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Fond Farewell as President

As I write this, my year as President of Chiang Mai International Rotary Club (CMIRC) is ending; a good time for reflection and review. In my opinion, shared with the clear majority of Rotarians I have met, the President is responsible for the shortcomings within the club and the members rightfully receive credit for the successes we enjoy! For 2017-2018 was CMIRC a success? Were there problems and challenges? Were we up to the task? Are the success stories worthy of telling? My answer: Absolutely!

Maintaining a core membership consisting of Rotarians who are willing and able to contribute has been our first success of note. It’s also our first challenge. We just don’t have enough members to do all that we want to do, and the result has been a huge load on a few people as opposed to a small load on more people. More about membership toward the end of this. At more than one business meeting the idea of reducing the number of projects has surfaced. The result is always the same, we add more, and we do so because of the great needs in our local, regional and world community. That my friend, is Rotary! We claim, and have well-earned, the Rotary tag “People of Action”.

We have recently published our Child Protection Policy. Many thanks to Rotarian Bruce Lasky and his legal team for its creation and to Charter President Roger Lindley for his steady guidance during the editing and revision process! The policy is available online and we are happy to share it with other Rotary Clubs and organizations. Our projects and partners, including the Mae Tao Clinic, Burma Children Medical Fund, BEAM and Safe Child Thailand, all appreciate our policy.

This very bulletin received an award for the best online bulletin in District 3360 for the years 2016-2017 and again for 2017-2018. Rotarian Nancy Lindley has stepped up as editor and the quality is even better than it was prior to January 2018. This is a critical tool for our ongoing public relations efforts. True story, just the other day (28 June 2018) I was on a Chiang Mai songthaew (red taxi) with two women and four children. We struck up a conversation and learned she knew nothing of Rotary. I gave her my card and invited her to check out and and to let me know if she would like to receive this monthly bulletin. Ms. Lemei Huang from San Jose California: Making your brief acquaintance was both an honor and a pleasure. I do hope this is the beginning of a Rotary journey of your own! Perhaps one or more of the girls will end up as Rotary Exchange students? Your note, copied here, is inspiring:

Hi Jerry,

Thanks for getting back to me and added my name on to your list.

We followed elephants all day today and got home a bit early.

I had chance to ask children to study and find a program they are interested in details. Of course they didn’t go very deep in the topics but they all noticed that Rotary International has a major goal in sickness: to end Polio.

They didn’t know what Polio was until I pointed out that polio was what paralyzed Yvette(No. 2) and Ysabel’s (No.4)father’s legs. Their father Elton has been on wheel chair ever since he was a child like their age due to Polio. Yvette was like: oh...I didn’t know...just thought that I shared the story with you.

Thank you for being kind.

Going about my daily business, I’m most often attired in something with a Rotary emblem and I always have Rotary cards with me. I was on my way to pick up an order of 200 when I met Lemei. Being a Rotarian shows one in a good light in the community. I can’t tell you how many times someone has approached me because of my Rotary attire. All connections have been positive and some of them quite amazing! Being a foreigner in Chiang Mai I have found Rotary unlocking opportunities I would never have known about. I receive the most courteous treatment just because people know I am a Rotarian. My wife and I are on the very prestigious United States Consulate General’s invitation list for functions like the recent Independence Day reception. Without Rotary I would just be another “farang” in Thailand. Because of Rotary I’m seen with respect and a welcome part of the community.

Throughout the year I maintained the role of Project Champion for the Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). There is so much going on and so much need that I've written an article, below, dedicated to MTC.

Our Children’s Sight Project was terminated in September of 2017. Challenge turned into opportunity. We immediately began the process of establishing the Children’s Vision Screening Program in conjunction with Chiang Mai University’s School of Pediatric Medicine. Now we will serve all 11 Tessaban schools in Chiang Mai, and are working to create a Rotary Community Corps to include those schools! As of now the community corps will likely include Children’s Water Safety, Vision Screening and English Language Conversation. My guess is within a few months more will be added. Sometimes the Thai people experience our assertiveness and aggressiveness and it causes challenges. However, this “odd group” of people continues to earn the love and respect of the local community and that my friend is Rotary! Leadership for this great effort is from Incoming President John Schorr. Congratulations and Thank you!

The BCMF B.K.Kee patient house had a very good year, first under the leadership of Rotarian Mike Lake and recently Gary Herman. The patients at the house all suffer from serious illness or injury. It was here I met a girl suffering from cancer who still today reminds me that real love and respect transcends culture and language. Nalagay (right) made her transition taking with her a big part of my heart. This is the kind of experience that keeps me in Rotary through the good times and the bad.

Unfortunately, we have been lacking in members with a real passion for club service, especially administration. Too few have been asked to do too much. I take full responsibility for the lapses that have occurred as a result. Apparently, I mentioned this to the incoming president one time too often; he asked me to be Secretary for 2018-2019. Of course, I said yes! We are already well into the creating and applying solutions for 2018-2019 and beyond.

When our incoming president presented the strategic plan for 2018-2019 he made a point using the RI Presidential theme “Be the Inspiration”. He mentioned all the previous presidents of CMIRC. His comment about me was something to the effect that I am the hardest working Rotarian he has ever met, an impossible act to follow. My retort: John, I believe you will work half as hard and three times smart, and I expect you to take CMIRC to the next level!

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to attend the Installation Dinner for the Rotary Club of Bangkok South, where I reconnected with old friends and made new ones. The event gave me cause to think about our own club CMIRC and what I realized was that Bangkok South might just be the right role model for our club. They are mature, polished, and have a very positive impact on the local, regional and global communities. I was a bit envious until somewhere in their program they reminded the audience that they are 50 years old! CMIRC won’t be five years old until February 21st. Yes, we have growing pains and yes we are exactly where we ought to be in our development, and we are still boxing above our weight and winning!

Throughout the year I have said that we need more good active members, in fact I’ll close this with almost the same words I used in my first president’s message: CMIRC is brimming with great community service activities. We are constantly looking for new members interested in our good work and are willing to help move the club forward, men and women who are “People of Action”. Membership is critical to our growth and even our survival. That said I’m reminded of a comment made by Albert S. Adams, Rotary Club of Atlanta Georgia, at the 1919 Rotary Convention; “Never take a man for whom you will later have to make excuses, and never take a man merely for his bigness in material success unless it be sure that he is a Rotarian at heart. It is better to have 15 good members than 75 members who are Rotations in name only.” CMIRC members do and will continue to epitomize “Service Above Self”. I am both humbled and proud to have been President for RY 2017-2018.

Connecting Around the World
In June, Chiang Mai International Rotary Club's incoming President John Schorr (below, left) had the honor to represent the club at Rotary's International Convention in Toronto with a display in the House of Friendship where he made new friends and connected with old friends such as Gary and Linda Soles (below, right) from Canada. The conference had 25,000 attendees and welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as a speaker. John reports much interest in our display, with many Rotarians asking for technical advice about implementing their own water safety program and some looking for an international program to support.
However, John had to miss his own installation as incoming club president on June 30th at the Empress Hotel in Chiang Mai because of his North American travels. 2019-2020 President-Elect Colin Jarvis (right) stood in his place at the city-wide installation ceremony as 2017-2018 Past President Jerry Nelson accepted well-deserved thanks (left, with outgoing District Governor Nithi). During the evening, we learned that CMI Rotary will be one of the three clubs entrusted with organizing next year's city-wide installation celebration. 

It's a Small World
There is a nice tradition in Rotary of each club having a unique banner and members exchanging banners when they travel and visit other Rotary clubs. CMI Rotary is very proud of its collection and soon will have to expand the display space.  New this month, is a regular feature story of the Bulletin to share the travels of our members, our visitors and the banners that we've collected and given.  Next month, we'll have photos of some of the interesting and unique banners in the club collection.  
In June, Past President Shana returned from her annual trip to the U.S., having found a Rotary club that isn't a breakfast club. She's shown at left holding the banner from the Twin Peaks Rotary Club, Longmont, Colorado. President Jerry is flanked by Rotarians Craig and Ann who recently returned from the U.S. with banners from Minnesota. Craig displays the banner from the Minnetonka Rotary Club, while Jerry admires the banner of the Bemidji Rotary Club, home of Paul Bunyan (and Babe, his ox).
Meanwhile, from the other side of the globe, CMI Rotarian William Churchill was busy in June visiting Rotary Clubs throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area, proving that most are better at coming up with a more interesting background when they photograph a banner exchange than we do in Chiang Mai. Below, upper left William is at the Rotary Club of Fort Worth, Texas. Upper right, he's visiting the Rotary Club of Frisco, Tx. Lower left, he's at the Rotary Club of Denton, Texas and lower right, he's visiting the North Texas Pioneers Rotary Club.
The Mae Tao Clinic
The Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) is one of the most important organizations along the Thai/Myanmar border. CMIRC has supported the clinic since the birth of our club. One of the most rewarding aspects of our support is raising awareness of the clinic and the great work done by Dr. Cynthia Muang and her team. The next tour will be on Thursday, August 16, 2018. Those attending may expect to tour both the old and new campus of the clinic, see the Child Development Center (CDC) and learn firsthand from staff. There will likely be two briefings, one at MTC and one at CDC. Depending on the desires of the people who go on the tour, we will may plan for a second day to visit supporting organizations and/or enjoy local attractions. Those interested are encouraged to contact me as early as possible.
A recent tour included a Rotarian physician, Dr. Raj Mani (right, with Dr. Cynthia) from the Rotary Club of Aireborough, Leeds, UK (District 1040) and his son, Dr. Ravi Mani. One of the favorable results from this visit is upcoming article from Mae Tao Clinic staff and an invitation for Dr. Cynthia to speak at a medical conference next year.
The clinic has serious financial challenges caused mostly by the decisions of big donors who have chosen to put their money directly into Myanmar. Fundraising has been and will continue to be a priority in our efforts to support the Mae Tao Clinic. During The past year we raised almost over 198,000 THB for the clinic. This was possible because of the generous contributions from The Rotary Club of Kamloops West, Kamloops BC, Canada (Rotary District 5060)  and the Rotary Club of Bangkok South, Bangkok, Thailand (Rotary District 3350).  We are so grateful for your support!
Fundraising for this coming year will focus on MTC’s Child Protection areas including birth registration. We will be collaborating with several community-based organizations who work closely with MTC including the Committee for Protection and Promotion of Child Rights, (CPPCR). We are hoping to sponsor two fundraising events, one in Mae Sot and one in Chiang Mai. The kick off meeting on 17 May was a very productive brainstorming session with input from MTC, CPPCR, Safe Child Thailand and CMIRC. (brainstormers shown above)
CMIRC is always looking for partners to help support the Mae Tao Clinic and we are happy to think that our efforts may inspire kind and generous people around the globe to give a helping hand either through the Chiang Mai International Rotary Club or directly to the Mae Tao Clinic. The price of greatness is both toil and responsibility. To get a real feel of the greatness, please accept our invitation to join us on our next tour.

Support Warm Heart & Celebrate the 4th
The good folks at Warm Heart Foundation are celebrating their 10th Anniversary with a big party at The Edge, along the Ping River in Chiang Mai, this Wednesday, July 4th.  They'll celebrate with some of "their kids", live music, fireworks and great food.  Details are on their website 10th Anniversary Celebration.

June at B. K. Kee House
June was not only slow for tourists in Chiang Mai, but also slow for patients at the Burma Children Medical Fund's (BCMF) B. K. Kee Patient House. Rotarians Gary Herman Roger Lindley, Mike Gholson and Mike Lake entertained 10 patients and mothers with English practice and fresh fruit Sunday mornings, with Gary and Roger leading the conversations.
As usual, Patient House Coordinator Klao Wongsingsak helped with translation, since most of the patients speak Karen and/or Burmese. Klao speaks English, Burmese, Thai, and Karen and has been at the house for a year. His assistant, Mi Aye, speaks Karen, Burmese and Thai and is learning English. She’s been at the house for three years and got involved when she approached BCMF leader Kanchana Thornton as a cardiology patient. Mi Aye is married and has a two-year-od daughter whom she misses very much.
One of the longest staying patients is 15-year-old Nandar Kyaw, who has had her right leg in an external brace for nearly a year as surgeons attempt to repair the tremendous damage done during a fire and severe break. Her mother Malin Htein has stayed by her side for most of the ordeal.

Another longterm patient is four-year-old Na-Nar, with a large neck goiter that so far has resisted treatment. N-Nar’s mother Maw La Myint has kept busy at the house learning English.

New patients include 15-year-old Joshua, with a heart condition, accompanied by his mother Daw Doi Jar, who is also refining her English skills, and two-month-old “Sweet” Lay Koo Mu, who has an intestinal problem. She and her mother Moo Ku are from Karen State, while the other patients are from Mae Sot.

Gary Herman is taking the lead at the BCMF B. K. Kee house beginning in July and anyone who would like to go out on Sunday mornings and have some fun should contact him.

English Language Cultural Club at BEAM
The CMIRC English Language Cultural Club began its sessions with the new BEAM intake of students on 18 June, 2018. There are three Rotarians leading four sessions per week, Roger, Gary and Linda. A fourth person, Matthew, will join us in July, and he will take the fourth session so that each of us goes once in the week. 
Plans have been created for several units in advance and the students are working hard and seem to be enjoying the sessions.
However, this week we received notice from BEAM that they wish to place this and other afternoon activities on hold, as they have correspondence from the Immigration Department that visits involving the students will be made to the BEAM offices throughout the month of July.
We await word from BEAM as to when we will re-start our club again.

Attracting Alumni as Members
By Mandy Warfield, president, and Emma Satzger, membership coordinator, Rotary Club of Dupont Circle, Washington D.C., USA
The Rotary Club of Dupont Circle was started six years ago by a group of Rotary alumni, and since then, the club has grown to include many other facets of the community, including individuals who have not had any previous experience with Rotary.
Rotary Club of Dupont Circle members at a tree-planting event
Over the last few years, our club has continued to attract and retain alumni members. Sometimes RI finds the alumni and introduces them to our club, and sometimes the alumni find us. We are lucky to have naturally open and social members, and everyone makes a concerted effort to make any visitor feel welcome. One of our Rotary alumni members, Molly, recounts, “When I started attending meetings, no one treated me like a joke or a second-tier Rotarian because I was so young. Fellow members treated me as an equal who had ideas and skills to contribute to the club.”

Our club meets at a neighborhood bar and we meet in the evening. This rather informal environment also allows us to keep dues at a minimum, which is often a swaying factor for younger members. Because we are a small club, we’ve adopted an “all hands on deck” approach in order to execute on our club’s goals; new members frequently become active members of our committees, and even volunteer to step up into the committee chair role. Their fresh insights and perspectives have helped our club grow and have shaped our club over time.
Our service opportunities also reflect this “all hands on deck” approach. Another of Molly’s reasons for joining our club were “the hands-on service opportunities the club offers.” She says, “I like getting to get my hands dirty planting a tree or digging out invasive plant species in a wetlands. Almost all the service events Rotary Club of Dupont Circle does involve that level of activity and commitment.”
What are some tips we have for attracting and retaining Rotary alumni or other young professionals?
  • Get people involved immediately. New members are interested in your club because they want to make a difference. Ask your prospective member to help plan a service project or take a leading role on a committee.
  • Explore financing options. If paying dues is the only thing standing in the way of a member joining your club, it is worth sitting down to have a candid discussion to explore other options. Perhaps another existing member would be willing to support a portion of the dues.
  • Be curious. Ask them questions about their work life and previous experiences with Rotary. Connect them with someone in the club who might have a similar previous experience.
  • Most importantly– Have fun!
Engaging Younger Professionals, a new online toolkit, helps clubs better understand younger professionals. From ideas for outreach and engagement to long-term benefits of becoming a Rotarian, this toolkit helps clubs rethink their membership, from a broad perspective down to a tactical level.

About ShelterBox and Rotary
from a Rotary International Press Release.......

Rotary and disaster relief charity ShelterBox renewed a three-year agreement to provide immediate, lifesaving assistance to survivors of natural disasters and conflict.

Rotary clubs worldwide have mobilized to provide immediate relief to thousands of displaced people quickly and efficiently with ShelterBox for 16 years. To date, Rotary members have donated US$48 million to provide shelter for families in need – 40 percent of ShelterBox's total of US$119.6 million raised.

"The partnership between Rotary and ShelterBox has provided a place of refuge to people facing some of the most difficult and uncertain moments in their lives," said John Hewko, general secretary of Rotary. "We are happy to renew this project partnership and honor our ongoing commitment to taking action to help communities devastated by disasters and conflict."

Each ShelterBox container typically provides a tent designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, along with regionally-appropriate supplies such as a water purification kit, blankets, tools, solar lights, and other necessities to help a family survive for six months or more after a disaster.

As part of the communities they serve, Rotary clubs help ShelterBox identify and prioritize immediate relief needs in disaster-affected areas and assist with the deployment of shelter kits, education materials and lifesaving supplies. Rotary members also fund aid boxes, become trained relief volunteers, assist with shipping customs clearance and connect with governments and other organizations in impacted areas to facilitate the delivery of boxes and aid. CEO of ShelterBox, Chris Warham said, "Rotary and ShelterBox will always stand side by side to help those less fortunate. This project partnership renewal simply indicates the strength of our long friendship, and recognizes the immense practical and funding support provided by Rotary members worldwide to enable us to reach out to families in distress."

About Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

About ShelterBox

ShelterBox has provided emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families affected by more than 270 disasters in more than 95 countries, and has already helped over 1 million beneficiaries. Based in Cornwall, United Kingdom, with 18 international affiliates, ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth, and dignity to people made homeless by disasters worldwide. The agreement with Rotary reaffirms the charity's volunteer base, enhancing its capacity to respond rapidly to disasters while keeping costs low. ShelterBox teams and their distribution partners are currently operating in Ecuador, Paraguay, Sri Lanka, Niger, Cameroon, Syria and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

What You May Have Missed in June
At our regular meeting on the 5th of June President Elect John Schorr shared with club members insights into his life and his hopes for the coming Rotary Year 2018-2019.
On the 6th of June the Children’s Water Safety and Drown Proofing (CWSDP) Project presented swim certificates to ninety-nine students at the Wat Ku Kham Municipal School. Rotarians John, Jerry, Gary and Roger attended.
On the 6th of June the CWSDP project members met with representatives from Safe Child Thailand (SCT) to discuss their funding in expanding the CWSDP to other areas of Thailand. Also, they visited the swim class at Bronco Kids Sports Club. Rotarians John, Gary, Jerry and Roger attended.
On the 7th of June the Yale University Whim’n Rhythm singers put on CMIRC fundraising performance at the River Market Restaurant. Prior to the performance, the club had a recognition dinner for supporters of CMIRC projects.
On the 10th of June, Rotarians Gary, Mike G. and Roger visited the B K Kee Patient House of the Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Members spent time with children and parents engaging in English conversation. This was the first Sunday for the new visitation schedule.
On the 12th of June the Membership and Public Information Committee met to discuss membership status, perspective new members, Membership Committee structure for RY 2018-19, Child Protection Policy, CMI Rotary twitter, and submission of CWSDP article to Khaosod English.
On the 15th of June, President Jerry (right) represented the club at the district awards ceremony in Nan. He brought home trophies for more than 80% of members using My Rotary, 100% member contributions to Every Rotarian Every Year, recruiting more than five new members and best electronic bulletin.  
On the 17th of June, club members made their regular Sunday visit to the patients and staff at B K Kee Patient House of the Burma Children Medical Fund.
On the 19th of June we had a regular meeting of CMIRC with the program was presented by Dr. Amornphat,a resident in Preventive Medicine (Travel Medicine) at Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University. He spoke on a project to combat dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases.
On the 23rd of June club members were present at the Chiang Mai Expats Club (CEC) to display club information, recruit potential new members and to swap out full Change for Children Owl Banks with empty banks.
From the 23rd through the 27th of June, President-elect John Schorr represented the club with a display at the House of Friendship at the Rotary International Convention in Toronto, Canada.
On the 29th of June club members participated in the CM Area Clubs Installation rehearsal at the Empress Hotel.
On the 29th of June the last Friday of the month informal “Let’s Talk Rotary” lunch was held at Lotus Pang Suan Restaurant.
On the 30th of June club members participated in the CM Area Rotary Clubs installation ceremony at the Empress Hotel.

Save the Dates: July and Beyond
Here are just a few of the important dates for members of Chiang Mai International Rotary Club (CMIRC). These are opportunities to meet some of us and to meet other Rotarians from around the world!
Every Sunday, at 8:30 am, regular visit by club members to Baan K. Kee Patient House. Interested? Contact Rotarian Gary Herman
03 July 2018 - Regular club Meeting 7 p.m. Hong Kong Lucky Restaurant.  Speaker: PDG Jason Lim, Rotary District 3350
10 July 2018 – Fundraising Committee Meeting 2 p.m - 3 p.m. My Secret Cafe in Town
17 July 2018 - Regular club meeting 7 p.m. Hong Kong Lucky Restaurant. Speaker: Jaime Knapp on "The Evolution of Thai Money" 
24  July 2018 - Board Meeting 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Hong Kong Lucky Restaurant
27 July 2018 - "Let's Talk Rotary" informal lunch for all club members at Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel buffet restaurant 11:30 a.m.
31 July 2018 - Social Evening open to the public.  Details to be announced.
16 August 2018 - Tour of Mae Tao Clinic, Mae Sot.  Contact Jerry Nelson for details.
25 - 26 August 2018 - Rotary Foundation & Membership & Public Image Seminar, Phrae.
02 October 2018 – District Governor’s Official Visit to CMIRC.
30 November - 2 December 2018 - Rotary Zone 6B & 7A Meeting, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
09 December 2018 - Rotary Intercity Meeting, Uttaradit.
01 – 03 March 2019 - Multi-PETS, Hatyai.
23 - 24 March 2019 - District 3360 Conference, Chiang Rai.
01 – 05 June 2019 - Rotary International Convention, Hamburg Germany (
23 June 2019 - District Governor’s Salute, Phitsanulok.
06 – 10 June 2020 - Rotary International Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
12 – 16 June 2021 - Rotary International Convention, Taipei, Taiwan.
04 – 08 June 2022 - Rotary International Convention, Houston, Texas, USA.

Thank You to Our Sponsors
Rotary is not free; we give our hearts, we give our time and to some extent we give our money. Most of our heart, most of our time and most of our money goes to support our children’s projects. Yet we have operational expenses such as our website with its powerful tools such as this bulletin. We ask that you consider our sponsors for your needs.
Lanna Lawyers is a Thai law firm with a heart for pro-bono work, especially when it concerns the marginalized people of South East Asia. Their Expat Division can serve the needs of resident expats with native English speaking law partners.
Fashion King is reputed to be the best tailor in Chiang Mai. The owners Frank and Vanita are the sponsors of the famous Chiang Mai fundraising event called Bollywood Night. They do much to help the poor and the needy.
Hong Kong Lucky is a unique Hong Kong Chinese dining experience. The food is wonderful, and they host our Rotary meetings at their location in the Old City.  
Our sponsors donate money that supports our operational expenses, freeing funds for the projects we love. Currently we have three sponsors and would like to accept a fourth.  Interested in becoming a sponsor or asking your favorite business to support us?  Click on the blue block on the lower right below to learn more.