Bulletin Issue 553 Volume 12  - No. 26 – 30th March 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)
 Thought of the Week:
Fellow Members & Friends,
Another week quickly passed in sunny hot amazing Phuket.
We had a very constructive first incoming Board meeting discussing the Board structures and goals of the new Rotary year - Be The Inspiration!
At Friday lunch meeting we had a last minute change of speaker. The RYLA students couldn't make it so our PP Best jumped in presenting how mass Hotel business works in Phuket. Well done PP Best!
Next Friday lunch meeting please make every effort to join our Club Assembly. We'll be presenting some changes to our by-laws which needs your participation.
If you have not done so, please purchase some tickets for our major fund raiser of the year! Please bring your friends for a fantastic time of music, entertainment, food and beautiful Caribbean themed beach location!
Please read & share the latest Phuket News write-up on our fundraiser!!
It's the best promotion you can get other than talking to your friends yourself!
Wishing you a great week ahead and make it a productive one.
Andy Becker
President 2017/18
Upcoming Events
Weekly Meeting 30 March 2018 Club Assembly
Millennium Resort Patong Beach Phuket
Mar 30, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Planning Meeting for the Fundraiser
Dream Beach Club
Apr 03, 2018
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Dinner out @ N1 Cafe & Green Phuket Town
N1 Cafee & Green
Apr 03, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Steve Bender Leads another Dental team @ Patong Beach Hospital April 17 – 20

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Club Assembly on 30th of March.
The board has reviewed and approved some changes to membership -- specifically Corporate and Family membership alternatives. The amendments & Agenda has been sent to all members Please register your participation / or not for this event. Club Assemblies require a quorum for any votes to be valid so your participation is important, as it is at all our meetings.
We were small but perfectly formed yet again.
Eight members and seven guests from Germany, Beijing, England and Australia.
Our scheduled speakers from the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards had exams and could not come on Friday but they will in the future.
In the meantime, Past President Best did a presentation on a new concept on Phuket called

“A New Way to Develop a Chain Hotel.”
He explained the benefits of this concept, including it could grow tourism on Phuket, it removes day to day management headaches and it could improve Phuket’s real estate reputation
Thank you Khun Best for stepping in at the last minute.
In other news Bob Spence from the Rotary Club of Kingscliff in Australia introduced himself; Gilbert Van Kerchhove from Beijing updated members on what is happening there; Thomas Stader a regular visitor, introduced himself and Pradip Patel, from England, introduced members to the concept of Open Minds,
A programme in northern Thailand to help Thai kids train and be introduced to the work force.
Moving right along OB did his pitch for the April 7 fund raiser.
He pointed out what we have control over:
• Fun
• Food
• Music
• Dance and spending

No mention of booze. We presume some will be present.
No control over
• Weather
• Politics
• Security.
The food was great, as usual. Thank you once again to the great Millennium staff.

Alastair was acting Sergeant-at-Arms with Gary and Karen away at a Rotary training session.
Alastair also presented some caricatures he has done of Rotary members.
He intends to do more, then frame them and sell them off for Rotary at a future event. (see following article ed Denis)
Andy presented a RCoPB banner to Bob Spence from Australia.
The gong was struck by President Andy at precisely 2pm.
Present: Andy, Alastair, Jaspal, Hans, Stewart, Sergio, Best, OB.
Guests: Bob Spence, Rotary Club of Kingscliff, Australia;
Tom Stader, Gilbert Van Kerckhove, Rotary Club of Beijing; Pradip Ptel, Open Minds; Kamal Narula,
Molner Imre, Rotary Club of Berlin Spree, Germany.
Reporter & Photographer: Alistair Carthew ..Thank you, ed Denis
Our resident caricature artist Alastair would like to create more caricatures of the members. “I am not looking to profit from them as it is a hobby, but I told the meeting yesterday when showing a few of the caricatures I have done, that I am aiming to get enough and to frame them at my own expense as a gift, to show at future events where we could have a bit of fun members or their families bidding to get the caricatures back and raise a bit of money members & sell them at an event – proceeds to Rotary
For those not at the meeting, Alastair showed a few & I include them Ed Denis
Water project unites Lebanon clubs across all divides

A project to provide clean water to all of Lebanon’s schools is uniting leaders from many of the country’s diverse religious, cultural, and political divisions.
In 2011, Rotary members in northern Lebanon decided to install new tanks and water filters in a few nearby schools with the help of a Rotary Foundation grant. The idea caught on and a few other clubs followed suit.
Two years later, District 2452 Governor Jamil Mouawad and other district leaders saw the potential of creating one giant water project that could reach every school and involve all 24 of the country’s Rotary clubs. They formed a committee to handle publicity and gather technical knowledge, while each club was asked to provide volunteers, contribute funds, apply for grants, and secure contributions from outside organizations.

“Every student has the right to drink clean water. It goes without saying that clean drinking water leads to less diseases, healthier students, and consequently, better education,” says Mouawad. “The bigger the challenge, the greater its positive impact on humanity.”

While clean water is the main objective, the leaders also saw the effort as a means of helping heal Lebanon’s long history of sectarian strife. A civil war divided the country from 1975 to 1990, leaving an estimated 120,000 people dead. In recent years, Lebanon’s government is a shifting coalition of religions, political parties, and sects.

Lina Shehayeb, president of the Rotary Club of Aley, is a Druze by faith. Shehayeb says working alongside club members who are Catholic, Maronite, Greek Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, and Muslim to promote the project has deepened her understanding of those with different religious or political views.

“We are building peace and understanding,” she says. “There has never been anything quite like this in our country.”
Even the distribution of club responsibilities is designed to foster peace. Each club is responsible for a certain number of schools, some in their area but some in a totally separate region. The clubs nominate a project coordinator, find qualified suppliers, arrange for sponsors, and allocate contributions from sponsors, district funds, and global grants to finance the installation of filters in the schools.

“For example a club from Jounieh, a Christian resort town north of Beirut, might be assigned schools in the southern mountains near the Israeli border, an area that is considerably poorer and primarily Shia Muslim,” explains Mouawad. “After all, who — no matter what their political or religious views — could argue with providing clean water for children?”

The effort could not have come at a better time. With the crisis in Syria, Lebanon’s population is ballooning with refugees, including many school-age children. By improving the schools these kids attend, Rotary members are laying the groundwork for future peace in the region.

The committee is working in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, World Vision, UNICEF, and the Red Cross. Red Cross volunteers take water samples in each of the schools a few times a year and send those samples to the Lebanese Agricultural Laboratory Institute for testing.

According to the committee’s technical team, it will cost roughly $2,500 a school to install water tanks, filters, and provide ongoing monitoring. About 200 schools have been covered so far.

The goal is to reach all 1,535 schools within three years.
By Arnold R. Grahl
  1. I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.
  2. Borrow money from pessimists -- they don't expect it back.
  3. Half the people you know are below average.
  4. 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
  5. 82.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
  6. A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.
  7. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
  8. If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain.
  9. All those who believe in psychokinesis, raise my hand.
  10. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
  11. I almost had a psychic girlfriend,... but she left me before we met.
  12. OK, so what's the speed of dark?
  13. How do you know when you're out of invisible ink?
  14. If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
  15. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
  16. When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
  17. Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.
  18. Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now.
  19. I intend to live forever... so far, so good.
  20. If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
  21. Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
  22. What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
  23. My mechanic told me, "I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn
  24. louder."
  25. Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?
  26. If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
  27. A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
  28. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
  29. The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.
  30. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
  31. The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.
  32. The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.
  33. The colder the x-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.
  34. Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don't have film.
And an all time favourite-
  1. If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?
At a recent Bangkok photography walk, we visited areas which are in the eyes of the developer, converting to condos & modern living.
Communities have been living here for many years & are now moving out.
Member Birthdays
Jaspal Khanijou
March 5
Al Carthew
March 7
Rotary District 3330
District Governor - Dr. Peera Farmpiboon (RC Krabi)