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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


Volume 7 - Issue No 8 - 21st August 2012 Future Events

Tuesday 21st August Immediate Past President Suchana Chaloemtoem Rotary Club of Phuket South

Tuesday 28th August Marie Lucchini “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it”. Executives, Team, Expatriates/transition Coaching

Tuesday 4th September Dinner Out - Le Celtique in Rawai Arranged by Pat Michel Volume 7 Issue 8


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RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

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BIRTHDAYS Mark Pendlebury 22nd August Best Wanamakok 25th August

Next meeting 21st August President Larry attended the District Assembly, where many awards were presented for the Rotary Year 2011-2012 The Rotary Club of Phuket South with President Suchana Chaloemtoem accepted many awards for her club. Come along to hear PP Suchana telll us about the programmes that resulted in so many awards for her club Note: Khun Suchana’s presentation will be in English. She will be accompanied with some members from RC Phuket South

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“The Good, the Bad & the Ugly” Special notice per PP O.B. – for those whom missed the email -


Dear Fellow Rotary Club Members and Friends: Service before self: help stem the tide of a polluted Phuket. Come and find out how. 8.30am – 4.00pm, Friday 24th August 2012 @ Holiday Inn, Patong Beach, Phuket Hope to see you all at this conference for the right cause. PP OB

SEEK Phuket Inaugural Conference & Forum “The Good, the Bad & the Ugly” The Future of Phuket / Annakot Kong Phuket "Sea, Sand & Sustainability / Seeking a Sustainable Phuket" 8.30am – 4.00pm, Friday 24th August 2012 @ Holiday Inn, Patong Beach, Phuket 4.00pm - 6.30pm SEEK / AMCHAM Meeting after the FORUM in same location. All conference participants welcome.

Night Report

– 14th August 2012

Delighted to see SAA Richard Jones back in action following his long stint away from Phuket. Welcome back Richard. Richard welcomed all to the meeting and asked President Larry to open the meeting

GONG !!!!!!!!!

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Visiting Rotarian: Bob Dahl from RC of Cleveland District 9630 Queensland Australia Bob has attended RCoPB several times recently and has been literally floating around the Phuket & Phang Nga area in his new boat. Visitor: Bruce Conrad – guest of Stewart (Bruce usually looks a lot happier than this – I guess he was just waiting for dinner )

Club Business President Larry advised members that he was still seeking a treasurer . If someone can assist in this capacity please contact him. The visit to the sister club of Central Damansara in Kuala Lumpur will be on the weekend of 20th October. Put this date in your diaries – and be ready for a fun time. Larry introduced Khun Apple – administrative assistant whom commenced with RCoPB on the installation night July 28th WELCOME - APPLE Larry spoke of the letter received by Brad from Douglas Webster – guest speaker at RCoPB and professor Arizona State University Subject: Thanks Dear Brad As you can understand, my life has been very hectic since our ASU student, Joshua Shane, drowned at Patong Beach. Now that some time has passed, I would very much like to thank you and the Rotary Club in Patong, on behalf of the ASU community and myself, for the Patong Rotary Club's very kind and extremely helpful assistance during this tragic event. Best regards Douglas Webster Professor Schools of Geographical Sciences & Planning and Sustainability Arizona State University, USA Larry also advised Dr. Johan had councelled the Arizona UNI group following the tragedy Volume 7 Issue 8


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Gerry Cummings as Scholarship chairman, spoke about the proposal approved at the Board meeting earlier on the night. The scholarship programme will be capped with no new students being added to the programme. Changes will be made to ensure the student receives the appropriate funding . PP Mark advised he knows of potential students for the scholarship programme. This will be discussed further.


President Larry then introduced the Club Assembly and then and asked all to assist the Administration chairman & Bulletin editor – Denis Carpenter with anything required to make his job a little easier when he returns to Bangkok Denis - delighted to be in Phuket and have the opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of President Larry and also Gerry Cummings - thank you. As Admin chair I am responsible for maintaining the attendance records of the club. A review of the attendance for the first half of this calendar year by month – includes all known make ups January 49% February 48% March 56% April 63% May 63% June 60% Members attendance - current members (excluding our two newest in June – John & Jaspal) Greater than

75% 50% Less than 50%

- 10 6 - 14

includes 5 with less than 10%

A healthy and active club is one with good attendance AND participation General discussion occurred from members on this and other topics following the hand out of two sheets for completion by those present.

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The two sheets : 1.

Contained 4 questions: - Please list one person whom you would like to nominate and consider Would make a good Rotarian of RCoPB -

Please list at least one restaurant for dinner out suitable for RCoPB


Pleaselist at least one speaker you may know whom you consider would be a good speaker at the weekly meeting


What topic would you like to hear from a guest speaker As a Rotarian of RCoPB, how much of your time, other than weekly meetings and Dinner Out are you prepared to commit in a month Hours per month: Nil hours ......... 2hours ........ 4 hours....... 6 hours....... One day ............ Other ...............................

In preparing the programme for the current Rotary year I am mindful of sitting in Bangkok and putting a members name down to arrange an event – speaker etc. However, without your help it is a very difficult task. There are many activities I would like to include – most of them social and FUN but I need your support to make it happen. Please give me your ideas – I am always contactable by email or phone Check the Bulletin for events and note them in your diary. I am always looking for articles for the Bulletin


Thank you all ATTENDANCE Total members: 27 Leave of Absence 1 26 Attended: 13 Make-Ups : 1 14 Attendance – Week 51.8% Visiting Rotarians: 1 Visitors: 1 --------------------------------------------Honorary Members 4

The photo above shows George diligently taking notes of the meeting Unfortunately the notes went missing so it was a case of George & me remembering the events of Tuesday night Night Reporters George McCall & Denis Carpenter & Photographer Denis Carpenter Volume 7 Issue 8


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Would you believe ? The following are actual statements found on insurance forms, where car drivers attempted to summarise the details of an accident in the fewest words possible 

Coming home , I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don’t have

The other car collided with mine without giving warning of its intentions

I thought my window was down, but I found out it was up when I put my head through it

I collided with a stationary truck coming the other way

A truck backed through my windshield into my wife’s face

The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him,

I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother in law and headed over the embankment.

In my attempt to kill a fly, I drove into a telephone pole

I was on my way to the doctor with rear end trouble when my U-joint gave way causing me to have an accident

I had been driving for forty years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had an accident

My car was legally parked as it backed into the other vehicle

The pedestrian had no idea which direction to run, so I ran over him Thanks Larry

RC Andaman Bowling today Sunday participants

Well done fellows Volume 7 Issue 8


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ABC’s of Rotary The District Assembly In view of the annual turnover of Rotary leadership each year, special effort is required to provide the more than 29,000 club leaders with appropriate instruction for the tasks they will assume. The annual district assembly is the major leadership training event in each Rotary district of the world. The district assembly offers motivation, inspiration, Rotary information and new ideas for club officers, directors and key committee chairpersons of each club. Some of the most experienced district leaders conduct informative discussions on all phases of Rotary administration and service projects. The assembly gives all participants valuable new ideas to make their club more effective and interesting. Usually eight to ten delegates from each club are invited to attend the training session. Another important feature of a district assembly is a review by the incoming district governor of the program theme and emphasis of the new RI president for the coming year. District goals and objects are also described and plans are developed for their implementation. The success of each Rotary club is frequently determined by the club's full representation and participation in the annual district assembly. The District Conference Most Rotarians have never attended a Rotary district conference. They ha, not experienced one of the most enjoyable and rewarding privileges of Rotary membership. A district conference is for all club members and their spouses, not just for club officers and committee members. The purpose of a district conference is for fellowship, good fun, inspirational speakers and discussion of matters that make one's Rotary membership more meaningful. Every person who attends a district conference finds that being a Rotarian becomes even more rewarding because of the new experiences, insights and acquaintances developed at the conference. Those who attend a conference enjoy going back, year after year. Everyone of Rotary's more than 525 districts has a conference annually These meetings are considered so important that the Rotary International president selects a knowledgeable Rotarian as his personal representative to attend and address each conference. The program always includes several outstanding entertainment features, interesting discussions and inspirational programs. One of the added benefits of attending a district conference is the opportunity to become better acquainted with members of one's own club in an informal setting. Lasting friendships grow from the fellowship hour at the district conference Volume 7 Issue 8


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Photos of the week - by Denis .These 2 – 5 year Cummings old cuties with their mother from Hong Kong – enjoyed putting on a show at the entrance to Aloha Villa

The Sunglass kid – with sales pitch in excellent English was the 22nd person selling sunglasses close to Rat U Tit road

George gave the Sunglass kid a reason to stay and continue his sales pitch Looks like George has a different pair for every day of the week. His golfing buddies will be so envious – lol

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