Rotary District Governor makes whirlwind visit to clubs in Pattaya

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Brings message of goodwill and encouragement to do good in the world

Rotary District Governor Rachnee Euprasert recently made her official visit to the six multi-language speaking Rotary clubs in Pattaya.

This is a customary duty of a district governor whereby he or she visits every Rotary Club in the district at least once during his or her term in office.

This is a unique year for District 3340 Rotary International as DG Rachnee is the first lady governor since the formation of this district in the 1992-93 Rotary year.

District 3340 R.I. stretches from the north-eastern-most to the eastern-most provinces in Thailand, so a governor’s job to visit all 57 clubs for the purpose of instruction and giving advice is quite an arduous one.

District Governor Rachnee Euprasert receives a gift from Past District Governor Premprecha Dibbayawan and President Satienpong Khamnon.District Governor Rachnee Euprasert receives a gift from Past District Governor Premprecha Dibbayawan and President Satienpong Khamnon.

The Town in Town hotel was the venue for the August 26 meeting where President Satienpong Khamnon and his fellow members of the Rotary Club of Pattaya held a business meeting with DG Rachnee during the day, followed by a Rotary style fellowship which was attended by over a hundred Rotarians from many nearby clubs.

It was a proud moment for Naiyana Stark and deservedly so as she is inducted as member of the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya and honoured with a Paul Harris Fellow recognition.It was a proud moment for Naiyana Stark and deservedly so as she is inducted as member of the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya and honoured with a Paul Harris Fellow recognition.

During the course of the evening Peter Malhotra, president of the Pattaya Sports Club Association, presented a cheque of 100,000 baht to President Satienpong to supplement the Rotary Club’s fund raising projects for the purpose of implementing humanitarian projects in aid of underprivileged children and needy adults.

Incidentally Peter Malhotra is also a Past District Governor of the same district.

(l-r) Margret Deter, Sabine Schlaffer, President Joseph Roy (Rotary Club Pattaya Marina) and President Otmar Deter (Rotary E-Club of Dolphin-Pattaya International).(l-r) Margret Deter, Sabine Schlaffer, President Joseph Roy (Rotary Club Pattaya Marina) and President Otmar Deter (Rotary E-Club of Dolphin-Pattaya International).

Other formalities included the sister club signing ceremonies between the Rotary Club of Bangkok Benjasiri and the Rotary Club of Ploenchit in Bangkok. The sister club pact brings together clubs in Thailand or any part of the world in friendship and cooperation in the service of humankind.

Special recognition was given to Suwapat Souksatitthanawat, a 59-year-old nurse specialist at Banglamung Hospital, and Samart Thongrod, a 50-year-old journalist for Sophon Cable Television for their tireless contributions to the community and being outstanding members of society.

PDG Prasart Euprasert escorts his wife DG Rachnee wherever she goes to perform her duties.PDG Prasart Euprasert escorts his wife DG Rachnee wherever she goes to perform her duties.

The following day DG Rachnee met with the presidents and secretaries of five non-Thai speaking clubs at the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel. They included President Vutikorn Kamolchote of the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya (English), President Russell Iffland of the Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard (English), President Joseph Roy of the Rotary Club Pattaya Marina (French), President Ingo Raeuber of the Rotary Club of Phoenix Pattaya (German) and President Otmar Deter of the newly formed cyber Rotary E-Club of Dolphin-Pattaya International.

President Russell and Maggie Iffland (Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard) together with their members.President Russell and Maggie Iffland (Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard) together with their members.

Business being ended, Rotarians from every club, including visitors, came together for an evening of fellowship interspersed by some thought provoking words from Governor Rachnee. She encouraged clubs to grow, saying, “We need more people to join Rotary and together with the present number of 1.2 million Rotarians we could do much more to alleviate the sufferings of millions of men, women and children on this planet.”

The highlight of the evening was the induction of Naiyana Stark (Noiy) as an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya. Rotarian Noiy was honoured even further by being awarded the Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary’s highest recognition for Rotarians and non-Rotarians for their dedicated service to humankind.

President Ingo Raeuber (left) of the Rotary Club of Phoenix Pattaya with his fellow members.President Ingo Raeuber (left) of the Rotary Club of Phoenix Pattaya with his fellow members.

Before DG Rachnee bestowed the honour on Rotarian Noiy, PDG Peter expounded on the purpose of this award. He said, “Not only has Rotarian Naiyana taken an active role in our club’s humanitarian projects for over 20 years, but more important she has dedicated most of her life relentlessly serving the underprivileged and the sick in and around our community and elsewhere in Thailand. The symbolism in this recognition is to say Thank You Noiy for making a difference in our community and in the lives of less fortunate people in the world.”

DG Rachnee is presented with a pair of exquisite swans from all 5 Rotary club presidents. (l-r) Vutikorn Kamolchote (Jomtien-Pattaya), Otmar Deter (Dolphin-Pattaya International), Ingo Raeuber (Phoenix Pattaya), Russell Iffland (Eastern Seaboard) and Joseph Roy (Pattaya Marina).DG Rachnee is presented with a pair of exquisite swans from all 5 Rotary club presidents. (l-r) Vutikorn Kamolchote (Jomtien-Pattaya), Otmar Deter (Dolphin-Pattaya International), Ingo Raeuber (Phoenix Pattaya), Russell Iffland (Eastern Seaboard) and Joseph Roy (Pattaya Marina).

Paul Harris Fellow awards were also presented to Rotarian Jan Olav Aamlid and Rotarian Timothy Watton for their contributions to the club and service for the betterment of our community.

Tim Watton (above) and Jan Olav Aamlid (below) receive their Paul Harris Fellow recognition pins.

Peter Malhotra (right) president of the Pattaya Sports Club Association, presented a cheque for 100,000 baht to the Rotary Club of Pattaya. (l-r) PDG Premprecha Dibbayawan, President Satienpong Khamnon, PP Jamlong Phassara, and DG Rachnee Euprasert.Peter Malhotra (right) president of the Pattaya Sports Club Association, presented a cheque for 100,000 baht to the Rotary Club of Pattaya. (l-r) PDG Premprecha Dibbayawan, President Satienpong Khamnon, PP Jamlong Phassara, and DG Rachnee Euprasert.