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E EB Buulllleettiinn ooff tthhee R Roottaarryy cclluubb ooff PPaattoonngg B Beeaacchh PPhhuukkeett T Thhaaiillaanndd Volume 6 –Issue no 39 – 24th April 2012 285 Meetings Tuesday 7.00pm for 7.30pm – Aloha Villa Hotel 145/2 Rat–U–Thit Road PATONG BEACH

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Australia

Austria

Belgium

President RI District Governor 3330 President RC Patong Beach Kalyan Banerjee Orachorn Saisrithong Best Wanamakok Canada

France

Germany

Italy

Lebanon

Netherlands

Future Events

TUESDAY 24th APRIL 2012 Rotary Convention Bangkok information night President Best – Richard Valentine & Rotarian Johan Storck TUESDAY 1st MAY 2012 Dinner Out - Indochine – Kalim TUESDAY 8th MAY 2012 Meeting cancelled - see below

New Zealand

SUNDAY 6TH – WEDNESDAY 9th Sweden

Switzerland

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION BANGKOK

Thailand

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


DISTRICT 3330 MEETINGS Location – Long Beach Hotel - Cha-Aum,Petchburi SAT SUN

May 26 2012 May 27 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 CELEBRATION

CLUB PROGRAMME 2011-2012 APRIL – MAGAZINE Apr Apr

24 24

May May May May May May May May

1 6-9 8 15 22 22 26-27 29

June

2

June June

5 12

June June June June

12 19 26 30

BOARD MEETING – 1800hr @ ALOHA VILLA INFORMATION NIGHT ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION BANGKOK

BEST

MAY – COMMUNITY DINNER OUT - INDOCHINE - KALIM ROTARY CONVENTION – BANGKOK

GERRY CUMMINGS

No meeting see above CLUB ASSEMBLY BOARD MEETING – 1800hr @ ALOHA VILLA STRATEGIC PLANNING MEETING – FOLLOW UP FROM 1ST APRIL DISTRICT ASSEMBLY TO BE ADVISED JUNE – ROTARY FELLOWSHIP MONTH DISTRICT AWARD PRESENTATION & 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – ROYAL PHUKET HOTEL DINNER OUT JOINT BOARDS MEETING – 1800hr @ ALOHA VILLA CLUB ASSEMBLY ISABELLE BECKER - Top in the World Art & Design IGCSE Cambridge Award TO BE ADVISED JOINT INSTALLATIONS RCs OF PHUKET - @ SIMON STAR PHUKET TOWN -

P BEST DAVID ARELL

P BEST & PE ARNAUD

PE ARNAUD ANDY BECKER

Tim & Larry Amsden Our condolences to Tim & Larry Amsden following the passing of Tim’s mother Tim & Larry headed north a few days ago Our thoughts are with you Tim & Larry at this time

Next meeting – 24th May It is less than two weeks before the Rotary International Convention in Bangkok, an information night, to let those attending what the Convention is and how we can all learn more about Rotary and experience how it is truly an International organisation There are only three current & one former memberr from the RCoPB who have experienced an RI Convention, (to my knowledge) i.e. Larry – Denis and Dr. Johan Storck. Richard Valentine President Best and Dr. Johan will provide some information. The Rotary Club of Patong Beach Phuket – Thailand Chartered 5th September 2001


NIGHT REPORT 10th APRIL 2012 S@A Andy opened the meeting at 2010. VP & PP Mark took the helm; hit the gong right smack on the sweet spot and after a Rousing Rendition of the Pleng Chat the meeting was off and running.

Visiting Rotarians Jane Lowe – RC of Willeton Western Australia, who forgot to bring a banner, briefly caused a discussion whether, in the Southern Hemisphere, east is still opposite west. (sorry VP Mark seems to be sleeping)

{Peter Radlsqeck RC of Deggendorf - Germany who claimed his home town was “just like Patong”. Made me wonder why Thailand sees so many male visitors from Germany…

Visitors John Frangos (Pres Best) – Gary Lowe (husband Jane) Siriporn Pakscyo - Rtn George also introduced his niece Debbie and S@A Rtn Andy introduced his lovely wife Mel, daughter Isabel and son Max.

Committee reports - included an update from Rtn Brad regarding the water filter project and an announcement from ADG Arnaud regarding the RI convention in the Big Mango plus the date for the joint Phuket Rotary Clubs of Phuket installation night on 30 June 2012 at the new katoey cabaret Simon Star in Phuket town. Next, to quote the S@A, the Highlight of the Evening [drum roll]: The Debate. The subject was “Felines vs. Canines – which one makes the best companion” Arguing the case on behalf of the canines were Rtn George and niece Debbie.

The felines were represented by two individuals of Middle Eastern descent, Sheik Mohammed Yusuf binKenny and Prince Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Becker.

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


Moderator Rtn Gerry ensured the participants did not fight like cats and dogs and Timekeeper Rtn Wolfgang made sure the debate did not stray into injury time, which would have deprived certain members of their weekly dose of Soi Bangla.

Both teams stated their cases eloquently but in the end the British dog-lovers won by 11 votes against 4. Yours truly voted for the Arab team because everyone knows cats taste better than dogs (just like chicken) and besides the Arabs own all that oil and have loads of cash. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you –sort of.

The winning team was rewarded one of our beautiful banners which will undoubtedly be chewed to pieces by their dog. A round of applause for Moderator Gerry was followed by Happy Hundreds and a final toast by PP Mark who expressed the hope that (red) cats and (yellow) dogs may live in peace forever here in the Land of Smiles. I’ll drink to that. Scribe–for-the-day PP Jeroen. Night reporter PP Jeroen Deknatel - Photographer Gerry Cummings -thank you Jeroen & Gerry ed

A special thanks to all whom assisted with the debate and got into the spirit to have a FUN night – it was touch & go if it would eventuate due to low support YIR

Denis – Admin Chair & Bulletin Editor

ATTENDANCE Total members: 34 Attended: 13 Make-Ups : 8 21 Leave of Absence 1 Visiting Rotarians: 2Visitors: 7 Attendance – Week 63.6%

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


BIRTHDAYS

NONE THIS WEEK

Humour Complex Formula for a Simple Philosophy This is a deceptively simple philosophy that I have been working on and refining for most of my life. I am delighted to say that I believe I have refined it down to its essence sufficiently to share it with a select band of friends that may appreciate its elegance and simplicity.

The problem with political jokes is they get elected. ~Henry Cate, VII

* We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. ~Aesop

* If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these acceptance speeches there wouldn't be any inducement to go to heaven. ~Will Rogers Thanks to Andy Becker

A thought for the week The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be – Marcel Pagnol The Rotary Club of Patong Beach Phuket – Thailand Chartered 5th September 2001


ABC’s of Rotary Week 6

Paul Harris - First but Not First Was Paul Harris the first president of a Rotary club? No. Was Paul Harris the first president of Rotary International? Yes. There is an easy explanation to this apparent contradiction. Although Paul Harris was the founder and organizer of the first Rotary club in Chicago in 1905, the man selected to be the first president was one of the other founding members, Silvester Schiele. By the year 1910 there were 16 Rotary clubs, which linked up as an organization called the National Association of Rotary Clubs. Two years later the name was changed to the International Association of Rotary Clubs, as Rotary was organized in Winnipeg, Canada, and then in England, Ireland and Scotland. In 1922 the name was shortened to Rotary International. When the first organization of Rotary clubs was created in 1910, Paul Harris was selected as the first president. He served in this position for two years, from 1910 until 1912. Thus, the founder of the Rotary idea, who declined to be president of the first club, became the first president of the worldwide organization, Rotary International. First Names or Nicknames From the earliest days of Rotary, members have referred to each other on a first-name basis. Since personal acquaintanceship and friendship are cornerstones of Rotary, it was natural that many clubs adopted the practice of setting aside formal titles in conversations among members. Individuals who normally would be addressed as Doctor, Professor, Mister, the Honourable or Sir are regularly called Joe, Bill, Mary, Karen or Charley by other Rotarians. The characteristic Rotary club name badge fosters the first-name custom. In a few areas, such as Europe, club members use a more formal style in addressing fellow members. In other parts of the world, mainly in Asian countries, the practice is to assign each new Rotarian a humorous nickname which relates to some personal characteristic or which is descriptive of the member's business or profession. A member nicknamed "Oxygen" is the manufacturer of chemical gas products. "Trees" is the nickname for the Rotarian in the lumber business, "Building" is the contractor, "Paper" is the stationery or office supply retailer. Other members might carry nicknames like "Muscles," "Foghorn" or "Smiles" as commentaries on their physical features. The nicknames are frequently a source of good-natured fun and fellowship. But whether a Rotarian is addressed by a given first name or a nickname, the spirit of personal friendship is the initial step that opens doors to all other opportunities for service.

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


Photos of the week by Denis

The beautiful White Temple in Chiang Rai - a must see when in Chiang Rai

How good can it get after visiting the White Temple headed to see Khun Korn Waterfall lunch on the way

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

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