Posted by John Schorr

As usual, there was a lot going on at the Chiang Mai International Rotary Club (CMIRC) during the month of September. I will discuss many of these activities below, but I would like to begin my President’s Message this month with what I consider to be one of our greatest achievements thus far this Rotary Year. With the full support of the CMIRC leadership and under the guidance of Rtn. Mike Gholsun, our club is now the proud sponsor of the Chiang Mai International School Interact Club.

Through its Interact Club Program, Rotary International has been seeking to sponsor service opportunities for high school youth worldwide. There are now over 20,000 Interact Clubs in 159 countries with nearly 500,000 members. Thanks to the great work by Rtn. Mike, the wonderful support from the Chiang Mai International School administration and staff, and the enthusiasm of the 16 Chiang Mai International School students who have joined the club; we are on our way to obtaining a Rotary International Charter for our new Interact Club.

Here’s what Interactors do with the guidance and support of their sponsoring club (source, Rotary International):

  • Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self.
  • Interactors take action to make a difference in their school and community
  • They discover new cultures and promote international understanding
  • They become leaders in their school and community
  • Interact clubs organize at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. Rotary club sponsors (CMIRC) mentor and guide Interactors as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills.

CMIRC is very proud to sponsor this Interact Club effort at the Chiang Mai International School, and we look forward to many years of working together to serve and improve our Chiang Mai community.

Very exciting!!

Other September activities of note:

Our CMIRC members define who we are as a club. So, new members are always big news and they are chosen very carefully. In September we inducted one new member at our September 4 meeting and scheduled the induction of another at our October 2nd meeting. Let me introduce them to you:

Rtn. Nick Dale, comes to us from South Africa, but he also has strong Irish roots. Rtn. Nick’s career was focused on logistics management in both the restaurant/food/beverage industry and in the airline catering industry where he worked for South African Airlines and LSG (Lufthansa). Nick says he joined CMIRC to “give back” and because he wants to become part of the Chiang Mai community.

Soon-to-be Rtn. Clarence Shettlesworth, a citizen of the U.K., Rtn. Clarence has lived in Thailand for over 40 years. He reads, writes, and speaks fluent Thai. Most recently, he has been an adviser to the Thai Ministry of Justice, English Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at Chiang Mai University, and Regional Co-ordinator, SE Asia, University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. Clarence joined the club with a strong interest in helping us seek charitable foundation support for our projects focused on child safety, health, and education.

Our service project updates will be given by our project champions later in this Bulletin, so I will close with one last big item on the CMIRC president’s agenda—the visit on Tuesday, October 2 to CMIRC by new Rotary District 3360 Governor Roongranee Sangsiri. We have prepared a report on our club activities and we hope to have a good conversation about how CMIRC can continue to cooperate with the 65+ other clubs in our district. We are the only Rotary Club in Northern Thailand where English is the language used for all business. But, we at CMIRC have always felt completely welcomed by our Thai colleagues and look forward to discussing joint projects with other Thai clubs in our district. Furthermore, we feel confident our district will support our efforts this year to obtain a Rotary International Global Grant focused on children at the Mae Tao Clinic.

How readers of our Bulletin can help:

As the reader of this Bulletin will see, CMIRC is doing a lot of great work in our Northern Thai community, especially if you consider that we only have 23 members! So, the message this month ends with an appeal to our readers. If you live in Chiang Mai or know someone who does, and you think they would be a good candidate for membership in our club, please let me know: If you wish to make a financial contribution to the CMIRC, please contact .

If you wish to make an in-kind contribution: We need items to sell at the City Life Garden Fair; let us know if you have items and we will arrange pick up. We also need children’s winter clothing, so look for our winter clothing donation boxes at Rim Ping Markets and many other locations in Chiang Mai. If you want to help, please contact or 09 4856 3011