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.