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President's Message For May 2023

In April, our school-based programs remained on break, but we still had a lot to do.

On April 9, Past President John Schorr, Rotarian Patrick Desloge, Documentary Photographer John Hulme, and Michael Mann, the Director of Integrated Tribal Development Foundation (ITDF), visited the Water and Sanitation project site at Santisook Village in Chiang Rai, where work was already underway. The yellow Lahu Santisook is the first village benefitting from the newly obtained 330,000 USD Global Grant by the Rotary Foundation. ITDF is our project partner, which will install clean water and sanitation systems in 21 villages in the next three years.

The Chiang Mai International Rotary Club concluded its 2022 Children's Winter Clothing Appeal on April 17. We distributed donations to 11 remote, hard-to-access locations in three Northern provinces with the help of the Classic Car Club of Lanna, the nonprofit organization Daughters Rising, and the Interact Club of Unity Concord International School. In addition, we sent warm clothing, shoes, blankets, and toys to the Burma Children Medical Fund B.K. Kee Patient House.

Last month, our Teddy Trekkers were as busy as ever travelling great distances, which resulted in happy young patients and some heart-warming photos. At our last Board Meeting, our Directors allocated the proceeds from our raffle sales to the Teddy Trekkers Initiative. It is a very worthy yet underserved cause. The need is great, but our resources are low. So, if you have any, bring out your bears! If you do not have any bear to spare and wish to contribute cash instead, you can find our bank account information at the bottom of this page. Thank you for considering donating to this cause.

A few days ago, we received photos of our travelling “ambassador,” Gordana Nardini, who participated in a Rotary Friendship Exchange between Croatia and the USA (Districts 7710 and 1913). Gordana has been a member of the Rotary Club of Zagreb before joining the Chiang Mai International Rotary Club. The following images are courtesy of Vitaliy Bezrodnov.

In April, CMIRC practiced two unforgettable dance routines - one made famous by Wednesday Addams and another hit, which gained over 12 billion views on YouTube alone: Baby Shark. Yep. Big thanks to Membership Chair Myrna Muyana for teaching us the choreographies. Watch the video here below at your own risk:

Would you like to learn more about our projects or get involved? Come and see us! Contact for an invitation.


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