Bulletin Issue 563 Volume 13  - No.   4    31st 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,
 This week we presented the certificates of completion for the Swim Safe programme,   introduced to us by the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai International and Safe Child Thailand.   It was an excellent event with the Mayor, Chalermluck Kebsup in attendance.  
 I expect the board will vote to continue next year (we did agree to at least one more   year,  but I'm sure we'll do more.)  When you think about it, not only did 198 kids learn   to swim, and learn water safety, but they now will also be able to save other kids, when   they are parents teach their own kids to swim, and have been introduced to a whole new   set of aquatic careers -- lifeguarding, swimming instructors and diving opportunities.         A very big net for such a simple project.
 It was especially lovely that the swim instructors, those that were given 1 year's free   subscription by PADI, did not accept the small payment due.  They also donated goggles   for all the kids to continue enjoying the water!  The Parent's association at the school   were also very pleased with the project as the photos show.  The school is pleased that it   will be repeated!
 Once again a big thank you to PP Larry Amsden for all his hard work in pulling this   together so well!
 This was one of those opportunities that our members have been asking for -- more   engagement, more hands on, but unfortunately, not many were able to see it in action.       I sincerely hope that future projects and events see greater participation!
 Don't forget again to mark your calendars for the lawnbowling event on the 9th of   September -- it will be fun!  Also the District Governor's visit on the 12th of September,     I expect everyone in town 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
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Handover lunch plates to Wat Suwankiriwong School
Sep 28, 2018
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
Oct 12, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

  Friday  31st  August 2018  

   Membership and New Club Development Month
We will continue our discussion on membership, carried over from the last meeting --  too much to talk about!  See you then!  Karen.
 Events - September 
  •     4th  - Tuesday       Dinner Out    -  details to be advised 
  •    12th - Wednesday District Governor visit  - Lunch meeting
  •    28th -  Friday          Lunch meeting  - Club Assembly
  •    28th -  Friday          After above meeting Handover lunch plates to                                                  Wat Suwankiriwong School
22nd  - Nils Gran-Olssen
        24th   - Arnaud Verstraete 
                 Friday 17th August  
 17 Aug 2018 at the Millennium
 12:18 lunch was called by SA Gary
 Great 4 course lunch (fish or Chicken) table service with a smile.
 01:12 Meeting called by SA Gary
 Gong by Pres. Karen
 see list of attendants (10 Pax)  - Karen, Gary, Larry, David, O.B, Walter, Stewart,   Johan, Arnaud,  
Intro of the Guests: President Karen introduced Guest PDG David Kennedy from Blayney Club NSW Australia: David thanked the Club for welcoming him and said that he had visited in the past and would come back as well.                              (ed note: David joined Rotary in 1995 - president of Bathurst club 1997-98 - (200klms west of Sydney) joined Blayney club in 2006 president 2008-09 District Governor 2014-2015 he is heavily involved in community service)
 Club Business requested by P. Karen:
  • Feedback from Larry on Water Safety Project: Ban Sai Nam Yen School:
 The project was a huge success: 94 out of 98 children received training and are   now   water   safe having past the test and received certificates. The additional measure of the projects   success was is supported by the facts that
 A. it was a lot of fun for all concerned, B. some of the students got the one on one training if   needed and, C. financially things balanced and we have equipment to continue the program.   The project needs to honor the high quality self-less   service of individuals from 1.)   RCoPB   (for hosting a dinner and sponsorship), 2.) Rotary Chaing Mai, 3.) The local Dive Club,           4.) PADI certification, 5.) a Group Called Safe Child and 6.) the dive instructors who worked   for less than normal fees to help the kids.
 Larry A will make a report forthwith --- Rotary Club of Patong Beach owes Larry big time, for   his tireless administration and poolside help on this project.
 We all are the better for Larry being in our Club.  
  • Feedback from David on Pay Pal.
 The RCOPB Pay Pal account is frozen (actually the account is Woody’s).           
  Please don’t use the account number at this time. 
  • Feedback from David on Dental Project:  
 Over last weekend, RCoPB hosted volunteer dentists to see about the dental   hygiene needs     of 250 kids at the Banya school facility (Workcamp for children of   Myanmar). P.P. David was   there and helped in getting the kids in front of the dentists and sorting the required care. Out   of the 250 +/- kids seen 150 were   actually treated (in the ad hoc onsite operatory) with   some dentistry. (the likes of: teeth pulling, cavity filling, etc.) David reports that a lot of dental   hygiene was learned and lots of kids were better off for the charitable efforts of all involved.   Thanks to the Rotary Club of Tongkla for their big part.  
 Also, a young girl was seen with a speech impediment caused by an overly attached tongue.   (Ankyloglossia)  The girls name is Mar Aye and she is being guided for help to Wachira   hospital by one, Anchara. 
 ON the spot at the camp, David donated 3,000Thb to help with the required surgery and the   lunch table of charitable Rotarians top that up with 16,000Thb.
 Mar Aye will be able to talk normally soon. Yay for Rotary!
  • PP Walter for PP Richard re: Food Plates
 PP Walter announced on behalf of PP Richard that the divided food plates for the   Kamala   school are ready to be distributed. Follow your Club Runner for the event date.
  • P KAREN introduced a discussion around two issues that some Rotarians are having with the By Laws. The two issues are Dress Code and Attendance.                                          The By Laws allow the Board the discretion to charge fines when either of those By Laws are violated. Recently, the Board actioned some fines and were vocally resented for it.
  P.Karen is asking whether the prickly By Laws be agendized and re-voted on at the next   Board meeting and/or Club assembly.
The discussion of fines for less than 40% attendance went around the table quickly and found little controversy for the following reasons:
1. It is easy to do makeups, 2. We really want members who are engaged and programs that engage them, 3. The Boards discretion allows that the Board could wield fines with compassion and understanding that there may be special circumstances. (the foregoing is wild paraphrasing of what O.B. heard)
 The discussion of fines for dress code violations went around the table quickly and met with   more lighthearted responses than fines for attendance. 
 The consensus seemed to be that our club has always been casual in dress EXCEPT   where   more formal dress is appropriate like with visiting DG’s, visiting local dignitaries, District   Events and when some foreign Rotarians visit.  The Club was   asked about setting a dress   code and it responded by suggesting long pants and no flip flops as a minimum for men. The   legislation of fines for those that simply forgot to wear appropriate attire at a given occasion   may seem dire. However, it also seems silly for some Rotarians to knowingly wear attire that   was voted on by the majority as being inappropriate. To continually challenge a bylaw is a   distraction from the Club meetings are supposed to accomplish for the good of others.
 Once again, the Board has been given the discretion to fine members for infractions.   The prevailing caution seems to be that the Board stay light-hearted and non confrontational     in such matters.
(the foregoing is also a paraphrase of what O.B. heard.)
 Reporter: O.B. Wetzell   Photos:  David Arell    
                                                                        Thank you ed Denis
Kids Learn to Swim Program a Great Success!  
 The safe swim and water safety program came to a close last week after ten weeks of   intensive lessons for the kids.  It was an honor for me, along with P. Karen, Walter,   Gary, the Director of the Sai Nam Yen School, Patong Mayor Chalermluck, and several   of our instructors, to present certificates of completion of the program to 94 children in   the three fifth grade classes at Sai Nam Yen School. 
 To cap the day, the eight instructors who received a waver of annual dues from PADI   donated their 3,000 Baht compensation for their ten weeks of providing training for   the kids, to purchase swim goggles for the 94 kids as a present and reminder of the   lessons the kids learned regarding water safety.
 Of the original 97 children enrolled in the program, only 3 failed to take the final test,   and arrangements are being made by our instructors to provide additional training for   these kids until they are able to pass the final test.
 The Director mentioned that the parents of the children were very supportive of the   program and strongly encouraged us to continue it in future years. 
 Mayor Chalermluck also voiced her support for the program.
 One of our instructors made a very professional video of the program which is available   on the Club website.   Have a look.
 It has truly been a privilege for me to have had the opportunity to coordinate the   program and see it through to its successful completion.
 PP Larry
 Fifteen volunteer divers gave their time for the learn to swim program.
 A thank you dinner was organised & certificates presented to the divers. 
Engaging with Rotary to
enhance your membership experience
 We’re celebrating our members and their clubs — and all the good they do around the world   during Membership and New Club Development Month in August.

One way you can celebrate your membership is by getting involved in the many activities and programs available to you as a member of the Rotary family. Everyone’s reason for joining Rotary is different, but members stay because of the value it adds to their lives. Through the friends we make and the lives we change, Rotary offers us opportunities to engage with a global community and make a positive difference.

 Here are some ways you can engage with Rotary to enhance your membership experience.
Make new friends
Take your projects to the next level
  • Collaborate with experts from a Rotarian Action Group to help ensure your service projects have a lasting impact.
  • Sponsor a Rotary Community Corps(RCC) to get members of your community involved in making a difference. RCC members plan and carry out projects in their communities and support local Rotary club projects, but they are not members of a Rotary club.
  • Work with your district community, international, and vocational service chairs to boost your service efforts.
Use technology to achieve greater impact
Rotary’s Discussion Groups, Rotary Ideas, and Rotary Showcase can contribute to the success of any service project, from start to finish. Join or start a conversation in a discussion group on My Rotary. Find support for a project on Rotary Ideas. And share your project successes on Rotary Showcase to inspire others and promote Rotary’s work to improve communities around the world.
Collaborating with partners on sustainable service projects
Working with partners can strengthen club and district service projects by ensuring sustainability, providing access to expertise, and fostering local networks. Rotary’s service partners join us on specific projects that support our causes. Consider partnering with one of the following organizations on your next project:

During the 2018-19 Rotary year, RI President Barry Rassin wants us to Be the Inspiration for positive change, inspiring our clubs, our communities, and our organization to face today’s challenges with courage, optimism, and creativity.

To achieve all that Rotary can, Rassin encourages Rotarians to think differently about their role in Rotary and Rotary’s role in the world. He asks us to put more emphasis on our public image and, in doing so, build our membership and attract partners so we can “scale up our service.” And he wants us to focus on larger projects that have a lasting impact on communities.

At your next club meeting, talk about the president’s theme and discuss the many ways you can promote your club, expand your service activities, and inspire change in your community. Not only will you improve the world, but you’ll also improve the Rotary experience for your fellow members and build awareness of Rotary.

Sitting on the highway waiting to catch speeders, a state police officer saw a car puttering along at 22 M.P.H. He thinks to himself, that car is just as dangerous as a speeder. So, he turns his lights on and pulls the car over. Approaching the car, he notices there are 5 old ladies, two at the front and 3 at the back, wide eyed and looking like ghosts.

The driver obviously confused said "Officer, I don't understand, I wasn't doing over the speed limit. What seems to be the problem?" "Ma'am," the officer said, "you should know that driving slower than the speed limit can also be dangerous". "Slower than the speed limit, NO SIR! I was doing exactly 22 miles an hour", the old woman said proudly.

The officer containing a chuckle explains that 22 was the route number, not the speed limit. A bit embarrassed, the woman grinned, thanking the officer for pointing out her error. "Before I go Ma'am, I have to ask, is everyone OK?

These women seem badly shaken and haven't uttered a word all this time" "Oh! they will be alright in a minute, Officer, we just got off Route 142.


A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside. "That laundry is not very clean; she doesn't know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap." Her husband looks on, remaining silent. Every time her neighbor hangs her wash to dry, the young woman makes the same comments. A month later, the woman is surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and says to her husband: "Look, she's finally learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this? "  The husband replies, "I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows." 

 And so it is with life... What we see when watching others depends on the clarity of the window through which we look
             Borrowed - from RC of West Pennant Hills & Cherrybrook  (my former club) ed