Today's Topic: Djoann Fal on
“Digital Economy during Covid-19 Times”.
No. 2841
11 June 2021

Fellow Rotarians,

What an interesting talk we had last from our former member and Past President, Graham Brain… who told us all about the trials and tribulations he has experienced from having caught COVID in the middle of April..!
Many of us last met PP Graham at the funeral of PP Maarten Worp in early April and he had me checking my timeline, but it appeared that it was the week after the funeral that he caught COVID. We all hope that PP Graham continues to recover, and are looking forward to seeing him in the flesh before not too long, but only after has had a negative test and the ‘all-clear’ from his Doctors… of course! Thank you PP Graham for such an excellent presentation, and if any of you were wondering where he was treated or were too polite to ask, it was at Samitivej Hospital.
Due to the COVID restrictions, we have agreed to postpone our Installation Dinner to later in the year and combine it with the 60th Anniversary celebration in August. Rotarian Aaron Henry will continue to update us on what the plans are, and we will need to be adaptable and understanding. Our Yearbook will be distributed electronically with the printed copy coming later.
This means that we will have regular Zoom meetings every Friday in June and that the final meeting on Friday 25th June will involve a handover to next year’s President and Club Board.
The Zoom program continues and this Friday we have a young French entrepreneur from the digital economy, Djoann Fal who will be speaking to us about the “Digital Economy during Covid-19 Times”, another one not to be missed.
I hope to see many of you online on Friday.

Have a great weekend

President David Record

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PP Graham Brain started his talk by looking back as to where he had been leading up to the first lockdown and to help determine when, where, and how he contracted Covid.
In 2020, he was in London in February and then Cape Town in March. He had been in Cape Town for a week when the event he was there for was cancelled on the day it was to start with everyone then rushing back to their home countries. It was then that Graham first heard about Covid, and it made sense as to why the event had been cancelled.
Travelling back was a bit of trouble, but it was not until he got to the airport here that the severity of the situation dawned on him with the airport like a scene from a sci- fi movie and being greeted with airport staff fully dressed for maximum protection.
From April to June, during the first lockdown, he went into a cave, binged watched TV, read books, and did nothing, basically becoming a Zombie. When the first wave was done, he came out, life back to normal, he found places to enjoy a drink and like many, became blasé about things to the point he invited 30 people to a restaurant that sat 24, showing, as he said, “the degree we felt we would not get it.”
That all changed on 11 April – when he had lunch with two friends, shook hands with the owner and friends at the table next to him. Eight days later, three of them had Covid.
Unfortunately, it took a while for him to realize. A week later he was out for a birthday party and then a restaurant. Enjoying the evening, things became very blurry by the end and the next morning he had, what he thought at the time, the usual fuzzy hangover, nothing out of the normal.
However, it did not go away and as the as day went on, it got worse. It was then he realized something was very wrong. Off to the hospital, had the test, which is not a pleasant experience. Feeling quite scared, he then went home to receive call that he had Covid and that they were going to send a van over to pick him up and take him to his new, temporary abode.
Compared to the usual way most of us are used to walking into a Thai hospital, with, smiling people and lots of space filled with bright modern amenities, he was brought in through a back door, met by more sci-fi characters covered from head to foot in protective gear and taken through isolated backwater alley ways to the wing where he would spend three weeks isolated and completely separated from the main hospital.
Then things started to hit him in waves, he was connected, not in a good way, to EKGs placed all over his body along with a blood pressure reading device wrapped around his arm, all of which stayed connected for 12 days. This increased the discomfort and cut into sleep as every 30 minutes the blood pressure machine would kick in with the resulting discomfort waking him up from whatever sleep he had been able to get.
Things got worse as he also developed pneumonia and now needed two drugs, both of which were not available. Eventually, the hospital was able to find a solution with good results everyone who needed them.
First day in ICU, Graham was bombarded with messages and questions, all expecting individual responses. With no desire to answer them, all he put everyone into a single group and kept everyone up to date that way.
After 12 days, when his temperature dropped back to normal and he was off the two machines, he was allowed out of ICU and into a normal room. At first it seemed like a luxury, as it had a TV set, a window, a lounge table - everything – allowing him to catch up on sleep and to deal with his on-going dizziness and shortness of breath.
After two to three days, boredom set in and with no interest in TV or reading, he spent time thinking about life and his priorities. His appetite was back – but it was hospital food, so he had to deal with what he was provided.
The doctors came to see him on his second last day and told him that he had suffered a medium to high Covid bout along with the pneumonia and that they had been quite worried about him. As his 12 days in ICU were just a blur – ‘a zombie nightmare’ he was glad they had not told him how tough things were while he was there but was very appreciative of what and how they shared his condition and what it had meant.
Home now for three weeks, his routine reflects Covid paranoia with meals dropped outside his room and text messages from his wife to get it. Then, last week hoping it was all done, he went to be tested and failed. As such, he remains stuck in isolation for another two weeks with the test next Thursday which he hopes clear.
The aftermath is that as his antibodies are not strong enough to fight back, he needs to stay isolated. His lungs are scarred from the pneumonia, and it could take three to six months to see how much they will recover and whether it will be a high 90 per cent or a low 60. The only thing to do now is breathing exercises with a small machine and when able, he plans to get out of the house and start walking again. Finally, while his blood sugar remains high, he is off the cocktail of drugs he needed to take for a while and down to just one.
Luckily, if anything could be said to lucky about Graham’s misfortune, he had insurance to cover and only needed to pay 32,000 of the total 540,000 Baht bill.
Looking back, Graham suggests he was lucky, but could have been luckier – asymptomatic and while he might have liked to have lost more weight, he did lose some. He also has high praise for the nurses and doctors who helped him as they showed true care and compassion while he was there.
An amazing story, and from someone many of us know for having great stories, this was the first one I have heard from Graham, I am glad I did share with him.
PP Graham – thank-you for an amazing story and for making Covid so real for those of us who might have become ambivalent in our cautionary measures and can imagine that everyone who joined today will have changed that attitude and when we meet again next time, remember to ‘wai’ and not extend a hand in greeting.

Rtn Tee Chayakul is proposed by Rtn Mark Wolf.  His Classification is Payment Gateway Executive.
The Club has had no revenue from South Wind for the past 2+ years, so it is our intention to revamp and reintroduce new advertising rate structures to support the club. At the amazing rate of Baht 3,000 (approx.THB 58 a week) you can place a banner ad for the whole year… and similarly a full size ad for Baht 7,000 per annum (approx.THB 134 a week). We look forward to a plethora of fresh new ads! Sponsors logos will remain. For more information please contact Rtn. Patrick ()
CONVENTION IN TAIPEI - 12-16 June 2021
Registration for the 2021 Virtual Convention:

Registration is open for the 2021 Virtual Convention.

The 2021 Virtual Convention will be better than ever, opening more innovative opportunities to learn and to engage with the family of Rotary, near and far. You’ll be able to network in virtual lounges, meet new partners in service, and join fun activities with Rotary members from around the world.
This event is open to all Rotary members and participants from 12-16 June 2021. Registration fees are as follows:
US$65 - 8 May through 16 June

Registration is also now open for the Rotaract, Youth Exchange Officer and Inter-Country Committee pre-conventions, which will be held 10-11 June 2021. The cost of each pre-convention event is US$20.

Both the convention and pre-convention events include access to the virtual House of Friendship.

Please note: Cancellations and refunds for registrations or associated events will be accepted through 11:59:59 (Chicago time – CDT) 31 May 2021. The cancellation fee is 20% of the registrant’s total fees paid. No refunds will be given after 31 May.
Please note that the event has been rescheduled until 28-29th August 2021
Friday 11 June
Zoom Meeting - Djoann Fal on “Digital Economy during Covid-19 Times”.

Friday 18 June
Zoom Meeting - Classification Interview; Rtn World Sirawarich by IPP Tim Cornwall and  Rtn Marcel Dubbelman by PP Nigel Hardy
Friday 25 June
Zoom Meeting -
Installation Meeting and Interview of PN Patrick Gauvain by Rtn Adrian Topham  

Saturday 7 August 
60th Year Anniversary Dinner and  Installation Ball at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park. More details to be provided.

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RC Royal Hua Hin meeting schedule 2020 / 2021
P Brian Anderson of our daughter club , RC Royal Hua Hin , has confirmed the Club’s meeting schedule for the current Rotary year . RC Royal Hua Hin would be delighted to welcome any of our members who may be taking a break in Hua Hin to attend their meetings , with the monthly schedule as follows :

1st Tuesday is Fellowship Night
2nd Tuesday is 12:00 Lunch meeting at Amari
3rd Tuesday is Board meeting only
4th Tuesday is 12:00 Lunch meeting at Amari
5th Tuesday is 12:00 Lunch meeting at Amari (if we have a 5th Tuesday in the month)

The location of Fellowship Night events should be confirmed with P Brian
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Khun Khob’s Club Almanac #2841
11 JUNE 2021

Happy Birthdays:

PP Krin Charnmaytesakul      June 11
Tanat Kowatanawinta             June 11
PP Niti Meyer                         June 14

Wedding Anniversary Greetings:


Attendance for 4 June 2021:44% (7th Zoom Meeting)
Active Logged-in 39, Exemption Logged-in 9, Absent 60, Total 108

Visiting Rotarians:
Local Club

Alan Brown                             RC Royal HuaHin
John Hancock                         RC Bangkok
PE Vasana Mututanont           RC Bangkok

PP Marilyn Murie   RC Cheltenham Melbourne Victoria, Australia
PP Reny Frighetto           RC Noble Park - Dingley, Australia
PP Ron Damon                RC Noble Park - Dingley, Australia
PP Peter Murie     
RC Cheltenham Melbourne Victoria, Australia

Gerg Firnstahl                         Mark Wolf
Ian Cunningham                     Joe Scuderi
PP Michael Schulz                 PP Dean Outerson
Tee Chayakul                         Mark Wolf

Recent Makeups:
RC Royal Hua Hin Fundraising Concert (Zoom), 1 June 2021: PP Dougie Riach
Membership (Zoom), 2 June 2021: PDG Alex Mavro, Dana Caron, P David Record, PP Dean Outerson, PP Dougie Riach, PE Finbarr O’Connor, PP Mark Butters, PP Nigel Hardy, PP Ole Madsen, PN Patrick Gauvain, Rui Belo, IPP Tim Cornwall
Zoom Weekly Meeting, 4 June 2021: Aaron Henry, Adrian Topham, PDG Alex Mavro, PP Andrew MacPherson, Arie Bloed, Chris Trogh, PP Christoph Leonhard, Dana Caron, P David Record, Dean Douglas, PP Dean Outerson, PP Don Lavoie, PP Dougie Riach, Elmar Lins, PE Finbarr O'Connor, Frank Crocker, Frank Janik, Jan Cederwall, Joe Scuderi, John Fotiadis, Klaus Feilkas, PP Krin Charnmayteesakul, Leo Alexandersen, Manu Mekdhanasarn, Marco Casanova, PP Mark Butters, Mark Shaw, Mark Wolf, PP Narinder Sachdev, PP Nick Pisalyaput, Nicolas Leloup, PP Ole Madsen, PP Per Dibber, Peter Upperton, PP Philip Baechtold, Ragil Ratnam, Rakesh Sodhia, Ravi Sehgal, PP Renato Porzio, Rod Vergara, Ron Livingston, Rudi Treu, Sanjeev Chowdhury, Sievert Larsson, Sunny Patel, IPP Tim Cornwall, Worrakit Pholsawad, Yannick Thevenot   

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