Today's Topic : Zoom Meeting -
Khun Voranai Vanijaka : Current affairs in Thailand
No. 2857
    01 October, 2021


You have all received a complete package of our District Governor Review plus Board Meeting Minutes for July and August. Whilst our Club Assembly format via Zoom was limited in time you should still address any questions or comments you may have to the relevant Board Member.

A little known fact provided by Dr Wiroon was that whilst he studied at Melbourne’s RMIT back in 1989, he also worked at the Alfred Hospital with Colonel Sir Weary Dunlop. Sir Weary is one of Australia’s most significant war heroes and a surgeon best known for his leadership and skills during WWII at Changi Prison in Singapore.

Our last District Governor visit was on the 21st May 2020 by Past District Governor Somsri. Since then we have added 16 new Members to our Club, hence a Club Assembly is a very important day for  them as well as older Members getting up to speed with our Club’s activities.

Before our Club Assembly last Friday, for thirty minutes, Secretary Yannick and myself reviewed our previously submitted online Club Goals with District Governor Wiroon and Assistant Governor PP Santi. It was quite a good process as each question is very much open to interpretation and working through them again allowed us to get alignment between our Club and District.

We then had the full Board join us for a additional hour to present our Club Plans and provide a status which showed complete alignment across our Club, engagement by all of our Members and a well thought through engagement of activities with our communities. District Governor Wiroon gave our Club “five stars” at the end. He was very, very impressed with our Club’s presentation.

We had a full complement of Rotary District support on Friday as District Secretary Somchai also joined our Meeting. The District’s engagement with our Club is very supportive and I note that a lot of our Members are enrolling for the District's online Zoom meetings which is great. There are more to come, especially a Leadership Training course early next year for which I committed ten of us will join.

See you all online on Friday 1st October.

Finbarr O'Connor
President 2021-22

Thank you to our Members who joined us from overseas:

Rtn Arie Bloed (The Netherlands)       Rtn Elmar Lins (Austria)                     

Rtn Joe Ravenscroft (UK)                   PP John Quarmby (France)                 

Rtn Mark Wolf (USA)

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  Topic: RCBS 2021 2Q
  Every week on Friday,

         October 08, 2021      12.05 PM
         October 15, 2021      12.05 PM
         October 22, 2021      12.05 PM

         October 29, 2021      12.05 PM

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Club Assembly and Visit of  District Governor Dr. Wiroon Boonnuch
24th September, 2021

P Finbarr welcomed DG Wiroon and AG Santi to our club assembly. Board members then presented reports highlighting the various projects and activities of their respective committees.
PDG Alex Mavro introduced our guest speaker DG Dr Wiroon.Traditionally the DG passes on the policy of Rotary International for the year and what is expected from us in following that policy. Dr Wiroon is a surgeon with over 40 years experience and is now a clinical professor . 

The DG started by playing a video recording of an inspiring speech by Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta. He was actually addressing President elects worldwide but his message was for all Rotarians. He asked all to dream big, have a vision , plan and set goals to inspire and motivate Rotarians to reach those goals.his mantra has always been" Do More , Grow More." 
Do More as in bigger and impactful service projects and Grow More as in increasing our membership. His guiding philosophy has been "Service is the rent I pay for the space I occupy on this earth and I want to be a good tenant of this earth." A worthy philosophy indeed ! He then emphasised the theme for the year 2021 as "Serve to change lives."

DG Dr Wiroon then elaborated on his goals for this year. He would like the district membership to go up to 3,350 Rotarians and a contribution of at least USD 100 per Rotarian. His aim is to add 10 new clubs in our district. Rotary's vision statement is " Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe in our communities and in ourselves."

PP Vichai Tantrativud thanked the guest speaker for his inspiring words as well as those espoused by RI President Shekhar Mehta.  
Reported by Rtn Rakesh Sodhia
News from Service Projects Committee
Club members may recall that in August, the Board approved a donation of THB 69K to the FORDEC Day Care Centre which serves 150 children
(ages two years to six years).
These children come from families that face hardship due to poverty, broken homes, and/or who have been abandoned or orphaned. With the pandemic, some families whose children are taken care of at FORDEC are finding it even more difficult to make ends meet.
The THB 69K in club funds were donated to provide 86 emergency food packages to the most affected families. To date, 16  emergency food packages have been distributed, and FORDEC plans to give out another 45 emergency food packages to children’s families in Samutprakarn province at the daycare center on Friday, October 1 from 10.00 -14.00, notice of which was sent around to all members earlier this week.
Any interested RCBS members who wish to participate in distributing these food packages may attend the daycare center on that day. 

For more information, please contact Service Projects Director,
Rtn. Sanjeev Chowdhury


Guest Speaker - Dr. Wiroon Boonnuch
 PDG Alex Mavro introducing the guest speaker
PP Vichai Tantrativud giving the Vote of Thanks
PP Dougie Riach and Rtn John Fotiadis proudly displaying their Covid certificates
Our diligent SAA Klaus Feilkas keeping the house in order
Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta announcing his vision statement
P Finbarr O'Connor seems mighty pleased with the proceedings
PP Nigel Hardy is the lucky winner
PP Andrew Macpherson exercising while attending the meeting
                                             RCBS BOARD
                                  President : Finbarr  O'Connor
                                  Email :
                                  Mobile : 089 009 7780

                                  President Elect : Patrick Gauvain
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                                  Mobile : 081 613 6330

                                  Vice President : Adrian Topham
                                  Email :
                                  Mobile : 081 810 3571

                                  Vice President : Rod Vergara
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                                  Mobile : 095 782 5837

                                  Secretary : Yannick Thevenot
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                                  Mobile : 093 813 1352

                                  Treasurer : Peter Upperton
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                                  Mobile : 086 006 2216

                                  Communications : Rakesh Sodhia
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                                  Mobile : 081 903 2081

                                  Fund Raising : Steve Wilson
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                                  Mobile : 088 784 8680

                                  Rotary Foundation : PP Christoph Leonhard
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                                  Mobile : 081 979 9944

                                  Service Projects : Sanjeev Chowdhury
                                  Mobile : 081 815 5749

                                  Administration : Aaron Henry
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                                  Mobile : 092 264 6695

                                  Sergeant at Arms : Klaus Feilkas
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                                  Mobile : 089 785 0008
    Fellow Rotarians, please be advised that the Yearbook is now printed and          available at the Rotary office at the Crowne Plaza should you be in the area.      However please check with Khun Khob as she is currently working from            home and not regularly in the office. You can still access the digital version        by clicking on the link below (140MB) to download and enjoy!
08 October :
Alan Brown (RC Royal Hua Hin) : 
Keeping connected to Rotary 
while stuck in Melbourne.

15 October : 
Rtn Danu Chotikapanich
(RC Bangkok) on
"COVID outbreak management in a factory"
        22 October :

        29 October : 

        (Postponed until Further Notice)
        60th Year Anniversary Dinner   
        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)
July - August 2021

Governor's Monthly Magazine : September 2021
For online reading :
For more information about the best Irish Pub in town click below:
Khun Khob’s Club Almanac #2857
01 October, 2021
Happy Birthday : 
PP Mark Butters                     
Mark Shaw   
PP Nigel Hardy                          
Dana Caron                            
VP Rodolfo Vergara   
Wedding Anniversary Greetings :

October 2
October 3
October 5
October 7
October 7


Attendance for 24 September 2021: 53% (Zoom) Active Logged-in 39, Exemption Logged-in 9, Make-Ups 8, Absent 49, Total 105

Visiting Rotarians:
Local Club

PE Mitsutaka Iida                            
AG Santi Chartterjee                          
PP Somchai Rungsrisawat                
P Taweechai Termkunanon                
P Vasana Mututanond                     
DG Wiroon Boonnuch     

RC Bangkok Suriwong
RC Bangkok
District Secretary, RC Nongkhem
RC Bangkok 70
RC Bangkok
RC Nongkhem

Recent Makeups:
RC Guingamp, Brittany, France, 31 August 2021: PP John Quarmby
Water Sub-Committee, 9 September 2021: PP John Quarmby, Klaus Feilkas

Board, 20 September 2021: Aaron Henry, Adrian Topham, PP Christoph Leonhard, IPP David Record, P Finbarr O’Connor, Klaus Feilkas, PE Patrick Gauvain,
Rakesh Sodhia, Rod Vergara, Sanjeev Chowdhury,Steve Wilson, Yannick Thevenot

RC University Place/Fircrat, USA, 20 September 2021:
Mark Wolf

​RC Feldkirch , Austria, 21 September 2021: Elmar Lins
RC Salem, USA, 22 September 2021: Mark Wolf
RC eCLUB ONE, 23 & 25 September 2021: Tom Banker
DG Wiroon Boonnuch’s Visit, 24 September 2021: Aaron Henry, Adrian Topham,
PP Christoph Leonhard, IPP David Record, P Finbarr O’Connor, Klaus Feilkas,
PE Patrick Gauvain, Rakesh Sodhia, Rod Vergara, Sanjeev Chowdhury,
Steve Wilson, Yannick Thevenot

District Membership Training 2021, 26 September 2021: PE Patrick Gauvain, 
Tony Kowatanawinta
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