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Posted by Jerry Nelson
April is Rotary's month to recognize and celebrate Maternal and Child Health, one of Rotary's six areas of focus.   At Chiang Mai International Rotary Club our signature focus is always CHILD SAFETY, HEALTH and EDUCATION. April is the month we best align with Rotary International's theme.
 
The CMIRC Children’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention program is growing.   In collaboration with the 11 tessaban schools in Chiang Mai we are planning to soon provide vision screening for those children.   There are on going discussions to expand to other poor schools in Chiang Mai.
 
We have just finish a very successful fundraising campaign to support students as Mae Tao Clinic’s Child development Center.  Our next project with MTC will be to assist with birth registration.  It’s hard to imagine but there are thousands of children in Northern Thailand who have no birth certificate, no civil rights and no chance to compete for a better life!   The  issues are complicated to say the least. Challenges are too many to mention here.  Our club is grateful to have the  opportunity to support this good work. 
 
CMIRC supports the Burma Children’s Medical Fund (BCMF), especially the B.K.Kee Patient house here in Chiang Mai.  The ultimate goal of BCMF is to identify illness and treat them early in new clinics in Myanmar, so that fewer patients need to come to Chiang Mai.  Still there are many who must come and stay at the B..K.Kee Patient House in Chiang Mai.  We support the patients and their parents as we can.  Also, we’ve funded a new toilet building with a sink, mirror and electric lights.   Dangerous drainage ditches have just been covered with metal grates as well.   
 
As the result of William Churchill’s efforts to make contact with CMU, Shana Kongmun the Immediate Past President, myself as President and John Schorr as President Elect  had an excellent meeting Ajarn Rome of the CMU International Relations Department and representatives from the CMU Student Affairs Department on Thursday 22 March.  Possible ways in which CMIRC and CMU could work together in the future were discussed and we expect to receive a formal letter from CMU soon, which will indicate ways in which CMIRC can have a presence in the international community on campus.
 
I recently had the honor of attending the Thailand President Elect Training in Khon Kaen with our President Elect John Schorr.   It was a pleasure to meet many of the incoming presidents from around the 4 districts in Thailand.   There were many positive conversations about potentially moving projects forward in RY 2018-2019. 
 
People in the Chiang Mai area who are interested in doing good in the world through service are encouraged to visit Chiang Mai International Rotary Club with an eye of becoming a part of an organization that puts Service Above Self!
 
 
 
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