by Shana Kongmun
As a long-time resident of Thailand I learned of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s great work for his people, I remember being amazed at watching His Majesty every night on television in a segment I named “King news” as it was a full hour of His Majesty’s work as well as that of his wife Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, his mother Princess Mother Srinagaranda, his sister and children. He traveled to the most remote places in the country, meeting with people, listening to their problems and finding solutions.
He was a great inventor with many patents to his name and it is his Royal Rain Making that was patented in 1999 and has been used around the world. The method seeds clouds in a “super sandwich,” pilots disperse environmentally friendly chemicals to form cool and warm clouds at different altitudes. He invented a method to obtain biofuel out of palm oil and the low-cost Chaipattana aerator, a paddle wheel that is used in rivers, canals and marshes to counter water pollution.
He was a composer and musician, many of his pieces can be found online, he loved jazz and composed nearly 50 pieces, some of which made it into a musical play. You can listen to his many compositions here http://kanchanapisek.or.th/royal-music/index.en.html. One of my favorites is “Blue Day” which can be found on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUsuhNeLCSc
His Majesty the King was thrust into a position for which he was unprepared and yet turned his hopes and dreams, his aspirations and goals from himself to his country and the people of Thailand.
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej said, “We cannot be alone and still be happy if others around us are suffering. Instead we should share their suffering and help ease their troubles according to our ability and capability.”
His selfless dedication to the people of Thailand and his tireless efforts to improve the lives of the Thai people serve as an example to us all. Although His Majesty was not a Rotarian he truly lived the Rotary ideals of service above self.
Posted on Oct 23, 2016
Chiang Mai International Rotary Club!(CMIRC)
What we are doing:
Currently our ongoing service projects include our Children’s Water Safety (Drown Proofing) project with the goal of reducing the drownings of young Thai children, our Children’s Sight Project, providing eye examinations and spectacles to poor children in Chiang Mai province. We also support The Mae Tao Clinic. We have been chosen by One World Play Project to distribute their “indestructible” footballs to poor and disadvantaged schools and learning centers. The BaBar Project helps teach young children to respect life. Each year we conduct a Winter Clothing Appeal supplying warm clothing to hill tribe children.
Who we are:
CMIRC was chartered as club # 85590 on 21 February 2014. We are group of women and men, from many nationalities, committed to the Rotary guiding principle of “Service Above Self”. Membership is open to all, regardless of gender, religious affiliation, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or nationality. Our members convey “Community Service with a Smile”
Want to learn more about us?
Our next regular meeting will be Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. We meet at the Hong Kong Lucky Restaurant which is in the old city at 5/8 Soi 7, Ratchadamnoen (Sunday Walking Street opposite the big police station). We are a small friendly group dedicated to child safety, health and education through our service projects. With you we can do even more! Rotary meetings are open to members, visiting Rotarians and invited guests. Contact email@example.com for your invitation.
How we are different:
We are the only Rotary club in Northern Thailand that conducts all of its meetings solely in the English language.
Last Updated on: October 23, 2016