Today's Topic : Zoom Meeting :
Rtn David Lawrence - An Iron Fist In a Rubber Glove
No. 2864
    26 November, 2021


There is nothing like a good overdose of Fellowship post lockdown and an overdose on Fellowship we will have.

The Club has in place an exciting plan for activities beyond physical meetings to reinforce our Club’s rich camaraderie. Even though we were relegated to Zoom meetings since 9th April 2021 we still had great attendance of over 50 Members each week! But now it is time to meet in-person over a meal and a drink where we can. 

On Friday 19th I managed to break away from my home office where I have been conducting all of our Regular Club Zoom meetings this Rotary Year and travel to Hua Hin for Loi Krathong at Khao Tao. And yes, as the photo will verify, for the only time, I was wearing jeans! I just thought being in a resort in Hua Hin was a bit much to take the bottom of the suit along too!

For the third and final time, PP Nigel as Chair of the Club’s Nomination Committee recommended Rtn Aaron Henry as the Nominee for Club President 2023-2024 and also PE Patrick’s Nominees for the 2022-2023 Board. As we received no further nominations ‘from the floor’ PP Nigel called for a confirmation vote from Members in attendance.

Congratulations to Rtn Aaron Henry our Admin Director for being approved by our Members as President Nominee for the Rotary Year 2023-2024. He will be known as PN Aaron until the next Club Installation in June 2022 at which point in time PE Patrick becomes the next President and PN Aaron becomes PE Aaron.

Also, congratulations to PE Patrick and his new Board as all candidates were confirmed to take on their new role effective from the Club Installation next June.

As I mentioned above, we have a strong Fellowship plan in place and PN Aaron provided us with some details:

Fri 3rd              Dec      The Crowne Plaza Hotel

Fri 10th            Dec       Indus Sukhumvit 26 (Fellowship)

Thurs 23rd       Dec       Annual Xmas Party at PP Nick’s (Fellowship)

Fri 24th            Dec       No Meeting

Fri 31st            Dec       No Meeting

Fri 7th              Jan       The Crowne Plaza Hotel

Thurs 10th       Feb       PHF Dinner at Pacific Club

Thurs 10th       Mar       Annual Golf Event

Finally, Rtn Joe Scuderi introduced our newest Member Rtn Avinash (Ashwin) Chugani. What a great person with deep family roots in Thailand to join our Club. Rtn Ashwin has such a rich history with his family and I know you will all enjoy having a chat with him during all of our upcoming events. Welcome to the RCBS Rtn Aswhin!

See you all online on Friday 26th November.


Finbarr O'Connor
President 2021-22

Thank you to Rtn Elmar Lins who joined us from Austria

We are back!!!
On Friday December 3rd, RCBS will resume our regular, in-person meetings at the Crowne Plaza. As the hotel has asked us for a head count 1 week before the meeting,  please RSVP to K'Khob at and or Administration Director Aaron Henry at to notify us that you will attend. 
Program will be advised soon.
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,

     November 26, 2021      12.05 PM

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Confessions of a Humanitarian - 42 years and Counting

Speaker : Richard Walden
19th November, 2021

Getting by with a little help from my (famous) friends
Richard Walden, President, CEO, and Founder of Operation USA (also known as Operation California), an NGO specializing in disaster relief, spoke to our club on November 19.  Operation USA is privately funded and since 1979 the NGO has provided over $450 million in aid and development assistance to 101 countries.  With the current number of conflicts and climate crises ravaging the world, Richard’s talk to our club was timely.

In his colorful introduction PE Patrick mentioned that he served as best man at Richard’s wedding and has enjoyed a lifelong friendship with him for more than 40 years.
Wearing a t-shirt which said “this is what a humanitarian looks like”, Richard described how he became involved with humanitarian work.  It the late 1970s, with the crisis in Vietnam growing and people looking to escape, he called the then head of McDonnell Douglas and asked for a cargo plane to help bring Vietnamese refugees to the US.  At the time, though, DC 10’s had been suspended from flying due to a recent crash in Chicago.  Richard managed to get a waiver for the White House itself and the rescue was on.  Richard became involved with the US Ambassadors in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur and worked with those two diplomats to help resettle a large number of Vietnamese seeking refuge.  Richard stayed at the Oriental Hotel during this time while working out of Thailand which was full of journalists at the time.   To add to the cause, during a trip in the region Richard received a call from the head of PanAm who offered to help and PanAm joined the effort with planes to assist.
Refugee camps and their sad conditions moved Richard to get involved in, and hooked on, humanitarian work.  Richard worked with his contacts in the health industry and a colleague had contacts in the transportation industry, so the two combined efforts, approached the private sector for support, and truckloads of medicines and equipment started to be matched up with needs. 
Governor Jerry Brown and Jane Fonda saw some of the emergency aid charters off from the US and were joined by more heavy hitters, including actress Julie Andrews, who got involved.  Unknown to many at the time, Julie Andrews had, earlier, adopted two Vietnamese children, so she was moved to help.  She became and remains a lifelong supporter, and her early involvement attracted other celebrities to the cause.
For example, Michael Jackson (then 21) and Frank Sinatra helped Richard to raise over $1 million for the organization by performing free of charge on a first of its kind telethon with CBS.
During his talk Richard spoke forcefully against the lack of effectiveness of trade embargoes, described the spread of NGOs over the years and highlighted how he helped to have dental offices shipped to Cambodia.  With those offices, a national dental school was established.
In Vietnam, Richard always showed respect to the political brass but was sure to not show any support for their policies.  Richard used Julie Andrews to help AmerAsians get into the country, having her lobby the then speaker of the US Congress. Just one phone call from “Mary Poppins/Sister Maria” did the trick! He also used his contacts to help encourage normalization of relations with the US by delivering a letter from the Vietnamese to the US State Department.   The State Department took a tough stance on this “private diplomacy” but overnight, reconsidered and made a counterproposal to the Vietnamese through Richard and his colleagues which was accepted, and AmerAsians were on their way to the US.
Richard mentioned, in closing, that on a future trip to Thailand, he would love to meet with RCBS members to seek out partnerships to perhaps do some joint projects together, for which he was assured of a warm welcome.

Reported by Rtn Sanjeev Chowdhury


 Guest Speaker - Richard Walden
PE Patrick Gauvain introducing our speaker
Vote of Thanks given by Rtn Sanjeev  Chowdhury
Rtn Joe Scuderi introducing new member - Ashwin Chugani
Lucky winner of RHBBQ is VP Rod Vergara 
PP Nigel Hardy confirming election of the new Board for 2022-23
President Elect 2022 - 23
Patrick Gauvain
Immediate Past President 
Pres. Finbarr O'Connor
President Nominee and Membership Director Rtn Aaron Henry
Vice President
Rtn Marcell Dubbelman
Vice President
Rtn Sanjeev Chowdhury
Rtn Tony Kowatanawinta
Rtn David Ravenscroft
Service Projects
Rtn Nicolas Leloup
Fund Raising
Rtn John Fotiadis
Rotary Foundation
PP Christoph Leonhard
Rtn Matthew Nekvapil
Rtn Ragil Ratnam
Rtn Tee Chayakul

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 03 December :
In - Person Meeting at Crowne Hotel, Fellowship Program

Friday 10 December : 
Fellowship Lunch at Indus on Sukhumvit 26

Friday 17 December : 
In - Person Meeting at Crowne       
Hotel, Program to be advised

Thursday 23 December : 
Christmas Dinner at PP Nick's
Residence at 06.30 pm. More
details to be provided

Friday 24 December : 
No Lunch Meeting owing to           
Christmas Holiday

Firday 31 December : 
No Lunch Meeting owing to
New Year
           Friday 07 January :  
           In - Person Meeting at Crowne
           Hotel  "Annual New Year
           Predictions" Presenters/MC to
           be advised

           Friday 14 January : 
           In - Person Meeting at Crowne
           Hotel, Program to be advised

           Friday 21 January :
           In - Person Meeting at Crowne
           Hotel, Program to be advised

           Friday 28 January : 
           In - Person Meeting at Crowne
           Hotel, Program to be advised

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

         (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 #2864
26 November, 2021
Happy Birthday : 
Joe Ravenscroft

Wedding Anniversary Greetings :
Rakesh Sodhia

November 27

December 2

Attendance for 19 November 2021: 50% (Zoom) Active Logged-in 29, Exemption Logged-in 9, Make-Ups 15, Absent 52, Total 105

Visiting Rotarians:
Local Club

DGE Mitsutaka lida
P Taweechai Termkuananon             

Ashwin Chugani
Benft Juhlin
Gareth Winter
Nils Helander      

RC Bangkok Suriwong
RC Bangkok 70 

Joseph Scuderi
​Lars Svensson
Lars Svensson
PP Tim Cornwall
Recent Makeups:
RC E-Club One, 11 November 2021: Tom Banker
Board, 15 November 2021 :
Aaron Henry, Adrian Topham, PP Christoph Leonhard, IPP David Record, P Finbarr O’Connor, Klaus Feilkas, PE Patrick Gauvain,
Peter Upperton, Rakesh Sodhia, Rod Vergara, Sanjeev Chowdhury,
Yannick Thevenot

Presentation of Nurses’ scholarship funds, Kuakarun Faculty of Nursing, Navamindradhiraj University, 5 November 2021 :
PP Christoph Leonhard,
Manu Mekdhanasarn, Marcel Dubbelman

RC Bangkok, 18 November 2021 : IPP David Record

RC Yangoon Zoom, 18 November 2021 : PP Dougie Riach, PE Patrick Gauvain
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