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What You May Have Missed in October 2021

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 for October due to the Covid-19 cases in Chiang Mai.

October was CMIRC Teddy Bear month, with scouting for bears, funding, purchase and shipment to BCMF in Mae Sot under the coordination of SAA Bill and Secretary Nick.

Thai Post were their usual amazing selves. It cost 110 baht, about US$3 to ship a large box with 10 bears, in decorative bags to the war-torn Covid-infested region of Mae Sot, Thailand. The box arrived in two days. Take that USPS!

Tuesday, October 5, a regular monthly club meeting on ZOOM. The program was presented by Dr. Nongyao Nawarat and Ajarn Wanida Lertvorapreecha on the topic “The Need to Bridge the Digital Divide and Reduce Educational Inequality in Municipality Schools, Chiang Mai".

On October 22, Dr. Nongyao shared the good news that digital access pilot program they discussed during this meeting has been fully funded by Samsung Thailand. Very welcome news for students at a disadvantage during distance learning because of Covid-19.

Wednesday, October 6, President Dylan and Rotarian Clarence met with the Integrated Tribal Development Foundation (IDTF) to understand their activities as related to a possible water project related Global Grant.

Friday, October 8, the CMIRC Board plus Rtn. Bill T. and PP John S. held a ZOOM meeting to set club goals for entry into Rotary Central.

Saturday, October 9, at 9 pm we had our 9@9 ZOOM meeting to stay in touch with our club members wherever they may be in the world.

Thursday, October 14, ZOOM meeting with CMIRC Rotarians Zoomed with Rotarians from D5230 California USA for discussions about a potential Global Grant water project in Northern Thailand.

Friday, October 15 – Sunday, October 17, Rotary District 3360’s Vibrant Club Workshop on ZOOM. President-elect Viki, CP Roger and Treasurer Nancy represented the club in segments of the workshop relevant to their roles.

Friday, October 15, CMIRC kicked off of the 6th Annual Winter Clothing Appeal championed by President Dylan. Within days, we were greeted with overflowing donation boxes at most locations.

Tuesday, October 19, a regular club meeting was held on ZOOM. The program was presented by PDG Jason Lim on the topic “Addressing the Impact of Poverty on Thai Children: Rotary Economic & Community Development Projects.”

Thursday, October 21, a visit by CMIRC Rotarian Clarence to the Integrated Tribal Development Foundation (IDTF) to learn of their capabilities related to potential Global Grant Water Project with CMIRC being the potential host partner club and the Fig Garden Rotary Club, Fresno, California, USA D5230 being the potential international partner club.

Thursday, October 21, the Service Project Committee met via Zoom.

Friday, October 22, the Fundraising Committee met via on ZOOM.

Monday, October 25, Rotarians Bill and Nicha made a food donation delivery to Urban Light Foundation.

Tuesday, October 26, the CMIRC Board Meeting on ZOOM.

Tuesday, October 26, PP John Schorr’s presentation, via ZOOM, to the Rotary Club of Royal Hua Hin (RCRHH) on the Children’s Water Safety & Drowning Prevention project. The RCRHH is discussing the possibility of engaging in a similar effort in Hua Hin.


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