The words from all outgoing Rotary Presidents all over
the world, as it was in all 238 Rotary Clubs in Thailand, were “To Sow the
Seeds of Love is to find opportunities to serve every day, every moment of
our lives. To sow the seeds of love is to think of others first, and
ourselves in terms of what we can do for others.” These emotive words were
spoken by outgoing Rotary International President (2002-2003) H.E. Bhichai
Rattakul, and the outgoing Rotary President of Chiang Mai West, Marc Dumur.
left: Rtn Eddie Song, Assoc. Prof. CMU, Past Pres. Nilobol Nimikingratana,
Assist. Prof. Somboon Nimikingratana from Rajabhat Institute Chiang Mai,
holding up ‘her’ Chiangmai Mail, and Khun Sailuck (Noi), wife of Rtn.
President Marc Dumur congratulates incoming President Manit Mantala.
The Rotary Club of Chiang Mai West held their
installation party at the regular weekly meeting place, the Amari Rincome
Hotel, to install the new incoming President Manit Mantala. There was a good
roll-up with wives, friends, acquaintances, and guest of honor, District
Governor 2003-2004, District 3360, Vivat Sirijangkapattana, with his lovely
Rotary Chiang Mai West is one of the old,
independent-minded, yet still ‘old fashioned’ service clubs, which is
restricted to a male membership.
and members of the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai South and Rotary Club of Chiang
Mai Thinthai Ngam, posing with the wife of district governor, Khun Sujin
(center with flowers).
attendance at meetings, some even for 15 consecutive years.
Payorm Room at the Amari Rincome Hotel with Rotarians and their wives
waiting to congratulate the new president 2003-2004, Manit Mantala
Governor Vivat Sirijangkapattana, on behalf of Chiang Mai West, handed out
20 scholarships to students from a number of local schools throughout the
During President Marc Dumur’s farewell address, he gave
a quick overview of what was achieved during his term, the support and
completion of a water pasteurization project, they also helped in
conjunction with the Rotary Club of Fayetteville District Arkansas to
provide 100 pair of shoes plus 200 pairs of socks to children in Sadosa,
together with the Foundation for the Education of Rural Children. They have
another USD15,000 to buy furniture and school equipment, thanks to a
matching grant from Rotary International which will help many more children
in the northern region of Thailand.
Friends from the Rotary Club Thaksin-Pattaya donated
truckloads of educational books, plus satellite and TV equipment which will
be installed in a remote village next month, so people will not be so remote
all members are part of the new steering committee.
birthday Rotarians were surprised with a huge ‘Black Forest Cake’. The
lucky ones were from left: P.P. Nilobol, the wife of P.P. Surachai, P.P.
Tinnakorn, and Rtn Somjin.
Mantala, with his proud wife, receive flowers from Vivat and Sujin
Sirijangkapattana, District Governor RI District 3360, who came from Chiang
A dental project with dentists from Canada, Denmark and
India, treating children in the northern region free of charge was well
underway, but regrettably had to be stopped in March, due to the war in Iraq
Numerous other projects, tasks and donations were done
during Marc’s term and the local Rotarians can be proud of their
achievements, putting service above self and giving the disadvantaged a
chance for a better life.
New President Manit Mantala joined Rotary 6 years ago,
and is convinced that ‘his members’ of Chiang Mai West will be able to
have the courage to make a difference for many needy people here in the
north of Thailand.