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e Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Patong Beach Phuket Thailand – district 3330 E

Early morning Southern end of Patong Beach

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

Volume 7 - Issue No 15 – 9th October 2012 Future Events

Tuesday 9th ClearerCleanse - Ross Brunton Mr. Juice JuiceM Mr.

Tuesday 16th October Asia now on line for Sea Dream Cruises Richard Jones

Tuesday 23rd October Club Assembly President Larry Amsden Volume 7 Issue 15


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Next meeting 9th October CLEARERCLEANSE Ross Brunton will advise how to live a healthier life style

BIRTHDAYS Kenth Nilsson - 8th October


I saw a woman wearing a sweat shirt with ‘ Guess’ on it. So I said ‘ Implants ? ‘ -- She hit me !

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Night Report

– 2nd October 2012

Another super Dinner Out @ The Slug & Lettuce in Cherngtalay it was a great evening; lots and lots of chatter and laughter, absolutely great food, service was splendid and the owners really did us well for 550 baht per person. In the end we had a very good turn-out with 25 Rotarians, partners and guests of George Plenty of smiles – Andy with Paul – guest of George Maybe it is due to the bar behind them - close to the drinks

Brian & partner – guest of George

George shares a joke

Cha Cha displays the first 500 baht note Mark has given her

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John and his wife

Johan chats to the ladies

Jaspal and his wife

Stewart explains to George

Nice smile Nat - never see Gerry with you ? ------ oops he is behind the camera ATTENDANCE 2-10-12 Total members: 29 Leave of Absence Attended: Make-Ups :

1 28 10 3

Attendance –Week 46.4 %

Photographer: Gerry Cummings Thank you ed

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Humour maybe not – Life in the 1500’s The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be --- Here are some facts about the1500s: Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married. Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying - Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water. Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying. It's raining cats and dogs. There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence. The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, Dirt poor. The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying a thresh hold. In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old. Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, bring home the bacon. They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat. Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous. Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust. Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake. England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realised they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a ...dead ringer.. And that's the truth. Now, whoever said History was boring ! ! ! Thanks Andy Becker Volume 7 Issue 15


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Stroke – maybe save a life by knowing STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters..... S. T. R. STROKE IDENTIFICATION: During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) ...she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Jane's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 PM Jane passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead. It only takes a minute to read this. A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

RECOGNIZING A STROKE Thank God for the sense to remember the '3' steps, STR. Read and ---Learn! Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions: S *Ask the individual to SMILE. T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. Chicken Soup) R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS. If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke. A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

A cardiologist says if everyone who reads this sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved. Thanks to Andy McCall (George’s brother in England) Volume 7 Issue 15


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ABC’s of Rotary RIBI The structure of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIB!) forms an interesting chapter in our history. In 1914, after Rotary expanded across the Atlantic to Great Britain and Ireland, a British Association of Rotary Clubs was established as part of the International Association of Rotary Clubs. During World War I there was little contact between the international clubs, and the British association held the small number of Rotary clubs together in Great Britain, Ireland and a few other European communities. Following the war, a new Rotary International Constitution was adopted in 1922 that established the principle that whenever a country had 25 Rotary clubs it could become a "territorial unit" and thus have a representative on the RI board and receive other specific powers. The clubs in Great Britain and Ireland immediately petitioned for and received the status of a "territorial unit." No other group in the world made such a request or received that status.

Council on legislation In the early days of Rotary, any change in the RI Bylaws or Constitution was proposed and voted upon at the annual convention. As attendance at conventions increased and open discussion became more difficult, a Council on Legislation was created in 1934 as an advisory group to debate and analyze proposals before they were voted upon by the convention. Finally at the 1970 Atlanta Convention, it was decided that the Council on Legislation would actually become the legislative or parliamentary body of Rotary. The council is composed of one delegate from each Rotary district as well as several ex-officio members. It was agreed that the council would meet every three years at a time other than at the Rotary convention! The council, which next meets in 2001, has the responsibility of considering and acting upon all "enactments," which are proposed changes in the Rotary International Bylaws and Constitution and Standard Rotary Club Constitution, and "resolutions," which are recommended changes in Rotary policies and procedures. Proposals may be submitted by any Rotary club, district or the RI board. The council's actions are subject to review by all the Rotary clubs of the world before they become final. If 10 percent of the voting strength of the clubs oppose a council action, such legislation is suspended and it is submitted to all the clubs for a final vote. The Council on Legislation provides the membership of Rotary a democratic process for legislative change in the operations of Rotary International.

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Rotary International News

Rotary International shared the polio eradication message with the world Saturday during a massive charity concert in New York’s Central Park, organized by the Global Poverty Project. Headlined by the Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, and Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Global Citizen Festival 2012 drew a live audience of more than 60,000, and many more online and via television broadcasts. Rotary produced a seven-minute segment preceding Neil Young, himself a polio survivor. Emmyaward winning actress Archie Panjabi, a celebrity participant in Rotary’s “This Close” public service campaign; Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, daughter of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and the country’s goodwill ambassador for polio eradication; Canadian Rotarian and polio-survivor Ramesh Ferris; and RI General Secretary John Hewko stirred up the crowd to help eradicate the disease. “The long road bringing us to Central Park tonight began in the 1970s, when Rotary – an international humanitarian organization of business and professional leaders -- began vaccinating the world’s children against polio,” Hewko said. “Since then, Rotary and our partners -- UNICEF, WHO, the CDC, and the Gates Foundation -- have immunized more than 2 billion children, pushing polio out of almost every country on earth.” Hewko encouraged the audience to play a role by lending their voice to the cause. “Help us convince the leaders of the world that resources are needed NOW to end polio FOREVER. We did it with smallpox -- Now let’s make history again by wiping out polio.” Ferris shared how he contracted polio as a child in India 25-years after the vaccine was available, and how his birth mom put him up for adoption to a Canadian family so he would have a better life. “Polio is vicious. It attacked my body -- withering my leg muscles and weakening my lungs,” said Ferris, who can now walk with the aid of mobility devices after the surgery and rehab he received as a child. “I didn’t let polio stop me. And I vowed I would do whatever I could to make sure it didn’t infect another child, ever again.” Ramesh has become an outspoken advocate for polio eradication, meeting with leaders like Queen Elizabeth, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and the prime minister of Canada. Canada recently made a new commitment to the cause. “Your voice matters,” he said. “Just by being here, you are showing that you care about making this a polio-free world.” The Global Festival, which organizers are calling the largest syndicated charity concert in online and broadcast television history, was timed to create awareness around the UN General Assembly in New York. At a high-level side event on polio eradication 27 September, Rotary announced a new funding commitment of US$75 million over three years to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Rotary has already contributed nearly $1.2 billion to the GPEI since the beginning of the campaign. Volume 7 Issue 15


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Photos of the week by Denis We had a day out on Sunday 6th with the Bangkok Photograpy group. Meeting the group in Chachengsao at the station rather than leave 5.00am to the city and train out. A songheow to Wat Sotorn and the photo op and later lunch at a 100 year old market. A couple of shots below

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