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June 2019
Welcome to the Green Season in northern Thailand! Now short, but strong rain showers are almost a daily, late-afternoon occurrence and the air is clear, the skies are blue and the landscape is turning green. The temperatures are cooling, too. Unlike the hot, quiet months of April and early May, late May and now June are active times for Chiang Mai International Rotary Club, explaining why this month's bulletin is late. Please take some time to relax and enjoy the good weather and our bulletin. You can better view each story by clicking on the story's title where you'll be taken to the story on our website, displayed in a full-page, easy-to-view format.
 
President's Message for June
This will be my last president’s message since I am traveling in the U.S. during the month of June, returning to Chiang Mai on July 8, after my CMIRC presidential term has ended. President-Elect Colin Jarvis has generously offered to stand in for me during the month of June, before beginning his own term on July 1.
  
I would like to use this message to reflect on some of the major things our club has accomplished over the past 11 months and thank the CMIRC Rotarians who led or played very significant roles in these efforts.
 
We are a service club, so I’ll start with some highlights of our service projects. This year we have:

a. Installed pure drinking water systems at the Mae Tao Clinic MTC for patients and staff and worked with MTC to develop a Global Grant. Thank you PP Jerry and PE Clarence.

b. Volunteered with the children and their caregivers every Sunday at the Burma Children Medical Fund's B.K. Kee Patient House. Thank you Rotarians Mike, Gary, and Roger.

c. Taught over 500 children survival swimming and water safety with our Children’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Program in Chiang Mai, BanYa Literacy Center - Phuket, and Phrao. Thank you Rotarians Roger and Gawain.

d. Gathered and delivered seven full truckloads of children’s winter clothing to mountain villages here in Northern Thailand. Thank you Rotarian Geoff & Volunteer Peter Barlow and daughter Pang.

e. Volunteered with displaced and refugee GED (High School Equivalency) students at BEAM Foundation (a program for Burmese migrants and refugees) in an English Language and Culture Program and in GED preparation review. Almost all have passed all parts of the GED and can now apply to universities here in Thailand and abroad. Thank you Rotarians Gary, Brian, Roger, Nick, Gordana, and volunteers Bob and May.

f. We are now the donor representative on the BEAM scholarship committee and are helping them raise funds to enroll the GED students in universities. I am currently serving in this role.

g. Three youth programs have been added this year. At the high school-level we now have Rotary International chartered Interact Clubs at the Chiang Mai International School, thank you Rotarian Mike and at the Unity Concord International School, thank you Rotarian Brian. At the university level, we sponsored and chartered the Rotaract Club of Payap University, thank you Rotarian William.
 
h. And much, much more, thank you to everyone in CMIRC for your dedication to improving Child Safety, Health, and Education in Thailand!
 
To do these projects we need good service-oriented people and this year we added some amazing new members: Nick, Clarence, Brian, Andrew, Cynthia and Gawain.
 
Thanks to Rotarian Ken for his help adding financial incentives for our membership efforts.
 
Fundraising:
It takes money to do what we do and this will be a record year for fundraising for CMIRC, estimates through May of this year show we have already broken our 1,000,000 baht record from last year, thanks to fundraising efforts led by Rotarians Nancy and Shana!! And after two great fundraisers ”It’s Only Rock and Roll,” Rolling Stones tribute concert and the Children’s Charity Duck Dive, we still have another fundraiser in June: Whim’n Rhythm!  
 
We also are very grateful for our Foundation donors: Safe Child Thailand, Australian Direct Assistance Grant Program, and the British Community in Thailand Foundation for the Needy (British Embassy and Chamber of Commerce), and the Rotary Clubs of Minnesota under the leadership of Rotarian Craig Clark. Finally, PP Jerry’s fundraising work with the Mae Tao Clinic continues to provide essential support for their Child Development Center and Child Protection Services.

Donations:
Our philosophy as a club is to use the money we raise as soon as we can to support our projects focused on child safety, health and education. What we do not spend on our projects we donate to Rotary International or worthy projects focused on children here in Thailand. This year our club and its members have participated in supporting the Rotary International Foundation and Polio Plus programs by donating over 100,000 baht to the Rotary International Foundation and Polio Plus. We will set a record this year with donations of over 1,000,000 Baht to our projects and charities!

Other accomplishments:
This year we faced a real challenge: homelessness! After three years at Hong Kong Lucky they moved to a new location and there was no place for us at the inn!! Thanks to Rotarian Cynthia and her extensive connections and tireless work, we found our best home ever: The Royal Peninsula Hotel! 

Finally, I think this past year exemplifies our club’s continued dedication to living up to the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.” Thank you all! I am very proud of us!!
 
What happened in May:
The club was busy in May helping to plan the annual installation of the new club officers event for all sixteen clubs in the Chiang Mai area. The event will take place Saturday, June 29 at 6 pm at the Khum Phucome Hotel. All members and friends of Rotary are welcome to attend the installation dinner. We will have a special guest speaker at the event, United States Deputy Consul General Lane Ogawa. Pictured left to right: Deputy Consul General Lane Ogawa, P John, U.S. Consul General Jennifer Harhigh, P Chonisa of RC of Chiang Mai-Wattana, PP Werapong of RC of Chiang Mai and CP Roger. We had an excellent meeting at the Consular residence in May to discuss the event.

Our club also joined with CP Pongsawart and PE Soontorn of the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai-Wattana to host a group of students and their faculty adviser from Utah State University at one of our meetings devoted to a discussion of service projects in Omkoi.

On May 25 and 26, CP Roger, PP Jerry, PE Clarence, and I attended to District Training Assembly in Phayao.  CP Roger was selected to be one of the main trainers and presenters at the conference! While there we had the opportunity to meet the director and staff of Rotary International Thailand Office (shown left) and we got to know the 2019-2020 District 3360 Governor Kamolsak Visitsakulchai. 
 
At the end of the month Rotarian Gary and I attended the annual RC of Chiang Mai-Thin Thai Ngam and Grandma Cares Foundation Scholarship ceremony with Thel Thel and Su Myat former BEAM students and current Chiang Mai University students receiving scholarships. BEAM staff member Alta Alonzi joined us in the celebration.

We were busy until the last day of May! On the 31st, PP Jerry, Rotarian Gary, visiting Rotarians from Spokane, Washington Fred and Dave, prospective CMIRC member Tabatha, and I participated in a banner exchange, (shown right).

Finally, because I am traveling in June, we conducted our traditional hat ceremony for the departing president and new president at the May CMIRC Board Meeting. PE Colin Jarvis received his Tam o’ Shanter complete with much-needed hair from “professor” John. More on that tradition in the story below, with photos.
 
How readers of our Bulletin can help:
Please read the project reports in this Bulletin to learn more about how CMIRC has expanded and strengthened its focus on Child Safety, Health, and Education this month.

I will end with an appeal. We are getting ready for a very productive 2019-2020 year. Our club’s mission to improve the lives of children in Northern Thailand through our club projects focusing on Child Safety, Health, and Education, demands a great deal of effort and commitment from CMIRC members and friends. There is much to do, and if you would like to help us by joining the club, or if you know someone who might like to join, please let me know: john@cmirotary.org or 08 5030 2143.

If you wish to make a financial contribution to the CMIRC, please contact  treasurer@cmirotary.org

If you wish to make an in-kind contribution: We especially need children’s toys, sports equipment, and school supplies --  please contact president@cmirotary.org or 08 5030 2143.

Everybody, Back in the Pool!
In mid-to-late May schools in Thailand reopen after the hot season holidays, in part of March, April and part of May. So, it's time to get the kids back in the water!
 
 
 
Australian Direct Aid Program Grant
In May, our Australian Aid-funded Children's Water Safety & Drowning Prevention Program (CWS&DPP) in Phrao started its 3rd swim course of the year on May 27, with the course runs until June 7, followed by the 4th course, June 10 to June 21, and the fifth, June 24 to July 5.  We continue to work with 4th and 5th grade students at the Ban Chaeng Khu Ruang School (
ร.ร.บ้านแจ่งกู่เรือง).  
 
We continue to work with Evelind Schecter and Khun Nian, who are our local CWSDPP representatives in Phrao. Evelind is co-founder, with Michael Shafer, of the Warm Heart Foundation.

We are now actively planning another course for the BanYa Learning Centre for migrant children in Phuket. We will continue to work with the wonderful staff and administration at the British International School to teach the thirty children who were unable to complete the course the first time it was offered earlier this year.
 
Phetchabun  
Training of local instructors in Phetchabun will take place in June and the program will begin in mid-June and run until July. We anticipate between 100 and 140 4th-grade children will be taught survival swimming and water safety. We will be sending two of our best swim teacher trainers (Kru Benz and Kru Garn) and they plan to be in Phetchabun from June 4 to 7, traveling from Chiang Mai on the 3rd and back to Chiang Mai on the 8th.  Our Rotary contacts at the Rotary Club of Petchabun Muang and Rotary Club of Lom Sak are actively planning for our training courses and the survival swim courses for the local children. 
 
Patong Beach
The Rotary Club of Patong Beach (RCoPB) Larry Amsden Swim Safe Programme, under the leadership of program chair, Johan Storck, will continue the program with the Ban Sai Nam Yen School this year, with approximately one hundred 4th-graders. We are also planning a special swim teacher training program for September 12 to 16 when Eve Fraser and her trainer-volunteers from the Oz Swim Aquatics/Global Swim Aquatics will provide Australian Swim Coaches and Teachers Association international certification-level courses for our Larry Amsden Swim Safe Programme team in Patong Beach and for local municipality employees as well. Lead teacher Gob and RCoPB President Karen are also actively involved in the planning.

We received the good news this month that the British Community in Thailand Foundation for the Needy had transferred 98,000 Baht to our bank account to be used for the continuation of our survival swim and water safety program in Phrao this coming Rotary year. We plan to start with the 4th-graders at the Ban Chaeng Khu Ruang School (ร.ร.บ้านแจ่งกู่เรือง) in August and teach all 140 - 4th graders there from August to November. We will also organize a course for the students living at our partner organization, the Warm Heart Foundation.  We hope to have the Phrao program assume the same annually fully-funded status as our Chiang Mai Municipal School Program.
 
Chiang Mai, CMIRC-Sponsored Program
At our planning meeting with Khun Pomme and Kru Payu we learned from Khun Tomm that the Chiang Mai Municipal schools have confirmed we will have a certificate ceremony for the approximately 200 children who completed the CWSDP program between October and February on Wednesday, July 10. The ceremony is a fun event and visitors and donors are welcome to attend.  I will provide location and time details next month.

The CMIRC Board has approved funds to continue the program in Chiang Mai for all eleven municipal schools for the next Rotary year beginning in July. This will be our 5th year offering this program to children in Chiang Mai, and this year we will teach our 2,000th child!

Swiss Lanna Society Chiang Mai
Finally, the Swiss Lanna Society will donate proceeds from their Swiss National Day Event on August 1st to our Children’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Program in Chiang Mai. This is a wonderful event, with food and music, and entertainment. All are welcome. It will be at the Skill Center Chiang Mai https://goo.gl/maps/ptYaLaB3AY5QxeYj6  and our water safety team will be doing drowning prevention and rescue demonstrations for the children around 4 pm.  Contact Eveline Willi for details: SLS President president@swisslanna.com.  CMIRC Treasurer Nancy also has tickets available for sale at 800 baht for a fabulous Swiss meal (remember Swiss people like meat, cheese and chocolate!)
Unity Concord Interact Club's Road Trip
On May 24 - 26th nine high school students from the Unity Concord Interact Club and eight members of staff headed to Mae Suai, Chiang Rai province, on their first ever Interact community service trip to bring donations and to visit the children at their partner charity, Baan Pak Dek Phraporn Orphanage.    
 
In addition to the donations of food, clothes, toys, etc., the school also raised approximately 32,000 baht as a donation. Here is a report from the students and staff who went:
 
Baan Pak Dek Phraporn has been around for about five years, and currently is home to fifty-four children, ages 4 - 17 years, all of whom are from the Lahu hilltribe. Many of the children who were brought to the home come from extreme poverty, broken families -- where one or both parents are either deceased, addicted to drugs, or in jail -- and were in high risk of exploitation.  It is not uncommon for girls as young as age 12 to be married.
 
Most of the Unity students had no common language with the children. However their will to make the children's weekend memorable and joyful was so strong that it broke all communications barriers. It was absolutely amazing to see how the Unity students were able to get big group games going without using any spoken words, but rather, very enthusiastic body language and physical touch.
 
The students had a de-briefing session following a Sunday morning church service at the orphanage, and unanimously agreed that this trip was eye-opening, life-changing, and that they couldn't wait to return again. They realized that the comfortable life they lived was not a given, and that so many things they considered "basics", such as a bed to sleep in or the ability to take a hot shower, were luxuries for the kids who live in the orphanage. The troubles they face were trivial when put into perspective with the troubles the kids face, such as not having enough food to get through the day. It was immensely rewarding to watch the students selflessly give their time and love to build up those who are less fortunate in our community, and being able to reflect on their own lives and what they can do to help others.
 
Summer Campaign for Mae Tao Clinic
Our Mae Tao Clinic efforts for May 2019 featured a quick trip to Mae Sot to complete coordination with MTC staff regarding a possible global grant application. The situation on the border is quite fluid and funding is extremely difficult. Mae Tao Clinic is now redoing their own community assessment with the idea of requesting a one-year project which we can fund with a Rotary Global Grant.
 
CMIRC was able to donate 35,000 THB to Mae Tao Clinic in May for the purpose of installing drinking water tanks at the new community resource center. The grand opening of the center will be on 22 June in conjunction with the 30th Anniversary celebration.  Many thanks to the generous Rotarians from CMIRC who made this happen so quickly! 
 
Mae Tao Clinic is in the midst of their 30th Anniversary online fundraising campaign “Trust in the Good Hearts of People”. They are trying to raise $300,000 USD (approximately 9.5 Million THB). As of 29 May they had 44% of their goal with only a few days remaining! There are powerful, very powerful stories of what MTC has done with their very limited resources. During this campaign they mention that just $30.00 USD can:
  • Admit a newborn baby for intensive monitoring
  • Support a pregnant woman to come for her four recommended antenatal care visits
  • Provide two months of supplementary feeding for a malnourished child
  • Enable one lifesaving blood transfusion
For only $300.00 USD you can fund the:
  • Admission and treatment of three children with severe acute malnutrition
  • An entire year of multilingual education at CDC school for one student
  • Support a health worker or teacher for six weeks
You can give directly to Mae Tao Clinic and possibly receive a tax deduction for your kind generosity. Just imagine what the clinic could do with $30,000 USD!
  
In the meantime, we are doing a separate fundraising campaign. The proceeds from this campaign will go the Mae Tao Clinic Child Protection Department and Child Development Center. Our goal is to raise 100,000 THB in 100 days. The 100 days began with a generous donation from our Honorary Member, Past President Elsie Choy from the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai North, on 31 May, followed by Margo Smith!   We are off to a good early start having already collected 3,600 THB, only 96,400 to go and with your generous help we can do this! 
  

Margo and her students from Utah made the first cash donation

There are three easy ways for you to contribute:
 
1. Use our Crowd Funding Site at: https://www.gofundme.com/you-can-protect-children-from-slavery-and-abuse
2. Make a bank transfer to the Bangkok Bank account used by CMIRC, held in the name of the club treasurer and president (since local banking regulations don't permit a "club" to have an account in the club name). Name of account:  Mrs. Nancy Long Lindley and Mr. John Keatley Schorr, Account Number: 531-090222-5, Routing Number (for ACH transfers):  026008691 SWIFT code (for wire transfers):  BKKBTHBK
3. If you are in Chiang Mai, you can simply hand me the cash and I will make sure it gets routed through CMIRC and given to Mae Tao Clinic. 
 
Be sure to send an email to treasurer@cmirotary.org telling us about the deposit so we can make sure the credit is applied as it should be. You will:
 
1. Improve child protection and well-being in boarding houses by implementing a standard of care;
2. Help pay for birth registration;
3. Help fund child protection training; and
4. Monitor and improve students’ health and well-being through the school health program.
 
Rotary Districts, Rotary Clubs, organizations and individuals interested in participating in this interesting project are encouraged to contact us by email at foundations@cmirotary.org
 
We seek to improve the Safety, Health and Education of Children
 
 
22 June 2019 is the date to celebrate thirty years of true compassion from the Mae Tao Clinic. You are cordially invited to celebrate this milestone with us. The day will also mark the Grand Opening of the new Community Resource Center (morning time) and MTC’s 30th Anniversary Celebration (afternoon). You can register by sending an email to fundraising@maetaoclinic.org
 
Young Dr Cynthia circa 1989
 
CMIRC’s next organized tour is scheduled for 24 – 27 July 2019. We are expanding the tour to ensure time to visit the Committee for the Protection and Promotion of Child Rights (CPPCR), The Burma Migrant Teachers Association and the office of Burma Operations at Mae Tao Clinic. It promises to be two days full of information to satisfy your curiosity about the real situation along the Thai/Myanmar border. Of course, we will also schedule some delightful meals and fellowship along the way. Updates to schedule will be posted at https://cmirotary.org/events/calendar
 
 
Meeting the enthusiastic students at CDC
 
Interested in joining us?   Please let me know as soon as possible, time is slipping by and we want to enjoy this opportunity. 

 
 
June Letter from the BCMF B.K. Kee Patient House
May has been a pretty quiet month at the Burma Children Medical Fund's B. K. Kee Patient House except for our Sunday visits. Each week has been a new opportunity to talk with the patients and caregivers. We have found that we need to be flexible in how we interact with patients and it is much easier when we have enough members of our “team” to work one-on-one or in small groups. Having the participation of our BEAM students has really helped. We have found that whether English-language sharing or playing games or just talking, everyone is more engaged and happier when we can work closely.
  
At the beginning of the month we had three BEAM students, but student Aung Khong who has completed his GED training and has been accepted at university was also accepted as an intern for the summer at the Child Protection unit at Mae Tao Clinic and, thus, returned to Mae Sot. It is our hope that his experiences at “The House” will help with his work there.
 
Consider our language-sharing activities:  Some patients are true beginners and we concentrate on very simple words and phrases. But several others, especially one young 15-year-old who has been to the house several times with urinary problems is at an eight to tenth grade level and is bored with beginner lessons.  Mwe Kham worked closely with him for three weeks in May using a more advanced textbook. 
 
We had a 72-year-old patient who could speak English very well, but he has a condition with his jaw that gives him a great deal of pain whenever he talks. So, we play games.
 
And, there is a five-year-old young lady with a tumor on her eye who attracts Saing Sint's attention with drawing and coloring and children’s games. (at left)
  
The last Sunday in May the residents had a special treat when Rotarian Maliwan visited (top left). She spent most of her time with a 14-year-old girl practicing English, showing her the English names of items throughout the compound, playing games and teaching her how to take selfies with her phone. 
 
There is so much reward for just a few hours of investment on a Sunday morning and one doesn't have to commit to come every Sunday to become a part of this project. As we've seen, the patients and caregivers respond so well when we can work with them one-on-one or in small groups. Please consider joining us.

 
 
June is Rotary Fellowships Month
Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.

How do I join a fellowship?
Fellowships are open to Rotarians, family members, program participants and alumni. You can contact a fellowship directly by using the links at https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/more-fellowships

How do I form a fellowship?
* Find others interested in the topic:
 
o Join a discussion group or start a new one. It's a great way to share your interest with other members.
o Use Rotary’s presence on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to promote your idea.
o Attend the Rotary International Convention or other Rotary events.
o Reach out to district leadership in other countries to build membership.

* Apply for official recognition using this online form.
 
Explore the many fellowships:
Interested in a particular subject? Visit the group's website or email it to learn more.

 
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Our Man in the Lone Star State
Rtn. William Churchill, who spent much of the past two years working bring a Rotaract club into the CMIRC universe, has returned to his home in Texas for several months for a well-deserved holiday. But, he's not taking a holiday from Rotary, judging from the photos he's forwarding of the Rotary meetings he's attending. He attended more meetings in May than most of us here in Chiang Mai!  
 
At left, he's with President Fred Bosse of the Rotary Club of Austin University Area. Center, he's visiting the Rotary Club of Austin -- a club with about 200 members. At right, he's with President Les Clark of the Rotary Club of Mesquite. 

 
CMIRC Presidential Headgear
This tradition started with the naming of our second club president, Joe Evans. Charter president Roger presented Joe with the Burger King crown and royal pacifier for use in having a smoothly running club. Joe, in turn, presented our third club president Shana Kongmun, with (of course!) a diamond tiara. Our fourth president, Jerry Nelson, received the Viking warrior horned headgear, in honor of the Viking heritage he isn't quite certain he has. Our fifth president, retired university professor Dr. John Schorr PhD, received the appropriate mortarboard headgear. And our incoming president, Colin Jarvis, proud of his Scottish origins was presented with the traditional tartan tam o'shanter with the special hair-added option at the recent Board meeting. 
 
No need for captions for the photos below:
 

 
 
What You May Have Missed in May
Wednesday, May 1, we moved the CMIRC material to our new home at the Royal Peninsula Hotel.

Sunday, May 5, there was the regular Sunday visit by club members to the Burma Children Medical Fund's BCMF B.K. Kee Patient House.

Tuesday, May 7, there was a regular meeting of CMIRC with speakers Ellen Yellin of the Rotary Club of New Orleans and Evelind Schecter of The Warm Heart Foundation.

Wednesday, May 8, CMIRC members came to the BEAM Foundation to meet students starting the new year of their GED Program.

Sunday, May 12, there was the regular Sunday visit by club members to the BCMF B.K. Kee Patient House (left).

Friday, May 17, there was a meeting with student and faculty from Utah State University for a CMIRC presentation and discussion on Migrant Health Issues.

Friday, May 17, several members of CMIRC and other Rotary clubs met at the US Consulate to discuss the upcoming intercity Rotary officer installation with U.S. Consul General Jennifer Harhigh and Deputy Consul General Lane Ogawa, who will represent her at the event.
 
Sunday, May 19, there was the regular Sunday visit by club members to the BCMF B.K. Kee Patient House.

Tuesday, May 21, the CMIRC Foundation Committee meet.

Tuesday, May 21, the regular meeting of CMIRC with presentation by Khun Yadfon Boonlab on the Phalang Jai Project that supports education of Hill Tribe children. At that meeting club members showed off recent banner acquisitions: Cynthia with a banner from China; Clarence with one from England; Jerry with a banner from Tak; and, Mike with a banner from New Orleans. 

Saturday & Sunday, May 25-26, D3360 District Training Assembly (DTA) in Phayao was attended by several CMIRC members with CP Roger (shown in blue with his back to the camera, at left) co-facilitating the English language training session.

Sunday, May 26, there was the regular Sunday visit by club members to the BCMF B.K. Kee Patient House.

Monday, May 27, the Children's Water Safety & Drowning Prevention Project Committee went to Phrao for the start of the classes for current 5th graders who missed the program when they were 4th graders due to program start date.

Tuesday, May 28, CMIRC Board had its monthly meeting.

Friday, May 31, the last Friday of the month “Let’s Talk Rotary” informal lunch at was at Le Bistrot de Chiang Mai Restaurant.

Friday, May 31, there was a meeting at BEAM to discuss the upcoming BEAM GED 2019 – 2020 Social Studies program.

 
 
Save the Dates: June & Beyond

For a complete and up to date list of events, check our online calendar.   

Here are just a few of the important dates for members of Chiang Mai International Rotary Club (CMIRC). These are opportunities to meet some of us and to meet other Rotarians from around the world!

Every Sunday at 9:30 am, regular visit by club members to Burma Children Medical Fund's  (BCMF) B. K. Kee Patient House. Interested? Contact Rotarian Maliwan.
 
18 June 2019 - Regular Club Meeting, 7 PM at Royal Peninsula Hotel. Program by James Hay of the Rotary Club of Blouberg, South Africa on "Success to Significance". Gather at 5:45 PM for fellowship and optional dinner; order from the menu of Thai food in the restaurant of the hotel. 
 
20 – 22 June 2019 – Mae Tao Clinic 30th Anniversary Celebrations.
 
23 June 2019 - District Governor’s Salute, Phitsanulok.
 
28 June 2019 - Last Friday of the Month, "Let's Talk Rotary" informal lunch, 11:30 am at Grandview Hotel, just north of Maya Mall.
 
29 June 2019 – Installation of Rotary Officers 2019-2020, Chiang Mai.
 
26 July 2019 - Last Friday of the Month, "Let's Talk Rotary informal lunch, 11:30.  See Calendar for location.
 
30 July 2019 - Social Meeting 7 pm, see Calendar for Location.
 
24 -25 August 2019 – District Membership, Foundations & Public Information Seminar, Phitsanulok.
 
30 August 2019 - Last Friday of the Month, "Let's Talk Rotary informal lunch, 11:40 am.  See Calendar for location.
 
11 – 14 October 2019 – District RYLA meeting, Uttradit.

14 – 15 November 2019 – District 3360 Intercity Meeting, Chiang Kong.
 
23 November 2019 - CityLife Garden Fair, Chiang Mai.

29 November – 1 December 2019 Rotary Zone Conference, Manila Philippines.
 
11 - 15 December 2019 Access to Justic Week, Chiang Mai see www.babseacle.org
 
14 – 15 March 2020 District 3360 Conference, Lampang
 
06 – 10 June 2020 - Rotary International Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
 
27 June 2020 - District Governor's Salute, Chiang Rai.
 
12 – 16 June 2021 - Rotary International Convention, Taipei, Taiwan.
 
04 – 08 June 2022 - Rotary International Convention, Houston, Texas, USA.

 
Party with the Swiss on August 1st
The Swiss Lanna Society Chiang Mai has graciously offering to donate the proceeds from their Swiss National Day Party on August 1st to the CMIRC Children's Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Program. We're invited to join them!  Details below. Tickets are available from Rotarian Nancy or from one of the methods listed on graphic below. It's always a good party with great food, music, raffle prizes and fun. We very much appreciate the support of the Swiss community in Chiang Mai.

 
Thank You to Our Sponsors
 Rotary is not free; we give our hearts, we give our time and to some extent we give our money. Most of our heart, most of our time and most of our money goes to support our children’s projects. Yet we have operational expenses, for example, our website with its powerful tools such as this bulletin. We ask that you consider our sponsors for your needs.
 
Pern's Restaurant, a Mediterranean restaurant on Huey Kaew Road, near Central Kad Suan Kaew mall, is located across from the Shell Petrol station. Brian Pern and his friendly staff (including the legendary Mickey) create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for diners to enjoy steaks, seafood, chicken, pasta and vegetarian offerings. There are nightly specials and half-price house wine on Wednesdays. Most Wednesday and Sunday evenings you can enjoy smooth jazz while dining. First time diners receive a free glass of house wine when they reserve through Pern's website. Book here. 
 
Lanna Lawyers is an expat-focused professional general practice law firm in Chiang Mai. They provide detailed and focused legal advice and services to expats and Thai nationals.  Specializations includeFamily, Business/Corporate, Property/Real Estate, Wills and Estates, Civil, Contract and Criminal Law. Other services include immigration, notary services, translations and accounting. Lanna Lawyers prides itself on the ethical, high quality and standard of care. Lanna Lawyers is a leader in providing pro bono services to a significant number of clients who are both in need of legal assistance and do not have the financial means and ability to pay for them.
 
Fashion King is the best tailor in Chiang Mai. They have been in the same shop for over 12 years and receive the highest ratings from Trip Advisor and others. They feature authentic craftsmanship, superior materials and a great value! Their success is measured in customer satisfaction. The owners, Frank and Vanita will personally guide you through the entire process: design, material selection, fitting and delivery. CMIRC members -- this is the place to order a custom-made CMIRC dress-shirt or have a CMIRC emblem embroidered on your casual polo shirt. Frank and Vanita are the sponsors of the famous Chiang Mai fundraising event called “Bollywood Night”. They do a lot to give back to their community, helping the underprivileged in and around Chiang Mai.
 
Royal Peninsula Hotel is an excellent international standard hotel located in the heart of Chiang Mai. They have 150 guest rooms with all amenities including free wi-fi. There is ample onsite, covered parking. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi are available to guests. There is both an indoor restaurant, featuring Thai cuisine and outdoor beer garden next to the swimming pool. The Royal Peninsula Hotel has two conference and banquet rooms, well decorated, with good acoustics. The staff at Royal Peninsula are very accommodating. The Chiang Mai International Rotary Club meets at the Royal Peninsula at 7:00 PM on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, with many members and guests gathering about an hour before the meeting in the hotel's restaurant for fellowship and an optional meal, ordering from the restaurant's menu of reasonably-priced Thai food.
 
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