What You May Have Missed in March 2022

CMIRC members were not able to have their regular every other Sunday morning visits to the patients and their families at Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) B.K. Kee Patient House here in Chiang Mai where members socialize, play games, bring food and engage in craft projects with the patients and their families. The Patient House remains closed to visitors during the upsurge in Covid-19 cases in Chiang Mai. Basic supplies are dropped off there every other Sunday.

Chiang Mai Expats Club breakfasts, where we promote CMIRC and swap "Change for Children" owl banks, were cancelled at The Duke’s due to low participation levels.

Rotarians Nicha and Bill T. championed the distribution of survival packages of rice and essential dry food items to people in need in Chiang Mai area.

Tuesday, March 1, the first Tuesday of the month regular CMIRC meeting occurred in person via hybrid meeting at the Royal Peninsula Hotel. At this meeting the program was presented by James Leyson from SOS Thailand on the topic “Chiang Mai Food Waste: A Solution Ahead!”.

Thursday, March 3, meeting in afternoon at Bronco Kids Sports Club of the Children's Water Safety & Drowning Prevention Team to discuss with representative from the Rotary Club of Royal Hua Hin the possible adoption of the program in Hua Hin.

Friday, March 4, the Chiang Mai Expats Club (CEC) breakfast was held at The Dukes at Maya Mall, where we promoted CMIRC and swap "Change for Children" owl banks. Subsequent breakfasts were cancelled by CEC/Duke's due to low attendance.

Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6, PETS/DDTS in Lampang via ZOOM attended by PE Viki.

Wednesday, March 9, we had our 9@9 ZOOM meeting to stay in touch with our club members wherever they may be in the world.

Tuesday, March 15, a Service Project Committee meeting at the Royal Peninsula Hotel.

Tuesday, March 15, CMIRC third Tuesday of the month meeting. The program was presented by Matthew Jenkins of the Karen Hilltribes Trust (KHT) on the topic "Combining Evidence-based Research and Participatory Methods to the KHT Access to Education Programme". More about KHT here: https://karenhilltribes.org.uk/

Monday, March 21, the first ZOOM online meeting of the CMIRC x BEAM Conversation Partners Program 2022. Morning session with CMIRC partners Rtns Colin, Roger, Nick and Gary. Evening session with CMIRC partners Rtns Myrna, Bill T, Nick, Gordana and John. Topic: “What does your country look like?”

Monday, March 21, Meeting of CMIRC Children's Water Safety & Drowning Prevention Program (CWS&DPP) team at Bronco Kids Sport Club with tessaban school officials to discuss re-starting the CWS&DPP program for current 4th graders and current 5th graders who could not participate last year as 4th graders due to school closures for Covid-19. In addition, discussions regarding resuming the Children's School Vision Screening Program for 3rd and 5th graders in local tessaban schools.

Tuesday, Marc