Today's Topic: Zoom Meeting - Mr. Omid Wali - Peace Fellow : Working with the Youth of Afghanistan at this Critical Time of Peace Process
No. 2850
13 August, 2021

Thank you to the great work of our Fund Raising Committee they have announced that we will once again be able to partake in contributing much needed Charity Funds via our Weekly Raffle. The Club has developed a good online format for which details have already been sent to you.

We received 140,000 THB on day one and I am optimistic that this new format, whereby Members can pay as much as they want in advance, will deliver to our Charity account 500,000 THB this year. A record for sure. Well done Fund Raising Director Steve and the Fund Raising team.

Also, thank you to Rtn Dana and Roadhouse BBQ for once again supporting our Weekly Raffle.

I had a personal phone call from a senior Past President who is unable to join our Friday Zoom Meetings and misses our Friday lunches dearly. But he contributed 10,000 THB to the Weekly Raffle. He is staying ‘engaged’ with
the Club!

The Fund Raising Committee has now been formed and they have had their first meeting for this Rotary Year Chaired by Rtn Steve Wilson. Whilst we are currently constrained with executing our ‘traditional’ events such as Coins,
Golf and Kids Day Out, I am very much aware of some new significant ideas percolating in the Committee relating to arts and another  project considering the notion of leveraging corporate CSR both of which will generate Charity Funds along with  engagement activities for all of our Members with a degree
of longevity.

Fellow Rotarian Frank Crocker provided us with a short video update of his recent  surgery and it was a great way for him to inform all of our Members of his health status which he noted will require more surgery in six months.
Club Members really appreciated hearing from Rtn Frank and I am sure each and every Member cannot wait until we have him back on the microphone with his unique and quick humour entertaining our Friday in-person lunch meetings again. (Thanks to Rtn Worrakit for the video)

Finally I’d like to recognise those Members who are overseas and have taken time to call into our Friday Meeting:

Rtn Alastair Timblick (Italy)                 Rtn Ari Bloed (The Netherlands)

Rtn Elmar Lins (Austria)                     Rtn John Fotiadis (USA)

PP John Quarmby ((UK)                    Rtn Peter Upperton (Australia)

Rtn Poul Weber (Denmark)                Rtn Ron Livingston (Canada)

See you all online on Friday 13th August.

Finbarr O'Connor
President 2021-22

Please find the link below to join the  Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 886 9644 8467
Passcode: RCBS2122
Topic: RCBS 2021 2Q
       Every week on Fri,
          August 20, 2021      12.05 PM  
          August 27, 2021      12.05 PM
    September 03, 2021      12.05 PM
    September 10, 2021      12.05 PM
    September 17, 2021      12.05 PM
    September 24, 2021      11.00 AM  
(Club Assembly and DG Visit)

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"A new understanding of Prophet Muhammad and Christians"

Speaker : Professor Steve Young

PP Nick Pisalyaput introduce our guest speaker Prof. Stephen Young as the Global Executive Director of the Caux Round Table for Moral Capitalism (CRT).

Prof. Steve was educated at Harvard College and Harvard Law School. 
He has published academic articles on corporate law, fiduciary duty, legal history, the law of war, corporate social responsibility, Chinese jurisprudence, and Vietnamese history.

Prof. Steve started by saying that in our lifetimes and in previous centuries, tensions between Muslims and Christians, and worse, have been constant.
So it comes as a surprise to most Christians and Muslims that, in his lifetime, the Prophet Muhammad made covenants with Christian Communities to respect and protect them.  Similar covenants were made by two of his successors as Caliph - Umar and Ali.

These covenants of the Prophet embody tolerance of another faith and
a responsibility to protect rights of those who follow a different religion.

In 626 AD, Prophet Muhammad personally granted a charter to the monks
of St. Catherine’s Monastery
 to protect the rights of Christians and other
non-Muslims far and near who were living in predominantly-Muslim areas.
Official Ottoman Recension of Covenant with Monastery of St Catherine

"The first aspect is that there is sufficient evidence Prophet Mohamed gave these covenants during his life time and therefore embody his practices and how he understands his religion, and are therefore a part of SURAH or the life of Prophet Muhammad.

The second aspect is that these have been overlooked by both Muslims and Christians for almost 1,300 years and more research is needed why both religions did not give credit to Prophet Muhammad for tolerance of each
other's beliefs.

Although the original copies of these covenants have not survived, there are enough recensions available in archives in monastries and islamic centres." 

Terms of the Covenants :

  • Monks and pilgrims on their journeys received protection for they were proteges and favored subjects (dhimmi). No bishop was to be removed, or monk driven from a monastery, or hermit from his tower.

  • No church was to be destroyed, nor money from churches taken to build mosques or houses for Muslims. Muslims were to provide assistance in maintenance of Christian religious buildings and dwellings.

  • If Christian woman enters a Muslim household received with kindness and will be allowed to pray in her church. The Najran Covenant provides more explicitly that if a Muslim man takes a Christian woman as wife, he must respect her Christian beliefs; that she can listen to her clerics and follow the path of her own religion. The Najran Covenant also mandates that whoever forces his wife to act contrary to her religion “breaks the alliance of Allah and will enter into open rebellion against the pact of his Messenger and Allah will count him among the imposters.”

  • The Najran Covenant provided that no Christian would be made Muslim because “they are covered with wing of mercy”. The Covenant with the Monastery of St Catherine also makes reference to the standard of “mercy” as applying to treatment of Christians. 

  • Both covenants commit the Prophet to personally protect Christians party to his covenant, under his security against all harm. The Najran Covenant explains that providing such protection was a duty of the Prophet: “Having authority over them I must govern them protecting them from all damage, ensuring that nothing happens to them that does not happen to the Prophet himself or to his companions” The Najran Covenant provided that the Prophet’s horsemen, footmen, armies, resources would protect Christians wherever they were.

  • The Najran Covenant also pledges that no Muslim will abandon the Christians, neglect them, or leave them without help and assistance

  • However, the Najran Covenant places reciprocal obligation on Christians that they not help any enemies of Muslims, neither give shelter to such enemies, nor provide them with support. Christians must host Muslims during conflicts when they needed protection for up to three days.

  • Both covenants stipulate that Muslims must never contravene the Prophet’s promise of protection until the world ends.

  • Both covenants provide for punishment of Muslims who violate these express terms. Any violator “deserves the curse of Allah, be he sultan or another.” “Whoever contravenes the covenant of Allah is a rebel against his covenant and his Messenger.” The Najran Covenant provides that “whoever contravenes or alter this edict will be cast out of the alliance between Allah and his Messenger.” 

It is incumbent upon Christians to acknowledge the good faith and grace of
the Prophet in making these covenants, which are to stand until the end of time and are, by their terms, binding on all faithful Muslims. Reciprocally,
it is similarly incumbent upon Muslims to reflect upon that same good faith
and grace of the Prophet Muhammad as guidance for their own lives.

Steve then told us about similarities between Koranic concepts of good governance and the theories of John Locke which were a part of the American Declaration of independence and is one way of looking into fundamental Muslim beliefs and American tradition. 

Rtn Alastair Timblick , attending the meeting from UK, provided the Vote
of Thanks.

A thoroughly interesting, informative and engaging talk which prompted members to ask many questions, some of which could not be entertained
due to lack of time.

Reported by Rtn Rakesh Sodhia


Rtn Steve Wilson , Fund Raising Director, informed us of the various
sub-committees under his wing and introduced his committee members.
He gave details of the weekly raffle draw fund raising scheme and we were
all pleased to learn that within hours of the scheme being operational,
Baht 77,000 had already been paid by 14 members as their contribution.
Well done indeed !


PP Nick Pisalyaput - Introducing the speaker
Rtn Ronald Livingston - Dialing in from Sunny Florida
Treasurer Peter Upperton in a pensive mood
PP John Quarmby mighty pleased about something !
Rtn Alastair Timblick proposed the Vote of Thanks.
Fellow Rotarians, the link below will download our Yearbook for this past Rotary year under the leadership of the Late President Yod and completed by President David. A full report of our year by all the committees plus some fun photos of the few events we have managed to hold during this year of living dangerously. Click on the link below (140MB) to download and enjoy!
20 August : 
Weeky meeting via Zoom
Guest speaker : Bruno Huber  on "Managing an ASQ Hotel"

27 August : 
Mr. Patrick Galvin:
Rotary’s Four - Way Test :
The Secret to a Buildinga a Personal and Professional Life of Character

03 September :
Mr. Dan Pathomvanic :
The future of Plant based food

10 September : 
Program to be advised
17 Sepember : 
Max Simpson : "Social enterprise
as a platform for neurodiversity"
- Enabling special needs children

24 September : 
Club Assembly and District Governor Wiroon's Visit 

(Postponed until Further Notice) :
60th Year Anniversary Dinner at Bangkok Marriott Marquis
Queen’s Park

More details to be provided.

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. 
Facebook group: Rotary Club of Pattaya (Thailand)
News Link:
Rotary Thailand E-Magazine (English Version)
January - February 2021 

For online reading

For off line reading (Download)

For more information about the best Irish Pub in town click below:
Khun Khob’s Club Almanac #2850
13 August, 2021
Happy Birthday : 
Jan Cederwall
Thomas Banker
Sirawarich Thaveechaiyaset

Wedding Anniversary Greetings :
PP Banvech Chantrasmi
Ola Holmgren
John Casella

August 14
August 14
August 16

August 14
August 17
August 18

Attendance for 6 August 2021 : 73% (Zoom) Active Logged-in 46,
Exemption Logged-in 10, Make-Ups 12, Absent 38, Total 106

Visiting Rotarians:
Local Club

PP Rambha Bhoocha-oom
P Vasana Mututanont


PP Jerry Nelson       

Guest (s) :
Dr. Matthew Nekvapil                       

RC Bangkok
RC Bangkok

RC Ending Human Traffic, USA

Joe Scuderi
Recent Makeups: 
Fundraising, 2 August 2021: Adrian Topham, Dana Caron, PP Dougie Riach,
Klaus Fielkas, Marcel Dubbelman, PP Nigel Hardy, PE Patrick Gauvain,
Sanjeev Chowdhury, Steve Wilson, Yannick Thevenot

RC Bangkapi, 3 August 2021:
PP Andrew MacPherson, Arie Bloed, PP Dougie Riach, John Casella, Klaus Feilkas, PP Nigel Hardy, Yannick Thevenot
RCBS Biz, 2 August 2021: P Finbarr O’Connor, PE Patrick Gauvain
RC eCLUB ONE, 3 August 2021: Tom Banker
Membership, 4 August 2021: Aaron Henry, PDG Alex Mavro, IPP David Record,
Dana Caron, PP Doug Riach, Jeremy King, PP Mark Butters,PP Nick Pisalyaput,
PP Nigel Hardy,PE Patrick Gauvain, Manu Mekdhanasarn, Mark Wolf,
Tony Kowatanawinta, PP Vichai Tantrativud

Club Goals, 5 August 2021: P Finbarr O’Connor, Yannick Thevenot
​CDWS, 5 August 2021:
PP John Quarmby, Klaus Feilkas, Marco Casanova,
Tony Kowatanawinta
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