Bulletin Issue 562 Volume 13  - No.   3   17th August 2018

(if you have any comments or questions, please contact Denis 
  Rotary Theme for August: Membership and New Club Development Month

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)

 Dear Rotarians and Friends of Rotary,


  Please be sure to review the ByLaws and let me know of any that you feel should not be   enforced and therefore should be removed.  After the discussion at this week's meeting   any changes will be put forward at the next club assembly in September. 

 We will also be talking about membership this week -- why are you a Rotarian?       Looking forward to your words of wisdom.

 Mark your calendars for September 12th - the District Governor's visit. 
 It is a Wednesday, but the rest of the meeting details are the same as normal. 
 Please be sure to be there!                            
 Have a good week! 
 YIR, Karen
 Karen Eidsvik Moody
 President, Rotary Club of Patong Beach


Upcoming Events
Weekly Meeting Club Assembly
Sep 28, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Handover lunch plates to Wat Suwankiriwong School
Sep 28, 2018
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Monthly Dinner Out 2nd October 2018
Karon's Sea Sands Resort & Spa
Oct 02, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
 Friday  17th August 2018  
  August is Membership Month  
 This week we will be discussing what being a Rotarian means to our members. 
 How to recruit new members and even a little review of our by-laws. 
 We should have a stimulating conversation, good food as always and time to catch up
 with our friends.  Looking forward to seeing you!
  Wednesday August 22nd
 9.30 am - 11.30 am @
 Ban Sai Nam Yen School 
Larry's Safe Swimming Project  Graduation  
Mark Pendlebury - 22nd        
We are urgently looking for members with average computer skills for ClubRunner administration support. You will be assigned and trained on certain modules, e.g. how to publish an event, creating volunteers list, etc.    
The goal is to share all the CR administration work for this Rotary Club among more members.
The beauty is, these works can be done anywhere and anytime, whenever you are free.
Members interested please contact club secretary PP Walter
        The Dental Mission  by the Rotary Clubs from Japan                                 10th August @ Ban Ya Literacy Center 
 The Japanese dentists
  •  Dr.Hayato Nameki,
  •  Dr.Akiko Nameki
  •  Dr.Yoshio Sasaya
 Plus three assistants
  • PP Seiichiro Tsurumi
  • And daughter & son of Dr.Hayato Nameki
 Two observers (Dr.Hideo Nameki and spouse)came to Phuket this week to   hold several dental missions in coordination with Rotary clubs here.  
 The first mission was held on Friday at the BanYa Literacy Center where 220   children had their teeth examined, cleaned, extracted (ouch!)Several RCoPB   members were on hand to help including David,Walter,Karen,Gary and     Jaspal over the course of the day.  Debra also joined and brought some   much needed distractions for the kids waiting and listening to some of the   distraught patients. 
Next time a tv and dvd player would probably be a great idea.
   What was especially cool was the set up - foldable dental chairs and tables   made the whole thing very professional. They even had a bus with two full   dental suites. We certainly need to organize with these other clubs the next   time when the American team returns! 
 Afterwards, Jaspal helped the team tour the Bang Jo camp, where many of   the kids parents come from. 
   Report: Karen Eidsvik Moody
   Photos: Gary Eidsvik Moody - Collage Debra Mierczak
Thank you ed Denis 
         Friday 10th August  
 In the meantime, the Dinner out, but lunch actually, was taking place at the   Boathouse in Kata. We had visitors from Italy, Giorgio, Australia, Stu as well as a   potential new Rotarian Stacy. 
 It was great to catch up with Stewart who has been studying Thai in Bangkok and   was taking a small break from that very difficult course. 
 Paul Harris Fellowship pins were presented to Bruce and Stewart's brother David   (RIP.) 
 The food was, as expected, delicious and beautifully presented.                             The view,   spectacular!  The wine was also rather nice and plenty.
 A good time was had by all.

 Reporter: Karen Eidsvik Moody   Photos:  Gary Eidsvik Moody
Thank you ed Denis 
Presidential Message August 2018 Barry Rassin President 2018-19
 A well-known saying goes, "If you want to change the world, go home and love   your  family." That doesn't mean people should ignore the needs outside their own   homes; instead, they should pay attention to the needs within.
It can be tempting, when our priority is service, to focus only on the things that look like service: the projects, the planning, the work that yields a visible benefit to those who need it. But to do that work effectively, we need to keep our own house in order.
In Rotary, that means conducting ourselves in accordance with the principles of Rotary, treating others with respect, and following The Four-Way Test.
It means maximizing our impact by planning carefully and stewarding our resources wisely. And it means looking after the long-term health of our organization by ensuring that our membership is strong, engaged, and healthy.
Our membership has hovered around the same 1.2 million mark for 20 years.     We aren't growing, and our membership is getting older.
We have too many clubs that don't have the knowledge or motivation to have an impact: clubs that don't know what we're doing on a global level, clubs that don't know about our programs or our Foundation, that don't even know how to get involved.
And with a membership that is still mostly male, we clearly aren't doing enough to become the organization of choice for women who are seeking to serve.
We are a membership organization first. If we want to achieve the goals we've set for ourselves, we need to put membership first. All of us have a responsibility to take membership seriously, not only by inviting prospective members, but also by making sure new members are welcomed into clubs that offer them something of value.
If you see someone walk into a meeting and hesitate, be sure that person has a place to sit and is part of the conversation.
If you're enthusiastic about a Rotary program, make sure your club knows about it and knows how to get involved.
If you see a need in your community, talk about it at this week's meeting. If we want to be part of an organization that's strong, that's active that's having an impact – start at home, and Be the Inspiration in Rotary.
       A thought for the week 
 A newlywed young man was sitting on the porch on a humid day, sipping ice
 tea with his father.  As he talked about adult life, marriage,
 responsibilities, and obligations, the father thoughtfully stirred the ice
 cubes in his glass and cast a clear, sober look on his son.

 "Never forget your friends," he advised, "they will become more important
 as you get older."  "Regardless of how much you love your family, you will
 always need friends.  Remember to go out with them occasionally (if
 possible), but keep in contact with them somehow.

 "What strange advice!" thought the young man.  "I just entered the married
 world.  I am an adult and surely my wife and the family that we will start
 will be everything I need to make sense of my life"

 Yet, he obeyed his father; kept in touch with his friends and annually
 increased their number.  Over the years, he became aware that his father
 knew what he was talking about.

 Inasmuch as time and nature carry out their designs and mysteries on a
 person, friends are the bulwarks of our life.  After 70+ years of life,
 here is what he, you and I will have learned:

 Time passes.

 Life goes on.

 Children grow up.  They cease to be children and become independent.  And
 to the parents, it breaks their hearts but the children are separated from
 the parents because they begin their own families.

 Jobs/careers come and go.

 Illusions, desires, attraction, sex....weakens.

 People can't do what they did physically when they were young.

 *P*arents die, but you move on.

 Colleagues forget the favors you did.

 The race to achieve slows.

 But, true friends are always there, no matter how long or how many miles
 away they are.  A friend is never more distant than the reach of a need,
 intervening in your favor, waiting for you with open arms or in some way
 blessing your life.

 When we started this adventure called LIFE, we did not know of the
 incredible joys or sorrows that were ahead.  We did not know how much we
 would need from each other.  Love your parents, take care of your family,
 but keep a group of good friends.  Stay in touch with them but do not
 impose your criteria.