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

Longtail boats at Rawai - Phuket

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


Volume 8 - Issue No 10 – 3rd September 2013 Future Events

Tuesday 3rd September 2013 Dinner Out @ O2 Restaurant - Chalong Able Wanamakok Saturday 7th September 2013 Rotary Club of Patong Beach Installation @ Holiday Inn Patong

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The President’s Diary Hello All Last Monday night 26th August the RI President, Ron Burton along with 700 Rotarians from India arrived on a cruise ship at the deep water port in Phuket. It was quite an entrance, with the huge ship heading toward the port and mooring, only to stop and turn around about a kilometre out and reverse back to the portside. Precisely at the designated time of 1800 hrs the first passengers disembarked – what precision from the captain and crew. It was a gala event with hundresd of excited Rotarians , band playing , every one was in for a good time. I was fortunate to be in one of the VIP Mercedes, leaving the port headed by at least one police escort for fifteen or so vehicles proceeded with hazard lights flashing. It was quite fun to drive through many red lights as we headed to Fantasea. For those whom had not been to Fantasea previously, it was a great night. (See photos following). We still have time to add more students for RYLA, although applications officially close on 31st August. The week long event will be held in October. Last Tuesday night’s meeting – 27th August was a Club Assmbly – and some constructive comments were made bty members and visitors. A dinner out will be held on 3rd Septemeber, organized by Able – three reminders have been sent out – so PLEASE help Able by responding to her requests The next big event of course is the Installation night

The RCoPB Installation AND 12th Year Anniversary is being held on 7th September 2013 at the Holiday Inn Please help us to make it a great

night by booking with Brad for yourself and friends ing your

YIR P. Denis




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Next meeting Tuesday 7th September RCoPB Installation AND 12th Year Anniversary

Come Join Us for a great night – with fabulous food and



Bruce Conrad – 8th September CLUB PROGRAMME 2013-2014 SEPTEMBER – NEW GENERATIONS MONTH Sept








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A fun night is assured at the installation night of the Rotary Club of Patong Beach when Larry Amsden becomes Past President and passes the baton and honour of President to Denis Carpenter for the Rotary Year 2013-2014


At the Holiday Inn Patong Beach It will also be a celebration of the twelfth anniversary of the charter of Rotary Club of Patong Beach on 5th September 2001 Another superb buffet has been organised by our Rotarian Wolfgang GM of Holiday Inn

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Rotary International President arrives in Phuket Rotary International President Ron Burton and his wife Jetta arrived at the deep water port in Phuket together with RI Directors and 700 Rotarians from India


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Proceeded to Fantasea with a full house in the theatre and a busy time at the buffet


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Last Meeting Night Report – 27th August RCoPB members present were: Able, Antoine, Best, Brad, Denis , Jaspal, Jim, Larry, Mark, Pat Hi…I think you have the sheet of the guests' names. I am hoping we raise all the money from Gerry who is DG in Adelaide (54 or 84 clubs!) maybe Martin can come through given he works for Microsoft now. Both Peter Harris and Martin hope to become members in our club.

Visiting Rotarians: Jerry & Briony Casburn from the RC of. Unley Adelaide South Australia. Jerry is DGE and Briony is a new and enthusiastic Rotarian . A district of 54 clubs Martin Quirke RC of Almaty Kazakhstan – a frequent visitor to RCoPB – Martin indicated he could be moving to Phuket

Visitors: Dr. Peter Harris – Darwin Australia. Peter Director - Asia Pacific Environment Network (APEN) spoke at the meeting of 9th July - A guide to Sustainable Communities The meeting was a Club Assembly, most of the time taken up by the events of the past week.

P.Denis described the party with all the Phuket Rotary Clubs to say good bye to the VTT Japanese Dental technicians. On Monday the International President of Rotary Ron Burton arrived in Patong on a large cruise ship with 700 fellow Rotarians who then proceeded to climb into cars and buses to drive to Kamala to see Fantasea. The show has been running for many years and everyone loved it. How can they miss with 24 elephants on stage, following by lots of chickens, goats etc The buffet dinner was held in the largest dining room in the world with 4,000 seats

-- A suggestion was made concerning future VTTs – we contact local clubs in an attempt to get more translators. -- scholarship winner Emily Han Singer has arrived from Montreal and is settling into the British International School along with Nelson from Timor Leste. Both these students next month will come to a meeting and tell us about the scholastic life at the school and all the other International students. --RYLA closes Aug. 31 we hope to have 3 students participating between 14-18 years old bonding for a week somewhere in Thailand. --Able spoke of large blood donor clinic in February that we could help with and also donate.

President Denis reminded us it was membership month.

As always how to get more members provoked discussion and many of the visiting Rotarians told us about their clubs' experiences. Branding counts, get the Rotary Wheel out at our events. After all Coke is still advertising, why not us? New members will stay engaged with the club if they are involved on a committee and given a job. th

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Pat & Jim did a power point on raising money for the Banjo Learning Centre. Happy Hundreds box – P. Denis started off with a cross fine – a new method to extract a few baht from those whom have committed a “sin” during the last week. The cross fines collected will be used to buy milk for the BANJO SCHOOL The first cross fine was for a member whom was a driver in a large black car who cut into line at the Central construction tie up. Denis had the license number and recognized the person – one of our PP’s --- he paid his hundred baht fine with a smile. Briony visiting Rotarian told us about a "cross/angry" box her club had - her husband paid 100B because it was their anniversary and he had not taken her out to dinner. ATTENDANCE 27 - 8-13 Total members: 27

Larry and Martin were both fined for phones ringing.

Leave of Absence Attended: Make-Ups:

The meeting ended with a toast to the Banjo school

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Attendance week 56.5%

Night reporter Pat Michel Photographer: Jaspal

Visiting Rotarians: Visitors:

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Great eating places in Phuket As suggested by several members I created this is new section in the Bulletin – favourite eating places around Phuket. – So come on give me your favourite places Send in your details - where to go – specialty foods – decor and why you like it


Humour An elderly Canadian gentleman of 83 arrived in Paris by plane. At the French customs desk, the man took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry-on bag. "You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked, sarcastically. The elderly gentleman admitted he had been to France previously. "Then you should know enough to have your passport ready." The Canadian said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it." "Impossible, Canadians always have to show your passports on arrival in France!" The Canadian senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look, then he quietly explained, "Well, when I came ashore at Juno Beach on D Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find any Frenchmen to show it to." th

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An elderly woman decided to have her portrait painted. She told the artist, “Paint me with diamond earrings, a diamond necklace, emerald bracelets, a ruby broach, and a gold Rolex.” “But you are not wearing any of those things,” replied the artist. “I know,” she said. “It’s in case I should die before my husband. I’m sure he will remarry right away, and I want his new wife to go crazy looking for the jewellery.” Courtesy of RC Kwinana Western Australia – Bulletin - Thank you

Did someone say "OOps?" Sometimes you've just gotta ignore the bosses haven't you?

Good news: It was a normal day in Sharon Springs , KS, when a Union Pacific crew boarded a loaded coal train for the long trek to Salina The Bad news: Just a few miles into the trip a wheel bearing became overheated and melted, letting a metal support drop down and grind on the rail, creating white hot molten metal droppings spewing down to the rail. The Good news: A very alert crew noticed smoke about halfway back in the train and immediately stopped the train in compliance with the rules. The Bad news: The train stopped with the hot wheel over a wooden bridge with creosote ties and trusses. The crew tried to explain to higher-ups but were instructed not to move the train! They were instructed “The Rules” prohibit moving the train when a part is defective!


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RULES IS RULES! Don't let common sense get in the way of a good disaster! th

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