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Australia

Austria

President RI Kalyan Banerjee

District Governor 3330 President RC Patong Beach Orachorn Saisrithong Best Wanamakok

Belgium

Canada

France

Germany

Italy

Lebanon

Netherlands

New Zealand

Sweden

Switzerland

I saw many more than a thousand smiles @ the Convention in Bangkok ed Denis

Thailand

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Future Events TUESDAY 22nd MAY 2012 SWOT – follow up to 1st April meeting SATURDAY 26th – SUNDAY 27th District Assembly – Cha – Am Petchaburi TUESDAY 29th MAY 2012 PE Larry introduces his Plans for the new Rotary Year SATURDAY 2nd JUNE District 3330 award Presentation & 20th Anniversary Celebrations TUESDAY 5th JUNE 2012 Dinner Out - Brush in Kalim (Larry) 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

22 22 26-27 29

June

2

June June June June June

5 12 12 19 26

June

30

MAY – COMMUNITY BOARD MEETING – 1800hr @ ALOHA VILLA SWOT - STRATEGIC PLANNING MEETING – FOLLOW UP FROM 1ST APRIL DISTRICT ASSEMBLY PLANS FOR THE ROTARY YEAR AHEAD JUNE – ROTARY FELLOWSHIP MONTH DISTRICT AWARD PRESENTATION & 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – ROYAL PHUKET HOTEL DINNER OUT @ BRUSH – KALIM JOINT BOARDS MEETING – 1800hr @ ALOHA VILLA PROFESSOR DOUG WEBSTER - Bang Wat Dam Trail ISABELLE BECKER - Top in the World Art & Design IGCSE Cambridge Award Presentation of gifts by RC St.Moritz to RCoPB and farewell

DAVID ARELL PE LARRY AMSDEN

LARRY P BEST – PE LARRY

Richard Arell ANDY BECKER

President Best JOINT INSTALLATIONS RCs OF PHUKET - @ SIMON STAR PHUKET TOWN -

Next meeting – 22nd May - SWOT The follow up meeting to the strategic planning meeting on April 1st @ Atmanjai in Rawai – a short extract of the closing statement below - see the Bulletin No. 38 – 10th April for the complete minutes Secure feedback from all club members as reported in the minutes of the meeting with each adding their own thoughts on club Strengths, Weaknesses, and on community Opportunities and Threats. Each member to also offer what they wish the club to look like in the future. A meeting to combine all of this into a vision statement for our club

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BIRTHDAYS

NONE THIS WEEK

NIGHT REPORT

– 15th MAY 2012

Best opened meeting with gong, National Anthem, and welcome to many guests. Advised that due to many guests, he revised the agenda and will use occasion to share information, projects, etc. with visitors from other clubs. SA Andy introduced guests. Visiting Rotarians - (no other Visitors) Dave Ducus DG Walnut Creek Sunrise California USA Tara Ducus Fairfield Suisun California USA Ken Hammer Nanaimo Daybreak BC Canada Vernon Brown Yeppoon Queensland Australia Janet Brown Yeppoon Queensland Australia Mark Kinion Northside Fayettevlle Arkansas USA Liz Lewis Woosey Peterborough Kawartha - Ontario Canada Wendy Swain Peterborough Kawartha - Ontario Canada Neil Sharkey Dubbo West NSW Australia Jim Mc Cready Dubbo West NSW Australia Lyn McDonald Dubbo West NSW Australia Peter McDonald Dubbo West NSW Australia Lance Murphy Dubbo West NSW Australia Bruce Furnell Dubbo West NSW Australia John Kirkwood Jinja Uganda Marc Goessens Ninove Geraardsbergen Belgium Vestle Wynant Ninove Geraardsbergen Belgium Filip De Smedt Ninove Geraardsbergen Belgium Rene’ Van Roemdonck Ninove Geraardsbergen Belgium Since we ran out of banners, Best filled in with some tee shirts and CD's with a promise to forward banners later. Also during brief introduction by visitors of their clubs activities, we received some great ideas for future projects which will fill our "future project bag to the limit" Best presented a summary of some of our projects including a previous Conserv, and used the Bulletin as a vehicle to show some of our previous work. Brad gave a summary of the projects our club has been involved including the Tsunami projects, and solicited cooperation from the visiting clubs in future projects. Highlighted the Moken challenge from Father Joe. Jeroen added some of his comments on past projects. Larry reviewed the Scholarship Program Sam commented on his year (Tsunami year)

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Fine 100 baht – dress code violation Andy

The room was packed with many visiting Rotarians spending time in Phuket after the Bangkok Convention Many contributions from visitors to Happy Hundred box Dr. Johan provided the jokes and Ended the meeting late 9:20 with gong. Many individual discussions after formal meeting.

The Belgium contingent - Dubbo West Aus group

Vernon Brown Australia

Mark Kinion Arkansas USA

- Peterborough Kawartha Canada- DG Dave Dacus USA

Ken Hammer BC Canada

ATTENDANCE Night reporter - PE Larry Amsden photographer PP Sam Thank you Larry & Sam – ed E & OE (not sure if I have correct photo for each person above – my apologies if incorrect )

Total members: 33 Attended: 13 Make-Ups : 7 20 Leave of Absence 1 Visiting Rotarians: 19Visitors: Attendance – Week 62.5%

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A new school year begins and a trip for the scholarships is required. Rotarians George & Gerry, together with their respective partners, visited several schools and met the students receiving school scholarships from RCoPB for the new school year. A time to give out some baht

Small child and Moken girl @ Mercy foundation Ranong

rub a dub dub & thanks for the grub

Nat talking with students @ Baan Hin Lad school – some of the Tottee clan

- Pong & Nat at the Mercy centre

Group shot @ Baan Bang Muang school- Group shot Baan Hin Lad school- Two recipients @ Takuapa Senanukan school

Top dog in Ranong

George relaxing after a day of giving

Group shot at the Mercy foundation Ranong

Thanks Gerry for the photos - ed

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Special meeting with Rotarians ex Convention in Bangkok The meeting was requested by the travel agency arranging an after-convention tour by 6 attendees at the convention. Best was in Hua Hin to attend their club installation, so Brad and I filled in. The objective of the tour group was to get first hand information on some of the projects by Thai Rotary Clubs. They visited the Rotary Club of Takuapa earlier and visited Home & Life on their way from Khao Lak to Phuket. According to them, they had a wonderful visit at H&L and met with Khun Root. We met them at Raya Restaurant in Phuket Town and enjoyed a great meal. Brad gave them a summary of our club's past projects highlighting our work after the Tsunami, and our challenge from Father Joe. We also invited PE Tanit from the Rotary Club of Phuket to give them a summary of what his club is doing. They went away with a general idea of what projects are going on in Phuket and the Andaman coast.

Christine Hausmann & PE Tanit RC Phuket

Dottie Hancock DGN 6560 & PE Larry

George Hickman DGN 6560 & PE Tanit RC Phuket

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Bangkok Convention 6-9th May

Larry contemplating his new Board ??

A closer look @ the BKK children’s choir

The 200 strong Bangkok children’s choir

Bangkok symphony orchestra – what a wonderful repertoire

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Display of club activities

Boot scooting country & western by the Thai group

Photo of Gerry taking a photo in one of the magnificent halls

The Hill Tribe Choir

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A few thoughts As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it, if I choose to read, or play, on the computer, until 4 AM, or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will. I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old. I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And, I eventually remember the important things. Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But, broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect. I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver. As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong. So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it). MAY OUR FRIENDSHIP NEVER COME APART, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART!

Rotary News Coca-Cola Pakistan and Rotary team up against polio Rotary club members in Pakistan are joining forces with Coca-Cola Pakistan to stress the importance of polio immunizations nationwide. The purpose of the collaboration is to raise the public's awareness of the urgent need for all Pakistani children under age 5 to receive the oral polio vaccine during upcoming national polio immunization rounds. Organizers hope to vaccinate more than

35 million

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Photos of the week by Pat & Jim A couple of photos during the travels of Rotarians Pat Michel & Jim Domville – rather difficult to catch up with their rapid travels. In Switzerland , Italy now Wales ---- where to next Pat & Jim ?

Breakfast in Venice looking good P&J

Wonderful shot

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