Today's Topic: Zoom Meeting : Club Assembly at 12:30 pm during our regular Friday Meeting along with District Governor Dr. Wiroon's Visit
No. 2856
    24 September, 2021

District Governor Dr Wiroon Boonnuch’s Club Review and our first Club Assembly is on Friday 24th September. Join the Zoom Fellowship time at 12:05 pm with our Club Assembly starting at 12:30 pm. Guests and Visiting Rotarians are welcome.

There are 44 Members who so far this year have achieved 100% Perfect Attendance. A great result and we can see their engagement either at our regular Friday Meetings or at monthly  Committee Meetings. Not being able to meet physically has not stalled any of our activities as the Board and our Committees continue to plan programs as the country glides to a degree of ‘normality’ in the 1Q 2022. Not far away!

Administration Director Aaron gave us some insights for his Committee’s discussions on our traditional ‘Ladies Day’. It was discussed again at our Board Meeting this week. The key message is that we as a Club must continue to evolve in order that we maintain relevance and importantly engage current Members and attract new Members in the shaping of our future.

Therefore…….it is REALLY IMPORTANT that you please complete the Membership Satisfaction Survey that has been sent out to you twice via
PE Patrick.

We will tabulate the feedback, present it to you, and then as a Club make decisions on what we should be doing more of and what maybe we should be doing less of. Otherwise it becomes a subjective discussion of a chosen few.  We would much rather that we engage Members in the process of developing our Club’s future. Hence, please complete the Membership Satisfaction Survey and return it to Khun Khob ASAP.

It was great that we were able to hear first hand from Rtn Poul Weber whilst he was in Denmark via PP Per’s questions. Rtn Poul gave us more texture to his recent recognition having been awarded The Icelandic ‘Order of the Falcon’.

Finally, Secretary Yannick presented another update on the proposed changes to our Club’s Constitution and By Laws. The plan is to present this to a formal vote with Members in October. You will have sent to you shortly all the necessary details to be fully informed of what is being proposed. For me, it is more of a formality than a significant change to what we have.

See you all online on Friday 24th September.

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)                    

PP John Quarmby (France)               Rtn Poul Weber (Denmark)

Please find the link below to join the  Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 886 9644 8467
Passcode: RCBS2122
  Topic: RCBS 2021 2Q
  Every week on Friday,

         October 01, 2021      12.05 PM
         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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Social enterprise as a platform for neurodiversity :
Enabling special needs children

17th September, 2021

Guest Speaker : Max Simpson

Rtn Frank Janik introduced our speaker Max Simpson. He also pointed out how deficient Thailand was in catering to the needs of Neurodiverse people in all spheres of life.

Max graduated with a MA in Special Education and Inclusion from Northwestern University and started STEPS in 2016 in Thailand to address the lack of facilities provided to people with disabilities ( PWD ) , a word she dislikes, and prefers to call them neurodiverse. 

She said there were 267,172 such persons employed in Thailand with as many as 532,374 more willing to work and are seeking employment.  Thailand has a total of about 2 million PWDs registered in Thailand - a number which she believes is much smaller than the actual number of PWDs in Thailand. The fact is a huge number are not registered due to societal pressure, family pressure or simply a lack of education opportunities. Upto 62 % of PWDs who are able to work have no work ! Furthermore, 86.68 % of PWD graduate from primary school but about 65 % in the age group of 5 - 24 years old are not in education system.

STEPS mission is :
  • to provide vocational training and access to sustainable and appropriate employment for the neurodiverse community
  • utilise social enterprise as a platform to model inclusive, impactful and sustainable business
  • demonstrate employment equality
  • create a solution for the 500,000 PWD who are unemployed

STEPS did not want their enterprise to be a charity and opted to start a social enterprise. With this in mind, STEPS has set up 7 social enterprise coffee shops across Bangkok , 2 vocational training centres, 2 therapy and training centres, 2 zero waste shops and 2 business service centres. They provide skills for life training like health and safety , personal hygiene, cooking plus community awareness using transport and money management thereby inducing self-advocacy , self-regulation and self-esteem. Perceptions towards neurodiverse people are beginning to change slowly as more and more public visit these social enterprises and see for themselves how effectively and efficiently they work.

The main employers are in hospitality , office admin and ICT.  Many companies outsource their digital and back office admin work to STEPS so that employees can work in an environment PWDs are familiar and comfortable with. 

They have many partners ( companies ) like Shopee and British Chamber of Commerce who employ PWDs.

STEPS work can be best summarized in the words of a 22 year old trainee who says "Work made me feel proud and keeps me focused on becoming independent".

So how can we get involved ? 
  • visit their coffee shops or training centres and see for ourselves how PWDs manage the workplace
  • recommend their products and services with our network. Events can be held at their coffee shops.
  • consider recruiting inclusively
  • become a brand ambassador
All they want is " to live a dignified life and to be included".

Rtn John Casella in his vote of thanks hoped our club would be able to work on some projects with STEPS.

Reported by Rtn Rakesh Sodhia


Guest Speaker - Max Simpson
Rtn Frank Janik introducing the guest speaker
Rtn John Casella provided the Vote of Thanks
PP Tim Cornwall making a point
Rtn Sunny Patel back in Thailand
The goatee is back - PP John Quarmby and a guest John MacTaggart
Is it a cigar ? Is it a pipe ? No! It is PE Patrick Gauvain with a pen
Congratulations to Rtn Poul Weber on being awarded The Icelandic Order of the Falcon for his duties as Honorary Consul for Iceland in Thailand
Lucky winner Rtn Nicolas Leloup
 This is the logo we shall use throughout our 60th year on all offline
and online media posts.

We also plan to make lapel pins using this logo for all members.
Many thanks to PE Patrick Gauvain for creating the design. 
    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!
01 October :
Khun Voranai Vanijaka : 
Current affairs in Thailand

08 October :
Alan Brown (RC Royal Hua Hin) : 
Keeping connected to Rotary 
while stuck in Melbourne.

15 October : 
        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)

September 2021 

For online reading :
For more information about the best Irish Pub in town click below:
Khun Khob’s Club Almanac #2856
24 September, 2021
Happy Birthday : 
PE Patrick Gauvain           
Peter Dalberg       

Wedding Anniversary Greetings :
PP Nick Pisalyaput               
Peter Upperton   

September 25
September 28

September 26
September 26
Attendance for 17 September 2021: 50% (Zoom) Active Logged-in 31, Exemption Logged-in 9, Make-Ups 13, Absent 52, Total 105
Visiting Rotarians:
Local Club

P Terry Clayton                              
PP Wichai Chivakanit       
John MacTaggart                            
Dr. Matthew Nekvapil       

RC Magkang, UdonThani
RC Bangkapi

PP Doug Riach
Joe Scuderi
Recent Makeups:
Service Projects, 13 September 2021: PP Dougie Riach, Joe Scuderi,
Marco Casanova,  Nicolas Leloup, Sanjeev Chowdhury, Steve Wilson,
PP Tim Cornwall.

RC Bangkapi, 14 September 2021: Arie Bloed, PP Nigel Hardy

RC Bellevue Washington, 14 September 2021: Mark Wolf 
RC eCLUB ONE, 14 September 2021: Tom Banker

Program, 14 September 2021: Aaron Henry, PP Andrew MacPherson, Jeremy King, PP Krin Charnmaytesakul, PP Mark Butters, PP Nick Pisalyaput, PE Patrick Gauvain, Prasobsook Thawilvejjakul, Ragil Ratnam

RC Bangkok, 16 September 2021: PP Dougie Riach, PP Mark Butters
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