A History of Rotary Bangkapi in Bangkok

A brief timeline in the history of the Rotary Club Of Bangkapi

The beginning

Forming the Club

The Bangkapi Rotary Club was chartered, July 17 1968 as club number 16255.
The provisional club had its beginning around April 1968 being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bangkok with Dr Frederic Ayer, Dr Tipp Mongkollungsana and M.C. Kachorn Chiraprawat initiating its formation and electing Rtn Dr Fred Ayer as Provisional President and later as the Charter President. 

The Charter Members

There where altogether 24 Charter members

The Bangkapi Rotary Club was chartered, July 17 1968 as club number 16255.
The provisional club had its beginning around April 1968 being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bangkok with Dr Frederic Ayer, Dr Tipp Mongkollungsana and M.C. Kachorn Chiraprawat initiating its formation and electing Rtn Dr Fred Ayer as Provisional President and later as the Charter President. 

  • Dr Frederic Ayer
  • Dr Tipp Mongkollugsana
  • M.C. Kachorn Chirapawat
  • Prof Insee Chandrastitya
  • Dr M.L. Ekjai Kambhu
  • Mr Morgen Bey Esbensen
  • Mr Chiochan Kiengsiri
  • Mr Nguan Fooviriya
  • Mr Nitt Vikitseth
  • Mr Don Wood
  • Mr Preyach Gunakasem
  • Mr Surat Osathanugroh

  • Dr Atthasit Vejjajiva
  • Mr Sangvien Dulalumbha
  • Mr Prakaipet Intusophon
  • Mr Knut Benchkendorff
  • Dr jira Siriphoti
  • Mr George Larschinsky
  • Mr Leon Ducasse
  • Mr Marvin Epperson
  • Mr Jorge Orgibet
  • Mr Pat Rillo
  • Mr Wanlop Arunyakasem
  • Mr Finn Henrikson

The meeting places

The provisional Bangkapi Club met at the Manhattan Hotel on Sukhumvit Road Soi 15, where the formal Charter Member Mr Nguan was the GM. At that time the lunch-set  was priced at 35 Baht only and the area still belonged to the Bangkapi city district hence the name Rotary Club of Bangkapi, now this area is called the Watthana district.

With the opening of the new 5 Star Hotel on Siam Square the meeting place of the RC Bangkapi shortly afterwards changed to to the Siam Intercontinental Hotel a unique landmark for many years to come.

The 4 initial Rotary Clubs in Bangkok

During those days, there where only 3 Rotary Clubs in Bangkok namely;

  • The Rotary Club of Bangkok which met every Thursday for lunch at the Erawan Hotel (now the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel)
  • The Rotary Club of Dhonburi which met every Wednesday for lunch at the Ratanakosin Hotel (now the meet at the Narai Hotel on Silom Road)
  • The Rotary Club of Bangkok South which met every Friday for lunch at the Rama Hotel (now the meet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Lumpini on Rama 4 Road
  • The Rotary Club of Bangkapi was the fourth Club and therefore met every Tuesday for lunch, now at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel in downtown Bangkok.

The re-allocating of the RI Districts

When the Rotary Club of Bangkapi was in the proceeding of being setup, there was a need to re-allocate the territories among other Rotary formalities and all these took quite a long time as the District Governor was not residing in Thailand and there was also no telex service and even a nowadays simple phone connection was very difficult to establish back then in 1968.

District re-numbering & Charter Arrival

During 1948-49, all District’s in RI were re-numbered and District 80 became District 46

Then again on 1 July 1957 the District 46 became District 330 which included Thailand, Singapore Malaysia, Brunei, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and other neighboring countries.

All these hiccups had caused a delay in granting the Charter from the Rotary International, which was expected to be received before the beginning of the annual Rotary Year starting every 1st of July, but it did not arrive until the 17 of July 1968.

Further in 1981 Rotary International  established the District 335, which included Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, leaving clubs in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei as District 330.

On July 1991 all the Districts where divided again and out of District 335 the District 3350 was born and including all of Rotary clubs in Central Thailand including Bangkok City.

The District 3340 serving the North-Eastern parts of Thailand including the city of Khon Kaen as well as the Eastern Seaboard including the city of Pattaya.

The District 3360 containing all the clubs of Northern Thailand including the City of Chiang Mai.

The District 3330 serving the western and southern parts of Thailand including the cities of Hua Hin, Phuket and Hat Yai.