Bulletin Issue 563 Volume 13  - No.    7    12th  October 2018

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  Rotary Theme for September: 

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
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)
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Visitors Welcome
registration mandatory
Events - October 
  •    10th - Wednesday   Vegetarian Festival Phuket Rotary Clubs   
  •    12th - Friday          Meeting @ - Millennium Hotel   
  •    26th - Friday          Meeting @ - Millennium Hotel 
Friday  12th October 2018  
This week we are looking at our Club's Public Image -- how can we improve this, particularly with respect to Facebook. 
It's an important subject and should be a fun conversation.  Looking forward to seeing you!
Roy Devlin 20th
Karen Eidsvik 25th
Larry Avery Amsden 
18th November 1937


21st September 2018

 With deep regret we wish to inform you of
 Larry Avery Amsden’s passing this week.
 He was an outstanding Rotarian always committed to many   Community Service Projects and Rotary in general and       always willing to serve.
Rotary Activity and Designations of PP Larry 
   2001             Charter Member
   2003/04        Community Service Project Chair
   2004/05        Vocational Committee Chair
   2005/06        Vice President
                        Vocational Committee Chair
   2006-2012     Tsunami Scholarship Chair
   2012/13         Club President
   2013/14         Assistant Governor Area 7
 PP Larry was also a Paul Harris Fellow, PHF +3
 Editor Denis remembers a funny incident with Larry.  
I remember a trip with Larry to Phang Nga to meet the Youthlinc team.
He suggested a visit to a park to see the monkeys. 
No sooner than we got out of the car than one monkey hopped onto the car and in a few seconds extracted the side mirror from the vehicle.
Stunned Larry gave chase - however the monkey bolted up the tree & began pulling the mirror apart.  
 Larry looking for stones to throw at the little critter
 A “smiling” Larry with the retrieved frame only, of the mirror – discarded by the elusive monkey. Looking around the area it is covered in broken mirrors & frames.
PP Denis   
The Service for PP Larry 
The Wake @ The Irish Times  
         Friday 28th September  
  Club Assembly 
Guests : Sharon from RC Cheltenham Melbourne with husband Derek and 2 kids 
After pleasantries and a good afternoon lunch along with dessert / cakes again offered by Dr. Johan, P. Karen opened the meeting with a minute silence for our departed PP. Larry. 
A vacant chair - for Larry 
PP David gave a short eulogy of PP Larry's background and some of his multitude achievements for the RCoPB, along with his involvement with GOMS and the Navy League, with the slide show compiled by PP Walter playing in the background. 
Larry Avery Amsden was my friend and fellow Rotarian from the founding of the Rotary Club of Patong Beach. 
He was born in the small town of Farmington, New Mexico in the United States.   He attended school at the University of Colorado and received his Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in California.  His career with Hewlett Packard (HP) saw him travel the world with assignments in China and Thailand.
He is survived by his wife, Khun Tim, his brother Charles and his two sons and one daughter.   
He was 81 years young and truly lived life to it’s fullest up to the end.
Larry was a true exemplar for the Rotary Ideal of “Service above self”. 
Larry was one of the key members of the club providing help and assistance after the Tsunami hit Thailand in 2004. 
He saw the tsunami from his house and jumped into action immediately and carried people to the hospital and away from the destruction.  He then helped with the manufacture of coffins, as there were not enough available to deal with all the dead. 
He went on to spend days and weeks driving supplies to villages and schools to make sure survivors had something to eat and drink.  Larry also helped get people back into homes, back into work and back to school.  Larry was one of the early leaders of the Rotary Tsunami Scholarship program.  He literally helped thousands of people after the tragedy. 
His efforts to help the people of Thailand and our community did not stop there.  He continued to work hard on service projects throughout the region with a dedication and devotion to helping people that we can all admire.
Larry went on to be one of the leaders in founding the Home & Life orphanage in Phang Nga and served as a director of that facility.
He also served as a President of the Rotary Club of Patong Beach and an Assistant Governor of Rotary International District 3330.
Most recently he just completed a great project teaching nearly 100 children to swim and be water safe.
Please join me in a toast to Larry Amsden and a life well lived.
   Thank you PP David Arell   
P. Karen had the floor with this meeting's Club Assembly and updates after 3 months. She asked the various chairs to give their notes and comments :
Club Sec Walter :
Financial details, minutes and bulletins all online and can be accessed by members. 
Dr. Johan :
The operation to separate the tongue and the upper palate of 9 yr old Aiya on the 27th of Sept was a big success and he along with PP David will follow up more on this.
Membership Chair Gary : 3 prospective members in process, need some mentors to stand up.          PP Walter : we need new members and everyone urged to invite neighbours / friends to meetings.          PP Andy : Corporate membership to be explored and perhaps expanded /revised. Dr. Johan will sponsor a get together for existing Rotarians and prospective members.....dates to be advised.
Treasurer David : All in order. Helmet project will carry on with PP Richard.
(Is this the BIG fish that got away David ? Ed )  
Fund Raising OB : 20th April 2019 will be an Intimate Exclusive Gourmet Event with 50 people, 30 have already confirmed requiring RCoPB to sell only 20 more tickets. Smaller events such as golf tournaments will also be held in conjunction with the above event.
Charity boxes to be increased and the venues to be expanded to include : Jung Ceylon ; Karon Sea Sands Resort ; Kamala Estate ; etc
RCoPB is sponsoring the RC of Koh Samui with very special airfare price of Bht 2,100 two way inclusive of all taxes. RCoPB members are requested to join the event and make it a big success, on the 2nd of Nov. Already 6 members have confirmed. 
PP Richard asked members to attend the donation of 300 metal trays to the Wat Suwankheereewan students, where later all attendees gave out trays to the very happy students and extremely grateful headmistress. 
P. Karen reminded all to attend the Oct 10th Veg Festival and all are asked to wear white for this event.
All were reminded that RCoPB were the hosts for PP Larry's funeral rites on the same evening and we should attend the funeral on Sunday at 1200, followed by a wake at the Irish Times.
The meeting was closed at 1400 hrs.
  Reporter: Jaspal Singh   Photos:  Gary Eidsvik Moody
Thank you ed Denis
 After the above meeting it was an opportunity to provide Lunch Plates to the children.
 Our Rotary club donated new lunch plates to the Wat Suwankiriwong School in Patong and today PP Richard Jones, project organizer for this project, organized a small handover ceremony.
Thank you PP Richard 
Tuesday 2nd October 2018  
Dinner Out 
A great dinner Out @ Jaspal's in Karon  
A great time was had by all 

5th October   -  A roundup of Rotary News 
Fighting modern slavery
An estimated 40.3 million people around the world live in slavery involving either sexual exploitation or forced labor. A new partnership with Freedom United is giving Rotarians   a chance to do something to stop it. 
Rotary clubs of any size can sign up to form “freedom rings,” which raise community awareness of slavery while sharing information with one another through an online platform. 
By Arnold R. Grahl
Dave McCleary was volunteering at a youth conference in 2012 when a young woman named Melissa explained how she had ended up in the sex trade.
She was living in a nice suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, when a young man knocked on her door and offered her a job as a model. The man turned out to be a pimp, who lured her into prostitution through a combination of drugs, threats, and coercion.
“She was from my town, and was living in an apartment where my wife used to live before we got married,” remembers McCleary, a member of the Rotary Club of Roswell. “After the presentation, a member of my club gave her a big hug. I asked how he knew her, and he said she used to babysit his kids when she was 12. That’s when I realized this wasn’t someone else’s problem. This is happening all around us.”
McCleary is now co-chair of the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery, which has been coordinating Rotary clubs’ efforts to fight slavery since 2013. A big challenge for the group has been motivating clubs to act. The immense scale of the problem can be daunting. 
The Global Slavery Index estimates that, worldwide, 40.3 million people are subject to some form of slavery: bonded labor, forced labor, child slavery, sex trafficking, or forced marriage. 
“I think many people ask, ‘What can I do? What impact can my small club possibly have?’” McCleary says.
One answer could come from the group’s recent partnership with Freedom United, a nonprofit organization that has mobilized millions of partners, activists, and advocates through online campaigns to convince governments and companies to end slavery. 
Through Freedom United’s website, Rotary clubs of any size can sign up to form “freedom rings,” which raise community awareness of slavery while sharing information with one another through an online platform. Freedom United helps the club plan a two-hour community event by arranging speakers that can include experts, survivors, and representatives of local nonprofits that are already fighting modern slavery. At the end of the event, people are invited to join the ring. The core team this creates then selects yearly projects to commit to.
“These rings are inspired out of a Rotary club but also pull from the larger community,” says Joe Schmidt, CEO of Freedom United. “We have a series of things they can choose to do. We ask them to keep it pretty simple and laser-focused on one particular project.” 
Schmidt, who advises Delta Airlines on its anti-trafficking strategy, met McCleary through Delta’s involvement with Georgia Rotarians, including during the 2017 Rotary Convention in Atlanta.
  1. Rotary and community members gather for an education and engagement event called a Freedom Forum in Raleigh, North Carolina, to learn more about fighting modern slavery.
  2. Freedom United Executive Director Joanna Ewart-James and Advocacy Assistant Miriam Karmali hand out fliers at a flower show being held in London discussing the link between modern slavery and the sponsor of the flower show.
  3. Rotary and community members gather for an education and engagement event called a Freedom Forum in Raleigh, North Carolina, to learn more about fighting modern slavery.
Rotary and community members gather for an education and engagement event called a Freedom Forum in Raleigh, North Carolina, to learn more about fighting modern slavery.
“Dave and I started to talk, and we recognized that there are maybe 200 to 400 groups just in the U.S. working on modern slavery topics. However, they are all disjointed with no common platform,” Schmidt says. “It sparked in us a connection between Freedom United’s interest in taking our massive online community down to the grassroots level and Rotary’s ability to provide hundreds of groups all over the world who would be foot soldiers in this fight.”
According to Schmidt, a ring in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, is planning an annual gala fundraiser, and one in Raleigh, North Carolina, is working on a walk/run to raise awareness. Another ring is organizing a “red sand project,” where volunteers sprinkle red sand in the cracks of city streets to represent all the people in the world who are enslaved. 
Ian Rumbles, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Clayton, North Carolina, heard Schmidt speak at his district conference in April. His club is in the beginning stages of forming a ring.
“What resonated with me was hearing about the amount of domestic slavery and the number of people forced to work in farm fields in my own state,” says Rumbles. “The fact that people in our country were modern slaves made me think that I can only imagine the amount of slavery around the world.”
Schmidt says Rotary’s experience with polio eradication makes it a perfect partner for this fight.
Rotary’s patience in committing to a cause and its track record with polio have shown that Rotarians are willing to take mature, committed action toward long-term global change, even if it doesn’t give immediate gratifying results.
Joe Schmidt 
CEO of Freedom United
“Rotary’s patience in committing to a cause and its track record with polio have shown that Rotarians are willing to take mature, committed action toward long-term global change, even if it doesn’t give immediate gratifying results,” he says. “That’s the thing missing in the fight against modern slavery: large organizations who are willing to step into this thing for the long haul and eradicate slavery once and for all.”
Rotary clubs have been supporting anti-slavery organizations for over a decade. In one of the larger efforts, 14 Rotary clubs led by the Rotary Club of Dunbar, Lothian, Scotland, opened a vocational training center for trafficking survivors in Kalimpong, India, in 2015. The project was funded in part by a Rotary Foundation grant. The group plans to add  a home for women and girls freed from slavery. 
McCleary is hoping that the partnership with Freedom United will better lead to more. 
“The great thing about Rotary is that even though we are international, we are community-based,” he adds. “So if there’s a need in a community, we have Rotary clubs there to make it happen.”
25 Proverbs to a healthier life...

1. If you’re too open minded, your brains will fall out.

2. Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.

3. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you a mechanic.

4. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

5. If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you’ve never tried before.

6. My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.

7. Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.

8. It is easier to get forgiveness than permission.

9. For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.

10. If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.

11. Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.

12. A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.

13. Eat well, stay fit, die anyway.

14. Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.

15. No husband has ever been shot while doing the dishes.

16. A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.

17. Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.

18. Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.

19. Junk is something you’ve kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.

20. There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.

21. Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

22. By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.

23. Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.

24. Someone who thinks logically provides a nice contrast to the real world.

25. Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused.
Special Notice - to Members whom are interested  
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