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

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Volume 7 - Issue No 42 – 7th May 2013 Future Events

Tuesday 7th May 2013 Dinner Out - Da Vinci Nai Harn area Dr. Johan Storck Email Johan for booking - jbs@hammerintl.com

Tuesday 14th May 2013 To be advised

Tuesday 21st May 2013 To be advised Volume 7 Issue 42

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CLUB PROGRAMME 2012-2013 May

MAY 2013 - COMMUNITY SERVICE MONTH 4-5 DISTRICT 3330 ASSEMBLY @ ROYAL CITY HOTEL PHUKET 7

DINNER OUT – DA VINCI - NAI HARN AREA BOARD MEETING

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NORMAL MEETING

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NORMAL MEETING BOARD MEETING

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JOHAN STORCK

NORMAL MEETING JUNE – ROTARY FELLOWSHIP MONTH

June

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P LARRY – PE DENIS

JOINT BOARDS MEETING – 1800hr @ ALOHA VILLA

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CLUB ASSEMBLY

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NORMAL MEETING

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ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION – LISBON PORTUGAL

- ENGAGE ROTARY CHANGE LIVES

PE DENIS

BOARD MEETING

25 25

LARRY AMSDEN

DINNER OUT @ Tanyapura - organic products

NORMAL MEETING

BIRTHDAYS

No one this week

Next meeting 7th May 2013 The first meeting of the month and it is a Dinner Out – organized by Dr. Johan Storke Dr. Johan has selected Da Vinci restaurant in Rawai/Nai Harn RCoPB has been there previously for Dinner Out + a fund raiser

Please book with Johan jbs AT hammerintl.com by Sunday please

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Last Meeting Night Report – 30th April Pat Michel is the acting SAA, The meeting opened and P. Larry welcomed the guests. Visiting Rotarian : Bill Holdem RC of Kaikohe, New Zealand with 18 members, every person has a Paul Harris and some have sapphires

Visitors: There were a lots of guests – OB only plays to a packed house. Plus Tony Bouwman looking very fit. Dr. Peter W. Harris, director Asia Pacific Environmental Network out of Darwin. He organized a meeting of all the Thai schools last year in Phuket. Engaging man. Nick Anthony environmentalist, Shawn from SEEK.org along with K. Kanokwan, Debra Miermal and David brought John who helped them set up their computers.

President Larry: On last Friday evening, seven of the members of our club met for dinner, with the fifteen members of the five Rotary Clubs in or near Lopburi. They had extended the invitation to us, to thank us for our contribution to their flood relief efforts and to explain to us how they used our donation money. I believe this is the first time another club has made such effort to provide accountability to us on the use of our donation. My sincere thanks and appreciation to the Rotary Clubs in Lopburi. In addition to the usual banner exchanges, they also gave us a remembrance of the occasion, a beautiful miniature statue of King Narai, Rama 1 of T Thailand, who had a palace in Lopburi, and for our members, some hand-made key fobs (made by one of the Rotarians). They also left with us a wheelchair to be donated to a deserving individual to be decided by our club along with many copies of ThaiEnglish dictionaries, both of which are projects they carry out in the Lopburi area.. All in all, a wonderful evening of camaraderie with some great Rotarians.

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Quickly we moved onto club business

P. Larry spoke of the District Assembly to be held this weekend at the Merlin and the Royal Phuket Hotel, registration on Fri and Sat morning,

On Friday OB has organized a charity musical event for the Banjo students and POLIOPLUS to be held at the Underwood Factory. Brad talked about. Pat spoke about the books bought and photocopied for Banjo and the Patong Vocational Centre.

PN Brad told of some upcoming COMRELS and will email some more details. The Navy aircraft carrier the Nimitz with 5000 people on board who will be in Phuket for a COMREL project and other duties. They will be working to finish the projects at the Banjo school

Pat introduced PP O.B. who was speaking first - and does it very well even though wearing Jim’s glasses since she forgot hers.

“Climate change - let’s fix it!” and commits he’s not doing enough to save our environment. Why don’t we all do more to save our environment? His talking about pollution, global change, global warming and too much (travelling) oil in our food. Who can fix this mess? Only we humans can! We need solutions and we need to think differently! For example: alternative transportation, alternative energy and alternative lifestyle. She quoted him as saying "I've had a good life, had some great experiences….successful in the conventional sense, I paid the bills", this was while he worked in Western countries. Here in Phuket, he claims to be engaged and not stressed…on the other hand he and David are working on huge projects, including the Rosewood Hotel on Tri Trang Beach, asking the question – can a 6 star hotel be sustainable – will they reuse their towels? Which lead us straight into Climate Change – Let's Fix it.

PP David takes over and tells us what each of us can do to help (slide show) and if it’s only a little bit but it will help! It’s all up to us! It was a lively, intelligent meeting and how could we miss with PP OB moving around as he told his sad/hopeful story with excellent slides. PP David urged us to open our imaginations, WE could do something to bring about change. The environment is in a mess, no question. But it is in our hands.

Jim warmly thanked PP O.B and David and concluded with a sobering observation: " A recent reputable national polling organization revealed that 37% of your countrymen believe Global Warming to be a hoax. While I won't name the Parties concerned as we are an apolitical organization, I can tell you 58% of those voting for one particular party believed the hoax theory,( that it's a plot cooked up by scientists) while only 11% of those who voted for the other party held the same belief. And while we're at it, 35% of Americans believe that Aliens walk among us. But the following is so astounding I must read it from my notes to get it right: 4% (doesn't sound like a lot but that is well over 12 million Americans) believe that shape shifting lizard people control our world by taking on human form and gaining political power! So O.B., take me to your Lizard!"

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SPECIES ARROGANCE

ATTENDANCE 30-4-13 Total members: 31 Leave of Absence Attended: Make-Ups:

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Attendance week 46.4% Visiting Rotarians: 1 Visitors: 7 ----------------------------------------Honorary Members 4

We moved on to Happy Hundreds where Pat started off by saying she was happy she had lived on a boat for 20 years – 14 days crossing an ocean teaches you pretty quickly about keeping a small footprint and recycling. Pretty well everyone else came up with something about the environment or the happy meeting. Many people thanked OB and David. All in all, an excellent meeting. (A thing for us to remember is get the speaker to bring his coworkers, a packed house is a happy house.) Night reporters: Heidi Jaunch & Pat Michel Photographer: Brad Kenny Thank you all - ed Denis Volume 7 Issue 42

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O.B. organizes fund raiser @ John Underwood factory What a party. I had never seen OB in action but to watch him dance – hands, arms, feet, body, head all going in different directions and then very still as he catches more energy. Once he put somebody’s shades on and started up again. Cool - Terrific entertainment. There was Bill who auctioned off a bag of golf clubs. This man is a professional, he talked so fast you immediately were caught up in the rhythm and I had to sit on my hands. Johan won the golf clubs. The Underwood Factory as night club – perfect. The music, plenty of it, the MC in his black hat dancing with singer PJ was the sexiest, best dancing we've seen since San Francisco. And she is a great singer. Oh yes, you and the club remember Teddy Fagerstrom, a couple of years ago he was secretary. Now, he's guitarist in a rock&roll band – they are rockers and rollers. Teddy now sports a bald head and a long goatee. That is the wonder of Phuket, you never know who you'll bump into next. Larry Pashak was there too. Woody, Brad, Jeroen, David, Johan, Jim and I were all there. It was one not to be forgotten evening. And money was collected for the Banjo school kids and for POLIOPLUS. Everyone was a winner. – Pat Michel A great evening last night at both the Rotary District event and at The fun fundraiser at Underwood's. Thanks to PP O.B. for pulling this off with grace and good humor! Thanks as well to all who helped out, attended or donated to the event. Door Receipts 46,050 Baht Raffle Receipts 20,500 Baht Auction Receipts 49,150 Baht Cash Additional Funds received US Dollars 300, Singapore Dollars 150 (roughly 13,500 Baht) Total 129,200 Baht

- PP David

Wolfgang having a blast Teddy beefing it out O.B. – the man !

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District Assembly in Phuket Town this weekend A busy weekend for those attending the District Assembly in Phuket Town Johan & Brad with the remaining RCoPB members plus others in the dress circle

PRI Governor Bhichai Rattakul chats to DA attendees

A bird’s eye view of the farangs

- A stage full of enthusiastic Rotarians

PN Brad with PRI Governor Bichai & PDG Orachorn Saisrithong

DGE or DG ? Dr. Sanguan Kunaporn

------ The entertainment A refreshing ale (looks like the beach behind – & escape from Phuket town) Best takes the photo

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A little Humour Hey Kids, Did I ever tell you about the time I was totally lost with three machete-wielding men for 5 hours in the jungles of Myanmar and had to subsist on only food and water for 312 minutes? Well, this is a photo of me in mid-ordeal waving at mythical boats that are not there and would not stop anyway to pick up anyone so weird that they suddenly came out of a jungle that has no human habitants and never did.

I am sort of pissed that in the picture my shirt is all wrinkly and my hair needs a brushing, but the photographer/leader (who hired our two native/local guides) was jumping around screaming about being bitten by flies. Mind you, we just hiked through 15 kilometers of raw jungle full of wild boar, three kinds of monkeys, cats that left huge paw prints, and spiders bigger than an outstretched hand. And we had just scaled down a neck-breaking cliff to get to these slippery-as-snot rocks only to find the fishing boats chose to leave us yelling at them -- and, our fearless leader was mostly bothered by the flies. His jumping around and yelping reminded me of a time on peyote in a hogan so I started to try and make a wet driftwood fire to send smoke signals in Navaho (one of my more esoteric tongues) to the Goddess -- since the local fisherman were going to abandon our sorry asses on the slimy rocks, I chose to appeal to a higher Authority. As the sun started to set and douse all hopes we had of getting rescued from this tragic predicament, I gave up on the fire and joined in the hapless Fly-Dance of our Leader. The hysteria seems to be the only language that the Cosmos understood, because after nary an hour of yelping Fly-Dancing, our dingy arrived for us to slog into for the ride back to mothership where Donny met us with ice-cold beer so good it brought tears to my already soggy face. Donny, of course, was dressed in his finest yachting outfit with perfectly creased white shorts. He expressed deep regrets that he had not joined our fun trekking, but after all, someone had to get the beer ready for the finale'. Never leave home without matches and a little flask of Grey Goose. OB

Thanks O.B. via Pat Michel - ed Denis Volume 7 Issue 42

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Rotary International News Rotary receives top honors for Future Vision

From left, RI President-elect Ron Burton and wife, Jetta, Foundation Trustee Chair Wilfrid J. Wilkinson, Past RI President Luis Vicente Giay, RI President Sakuji Tanaka, RI General Secretary John Hewko, and Celia Elena Cruz de Giay at the awards banquet.

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otary has received a silver Edison Award in recognition of the Future Vision Plan, the new grant

model that enhances the scope, impact, and sustainability of humanitarian and educational projects funded by The Rotary Foundation. Since 1987, the Edison Awards have recognized innovative new products, services and business leaders in the United States. The awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Edison. Winners represent active contributors to the cause of innovation in the world. RI President Sakuji Tanaka accepted the award during the annual Edison Awards gala held 25 April in Chicago, the city where Rotary was founded in 1905. The Future Vision Plan received top honors among funding models competing in the Lifestyle and Social Impact category. Nominee ballots were judged by a panel of more than 3,000, including members of seven associations that represent a wide range of industries and disciplines. “This Edison Award recognizes and validates Rotary’s innovative approach to humanitarian service, as we constantly strive to improve lives and communities by addressing the world’s most pressing problems,” says Tanaka. “It is a great honor to accept such a prestigious award on behalf of Rotary’s global membership of 1.2 million men and women.” The Edison Award coincides with the successful completion of a three-year pilot in which 100 Rotary districts in more than 70 countries tested Rotary’s new grant model. The Future Vision Plan simplifies Rotary’s grant process, and focuses Rotarian service efforts where they will have the greatest impact. The model is innovative in combining Rotary’s volunteer base and a global reach with local resources to support sustainable, high-impact results in communities all over the world. The model funds more than US$100 million in service projects annually. The new grant model will be implemented 1 July for Rotary clubs worldwide. Volume 7 Issue 42

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Photos of the week from Bill Dunlop Bill Dunlop our visitor to RCoPB says – “Hey, look at these photos that my Viennese friends shot this February (I went with them to Ko Phayam just before they went to Myanmar), when they went to Myanmar after staying a while in Phuket” INCREDIBLE MYANMAR

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