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

Longtail boats in Patong Bay looking north Meetings Tuesday 7.00pm for 7.30pm Aloha Villa Hotel 145/2 Rat–U–Thit Road PATONG BEACH


Volume 7 - Issue No 18 – 30th October 2012 Future Events

Tuesday 30th October Who I Am Bruce Conrad

Tuesday 6th November Dinner Out @ Sails Restaurant Hilton Arcadia Karon Organized by Able Tuesday 13th November To be advised

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A message from President Larry President’s Message Oct. 30, 2012 The Club Assembly held this week was devoted to defining the new Club Scholarship Program. Unfortunately, due to the time constraints, we were able only to cover suggestions to improve the due diligence of the current students in the program, but not able to get to details of the requirements for the new program pertaining to post-secondary education. At the Board meeting, on 27 November, we will draft a suggested outline for the portion of the new program focused on post-secondary education, for presentation to the membership for comments, suggestions, changes, etc. In the meantime, if any members have suggestions for inclusion in the definition of the new program, please submit them to me by e-mail. We need to define how much the scholarships should be, what universities and/or vocational schools should be available to participants, what the scholarship funds can be used for, how to prioritize and select participants, what criteria should be defined for continued participation each year, what reporting requirements should be required of the participants, how to make changes to the program in future years, etc., I look forward to receiving ideas from all our membership since this is our largest service program and ownership of the program belongs to the entire membership, not just the Scholarship Committee or the Board.


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Next meeting 30th October Do you promise not to do it again?




The many faces of Bruce Conrad Who is Bruce Conrad ? The newest Rotarian of Patong Beach and also THE Treasurer Please come along next Tuesday 30th October and welcome Bruce and get to know Who he is with his personal

Who Am I

BIRTHDAYS No one this week

Thoughts for a new week Thomas Jefferson Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom. Abraham Lincoln I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. Volume 7 Issue 18


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Night Report

– 23rd October 2012

The evening commenced with the sound of the waves lapping on the shore a few metres away from where thirteen people enjoyed dinner as the sun went down at Friendship Beach Resort.

At the conclusion of the dinner it was time to adjourn to the Atmanjai centre for the commencement of the Club Assembly. President Larry: Gave an introduction to the Club Assembly, advising the agenda for discussion was the scholarship programme. Larry passed out a three page summary of the Scholarship Program including its history, performance, and the recent motion as passed by the Board regarding structural changes to the program.. These documents are posted on the Yahoo Groups web-site under the Scholarship Program folder for access by all members of the club. Larry spoke how the scholarship programme commenced following the tragic events of the tsunami in 2004. Larry then passed the meeting over to PP Sam Fauma to act as moderator for the evening. PP O.B. acted as recorder for the meeting and captured the key points of the discussion on a flip chart. An unedited copy of these flip chart notes is posted on the Yahoo Groups web-site for access by all members. PP Sam: Following the visit by Gerry Cummings and George Mc Call to check the children qualifying for scholarship funding for the new school year in July it came to their attention that some funds for the participating children was not being received by the applicant. Resulting from the visit, the scholarship chairman reported this to the Board. The following motion was passed at the Board meeting held on August 14 th “That the Scholarship Fund as it exists, be terminated with no new applicants being accepted, but honor the commitment to those currently being funded; that our funding of Child Watch, Home and Life, and Mercy Foundation be non-specific to the Scholarship Fund; that a new fund is established to support a limited number of children through post secondary education” This club assembly is being held to discuss the administrative procedures required for the continuance of the support of the existing children in the programme and the new fund for post secondary education participants. The notes covering the remainder of the meeting are on the flip chart copy on the Yahoo Groups web-site. ATTENDANCE 23-10-12 Total members: 30 Leave of Absence Attended: Make-Ups:

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Attendance –Week 46.4 %

Night Reporter: Denis Carpenter

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Saturday night fund raiser @ Montes Dear Members: Even with a slow start we ended up real nice for the night, more than doubling the projections and expectations. This was mostly due to a very nice lot of sponsors for some great prizes for the silent auction and the raffle. We had 55 RSPV with 40 dinners sold. Of the RSVP’s that did not show, 11 of 16 have paid already or agreed to pay. We were committed to the 55 RSVP’s to pay the restaurant and then an extra 2 showed up the night, so we paid the restaurant for 57 dinners total. If any of the RSVP’s that did not make it to the event still want to pay for their food (since we did pay for your food), please let me know. Here are the other summaries of income: DINNER PROFIT RAFFLE INCOME TOTAL CASH DONATIONS TOTAL WINE PROFIT TOTAL SILENT AUCTION TOTAL INCOME FOR THE NIGHT OTHER EXPENSE (Tiger the Magician - Baht 3,000) TOTAL PROFIT

13,980.00 19,100.00 12,400.00 6,600.00 58,600.00 110,680.00 -3,000.00 107,680.00

NOTE: income in red font indicates money pledged but not all received. All in all a great night and lots of fun! Thanks, Brad Kenny


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Are we the ones with Dementia ? Recently, when I went to McDonald's I saw on the menu that you could have an order of 6, 9 or 12 Chicken McNuggets. - I asked for a half dozen nuggets. 'We don't have a half dozen nuggets,' said the teenager at the counter. 'You don't?' I replied. 'We only have six, nine or twelve.' was the reply. 'So I can't order a half dozen nuggets but I can order six?' 'That's right.' So I shook my head and ordered six McNuggets.- (Unbelievable but sadly true.) (Must have been the same one I asked for sweetener and she said they didn't have any, only Splenda and sugar.) TWO I was checking out at the local Wal-Mart with just a few items and the lady behind me put her things on the belt close to mine. I picked up one of those 'dividers' that they keep by the cash register and placed it between our things so they wouldn't get mixed. After the girl had scanned all of my items, she picked up the 'divider', looking all over for the bar code so she could scan it. Not finding the bar code, she said to me. 'Do you know how much this is?' I said to her 'I've changed my mind. I don't think I'll buy that today.' She said 'OK.' and I paid her for the things and left. - She had no clue to what had just happened. (But the lady behind me had a big smirk on her face as I left) THREE A woman at work was seen putting a credit card into her floppy drive and pulling it out very quickly. When I inquired as to what she was doing, she said she was shopping on the Internet and they kept asking for a credit card number, so she was using the ATM 'thingy.' FOUR I recently saw a distraught young lady weeping beside her car. 'Do you need some help?' I asked. She replied. 'I knew I should have replaced the battery to this remote door opener. Now I can't get into my car. Do you think they (pointing to a distant convenience store) would have a battery to fit this?' 'Hmmm, I don't know. Do you have an alarm, too?' I asked. 'No, just this remote thingy.' she answered, > handing it and the car keys to me. As I > took the key and manually unlocked the door, I replied. 'Why don't you drive over there and check about the batteries. It's a long walk....' FIVE Several years ago, we had an Intern who was none too swift. One day she was typing and turned to a secretary and said, 'I'm almost out of typing paper. What do I do?' 'Just use paper from the photocopier', the secretary told her. With that, the intern took her last remaining blank piece of paper, put it on the photocopier and proceeded to make five 'blank' copies. Brunette, by the way!! SIX A mother calls 911 very worried asking the dispatcher if she needs to take her kid to the emergency room, the kid had eaten ants. The dispatcher tells her to give the kid some Benadryl and he should be fine. The mother says, 'I just gave him some ant killer......' Dispatcher: 'Rush him in to emergency right now!' Thanks O.B. Volume 7 Issue 18


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ABC’s of Rotary Rotary Volunteers You can find them working in refugee camps, remote clinics, makeshift hospitals, and primitive villages. While many are physicians and dentists, they come from all walks of life. They're Rotary Volunteers. The Rotary Volunteers program is open to Rotarians, Rotaractors, Foundation Alumni - even non-Rotarians can participate. Those wishing to serve abroad must file a Rotary Volunteers International Volunteer Personal Registration Form with the Secretariat office serving their area. They also must receive an invitation to volunteer from the host Rotary club at the site where they wish to serve. There are several sources for finding volunteer opportunities and special needs. The Rotary Volunteers program operates under the umbrella of Vocational Service at the club and district level. The Rotary Foundation occasionally provides funds to cover air transportation and modest living expenses for Rotary Volunteers. Volunteers do not receive a salary or honorarium for their services. Rotary Volunteers have travelled to nearly 100 countries to give of their time and expertise. Interact Interact, a Rotary-sponsored youth service club, was launched by the RI Board of Directors in 1962. The first Interact club was established by the Rotary Club of Melbourne, Florida, U.S.A. Interact clubs provide opportunities for boys and girls of secondary school age to work together in a world fellowship of service and international understanding. The term "Interact" is derived from "inter," for international, and "act," for action. Every Interact club must be sponsored and supervised by a Rotary club and must plan annual projects of service to its school, community and in the world. Today there are more than 6,000 Interact clubs with 138,500 members in 96 countries. Interactors develop skills in leadership and attain practical experience in conducting service projects, thereby learning the satisfaction that comes from serving others. A major goal of Interact is to provide opportunities for young people to create greater understanding and goodwill with youth throughout the world. Rotaract After the success of Interact clubs for high school-age youth in the early 1960s, the RI board created Rotaract in 1968. The new organization was designed to promote responsible citizenship and leadership potential in clubs of young men and women aged 18 to 30. The first Rotaract club was chartered by the Rotary Club of Charlotte North in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. In 1998 there were 139,000 members in more than 6,000 Rotaract clubs in 139 countries. Rotaract clubs emphasize the importance of individual responsibility as the basis of personal success and community involvement. Each club is required to complete at least two major service projects each year, one to serve the community and the other to promote international understanding. Rotaract also provides opportunities leading to greater leadership and professional development. Rotaractors enjoy many social activities as well as programs to improve their community. A Rotaract club can exist only when continuously sponsored, guided and counselled by a Rotary club. The programs of Rotaract are built around the motto "Fellowship Through Service."

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Rotary International News

The wonders that flow from water Reporting by Katya Cengel The Rotarian -- November 2012

In 1962, the new military regime in Myanmar, then known as Burma, began expelling foreign aid workers and restricting the activities of charities. By 1979, the last two Rotary clubs in the Southeast Asian nation had disbanded, after 50 years of service.

For decades, Myanmar lingered in crumbling isolation, as many countries imposed economic sanctions and few tourists ventured there. Once ranked among the richest nations on the continent, the “Jewel of Asia” became the poorest. Rotarians from Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries continued to provide humanitarian aid, however. They’ve worked quietly behind the borders with Burmese partners, preserving good relations and a window to the outside world. Among them is J.T. Warring, of California, USA. On a side visit from Thailand, where he helped with tsunami relief, he learned that children at orphanages in Myanmar often contract diseases from contaminated drinking water, and that their daily ritual of carrying water from distant rivers and ponds leaves little time for education. Warring launched an effort in 2005 that has provided 26 orphanages with sustainable water management systems, including the tower at the Aung Zayer Min Monastery. The systems, built with funding from The Rotary Foundation, supply clean water for drinking, cooking, washing, and irrigation. Since Myanmar’s recent introduction of political and economic reforms, the tourists have returned to see Asia as it existed 50 years ago, with picturesque temples and rice paddies – and extreme poverty. International businesses are opening offices, as many nations, including the United States, have restored full diplomatic relations. After visiting the water systems, Kalyan Banerjee, 2011-12 RI president, announced that he would lead the effort to reintroduce Rotary, and its commitment to humanitarian service and peace, in Myanmar. Volume 7 Issue 18


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Photos of the week by Denis A great day out today Sunday 28th with the cooling waters of the mountain stream how refreshing and really relaxing -

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