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Presidents' Messages

By John Schorr & Colin Jarvis

It was with great regret that at the Chiang Mai International Rotary Club (CMIRC) Board’s October 25, 2019 meeting, the CMIRC Board received notice of and accepted the resignation of President Colin Jarvis (pictured left). Past President Colin is facing significant health issues and he felt unable to continue his presidency. PP Colin will continue as an active CMIRC member, but the president’s role will be assumed by me, the immediate past president; the CMIRC Board saw this as the most logical course of action. I will serve as president until June 30, and I plan to work closely with President-Elect Clarence, the CMIRC Board, and all CMIRC Rotarians to ensure we have a successful year. We all hope to see Past President Colin back at full strength very soon! Thanks to all for your support -- CMIRC President 2018-19, 2019-20 John K. Schorr

Dear Readers,

I say readers as I know this message is read by many people throughout the world, both Rotarian and non-Rotarian. Last year I was really looking forward to becoming president of the best Rotary club I have ever been a member of. It was to be the highlight of my thirty-five years as a Rotarian. Unfortunately, the demands on my time are great. I am working between 60 and 80 hours a week which is just too much when I have health and other problems to contend with. Sadly, I have not been able to provide the club with the service I intended and have decided to step down and enable John Schorr to continue in my place. He will do a far better job than I am able to at the moment. I have always said that Rotary clubs survive even very bad Presidents and I think this is a case that proves the point. I shall continue to run a few projects and will help out in any way I can and hope that I will recover fully over the next year so that I can take a full and energetic part in the life of the club in future. I would like to thank all the members, particularly those on the board, who have put up with my weakness over the last six months and would like to assure everyone that I will still be around, on a regular basis, able to pontificate as I like to do. I was very pleased to see our response to the March against Slavery as I have felt for some time there are not enough activities that involve all club members at the same time. Indeed, full club participation in community service projects is something I intend to continue developing. It may not seem much to take part in a march of less than 2 km but the solidarity between the members and the cause is beneficial for all concerned which is the fourth statement in the Rotary Four Way Test. The other projects that I intend to develop you will hear about in future bulletins. So, let me say again how grateful I am for the kind support I have received, particularly from Clarence, Jerry and John. I look forward to pulling my full weight as soon as possible. -- CMIRC Immediate Past President Colin Jarvis


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