Stasha's Story
The Rotary Club of Oroville Sunrise, District 5180 contacted Chiang Mai International Rotary Club (CMIRC) asking if we would be willing to be the host club for a Rotary Global Grant Scholarship for Stasha Malcolm.  We agreed and that turned out to be one of the very best decisions our young club has made.   We asked her to contribute to this month’s bulletin.  Her article is below, but I should first mention that in addition to the wonderful work she has outlined, Stasha is very involved in CMIRC activities and projects and she has offered to be the primary to establish an Interact Club!
District 5180 gave Stasha her first PHF.  Shown here Stasha, DG Anusit Puvaseth and his lovely wife Ampan Puvaseth
Currently I am about halfway through my second semester, which means my year of coursework is almost complete! I began the MA program with a broad idea for thesis research, focused on Myanmar’s current political transition. I also knew I was passionately interested in issues surrounding hydropower development (dam building) on the Mekong and Salween Rivers. Linking these interests, I have begun to narrow down my proposed research to “How State-Led Development is Undermining Myanmar’s Peace Process – A case study of the Hatgyi Dam project in Karen State, Myanmar”. This will be a critical narrative of development within ethnic states of Myanmar and analysis of the effect the continuation of those contested projects are having on the success of the peace-building process between ethnic armed groups, the Burmese military, and the newly-elected government.
           My coursework last semester included one field trip to Chiang Khong & Bokeo (Laos) where we also visited the NGO “Rak Chiang Khong”. In February, I was able to meet with the Vice President of the Karen National Union here in Chiang Mai to establish a connection with her in order to facilitate future research for my proposed thesis. This semester, we will visit Baan Hin Laht Nai, a Karen village between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, to practice conducting Participatory Action Research in late March. Additionally, in April we will visit Mae Sot with the Trans border Studies elective course to visit various NGOs and local institutions.
          Outside of school, I have been working on a Youth Empowerment service project to strengthen the network of Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) participants in Northern Thailand. In 2014-2015, I was an intern with the Virtual Student Foreign Service, working with YSEALI (an initiative founded by President Obama in 2013). Following that internship, I continued involvement with YSEALI through my internship at the U.S. Consulate General, Chiang Mai in the summer of 2015. My passion about YSEALI led me to see the disjuncture between YSEALI members and YSEALI programs. As YSEALI doesn’t have a space for action in the day-to-day lives of members or alumni, I wanted to change that through creation of an empowering and service-focused space for YSEALI members of Northern Thailand to come together and find solutions to the problems within our community, countries, and region.
          This leads me to two events coming this month to move my project forward: first, the U.S. Consulate is hosting a meeting on March 16 for local YSEALI alumni to come together and establish an “association”; second is the grand opening fair of the YSEALI Speaker Series at Chiang Mai University, hosted in partnership with the American Corner and Center for ASEAN Studies on March 29 (my birthday)! These events will be followed by a Speaker Series event in April, and hopefully an application workshop in June. The next goal of the association is to plan, propose, and host an YSEALI Generation Regional Workshop focused around the issue of Economic and Community Development. (For more information on YSEALI, visit
          I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to Rotary and to all of you for your continued and enthusiastic support of my studies here. Receiving the Rotary Global Grant has added more value to my time here than I could have ever imagined. I am so fortunate to have a host club that is active, fun, and inspiring! CMIRC has been my introduction to Rotary, and has taught me what it means to be a Rotarian. I can assure you that Rotary has gained a future member – that is, in a few years after my research is complete ;)
Banner Exchange for RC or Orville and CMICR. P Elsie, P Tanakorn, Stasha and P Shana
With love and appreciation,
Stasha met with a Karen Family in Mae Sot.  Photo taken at the Border Line Cafe
Rotary One Day
On the auspicious occasion of the 112th Anniversary of Rotary and 100th Anniversary of Rotary Foundation, the Rotary International District 3360 under supervision of by District Governor อนุศิษฐ์ ภูวเศรษฐ organized the Rotary One Day Event on Saturday, February 4, 2017, from 8:00am – 5:00pm at the Three Kings’ Monument. This event was hosted by Chiang Mai Rotary Club in collaboration with 19 Rotary Clubs in Chiang Mai province. Meanwhile during the mourning period and in remembrance of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibhol Adulyadej, the slogan of the event is “100 Years of Rotary Foundation: Do Good Following King Rama IX’s Footsteps”. A number of exhibitions on community service activities were displayed under the theme of HM the Late King’s projects.
There were 19 Rotary Clubs in Chiang Mai province joining the event, as follows;
Participating Rotary Clubs, 4 Februry 2017
Chiang Mai Wattana Rotary Club  Chiang Mai Airport Rotary Club South Chiang Mai Rotary Club
Nakornping Chiang Mai Rotary Club Chiang Mai International Rotary Club  Chaiprakarn Rotary Club
Sarapee Chiang Mai Rotary Club Chiang Mai Sansai Rotary Club Chiang Mai Rotary Club
Lanna Chiang Mai Rotary Club Chang Puek Chiang Mai Rotary Club Chiang Mai Thin Thai Ngam Rotary Club
North Chiang Mai Rotary Club  Fang Rotary Club Doi Suthep Rotary Club 
Jom Thong Rotary Club Kawila Chiang Mai Rotary Club Chiang Mai Bhubing Rotary Club
Sanpatong Rotary Club    
The activities offered to the public at the Rotary One Day event included community services exhibition, vocational courses, free food and water for visitors, and stage performances; i.e. the ceremony of exchanging old noodle pot with led-free noodle pot for local noodle shop owners; dance show raising awareness of and promoting prevention from dengue fever; speech contest on “100 Years of Rotary Foundation: Do Good Following King Rama IX’s Footsteps”; Tripitaka reading challenge; story-telling for young children under the “Love Rotary Love Reading Project”; demonstration on how to survive drowning in children; and musical performance of HM King Rama IX’s songs by the marching band of Dara Academy.
Students from CMIRC's Childrens Water Safety & Drown Proofing Program demonstrate helping others out of the water.
A number of 500 visitors approximately plus 482 Rotarians contributed to the success of this Rotary One Day event. The goals of the event were fully accomplished with the exhibitors, visitors, collaborations with other entities. This certainly ensures the successful determination and positive image of Rotary Clubs in Chiang Mai as a whole.
CMIRC Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Program Update
The Chiang International Rotary Club-Kru Payu Swim Children’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Program
The Chiang International Rotary Club-Kru Payu Swim Children’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Program has completed a successful school year filled with 11 swim courses; one for each of the 11 public schools in Chiang Mai.  During the course of this year, with the help and assistance Bronco Kids Sports Center, the Chiang Mai Municipality, the Chiang Mai Expats Club, and, of course, the wonderful swim instructors at Kru Payu Swim; we have taught almost 400, 4th grade students survival swimming and basic water safety.  Our course consists of 5 hours of pool-side water safety instruction, including what to do when you see others in trouble, and 10 hours of in-pool survival swimming instruction.  Around 95 % of our students complete the course successfully. 
Instruction before entering the pool
Over the past 18 months we have tested, assessed, and revised various methods of instruction and have learned a great deal.  We now believe we have an affordable program for communities everywhere in Thailand. We have also resolved the logistical problems of equipment and transportation and we have decided to use an adaptation of the United Kingdom’s Royal Lifesaving Society Commonwealth Drowning Prevention Program that has been so successful in Australia.  Engaging the public school administration and the local municipality have also been crucial elements in our success.  We believe we can now offer other Rotary Clubs and Thai communities a proven model for adaptation in their communities.  We hope to expand our program using the Rotary Network and, of course, eventually we hope the Thai Ministries of Public Health and Education will want to implement a program, similar to the one we have developed and assessed, for all of Thailand.
As we plan for next year, the Chiang International Rotary Club-Kru Payu Swim Children’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Program has applied for a grant from the U.K.’s Safe Child Thailand Foundation.  If we receive funding it will be used to expand the program to Mae Sot and Nonthaburi.  We are also in the early stages of a cooperative effort with the Rotary Club of Bua Yai in Korat.  Of course, we also plan to continue to offer water safety and survival swim instruction to every public school 4th grade class in Chiang Mai.
Kru Payu and team at project meeting. 

Why District Conference in Important
It is not uncommon for Rotarians to raise question of why do we need to attend the district conference, and how important is it?  The answers to these questions can be found in the District Conference Manual where it states clearly that the purpose of the district conference is to provide opportunities for networking, inspirational addresses, and discussions of Rotary related matters.  In addition, a district conference will not be complete without conducting the following businesses:
1. discuss and adopt the annual statement and report of the district finances from the previous Rotary year if it has not been adopted at a previously held district meetings prescribed by RI Bylaws section 16.060.4
2. approve the per capita levy, if not approved previously at the district training assembly or district presidents-elect training seminar
3. vote on conference resolutions
4 elect the member of the nominating committee for the RI Board or Directors, as appropriate
5. elect the districts Council representative during the Rotary year two years prior to the Council on Legislation, if the district chooses not to utilize the nominating committee procedure. (September 2016 Mtg., Bd. Dec. 28)
6. discussing any legislation to be proposed for the next council meeting which take place every 3 years
7. selecting the governor nominee, depending on decision of the conference on which method of selection will be adopted. District must provide vote casting facility when decision is to vote at the conference, or to endorse the winning candidate if decision is made in favor of 'Ballot by Mail', or if the decision is to have a nominating committee then the conference must provide voting session for members of the committee (in this case,the terms of reference for district nominating committees should specify that there should be no fewer than three members of the nominating committee and members should serve for no more than three one-year terms when a district has adopted a procedure for selecting members on the nominating committee for governor under RI Bylaws section 14.020.2)
Apart from above required programs, one of their key business to be conducted in this important annual meeting is speech delivered by RI President's Representative who is usually a senior Rotarian who has long years of Rotary experience. The representative will immediately following the conference, complete the confidential Governor's report.  
This year (2016-17) we have the honor of kind acceptance from RI President John Germ to present at the Multi District Conference (Thailand's 4 districts plus D3310 from Malaysia) on May 12-14 2017 at BITEC Bangna, Bangkok. 
The district conference is held annually for not only club officers, but all Rotary members and their family members to attend. Rotarians are in the district conference to get inspired and to have fun with fellowship as well as sharing their understanding on matters of interest. All these add to the meaning of being a Rotarian as ones open up themselves for such experience, knowing new things, acquainting new friends. Those who turn up at this event usually return home with great satisfaction and keep looking forward to rejoining the subsequent year’s conference.
Another great experience about going to the district conference is the opportunity to get deeper acquaintance with fellow Rotarians within one’s own club while traveling in the same vehicle to the place where DC will be taking place. The profound moment derived from such togetherness will sustain long after the end of the meeting.
Pertaining to my own experience in attending district conferences in many countries, I found that most of the northern countries  such as North America or European countries tend to hold their conferences in October and November as the atmosphere is suitable for organizing such event of which most districts focused their programs not on performance report due to too short operation period from the beginning of the Rotary year.  In some countries, districts prefer to have their convention in March such as in Thailand where performance reports are available to present to the attending Rotarians.  Exception is allowed for the venue in the country where Rotary International Convention is set to take place and mostly in May, such will not allow district conference to be convened within the interval of 90 days before RI Convention is held.  This is the case when I served as district governor and we had our Joint District 3340 and 3360 conference taking place in December. 
It is, therefore, not necessary to include presentation of district performance report in every district conference program, but minimum requirement is to cover all 7 programs mentioned above given that timing is right for each of the programs.  For 2017, selection of district’s representative for 2019 Council on Legislation is due and all district must not miss this session.
Lastly, don’t miss the upcoming District Conference.
*Translated from Thai to English by PP Surakit Kerdsongkran,RC Bangkhen
Save the Dates!
Exciting events are coming up in Rotary, more details when time allows:
March 25-26, 2017 Pre-District Conference Mai Sai.
May 12-14, 2017 Joint 6 district Conference with John Germ RI President  Impact Arena, Bangkok.
June 10 - 14, 2017 Rotary International Convention, Atlanta Georgia, U.S.A.  Register at   
July 1, 2017 - Installation of Chiang Mai Area Rotary Presidents, Grand View Hotel.   Times and Details to follow
October 3, 2017 - District Governor's Official Visit to CMIRC
                    Chiang Mai Internatioanal Rotary Club (CMIRC) Meetings April - June 2017