President's Message for January 2021
The club had quite a busy month in December with the completion of this year’s School Vision Screening Project visits to six tessaban (municipal) schools in Chang Mai. This project was led by IPP John Schorr and his wife Phijtra with the support of a number of club and non-club members performing the screenings. PE Dylan Thomason completed his last clothing pick-up and delivery from collection boxes at all of the local Rimping Supermarkets and Makro stores here in the Chiang Mai area. Dylan logged about 6900 km (4200 miles) picking up and delivering about 10,000 kg (22,000 lbs) of clothing in Northern Thailand. Also, during the month, the Children’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Project continued with classes for 4th graders in Chiang Mai and Phrao.
The club participated in the opening ceremony of the Global Grant Peace Project Peace at Ban San Pakwan School in Hang Dong where our District Governor Somchai Kerddecho performed the ceremonial ribbon cutting. And we had the annual District Governor visit on December 15th by District Governor Somchai Kerdedecho where he pinned our newest Rotary club member Debra Furlow (pictured above, with CP Roger and PN Viki). And, the DG presented Paul Harris Fellow recognitions to PE Dylan Thomason and PN Viki Thomason. On December 22 P Roger, Treasurer Nancy, Secretary Nick and PN Viki participated in an online ZOOM meeting with the Rotary Club of Grand Monadnock, New Hampshire, USA sharing what our club does for the community and our financial challenges faced this Rotary Year and our next Rotary Year due to the impact of Covid-19 on our community.
In January, we look forward to the return of Rotarian Raphael to our club meetings after his return from Granada and completion of 14-day quarantine in Bangkok. Hopefully, other club members who have been locked out of country due to Covid-19 will be returning. We have heard that former club member Julia Merkt has decided that she prefers retirement in Chiang Mai versus the USA and has returned to Chiang Mai and hopefully to our club. And hopefully we will have several new members join our club in the second half of this Rotary Year 2020-2021. This president would like to have a club of about 35 members which would permit spreading of the responsibilities of club operations out so more can be involved and some members won't be quite as stretched as they presently are. This will also give us some ability to have back-up leadership persons in case a project champion is not available.