and has been so for some time

• Our school is fully accredited by Middle States Association and has been so for some time

• This means that all universities world-wide recognize our graduates as highly qualified

• This means that all universities world-wide recognize our graduates as highly qualified

QSI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PHUKET Success Orientations: • Success Orientations are weaved into everyday lessons in classrooms • Success Orientations are reinforced schoolwide through recognition ceremonies

QSI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PHUKET Next Steps: • Teaching, learning and environment have always been top-notch at QSI • Facilities should match this

• Literature shows that over 2/3 of those losing jobs in the workforce do so due to an inability to work well with others, rather than ability to accomplish the job

• We are building a brand-new playground, with artificial turf for football, tennis and volleyball; running track; garden (maintained by students as part of their curriculum)

• We are helping our students develop 21 st century skills

• Upgrades in landscaping, furniture and other areas to reflect our high standard of education

QSI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PHUKET • Thank you for your service to our community and support of all schools and students!

• Upcoming installation of interactive whiteboards to serve as strong visual cue for our language learners, as well as promote 21st century skills

THANK YOU! • O U R S C H O O L I S A G R E AT P L A C E TO L E A R N BECAUSE OF THE PROFESSIONAL AT T E N TI O N YO U P R O V I DE O U R ST U D E N T S

• O U R S C H O O L I S A G R E AT P L A C E TO W O R K BECAUSE OF THE TEAMWORK YOU MODEL • OUR SCHOOL MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE OF THE CHAR ACTER, HEAR T AND SERVI CE YO U PROVIDE

In closing, President Best received a cheque from QSI for 3,767 Baht which was raised by the children of QSI for the flood victims – and noted that the Club was appreciative to have heard from an active participating member of the community (as opposed from a ‘politician or bureaucrat’), who has stepped up to the plate to undertake the important job of preparing the next generation to be ready for the challenges ahead. In appreciation, President Best presented Mr Buckley with a Rotary banner, the 10th anniversary CD and a certificate of thanks. SAA Andy then began the closing and Happy Hundreds Fines  Stewart for not taking the notes (again). Happy 100’s 

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Brad Kenny is happy to have participated in the ‘1 day in the Bay’ big beach clean up yesterday, with 250 people attending and about 2.5 tons of rubbish collected. He is very happy also to note that 22 QSI students helped too. Justin Kenny is just happy to be a pupil of QSI. President Best thanked Brad for inviting Kuhn Adjan Buckley to speak to the Club. Dr Peter Tschudi (Switzerland) is very happy to have returned to Thailand and is grateful that he met his wife here as a result of the Tsunami. The Rotary Club of Patong Beach Phuket – Thailand Chartered 5th September 2001


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Wolfgang Meusberger is happy to extend an invitation to Kuhn Adjan Buckley to the Club’s Christmas party. Mark Pendlebury reported that during the course of his work, an Australian lady donated 1000 Baht for flood victims, and that a Hong Kong gentleman donated 6000 Baht. Andy McCall is happy to have lived long enough to be back in Thailand again. SAA Andy is happy to tell all about the upcoming Hong Kong trip, and welcomes members to sign up. Dr Golf (Dr Volker Bernhardt) is happy to have attended the meeting, is committed to donating US$500 to US$1,000 to flood victims. President Best closed the meeting saying that there were no jokes for the evening, as there were too many ladies and juniors in attendance. He reported to be happy to have reached the milestone of serving the first half of his presidential term for the Patong Rotary Club.

Anthony Marr RC- Andy McCall & Larry - Hopalong Gerry, Apple & George - Justin, Wolfgang, Patrick & Brad Hong Kong Meeting closed at 2110 hours Thanks to George, Apple and Gerry ed Denis

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BOON PONGCHIBOON – 23RD DECEMBER

District Conference – an event in progress Attending --- P Best – ADG & PP Arnaud - PP Sam – PE Richard - Chair Boon

Best getting the priorities correct

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Asa + fun characters + Richard, Best & Arnaud

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Christmas Greetings

Dea A message received from SAA Andy

Fellow Members, I ju I just received a call from our regular visiting Rotarian Karl Schwaegerl asking me to extend his best season greetings to you all ! I h I have also received a special greeting card from the RC of Chelsea, District 9810 Melbourne Australia by David + Ildi Healy just recently returned from a lovely me meeting at our Club. Thanks Andy ed In a few days time we will be celebrating Christmas & the New Year. Many of us are away from family & loved ones. May I wish ALL Rotarians – family – friends wherever you are, the very best for the festive season and a safe and happy New Year. Good wishes go to all our visitors from all over the world who have joined us at our meeting or event during the years and receive a copy of the Bulletin. I thought this would be the last Bulletin for the calendar year – however there is still a few events to go -- Library party with Rick - Christmas Party @ Holiday Inn and of course the visit of the GSE Team from Australia. No doubt my supporting photographers in RCoPB will provide me with some happy memories of the above event s - thanks fellows

Happy Christmas everybody - Editor Denis

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Polio-Plus -- vaccinating the 150 children

Only Best – George & Brad attended this special day to vaccinate children against Polio

For those who missed out on the 14th December Come along on 18th January The Rotary Club of Patong Beach Phuket – Thailand Chartered 5th September 2001


Rotary International News

From RI president Monthly messages December 2011 My dear brothers and sisters in Rotary, In late August, Binota and I were in Ghana, where Rotary Foundation Trustee Vice Chair Sam Okudzeto and enthusiastic local Rotarians took us to the ribbon-cutting for a water project in a little village, Abutia Teti, about 60 miles from Accra. We arrived at about 11 a.m., and the whole village seemed to be there. Everyone had been waiting since early morning to welcome us. In the past, the women had to walk over 3 miles to carry pails of water from a river. Now they had a supply of safe, clean water from tube wells in the village itself. It was a simple but effective project in which Rotary and USAID had worked together. But what struck us most that day was family: The men, the women, the children were all there together, dancing, singing, and welcoming us. It made me think about how everywhere around the world, people come together in families, and families join together as communities. And this made me happy that the first of our emphases in this Rotary year is the family, because the family is where everything begins. It is where life begins, it is where our day begins, and it is where our Rotary service must begin. Because it is the family, and not the individual, that is the building block of the community – and of Rotary. It is one of my great priorities to encourage the involvement of families in Rotary service. I feel incredibly strongly that Rotary should never, ever come between the Rotarian and the family. Rotary service should be something that brings the family closer together. For myself, if I cannot bring Binota with me to a Rotary event, it’s simple – I don’t go! Rotary is not just for me; it is for both of us. This is why I encourage districts to welcome families at district conferences, to involve spouses and children in service projects, and to plan meeting times with families in mind. The more that families are involved in Rotary, the more Rotary will thrive – today and tomorrow. What is Rotary about? It’s about so many things, but at its core, Rotary is about these words: Love your neighbor as yourself. Rotary is about love, and that love has to start with us – and with those closest to us.

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Photos of the week

Christmas decorations in Bangkok

Arrival into Sydney Friday 16th December One son and two VERY happy ladies.

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