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Hearing the word “club” may lead you to recall your youth participations in luuksua (boy scouts), but clubs aren’t only for kids.  In fact, one club for adults that still capture the spirit of kwam-pen-puan (friendship) found in many Thai youth clubs is the Rotary Club of Thai Town.

Chartered in 2007 by President Sue Kanchana and Thai Town’s community leaders, the Rotary Club of Thai Town (RCTT) is a service-oriented volunteer organization that find ways to improve life in the Thai-American community, locally here in Southern California, and to the rest of the world, internationally, thereby fulfilling the rotary motto of “service before self.”

In 2008, the RCTT sponsored the first annual Thai Town 5K Run/Walk charity at the Thai New Year’s Festival.  Runners from throughout Southern California and beyond came to race to “End Polio Now,” as part of Rotary International’s global initiative to eradicate polio.

On the global scale, the RCTT also worked hard to fundraised for the Haiti Earthquake Relief with the Thai-American Community in 2010.  In that same year, the club had also partnered with other leading Thai-American organizations to mobilize the Thai Town community to create and maintain a Greener Thai Town by planting trees.  A similar effort is also being organized this year under the Thai Town Visioneers initiative led by TJ Suwanswetr, AmeriCorps VISTA Project Coordinator at Thai CDC.

As part of Rotary District 5280, the RCTT has taken pride in building its youth program within the recent years by sponsoring students from the Thai-American community to participate in the Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly (RYLA) training program and the Rotary Youth Art, Speech, and Music Competition.  “It has been very rewarding to see our RYLArians blossom into community leaders,” said Reuben Lim, RCTT’s Director of New Generations and a Paul Harris Fellow.  “This program is important for building future leaders who are committed to their own community and ready to contribute to the world.”

If any of the above services interest you, then you’re encouraged to attend a club meeting as an honored guest to learn more about fellowship opportunities and meet fellow Rotarians who are also committed to the Thai-American community and the world.  Once you’re ready to take on the challenge, not only are you “joining one of the most recognized service organizations in the world, you are also gaining new and lifelong friends,” said Sam Prompichai, President of the RCTT and a Paul Harris Fellow.

The Rotary Club of Thai Town meets and dines together on Mondays at 7PM at the Holly View Apartment.