“WHATEVER ROTARY MAY MEAN TO US, TO THE WORLD IT WILL BE KNOWN BY THE RESULTS IT ACHIEVES.”

—PAUL P. HARRIS

The Rotary Club of Patong Beach is the brainchild of one of Phuket’s foremost businessmen, Paiboon Upatising. As Phuket’s first-ever directly elected Senator, Mr Paiboon wanted to establish a forum where people from the foreign business community could meet with Thai government officials to exchange views and improve mutual understanding. As a long-time Rotarian, Senator Paiboon decided that founding a new, English speaking Rotary Club would be the best way of achieving this goal. Being part of Rotary would also allow Phuket’s foreign business people to show their long-term commitment to the island by becoming involved with community service and charity.

As such, on 9 January 2001, the Senator invited a selected group of foreign business people to attend a meeting at the Aloha Villa Hotel. During the meeting it was decided to form the Rotary Club of Patong Beach with the aim of fostering Goodwill and Understanding between Thai officials and the foreign business community.

The new Club has received invaluable assistance from members of the Rotary Club of Phuket, most notably Past President Surasak Chaianupong, who advised on matters of organization and meeting procedures. The members became active in community projects right away and many government officials graced the Club’s weekly meetings as Guest Speakers.

On 5 September 2001 the Rotary Club of Patong Beach received official accreditation from Rotary International.

In September 2016 we celebrated our 15th anniversary with a great anniversary party at the Holiday Inn in Patong.

 
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