Posted by Roger Lindley
On the 30th of June the Chiang Mai Area Rotary Clubs held their 22nd Joint Installation at the Empress Hotel Convention Center. President Nominee Colin Jarvis filled in for President Elect John Schorr who was in North America for the RI Convention and for a holiday.
The CMIRC English Language Cultural Exchange Club took the month off at BEAM Educational Foundation due to administrative requirements there.
The club was represented at the Chiang Mai Expats Club (CEC) two Breakfast Club meetings on the first and third Fridays of the month and at the fourth Saturday regular meeting of the CEC. We placed Owl banks (above left) with adoptive owners, swapped Owls full of Change for Children from Owl owners, giving them empty refurbished Owls (the little darlings don't part with change easily; CP Roger is a certified Owl wrangler, skilled in a process that's best done behind closed doors), and talked with potential new members.
On the 3rd of July, at our regular meeting, Past District Governor Jason Lim of D3350 (shown at right, receiving a MTC mug and CMIRC banner from PP Jerry) moderated a session on “The Value of Rotary”. We were joined by a large number of visitors from local Rotary Clubs.
On the 7th of July some members of the club attended the open house at the BEAM Educational Foundation.
On the 10th  of July the CMIRC Fundraising Committee met at My Secret Café in Town. New sponsor Brian Pern of Pern’s Restaurant attended for brainstorming ideas on potential new fund raising projects.
At the 17th of July at the CMIRC regular meeting Jamie Knapp presented a program on “The Evolution of Thai Money”.
On the 24th of July the CMIRC Board had their first meeting for Rotary Year 2018-2019. The members of the board are: President John Schorr, President Elect Colin Jarvis, Immediate Past President and Secretary Jerry Nelson, Treasurer Nancy Lindley, Fundraising Chair Shana Kongmun, Foundations Chair William Churchill, and Sergeant-at-Arms Gary Herman. Board meeting minutes are assessable to club members at the members area of the website.
On the 25th of July the Children’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Project committee met at Bronco Kids to discuss the evaluation process for the program being carried out by the Rotary Club of Patong Beach. Afterwards, a lunch get-together was held at Fern Forest Restaurant to thank Ajarn Adul for his support of the program at the eleven municipal school in Chiang Mai. The Ajarn is transferring to Nong Khai.
On the 27th of July, the last Friday of the month, the informal “Let’s Talk Rotary” lunch group gathered at the Salsa Kitchen Restaurant for fellowship.
On  the 31st of July, the fifth Tuesday of the month, a Social Night (left) was held at The Dukes Restaurant at Maya Mall. A number of members and guests attended. Hopefully some potential new members were in attendance.
CMIRC members continued their weekly Sunday visits to BCMF B.K. Kee Patient House