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Vol. 13, No. 39, April 16, 2001

 GSE Team A Big Hit At BBRC

The five members of the GSE Team from District 3340 of east and northeast Thailand were warmly welcomed for the team’s annual visit to the BBRC. Led by their team leader, Prasart Euprasert, the four non-Rotarians showed slides of their homeland and answered questions from an exploring audience.

Kevin Jewell, BBRC International Director, introduced the team. Kevin singled out Wally Mahoney for his and Bernadette ’s hosting two of the team and taking lots of pictures. Norris Bevan, “the Father of the BBRC,” was applauded for his chauffeuring of the team during their first week’s stay, following their arrival on April 6.

Prasart Euprasert
Prasart Euprasert

Team Leader Prasart Euprasert is a past District Governor of 3340 and Past President of his Rotary Club of Cholburi. He owns an ice plant and serves as an associate judge of the Cholburi Court.

Chankair Ruttunyoo
Chankair ruttunyoo

Chankair Ruttunyoo is a married high school teacher who is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Surin. She has been a faculty member of Surin’s Sirindhorn School and adviser to exchange students.

Soparat Prommahachai
Soparat Phromhachai

Soparat Prommahachai is the second teacher on the team, an English teacher in Udon Thani for 21 years. She is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ban Chiang. She also is an adviser to exchange students.

Namphon Sukasem
Namphon Sukasem

Namphon Sukasem, known as “Joop,” is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ubon. She is a dentist, working for two tongue-twisting hospitals: Moungsamsib for 2 years and Suppasittiprasong for 5 years. Her responsibilities include general dental and endodontic treatment.

Darunee Wongnonglang
Darunee Wongnonglang

Darunee Wongnonglang is a sales executive for Hotel Sofitel Raja Orchid in Khon Kaen. She is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Khon Kaen.

District 3340 has 62 active clubs. Thailand has more than 236 clubs, with a total membership of over 5,500 Rotarians. The first club, the Rotary Club of Bangkok, was chartered in 1930. While the GSE team is visiting the Puget Sound, Thailand is in the middle of its “hot season,” with temperatures approaching 100 degrees.

Presenting the cap
President Cary presents GSE Team Leader Prasart Euprasert with a Mariner baseball cap.

During their first week, the team was hosted by Rotarians in their vocations. Their sightseeing took them to Bellevue’s Doll Museum, Microsoft, and Snoqualmie Falls. At the meeting’s end, President Cary gave each team member a beautiful gift of the “State of Washington” books and official Seattle Mariner baseball caps. The GSE Team will join several hundred Rotarians from District 5030 for the annual District Conference in Vancouver, B.C., next weekend.

GSE Team Photo Album


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