Today's Topic : Zoom Meeting : 
Chris Cracknell - Challenging times,
will it be a better future?
No. 2861
    05 November, 2021


The RCBS has enough ‘characters’ to assure that our Friday Meetings are as informative and entertaining as any meeting. Rtn Arie, Rtn Jan, Rtn Lars, Rtn Tee and PP Philip all provided us with an eclectic array of knowledge so as to maintain the interest of our Members who continue to attend our meetings during this online era. It won’t be long before we can all encompass Fellowship at The Crowne Plaza Hotel again!


With regards to returning back to physical meetings at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, we heard from Admin Director Aaron that in consultation with the Hotel, we are most likely to return in December. However it is a moving target and Rtn Aaron will provide us with an update each Friday.

Whilst I’m sure some Members improved their cooking and baking skills over the last twelve months, no one has volunteered to demonstrate such enhancements during our Zoom meetings. Maybe you are waiting until we return to the hotel. In the meantime, Rtn Arie told us about what he had been up to whilst ‘locked down’ in The Netherlands. He wrote (another) book called “Waverveen: farmers, citizens and outsiders”. Congratulations Rtn Arie and thank you for sharing.

PP Nigel as Chair of the Nomination Committee has diligently managed the process of identifying the Club’s President for the Rotary Year 2023-2024. Additionally, he has been working with PE Patrick on his Board for the 2022-2023 Rotary Year. On the 5th, 12th and 19th of November he will present these nominations to our Members. As per our Club By Laws, additional nominations will be called for from the floor for both President Nominee and all Board positions over the three weeks. Members will vote to approve the President Nominee and the next Board on Friday 26th November 2021.

See you all online on Friday 5th November.

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)              

SAA Klaus Feilkas (Germany)           

Rtn Poul Weber (Denmark)

Rtn Sievert Larsson (Cyprus)                                          

Please find the link below to join the  Zoom Meeting

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  Topic: RCBS 2021 2Q
  Every week on Friday,

     November 05, 2021      12.05 PM
     November 12, 2021      12.05 PM
     November 19, 2021      12.05 PM

     November 26, 2021      12.05 PM

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Classification Interviews : Rtn Tee Chayakul by PP Philip Baechtold and Rtn Jan Cederwall by Rtn Lars Svensson

29th October, 2021

PP Philip Baechtold interviewing Rtn Tee Chayakul

PP Philip Baechtold started the interview by setting the goal that this would be the best classification thus far this Rotary year. With that goal in mind, PP Philip introduced Rtn Tee Chayakul to help answer questions about his background and reasons for joining our esteemed organization. We learnt that Rtn Tee’s name came about when his father was doing his PhD in Germany and wisely discovered that long names lead to excessive work when completing forms such as immmigration cards for traveling. His father vowed that when he had kids they should all have short names to expedite matters. A man of his word, his father had three children with the efficient names of Tee, Bee, and Pee, with the youngest sibling eventually changing his name to Pete to avoid confusion with other meanings related to his previous name.


Rtn Tee graduated from Harvard Business School and is married to a Vietnamese lady and are celebrating their first child, a son born just two months ago. Rtn Tee is currently working with the payment gateway company Stripe which he joined in February 2021 as the first employee in Thailand. Stripe is currently one of the lastest payment processors in the world with a strong base in the Americas. Before Stripe Rtn Tee was the first employee for Traveloka where he led the growth of that company for several years. Rtn Mark Wolf helped introduce Rtn Tee to Rotary when their friendship grew over their discussions about work and American Football, more specifically, the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks. After Rtn Tee returned to Thailand from the USA he felt that Rotary would be a great way to contribute back to Thailand’s long term prosperity. Rtn Tee remains optimistic about the future of Thailand highlighting that within 2025 it will be the second largest e-commerce market in South East Asia, second only to Indonesia. Even though he has Chinese heritage from his grandparents, Rtn Tee and his family see themselves as fully Thai and remain proud that Thailand is a place of multi-ethnicity. Rtn Tee’s love of sports goes beyond the game itself to the underlying philosophy of teamwork, challenges, and comradeship which he applies to his personal and professional life. When asked how to stay nimble and focused while growing a startup, Rtn Tee answered that one must keep the culture and values up front and center at all times in order to enjoy sustainable success while the business evolves.

Rtn Lars Svensson interviewing Rtn Jan Cederwall

Up next Rtn Lars began the classification interview with Rtn Jan Cederwall with the claim, yet again, that this interview would be the best interview ever. Rtn Lars also warned Rtn Jan to expect hard questions, and with the stage set, the games began. Rtn Jan was born on the island of Gotland, Sweden and learnt to swim, boat, and other related water skills that still help him today in Thailand. After graduating from University of Stockholm, he joined international companies and began to travel almost immediately. He knew early that his calling in life was in energy and he began in the oil industry. This career took him across Europe and even Alaska. In the spring of 1993 he wanted to experience something very different so he came to Thailand, which remained his main residence as of today. When Rtn Lars pointed out that the oil companies are being portrayed in the media as a dark force holding back sustainable environmental efforts, Rtn Jan explained that he has moved away from oil into more sustainable energy initiatives, more specifically hydroelectric power. Over the last twenty years Rtn Jan has built multiple large scale hydroelectric power stations. When pressed whether hydroelectric power is better than oil production, Rtn Jan provided fair evidence that explained how hydroelectric power is not only superior in producing sustainable energy, but also provides fresh water, sanitation, and other community services that provide significant benefits to the local communities in which he works.


When asked why it took so long to join Rotary, Rtn Jan understandably answered that due to his extensive travel schedule he was not able to join, however that changed when Covid and travel restrictions came into effect. This is the first time that Rtn Jan has been in the same country for this long since his early days in the Navy. This allowed him to spend more time with his family, friends, and explore friendships within the Rotary community. Rtn Jan was  previously familiar with the Rotary club as he has been motorcycling with PP Philip and PP Andrew on a regular basis up in Northern Thailand over many years. As we closed out the session, P Finbar mentioned what many people were thinking, that we are all reassuringly pleased that Rtn Jan still decided to join Rotary after those motorcycling adventures.

Reported by  Rtn Sunny Patel


Our Rotarians attending from overseas
Rtn Rui Belo - Welcome back
Rtn Arie Bloed - Author in residence
PP Nick Pisalyaput observing the proceedings with a keen eye.
Birthday girl Khun Khob
Lucky winner Rtn Yannick Thevenot

Rotary Club of Bangkok South Line Group Chat


We have received a number of comments with regards to dialogue on Line Groups and therefore we thought it timely to make some comments.

There is only one official RCBS Line Group namely: RC BKK South News & Info Update.

Khun Khob controls access to this Line Group and you must be a current Member of the RCBS to be admitted. This Line Group supports multiple conversations for our Members only. The Rules and Regulations for this Line Group are given below.

There is another Line Group namely: Rotary Bangkok South

This is a one way RCBS News & Events channel. Khun Khob controls access to this Line Group. Anyone can ask to subscribe to it and it is typically used by other Rotary Clubs to find out what our Club is up to. There is no capability to engage in group chats.

The RCBS does not support any other Line Group and where we are associated by use of our name or logo we will seek to have it amended as we take no responsibility for what is said on any other Line Group other than the above.

RCBS Board of Directors



RC BKK South News and Info Update Group is created to promote and publicise Rotary Information, BKK South news and updates and Fellowship pertaining to the RCBS including Committee updates and Fund Raising Events

This group is created exclusively for RC BKK South members ONLY

Topics or issues regarding Racism, Religion and Politics are strictly prohibited

The Rotary 4-Way Test in true Rotary manner is enforced in this group

Please respect your fellow members within this group

NSFW acronym ("not-safe-for-work”) is respected. i.e., content containing graphic or adult imagery, pornography, violent images, vulgarity, content that would be offensive to fellow Rotarians and that indicates a link to a webpage, video, photo, or audio clip contains inappropriate material

No business or self promotion as this can be done by advertising in RCBS South Wind.

Late Rtn Mark Shaw's Funeral Ceremony
                                             RCBS BOARD
                                  President : Finbarr  O'Connor
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                                  President Elect : Patrick Gauvain
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                                  Vice President : Adrian Topham
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                                  Vice President : Rod Vergara
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                                  Secretary : Yannick Thevenot
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                                  Treasurer : Peter Upperton
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                                  Communications : Rakesh Sodhia
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                                  Fund Raising : Steve Wilson
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                                  Rotary Foundation : PP Christoph Leonhard
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                                  Service Projects : Sanjeev Chowdhury
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                                  Administration : Aaron Henry
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                                  Sergeant at Arms : Klaus Feilkas
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The Membership Committee met on 3rd November to review a number of issues that included candidates for new membership, the upcoming District Leadership Training Seminar and the Membership Satisfaction Survey that all members should have now received.
An invitation from RC Bangkapi for their Installation of the Board of Directors and Officers 2021-2022 in-person next Tuesday (9th November).

If you are interested, please confirm your attendance by November 5th directly to RC Bangkapi with Khun Atchara at

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!
12 November : 
Mr. James Pitchon :  
The Real Estate Market in       
Thailand during Covid   

19 November : 
Richard Walden : CEO           
Operation USA
        (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
Online reading :
For off line reading (Download) : 

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 #2861
05 November, 2021
Happy Birthday : 
PP Philip Baechtold               
PP Narinder Sachdev            
Ragil Ratnam 
Wedding Anniversary Greetings :

November 8
November 11
November 11

Attendance for 29 October 2021: 58% (Zoom) Active Logged-in 39,
Exemption Logged-in 8, Make-Ups 14, Absent 44, Total 105

Alex Cespedes                       
Ashwin Chugani                    
Matthew Nekvapil         

Joseph Scuderi
Joseph Scuderi
Joseph Scuderi
Visiting Rotarians:
Local Club

PE Mitsutaka Iida  


Ashwin Chugani                    
Nils Helander       
RC Bangkok Suriwong     

Joseph Scuderi
Lars Svenson
Recent Makeups:
RC Guingamp, France, 12 October 2021: PP John Quarmby
RC Bangkok, 21 October 2021: PP Dougie Riach, PP Mark Butters
CDWS Meeting with RC Wora Laxanaburi, 25 October 2021: Marco Casanova
CDWS Meeting with RC Chiang Mai Sansai, 26 October 2021: Marco Casanova
RC Bangkapi, 26 October 2021: Adrian Topham, PP Dougie Riach
RC Bangkok, 28 October 2021: Tony Kowatanawinta
Nominating Committee, 28 October 2021: PP Nigel Hardy (Chair), PDG Alex Mavro, PP Andrew MacPherson, IPP David Record, PP Dean Outerson,PP Dougie Riach,
P Finbarr O'Connor, PE Patrick Gauvain, PP Tim Cornwall, PP Vichai Tantrativud
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