Today's Topic: Korn Chantikavanij on "Thailand's Place on the Global Stage"
No. 2829
12 MARCH 2021
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Fellow Rotarians, 

Another week, another Rotary meeting but for PE Finbarr and me it has been a case of another day, another Rotary meeting, as both of us have attended our President Elect Training (PET) over three successive days, as well as completing the necessary online training courses. I have learned a lot about Rotary International and District 3350 over the past few days and I predict that PE Finbarr has an exciting year coming up. We may hear more about it at our Joint Board Meeting in late March.

At last Friday meeting we inducted another new member, Khun Mahannop Panasaratool, who we all know better as Keng, and listened to a very interesting talk and Q&A session about Buddhism and Monkhood by Pandit Cittasamvaro. As everyone was enthralled by the Q&A, we allowed it to overrun the allotted time and after recovering the microphone, one of our former Presidents, David Sims gave an excellent vote of thanks.

On Friday we expect be a little weary and sunburned after the Golf Charity Event so we have arranged a program with Korn Chantikavanij on "Thailand's Place on the Global Stage"

As a reminder, on Tuesday 23rd March, we will be holding the PHF Dinner and due to the current environment, this is an internal event for our members only. Our prospective members will have something to look forward to in 2022; another reason for them to join our club.

We have arranged a great meal and speaker and I really hope that we will have a big turn out because we have not had as many opportunities to meet this year as usual.

I hope to see everyone this Friday.
 
Have a great weekend

President David Record
PHRA PANDIT CITTASAMVARO - LIFE AS A SIAMESE MONK (PART TWO)
Phra Pandit, an Englishman, was ordained in Thailand in 1996, and holds a BA in Buddhist Psychology, and MA in Buddhist Studies at the monk’s University Mahachulalongkorn.

Coincidentally in 1954, the first westerner to be ordained in Thailand was Phra Vilvatu - a 47 year old Pali scholar from England. He wrote a book about his few years in Thailand, and spent the following years in Britain establishing the Bhikkhu Sangha there. He wrote a book of his experiences called ‘Life as a Siamese Monk’. Today’s talk was an update... if you like... Part 2.

Buddhist teachings are something one is supposed to do... not believe in... which is counter to many other religions. The key to Buddhism is not simply a philosophy that you learn about... it’s a guide to focus your attention inward to spiritual attainment.

Phra Pandit is a lover of stories (fairy tales) and he likened one story about the Buddha to Phra Vilvatu being chased by a spider that interrupted his meditation. On one occasion the Buddha was meditating in a burial ground and the wind rustled the leaves and his hair stood on end in fear. But he said that even though I am afraid when the fear rises if I am sitting I will continue to sit, if I am walking I will continue to walk and if I am lying down I will continue to lie down... I will not change my posture despite the fear. So Phra Vilvatu returned to his hut to meditate, but then got bitten by this poisonous spider. This ensured Phra Pandit that he would perhaps select another Wat to stay in.

He was primarily assigned to a Wat in Ratchburi where the somewhat eccentric Abbot was originally a Thai spy spying on Thailand for the US government (USIS) for 35 years before coming a monk. There were so many stories about him.

Pandit was ordained in 1996 along with eight Russians, and that in itself was a bizarre experience, where he shared a room with them for a while and then moved to Wat Paknam in Bangkok.... where Phra Vilvatu was ordained.

In Thailand there is some discussion in society about the style of Buddhism - on the one hand forest meditation is highly respected where the monks live simply and on the other hand the urban monks appear more on a ceremonial basis and receive donations. The other notion is that the forest temples are occupied by the least educated, least serious and many have been there from an early age due to troubled backgrounds and the like. The system is ludicrous but seems to work as it provides the less fortunate with an education and an opportunity... effectively a form of Social Welfare. Schools were originally part of the Wat, and it was only in the ’50’s and ’60’s that private schools began to develop.

Families gave back to Buddhism by sending their sons to be ordained, which was all about self-control, cultural awareness, a buddhist education and preparing them for the future... including marriage... and Thai women liked a man who had been a monk before... even if only for a few days. Today, these old traditions seem to be fading from something that was once very real and a part of Thai life.

Phra Pandit’s university is in many ways set up to assist monks disrobing and going out into the world and everyday life... as many had been monks from a very young age and had no worldly experience...and giving them a Degree in various ways they can interact with everyday people, be it sociology, human resources, communications, etc. it gave them a rounded education and having been at a Buddhist University... practice in self-restraint. One one the reasons Phra Pandit remains as a monk is practice in self-restraint and he is often asked about the misbehavior of monks and lack of self restraint. As he indicated, it does happen but it is very rare.

Phra Pandit culminated by answering questions covering various eating habits of monks (which in some cases is not that healthy!) and discrimination as a foreign monk which generally he found non-existent.

Former Rotarian PP David (Sims) offered a special thanks to Phra Pandit pointing out particularly his emphasis on the other side of self-interest which is the coming together of people and that Phra Pandit had conquered the biggest challenge of all... entering the lions’ den of Rotarians!

Phra Pandit made himself available after the meeting to answer more questions from curious Rotarians. Should any member be interested in obtaining a recording of the full talk please contact Khun Khob.

Reported by
Patrick Gauvain
 
DEJÀ VOUS… IS IT YOU?
5 MARCH 2021
PP Krit, PP Dougie, Rtn Poul, guests from the Foundation of Hearing; Khun SookSanan Jotikasthira and Dr.Maliwan Tammasaeng
PP Narain, PP John and guest Ryan Crowley
Guest speaker Phra Pandit surrounded by Rtns Tony, Patrick, Yannick and Ravi
Rtn Jeremy with two former members: Peter Formhals and PP David
PP Peter-Michael, Rtn Moto
PDG Alex contemplating the teachings of the Buddha
VP John and Rtn Dana
See no evil Rtn Carol, hear no evil PP Andrew, and speak no evil Rtn Manu
PP Don on the PHF dinner to be held on March 23rd
Rtn Poul recognizing his friend;  Khun SookSanan Jotikasthira
Rtn Patrick introduces guest speaker
PP David giving the VOT
Guest speaker receiving his COA from P David, with PP David and Rtn Patrick
P David inducting new member Keng Mahannop, as his sponsor PP Dougie looks on
PP Christoph, winner of Roadhouse charity draw with P David
CLUB CALENDAR
Friday 12 March 
Korn Chantikavanij on "Thailand's Place on the Global Stage"


Friday 19 March 
Meet the Incoming President Finbarr O’Connor by PP Mike Doyle



Tuesday 23 March 
Paul Harris Foundation Dinner
at Pacific City Club



Friday 26 March 
Dr.Manoon Leechawengwong 
on "Thailand's Covid response" 
Friday 2 April
Larry Dohrs on "The Myanmar Crisis"


Thursday 22 April 
FELLOWSHIP NIGHT - Rotarians and New Potential Members at The RoadHouse


Saturday 26 June 
Installation Ball - venue to be advised
THE ANNUAL
PAUL HARRIS FELLOWSHIP DINNER

THE ANNUAL PAUL HARRIS FELLOWSHIP DINNER

Honouring Paul Harris Fellows, Luang Sit Fellows, Water Sponsors and Fellows & Library Fellows

PACIFIC CITY CLUB

TUESDAY 23rd MARCH, 2021

18:30 hrs for 19:30 hrs Dinner 

Black Tie or Business Suit 

***

An Evening with Filmmaker, Musician and Author… Jim Newport

"THE VAMPIRE OF SIAM NOVELS & TALES FROM HOLLYWOOD"

BAHT 2,900 per person for drinker, Baht 2,500 per person non-drinkers

EXCLUSIVELY FOR CLUB MEMBERS ONLY

R.S.V.P. with menu choices

Full programme to be advised
Pacific City Club, 28-30th Floor, Two Pacific Place, 142 Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok

(Adjacent to the Landmark Hotel - Soi Nana BTS)

50% of all book sales proceeds will be donated to the Paul Harris Foundation

ROTARY CLUB OF BANGKOK SOUTH
PAUL HARRIS FELLOWSHIP DINNER
DINNER MENU


 
STARTER

GAMBERONI ALL’ SUGO DI COCKTAIL
SURATHANI SPICED PRAWN COCKTAIL
 

SOUP
 
FOREST MUSHROOMS SOUP CAPPUCCINO
SCENTED TRUFFLE OIL EMULSION

 
MAIN COURSE
 
BRANZINO AL FORNO CON POMODORO FRESCO E BASILICO O
AL LIMONE 

FRESH BAKED SEA BASS WITH FRESH TOMATO, OLIVES
AND ITALIAN BASIL OR LEMON SAUCE
 
OR
 
COSTOLETTE DI AGNELLO ALLE ERBETT AUSTRALIAN LAMB RACK 
WITH ROCK SALT ON FRESH HERBS SAUCE
 
OR
 
MANZO CLASSICA ALLA BRACE CON ERBE E FIOR DI SALE
IMPORTED BEEF “ FLORENTINA” STYLE GRILLED WITH HERBS AND
MALDON SALT
 

DESSERT
 
PASSION FRUIT PANNA COTTA
 
COFFEE, DECAFFEINATED COFFEE OR TEA
ROTARY CLUB OF BANGKOK SOUTH
PAUL HARRIS FELLOWSHIP DINNER
VEGETARIAN MENU


STARTER

CAPRESE SALAD
TOMATO, GARLIC, BUFFALO MOZZARELLA, BASIL

 

SOUP
 
FOREST MUSHROOMS SOUP CAPPUCCINO
SCENTED TRUFFLE OIL EMULSION

 
MAIN COURSE
 
RISOTTO ALL FUNGHY / CON TARTUFO ( V )
RISOTTO WITH MUSHROOMS AND TRUFFLE

 

DESSERT
 
PASSION FRUIT PANNA COTTA
 
COFFEE, DECAFFEINATED COFFEE OR TEA

 
AN EVENING WITH EMMY-NOMINATED PRODUCTION DESIGNER, AUTHOR AND MUSICIAN JIM NEWPORT
 
Emmy-nominated Production Designer and Author James (Jim) Newport will talk about his career in movies & television and review his new novel: A DARK CHRISTMAS – the fifth book in the popular Vampire of Siam series. The book is a tale of revenge inspired by a true story. Newport’s other novels include: TINSEL TOWN and CHASING JIMI.
After his talk Newport will be available to sign books and CDs. (50% of proceeds go to the Rotary Club of Bangkok South.)
                                                           * * * *
James Newport is an Emmy-nominated Production Designer of over 100 feature films and television series. Brokedown Palace, The Piano Lesson, China Beach, The Shield, Bangkok Dangerous, and LOST are a few of his credits.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS - 2021-2022 - UPDATE

 

Current VP John Casella is unable to be our Sergeant at Arms for the next Rotary Year due to an increase in work related commitments. We thank him for his continued support of the Club and the Board.

Rtn Klaus Feilkas

It has been agreed by the Incoming Board to appoint Rtn Klaus Feilkas as our Sergeant at Arms for the next Rotary Year. We appreciate Rtn Klaus continuing his journey of support for our Club.


Regards,

PE Finbarr O’Connor

HURRY! HURRY! WHILE STOCKS LAST


Don’t miss out purchasing our custom-made RCBS polo shirt for only Baht 500..! Sizes range from M - 3XL and your purchase will be supporting the club in these very difficult times. For more information and purchasing details please contact Khun Khob.
Please download this form at :
 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1e1rBkP58ZLfTJW3EjRIFsKCMhkvn-6WQ/view?usp=sharing
ROTARY CLUB OF PATTAYA

Chartered in 1972
Meets first and third Monday of each month at Royal Cliff Beach Resort. 
Fellowship from 18.30 pm and meeting starts
at 19.15 pm. 
Contact: 
089-911-1199
Facebook group: Rotary Club of Pattaya (Thailand)
News Link: 
http://pattayapeople.com/2019/10/30/rotary-club-of-pattaya/
Please find the link to the 32nd Annual Charity Golf forms for your download

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1XrQJDfKxlw4Yd7iRZrwtYKdHOhHVpDiB?usp=sharing
                        

       
Rotary Thailand E-Magazine (English Version)
September - October 2020 

For online reading
https://issuu.com/rotarycentre/docs/2020-21_septoct_en 

For off line reading (Download)

http://www.rotarythailand.org/mag/ 
 
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
For more information about the best Irish Pub in town click below:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl1F1OQlAgqBkbkVEq_wm7g
Khun Khob’s Club Almanac #2829
12 MARCH 2021

Happy Birthdays:

Alastair Timblick         March 13
Nicolas Leloup           March 16
Steve Wilson              March 17
Marc Honinckx           March 18
PP Ole Madsen         March 18



Wedding Anniversary Greetings:

Mark Wolf                              March 14
Prasobsook Thawilvejjakul    March 14



Attendance for 19 February 2021: 65%
Present 39, Make-up 10, Absent 27, Exemption 27, Total 103

 

Visiting Rotarians:
Local Club

None



Abroad
Gerard Garaets        RC Laren-Blaricum, Netherlands
Jerry Neilson            RC to End Human Trafficking, USA



Guest(s):
A.J. Easton                                     PP Nigel Hardy
Jeff Berryman                                 Mark Wolf
Kit Ripley                                        Sievert Larsson
Les Walsh                                       PP Nigel Hardy
Mahannop Panasaratool                 PP Dougie Riach
Dr.Maliwan Tammasaeng                Poul Weber
Panasarn Tammasaeng                  Poul Weber
Peter Formhals                                P David Record
Ryan Crowley                                  PE Finbarr O’Connor
Sook Sanan Jotikasthira                  Poul Weber
Sunny Patel                                     John Casella
Tee Chayakul                                   Mark Wolf





Recent Makeups:
PETs Preparation with PDG Jason Lim, 1 March 2020: P David Record, PE Finbarr O’Connor
 
Membership, 3 March 2020: PDG Alex Mavro, Dana Caron, PE Finbarr O’Connor, PP Mark Butters, PP Nigel Hardy, PP Ole Madsen, Rui Belo, IPP Tim Cornwall
 
Golf Preparation, 5 March 2021: PP Don Lavoie, PP Dougie Riach, PP Nigel Hardy, Ron Livingston, Tanat Kowattanawinta, World Siravarich


 
ROTARY THAILAND MAGAZINE
Vol. 37 No. 189
July-August 2020


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