The Rotary Club of Hua Hin’s New President Continues to ‘Make a Difference’

The Rotary Club of Hua Hin’s New President Continues to ‘Make a Difference’
The Rotary Club of Hua Hin’s New President Continues to ‘Make a Difference’

In 1930 a visiting Canadian to Bangkok established the first Rotary International Club in Thailand. Since then over 300 clubs have sprung up all over the Kingdom. Today, it is a rare town in Thailand that does not boast at least one Rotary club. Rotary has two Clubs based in Hua Hin. The Rotary Club of Royal Hua Hin is the English language Rotary Club formed in 2009 with Swedish national, Dr Birger Rexed, as the current President. However this year the Rotary Club of Hua Hin, the Thai language Rotary Club, celebrates its 30th birthday with Mrs Wadsana Rai as the President from July 1st.

Mrs Wadsana has been a Member of the Club for 12 of those 30 years after leaving her home town of Kanchanaburi and then with her husband Udai Rai establishing the Picasso Tailor Co. in Hua Hin in 1993. The business can now proudly boast that it is Hua Hin’s longest established tailoring business. Rotary Clubs bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services and to encourage high ethical standards.

As President, Mrs Wadsana’s primary role is to be the public face of that community involvement. This means being an active participant in the Club’s many community projects such as blood donation drives, mangrove restoration projects and the royally sponsored ‘brain-based learning’ education model to a local school. Apart from the advantages of being part of a local network of community leaders, Rotary offers a welcome to visitors from like-minded Rotary Members worldwide.

That welcome suits Mrs Wadsana as a frequent traveller (17 countries so far), especially to investigate fashion trends around the world to ensure that her family business is up to date with the latest fashion trends. The bad news is being President has necessitated cancelling such a trip to Australia later this year where she had hoped to meet up with Rotary International President Ian Riseley, a Member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham (Melbourne). Being the President requires dedication with major time commitments. The 2017-18 Rotary International presidential theme;  Rotary: Making a Difference, does not signal any big changes for the Rotary Club of Hua Hin. This has been the real mission since the Club’s formation 30 years ago and a mission that Mrs Wadsana as the President is dedicated to do her best to continue.