Every year Rotary clubs around the world install new presidents and board of directors to administer their clubs for the Rotary year commencing on July 1. It is also a time to celebrate and congratulate the outgoing presidents for their leadership, sacrifice and commitment to humanitarian service.
Installation ceremonies can be simple affairs held at the regular weekly meetings of the club or they can be grand affairs, held in restaurants or hotels with visiting Rotarians and guests from all over the district, with some attending from all parts of Thailand, and even Rotarians from far off lands who happen to be visiting Pattaya and the Eastern Seaboard at the time.
This year the Rotary Club of Dolphin Pattaya International and the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya held joint installation ceremonies in the Head of State Chamber at the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel on July 30.
District Governor Pantida Rojwannasin of District 3340 Rotary International officiated at the grand ceremony attended by Rotarians from neighboring clubs including their families, friends and members of the business community. Other dignitaries included, PDG Onanong Siripornmanut, PDG Jareesri Kunsiripunyo and PDG Pratheep S. Malhotra.
As is tradition, children from the Child Protection & Development Centre under the care of Director Radchada Chomchinda performed 2 traditional dances, one Thai and the second the Australian Swagman’s dance.
The dances were chosen to honour the two incoming presidents, Thai national Chanunda Kongphol of the Rotary Club of Dolphin Pattaya International and Australian national Carey Peck of the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya.
During the evening’s proceedings the Rotary Club of Dolphin Pattaya International inducted 4 new members and the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya inducted 3 new members into their respective clubs.
Rotarian Rolf Ruegg was honoured for his sacrifice and dedication in helping the children at Anti Human Trafficking & Child Abuse Center and President Ray Whitley was thanked for his year as president of the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya.
At the end of the formalities, The Steep 5 band performed everyone’s favourite hits which had everyone jump onto the dance floor to dance the night away.