Posted by William Churchill on Mar 01, 2019
Rotarian, attorney and retired Judge William Churchill, while a member of the Rotary Club of Dallas (Texas, USA) and domiciled in Chiang Mai, inquired about becoming a member of the Chiang Mai International Rotary Club (CMIRC). Rtn William wanted to make Chiang Mai his secondary residence and to be active with Rotary in Chiang Mai. William had attended CMIS meetings as a visiting Rotarian. While going through the club’s standard pre-induction meeting, he was asked how he would want to serve the club and community as a CMIRC member. He promptly responded, “Start a CMIRC-sponsored Rotaract Club”.

After his induction as a CMIS club member, William began exploring the possibilities for forming an English Language Rotaract Club in Chiang Mai. While collaborating with another new member, Dr. Narong Tongsuk (D. Th.), an instructor at Payap University, the decision was made to focus efforts on forming the new Rotaract Club at Payap University. Discussions continued and follow-up letters exchanged between Payap University administration and CMIRC.

On February 1, 2019, all efforts gave way to Rotary International's approval of the new club and a "Certificate of Organization" was issued. Initial membership efforts and organizational planning is underway and we're expected to hold the first meeting for potential members on March 13th, 2019 at Payap University. Upon the election of officers and required documents, the new Rotaract Club of Payap University will be official.