Bulletin Issue 556 Volume 12  - No. 29 –   18th May 2018

(if you have any comments or questions, please contact the editor

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
Click for map
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)
Thought of the Week:


Dear Fellow Members & Friends,

This week I have no message other than my best greetings to all from Las Vegas.
Have a great start to the new week. YIR Andy

Andy Becker
President 2017/18

Upcoming Events
Weekly Meeting May 18 2018 Fundraising Workshop
Millennium Resort Patong Beach Phuket
May 18, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
2017/18 Board Meeting
Phuket Villa Patong Beach (คอนโดมีเนียม ภูเก็ตวิลล่า ป่าตองบีช)
May 26, 2018
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Pub Quiz Night at the Aussie Pub in Kamala
Aussie Pub Kamala
May 28, 2018
7:00 PM – 11:59 PM
        Friday 18th May 
Let's discuss fundraising. 
Today we're going to do a quick review of our recent fundraiser and brainstorm how to raise funds in the future. 
Come with your thinking caps on. 
Have a friend or a spouse who thinks outside the box?  Bring them along! 
We have some great projects ongoing and planned -- they need funding!

    Tuesday 8th May Dinner Out @                                                          N1 Cafe & Green 
It was chicken, salmon, onion and pumpkin soup, nachos and yes, the good old stand-by, potato salad at N1 Café & Green restaurant set in a quiet rural setting just outside Phuket Town for our latest dinner out.
Ten members plus six partners and four guests imbibed, discussed, argued and enjoyed the never ending flow of beer, wine and cocktails.
Well done Stewart for a great night. You can relax now.
So, present were Larry Amsden and Tim; Karen, Gary, Walter and Jani, Alastair, Jaspal and Kiran, Bier,  Johan and Da,  Stewart and Fah; Roy and Missy and Andy and Melissa.
Guests were Andre Dullsa from the United Kingdom and David Rucker and Utron.
Jaspal’s basic Thai language lessons with Johan did not go well, but as for the rest their conversations will remain confidential.
Reporter & Photographer:     Alastair Carthew - thank you ed 
Phuket Road Safety Committee meet with the Consuls
In a historic lunch attended, by Peter, Debra and Jimmie, who are members of the committee, hosted by the Australian Consul at the Novotel, the issue of how to tackle road fatalities was addressed.
Last year there were 170 fatalities of which 76% had motor cycle involvement.
The Chinese Consul told us that over 3 million (and rising) Chinese, visited  Phuket last year, and so it wasn't surprising that China had the highest number of fatalities. 
Although the Chinese Consul indicated that death from drowning (about 35) was higher. The major topic was the regulation, re the renting of cycles and the differing standards between countries and Thailand.
This matter was very well covered on the front page of the Phuket News    (April 27th) The Rotary Project involving the Kamala Police and the Kamala School was very well received. 
Visit to RC of Sino Phuket 
When I, nervously staying in Phuket Town at Sino House,awaiting my retirement visa application I attended The Sino Rotary Club meeting.
Of course, they were delighted to see me and hear of the RCoPB projects.
The weekly meetings one hour long, are all in the form of general meetings when the affairs of the club are discussed. 
The first great idea was the presentation of an old Thai coin, in a nice package to each member, as a positive recognition of full attendance for three months.
The leaders of the club ie President, Secretary, President-Elect and President Nominee, fresh from the District Training, were each asked to stand before the club and outline their hopes for the club,various activities and how they would manage it.
Members could then ask questions of their leaders. It gave a sense of the accountability of leaders to the members.
This was a good experience for me and I encourage members to visit other clubs.
Dr. Peter Harris  
Rotary Club of Patong Beach
Community Service Projects-Final Report (more a personal statement)
Rotary Motto “Service above Self”.
At a personal level I have gained so much from all the people whom I have met, and particularly all the young who have gained a little bit of something from our projects.
One’s heart fills to overwhelming when you see a child read, drink clean water, clean their teeth, put on a helmet or even learn to swim. That really is Rotary in Action
The CSP has worked on a three year cycle.
1 Developing a project
2 implementing a project
3 implementing over time (i.e. “Making a Difference”)
From its inception, the club has had a focus on children and basic literacy, and the Tsunami response enabled community restructuring and support for children and families and the provision of scholarships.
The club has initiated in the Four Key areas of Rotary International. Supporting Education, Fighting Disease, Saving Mothers and Children, Building Community and is setting the foundations for “New Generations”
The RCoPB has repositioned the club with a greater commitment to the Patong area, sought sustainability in both the environment and social cohesion and engaged with very fine international Rotary partners, International clubs and Rotary International, which with the support of our District 3330, have made many our projects possible.
The RCoPB acknowledges the help and support of the Directors and staff of many institutions (some 15 in number) who are our partners and who carry out the many day today responsibilities of our projects. To them we owe a huge debt and they deserve recognition.
As for our little team that makes these projects real, I can but say thank you. Debra and Jimmie whose dynamic enthusiasm has taken us to places we never dared to go. Denis the keeper of quality reporting whose dedicated service ensures that the projects get recorded and promoted with accuracy
To all of those who have given wise counsel, uplifting exhortations (OB),dynamic leadership, method to my poor accounting, fund raising in local pubs, support of projects when needed, and raised money in the strangest of places, again my sincerest thanks.
This year has seen the agreement on a Strategic Plan, and it is the new board with a new team that will develop the future priorities.
In a sense nothing is completely new, as projects have to operate within a Rotary International Framework, which builds on the past but forges into the future.
As an expat club with limited connections to the Thai culture, the means by which we hear what Thai people want, becomes an issue.
I have experienced tensions between what I think is just and fair (equality of women), and what the domestic culture presents. How to listen?  That is why I strongly support the appointment of more Thais to the club and the appointment of Thai staff to assist with communication.
With the turnaround of key positions in the club, some projects which need to be sustained over time, have to be managed to ensure the full benefit of the project is secured.
The Reverse Osmosis Water machines have a guaranteed life of three years and a potential life of six.                    Whilst service agreements have to be checked, and the responsibility for checking has been transferred to the Patong Council, there is no certainty that will happen and somehow our management systems need to be in place to handle it.   This also applies to the Water Filters and the Hospital equipment.
A matter which has created much debate is the paying of a per diem for a Thai translator. This will vary from year to year, depending on the Thai connections and the resources of the Chair. There is a clear need to have a Thai speaker to communicate on projects and the issue of payment is not easily resolved. In Cambodia the Rotary Water and Sanitation is managed by a separate Cambodian (with local trainees).
The RCoPB is, in many ways, a well-resourced and fortunate club, as it has been a recipients of significant overseas donations since the Tsunami, has generous benefactors, and a Bulletin that communicates with 150 overseas and some energized fund raisers. Water Machines (Hokkaido),Banya (German French and Austrian),Scholarships Hong Kong, including the recent post graduate programs) the hospital donation (Shouson Hill and Germany), Dental Mission (Newport Sunrise)The maintaining of this profile in a new world may require a complete rethinking of the financing model with a focus on corporate donors.
The club has always had a focus on children and young people and the club may be ready to appoint a Chair of the New Generations Committee. There is the potential to bring together all our projects under that heading.
The club has limited involvement in RYLA, which could be expanded, has 10 undergraduate students at PSU, and is located next to the Baan Siam yen School, which potentially could be a Rotaract Club. This project could be funded by recent fund raising for youth.
As I first mentioned, the Rotary Club of Patong Beach was formed to create service projects. It would be remiss of me to state that in our move to improve our corporate style, we must ensure that Community Service projects remain at the heart of the club, and that may mean providing the projects with a vote on the board (PS I can’t stop trying on this matter!!)
I am very mindful that if there is a lack of clarity or communication, that it creates a tension between members, which no one wants. In a visit to three other clubs recently they all devoted significant time at their meeting to the organising of projects. That may be worthy of consideration
I think the RCoPB & CSP is making a fantastic contribution to the community, and I very much appreciate having been part of it.
Rtn Peter Harris
              Rotary.org wins
Webby People's Voice Award
The people have spoken. With a majority of internet user votes, Rotary.org won the prestigious Webby People’s Voice Award for best association website.
The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences announced the winners on 24 April.
Rotary International's revamped website has been chosen by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences as one of the best association websites in the world.
This year, internet users cast over 3 million votes worldwide. And with over 13,000 entries from nearly all 50 U.S. states and more than 70 countries, this year’s contest is the biggest Webby Awards ever. Winners will be recognized at the Webby Awards’ 22nd annual ceremony 14 May in New York, New York, USA.
The Webby Awards are the leading international honor for excellence on the internet. Rotary was one of five websites nominated in the best association category. The other nominees were the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, 11th Macau Design Biennial, Trade Works for Us, and the Center for Court Innovation.
Rotary was also nominated for a Webby Award whose winner is chosen by the academy. That award went to the Macau Design Biennial.
Thanks to everyone who voted!
If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy
to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without alcohol,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

Then You Are Probably
The Family Dog!

And you thought I was going to get all spiritual ....

 Handle every Stressful situation like a dog. 
If you can't eat it or play with it, 
Piss on it and walk away
                                                                              Thank you David Arell