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

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

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Volume 7 - Issue No 25 – 18th December 2012 Future Events th Next meeting 8 of January, 2013 Next Meeting Tuesday 8th January

Bodhi Garrett The Mokens – their way of life I extend to all a Merry and safe Christmas and a Happy New Year This is the last Bulletin issue for this calendar year – I trust you have enjoyed reading about the activities of the Rotary Club of Patong Beach Let us all look forward to a bright and prosperous New Year. This will be my first Christmas in Thailand without my Aus family, however we are planning a great Christmas Dinner All the very best to you all --- Ed Denis Volume 7 Issue 25

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A message from President Larry The club certainly got the holiday season off to a great start last Saturday night with our traditional Christmas dinner. Fantastic food, wine, good fellowship, Santa Claus and amazingly, 63% attendance, plus 38 Rotary Anns and guests. Those of you who were not here during the Christmas Holidays in 2004, might wish to see the movie “The Impossible”, now playing at some of the local theaters. It is a true account of just one of the families affected by the Tsunami and is a great reminder of why our club responded to this tragedy. That event defined the agenda for our club for many years after. Now, we are entering a new year with a new purpose in pursuing our signature projects. While they may not be inspired by such a calamitous event as the Tsunami, they are no less important in our overall efforts to make this world a little better world, one tiny step at a time. As you are thinking about your resolutions for the new year, may I ask each of you to raise Rotary up one notch in your priorities and join a committee to contribute to one or more of our projects, or bring us a new project for consideration. Our club is only as good as you, our members, make it Our next meeting is cancelled due to our Christmas dinner last Saturday, and since both Christmas Day and New Years Day occur on Tuesdays, these meetings are also cancelled. Our next regular meeting is on Tuesday, the 8th of January. We have arranged for a great speaker on that night. Hope to see you all there. In the meantime, my family and I wish each of you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and Wonderful Holiday Season. P. Larry

CLUB PROGRAMME 2012-2013 DECEMBER – FAMILY of ROTARY MONTH Dec

2013 Jan

2013 Feb

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MEETING CANCELLED – CHRISTMAS DAY – NO MEETING COMPLIMENTS OF THE SEASON

JANUARY – ROTARY AWARENESS MONTH 1 8 8 15 22 22 29 5 12 12 19 26 26

NEW YEARS DAY – HAPPY NEW YEAR - NO MEETING BOARD MEETING BODHI GARRETT - MOKENS THEIR WAY OF LIFE MARTIN SMETZER - ORGANIC FARMING BOARD MEETING CLUB ASSEMBLY NORMAL MEETING FEBRUARY – WORLD UNDERSTANDING MONTH DINNER OUT - leVersace Patong Beach BOARD MEETING NORMAL MEETING NORMAL MEETING BOARD MEETING NORMAL MEETING

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BIRTHDAYS

BOON PONCHIBOON – 23rd DECEMBER

2nd Polioplus Vaccination Day – 12th December The second vaccination day on Wednesday 12th at Koh Sirae as previous A few unhappy children as they presented themselves for the drops on the tongue –it was not so bad after all

Thanks to – Pat + her friends Russ & Debbie Ulrey – Kenth – Larry – Brad – Stewart - Johan & friend – Bob Dahl Rotarian from RC of Cleveland Australia WELL DONE TO ALL INCLUDING THE CHILDREN Volume 7 Issue 25

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Night Report

– 11th December 2012

Andy volunteered to be SAA, given Richard' s inability to attend. VP Best replaced President Larry who is nursing a broken hand in Bangkok - we wish him a speedy recovery. VP Best wielded the gong to bong the meeting to order.

The culprit

and the evidence a huge plate of ice cream

Three guests were greeted, and banners exchanged. The guests were Karen and Andrew Fisher, of the Scarborough , Perth Rotary Club (Western Australia) as well as a return visit from Bob Dahl of the Cleveland Rotary Club, Queensland, Australia Andrew spoke of his 42 member club (6 female members, one of whom is the current President... Pat applauded!) which has provided in its history, some 200,000 wheelchairs manufactured by a separate trust set up some years ago by their club. He also mentioned that the club is looking for projects.

Bob Dahl reported that he had just returned to Phuket having completed a 650 nautical mile jaunt down the Malaysian coast aboard his yacht, and was looking forward to participating in joint Matching Grant projects with the RCoPB

Then VP Best called for Club business; Pat reported on the Banjo school for migrant workers run by The Good Shepherd Society. Pat was overwhelmed by what she saw and what needed to be done. She has arranged a meeting for Dec. 27 where Brad & Stewart will come along to assist Sister Sandar and the headmaster in determine the priorities of the school and where those needs fall within Rotary parameters. Brad reported that the young Ranong area Moken girl with the severe eye problem was being taken from her island to the mainland (Ranong) tomorrow to be examined by a very good eye specialist to determine further treatment including a possible operation This thanks to PP Mark's 5000 Baht contribution at the last meeting. Volume 7 Issue 25

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Acting SAA Andy then turned over the meeting to VP Best who gave a delightful and laugh-filled audio visual report on the District 3330 Conference held in Kanchanaburi, Dec 7-9. Attending the Conference were Sam, Arnaud, Larry, Denis, Brad, Best, Boon and Tukta. While serious Rotary business may well have been conducted during the non-party hours, the meeting was captivated by Sam in full lederhosen regalia doing the schuhplattler as if Alpine born, and the President Elect of the Tongkah club 's hilarious "Gangnam style" performance. Much laughter and applause! But in the sessions (yes they must have had some time for those), most noteworthy for RCoPB. were PP Arnaud's 2 awards. The person who should be especially honoured is PP Arnaud CMC Verstraete of the RC of Patong Beach who had donated up to US$50,000 and becomes the 3rd level Major Donor and he has put in his will the sum of US$100,000 for the RI's Foundation and has been honoured as a member of the Request Society Level 4. Congratulations Arnaud! PP Arnaud receives his award from RI representative PDG Sheng Chien Chang district 3500 – Taiwan

A rather tired bunch of RCoPB's returned to Phuket to face a new week. There being no further business, happy were the hundreds, and the meeting closed with the usual toast. ATTENDANCE 11-12-12 Bong! Total members: 30 Evening rapporteur - Jim Domville

Leave of Absence Attended: Make-Ups

Photographer – PP Sam Fauma

Attendance –Week 42.9 %

Thank you Ed

Visiting Rotarians: 2 Visitors: 1 ----------------------------------------Honorary Members 4

A few photos of the District Conference The Meeting

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Fancy Night - Party Time 319

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FANCY NIGHT – OH WHAT FUN FOR ALL District Governor Sompomp Thirasan & Ann

Double trouble

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Gangnam Style – look alike

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DGE Dr Sanguan in the ball DGE Dr. Sanguan Kunaporn – having a ball literally

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Christmas Party – 15th December 2012 A callage of the night This jolly fellow to the left set the tone for the night of Good Food – Good Friends – Good Fun

Great to see you Michael & your group

Yes Santa Arnaud has been a good boy

Santa’s customers

“The party was brilliant, everybody appeared happy, happy to see each other and happy to eat the delicious food Wolfgang's chefs prepared. There didn't seem to be any cliques meeting over in a corner or behind a wall – the whole club was happy as one club. The women in black chatted excitedly, the women in colour cruised the room, the men thumped each other on the back and kissed the women in colour and the women in black.”

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Thank you all for joining in this final meeting of the year. A special thanks to Wolfgang & his staff whom once again provided a wonderful dinner and ambience, Also to ATTENDANCE 15-12-12 long time friend Tony “Baloney” Bouwman fitting well into the Santa Total members: 30 suit and making sure all had fun too!! Leave of Absence 2 28 Attended: Make-Ups

Attendance: Rotarians (20) and partners (9) Other Guests & friends (31) = 60 + 3 youngsters Additional Guests & friends of members : Best, David Arell, Heidi, Larry, O.B., Pat, Richard, Tony “Santa” Bouwman, Bill Dunlap, Michael Massey, Walter Wyler RC Singapore East Photos - Able & Brad

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Attendance –Week 75.0 % Visiting Rotarians: 1 Visitors: 43 ----------------------------------------Honorary Members 4 319

Night reporters: “Silent” member Photos: Able, Brad, Sam Volume 7 Issue 25

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ABC’s of Rotary PolioPlus PolioPlus is Rotary's massive effort to eradicate poliomyelitis from the world by 2000. It was launched in 1985 with the goal of raising US$120 million to immunize the developing world's children against polio for five years. The Polio Plus fundraising campaign that concluded in 1988 raised a record US$220 million, and by 2005, Rotarians' contributions to the global polio-eradication effort will approach US$425 million. Of even greater significance has been the huge volunteer army mobilized by Rotary International. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers at the local level are providing support at clinics or mobilizing their communities for immunization or polio-eradication activities. In 1988, Rotary joined the World Health Assembly in committing itself to the eradication of polio by 2000, with certification of the medical milestone in 2005, Rotary's 100th anniversary. Rotary works with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, national governments and others in the global Polio Eradication Initiative, the world's most extensive public/private health undertaking. By 1998, some 120 nations around the world had benefited from Polio Plus grants for polio immunization and eradication efforts, and thanks to the immunization efforts during the decade after 1988, as many as four million children who might have been polio victims were walking and playing normally. As a result of the efforts of Rotary International and its partners, more than one billion children have received oral polio vaccine and are protected from poliomyelitis. In 1994 Rotary helped celebrate the elimination of polio from the Western Hemisphere. The Western Pacific is on its way to being certified as polio-free, and efforts are now focused on Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. Polio can be eradicated for as little as US$0.50 worth of vaccine per child. Achieving eradication will be difficult (only one other disease, smallpox, has ever been eradicated) and expensive (estimated cost to the international community is nearly US$2 billion). It requires National Immunization Days to immunize all of a polio-endemic country's children under the age of five, continuing routine immunization of children worldwide, systematic reporting of all suspected cases, rapid response to outbreaks, and establishment of laboratory networks. No other non governmental organization has ever made a commitment of the scale of PolioPlus. It may be considered the greatest humanitarian service the world has ever seen. Every Rotarian can share the pride of that achievement. PolioPlus Partners Since 1996 PolioPlus Partners have provided opportunities for clubs and districts to support mobilization activities necessary for National Immunization Days in polio-endemic countries. PolioPlus Partners supply Rotary T-shirts, caps, aprons and vests for immunization volunteers; or posters, banners and leaflets for public announcements of immunization days. Other PolioPlus Partners supply refrigerated vaccine carriers, vehicles and other equipment needed to deliver vaccine to remote areas of the world. The partners' projects also support surveillance laboratories necessary to confirm polio eradication. Most PolioPlus projects are eligible for Rotary Foundation Matching Grants. Polio Plus Partners are essential to the completion of the goal to achieve a polio-free world. Volume 7 Issue 25

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Photos of the week by Able

Double trouble ---

Lincoln & Colin

Thank you Able

And to think Santa scared him

Wonderful memories just a click away

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