Posted by Roger Lindley
In March we welcomed our newest member, Dr. Narong Tongsuk.
 
On March the 3rd we had our annual Charity Golf Ball Drop at the Thailand International Balloon Festival, held this year at the Cowboy Army Riding Club in Mae Rim. There was great turnout by club members and friends in helping with ticket sales and preparing for the drop. Due to circumstances beyond our control the “Drop” had to be modified into a “Draw”. We raised approximately 160,000 Baht to support our club’s service projects.  
 
On March the 13th there was a pre-induction meeting at My Secret Café in Town for Dr. Narong Tongsuk (D.Th.).
 
On March 6 we had a regular club meeting at Hong Kong Lucky restaurant where U.S. Consul General Jennifer Harhigh spoke about the new short-term exhibit in Bangkok, "Great and Good Friends", celebrating 200 years of friendship between Thailand and the U.S.
 
On March 13 the Service Projects and Fundraising Committee met to review project status and evaluate the Charity Golf Ball Drop Fundraiser.
 
On March 17 and 18, the District 3360 District Assembly was held at the Empress Hotel here in Chiang Mai. Four Hundred people registered for the event. Nine Rotarians from CMIRC attended the assembly.
 
On March 20, the CMIRC had a regular meeting at Hong Kong Lucky Restaurant with the program presented by Victoria Vorreiter on the topic "Hmong Threads of Life, Traditional Hmong Textiles of the Golden Triangle". Our newest member, Dr. Narong Tongsuk, was inducted into our club.  
 
On March 27 there was a scheduled CMIRC Board Meeting. Highlights included approval of donation of the 4th quarter Raffle income to BEAM school, with advance payment of 15,000 baht immediately in order to take advantage of the Global Giving program deadline of March 31. Also, the Board approved a Special Recognition Dinner for June 7 ahead of the Yale University Whim 'n Rhythm concert to honor non-CMIRC members who help make our projects a success.
 
And every Thursday morning Rotarians visit with the children and families at the B.K. Kee Patient House.

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