Posted on Jan 25, 2019
Debra Vaughn
Club President Tim Nichols expressed appreciation to Debra Vaughan for her work (with husband Paul) on getting the ball rolling to develop an ADA “all access” park in Poulsbo. She is the Inspiration! 
 
Devyn Newcombe presented Amy Schmidt the Viking Spirit Award for all she does!
Devyn Newcombe presented Amy Schmidt the Viking Spirit Award for all she does!
 
Lydia Rush was inducted back into the club
Lydia Rush was inducted back into the club! She is sponsored and will be mentored by Rand Hillier. Welcome back Lydia!
 

Important Announcements 

• Rebecca’s baby shower is Sunday at 2pm at Amy and Geoff’s 
• District Conference is May 9-11. Let Rand know if you’d like to join him for dinner at Vista 18 that Friday night. 
• Recruiting sophomores and juniors for RYLA in March (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). Contact Michele Doyle
 

Youth Exchange Student Mc describes his life in Thailand

Yodsapon Boonrat (aka Mc)Yodsapon Boonrat (aka Mc), our inbound exchange student from Thailand, started with his weekly update: He went to a cabin near Stevens Pass and had a good time taking pictures and snow shoeing. He said he tried sledding, but had “no luck.” It sounds like he got a face full of snow. 
 
Mc said his home country of Thailand can be characterized by three Cs: 
 
1. Culture, with its long Buddhist history and beautiful temples that bring tourists, their varied forms of SMILING to communicate, and their social gesture, “wai,”for greeting. 
2. Colorful: He said that Thailand is a “beautiful star on the land,” that looks delightful from above, complete with floating markets that offer food and accessories.  
3. Cheap! Although he recognized that to some “cheap” can be a negative term, it is much less expensive in Thailand, where you can buy a meal for 50 cents, and get a haircut for $2.00. He has found it expensive to be a “Real American Boy” here in the USA. 
 
Thailand used to be bigger (Siam) than it is today. Mc expressed that King Rama IX was the best king ever. He went to less wealthy areas and developed improvement plans. King Rama IX died last year, and it’s very sad; the new king, Rama X, is not as great. 
 
The capital of Thailand is Bangkok, but it’s real name is so long there is a whole song devoted to it (“Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.”)!! Wow!
  
There is no official religion, although most people are Buddhist. There is also Islam and Christianity — a mix. The money is Baht. 1 US dollar = 31.6874 Baht. The national animal is the elephant (which he assured us he does NOT ride to school!), with the White Elephant being deeply connected to the King of Thailand. Although Thailand is beautiful, he said that trash is a problem. 
 
Mc said that Pad Thai is the national food, but that he really misses River Prawn Spicy Soup or Tom Yum Goong is another favorite, along with Pork and Holy Basil Stir-fry. Mc has a recipe if you would like it. 
 
He ended his presentation with some hilarious videos from YouTube: Bangkok 1st Time and BKK 1st time.
 
Thank you Mc!  
Great presentation!