President's Message

February may be the shortest month of the year, but you wouldn’t know that by what our club accomplished this month! I will describe some of the club activities in my message. But, 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.

What happened in February:

The biggest news for CMIRC is our move. On February 21, we moved all of our banners, records, and equipment to the Hong Kong Lucky Restaurant in the Top North Hotel just a few steps from Thapae Gate. Our CMIRC 5th Birthday Party and Children’s Charity Duck Dive took place at our new location on the 23rd of February, and our first regular CMIRC club meeting in our new home will be on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, beginning at 7 pm! As at our previous location, a Chinese family dinner will be available beginning at 5:45 pm for those who reserve at events@cmirotary.org . Please reserve by Monday afternoon for the Tuesday dinner.

Speaking of our club’s 5th birthday party, we were honored to have Past District Governor Chamnan Chanruang of the Rotary Club Chiang Mai-North and President Poonthip Andersen of the Rotary Club Chiang Mai there to help us celebrate. President John and President-Elect Colin blew out the 5 candles and we all sang Happy Birthday to Us.

We also conducted our first annual Children’s Charity Duck Dive on the 23rd using the waterfall and pool at the Top North Hotel. Top North very generously agreed to close their pool from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, so our 170 ducks could dive and then race for the finish line in 9 heats. (Duck Drover Nick Dale, at right, launches ducks over the waterfall, bailing with a plastic basket to encourage the critters to gain speed.) The final race included the three winners from each of the previous heats.

The winning ducks were: #221, 1st; #79, 2nd; and #160, 3rd. Two of our winners VERY GENEROUSLY donated their winnings back to the club. We appreciate the generosity of American International Tax Advisers in sponsoring the 2nd place prize and Chiang Mai's English-language radio station, Happy Radio FM 98.50 in providing free publicity of our event. We raised almost US$3,000 (90,000 Baht) this year and we learned a lot. Next year the ducks will race again and the goal will be 150,000 Baht!! Thanks to everyone who had a duck or a flock in the race this year! And special recognition to club members who sold ten duck tickets or more: CP Roger, PP Jerry, PP Shana, PD Clarence, Rtn Gary, Rtn Nancy and me!