Today's Topic: Zoom Meeting - 
Board Directors Rtn Klaus Feilkas and     
Rtn Rakesh Sodhia interview each other.
No. 2848
30 July, 2021

It has been great to see our Members log into our Friday Meetings even though they are overseas. Rtn John Fotiadis called in from Florida where is enjoying an ‘unlocked’ lifestyle. And Rtn Elmar Lins called in from Austria. Rtn Chip Browness is in Vancouver Canada and he has confirmed that he will call in to one of our Friday meetings so as we can talk to him about his tenth anniversary as a Member of our Club and also conduct his first ever Classification Interview!

Furthermore, our Guest Speaker Billy Curryer from the Karen Hilltribes  Foundation joined our meeting from the UK over his breakfast time so as to provide us with an update of the KHTF’s activities.

Hence Zoom continues to provide an opportunity for travelling Rotarians, Guests and Speakers to join us each Friday. If you know of any of our Members who are overseas then please let them know they are most welcome to join us via Zoom.

We also heard from our Communications Director Rtn Rakesh whose weekly activities are supported by his staff and many of our Members especially with regards to the publication of South Wind. Our Fund Raising Director Rtn Steve is working on re-instating our weekly raffle with an online prompt pay system. There is a bit of work to be done and hopefully it will pass all the hurdles and allow us to replenish our Charity Account ASAP. Thank you to Rtn Dana and Roadhouse BBQ for his continued support of our raffle.

Finally, last Friday I noted that at our July Board Meeting we approved that our Friday weekly Meetings, whether at the Crowne Plaza Hotel or online, will be recognised as counters for Perfect Attendance Recognition. This is in effect for regular Friday Club Meetings from Friday 30th July 2021.

Furthermore, all valid make-ups from Saturday 24th July 2021, including online make-ups, will count as credits towards missed regular Meetings and they will not expire until 30th June 2022. Please refer to our Club communication email sent out on Friday 23rd July for details. See you all online on Friday 30th July.


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 6, 2021      12.05 PM
          August 13, 2021      12.05 PM
          August 20, 2021      11.00 AM  (Club Assembly and DG Visit)
          August 27, 2021      12.05 PM

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"The Karen Hilltribes Foundation"
Speaker : Billy Curryer

Rotarian Marcel Dubbelman in his introduction of our speaker, Mr. Billy Curryer, highlighted the importance of keeping fellow Rotarians involved and informed of the status of projects undertaken by our club and how the funds are being spent.

Billy Curryer started his presentation giving a brief background on KHT    (Karen Hilltribes Trust) based in UK and KHTF (Foundation for Karen people in Thailand). The work is focussed on Karen people living in Mae Hong Son province but extends to those in Chiang Mai and Tak province too. Their office is based in Khun Yuam which is quite central and makes it easier to access the remote areas where their projects are located.
Karens are not only the largest minority group residing in Thailand but also the most disadvantaged. They number anywhere between 300,000 to 500,000 people.  With little support from the government, villages were forced to rely on contaminated river water for drinking, cooking and washing.

The Karen communities face huge challenges :

- 64 % live below poverty line

- Drought and flooding are common

- 75 % of children do not finish secondary school

KHT Mission: To partner with Karen communities to improve their health, livelihoods, and access to education

They aim to achieve this through three key objectives:

  • Improve health by organizing a clean water project Sanitation and hygiene facilities
  • Build sustainable occupational security by adjusting the irrigation system to allow farmers to recycle their farmland.
  • Provides an opportunity to receive education for underprivileged Karen children and adolescents in order to create a better future and opportunity
Transforming Community Health through Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project Proposal

Good health and wellbeing is one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Promoting a healthy community is one of the most important ways to reduce poverty and inequality, helping communities to thrive.

One of the main reasons for poor health in Karen communities is through lack of access to adequate clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities. Around 40% of the population in Mae Hong Son lack access to clean drinking water and adequate waste disposal making. This makes them vulnerable to many diseases including diarrhea, typhoid, stomach ulcers and parasitic worms. Not only do these cause short-term health problems but they can also cause long-term chronic complications which have lasting impacts on health, education and livelihoods outcomes, helping continue the cycle of poverty.

KHT projects implemented so far include :

- 205 gravity-fed water systems

- 55,643 beneficiaries of water sanitation and hygiene projects

- 3,149 latrines constructed at households

All this has resulted in huge reduction in water borne diseases, giving more time in the working day to bring economic benefits and best of all, children do not miss out on schooling.

In the field of sustainable livelihood 94 irrigation systems have been constructed bringing almost 2,500 acres of farmland under irrigation thereby benefiting 18,522 people.

In the field of education 158 students have been provided with scholarship, around 15,000 children are supported through school meals and transportation to school and back. Besides, 10 school dormitories have also been constructed.

The Rotary Club of Bangkok South has been actively supporting KHT by providing Water testing kits and Community Hygiene Education materials.

All in all, a very worthy cause and we at RCBS are proud to continue our support to the Karen Hilltribes Foundation.

Reported by Rtn Rakesh Sodhia.


1. Rtn Rakesh Sodhia - Chair

2. PE Patrick Gauvain

3. PP Philip Baechtold

4. VP Rod Vergara

5. Rtn Sunny Patel

Rtn Rakesh requested fellow members to come forward and volunteer to cover speaker's presentations , for advertisers in South Wind and for contribution of anecdotes in Rotary Rap column.


Rtn Marcel Dubbelman - Introducing our speaker Billy Curryer.
PP Dougie Riach - Thanking the speaker for his wonderful presentation.
Rtn Rakesh Sodhia - Introducing his communications committee.
View from the president's chair.
Rtn David Ravenscroft - Has his hand up for very serious question.
Rtn Steve Wilson - Explaining weekly raffle draw.
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. Rakesh Sodhia (
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!
"2021 DC will be held when the COVID-19 situation is getting better"
6 August :
Steve Young : "A new understanding of the Prophet Muhammad and Christians"

13 August : 
Weekly meeting via Zoom.
Program to be advised.
20 August : 
- Visit of DG Wiroon  Boonnuch, Followed by 1st Club Assembly.
- Guest speaker : Bruno Huber  on "Managing an ASQ Hotel".

27 August : 
Weekly meeting via Zoom.
Program to be advised.

(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. 
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News Link:
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January - February 2021 

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Khun Khob’s Club Almanac #2848
30 July, 2021
Happy Birthday
PDG Alex Mavro                   
Elmar Lins                            
Kurt Wachtveitl                    
Sascha Helbardt   


Wedding Anniversary Greetings:
Jean-Marie Cattand                                  Nicolas Leloup           

July 29
July 29
July 31
July 31

August 2
August 4

Attendance for 23 July 2021: 55% (Zoom) 
Active Logged-in 36, Exemption Logged-in 8, Absent 62, Total 106

Visiting Rotarians:
Local Club

PP Charles Cheung                       
P Francois Van Den Bosch              Kamtorn Sheepchaisara               
Philip Holzinger                             
AG Santi Chaterjee                         
P Vasana Mututanont     
Federico Cellini                                  
PP Jerry Nelson                                  
Tin Muang Muang     

Greg Watkins                                  
Dr. Matthew Nekvapil                     
Richard Ellis

RC Bangkok
RC Bangkapi
RC Saimai
RC Bangkok DACH
RC Bangkok
RC Bangkok

RC Dubai, UAE
RC Ending Human Traffic, USA
RC Myanmar

Adrian Topham
Joe Scuderi
Marcel Dubbelman
Recent Makeups:
Board, 19 July 2021: Aaron Henry, Adrian Topham, PP Christoph Leonhard,
IPP David Record, P Finbarr O’Connor, Klaus Feilkas, PE Patrick Gauvain,
Peter Upperton, Rakesh Sodhia, Rod Vergara, Sanjeev Chowdhury, Steve Wilson, Yannick Thevenot

RC Bangkapi, 20 July 2021:
Adrian Topham, PP Dougie Riach, PP Nigel Hardy

RC Bangkok, 22 July 2021: PP Dougie Riach

Zoom Weekly Meeting, 23 July 2021 : Adrian Topham, PDG Alex Mavro,
PP Andrew MacPherson, Chris Trogh, PP Christoph Leonhard, Dana Caron,
David Ravenscroft, IPP David Record,  Dean Douglas, PP Dougie Riach,
Elmar Lins, P Finbarr O'Connor, Jan Cederwall, Jeremy King, Joe Scuderi,
John Fotiadis, Klaus Feilkas, PP Krin Charnmaytesakul, Leo Alexandersen,
Nicolas Leloup, Manu Mekdhanasarn, Marcel Dubbelman, Marco Casanova,
PP Mark Butters, Mark Shaw, Mark Wolf, Moto Kakiuchi, PP Narinder Sachdev,
PP Nick Pisalyaput, PP Nigel Hardy, PE Patrick Gauvain, PP Peter-Michael Schuster, Sunny Patel, Tee Chayakul, PP Philip Baechtold, Rakesh Sodhia, Ravi Sehgal,
PP Renato Porzio, Rod Vergara, Sanjeev Chowdhury, Steve Wilson, PP Tim Cornwall, Tyrone Jenkins, Yannick Thevenot.         
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