Pattaya Rotary Clubs celebrating 2018 their Installation Night first time together
Joint ceremonies held to install 5 club presidents in Pattaya
Rotary’s annual tradition of bidding adieu to outgoing officers and welcoming new leaders for the next year was held at a joint gathering June 8, as clubs with a variety of nationalities and languages held installation ceremonies in the Head of State Chamber at the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel, Pattaya.
The grand affair, chaired by District Governor Onanong Siripornmanut, was the very first time that all 5 non-Thai speaking clubs participated in the Joint Installation ceremonies. They were the Rotary Clubs of Jomtien-Pattaya, Eastern Seaboard, Pattaya Marina (French), Phoenix Pattaya (German) and Dolphin Pattaya International (English/German).
The proceedings, guided by Rtn Jariya Wuensche and PDG Peter Malhotra, saw many senior Rotarians from around Thailand including local community leaders attending to give their support to Rotarians in District 3340 R.I.
During the course of the evening children from the Child Protection and Development Center put on a show that gladdened the hearts of everyone. Other entertainment was the Royal Cliff’s JMC Trio and the ever so popular Chad and Friends rock ‘n roll band.
Major sponsors of the evening included Ken Whitty and Kanpitcha, who supplied an abundance of Paulaner Bier, and Zoltan Zakor, Director of Business Development at Vanichwathana (Bangkok) Co., Ltd. with exclusive French wines.
District Governor Onanong presented a Women in Rotary Award to Past President Ratana Yothawong honouring her as the First Woman Rotarian and First Woman Club President in Thailand. Ratana joined the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya on 1 February 1990 and served as president in 1993-94.
It was not only an evening of celebration and recognition for the achievements of Rotarians who sacrificed their time and energy, not to mention financial resources to implement a myriad of humanitarian projects for the underprivileged people in our communities, but also to encourage and inspire the new leadership of Rotary clubs to do even more to serve humanity.
The newly installed presidents, Vutikorn Kamolchote (Jomtien-Pattaya), Brian Songhurst (Eastern Seaboard), Pierre Yves Eraud (Pattaya Marina), Peter Schlegel (Phoenix Pattaya) and Maneeya Engelking (Dolphin Pattaya International) issued a joint communiqué quoting Barry Rassin, Rotary International President for 2018-19, which read, “Since Rotary was founded 113 years ago, its role in the world and in the lives of its members has been in a state of continuous evolution. In its earliest days, Rotary offered its members a way to find fellowship and friendship and to build connections within their communities. Soon after, service found a place in Rotary, and as our organization expanded, so did its influence.
“In time, Rotary’s service, supported by our Rotary Foundation, would change the lives of families and communities across the world. We formed partnerships and focused our service to increase our impact. We launched the world’s largest public-private health initiative, partnering with governments, international organizations, and countless local and regional health agencies to eradicate polio.
“Unfortunately, not enough people fully understand what Rotary is and does. Even within our clubs, many Rotarians don’t know enough about Rotary to take full advantage of what Rotary membership offers.
“We need to put more emphasis on our public image, using social media to build our membership and attract the partners that can help us scale up our service. Most important of all, we need to be the Inspiration for positive change, inspiring our clubs, our communities, and our organization to face today’s challenges head on, with courage, optimism, and creativity. As Paul Harris the founder of Rotary put it, “Rotary is a microcosm of a world at peace, a model which nations will do well to follow.” To me, Rotary is not only a model but an inspiration. It shows us what is possible, inspires us to reach for it, and gives us a path to act – and to ‘Be the Inspiration’ to our world.
30 years Anniversary of ROTARY CLUB of JOMTIEN PATTAYA and INSTALLATION NIGHT 2017/2018
E-Club Dolphin Pattaya International and Jomtien-Pattaya install presidents for 2017-18
February 12, 2017, marked the 30th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya. This auspicious date did not go unnoticed as almost 200 Rotarians and guests filled the Head of State Chamber at the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel on April 7 to show their appreciation and give thanks to a handful of men and women for their admirable humanitarian work for the underprivileged in their communities, often with the assistance of international Rotarians in many parts of the world.
The ambience was one of extreme warmth, as Rotarians, guests and friends from near and far greeted each other – some after long absences. A sumptuous buffet and steady flow of vintage wines, spirits, beer and soft drinks soon put an already-relaxed crowd into a state verging on euphoria.
At the onset of the proceedings guests stood for a moment’s silence in honour of departed Rotarians during the past year, which included PDG Peera Potipipit, PDG Prasart Eyerprasert, PP Sutham Phanthusak, Richard Burk and PP Dennis Stark.
Dennis’s wife, Rotarian Naiyana “Noiy” Stark emotionally announced that her late husband Dennis had willed 50,000 baht to set up the Dennis Stark Education Fund in the club, in support of education for underprivileged children.
regaled the room as they welcomed the guests with the traditional ‘Ram Ouayporn’ dance.
A delegation of dignitaries including Past District Governors Xanxai Visitkul, Natta Boonpayong, PDG Krai Tungsanga with his charming wife Rungnapha, District Governor Eknarong Kongpan, PDG Dr. Arnon Chirachavala, PDG Thongchai Lortrakanon, PDG Premprecha Dibbayawan, DGE Onanong Siripornmanut and DGND Maruai Jintbunditwong together his wife Yenjai gave a sense of distinction to the event by their presence.
PDG Peter offered a most enlightening discourse on the formation of Rotary more than a century ago and the chartering of his own club, the Jomtien-Pattaya saying, “A group of members of the Rotary Club of Pattaya had a mutual vision. They saw that Pattaya was ready for an English-speaking club. They knew that our community was fast growing into an international community and there would be a huge influx of people who had or would have the same vision as Rotarians, seeking an opportunity to serve.
“Some of this group included PP Hans Zurfluh, PP Alois X Fassbind, Gene Farley, PP Hank Whittaker, Dang Harbhajan and Bill Burbridge.
“Having decided to form a new English speaking Rotary Club they requested the permission of the district who appointed PP Nitti Meyer as the special representative of the District Governor to guide and help us charter our club. The Rotary Club of Bangkok South kindly agreed to be our sponsor club.
The Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya received its charter on the 12th day of February 1987 with 25 charter members.”
Peter went on to say, “The story of our club is a long and honourable one, but not without our growing pains. Like any other organization we had our ups and downs but through the years we have remained united and prevailed.
“Our club has been the basis of introducing other non-Thai speaking clubs in Pattaya, namely the Rotary Clubs Eastern Seaboard, Rotary Club Taksin Pattaya, Rotary Club Pattaya Marina (French) and Rotary Club of Phoenix Pattaya (German).”
In conclusion PDG Peter expressed his feelings about the present and future of the Rotary movement in Thailand and around the world. “This is a day that we should not only celebrate but we should also spare a thought for some of the great Rotarians who helped form this club and carved out the path of service to humanity which we follow faithfully to this day. This is the opportune time and moment to re-commit ourselves to Rotary. Our chance to do our duty. Our chance to carry the torch of Rotary and keep the fires of Service burning bright, for this and for many generations of Rotarians to come.”
In his keynote speech, Past District Governor Xanxai Visitkul, member of the Rotary Club of Bangkok South and a highly respected Rotarian said, “An anniversary is a great chance to look back and remember who we are, where we come from and where we are going to. Most importantly, an anniversary is always an occasion to celebrate past successes and instill hopes for the future.
“Throughout the years I have watched your club grow from strength to strength. You have produced two of the finest District Governors, namely PDG Premprecha Dibbayawan in the year 2000-01 and PDG Pratheep Malhotra in the year 2008-09.
“Rotary has brought us together from far and near. Different creeds and customs, different colours and languages and yet we believe in the same principles…the spirit of service, dedication and devotion.
“Rotary has one thing, which to my mind is most significant and that is… it has taught us the great value of tolerance. It has taught us the value of personal contact and fellowship as a means of promoting understanding and goodwill among all peoples.
“Let us value our membership in Rotary, and the experience of so many worthwhile Rotary service projects to help the less fortunate. Let us value the sense of belonging – belonging to something close and intimate – the fellowship of our clubs, the dedication to the local community, the thrill that comes when you matter to other people… because other people matter to you.
“We are Rotarians because we care. We care about our communities. We care about the world in which we live in.”
Past District Governor Thongchai Lortrakanon, member of the Rotary Club of Chonburi said, “Rotary has put down roots in more than 200 countries in the world, uniting more than 1.2 million free and voluntary men and women who represent professionals and social leaderships in practically every known vocation on this earth.”
He spoke of the strength of Rotary and how Rotarians must rally together to “strengthen our clubs, expand on Humanitarian Service Projects and enhance the Rotary Public Image.”
At the appropriate moment a birthday cake was rolled out to the floor, Chad’s Band led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday. President Dzenana Popin together with PE Nachlada Nammontree surrounded by dignitaries and members of the Rotary Club blew out the candles and cut it, auguring in another 30 hopeful years of humanitarian service to the community.
Later the same evening, ceremonies were held to install Dr Margret Deter as the president of the Rotary E-Club Dolphin Pattaya International and Nachlada Nammontree as president of the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya.
Both the incoming presidents promised to work hard and dedicate their year to the progress of the Rotary movement thereby helping the needy and underprivileged in giving them education, improving their health and eradicating hunger.
They pledged to live up to the new theme for 2017-18, Rotary: Making a Difference.
Rotary Clubs in Pattaya & Sattahip install new Presidents for 2016-17
In true Rotary tradition, clubs in the area held their fiscal year-end celebrations by installing and reinstalling presidents and board of directors of their respective clubs prior to taking on their duties for the ensuing twelve months.
Officiating at the various ceremonies were District Governor Eknarong Kongpan, District Governor Elect Onanong Siripornmanut, Past District Governor Premprecha Dibbayawan, PDG Thongchai Lortrakanon and PDG Pratheep Malhotra.
At the ceremonies, Rotarians were reminded of the wise words of John Germ, President of Rotary International who said, “Club presidents and your Rotarians, recognize that the opportunity to join Rotary is the opportunity of a lifetime. A great opportunity to change the world for the better, forever, through Rotary’s service to humanity.
“We are at a crossroads in Rotary. We are looking ahead at a year that may one day be known as the greatest year in Rotary’s history: the year that sees the world’s last case of polio. We need to make sure that everyone knows the role that Rotary has played in making the world polio-free. That is tremendously important. Because the more we are known for what we’ve achieved, the more we’ll be able to attract the partners, the funding, and most important of all, the members to achieve even more.
“We need clubs that can not only attract new members but engage them in Rotary service - clubs that are welcoming and active, that truly follow The Four-Way Test. We can’t forget that the reason Paul Harris founded Rotary 111 years ago is still very much the reason people come to Rotary today: to find people who share their values. People who believe in honesty, diversity, tolerance, friendship, and peace, and who believe that serving humanity is the best thing they can do with their time on this earth.
“Whether we’re reading to schoolchildren or building a blood bank or holding a dental clinic, even as we change and adapt and move forward, the essence of who we are and what makes a Rotarian doesn’t change.
“We’re still based on a classification principle, because our diversity is our strength. We still hang The Four-Way Test on the wall, because high ethical standards don’t ever go out of style. And we still believe, as Paul Harris believed, that serving humanity is the most worthwhile thing any one of us can do with our lives.
“And that is why our theme in 2016-17 will be simply Rotary Serving Humanity. My friends, we are doing so much incredible work already… but we could be doing so much more.”
Installation Night 2014
President Vutikorn’s Installation Night was held in style in the great ball room of Royal Cliff Hotel. This year guests arrived on time to be welcomed by our club members with our usual Pink Fruit Punch Cocktail which we refer to as The Lady’s kick, you can certainly feel it but it’s not fatal.
PP Alvi Sinthuvanik, Rtn Helle Rantsen, Lily Kelly and Noy Stark did a sterling job in looking after Registration and keeping the books straight. They almost missed dinner due to late arrivals.
With the “Just Right” attendance of 115 Rotarians and guests the Grand Ballroom was comfortably full but not overcrowded. The room was magnificently prepared by the Royal Cliff personnel. The smiling staff worked very diligently to satisfy the healthy thirst of all present, while the Buffet offered the usual International selection of gourmet delights.
During Dinner and all non-formal speaking moments we were serenaded by some great legendary numbers, audible but not intrusive.
After the traditional Toasts, PE Vutikorn was formally introduced and Installed as President of Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya by PDG Premprecha Dibbayan. He introduced his Board with a brief comment on each director. He then delivered a very eloquent Presidential Address, which contained an outline of his strategy and wishes for 2014-2015. All Rotarians and guests stood and raised their glasses in a toast to the success of President Vutikorn.
Installation Night of Rotary Club Jomtien-Pattaya, 28th June 2014
PD G Premprecha Dibbayan was called upon to present Club Paul Harris Awards to PP Dennis Stark PP Brendan Kelly, President Vutikorn Kamolchote and Honorary member Dr. William van Ewijk.
Visiting Clubs present were: RC Eastern Seaboard, RC Taksin Pattaya, RC Marina Pattaya, RC Phoenix Pattaya, RC Pattaya, RC Sattahip, RC Laem Chabang, RC Ban Chang and PC Pluta Luong
The traditional Prizes were awarded to the Clubs with most attendees ( ), the most distant Thai Club (Kon Kaen), and the Rotarian furthest away from home.
The President closed the evening with a brief “Thank You” address to all Rotarians, Guests , Hotel Staff, Musicians and especially to all those who had given their time and energy to making the evening a success.