incoming District Governors, Vichai Maneewacharakiat 3330, Peera Potipipith,
3340, Kasemchai Nithiwanakul 3350 and Napon Inkham 3360 introduce
Chiangmai Rotarians played host to almost 300 hundred club Presidents elect
at the Presidents’ Elect Training Seminar (PETS) held at the Chiangmai
Phucome Hotel on April 22-23.
The PETS seminar is held every year to train the incoming
leaders of the Rotary clubs not only in Thailand but also all over the
Dr. Kasem Wattanachai speaks on ‘Social Responsibility’
Learned speakers from all four Rotary districts in
Thailand namely 3330, 3340, 3350 and 3360 shared their knowledge and
feelings with the incoming leaders who will be taking on their
responsibilities as club presidents on July 1, 2006. The Seminar was
organized by District 3360 RI Governor Elect Napon Inkham and presided over
by Noraseth Pathmanand, Director of Rotary International.
Experienced trainers spoke on the various subjects
pertaining to Rotary leadership skills. They reminded Rotarians that giving
something back to the community is only one reason for their involvement,
but also an additional factor is the suggestion that Rotarians have one team
and one goal. No one person cares about taking the credit for a successful
service project. Rotary takes credit.
Noraset Pathmanand delivers his opening speech.
The trainers went on to explain that Rotary also gives
members an opportunity to meet other community leaders and be part of a
respected group, ‘doing extraordinary things.’ In addition to local
community service, ‘Rotary impacts the lives of thousands of people in
third world countries with their world community service.’ This is very
rewarding and forces members to stretch themselves during the process.
Explaining the symbols of the organization they said the
Rotary wheel can give our life balance with its spokes representing various
aspects of satisfaction such as: community and international service,
social, companionship, camaraderie of breaking bread together, and family
involvement. It feels good to be in the Rotary winner’s circle with other
Through involvement in Rotary projects and experiences
one can learn many lessons and leadership skills. Communication, teamwork,
innovation, delegating and counting on others are all part of the package.
Rotary is an expression of concern, one for another. It represents power
with people, not power over people.
District Governor Tawee Taphingkae,
hits the gong to declare
the seminar open.
As a bonus for the delegates, on the evening of Saturday April 22 there
was a special lecture, on “Social Responsibility” given by Privy
Councilor Prof. Dr.Kasem Wattanachai. The theme was social matters, social
responsibility, and how to conduct “Social Responsibility.” He talked
about cooperation between three groups, the government sector, private
sector, and civilian sector, advocating they should walk together, support
each other, and help each other. He also spoke on modern technology which
comes to humanity not only to improve the quality of people’s lives, but
should be used to slow down the devastation of the environment, so that
there will be natural resources for future generations to enjoy in years to
come. He cited the instance of Thailand, that had enjoyed economic and
social development for the last 40 years, but it was noticeable that our
forests had been destroyed during this period of economic growth. He
therefore suggested that Rotary members should create useful programs to
maintain natural resources, which would be of tremendous benefit to the
International Director, Noraseth Pathmanand (5th right) and PDG Dr. Saowalak
Rattanavich (5th left) are welcomed at Chiangmai International Airport.
from around Thailand attended the seminar.
Xanxai Visitkul (left) welcomes Dr.Chao Duangduan Na Chiangmai (center) to
the Chiangmai Mail booth at the seminar.
left) District Governor Nominee Pratheep Malhotra, District Governor Elect
Peera Potipipith, Past District Governor Xanxai Visitkul, Member of Rotary
extension South and South Asia sub-committee and Past District Governor
Chiangmai Mail team led by Sutasinee Maneekul (center) was on hand to
distribute newspapers and books about their Majesties the King and Queen to
the delegates. Seen are PDG Rathpratheep Kirati-urai, (left) PDG Surat
left) and PP Dennis Stark.