Today's Topic : Princess Sirindhorn Projects by Pol. Sgt. Maj. Amornrat Thongpreecha
No. 2871
    21 January, 2022

Covid - what is the Club’s view?

As I noted last Friday, the Board, the Committees and Members have all provided input as to what action if any we should take. In the first instance the Board requires all Members and Guests to meet vaccination requirements as stated by the various venues we attend for official Club meetings and functions. Secondly, it is clear that when we look at attendance numbers at our Regular Friday Meetings (50+ each week), Members want to continue to meet physically. Hence, until we see a change in Government regulation, or a significant drop in Member attendances (<30), we will continue as ‘normal’.

I provided some commentary on my own personal experience with Covid and it surprised me just how many Members since have made it known to me that have had or are currently experiencing the disease. I can only say don’t get Covid! It’s not just the medical impact to your health, but the significant disruption to you, your families and your close contacts. Isolation, quarantine, hospitalisation, separation, medication, etc. Its much broader than just getting ill. Finally on this topic, I made mention of a key data point that my Doctor was measuring. It is the CRP (C-Reactive Protein High Sensitivity) obtained from a blood sample. The ‘normal’ range is 0.00 - 5.00 mg/L. I’ll leave it to you to look up further information on this key data point, but simply, it is a predictor of how Covid will impact your body.

We continue to have a number of events planned and updates were provided as below:


1. PN Aaron talked about our Paul Harris Fellows Black Tie Dinner on Thursday 10th February at The Pacific Club which is going ahead as the key attendance number for a go/no-go  decision is 30+ and as of 18th January we have 25 sign ups.

Please note it is for Members only, no Guests.

Any potential Members who have been passed by the Membership Committee are also invited.

2. Rtn Worrakit provided an update on our Annual Charity Golf Day planned for Thursday 10th March and again, as of today it is planned to go ahead as normal.

3. We are planning a 60th Anniversary Extended Lunch on Friday 8th April which tentatively  will be held at The Montien Hotel Surawong. We are still working through the details and there is strong enthusiasm to execute this event which will coincide with the publication of  our 60th Anniversary History Book led by PE Patrick and PP Nigel.

In the meantime, there are Committees and Friday Meetings for you to attend as our Club continues to be as active as we possibly can in the circumstances.

See you all at The Crowne Plaza Hotel on Friday 21st January 2022.


Finbarr O'Connor
President 2021-2022
14th January, 2022


Last week, Dominic Faulder, Associate Editor for Nikkei Asia, addressed the "The Situation in Myanmar." Dominic came to Bangkok in 1981 and, while disliking it, stayed in order to travel back and forth to Bhurma. In sum, he said that things have not changed or advanced in Bhurma since British colonialism. And it has remained isolated. In 1981, Mandalay caught fire and one-sixth of its second largest city burned down... but the world didn't know because there were no foreign reporters in the country. Rangoon at the time was dilapidated.

This is a desperately poor country always ready to fall off the edge. In 1988, civil unrest started with the first demonstration coming out of nowhere and then disappearing into the rain. Demonstrators told Dominic, who was there at the time, not to take photos. The military stepped in and shot 500 looters in the hips. There were no antibiotics, and no one was spared. The military had killed 3000 people in weeks before. It's now the most experienced military in SE Asia.

In 2011, the country seemed to be moving into a more liberal period. The junta created a sort of human zoo to bring in tourists. Everyone remained under observation. After 2011 officers went into the parliament to control a flourishing democracy. At one point, Dominic thought he was interviewing the junta while he was actually there for a show trial.

For 70 years, the Karen have been at war after the British left. Now, the refugees in Thailand are about to increase. Distrust of authorities eats into people's lives. Lately, we've seen the most dramatic step backwards imaginible. The medical system is running at 40 percent. The investment environment has been devastated. People are not planting crops. We will have starving people on the Thailand border. The junta has destroyed any chance of peace with ethnic minorities, who have always refused to sacrifice their weapons because they don't trust the military. Everything is looking bad - this is a black hopeless hole in SE Asia, and Bhurma is a failed state.

Reported by Rtn Aaron Henry
Rtn Adrian and daughter Selena
Rtn Ragil, PP Ken, PP Andrew
PE Patrick, Rtn David
Rtn Ron Livingston
Rtn Zafar (new member), Rtn Prasert, PP Andrew
Rtn Marco, guest Bernard Colin
Rtn Jan, guest Bengt Juhlin
Rtn David, guest Shafid Morgan
PP Christoph, PE Patrick
Rtns Marco, Rtn Klaus
Rtns Ragil, Rtn Yannick, guest Bernard Colin
Rtn Aaron Henry reminding club members that
PHF night will be held at Pacific City Club on Feb 10th 2022
Rtn Worrakit soliciting support for our golf tournament
PE Patrick introducing guest speaker
Rtn Jeremy giving the VOT
Guest speaker Dominic Faulder receiving COA from P Finbarr,
with PE Patrick and Rtn Jeremy
Rtn Tony, winner of RHBBQ draw receiving his prize from guest speaker Dominic Faulder
Rtn Tony auctions his bottle of wine
Rtn Frank recalling the contributions to our club by late Rtn Boonchit
who passed away last week.
Rtns Alastair, Rtn Rui
PP Per, Rtn Prasert
PP Dougie, PP Andrew, Rtn Frank
Rtns Arie, John, Mark

The giving from RCBS never stops! RCBS members will recall that back in August, the RCBS board approved a donation from the club of THB 69000 to help the centre provide some food essentials to the centre.

Also this past Saturday, Rtn. Marcel Dubbelman made a visit to one of our other most-deserving partners, Fordec day care centre, to deliver hygiene kits kindly donated by Rtn. Rakesh Sodhia.  Fordec assists some 150 abandoned, orphaned, or needy children aged 2-6 years.

Reported by Rtn Sanjeev Chowdhury
The Service Projects Committee would like to thank Rtn. Joe Scuderi for his generous donation of one ton of rice shared with two of our worthy partners. On Saturday January 15, Rtn. Joe accompanied by Rtn. Worrakit and Rtn. Mark Wolf, delivered a half ton each to the Good Shepherd Foundation (Sister Louise) and the Ban Bang Boon Aids Hospice.

A great way to start the new year, helping thos less fortunate at a time when donations are becoming harder and harder to come by. Thank you again Rtn. Joe for making this donation possible.

Reported by Rtn Sanjeev Chowdhury
Rtn Poul Weber has returned from Denmark with a large number of used hearing aids which were recently provided to the Foundation for the Deaf in Thailand to be refurbished and distributed as needed.

The Foundation has technicians to fix hearing aids and they also call in agents for the various brands for help and spare parts.

The hearing aids will be given to the elderly in Bangkok and around the country-the Foundation arranges four up - country clinics a year.

Last week, Khun Sook Sanan Jotikasthira, Chairman of Foundation for the Deaf, visited Poul to collect the latest batch of hearing aids from Hans Fenger in Denmark (value new THB 7.5 million).

President Finbarr acknowledged Poul's work with the following words:

"You have steadfastly committed to getting hearing aids to those in need here in Thailand. In essence you are literally changing the lives of individuals in a way that they could never have imagined or done so on their own. No doubt their quality of life improvement is as direct result of your efforts. Thank you very much for all that you do".

Reported by Rtn Sanjeev Chowdhury

Fellow Rotarians, please be advised that the Yearbook is now printed and available at the Roadhouse BBQ or The Rotary Office should you be in the area. 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!
Friday 28 January : 
Boonrod Yaowapreuk : Climate Change and Climate Policies in Thailand 

Friday 4th February : 
Dr. Jos Vandelaar - COVID 19 and Thailand : What is happening: Reflections on a pandemic

Thursday 10 February :
Paul Harris Fellow's Dinner at
Pacific Club. 

Guest Speaker :  Somtow Papinian Sucharitkul
Friday 11 February : 
Tom Kruesopon - Cannabis in Thailand

Friday 18 February : 
Miss Thailand Universe (name and topic to be confirmed)

Friday  8  April  :
60th Anniversary Extended

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 #2871
21 January, 2022
Happy Birthdays : 
PP Douglas Riach               
Leo Alexandersen                  
Prasobsook Thawilvejjakul    
Wolfgang Minderjahn          
PP Vichai Tantrativud 

Wedding Anniversary Greetings :
Avinash Chugani                   
Varin Sachayan           
Kurt Wachtveitl         

January 21
January 22
January 24
January 25
January 26

January 23
January 25
January 27

Attendance for 14 January 2022: 57%
Active 39, Exemption 8, Make-Ups 15, Absent 45, Total 107

Visiting Rotarians:
Local Club



Guest (s):
Bengt Juhlin                         
Bernard Colin                         
Daniel Heuderen                    
David Mavro                          
Edward Gems                       
Gareth Winter            
Shafid Morgan


RC Laren-Blaricum, Netherlands

Lars Svensson
Marcel Dubbelman
Ragil Ratnam
PDG Alex Mavro
Varin Sachayan
PP Tim Cornwall
PE Patrick Gauvain
Recent Makeups :
Program, 11 January 2022 :
Ragil Ratnam (Chair), PP Andrew MacPherson,
Jeremy King, PP Krin Charnmaytesakul, Lars Svensson, Mark Wolf,
PP Nick Pisalyaput, PP Niti Meyer, Ola Holmgren, PE Patrick Gauvain,
Rakesh Sodhia

Rotary Peace Fellow Orientation, 11 January 2022 : PP Andrew MacPherson,
PP Dougie Riach

TRF, 12 January 2022 : PP Christoph Leonhard (Director), PP Krin Charnmaytesakul, PP Krit Wong, PP Nick Pisalyaput, PP Per Dibber, Rod Vergara, Rui Belo, Van Tang, PP Vichai Tantrativud, Worrakit Pholsawad
RC Bangkok, 13 January 2022 :
PP Andrew MacPherson
RC E-Club One, 14 January 2022 : Tom Banker

Rice Donation Hand-over at Good Shepard Sisters and Ban Bang Boon,
15 January 2022 :
PP Dougie Riach, Joe Scuderi, Mark Wolf, Worrakit Pholsawad
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