President's Message for May 2022

Recently, Rotary International President-elect Jennifer Jones asked all incoming district governors to imagine a world which deserves our best and where we Rotarians wake up knowing that we can make a difference.

In line with this philosophy, I’m happy to share that the Chiang Mai International Rotary Club is continuing to invest a lot of effort into mapping out how we can deliver our best and continue to create positive impacts right here in Northern Thailand. I’m looking forward to sharing some of these ideas in my upcoming final Presidential Message, and of course, joining each of you in making these ideas a reality.

Another month has passed, and thankfully our club was able to deliver even more food to the Urban Light Foundation. For those of you who don’t know, the Urban Light Foundation empowers, restores and provides emergency services and support to boys who are victims of human trafficking and exploitation. This incredible food effort continues to operate in large part thanks to Rotarians Bill and Nicha Trempus.

Project Champion Bill Pierce has reported that it’s largely been business as usual at the Burma Children Medical Fund’s B.K. Kee Patient House. The sense of normalcy is returning with new patients finally arriving and long-term patients (who could not leave the facility over the last few years due to regional travel restrictions) are thankfully being able to return home and reunite with their friends and family.

Secretary Nick Dale continues to foster big dreams for our club’s very important Teddy Trekkers project. Personally, I love to stay up-to-date with this project and enjoyed reading this Bulletin article last month.

Past President and Project Champion, John Schorr, announced that our school-based Children’s Water Safety & Drowning Prevention Program (CWSDPP) and School Vision Screening Program (SVSP) is now officially scheduled to resume in August.

My incredible wife, who also happens to be our President-elect, Viki Thomason, and our Thai-speaking daughter, Charlotte (left, in the photo above), attended the District 3360 President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) & District Team Training Seminar (DTTS) in Lampang on the weekend of April 23, 2022. Charlotte proved to be a pet of the PETS, while successfully continuing to ignore Mommy’s request to translate. Nevertheless, PE Viki enforced our club’s place on the District’s map thanks to her viral dance moves which have become forever memorialized in the hearts and minds of those that got to witness it live, and conveniently also on TikTok for the rest of us.

Sadly, like many Rotary clubs around the world, we are continuing to explore ways to help Ukrainian refugees affected by the crisis in their homeland. Right now, we are trying to locate Rotary clubs in Europe that aid displaced people. If you would like to join this conversation, please reach out to at board@cmirotary.org.

The Royal Peninsula Hotel is continuing to operate as a “hospitel” (a hotel turned hospital), which means we are continuing to conduct meetings at our temporary meeting space until further notice. Please remember, we are currently meeting on the first and third Tuesday of every month (7 PM) at the beautiful Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel, located next to the Kad Suan Kaew mall. Some of us g