Today's Topic:
RCBS 61st Birthday - 5th August
No. 2894
July 29, 2022
Editor-at-Large: Paul Emmerson
President Patrick with visiting Rotarian Adam Gale from Rotary Club Burswood, Perth, and President Dr. Jinendra Kothari from Rotary Club of Bangkapi.

Despite being banished to the Crowne’s Dungeon, Rtn. Adrian’s euphonious tones guided us through the amazing life and journey of Rtn. Sievert and the goodness he has laid upon Thailand. (full story below). A truly gripping and entertaining classification.

This week Khun Khob metamorphosed into Rtn. Tony who did a brilliant job in managing the lunch with Rtn. Tee, excellent job to the rescue while K. Khob remained under Covid lock-and-key. Get well soon K. Khob!

It was noted that discounted Membership dues have been extended until 5th August due to the unavailability of being able to pay as well as yet another ‘bridge’ holiday by our illustrious government, meaning we will not have a lunch meeting on 29th July.

Coins on Silom has been tentatively announced for 2nd December, subject to approvals by the authorities, and we are assembling a team to kick-start the Rotary Arts Festival - venue still to be decided - but will be an all-day into the evening fun event. Anyone who wishes to support this initiative please contact our Fund Raising Guru, John ‘Friar Tuck’ Fotiadis.

This coming Friday we are being invaded by Rotary India! The Rotary Club of Bangalore Udyog and Rotary Club Bhopal Hills, Bhopal will be making a social visit to Bangkok and Pattaya. I have been attempting to arrange a meeting and flag exchange but due to the fact we are not having a meeting on Friday, the only possible day to meet would be Thursday 28th. If anyone would like to join please contact Sec. Tony, Ragil or myself.

Finally, DO NOT FORGET our club birthday celebration on 5th August where there will be special degustation menu and the traditional Black Forrest cake… along with a ‘mystery speaker’…! Past Presidents are reminded to bring their medals for a photo opportunity.

Wishing you all a great holiday weekend ahead.

Thank you, Patrick Gauvain.
President 22/23

22nd July Classification Interviewer: Rtn Adrian Topham, Interviewee: Rtn Sievert Larsson, and President Patrick Gauvain.
On Friday 22nd July, Luncheon guests were left in awe of a gentleman who has achieved so much in life; and yet the most extraordinary things that he has ever achieved, have always been in service of someone else. 

Across an engrossing, funny, and moving 30 minutes, Rotarian Adrian Topham introduced us to Rotarian Sievert Larsson, and invited him to share his story with us. We met Sievert the programmer, the entrepreneur, the Rotarian and the philanthropist.

In Adrian's own words; "These are the 4 faces of Sievert, a good man and a good Rotarian."

Rotarian Sievert Larsson.
Classified: Life Insurance.

Words: Rtn Sievert Larsson and Adrian Topham
Sievert - celebrating success on and off the course - with 2 of his 3 Rotary team golf trophies.

I started an Insurance company with a friend to take advantage of an opportunity. At the time Swedes were not allowed to invest abroad with the exception of paying premiums to a foreign insurance company. So we started an off shore insurance company in Cyprus. That was 35 years ago and the company is still going strong.
Sievert The Boy, and Programmer.

My parents adopted me at an early age. My father was a pipe fitter at a large shipyard in Gothenburg and my mother was a home maker. I was the only child and therefore was a bit spoiled I have to admit.

After high school and some vocational training in business subjects I was offered a job as a programmer in SKF the Swedish Ball bearing factory. A large global corporation with at that time 60,000 employees.

I stayed with SKF for 13 years as an IT expert. The company sent me to several of their foreign factories and I got to time in Germany, Paris, Spain, Canada and the US. I really enjoyed my work and would probably have stayed longer if it was not for my best friend and business partner Roger Akelius.
This is Roger and myself in our Princess 55 yacht.

Roger was a salesman for IBM and started to write books- about the Swedish tax system. He read the entire Swedish tax code and re-wrote it in understandable Swedish. The annual book became so successful that lawyers, auditors and accountants consulted his book first, before they read the tax law.

1983 the first PC became available - meaning computers would now be affordable for everybody. Roger suggested I write a tax calculation for the Swedish market, and that is what I did. Version 1 was ready in 1985. The program, Roger’s books and seminars sold well so after a while we could relax in the yacht.

When the company was eventually sold, we went into the Real Estate and Insurance business.
While not working, I also enjoyed partying, night clubs and discos a lot. A little too much it turned out. I became an alcoholic and had to quit entirely. As all alcoholics, I thought I could quit by myself, but that never works so I ended up in an AA clinic in Florida. The toughest thing I have ever done in my life, and it saved my life. That was more than 30 years ago now.
Sievert The Businessman, at Ancoria Bank inauguration with Finance Minister of Cyprus, Charis Georgiades

After the banking crises in Cyprus we thought it would be a good idea to start a brand new bank. It was not. It took several years to get a license and now there are so many rules, regulations and sanctions on top of negative interest rates - so I would not recommend anyone start a bank.

I am also involved with a pharmaceutical company, who are developing Alzheimer therapies.

In 2013 a long time Thai friend of mine and I opened a restaurant chain, now 11 restaurants strong, in Dubai - Little Bangkok.
Roger Akelius and I split up our joint assets in 2006. I got the Insurance company and Roger kept the real estate business.

I gave the Insurance company to my Scholarship Foundation and the profit has been the source of income to the Foundation ever since.
Sievert the Rotarian.

Library books at Saeng Sawan Orphanage, Clean drinking water systems; Coins on Silom sponsor and helper, Paul Harris sponsor, Rotary Golf sponsor and winner of 3 trophies.
Sievert The Philanthropist.

Peter Robinson was a remarkable man. He became a Thai monk after leaving all his belongings and a successful company in England. He wrote a book, Phra Phalang and that is how I met him.

He started his Foundation Student Education Trust in his koti in Nakhon Sawan. At first he supported the education of a few novice monk students with the help of supporters in the UK. After a while he was able to expand the scholarships and now SET supports over 2,000 students. My Foundation SLSF has donated over 100million baht to SET.

Here you can see how successful scholarships can be. Khun Pisan a very poor student from Isan enrolled as a novice monk and with the help of SET scholarships he has a PhD and is a lecturer at Rajabnat University in Nakon Sawan.
My Foundation also supported some other projects, inc. this schoolhouse at Wat Sa Kaew Orphanage, home to more than 1,200 orphans; and this dormitory with room for 500 girls.

My foundation SLSF and the Thai registered CYF donate around Baht 40 million a year to our different partner organisations.
As a result of these various donations I was given an award by the king.
Photographs by Rtns. Sievert Larsson, Adrian Topham, as well as family and friends across a life in service.
Friday 29 July
No Meeting - King's Birthday

Friday 12 August
No Meeting – The Queen Mother’s Birthday
Friday 5 August
Club Birthday – RSVP!!!

Friday 19 August
Khun Thanakorn "Chai" Telan on Photography
After many years of fantastic support from Mike Ellis and Allied Pickford's staff, the club now has a need for a storage unit with a minimum capacity of some 8 to 10 cubic meters.

We shall be storing all the equipment from previous Coins on Silom Events along with our archives currently stored at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

We have quotes currently of Baht 6,000 per month, however, we're hoping we can locate a unit at a more reasonable cost near or close to Rama 4 which would be preferred, however, we can work around the location. 

Should you have contacts with whom we can discuss our needs please let either PP Dougie Riach or me know.

Thanks your help. 
YIR. PP Nigel Hardy.

Chartered in 1972
Meets 1st & 3rd Monday of each month at Royal Cliff Beach Resort. 
Fellowship: 18.30
Meeting: 19.15
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July 29, 2022
Happy Birthdays: 
Van Tang
Mark Wolf
PDG Alex Mavro
Elmar Lins
Kurt Wachtveitl
Sascha Helbardt

July 26
July 28
July 29
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July 31
July 31
Wedding Anniversary:
Jean-Marie Cattand
Nicolas Leloup

August 2
August 4
22 July 2022: 46%
Active: 30
Exemption: 3
Make-Ups: 18
Absent: 60
Total: 111
Visiting Rotarians: 
Local Club
President Dr. Jinendra Kothari

RC Bangkapi
Adam Gale
PP Jerry Nelson

RC Burswood, Perth, Australia
RC End Human Trafficking, USA
Guest (s):
Christophe Rouleau
Gregory Pickett
John MacTaggart    
Louis Potenziano
Marvin Sachayan

Sanjeev Chowdhury
Yannick Thevemot
PP Dougie Riach       
David Lawrence
Varin Sachayan
Recent Makeups:
RC Feldkirch, Austria, 19 July 2022: Elmar Lins

Membership, 20 July 2022: PE Aaron Henry, AG David Record, PP Dougie Riach, IPP Finbarr O'Connor, Jeremy King, Joe Scuderi, PP Krin Charnmayteesakul, PP Mark Butters, Mark Wolf, PP Nigel Hardy, P Patrick Gauvain, Ragil Ratnam, Rui Belo, PP Vichai Tantrativud

RC eCLUB ONE, 22 July 2022: Tom Banker

RCRHH Installation, 23 July 2022: PP Dougie Riach, Michael Bain, PP Nigel Hardy, PP Peter-Michael Schuster
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