Bulletin Issue 557 Volume 12  - No. 30 –   1st June 2018

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Meeting Information

 ALL YEAR Dinner Out 1st Tuesday of each month 7pm at a restaurant

Meetings Friday 12.00 noon - 2pm @ Millennium Hotel in Jungceylon
Rat-U-Thit Road Patong Beach
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Visitors Welcome
registration mandatory
November – April 2nd 3rd & 4th Friday - May – October 2nd & 4th Friday only
Dress code - Smart-Casual
(long pants and shirts with collars for men, women: smart-casual)
Upcoming Events
Dinner Out @ Naughty Nuri's in Patong
Jun 05, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Club Assembly June 15 2018
Millennium Resort Patong Beach Phuket
Jun 15, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Second Preparation Board Meeting 2018/19
Phuket Villa Patong Beach (คอนโดมีเนียม ภูเก็ตวิลล่า ป่าตองบีช)
Jun 16, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
        Friday 1st June 
Future Fundraising Discussion - Take 2 
We had such a great discussion last week that we ran out of time to discuss future fundraising ideas. 
Our projects are financed by these things and there is a lot of competition in Phuket     (and everywhere) for that charitable donation -- so what can we do? 
Bring your friends, have your thinking cap on and looking forward to seeing you!
Dinner Out  Tuesday 5th June
You are invited by PP David to another great Dinner Out 

Rotary Club Dinner Out at Naughty Nuri's in The Forest

This is in Patong and the menu is great. 

They advertise some of the best ribs in the world and their ribs are really really good. 

They have a parking lot  just across the street.

Learn to Swim  -  Commences 11th June 
Rotary Club of Patong Beach
Water Safety Project
Project Summary
30 March, 2018
Recognizing that drowning is the leading cause of death in Thailand among young children (not motor cycle accidents, but drowning), the Rotary Club of Patong Beach in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Chiangmai International and Safe Child Thailand, have embarked on a project to teach young (4th grade children) in Patong water safety fundamentals and to learn to swim.
The pilot project this year will focus on the fourth-grade children in the Sai Nam Yen School in Patong (approximately 100 children).  It is intended that the project will continue in the years following and expand to include all fourth-grade children in Patong.
Equipment, swim suits, goggles, swim caps, and towels will be provided by the Rotary Club. 
The swimming pool is located at the Fun Start Camp facility in Katu and the school will provide transport for the children to the pool and return. 
The lessons will begin on 11 June, 2018 and continue once per week for ten weeks. 
Each class (approximately 30 children per class) will meet individually on either Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.  One instructor will be provided for each five children.  All instructors are certified PADI Dive Masters or Dive Instructors and will have received an additional 12 hours of training for the program by Safe Child Thailand.  Parents or guardians of all the children have been advised of the program.
For more information, contact:
Larry Amsden – Project Co-Ordinator
Rotary Club of Patong Beach
Rotary Club of Patong Beach Community Services Projects
Scholarship Report Prepared by Dr Peter W Harris Chair
of the Scholarship Committee
 “We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. “His sorrow was not solitude, it was that other gulls refused to believe the glory of flight that awaited them; they refused to open their eyes and see” Jonathon Livingston Seagull “
Preamble: The Scholarship program in the 2107/18 Rotary year funded 127 recipients which is very significant intervention and “Making a Difference” which aims at assisting students to be “creatures of excellence” with independent skills to live a meaningful life.
Thanks: The RCoPB thanks the original donors, current donors, directors and staff of agencies, PP Larry for his initial working of setting up the programme, Boon who followed, Hans for his meticulous accounting, Songkran Kongmuang for his interpreting and communication, and the many teachers who are involved in teaching, which gives these students a chance.
After the program had been operating for some ten years, and most of the tsunami directly impacted students had completed schooling, I took the opportunity to visit every center (and the famous Kronkei toilet) to assess the current status of the project and whether changes should be made to the scholarship fund. Essentially RCoPB distributed the funds to centers and schools who then undertook to distribute and check all the compliance requirements.
With the help of a Thai translator I checked:
(a) That the students on the lists were actually at school and attending.
(b) The money had actually been paid to the families via a bank passbook (an important requirement to ensure there is no breach of the US tax law.
(c)  What were the educational programs they were engaged in.
(d) What did the directors suggest, as ways of improving the scholarship project.
(e)  What were the identified costs in each different location.
 In summary I found:
(a)  That the Mercy Centre, Andaman Discoveries, Home and Life and Child Watch acted very professionally and should be recognized for their efforts.
(b)  Government schools had many staff and director changes, and it was more difficult to maintain regular communication.
(c)  The agencies all believed they would prefer more scholarships rather than an increase for inflation.
(d) All the agencies were supportive that the scholarships be used to allow students to complete secondary and enter technical or university education.
(e)  PP Larry argued that the original commitment to Child Watch with Inflation, and change of year level scholarships added, should be continued. Child Watch is also based in Phuket Town area where education costs are significantly higher.
(f)   The actual costs varied depending on what was being provided.                                         (i.e. books, travel, accommodation)
As a result, in the year 2016/17 the scholarship numbers were reduced from
101 to 75.   Many students had left, and many young girls left for marriage.             Forty of the students were Moken.
All the original documents have been archived and stored with Jaspal Singh.
New Scholarship project 2016 Report.
(a) This commenced in 2016, and confirmed all the existing students, less those removed,   i.e. 75 and a new set of files were established.
(b)  The new program targeted the needs of individual students, and each student was personally interviewed.
(c) A new Excel spreadsheet, called “Recipients” was prepared, which records the students, the institution, the academic year and with some help of Mr. Peter Dolphin, some financial modeling was undertaken. These have been tabled at regular board meetings.
A capacity was determined from the interest received, for the board to determine should there be a requirement to pay for compliance costs.
(d) At the September 22, 2017 Board meeting, the Scholarship Committee Report was tabled and included all the recipients, support for environment management students (PSU) and the need to focus on literacy (incl English) in the Patong region.
(e) To celebrate the life of the former King, a post graduate scholarship was established in the area of environment management, at the PSU University @ 125,000 Baht per year, for two years with potential continuation, and a 50,000 Baht donation from Shousen Hill (Hong Kong) for two years each for resources was received. Ten other undergraduate awards were made in environment management, as a long-term investment in Tsunami protection.
(f) There remains a capacity to respond to cases in need, and support is provided for two students, whose mother was murdered, one girl with a hole in the heart and one with a special disability.
A report was tabled at the AGM on December 15th 2017, and raised the issue that within the next 5-year time frame whether the RCoPB should:
(a) Continue as it is.
(b) Discharge all future liabilities.
(c)  Establish a new scholarship program.
It was left for the 2019 /2020 Board to determine
The Future:
The Scholarship project is a diversified engagement in education which provides for students from the Andaman area, poorer students from the Phuket Town region and is now extended through literacy projects to Patong and Kalim. The fund continues to support students with disabilities. With advice from the centre directors and a desire to encourage students to keep going to school, vocational training and university environment management the fund supports  some 17 in  advanced learning which are included in the  overall number of 118 at a cost of  860,000 Baht
It is a wonderful effort.
Dr. Peter Harris   
12th June - Sergio Sparacciari 
Scholarship Ceremony - Thursday 24th May
The Child Watch Scholarship Ceremony chaired by Dr Supaluck held at the Prince of Songkhla University presented 320 scholarship to students from the poor areas around Phuket. 
 Child Watch was established after the Tsunami as a serious means to improve Child   protection.
  PP Sam was very much involved and remains on the Child Watch Board 
 Some students were barely five, and others were now attending Technical College.
 This is a great example of community co-operation for such a worthy cause with many     business and service organisations represented. After some cultural entertainment and     opening by the Vice- Governor all the sponsors joined in the presentation to the students   with the final picture making a colourful display.
 This year was quite significant for the Scholarship program, as in 2016 when a major   review of the scholarship program took place, there was a strong move to encourage   students to complete secondary education.
 This year with a small adjustment for inflation, and an increase because of the move into    high school, it was very encouraging to see that thirteen of the fourteen RCoPB                  scholarships were for secondary students.
  We hope this will be an incentive to keep going on to tertiary education.

    Tuesday 18th May
Sorry - regret no meeting report received. 
Reporter:      -            Photographer: Gary Eidsvik-Moody     - thank you ed 
         Rotary wins Best Nonprofit Act for                  its polio eradication work 

By Ryan Hyland

Rotary’s commitment to eradicating polio worldwide won Best Nonprofit Act in the Hero Awards of the One Billion Acts of Peace campaign, an international global citizens’ movement to tackle the world’s most important issues. 



A Rotary vaccination team immunizes children against polio at a railway station in Karachi, Pakistan. 

Khaula Jamil




The campaign is an initiative of PeaceJam Foundation and is led by 14 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Rigoberta Menchú Tum, with the ambitious goal of inspiring a billion acts of peace by 2020. 

Each year, the campaign picks two finalists in each of six categories for their work to make a measurable impact in one of the 10 areas considered most important by the Nobel laureates. Winners are chosen by people from around the world. 

Rotary and Mercy Corps were the two finalists in the Best Nonprofit Act category. Rotary and the five other winners will be recognized at a ceremony on  June in Monaco. Betty Williams, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for her advocacy for peace in Northern Ireland, will present the award.   

      HAPPY FRIENDSHIP WEEK!                                 
Take two minutes to read these sayings and be sure to read all the way to the bottom: 
Written by Andy Rooney, a man who had the gift of saying so much with so few words.  
Rooney has passed away but used to be on CBS's 60 Minutes TV show. 
 I've learned... 
  • That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person. 
  • That when you're in love, it shows. 
  • That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day. 
  •  That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world. 
  •  That being kind is more important than being right. 
  •  That you should never say no to a gift from a child. 
  • That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in any other way.
  •  That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with. 
  • That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand. 
  •  That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult. 
  • That life is like a roll of toilet paper.                                                                   The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes. 
  • That money doesn't buy class. 
  • That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular. 
  • That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved. 
  • That to ignore the facts does not change the facts. 
  • That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you. 
  • That love, not time, heals all wounds. 
  • That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am. 
  • That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile. 
  • That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them. 
  • That life is tough, but I'm tougher. 
  • That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss. 
  • That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere. 
  • That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away. 
  • That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them. 
  • That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. 
  • That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, you're hooked for life. 
  • That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it. 
  • That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.
To all of you....   
Make sure you read all the way down to the last sentence. 

It's National Friendship Week..Show your friends how much you care. 

Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND, even if it means sending it back to the person who sent it to you. 

If it comes back to you, then you'll know you have a circle of friends. 

                                                                Thank you Karen Eidsvik - Moody