Issuu on Google+

E EB Buulllleettiinn ooff tthhee R Roottaarryy cclluubb ooff PPaattoonngg B Beeaacchh PPhhuukkeett T Thhaaiillaanndd Volume 6 –Issue no 40 – 1ST May 2012 286 Meetings Tuesday 7.00pm for 7.30pm – Aloha Villa Hotel 145/2 Rat–U–Thit Road PATONG BEACH

http//www.rotarypatong.org

Australia

Austria

Belgium

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

Future Events France

Germany

Italy

TUESDAY 1st MAY 2012 Dinner Out - Indochine – Kalim TUESDAY 8th MAY 2012 Meeting cancelled - see below

Lebanon

SUNDAY 6TH – WEDNESDAY 9th Netherlands

New Zealand

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION BANGKOK

Sweden

Switzerland

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 May May May May May May May May

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

June

2

June June June June June June

5 12 12 19 26 30

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 TO BE ADVISED 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

ANDY BECKER

Our thoughts and prayers are with Past President Arnaud at this difficult time

Next meeting – 1st May Dinner Out is at INDOCHINE – KALIM Organized by Gerry Cummings As Gerry required numbers by Friday – it looks like those who have not responded will miss out on this great venue and night

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


NIGHT REPORT 24th APRIL 2012 NIGHT REPORT 24 April 2012 Sergeant At Arms Night Reporter Photographer Rotarian members Guests Guest Speaker

Able Wanamakok George McCall Gerry Cummings 11 9 Richard Valentine

ATTENDANCE Total members: 34 Attended: 11 Make-Ups : 5 21 Leave of Absence 1 Visiting Rotarians: 2Visitors: 8 Attendance – Week 48.5%

Meeting commenced at 2000 hours  President Phuwanai ‘Best’ Wanamakok who has recently been away up north (and missed the tsunami scare) opens the meeting, followed by the national anthem. Visiting Rotarians and guests are introduced and welcomed one by one, including:

Visiting Rotarians o Donna Nielsen from Valley Centre California USA is Treasurer of her Club and has been for the past 4 years. She comes from a very small Club (similar in size with RBoPB), chartered in 1967 by 3 brothers, 2 of whom are still alive. The eldest Rotarian is 96 years old, the youngest 29, with an average age of 69.2 years. Her home town is best known for agriculture. Donna will be attending the International Conference in Bangkok on 5 th May. o Visiting our Club for the second time is Alan Ward from Mindarie, Western Australia (WA). His Club is the youngest in the state of WA (they don’t have a banner yet), with it’s main project being the provision of WA-manufactured wheelchairs for children aged 5 to 18 years. The Club is currently striving to raise funds itself to instigate some new events and/or projects. Alan is a keen golfer.

Guests o Greg Herbert, a former RCoPB member visits from Australia where he has lived for the past 18 months. o James & Judy Olsen, Hope Cather ( Donna Neilson o John Frangos (P Best), Michael Rafferty ( Jim Donville) Jaspel Singh (Brad Kenny) o Richard Valentine – Guest speaker After introductions, where applicable, Rotary banners are exchanged and a 10 year CD is gifted to the visitor.

Club Business  President Best shared how one of our scholarship students, Arwoo (from a hill tribe), has been working for him for the past week and has received a scholarship from the Princess. His Thai citizenship awarded by the royal family means he has a Thai ID Card and can now work in Thailand. The meaning of Arwoo is the number ‘five’, and his 4 older brothers are known as ‘one’, ‘two’, ‘three’ and ‘four’.

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


   

To some very sad news, Past President Arnaud Verstraete has been diagnosed with bone cancer, and has subsequently stepped down from the next year’s Presidency. The thoughts, hearts and prayers of the RCoPB go out to Arnaud during this time. His brother passed away from the same disease, and the Club will rally to give Arnaud the support that he deserves. The subject of the speaker this evening is the Rotary International Conference which is next week (5-9 May) in Bangkok; some of our members will be going by plane or car. Sam Fauma reported that Installation night will be shared by 5 different Clubs from Thailand, and that the Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur wants to come down for it. Approved the evening at Board level and subject to having enough funds, a commitment was made to include 23 children from Father Joe’s (Moken) organization, in the RCoPB scholarship programme. Gerry Cummings reported that for the dinner next week, there are 11 attendees so far, so please RSVP asap if you have not done so. He also invited this evening’s guests to the dinner if they were able. Guest Speaker  Sam Fauma introduced the guest speakers for the evening, Richard Valentine, a former RCoPB member who now works in marketing, and Dr Johan Storck who attended the last International Rotary Convention in Los Angeles. Dr Storck’s job at that conference was to meet the delegates at the airport and to accompany them to the conference/hotels.  All details and the full timetable for the upcoming conference can be found at the following website http://www.rotary.org/en/Members/Events/Convention Dress code is smart casual.

Main points made by the guest speakers were about what to expect at the Bangkok conference: o Enormous energy, colour and warm community Rotary family feeling; huge adrenaline rush; that you will be spellbound by what you see, hear and feel; a life-changing experience of friendship and pride. o The weekend will fly by quickly, you will make hundreds of new contracts and friends, most delegates move around in ones, twos and threes. o The majority of people at the conference will be westerners, and they will want to learn more about Thailand. o Speakers emphasized that all should wear their Rotary shirts, and some form of badge that identifies us as a Thai Rotarian (RCoPB). Pins, banners and business cards will be handed out and swapped so bring plenty. o Young Rotaract members will be there (aged 18 to 30 years), which is the breeding ground for the Rotarians of the future. Dentistry programme, hurricane lamps etc. Rotaract members live the Rotary dream but are not yet able to meet all of the criteria to be a Rotarian. o Speakers advised that the opening and closing ceremonies are events not to be missed. There is reserved seating, and the speakers will be fantastic. At the host dinner, you will be split into 3 or 4 groups. o There will be rooms dedicated to being Houses of Fellowship, where delegates are invited to mix and network, and to get involved in different projects around the world. Matching grants may be discussed (in transition stage). o Paul Harris Fellows will receive special invitations. At the conclusion of the talk, SAA Able Wanamakok gave thanks, warm applause from meeting attendees followed.

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


     

Jim Donville announced that we have received the (draft) formation of our foundation document and he has offered to disseminate the information. Brad Kenny mentioned the Moken Village project and our scholarship commitment, and asked the visitors representing other Rotary Clubs, whether they might like to participate in this particular assistance programme. Pat also extolled the point, and mentioned the earthquake and the tsunami, and shared how they walked up the mountain to safe ground. This topic led to an observation about the need for the RCoPB to have an emergency procedure set up in the event of a tsunami taking place (eg a defined meeting point). There were various Happy 100’s to share. President Best closed the meeting with a toast to wish PP Arnaud better health and with the hope that everyone travels safely home. Night reporter George McCall Photographer Gerry Cummings -thank you George & Gerry ed

BIRTHDAYS

NONE THIS WEEK

A WEEK TO GO !

35,000 Rotarians & Partners have registered for the Bangkok convention Join in the fun and the experience

Greetings from the President ! Dear Members and Friends, Only one week to go and we will be in BKK for the RI Convention. This is a proud moment for all Thai Rotarians. Thai in this term is not “nationality”, but for all who has a “Thai” heart. Great experience guaranteed. Our club is among “100% registered” clubs. We have a group booking of 34 registrants. Rtn. Gerry will help me picking up the tags beforehand to save time. Thanks, Gerry! Latest news is that Princess Chulaporn will preside over the opening plenary session instead of King Bhumiphol. Security will be tight and we need to be in our seats by 9:30 am on Sunday!!

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


Still have time to change your mind, Ladies and Gents. The convention spans over many days. I would say a half day there will be worth it.

My closest experience to Rotary Convention was Zone6B meeting in BKK back in 1996. I was a sophomore at Thammasart University. A Rotaractor. My buddy and I + a bunch of know-it-all-we-ownBangkok-20 years old kids were blown away by the “International” feel of the event. I think it had a lot to do with me going to the U.S. a year later. I still have the suit with Rotaract emblem on the left pocket somewhere. Wonder how tight it will be if I wear now. Richard Valentine’s talk last Tuesday really pumped up the excitement. He gave us many great tips like don’t stay with the big group too much, wander around with only a few people for maximum coverage, bring along a small souvenirs, etc. Real good stuff. We shall have some good time. Bring your camera na krub to capture the moment. We must do lots of group photos for good memory. There have been a little bit of “negative” energy floating around in recent weeks starting from me. I found myself having short temper and quick to get ticked from various things happening. I soon realized that things around me were just as normal as it should be, however I was the one reacted to the stimulations. I don’t think the condition is bad enough to require talking to Dr. Johan on a regular basis, but it sure bothers me a lot. And that affects everything from business, staff, friends, rotary, family, and health. I admit that I put too much on my plate on a regular basis. The practice multi-tasking and trying to jam as many things as possible in one day has come back to haunt me. You know what I went back to recently– meditation. I practiced that when I was younger, but stopped a long time ago due to laziness. Clearing the mind by not thinking about anything with the help of mindful breathing get me through the day now. It is hard to believe, but it is really happening to me. Answers come from not thinking about answers. Fellow members and friends, let go of things more and try to keep track of your breathing – it may help you the way it helps me. Let’s focus on the positive. We need more positive energy around us to attract good things. Peace out. Time for meditation. Yir, Best Wanamakok

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

A thought for the week "I am grateful for all of my problems. After each one was overcome, I became stronger and more able to meet those that were still to come. I grew in all my difficulties." - James Cash Penney The Rotary Club of Patong Beach Phuket – Thailand Chartered 5th September 2001


Humour – well maybe not !

Thanks WOODY

ABC’s of Rotary Week 7 Four Avenues of Service The term "Four Avenues of Service" is frequently used in Rotary literature and information. The" Avenues" refer to the four elements of the Object of Rotary: Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service and International Service. Although the Avenues of Service are not found in any formal part of the constitutional documents of Rotary, the concept has been accepted as a means to describe the primary areas of Rotary activity. "Club Service" involves all of the activities necessary for Rotarians to perform to make their club function successfully. "Vocational Service" is a description of the opportunity each Rotarian has to represent the dignity and utility of one's vocation to the other members of the club. "Community Service" pertains to those activities that Rotarians undertake to improve the quality of life in their community. It frequently involves assistance to youth, the aged, handicapped and others who look to Rotary as a source of hope for a better life. The Fourth Avenue, "International Service," describes the many programs and activities that Rotarians undertake to advance international understanding, goodwill and peace. International Service projects are designed to meet humanitarian needs of people in many lands. When a Rotarian understands and travels down the "Four Avenues of Service," the Object of Rotary takes on even greater meaning. The Rotary Club of Patong Beach Phuket – Thailand Chartered 5th September 2001


Photos of the week by Denis Chiang Rai also has the Black House (Baan Si Dum)- built by artist Thawan Duchanee a cluster of several buildings & art pieces

In an early morning walk the monks appeared adding a colourful addition to the landscape in Sai Yok – near Kanchanaburi

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


Vol 6 issue 40