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e Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Patong Beach Phuket Thailand

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


Volume 7 - Issue No 3 - 17th July 2012 Future Events

Next Meeting – Tuesday 17th July Rotarian Mario Barblan, from the RotarythClub of St. Moritz Tuesday Julyhis24club and District 2000 Switzerland will speak on the projects are currently undertaking

Thursday 19th to Sunday 29th July YouthLINC team @ THONG LANG VILLAGE PHANG NGA

Tuesday 24th July Who Am I New members Jaspal Singh & John Frangos will introduce themselves

Saturday 28th July The RCoPB installation night @ the Holiday Inn Volume 7 Issue 3

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A message from President Larry Hello members. For the benefit of new members and others who may have missed this information, I include it for your information RCoPB Communication Vehicles 2012 – 2013 The club currently has four vehicles for your use in communicating with other members. The Bulletin – used for general communication about club projects, a summary of meetings, visiting Rotarians, banner exchanges, upcoming meetings and events, etc. The mailing list for the Bulletin includes many past visitors and people generally interested in our club activities, thus it is not intended for communication between members of the club. You should be receiving the Bulletin via email. If not, contact Denis Carpenter The web-site: – This web-site, like the Bulletin is intended for general communication about the club’s activities, membership, etc., but also includes a history of the club and club activities since the inception of the club. Since it is accessible to the general public, it is also not intended for communication between club members. Yahoo Groups: - This site is available only to current club members and is intended to be the primary vehicle for communicating with other club members. The site also includes our archives; minutes of Board meetings, announcements, the club by-laws, club constitution, files on previous events, etc. It also allows for sending messages to the club membership, and allows for positing files by any club member for access by other club members. Note: Any file a member posts can only be edited or deleted by that member. All current club members are authorized to access the group by simply logging on. The Club data-base: - This data base contains all current members, their addresses, phone numbers, e-mails, membership history, etc., as well as past members, Honorary members, visiting Rotarians, sister clubs, events, donors, suppliers, charities, past speakers, Community Service Award Recipients, and much other information. The data-base also allows members to download certain information such as members, addresses, e-mail addresses, Volume 7 Issue 3

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visiting Rotarians and their emails, etc. It can be useful in reviewing past events, contacting past visitors, etc. To log on, use your first name (lower case) as the user name, and the immediate past president’s first name (lower case) as the password. If you forget how to log on, contact the Club President. Note: The data-base can only be added to, or edited by the data-base administrator, currently the club president. This data-base is used to update member’s information at the Rotary International data-base, so anytime you have a change to your personal information, contact the data-base administrator to update this data-base. This file will be updated as changes occur. If you have any questions please contact me Larry


Next meeting 17th July From Rotary Club St. Moritz . Dr. Mario Barblan will advise the programmes of his club. RC of St. Moritz has been a strong supporter of RCoPB from the tsunami assistance and more recently the Water Drip Filter DON’T MISS THIS INTERESTING SPEAKER

Interesting Quotes Friendship "A friend is one who walks in when others walk out" -Walter Winchell "A friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else." - Len Wein - Sent by Paulo Louro "A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words." - Sent by Donna Roberts "A friend is one who believes in you when you have ceased to believe in yourself." - Sent by Lysha

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– 10TH JULY 2012

SSA Able invited President Larry to ring the gong Visiting Rotarians introduced: David Iwanaga from RC Fresno California : stated had before 40 rtns, went down to 25, had some cultural ideas and so membership went up to 60 and with better fundraising ; has been here before and happy to be back ; wife Thai “Ann” long term relationship and now 10 yrs married.

Bob Dahl from Australia: visited RCoPB before when Sam was P; more women in club now and converting assoc members to full membership; happy to be back and remarked RCoPB lucky to have a permanent room Robert Harding from Australia: also been here before, running market ideas for fundraising and generate about $90K Aus / yr

Visitors: Bruce Conrad……Rtn Stewart’s guest. ASSA Able then invited President Larry to speak: The meeting opened at 8:15 with an explanation by President Larry of the new format of an Extended Board Meeting with the objective of more actively engaging all members of the club and providing more transparency to the Board meetings. Additional Extended Board Meetings will be held during the year if the club members find them useful. An agenda and a proposed motion were distributed to all members present. The Board meeting was held as an Extended Board Meeting in conjunction with the regular club meeting. Board members present: Larry Amsden – President Best Wanamakok – VP, PP Mark Pendlebury – PP Brad Kenny – PN Stewart Petersen – Chair Community Projects Dr. Johan Storck – Chair Membership Sam Fauma – Chair Foundation (note, Sam is still technically a Board member until such time as the by-laws are changed to allow Committee Chairs to stand down from the Board.) Volume 7 Issue 3

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The attendance constituted a quorum.

Pres Larry suggests: a) SSA not to be in Board Meeting as have to arrange meeting room etc b) Chairman of Committees to join board meeting at the discretion of the Pres c) To reduce PP from 2 yrs back to 1 yr back on Board d) ?? to vote in the AGM  

PP Sam : Chairman of Committees should not be the discretion of the Pres as this will create unclarity Rtn Johan : maybe a criteria should be set

Pres Larry: to set a quorum as before - problem to set a quorum  PP Sam : to invite Chairman of Committees to opt to be in or not  Rtn Jim : Option is good unless it impedes to get a quorum Pres Larry: 10 days to consider and to get PP Sam to send new wordings to the board to consider  PP Mark : It may be best to have no Chairman of Committees so no problems with unhappy Chairman of Committees  PN Brad : to PP Sam : it’s complicated SSA Able: to postpone talks 2nd Agenda: Visit and request of Karina and team builders: Able Wanamakok presented a request received by herself and Denis from Karina Finch of Sunrise Rotary Club of Swan Hill, Australia (a past visitor to RCoPB) for RCoPB to fund a visit by several Australian high school graduates and adults to Phuket for the purpose of attending a team building activity. Requested funding would involve more than 3,000 Baht per person plus additional undetermined expenses. The proposal was discussed and written comments by Denis were read. The proposal was voted down. Denis will be asked to so advise Karina. 3rd Agenda: Installation Night: George absent but info received: VIP invitations sent to all RC around, 28 members confirmed as of now of RCoPB; guaranteed to Holiday Inn 80 pax; A first draft of the night’s agenda has been circulated to affected members. A judge to be invited for the loyal toast; DG is not coming but will send a representative; 800 Bht pp incl ½ bottle of wine so 4 bottles for a table of 8

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4th Agenda: Donation to RC Littleton Colorado USA: Pres Larry noted that RC Littleton sent in donations for the Tsunami of around 0.5M USD; at the moment 57K in admin account and 73K in charity account. Members suggested 1000 USD donation……show of hands, passed. PP Mark suggested another collection box should be added for individual donations….suggestion well received. 5th Agenda: Community Service Award: A proposal by Brad, that RCoPB present a Community Service Award to a Japanese tourist and two hotel employees who saved a potential abduction victim. Brad presented some background on this event. The proposal was ratified by unanimous vote. Larry will attempt to have the award presented on behalf of our club to the Japanese tourist by a local Japanese Rotary Club. Presentation to the two hotel employees to be announced at a later date. 6th Agenda: Hiring of an Administrative Assistant: President Larry: have put ads in Phuket News and two other employment websites and still waiting for feedback 7th Agenda: Treasurer report: Treasurer absent but noted 73K in charity account 8th Agenda: Committee reports: Service: Brad and Stewart presented an update on activities of the Services Committee. YouthLINC will arrive on 18 July for 10 days, working at a school in Phang Nga. The Moken project is being investigated as a potential long term signature project for the club. A proposal to initiate a recycling project has been received from Kenth. Membership: Dr. Johan reported that mentors have been assigned for our two new members, PP Jeroen for John Frangos and PP Sam for Jaspal Singh. Foundation: Sam reminded the attendees of the importance of the Foundation and that donations from our members are returned to the club after 3 years if the donations are sent through the District. P Larry reported that a visiting Rotarian and his wife intend to visit Phuket on the 23 of this month and are soliciting our members to provide housing for them through the Rotary Housing Exchange program. PP Sam suggested the request be forwarded to the appropriate person at District 3300. Jaspal noted that he had a little used apartment that is available. P Larry agreed to forward the request to District. There being no more time available, the meeting was adjourned at 9:05pm. ATTENDANCE Night Reporter: Jaspal Singh Special thanks to our new member for being the night reporter It was certainly a difficult night for any reporter let alone a new member. Well done Jaspal – and my thanks - Denis

Total members: 30 Attended: 12 Make-Ups : 2 14 Visiting Rotarians: 3 Visitors: 1 Honorary Members


Attendance – Week 46.7% Photographer: Sam Fauma

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thank you - E&OE ed


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YouthLINC Thailand 2012 is happening 19 – 29 July RCoPB Family Weekend out 20 – 22 July Friday 20 July Opening Ceremonies at Tham Thong Land School – 10 AM. Lunch (120 Baht) at Tham Thong Land School after the opening ceremony and then work projects commence till 4:30 PM. Dinner at PN Mountain Resort (200 Baht), YouthLINC, Rotary Club of Phang Nga and RCoPB – 6 PM. Saturday 21 July Tham Thong Land School projects 9 Am – 4:30 PM, Lunch at 12 noon (120 Baht). Dinner at PN Mountain Resort (200 Baht), YouthLINC and Rotary. Sunday 22 July Tham Thong Land School projects 9 Am – 4:30 PM, Lunch at 12 noon (120 Baht). Thursday 26 July Dinner hosted by RC Phang Nga at Phunga Phani Restaurant Sunday 29 July Awards Ceremony and Dinner at Indochine roof top restaurant – 6.00pm (500 Baht) Rooms at PN Mountain Resort are Baht 800 for standard room and Baht 1000 for superior Pool View room. If anyone is interested to car pool the 2 hours drive to the hotel or to the school, they can park at the ESP office. The projects this year are: 1) Install Gypsum board ceiling in 2 classrooms and outside walkway. 2) Build a vocational training chicken coop for 120 chickens, harvest organic chicken eggs for the school children’s lunch and for sale. The chicken waste will be used to produce an organic fertilizer and sold or used around the school. The children will be involved in all aspects as if this was a business and the school children’s families will also be invited to learn. 3) Build 3 x 1 meter deep x 2.5 meters wide catfish ponds to grow catfish for the school children’s lunch and for sale. The cat fish waste will be used to produce an organic fertilizer and sold or used around the school. The children will be involved in all aspects as if this was a business and the school children’s families will also be invited to learn. Brad Kenny

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Humour THERE IS SOMEONE UNDER MY BED EVER SINCE I WAS A CHILD, I'VE ALWAYS HAD A FEAR OF SOMEONE UNDER MY BED AT NIGHT. SO I WENT TO A PSYCHIATRIST AND TOLD HIM 'I've got problems. Every time I go to bed I think there's somebody under it. I'm scared. I think I'm going crazy.' 'Just put yourself in my hands for one year,' said the psychiatrist. 'Come talk to me three times a week and we should be able to get rid of those fears.' 'How much do you charge?' 'Eighty dollars per visit,' replied the doctor. 'I'll sleep on it and if needed I will come back to you,' I said. Six months later the Psychiatrist met me on the street. 'Why didn't you come to see me about those fears you were having?' he asked. 'Well, Eighty bucks a visit three times a week for a year is an awful lot of money! A bartender cured me for $10. I was so happy to have saved all that money that I went and bought me a new SUV. 'Is that so!' With a bit of an attitude he said, 'and how, may I ask, did a bartender cure you?' 'He told me to cut the legs off the bed - ain't nobody under there now! SCREW THOSE PSYCHIATRISTS.. GO HAVE A DRINK & TALK TO YOUR BAR TENDER . There is always another way to solve a problem. I drink to that. ********************************************************************************

So after landing my new job as a Bunnings greeter, a good find for many retirees, I lasted less than a day...... About two hours into my first day on the job a very loud, unattractive, mean acting woman walked into the store with her two kids, yelling obscenities at them all the way through the entrance. As I had been instructed, I said pleasantly, 'Good morning and welcome to Bunnings. Nice children you have there. Are they twins?' The ugly woman stopped yelling long enough to say ‘Hell no, they ain’t twins. The oldest one's 9, and the other one's 7 Why the hell would you think they're twins? Are you blind, or just stupid?' So I replied, 'I'm neither blind nor stupid, Ma'am, I just couldn't believe someone slept with you twice. Have a good day and thank you for shopping at Bunnings.' My supervisor said I probably wasn't cut out for this line of work. Volume 7 Issue 3

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How to Lick a Bowl

"Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains un-awakened."

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ABC’s of Rotary Rotary Ann’s In many Rotary clubs throughout the world, wives of male members are affectionately called "Rotary Ann’s." This designation was never one of disparagement, but rather grew out of an interesting historical occasion. The year was 1914 when San Francisco Rotarians boarded a special train to attend the Rotary Convention being held in Houston. In those days few wives attended Rotary events, and until the train stopped in Los Angeles, the only woman aboard was the wife of Rotarian Bur Brunnier. As the train picked up additional convention-bound delegates, Mrs. Ann Brunnier was introduced as the Rotarian's Ann. This title soon became "Rotary Ann." Since the clubs of the West were inviting the Rotarians to hold their next convention in San Francisco, a number of songs and stunts were organized that would be performed in Houston. One of the Rotarians wrote a "Rotary Ann" chant. On the train's arrival at the Houston depot, a delegation greeted the West Coast Rotarians. One of the greeters was Guy Gundaker of Philadelphia, whose wife was also named Ann. During the rousing demonstration, someone started the Rotary Ann chant. The two petite ladies, Ann Brunnier and Ann Gundaker, were hoisted to the men's shoulders and paraded about the hall. The group loved the title given to the two women named Ann. Immediately the same term of endearment was used for all of the wives in attendance, and the name "Rotary Ann" was here to stay. Guy Gundaker became president of Rotary International in 1923 and Bru Brunnier was elected president in 1952. Thus, each of the two original Rotary Ann’s became the "first lady of Rotary International."

Lessons in Rotary Geography         

Were you aware that the Rotary Club of Reno, Nevada, is farther west than the Rotary Club of Los Angeles, California? Would you guess that the meetings of the Rotary Club of Portland, Maine, are farther south than those of the clubs in London, England? Can you imagine that the Rotary Club of Pensacola, Florida, is west of the Detroit, Michigan, club? It's a fact that the Rotary Club of Cairo, Illinois, is south of Richmond, Virginia. There are 135 Rotary clubs with the word "Tokyo" in their club names. The Rotary Club of Nome, Alaska, lies west of the club in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the Santiago, Chile, club is located east of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rotary geographers will know that virtually every Rotary club meeting in Australia is east of the Hong Kong Rotary Club. What do the Rotary clubs of Quito, Ecuador; Libreville, Gabon, Singapore, and Kampala, Uganda, have in common? You guessed right if you said they all meet approximately on the equator. There are many interesting relationships and things to learn as you become acquainted with the 30,000 clubs in the wide world of Rotary

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News from Rotary International Future Vision Pilot overview The Rotary Foundation Future Vision Pilot is a three-year test of the new grant structure offered in the Foundation's Future Vision Plan. One hundred districts are participating in the pilot. Pilot districts will have a unique opportunity to help refine the new grant structure by providing input and receiving specialized Foundation support and service. Grant structure Pilot districts will work with Rotary Foundation District Grants and Rotary Foundation Global Grants for three years of the pilot. Rotary Foundation District Grants District grants are block grants made to districts for up to 50 percent of their District Designated Fund (DDF). District grants offer the flexibility to respond quickly to immediate needs or to plan projects with clubs locally or in other countries. Rotary Foundation Global Grants Global grants support large international projects with sustainable, high-impact outcomes in the six areas of focus that correspond to the Foundation's mission. Areas of focus 1. Peace and conflict prevention/resolution 2. Disease prevention and treatment 3. Water and sanitation 4. Maternal and child health 5. Basic education and literacy 6. Economic and community development Visit it the " Future Vision Overview " interactive training module for more information.

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Photos of the week by Denis -

The incredible Sanctuary of truth - Pattaya Thailand. The building is close to 105 meters (345 feet) high and covers an area of more than two rai. It features contemporary Visionary art based on traditional religious themes. The project was initiated as an idea of Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphant in 1981, and is scheduled to be complete in 2025.

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