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

Beautiful Phang Nga Bay

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


Volume 8 - Issue No 9 – 27th August 2013 Future Events

Monday 26 August 2013 Rotary International President Ron Burton & VIPs visit Phuket with Rotarians from India

Tuesday 27th August 2013

Club Assembly Pres Denis and all members Tuesday 3rd September Dinner Out @ O2 Restaurant - Chalong Able Wanamakok th

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The President’s Diary Hello All Next Monday 26th August the RI President, Ron Burton along with 700 Rotarians from India will on a cruise ship with a very short stay in Phuket. Along with local Rotarians from District 3330 a welcome for the group by DG Dr. Sanguan Kunaporn and membners of the seven clubs of Phuket. Following the official welcome, all will head to Fantasea to see the show and or dinner. RCoPB has six having dinner and seven show & dinner. Dress code is RCoPB shirt with long trousers for the males . Last Tuesday night at the Alloha Villa, the VTT team from Hokkaido Japan shared their background and vocations together with details of their home town. See later in the Bulletin. On Thursday night at the Phuket Merlin Hotel, a combined meeting of the seven Rotary Clubs of Phuket enjoyed the final presentation by the VTT team from Japan. They left on Saturday 24th after two and a half weeks of dental education at hospitals and schools in Phuket. PP Dr Sitthanon Wangsai from the RC of Tongkah will be the team leader next year , taking a team from Thailand to Japan. Another RYLA is planned for October. RCoPB always provides applicants for this most rewarding week for young students to develop their skills. If you know of any students in the age group 14-18 whom you think would benefit from this programme please advise Boon or me ASAP as applications close on 31st August Next Tuesday meeting – 27th August will be a Club Assembly – socome along and share your thoughts on making RCoPB a better and more FUN club

The RCoPB Installation AND 12th Year Anniversary will be held on YIR P. Denis

7th September 2013 at the Holiday Inn ENGAGE ROTARY



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Next meeting Tuesday 27th August A Club Assembly – bring your ideas – questions – let us ALL put our

thoughts together to ensure we have a better and more FUN and help the Community under the banner of Rotary Club of Patong Beach


















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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

• Commencing @ 1900hrs (7.00pm) • Cost is 850 baht Note: - Dress code – Jacket & tie please th

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Last Meeting Night Report – 20th August RCoPB members present were: P. Denis , Mark , Arnaud, Sam, Pat, Jim, Heidi, Walter, Stewart

Visiting Rotarians from Hokkaido, District 2500, were: • Dr. Masahiko Moriyama , Ashikawa North Rotary Club, Dentist and Team Leader • Hisae Arakawa, Ashikawa Northeast Rotary Club, Dental Hygienist • Fumie Kanamori, Obihiro North RC ,Dental Hygienist • Taichi Hirano, Kitami West Rotary Club, Dental Technician • Mina Aoki, Asahikawa North Rotary Club, Dental Hygienist. They were accompanied by Yukari Maehara, Interpreter.

Konichiwa! Irashaimase Their Phuket Guide, also present was PP. Dr Sitthanon Wangsai from The Rotary Club of Tongkah. Dr Sitthanon will be leading the return VTT visit to Japan.

In the absence of our regular Sergeants at Arms, Ex SAA Pat Michel jumped in the breach and invited the President to open the meeting. Except being somewhat rusty, she called first for the National anthem. A merry “gong” and the meeting started with Dr Masahiko presenting his Vocational Training Team who are visiting our area for two weeks:

President Denis briefly reported on the RCoPB. Brad and Larry are up in Kao Lao completing the water project for the Mokens living on that Island. The YouthLinc project bringing 38 young people from Utah to undertake had been a great success. There were tears in the eyes of both the Moken Children and the Youthlinc young people when it came time to leave. Absent members • Jeroen was accompanying his son in California, where he is soon to begin University. • Jaspal and family are travelling in Japan. • Adriano – somewhere in Europe • Andy Becker – in the U.K. or Europe

Pat reported on the Banjo School and the achievements to date. She will be presenting a power point presentation to the Board next week, which will explain the 436,000 Baht required each year to keep the Banjo School going. Capt. Mark immediately gave Pat Baht 5,000 as a donation to the Banjo School operations. It will be deposited to the Charity account, earmarked for the Banjo School Project. th

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President Denis reminded the members of the arrival of the Cruise ship bearing 700 Rotarians and their partners along with the World President of Rotary International Ron Burton. The ship arrives on Monday Aug 26 and the receptions and dinner is scheduled at the imposing Fantasea venue, followed by the Fantasea Show (think Vegas, baby! But add 24 elephants and a few chickens!) PP Sam Fauma explained the new concept of Vocational Training Teams. The emphasis is on training visits lasting two weeks, with Rotary International defraying the travel costs. Less Junkets, more usefulness!

The visiting Hokkaido VTT team then each gave a short visual presentation, which gave a glimpse of their work, their Clinic, their city and its environment, and their family. Small gifts were exchanged and Team leader Masahiko Moriyama expressed his happiness over the visit… several times!

President Denis then presented each team member with a certificate of appreciation for their visit. Happy hundreds followed, and Capt Mark, after paying the happy hundred box a 100 Baht fine for a loud incoming telephone ring, was able to point out that President Denis had not read carefully his own bulletin and missed his birthday. A rousing chorus of “happy Birthday to me” ensued lead by Mark! And with that, the evening’s activities concluded and President Denis gonged the gathering to a close. ATTENDANCE 20 - 8-13 Total members: 27

Night reporter James Domville Photographer: PP Sam & PP Arnaud

Leave of Absence Attended: Make-Ups:

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Attendance week 60.9% Visiting Rotarians: Visitors: th

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British International School student – Emily arrives Arriving just a few days ago Emily arrived from Quebec Canada will begin her two year scholarship

Emily, her dad, and Jocelyn a friend of the family (a surrogate aunt - while her mother recovered from her knee operation and is taking care of the other two children.)


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OWLS (Older Wiser Laughing Souls Wisdom from Grandpa...... Whether a man winds up with a nest egg, or a goose egg, depends a lot on the kind of chick he marries. Trouble in marriage often starts when a man gets so busy earnin' his salt he forgets his sugar. Too many couples marry for better, or for worse, but not for good. When a man marries a woman, they become one; the trouble starts when they try to decide which one. If a man has enough horse sense to treat his wife like a thoroughbred, she'll never turn into an old nag. On anniversaries, the wise husband always forgets the past - but never the present. A foolish husband says to his wife, "Honey, you stick to the washin', ironin', cookin' and scrubbin'. No wife of mine's gonna work." Many girls like to marry a military man - he can cook, sew, and make beds, is in good health, and already used to taking orders. Eventually you reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know "why" I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved. How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are? You know you are getting old, when everything either dries up or leaks. Old age is when former classmates are so gray and wrinkled and bald, they don't recognize you. Have a GREAT day and keep laughing!!!!!! It's good for the soul...... And remember my motto: Pay the undertaker with a bad check...... th

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Great eating places in Phuket A new section in the Bulletin – favourite eating places around Phuket. Send in your details - where to go – specialty foods – decor and why you like it

WAITING FOR YOUR INPUT ! Contributed by : Pat Michel Breakfast in Rawai – best hidden place To find this hidden veranda, you come down the mountain from Kata View point to where the road turns into a Y, go straight onto the Y and you are on Samakee 2. Continue 50-100m, on the right is the “Bang” Roti breakfast place just before the rubber plantation.

Note the red verandah, we are entering from the rubber plantation

These ladies mix the dough, throw it around to make it very thin drop it on the hot plate. They cook very fast.

Here’s the pancake and the Roti with curry sauce, 40B BEST IN PHUKET or show me a better place


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Rotary International News British ophthalmologist receives top Foundation alumni award By Dan Nixon

Dr. Harminder Singh Dua receives the 2012-13 Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award at the Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal. At right is 2012-13 Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Wilfrid J. Wilkinson. Photo by Monika Lozinska/Rotary International Dr. Harminder Singh Dua, an Indian-born ophthalmologist in Nottingham, England, received the 2012-13 Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award at the Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal, in late June. He was nominated for the award by District 3030 (Maharashtra, India). In 1981, Dua traveled from India to Pennsylvania, USA, as a member of a Group Study Exchange team, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Nagpur South, Maharashtra. Recalling the flight that began his trip, from Bombay (now Mumbai) to New York, he said, “Traveling with the sun, we had 24 hours of daylight. Isn’t that a wonderful thought: Let there be no darkness. I had unwittingly captured, at least in part, the spirit of Rotary and the spirit for which I would work for the rest of my life.” Dua, who is chair and professor of ophthalmology at the University of Nottingham, Queen’s Medical Centre, has treated patients in the United Kingdom, India, and the United States and has shared his skills with students and colleagues around the world. Renowned as an authority on corneal disorders, he performs advanced surgeries. While living in India, Dua performed thousands of free operations on poor patients with cataracts and glaucoma at free eye clinics sponsored by Rotarians and nongovernmental organizations. “The poverty and simple lives of the villagers and the huge difference [the] operations made to them, and to the lives of children who had to spend time away from school to guide the people around, was plain to see,” he said. “There was no escaping the enormity of their need and our [medical team’s] ability to fulfill some part of it.” More recently, Dua is credited with discovering a previously undetected layer of the human eye that is located at the back of the cornea -- a discovery that was reported in the journal Ophthalmology in May. Called Dua's layer, it is much thinner than a human hair. Its discovery is expected to make corneal transplant surgery safer and simpler, and to contribute to knowledge about some diseases affecting that part of the eye. In accepting the Foundation award in Lisbon, Dua said, “If I were to pick one defining period from amongst all the years, it will have to be, without any doubt, my trip to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as a Rotary Group Study Exchange team member. . . . [It] had a profound positive influence on my thinking and actions, and I would like to believe, through me, to so many others -- students, patients and colleagues -- whose lives I have touched.” th

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Photos of the week by Denis

We visited the hot springs in Ranong and of course had to get supplies of this incredible natural water I have been advised that if I use this on my face – I will look like a forty year old. I guess I need a lot more bottles than this Now that would really be a miracle - lol


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