Bulletin Issue 550 Volume 12  - No. 23 – 2nd 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
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)
Upcoming Events
Weekly Meeting 2 March 2018 Andy Becker
Millennium Resort Patong Beach Phuket
Mar 02, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Dinner out at Taste in Kamala
Taste Restaurant Kamala Beach Road
Mar 06, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
2017/18 Awards Meeting
Phuket Villa Patong Beach (คอนโดมีเนียม ภูเก็ตวิลล่า ป่าตองบีช)
Mar 09, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Steve Bender Leads another Dental team @ Patong Beach Hospital April 17 – 20
Where have the years gone. I commenced it PP David Arell’s presidency 2006-2007. The Bulletin was only four pages it has grown significantly over the years. A page from one of the 1st editions
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We were a small, but perfectly formed group of 10 members, two guests and Khun Bier this week.
Poor Gary is still crook, so the wife took over as “Sergeant-at-Arms(ness).” Andy is in Egypt inspecting the pyramids so PP Sam did the honours.
Guests were Shaun Going, a Canadian new to Phuket who may join, and our great supporter Jason Bevan, GM of The Phuket News. & past member Wolgang Meusberger
With no speaker we did a two table, whiteboard exercise to help OB come up with ideas and plans for the big fund raiser at DREAM BEACH CLUB on 7 April
Many good suggestions were made.
Karen said we still need speakers, but suggested two good ideas for someone to give advice on: what to do in the event of a heart attack; and in the event of an accident.
Walter said he is confident a 1.85 million Baht Global Grant to provide equipment to Patong Hospital will be approved in the next three or four weeks. Well done Walter.
A District conference will be held in Suri Thani 7-8 April and a District Training Assembly on 27-29 April
The brainstorming went 6 minutes over schedule but we still finished on time at 2pm when Sam hit the gong with a flourish.
It just shows that with some fellowship and focus we can work together on ideas. It was suggested we do similar exercises for projects in the future. The food was, again, excellent. Karen is keeping up her campaign to hit the right spots with a survey of what types of food members like.

Reporter & Photographer : Alastair Carthew
Thank you, ed Denis

SURF’s up: Who says Rotary can’t be fun?

By Brett Morey, chair of Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship and past president of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle, California, USA
Have you ever thought of turning a hobby or passion into something even more beneficial through Rotary? I am a third generation Californian and grew up bodyboarding at Huntington Beach and Del Mar, before starting to surf 34 years ago. Back in May, I got this crazy idea to do something with my interest in surfing. For years, we’ve all heard Rotary leaders talk about making Rotary fun, bringing youth into Rotary, and pushing our membership beyond 1.2 million members worldwide. It struck me, why not create a Rotary Fellowship that generates exciting activities and involves those we mentor through Youth Service programs? If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a member of Rotary, it’s that anything is possible.
Brett Morey, left, with his surfboard full of signatures in Atlanta.
So I called staff at Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and at their urging, attended the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta. Roaming the halls and mingling in the House of Friendship, I collected more than 150 signatures on a surfboard, and meet with several Rotarians active in Rotary Fellowships including Curtis Reinhardt from Arroyo Grande and Colin Weeks from the United Kingdom. We assembled an amazing leadership team of Rotarians from Hawaii, the United States, Australia, Mexico, and Kenya, and with the help of Scott Carr, our governor in District 5340, Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship (SURF) was born. Since then, we have made tremendous strides. We have been approved and recognized by Rotary International. We have already completed 16 events, established our website, and grown in membership daily. We now have more than 320 members in over 20 countries. Our mission is to connect Rotarians interested in surfing, and attract youth into Rotary, while raising funds for Rotary causes.
More than 25 Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors take part in a 100 Wave Challenge for Boys to Men Mentoring in September, sponsored by SURF.
On 27 January, more than 30 SURF members gathered to support the Boys to Men Mentoring Foundation with a 1 Wave Challenge and 5K Beach Run. Rotarians from several clubs, Rotaractors from University of California San Diego, and Interactors from James Madison and University City high schools took part in an attempt to set a world record by exceeding 110 surfers on the same wave at the same time. Sadly, even with 172 surfers, we weren’t able to grab the record. But we did have tons of fun and raised $90,000 for charity! We will have a booth in the House of Friendship at the 2018 Rotary International Convention in Toronto..
The Scottish Breathalyser & Cigarette Advertising in the 1930’s
Another walk in Bangkok to an area where this is all changing.
Construction is all around us as we walk – Chinatown will cease to exist as we know it now. The price of “Progress”
Member Birthdays
Richard Jones
February 2
Phuwanai Wanamakok
February 8
Andreas Becker
February 15
Stewart Petersen
February 26
Rotary District 3330
District Governor - Dr. Peera Farmpiboon (RC Krabi)