|Rotary leaders from 3 districts in Thailand meet in Pattaya at Pinnacle Grand Jomtien Resort & Spa
Presidents Elect receive intensive leadership training
By Staff Reporters
Rotarians in Pattaya and the eastern region played host to more than three hundred Presidents elect and Assistant Governors elect and from 3 Rotary districts in Thailand at a training seminar held at the Pinnacle Grand Jomtien Resort & Spa on March 26-28. This seminar is held every year to train the incoming leaders of Rotary clubs held in their respective districts and countries all over the world.
Past Rotary International President Bhichai Rattakul, spoke on the principles and significance of the Four Avenues of Service.
Learned facilitators from the various clubs in district 3340 shared their knowledge and experiences to the incoming leaders who will be taking up their role and responsibilities as of July 1, 2010 for a term of one year.
The Multi District Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS) was organized and chaired by Past District Governor Premprecha Dibbayawan on behalf of the 3 incoming district governors, namely DGE Dr. Pornchai Boonsaeng of District 3330, covering the south of Thailand, DGE Thongchai Lortrakanon of District 3340, covering the east and north east of Thailand and DGE Dr. Virachai Jamroendararasame of District 3360 covering the north of Thailand.
District Governor elect of district 3340, Thongchai Lortrakanon introduces the Rotary theme for 2010-11.
DGE Thongchai took to the stage and introduced the new Rotary International President for 2010-11, Ray Klinginsmith, who announced his theme to more than 500 district governors elect from around the world at the International Assembly held in San Diego , USA last January.
"Klinginsmith said he arrived at the theme after reviewing RI themes of years past. He noticed that only a few spoke to non-Rotarians.
"As a result, I decided to search for a briefly stated theme that would fulfill two objectives: the first to explain Rotary to non-Rotarians, and the second to validate our work for Rotarians," he said. "The words I have selected to describe Rotary's current mission and to highlight our achievements are what we do best: Building Communities - Bridging Continents. "
The theme was received with enthusiasm by the incoming presidents and they pledged to uphold the principles and values of Rotary which is to server mankind.
District Governor Elect Thongchai Lortrakanon thanks Pattaya Mayor Itthipol Khunplome for his staunch support for Rotary activities and for hosting the dinner function that evening.
Past Rotary International President Bhichai Rattakul, spoke on the principles and significance of the Four Avenues of Service, which are Rotary's philosophical cornerstone and the foundation on which club activity is based. Khun Bhichai gave an outline of the 4 avenues of services which are: 1. Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club. 2. Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards. 3. Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community, 4. International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary's humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace. Of the four, PRIP Bhichai asked Rotarians to stress on giving Vocational Service their special attention.
The purpose of the presidents-elect training seminar (PETS) is to prepare incoming club presidents for their year as president, to give district governors-elect and incoming assistant governors the opportunity to motivate incoming presidents and build their working relationship.
Incoming presidents were trained to understand their roles and responsibilities, club administration effective service projects, supporting The Rotary Foundation which contributes large sums of the money to implement humanitarian projects. Effective public relations was also impressed upon the future club leaders. Each district fielded District Trainers led by DGE Somphop Thirasan (3330), PDG Pratheep S. Malhotra (3340) and PDG Anuwat Puvaseth (3360) and their team of expert trainers.
After a hard day in the meeting rooms guests were treated to a grand buffet dinner held on the lush lawns of the Pinnacle right on the beach.
Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Khunplome was on hand to welcome the visitors from all over Thailand where he was thanked for his generosity in sponsoring the dinner event.
To show appreciation and gratitude on behalf of Rotarians in Rotary district 3340, PDG Peter Malhotra presented Past President Ingo Raeuber with a Paul Harris Fellow Award. Ingo who is the general manager of the Pinnacle Hotels, Resorts & Spa, received this most distinguished Rotary award in recognition of his commitment to high ethical standards in his business and profession.
He was also commended for his work and support for humanitarian projects especially for underprivileged children. Ingo has organized many Youth Leadership Camps, the objectives being to help develop leadership skills amongst youngsters, particularly relating to the hospitality industry, and to show them practical aspects of the sufficiency economy whose concept was developed by His Majesty the King.
Ingo and his team at the Pinnacle Grand Jomtien Resort and Spa were also thanked for their superb service and support for the Rotarians during the 3-day seminar.
District Governor Elect Thirayud Watanathirawoot (2011-12) from Khon Kaen (center) enjoying the evening with fellow Rotarians.
The 4 incoming Rotary District Governors in Thailand who will 'Build Communities and Bridge Continents'. (l-r) Dr. Virachai Jamroendararasame (3360) with spouse Dr. Busapong, Suchada Ithijarukul (3350), Thongchai Lortrakanon (3340) with spouse Wipapan and Dr. Pornchai Boonsaeng (3330) with spouse Waraporn.