Today's Topic : COVID-19 and vaccines :
Why I'm optimistic! by Dr.Jos Vandelaer
No. 2873
    04 February, 2022

Our Paul Harris Fellows Dinner is going ahead as planned at The Pacific Club on Thursday 10th February with Cocktails commencing at 18:15pm. Given all of the disruptions to our activities over the past two years, we have managed to conduct this major event on our Rotary Calendar each year without fail. Sure Friday’s Regular Club Meetings are well attended whether online or physically, but they occur every week. The Paul Harris Fellows Black Tie Dinner is a once a year event only. Your next opportunity to attend will be February 2023.

Hence, if you wish to partake in the traditions and goodwill of our Rotary Club, please contact Khun Khob to place a booking…and alcohol is served! Our Guest Speaker will be Khun Somtow Sucharitkul, the award-winning composer and writer.

We made an adjustment to invitees for the Paul Harris Dinner to include any past Member of the RCBS who is currently funding a PHF, LSF, Library Kit or a Water Project this 2021-2022 Rotary Year. In discussion with the Board, it was common sense that the above amendment was made. Anyone else who does not meet this definition will receive due recognition for their contribution towards these programs at our Annual Installation Dinner.

The Golf Committee is in ‘full swing’ planning this year’s Charity Golf Day on Thursday 10th March. We are still looking for teams and sponsors as noted by PP Tim who provided us with some background on this important day in our Club’s calendar. If you wish to play, support the execution of the event, donate awards or sponsor any part of the day, please contact the Golf Committee led by Rtn Worrakit.

See you all at The Crowne Plaza Hotel on Friday 4th February 2022.


Finbarr O'Connor
President 2021-2022


28th January, 2022


Our speaker on 28 January, Khun Boonrod Yaowapruek, came to talk about climate change with the theme ‘Toward Net-Zero Economy Opportunities & Challenges’ and shared his extensive knowledge and background related to this critical issue.
With a presentation filled with information, he led us from The Paris Agreement, adopted in December 2015 at COP 21 in Paris and its stated objectives to roadmaps currently in place.
The first goal is to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing this would significantly reduce climate change risks and impact.
The second is to increase the ability to adapt to adverse climate change impacts and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development that does not threaten food production.
And finally, to make finance flow consistently in a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.
Before moving on, he dealt with the idea of science-based targets and how they are in line with what the latest climate science deems necessary to meet Paris Agreement goals and to provide a clearly-defined pathway for companies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, helping to prevent the worst climate change impact and to ensure future-proof business growth.

This then led to the carbon budget concept, which aims to balance expenditure with income in which expenditure is carbon emissions while income is a given global temperature rise level.
However, he added, we are burning through our carbon allowance at an alarming pace, making it seem even more unlikely to stay below the targeted temperature increase set at 1.5 or 2°C.
While other greenhouse gases have a greater heat-capturing potential per molecule basis, carbon dioxide is released in far greater volumes and thus has the most considerable effect on global temperatures and is often cited as the core concern.
He then went on to explain about UNFCCC’s Race to Net Zero Emissions, which is, in fact, a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, and investors to create a healthy, resilient, zero-carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth.
This will not be easy as the source of these emissions will be difficult for modern society to live without.

The final part of his presentation dealt with the five building blocks for achieving Net-Zero.
First, employ public finance that includes national planning, budget, and revenue integration with climate change aspects. Second, enhance and strengthen the ability to enable the environment. Third, structure and develop financial and economic instruments to stimulate investment. Fourth, encourage private sector involvement and finally, monitor and evaluate by reporting and verifying climate finance.
Khun Boonrod then featured different roadmaps in place to support the Net Zero economy and the need for businesses to create “New viable business models” that align with a Net Zero economy and to transition to business models to create “New Value” for shareholders without causing greenhouse gas accumulation to continue to grow, which will require profound transformations across all departments in businesses to create the necessary shift in direction.

An interesting and topical issue, Khun Boonrod’s knowledge and experience should give us hope that answers and solutions will be found as governments and businesses are increasingly called upon to change and adapt to the new reality associated with the need to deal with climate change.

Reported by PP Tim Cornwall
Rtn Lars introducing the speaker
Rtn Ron giving the customary Vote of Thanks
P Finbarr listening intently to PP Tim on RCBS Charity golf tournament
PN Aaron giving information on Paul Harris fellows dinner. 
Rtn Carol has a questioning look on his face
Rtn Andrew Hamilton and guest Clayton Hebbard
Rtn Lawrence and his guest Kochakorn Suwannachuen
P Finbarr giving thumps up to ever reliable Khun Khob
Rtn Marco, guest AG Santi Chatterjee and PP Andrew 
Got smilling - Rtns Arie, Marc and Yannick 
Hat men Rtn Mark and visiting Rtn Bruce Pflaum
Rtns Adrian, Worrakit and Arie 
Rtns Ravi, Sanjeev and John
The corner brigade - PP Andrew, Rtn Zafar, PP Ken and Rtn Vinai
P Finbarr presenting COA to guet speaker Boonrod Yaowapruek, flanked by Rtn Ron and Rtn Lars
Our guest speaker presenting a bottle of wine to winner Rtn Yannick
RCBS roster of Past Presidents
Whose ankles are these?
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 : 
Anntonia Porsild -
Miss Supranational 2019 : TBC
Friday 25 February : 

Friday 4 March :
Berryman : NFT's and the Metaverse: Fact of ficiton?

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)

Governor's Monthly Magazine : January 2022
For online reading : 

GOVERNOR’S MONTHLY LETTER/JANUARY 2022 by pprint2012 - Issuu
For more information about the best Irish Pub in town click below:
Khun Khob’s Club Almanac #2873
04 February, 2022
Happy Birthdays : 
Avinash Chugani                
PP Tim Cornwall                
Klaus Feilkas                          
PP Krit Wongsaengarunsri    

Wedding Anniversary Greetings :

February 4
February 6
February 7
February 8


Attendance for 28 January 2022: 51% Active 30, Exemption 5, Make-Ups 20,
Absent 52, Total 107

Visiting Rotarians:
Local Club

AG Santi Chatterjee               
Bruce Pflaum                         
Guest (s):
Clayton Hebbard                                 
Gareth Winter                                    
Kochakorn Suwannachuen            
Nils Helander     

RC Bangkok

RC Lake Oswego, OR, USA

Andrew Hamilton
PP Tim Cornwall
David Lawrence
Lars Svensson
Recent Makeups :
Golf Prep., 21 January 2022 : Arie Bloed, PP Dougie Riach, PP Nigel Hardy,
Ron Livingston, Worrakit Pholsawad

RC Bangkapi, 25 January 2022 : IPP David Record, PP Doug Riach,
Tony Kowatanawinta

RC E-Club One, 28 January 2022 : Tom Banker
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