"Rotarians are symbols and examples of the search for progress and stability. All of them, each with a different business and profession have heavy duties of humanitarianism and have joined in co-operation in the glorious attempt to seek methods and means for the solution of problems we face in times of crises." -Royal Citation of His Majesty the King Rama IX (Patron of Rotary in Thailand), on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Rotary in Thailand, 15th December 1980.
On 12th January 2008, Thailand honoured its children with its annual Children's Day. Unusually, many members of the Rotary Club of Koh Samui, ROCKS, were away on leave in their home countries.
It was left to President Adele Smith and Rotarians Wally Smith and Nicolas Emmert with his wife to fly the Rotary Flag at this delightful event. Koh Samui had laid on many attractions at Nathon Pier for its junior members, including a bouncy castle, a show staged by the children themselves, and rather strangely for such an event, a display by the military. ROCKS set up its stall in the shade of a marquee and began to dispense a variety of ice creams. Within one hour, the ice creams were gone, and some hasty purchasing had to take place to satisfy the apparently unquenchable demand.