Today's Topic: English monk, Phra Pandit Cittasamvaro - “Life as a Siamese Monk”
No. 2828
5 MARCH 2021
Fellow Rotarians, 

Because of Makha Bucha Day, it has now been two weeks since we met. At our last meeting we inducted a new member, Khun World and enjoyed a very interesting talk about the "Luang Sit Foundation " by Khun Surawat Chompoopong, Executive Vice President of the Foundation of the Needy Students under Royal Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen, and Khun Mongkol Hongchai, a Luang Sit Alumnus. 

The talk and Q&A session was well received and we took the opportunity to pass them a virtual cheque for this year’s donation; 872,000 THB. I am interested to find out the total we have donated since the Luang Sit Foundation began and so I will ask PP Ole Madsen for the number. Thank you to everyone in the Foundation Committee and the club for organizing and supporting this worthy cause.

This Friday we will hear about "Life as a Siamese Monk" from Phra Pandit Bhikhu, an English Monk ; yet another interesting speaker arranged by our hard working Program Committee

In March, apart from our regular Friday lunches, we have two big club events and we will also continue to induct several new members into our club, a clear sign that the Rotary Club of Bangkok South continues to thrive.

On Thursday 11th March we have our annual Golf Charity Event, even if you are not a golfer, PP Nigel is looking for volunteer helpers, please contact him.

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 with no guests; our prospective members will have something to look forward to in 2022. Another reason to join our club! We have arranged a great speaker and space is limited, so please sign up soon.

I hope to see everyone this Friday and most of you several times more in March
Have a great weekend
President David Record
19 FEBRUARY 2021
Rotarians Français… Nicolas and Yannick
Rtns Lalit, Moto and Rakesh
Rtn Sanjeev, Guest Jeff Barryman, Guest Dr. Matthew Nekvapil , Rtn Joe, the sponsors
Future, Past and Present; PE Finbarr, IPP Tim and P David
Rtn Arie, PP Philip and PP Nigel enjoying a little fellowship
PP Narain, Former Member Andrew and Rtn Jeremy
PP Krit, Representatives from the Foundation of Needy Students and Rtn Moto
Guest Dr. Matthew Nekvapil , Rtn Joe, and Rtn Ron
PP Christoph, Rtn Patrick with IPP Tim and AG Joe Goh from RC Bangkapi lingering in the background!
Rtn Marco and PP Niti
Rtn Rakesh and Sunny Patel (VP John’s regular guest)
Rtn Scott and Guest Jeff Barryman
Visiting Rtns from RC Miami, Robert and Stepanie Bull
New Member Induction; IPP Tim, New Rtn. World and P David
Rtn Sanjeev
COA Presentation; P David, Khun Mongkol and Khun Surawat
RCBS Annual Bonus Presentation to Crowne Plaza staff
RHBBQ Lucky Winner, Rtn Tyrone and P David
Friday 5 March 
UK monk, Phra Pandit Cittasamvaro - “Life as a Siamese Monk”

Thursday 11 March 
32nd Annual RCBS Golf Tournament
at Thana City Country Club

Friday 12 March 

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

Friday 19 March 
 Korn Chantikavanij on "Thai Politics"

Tuesday 23 March 
Paul Harris Foundation Dinner
at Pacific City Club

Friday 26 March 
Program to be advised.

Thursday 22 April 
Fellowship and New Members Night at The RoadHouse

Saturday 26 June 
Installation Ball - venue to be advised
Today is Luang Sit Day and PP Ole introduced the speakers Mr. Surawat Chompoopong - Executive Vice President of the Foundation of the Needy Students under Royal Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen and Mr. Mongkol Hongchai - Luang Sit Alumnus and former scholarship student.
Luang Sit Foundation was founded in 1964 by PP Wudhi, the father of Rtn. Manu and today we have 82 fellows supporting 99 students, and 8 students are supported by the interest-earning fund with donations of Baht 8000 per annum. Rotarians interested in supporting the Foundation should contact PP Ole or Rtn’s Manu and Rui.
Mr. Surawat Chompoopong - Executive Vice President of the Foundation of the      Needy Students under Royal Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen.
Mrs. Supattra Limpabandhu - Deputy secretary of the Foundation
Khun Surawat began by advising how The Foundation recognizes the support given over the past 50 years, and many of the students return to support the Foundation after they have graduated. RCBS also provides scholarships for Vocational students to help meet the needs of manpower in industrial development; as well as one-year scholarships for Nursing Assistants to care for the elderly.  Fundraising was also supplemented by an on-line donation channel through K-Bank and others. One of the more recent fundraising activities was an exhibition of paintings by Professor Vitachet from Siriraj Hospital, a former scholarship student himself, that raised Baht 600,000.
Despite the devastating impact of the coronavirus the Foundation continues to work tirelessly to raise funds and highly appreciates the support that has been given by RCBS.

Khun Supattra Limpabandhu, Deputy secretary of the Foundation, answered the question of how the students were selected to which she advised that they are selected from their schools as they would have the best knowledge on the students.  For the current RCBS Nursing Assistants project, the selection is done by the colleges at Ramathibodhi, Vachira and Siriraj Hospitals and students are mostly from poor rural areas. As the annual fee is Baht 50,000 per annum the funds donated by RCBS for practical nurses are extremely helpful and important to keep the Foundation going. Most of the graduating students either continue in a public hospital or return to their hometown. Scholarship funding ranges from Baht 8-12,000 per annum to cover students studying from 1-4 years from vocational to university levels.
Mr. Mongkol Hongchai - Luang Sit Alumnus
Khun Mongkol Hongchai (sponsored by former Rtn Doug Whittaker) is currently a guest lecturer at Chulalongkorn and Thammasat Universities after graduating with Batchelor of Science at MIS and then a Master of Science in the USA.  After graduating, Mongkol worked in Rayong for 11 years as an Engineer and a Human Resources Development manager. Apart from supporting his family he also became a donor to the Foundation and continues to support two students... as he was before. He then made a decision to sell up and move on to San Francisco where he was for six years during which time he graduated from the State University. He then returned to Thailand to work as a business consultant to support companies in Thailand, Australia and the US in the area of Digital Disruption. A fascinating story from an amazingly dedicated individual.

Rtn Sanjeev culminated with a vote of thanks by praising the inspiring efforts of Khun Mongkol and how after his own long journey he is now giving back to the Foundation that supported him from the beginning. RCBS is currently supporting 50 new Nursing Assistant students and offered the club’s thanks to PP Ole and Rtn’s Rui and Manu for their unfailing support of Luang Sit and the Foundation of the Needy Students…. and a warm thanks to the Foundation of the Needy Students presenting a cheque for Baht 872,000.

A truly inspiring and informative presentation.

Reported by
Patrick Gauvain
LSF Cheque Presentation to the Foundation of the Needy Students



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.


PE Finbarr O’Connor

As part of our Rotary Moments, or Ro-Mo, under the direction of PP Douglas we have been advising you on Service Projects and what we have been doing with your money as well as the projects we have been working on. Today we’d like to profile Library Books.
The Library Book Project is intended to encourage children to read. It was introduced some years ago by PP Nick and Leo. The kit consisted of 140 Thai literature books selected by Sasin Graduate Institute for children aged 6-12. Each book is stamped with the Rotary Logo.
Later we added 40 ‘Manga Why?’ style books to the set. These books are educational describing such things as How cars work; Trains; What does a doctor and nurse do; What’s in the sea, etc.
Very often these books go along with a Water System or they can go to an Orphanage or a school of the donor’s choice.
One of our photos show Rtn. Marco who does a great work with both Water and Library. He’s holding a plaque in the name of PP Banvech who is a regular Library Kit donor. All donors are recognized with a plaque which goes in the Library. Apart from the plaque at the school, donors also receive a Library Fellowship as recognition for their Baht 16,000 donation.

1 Library books is a signature project of RCBS
2 Books are for needy schools’ students 6-12 (books have been tailored to be more age specific)
3 140 Thai books plus 40 ‘Manga Why?’ Books
4 Cost of Books Baht 16,000 free deliveries in Thailand
5 Donor can choose school and becomes Library Fellow
6 Water projects usually receive a Library Kit set
7 Donors often use Library Kits to celebrate Birthday Anniversaries
All you need to do to become a library Fellow is just tell me and we do the rest

Adrian Topham
February 2021

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.
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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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Rtn. Poul Weber graciously provided 50 sets of used Siemens/Widex Hearing aids for the Pattaya Orphanage School for the Deaf.  They were delivered to the orphanage by Hans Fenger and delivered to Father Weera.

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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 #2828
5 MARCH 2021

Happy Birthdays:

Poul Weber                   March 5
Jean-Marie Cattand      March 8

Wedding Anniversary Greetings:

PDG Xanxai  Visitkul          March 7
PP Niti Meyer                  March 9
PDG Praphan Hutasingh   March 9

Attendance for 19 February 2021: 68%
Present 40, Make-up 11, Absent 24, Exemption 27, Total 102


Visiting Rotarians:
Local Club

AG Joe Goh                            RC Bangkapi
Jiraporn Goh                           RC Bangkapi

Gerard Garaets            RC Laren-Blaricum, Netherlands

Robert Bull                   RC Miami, USA
Stephanie Bull              RC Miami, USA

Andrew Hamilton                          PP John Quarmby
Jan Cederwall                               PP Philip Baechtold
Jeff Berryman                               Mark Wolf
Mahannop Panasaratool              Sanjeev Chowdhury
Dr. Matthew Nekvapil                   Joe Scuderi
Rudy Treu                                     Arie Bloed
Sirawarich Thaveechaiyaset        IPP Tim Cornwall
Sunny Patel                                  John Casella

Recent Makeups:
Board, 15 February 2021: P David Record, PP Doug Riach, PE Finbarr O’Connor, John Casella, PP Nigel Hardy, Patrick Gauvain, Peter Upperton, Sanjeev Chowdhury, IPP Tim Cornwall, Worrakit Pholsawad, Yannick Thevenot
Program, 18 February 2021: PP Andrew MacPherson, Colin Hastings, P David Record, Jeremy King, PP Krin Charnmaytesakul, PP Mark Butters, Mark Wolf, PP Narain Suradejvibul, Ola Holmgren, Patrick Gauvain, Ragil Ratnam, Rakesh Sodhia, Rick Smith
Rotary eClub One, 19 February 2021: Tom Banker

Vol. 37 No. 189
July-August 2020

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