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Jerry Nelson
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The Ban Pao Witiyakhan School in Chiang Mai Province is very well administered and supports poor hill tribe children.  They are sorely lacking in any sort of budget and they desperately need a water filtration system.  Soon they will have one, thanks to the combined efforts of three Rotary Clubs; Rotary Club of Kamloops West, British Columbia, Canada, Rotary Club of Chiang Mai Thin Thai Ngam and Chiang Mai International Rotary Club. The project became official at the regular meeting of Chiang Mai International on March 17, 2015 when Gary Soles from Rotary Club of Kamloops presented 28,000 baht to CMIRC for disbursement.
         Members of all three clubs and the principal of Ban Pao Wittatakarn 
Gary Soles from the Rotary Club of Kamloops visits Thailand almost every year and has become aware of the good work done by Rotarian Hope Watcharaprecha and her club, The Rotary Club of Chiang Mai Thin Thai Ngam.  He mentioned that his club was looking for a project to support.  She recommended the Ban Pao Witiyakhan School.  In conjunction with the Chiang Mai International Rotary club due diligence was conducted and it was decided to proceed.
Chiang Mai International Rotary Club will contribute the water filter system.  Rotarian Colin Jarvis made the contacts and was able to secure the the Actiwa Swiss water filter system with manual backwash with the help of a donation from the GOL Iluminado Foundation of Brazil. At the CMIRC meeting the agreement between the Rotary Clubs and the school was signed.  On the 18th of March the first disbursement was made; the project is underway! 
The good people from Actiwa Swiss are scheduled to come to Chiang Mai in May 2015, to inspect and implement the first system, in conjunction with CMIRC.
This project is very important to CMIRC because it's our first official collaboration with other clubs.  We recognize that one of the most powerful aspects of Rotary is our ability to come together for a common good
           The principal and two Rotarians from Thin Thai Ngam 
Jerry will write a new story that will include the latest numbers we have from Mae Tao Clinic and a short list of possible opportunities to help them. For now this is just filler..
On 28 February 2015 there was a devastating fire which destroyed the boy's dormitory at Mae Tao Clinic's Child Development Center.  The children lost everything, including critical documentation, clothing and what little money they may have had.   Rotarians marshaled their resources and teamed with members of the Chiang Mai Expats club.  A very short fund raising campaign yielded 134, 300 baht, all from private resources (no funds from either club were used). 
Replacement of the boarding houses with brick and mortar will cost in the neighborhood of 620,000 ( $20,000 USD) What we have accomplished is a very good start. A new crowd funding campaign has begun.  Those who may want to contribute are invited to visit Help Mae Tao Clinic Replace Boy's Dorm Lost in Fire!  
Other organizations, including Greater Good, Thai Children's Trust and Crowd Funding by Agoa Architects are also raising money to support this effort.
Of course, the main emphasis of Chiang Mai International Rotary is Service, but fellowship is also a big part of Rotary.  Come and socialize, have a meal or a snack, have a drink if you like.  We will reserve a table at the River Market most Tuesdays.  The next mix and meet for dinner will be at 6:00 p.m. on June 2, 2015.     
This can be a great opportunity to invite friends, and introduce them to other club members and guests.  
Just a few housekeeping details to remember:
a. Typically we will meet in the room directly beneath the meeting room.  Of course this is subject to availability. If you don't see us, ask the receptionist.
b. Non-Rotarians are welcome by invitation.
c. Each person is responsible for his / her own bill.  
d. Arrive as close to 6:00 p.m. as you can allowing time for a relaxed meal before the meeting at 7:30.
d. When guests are present, do all you can to make them feel welcome. 
This mix and meet is totally optional; no one is required or expected to attend. Several members are in the habit of gathering around 6:00 p.m. for dinner, this simply extends the invitation to all members and to their invited guests.  Please join us!