President's Message for December 2021

With the calendar year quickly coming to an end, I’d like to invite everyone to consider this month as an opportunity to think about what we can accomplish next year. While we are an organized club that operates with bylaws, committees, and a Board of Directors, it can certainly be said that all projects typically start with the initiative of just one individual member at a time. Will that person be you in 2022?

During this past month, Rotarian Bill and Nicha Trempus continued their work on the Chiang Mai International Rotary Club Food Initiative. They helped us organize and donate 540 tins of canned fish to the Urban Light Foundation on behalf of CMIRC. Nicha also assembled a new batch of 200 survival food packages for people who continue to struggle with unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Human Rights and Development Foundation as well as the Chiang Mai Trust assisted with distributing the packages in the Hang Dong, San Sai, and Doi Saket areas.

Youth Programs Director Raphael Djemal met with student leadership at Payap University to discuss how we as a club can support them in reorganizing their Rotaract Club. John Schorr, Roger Lindley, and Gary Herman attended the meeting as well.

Secretary Nick Dale has reported that even more Teddy Trekkers have successfully completed their mission and reached the arms of their new young owners, all of which are undergoing medical treatment in the Mae Sot area. As always, we are sending a sincere thanks on their behalf to all teddy bear donors!

The Burma Children Medical Fund's B.K. Kee Patient House organized their annual Loy Krathong festivities and held group birthday celebrations. Patients and caregivers continued to participate in basic literacy and health education classes. Rotarians Bill Pierce and Nick Dale continued their work to maintain our club’s commitment to deliver supplies every other week.

On November 16, we welcomed Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Damansara Heights D3300 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia into our regular meeting on ZOOM. It was great to welcome so many Rotarians from their club.