Today's Topic: COS & Golf Sponsor Recognition, Service Projects Presentation and a Classification Interview
No. 2808

Fellow Rotarians, 

I hope everyone enjoyed their past long weekend with the Songkran substitution holidays. To refresh your memories briefly with our previous guest speaker Imtiaz Muqbil, he shared the story of how Thailand’s tourism sector has grown tremendously for the past few decades. Yet, despite such growth, we have unsuccessfully prepared ourselves for the potential disruption that we are facing right now. We have often overly stated the concept of sustainability, yet applied so little of this notion. Let’s hope the current situation will teach us something that can guide us to a more meaningful approach.
On a different note, I want to take this opportunity to thank the CDWS team for their dedication and effort. The CDWS team recently took a trip to Trat not only to inspect the water systems, but also to visit various schools where our notable Rotarians donated the library kits. The CDWS team has worked tirelessly while enjoying their trips and making new friends along the way, making CDWS one of the signature projects of RCBS.
This Friday, we will resume our regular luncheon meetings and I’m delighted to say we have a full program. PP John Quarmby and Rtn.Klaus will tell us about our Service projects, followed by two classification interviews. The classification interview is a perfect opportunity for us to get to know our fellow interviewee Rotarians even better while perhaps enjoy a moment to get to see them roasted. I shall look forward to seeing everyone at the luncheon meeting.
Have a good weekend and Sawasdee krub!

President Yod Tantianunanont



Imtiaz Muqbil, Executive Editor, Travel Impact Newswire
Our guest speaker, Imtiaz Muqbil, is one of the longest serving travel-trade journalists in the Asia Pacific. He was born in February 1956 in Mumbai, India, he studied at St Peter’s High, a boarding school in the scenic Indian hill-station of Panchgani. He moved to Bangkok in November 1978, and joined the Bangkok Post as a sub-editor/writer.
Imtiaz has covered dozens of travel industry summits, annual general meetings and conferences... PATA, World Travel & Tourism Council, UN World Tourism Organization, International Air Transport Association, International Hotels & Restaurants Association, United Federation of Travel Agents Associations, International Hotel Investment Forum and more. He is probably the Asia-Pacific region’s leading Travel & Tourism historian and has covered this industry and region for 40 years
His talk gave us a perspective on the future of Thai tourism from a completely new perspective... one that will hopefully launch a new movement in pursuit of solutions in these challenging times.
Imtiaz noted that "...this new era is not just about rebuilding tourism or dealing with crises, but about the national security and stability of Thailand with Tourism a major player in safeguarding this stability. It is no longer just a creator of jobs and income but a source of national security..."
There is no industry like Travel & Tourism and no country like Thailand that offers such great diversity. Thailand’s USP has been hit by just about every crisis known to mankind... Coups, SARS, floods and more.
So Imtiaz asks what do we learn from these crises? There is no difference in the way you treat a health crisis or a political crisis... both Thailand and Tourism was already quite overweight when the Covid-19 crisis hit. Tourism had become fat, not fit. It had “grown” but in all the wrong places
The current crisis has been worse than all the previous crises combined. A lot of talk recovery, resilience, reset, rethink, rebuild, reshape, restructure, re-this, re-that and re-the other. But the most important RE is REwind and REplay... A rewind to projects and activities – such as the Visit Thailand Years 1987 - 1994. But we paid the price of having to cope with the challenge of growth and the politicization of Thai tourism providing high quality tourism without degrading the natural resources. Thai tourism is a marketing genius and a management dunce and it is this paradox that makes The Greatest Story in Global Tourism History.
Imtiaz provided a number of quotes from the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, which you can find in the link below.
The failure of globalization and the global leadership crisis and geopolitical power struggles, the rich-poor income gap, environmental disasters, deforestation, bushfires, floods, water shortages... these are the crossroads at which we stand today and requires exactly the same path as the coronavirus crisis... Identify the problem, be open and transparent, study the history, track down ALL the cases and treat the cause, not just the symptoms.
A fascinating talk with a treasure trove of information on the current state of Tourism in Thailand and how to get back on track.
By Patrick Gauvain


Friday 11 September 
COS & Golf Sponsor Recognition, Service Projects Presentation and a Classification Interview

Friday 18 September 
Chris Bruton on "My Half-Century in Thailand: 50 Years and Still Learning"

Friday 25 September 
Rtn Colin Hastings on                      "A comedic Collection"
Saturday 26 September 
Fellowship Dinner at PP Niti's residence at 6 pm.  More details to be provided ASAP.

Friday 2 October
Rick Rees on "One Year in Tay Ninh (experiences of a US helicopter pilot on the front line in Vietnam)

Rotary Thailand E-Magazine (English Version)
March - April 2020 
Please visit our Water Projects website at It's a great source of information to send to potential sponsors.
28 AUGUST 2020 
PP Andrew, guest speaker Imtiaz Muqbil, PP Krit
PP Dr. Niti, Sgt.-at-Arms Yannick
PP Ken makes a point to Rtn Adrian as PP Dr. Niti looks on!
PP Krit, guest speaker Imtiaz Muqbil, PP Nigel
Guest speaker Imtiaz Muqbil, Rtn Ravi, PP Dr. Niti
PDG Alex, guest Arnauld de Nadaellae
Rtn Ravi, P Yod, guest speaker Imtiaz Muqbil, PP Ole, PP Dr. Niti, PP Narinder
Rtn Sanjeev, PP Ken
PP Ken, Rtn Sanjeev, P Yod, PP Krit, Rtn Chris
PP Nigel – Coins on Silom is planned to be held on Jan 29th, 2021 and dinner at Dr. Niti’s residence on Sept 26th, 2020
Rtn Sanjeev – our sister club RC Macao and Rotaract Club Macao will hold their FB live installation
Rtn Ravi introducing guest speaker
Guest speaker Imtiaz Muqbil awarding prize to the winner of the Roadhouse BBQ Charity Draw – Rtn Mark
P Yod awarding COA to guest speaker Imtiaz Muqbil, with PP Andrew and Rtn Ravi


The Official announcement is at 

Rotary - September 2020

 a new design format for Rotary magazine.


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:
Khun Khob’s Club Almanac #2808

Happy Birthdays:

Colin Hastings             September 11
Sanjeev Chowdhury    September 17

Wedding Anniversary Greetings:

Attendance for 28 August 2020 : 49%

Present 24, Make-up12, Absent 38, Exemption 25, 
Total 99

Visiting Rotarians:
Local Club
Christoph Leonhard                    RC Royal Hua Hin



Alexander Simon                      PDGAlex Mavro
Anusa Singpreecha                  Ravi Sehgal
Arnauld De Nadaillac                IPP Tim Cornwall
Dean Douglas                            IPP Tim Cornwall
Jamie Cummiskey                     IPP Tim Cornwall
Kenneth Gilliam                        PP Mike Doyle
Luckkana Wilaikaew                 Ravi Sehgal
Mahannop Panasaratool          Adrian Topham          
Scot Thom                                Sanjeev Chowdhury  
Sirawarich Thareechaiyaset   IPP Tim Cornwall

Recent Makeups:
RC E-Club One, 22 August 2020: Tom Banker

Board, 24 August 2020: PP Doug Riach, David Record, PE Finbarr O’Connor, John
Casella, PP Nigel Hardy, Patrick Gauvain, Peter Upperton, Sanjeev Chowdhury, IPP Tim Cornwall, Worrakit Pholsawad, Yannick Thevenot, P Yod Tantianunanont
COS Prep., 28 August 2020: Adrian Topham, PP Doug Riach, PP Nigel Hardy, Yannick Thevenot


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