Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Month

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

In the Rotary world, we acknowledge a different theme for each month of the year. March happens to be ‘Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Month’ which is one of Rotary’s 6 areas of focus. This Rotary year, we were a key supporter to a community toilets project in Nong Khonthi, Phra Phutthabat, Saraburi. The project was also joined by other Rotary Clubs. The handover to the community was done on 13 January 2020. It is expected to benefit nearby community i.e. villagers, school, temple, and visitors in the nearby area. The community will take care of cleanliness and upkeep of the toilets.

Our annual fundraising concert on 21 February 2020 was successful. We were able to raise a total fund of 1,300,000 Baht. I really appreciated the support from our members to sponsor and donate at this event. This concert was well performed and led by our own member, Rtn Dr Paye. He used his profession to support our club. He brought his own band VieTrio, and as the conductor and leader of Thai Youth Orchestra, he also brought in the TYO. I thank Rtn Dr Paye, VieTrio, guest singer Madura Watanagase and the youth musicians of Thai Youth Orchestra for making this concert memorable.

This year our major charity project is to construct 2 kindergarten classrooms for Rotary Bangkok School in Hua Hin. We planned a budget of 1,070,000 Baht just for the project. PP Chamnong kindly donated 250,000 Baht directly to the school. We planned to support the balance from Rotary Club of Bangkok of 420,000 Baht and from Rotary Club of Bangkok Foundation of 400,000 Baht. On 27 February 2020 at our board meeting and lunch meeting, our 19 members kindly donated the additional amount of 270,000 Baht via RCB to the school. The construction is about to be completed. We planned a trip to the school on Saturday 7 March 2020 to handover the classrooms. All members and guests are welcome.

There are some vocational service projects and global grant projects to be done in March for instance:

4 March – Ban Ma School agricultural training
11-13 March – Palliative Care training
13 March – Thonburi prisoners vocational training
15 March – Rotary One Day with RC Ladprao
21-22 March – District Conference in Pattaya
23 March – Thai Rayon company visit

I wish you will be able to participate in these activities. Please stay safe from coronavirus and keep up your good health.

Yours in Rotary,

Pornchai Wessatada
Rotary Club of Bangkok, President 2019-2020