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

Longtail boats - south Patong

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


Volume 7 - Issue No 27 – 15th January 2013 Future Events

Tuesday 15th January 2013 Update - Moken Youthlinc project Brad Kenny & Boon Ponchiboon’s recent visit to Koh Lao

Tuesday 22nd January 2013 Martin Smetzer – Organic Farming Tuesday 29th January 2013 Trevor Day – Bicycling to Bangfkok

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CLUB PROGRAMME 2012-2013 Jan


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RCoPB Event 1st March 2013 Fun GOLF fund raiser at Laguna Phuket Golf Club Calling all golfing Rotarians come along and bring your friends -or at least notify them of the event. The event will also require the hands-on assistance of a small number of non-golfing Members. More details to follow. PP Jeroen

Next meeting 15th January PN Brad & Boon will update the members on their very recent visit to the Mokens on Koh Lao following last week’s presentation by Bodhi Garrett from Andaman Discoveries and other guest presenters.

A thought for the week Stay committed to your decisions; but stay flexible in your approach Tony Robbins

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Night Report

– 8th January 2013

SAA Andy Becker welcomed all and asked President Larry to open the meeting

Guests: Bodhi Garrett from Andaman Discoveries Nicole Lemmo. " Nattay Sekhorn. " Lena Bumille. " Thom Henley, executive director from "In Touch with Nature Education" Mette & Christian from Project Moken Brad's guest son Justin, Jaspal's guest Kent Rausner P. Larry introduced Bodhi Garret from Andaman Discoveries Some background information - “The Boxing Day Tsunami devastated many coastal villages along the Andaman coast of Thailand on December 26, 2004. The tsunami had destroyed his home, erased his job at a local eco-tourism resort, and taken the lives of many of his neighbors. And yet, he says, "I was inspired by those around me who had lost everything, and still dared to dream of a better future." The North Andaman Tsunami Relief (NATR), the parent organization of Andaman Discoveries, was formed by Bodhi Garrett in early 2005 to help villagers to rebuild their villages and livelihood. A committed network of volunteers and donors emerged to support the reconstruction process. NATR implemented about 120 projects in 22 communities, with the emphasis on direct cooperation with the villagers, rather than imposing what outsiders think is good for them. Eighteen months later, Andaman Discoveries came into existence as a continuation of NATR's community development work.” See more @ Bodhi briefly explains the three groups of Mokens. Koh Sirin is Andaman Discoveries main island interest. Now a national park, Koh Sirin was nevertheless granted a home for the Mokens. The pressing and main problem is their way of life is disappearing. Bodhi closes with the statement that the Mokens need "space to survive"

Mette & Christian: They have been researching the plight of the Moken society for six years and have been filming a documentary for 3 1/2 months in Burma. They showed a brief trailer of their film. Check the website:

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Bodhi introduces Thom Henley: Thom was a junior Rotarian in high school and has written ten books about nature and indigenous cultures. Thom first visited Koh Sirin the same day the Mokens returned to the island after the tsunami. His latest book is "Courage of the Sea--The Last Stand of the Moken" Website: Brad ends the meeting speaking of a "legacy project" that will last for two or three years on Koh Lao Father Joe and the Mercy Center out of Bangkok. Linguists are arriving from the University of Utah to preserve the Moken native language ATTENDANCE 8- 1-13 Total members: 31

Happy Hundred box Larry closes meeting with traditional toast.

Leave of Absence Attended: Make-Ups:

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Attendance –Week 58.6 % Visiting Rotarians: Visitors: 9 ----------------------------------------Honorary Members 4

AN ODE OF ENGLISH PLURALS We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes, But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes. One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese, Yet the plural of moose should never be meese. You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice, Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice. If the plural of man is always called men, Why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen? If I speak of my foot and show you my feet, And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet? If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth, Why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth? Then one may be that, and three would be those, Yet hat in the plural would never be hose, And the plural of cat is cats, not cose. We speak of a brother and also of brethren, But though we say mother, we never say methren. Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him, But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim!

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ABC’s of Rotary Paul Harris Fellows Undoubtedly the most important step to promote voluntary giving to The Rotary Foundation occurred in 1957, when the idea of Paul Harris Fellow recognition was first proposed. Although the concept of making US$1,000 gifts to the Foundation was slow in developing, by the early 1970s it began to gain popularity. The distinctive Paul Harris Fellow medallion, lapel pin and attractive certificate have become highly respected symbols of a substantial financial commitment to The Rotary Foundation by Rotarians and friends around the world. The companion to the Paul Harris Fellow is the Paul Harris Sustaining Member, which is the recognition presented to an individual who has given, or in whose honour a gift is made, a contribution of US$100, with the stated intention of making additional contributions until US$1,00O is reached. At that time the Paul Harris Sustaining Member becomes a Paul Harris Fellow. By 1998 more than 625,000 Paul Harris Fellows and 215,000 Sustaining Members had been added to the rolls of The Rotary Foundation. A special recognition pin is given to Paul Harris Fellows who make additional gifts of US$1,000 to the Foundation. The distinctive gold pin includes a blue stone to represent each US$1,000 contribution up to a total of US$5,000 in additional gifts. Red stone pins signify gifts of US$7,000 to US$9,000. A Diamond Circle pin is given to donors for major gifts in excess of US$10,000. Paul Harris Fellow recognition provides a very important incentive for the continuing support needed to underwrite the many programs of The Rotary Foundation that build goodwill and understanding in the world.

Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award Two very special awards of recognition occasionally are presented by the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation to Rotarians who render outstanding service to The Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service recognizes significant and dedicated service by a Rotarian to promote the programs of The Rotary Foundation and thus advance the Foundation's goal of better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world. The second award, called the Distinguished Service Award, is presented to a Rotarian whose outstanding record of service to The Rotary Foundation is on a much broader basis and spreads beyond the district level and continues over an extended period of time. The Distinguished Service Award acknowledges the efforts of a Rotarian who has already received the Citation of Meritorious Service, for continuing efforts to promote international understanding. Both of these select awards are presented for exemplary personal service and devotion to the Foundation rather than for financial contributions. No more than 50 Distinguished Service Awards are granted by the trustees in anyone year and there is only one recipient of a Citation for Meritorious Service in any district each year. A recipient of the Citation for Meritorious Service is not eligible for nomination for a Distinguished Service Award until two or more years have elapsed. It is a very proud distinction for any Rotarian to be selected for one of these high levels of recognition by The Rotary Foundation Trustees. Volume 7 Issue 27


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Photos of the week by Denis – Children’s Day

A special day on 12th January as it was Children’s Day in Thailand. I went to The Mall – a local shopping centre and there were many children & parents enjoying the fun on the day

Looking down on the show for the children @ The Mall - Barbie WOW

A cutie Shirt logos – Pretty like mommy I wish I could find mommy lol

boats and paddling

American Indian theme

Here is that tourist again with her nephew

Wonderful memories just a click away A great experience for these young children

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