October is here, and as the world turns vibrant with autumn colors, we turn our attention to unity in diversity, a core principle that defines not only CMIRC but also the beautiful country of Thailand.
In this upcoming month, we commemorate the following holidays:
1) The passing of King Bhumibol on October 13 has been observed since 2017 to commemorate the death of the late King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej in 2016.
2) Chulalongkorn Day (วันปิยมหาราช), occurring on October 23 marks the legacy of King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V), whose visionary leadership continues to inspire us to commit ourselves to service that creates lasting change.
3) The end of the Buddhist Lent (วันออกพรรษา), observed on the full moon of the 12th Thai lunar month, usually in October, and this year falls on 28 October. Wan Ok Phansa marks the end of the rainy season and the three-month Buddhist Lent. It is a time for reflection, reminding us of the importance of respect for diverse cultures and beliefs. These values lie at the heart of Rotary.
CMIRC is a vibrant blend of cultures and traditions, reflecting the rich diversity of Chiang Mai. This diversity strengthens us, bringing diverse perspectives and experiences to our community projects and events.
Our success stems from the collaboration of members from all walks of life - Thai and international. It is our shared commitment to "Service Above Self" that unites us, making CMIRC a force for positive change.
In October, let's celebrate this diversity, draw inspiration from our adopted nation's values, and continue our journey of service and fellowship.