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THE HISTORY OF DISTRICT 3340

A Part of Our History of Rotary in Asia

See also the Story of Peter Thorand, PHF, SAS.

 

Prepared by the district and not verified by Rotary Global History

 

Zone 6, District 3340,

 

RI District 3340 is a fairly new district compared to other districts in the Rotary Family. District 3340 was set up when District 3360 covered too large an area for a District Governor to cover efficiently. At that time District 3360 covered the upper half of Thailand from Bangkok upwards till the borders of Laos, Burma and Cambodia also the complete upper half of Thailand.

The immediate Past District Governor prior to the first DG in the new district was Khun Mook Wongchavalitkul.

 

The first DG in the new District 3340 was Khun Niwes Khunavisarut  he was chosen with the work to set up and implemented the new District which covers now  the area from Chonbury till Nongkhai  also the North East of Thailand and about half of the previous size. The District 3340 now borders on Laos and Cambodia only.

 

All this happen in the year of RI President Clifford L Dochterman when the

RI Theme for the year was “Real Happiness is Helping Others.”

 

In the beginning the new district consisted of 35 Clubs with 800 members, which grew over the years and now there are 61 RC with 1230 Members.

For the past 15 years the following people held the office District Governors.

 

1992-1993   PDG  Niwes Khunavisarut

1993-1994   PDG  Prapat Sudhiphongpracha

1994-1995   PDG  Sawat Phadungmartworakul

1995-1996   PDG  Som Inprayoong

1996-1997   PDG  Rathprateep Keeratiurai

1997-1998   PDG  Chamnong Mahaphol

!998-1999    PDG  Prasart Yooprasert

1999-2000   PDG  Somchai Jiaranaipanit

2000-2001   PDG  Prempreecha Thipayawan

2001-2002   PDG  Prasart Kratooklert

2002-2003   PDG  Prasert Chaimano

2003-2004   PDG  Charn Chanlongsawaitkul

2004-2005   PDG  Surat Buawan

2005-2006   PDG  Jin Srikasikorn

2006-2007   DG    Peera Phothipipit

 

District of 3340 covers a wide area of north east of Thailand and within the boundary is Pattaya Beach; the most sought after Tourist Destination in South East Asia,.  There are 5 Rotary Clubs in this City with non nationals as Presidents and multi national memberships.

The Rotary Club of Pattaya was founded on 5. August 1972 and was Chartered on 19. November 1972. Club code number 16290, Zone 6 in R.I. District 3340.

We are happy to welcome any visiting Rotarians to the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Pattaya, the "Mother Club" of Rotary in Pattaya. Our club conducts the weekly meetings bi-lingual in Thai and English.

We meet every Monday at 19.00 at "Town-in-Town Hotel" on Pattaya Central Road. The meeting includes a hot and cold buffet dinner. The dinner ticket is 200 baht for visitors.

Our President for year 2006/07 is Niels Colov. He is the owner of Dragon Enterprises Co. Ltd. Publisher of “Pattaya People Weekly”, the leading Pattaya newspaper as well as the “Pattaya People Channel” a 24 hour TV channel with news and information about Pattaya. He also has various other business interests in Pattaya. Although he originates from Copenhagen, Denmark, President Niels has been a resident of Pattaya for over 25 years. He was inducted as a member of Rotary in May 1988 and has held many positions since then including Presidency of the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya.

The immediate Past President of our club for year 2005/06 was Boonsueb Ea-Ukara. He is the owner of a Bookstore here in Pattaya.

The Past President for 2004/05 was Susiree Charnchailert, she is the owner of two Vegetarian Restaurants and two Traditional Thai Massage Institutes, the massage is performed by blind people.

Rotary in Thailand was established in 1930 with the charter of the Rotary Club of Bangkok. There are 4 districts in Thailand, 3330, 3350, 3360 and our district 3340. There are a total of 290 Rotary clubs in Thailand with (Figures as of July 2006) 6934 Rotarians. We have 63 clubs in our district with a total of 1264 Rotarians. The District Governor for 2006-07 is Peera Potipipith, a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Udorn Thani.

There are 9 other Rotary Clubs in/around Pattaya. These are:-

  • Rotary Club of Pattaya-Marina – French speaking
  • Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya – English speaking
  • Rotary Club of Taksin-Pattaya – English speaking
  • Rotary Club of the Eastern Seaboard – English speaking
  • Rotary Club of Pheonix Pattaya - German speaking
  • Rotary Club of Sriracha – Thai speaking
  • Rotary Club of Laemchabang – Thai speaking
  • Rotary Club of Pluatluang – Thai speaking
  • Rotary Club of Sattahip – Thai speaking

The Rotary Club of Pattaya is the only bi-lingual (English/Thai) club

Some Members from the RC Pattaya felt that this tourist town needs an English speaking Club and chartered on the 19 November 1987 the RC of Jomtien-Pattaya.

www.rotary-jomtien-pattaya.org.

 

Then by the year 2001 the Rotary Club Jomtien-Pattaya grow so large that again members felt it is time to move and form a new RC. This time they named the RC after the great warrior Taksin which then brought back the then called country Siam from the invading Burmese. So the Club became the name RC of Taksin-Pattaya, and the Charter Members decided to be a bilingual club, and so the meetings are held in German and English Language.

www.rotary-pattaya.org/

 

A couple of years later a French speaking Club was born with members from the RC Taksin Pattaya and the RC of Jomtien Pattaya. This RC is the first French speaking RC in South East Asia, and the meetings are held in French only.

www.rotarypattayamarina.org

 

And about 3 years ago again a group of people which where from many different European Countries joined hands and set up a new RC namely  the

RC of the Eastern Seaboard.

 

Prepared by RGHF member Peter Thorand

 

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