Installation 1 July 2017
Every year, as we globally transition into a new Rotary Year, the Chiang Mai Area Rotary Clubs participate in an installation of Presidents and Board Members event.
This year the event is occurring at the Chiang Mai Grandview Hotel. The date of the event is Saturday, 1st of July and begins at 6:00 PM. This year seventeen Chiang Mai area clubs will be participating. Our club has reserved a table for ten at the event. We should be able to expand our reservation based on the attendance of you and your spouse or friends.  
The cost for attending is six hundred (600) Baht per person payable at the event. Hopefully our club will  be well represented at this years event. Dress is suggested as minimally business casual with the club shirt worn, if at all possible. Come and show your appreciation for President Shana and all she has done the past year.
If you wish to attend, please let me know by Monday 26th of June. I may be contacted by
Meeting Time Changed to 7:00 p.m.
CMIRC meeting time has changed to 7:00 p.m.    Everything else will remain the same.  
Our regular meetings are on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays.   All Rotarian's are welcome.   Non-Rotarian's my receive an invitation by contacting
On regular meeting nights we will have our delicious Chinese Family Style Dinner at 6:00 p.m.  The cost is only 300 THB per person, plus beverage expense.  To reserve your place at dinner please contact not later than 12:00 noon on the day of the meeting.   
Mae Tao Clinic June 2017

Mae Tao Clinic has organized its scope of service to three main areas:   Health Services, Training and Child Protection.  Learn more at their website at  What they accomplishing is truly amazing!  Things we are doing to help include:   


G.E.D. Scholarships 


CMIRC is the host club for Global Grant 1755757 (G.E.D. Scholarships for Burmese Migrant Students in Thailand).  The grant is currently in draft at the Rotary Grant Center.   The Rotary Club of Kamloops West, British Columbia is the International Club.      Here is a summary:

Project:   Mae Tao Clinic provides GED Scholarships for Burmese Migrant Students
Beneficiaries:    Children from the migrant community around the Mae Tao Clinic, specifically Mae Sot, Tak, Thailand.
History:  In the past a student would have to temporarily re-locate to Chiang Mai or Bangkok in order to avail themselves to curriculum which would prepare them to take the GED.
Current Situation:  Mae Tao Clinic has a Child Development Center which can school up to 1,000 students at a time.  Currently there are 846 enrolled.   They will host the GED training. 
The  Thabyay Foundation recently recently opened a GED testing center in Mae Sot.  They would do the GED testing. There are some 13,000 migrant students in the Mae Sot area.  From this population the students would be chosen. 
Project Scope:
1 qualified GED Instructor.  Likely we will have to recruit from USA or elsewhere
25 students per year for 3 years.


We need your participation in the form of cash contributions, and District Designated Funds. If you can help, please send an email to, or just contact me Jerry Nelson at   Please remember that your pledge will be included in the budget calculation.   Once we have the commitments we will submit the grant for approval.  


Other ways to help the Mae Tao Clinic:


1.  When in Thailand please accompany us on a visit and tour.  Here you will see for yourself the incredible organization known as Mae Tao Clinic (See paragraph Introducing Members and Guests below). 

2.  Make a donation to Mae Tao Clinic through Chiang Mai International Rotary Club.   Contact for specifics.    Currently Mae Tao Clinic has funding shortages in the areas listed here.  

Activity implementation costs:

Referral costs for emergency obstetrics: 164 cases in 2016, costing 15,859 THB on average per woman (US$453)
Referral costs for advanced neonatal care: 84 cases in 2016, costing 11,949 THB on average per baby (US$ 342)
Stipends for health workers, starting from THB 4,000 per month (US$ 115) with an average of THB 6,000 per month (US$ 172)
Estimated water and electricity shortfall: 760,000 THB for 2017
The Supply donations wish list is quite long.  I'm happy to send it to anyone who asks.  Just contact me at  Your contribution are badly needed and most welcome!!
3.  Volunteer.   There are several opportunities to volunteer at Mae Tao Clinic.   Typically the need medical staff, teachers and administrative people.  The time required varies depending on the position.   Pleas see for details

Introducing Members and Guests: Because the Mae Tao Clinic is located in Mae Sot, some 360 kilometers from Chiang Mai, it is not practical to have daily contact.  However, several trips have been organized for the purpose of introducing our members and friends to The Mae Tao Clinic.  The more people who are aware the more support we can garner.  One fine example is Rotarian Neal Herman of the Estes Sunrise Rotary Club; they have made significant contributions to our Mae Tao Clinic projects and we are exploring future opportunities.  The orientation trips will continue; the next opportunity will be in the July time frame.  Please contact Jerry Nelson ( if you are  interested.


 A recent tour group learns about the prosthetic




The ONE Runner Up 
Kanchana Thornton is the founder of the Burma Children's Medical fund.   They support children in Thailand and in Myanmar.  You can read more about the amazing work being done at    
The 2017 THE ONE from Rotary District 3450 recognized Kanchana as runner up for the THE ONE Internatioanl Humanatiarian Award for 2017.  The brief write up on their website reads:

Saving lives on the Thai-Burma border

Kanchana Thornton established Burma Children Medical Fund in 2006. She provides much needed medical care for those disenfranchised by decades of war and political conflict in Burma on the Thai-Burma border.

Kanchana has spent many years working with Thai security institutions to acquire authorization to treat refugees and migrants, and has negotiated for their safe passage to hospitals for treatment. She has even secured significant discounts in hospital bills, allowing the money saved to go towards further expanding BCMF.

To date, Kanchana has helped save over 2,000 patients with complex medical conditions who wouldn’t have survived without her help.

We at Chiang Mai International Rotary Club are so grateful Kanchana for all she does and to District 3450 for their Philanthropic work.  We are proud to be Rotarian's!