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HM Queen Sirikit birthday celebration

10,000 trees, 200,000 fish, but thankfully no loaves

Tributes paid to HM Queen by the people of Chiang Mai

“An Evening At Home” raises 7 million baht for charity

HM Queen Sirikit birthday celebration

Northern provinces celebrate HM Queen Sirikit’s birthday at Mae Rim

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Pol. Gen. Chitchai Wannasathit presents jasmine in front of a picture of HM Queen Sirikit.

A celebration to mark HM Queen Sirikit’s 73rd birthday was held at the Northern Study Center, Mae Rim, Chiang Mai led by cabinet ministers and their wives. Pol. Gen. Chitchai Wannasathit, deputy PM and minister of justice; ACM Kongsak Wantana, minister of interior and MPs, senators, governors, and others joined the celebration which was broadcast to the other four regions throughout the country.

Lanna holy objects and flowers from the 17 Northern provinces were presented in front of the queen’s picture, followed by a performance entitled “Adore the Mother”. Candles were lit to bless HM Queen Sirikit and fireworks released.

Pol. Gen. Chitchai Wannasathit, deputy PM and minister of justice; ACM Kongsak Wantana, (new) minister of interior and wives and cabinets celebrate HM Queen Sirikit’s birthday at Northern Study Center, Mae Rim, Chiang Mai.


10,000 trees, 200,000 fish, but thankfully no loaves

Sandy Clark
Photos by R. Lomax

Rotarians from Chiang Mai and Lamphun in cooperation with Interact members, and the District Governor of RI region 2206 as well as the mayor of Lamphun went ahead with an environment and beautification project to plant 10,000 trees along the previously bare railroad track in Doi Ti, Lamphun. This was done on Mother’s Day, the birthday of HM The Queen. Many groups from the area were actively involved, as tree planting projects should raise awareness in the future generation to develop an understanding of their environment.

P.P. Somjin Rearngkij and Frank Weicks, Rotary President from Chiangmai West, agreed that the Rotary Environmental Planting Scheme has already had a very positive impact.

Rotary Governor Tawee Tapingkae and Frank Weicks, Rotary President from Chiangmai West, agreed that the Rotary Environmental Planting Scheme has already had a very positive impact shown by the growing interest from the students.

After 10,000 trees were planted 200,000 fish were released into the Ping River as a way of making merit. So if you find one with a Rotary logo, you know where it came from. Don’t eat it – put it back!

Children, youth and adults worked together on this environment project.

Rotarians and others planted 10,000 trees along the previously bare railroad track in Doi Ti, Lamphun.

It was a major job to release 200,000 fish into the Ping River, but it was obvious that the little girls enjoyed doing it.

Everyone with the organizing committee after a hard day’s workout.


Tributes paid to HM Queen by the people of Chiang Mai

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Governor Suwat Tantipat led more than 2,000 people, including government officials, soldiers, police and the citizens of Chiang Mai in paying tribute to HM Queen Sirikit in honor of her 73rd birthday, with a huge ceremony on August 12 at Chiang Mai University.

Celebrations for the Mother of Our Nation were held in Chiang Mai at various locations. At Thapae Gate, Chiang Mai Municipality organized an alms giving ceremony to 74 monks. Awards were presented to the best mothers as well the tribute ceremony itself and the lighting of candles throughout Chiang Mai.

Governor Suwat Tantipat performs the ceremony. (Photo by Saksit Meesubkwang)

Governor Suwat Tantipat leads the people of Chiang Mai in tribute to HM the Queen. (Photo by Saksit Meesubkwang)


“An Evening At Home” raises 7 million baht for charity

Preeyanoot Jittawong

The Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Resort Chiang Mai and Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) Wellspring International, and United States based establishments with partner Asian organizations aiding women and children, hosted a fundraising dinner which brought in seven million baht for their causes.

Governor Suwat Tantipat (3rd from right) and Ravi Zacharias, Wellspring International establisher in USA (2nd right) with other guests.

The dinner was held on Monday, August 8 at Jum Tong Hall to benefit Chiang Mai charities Just Food and Im Jai House, two non-profit organizations helping women and children in need. This charitable dinner was part of the social support project of the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Resort.

US Consul General Bea Camp with her husband David Summers and Kurt Wachtveitl, general manager of the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

The inspirational address was delivered by international speaker and author Dr. Ravi Zacharias, founder of Wellspring International, who said this activity was not only to donate funds for women and children, but also give them hope and encouragement to continue to struggle. World famous vocalist Usha Uthup and the children of Im Jai House, a home for children orphaned by AIDS, provided musical entertainment.

The buffet dinner for 150 guests also welcomed Governor Suwat Tantipat and his wife Ornadda, Dr. Chao Duangduan Na Chiang Mai, US Consul General Bea Camp with her husband David and Pornchai Jitnavasathien, deputy mayor of Chiang Mai.

Ravi Zacharias (left)
and his wife Margaret (center) welcome
the guests.

Just Food is an outreach for women seeking to leave the sex industry. Training in all aspects of the restaurant work, as well as necessary life skills, is offered, providing women with hope for a successful future. This event will now provide necessary funds for an emergency home for these women and a vocational training center.

Im Jai house is a home for children orphaned by AIDS where they are able to be part of a family again and given a quality life so they will become productive members of society.

Vocalist Usha Uthup (back row) and the children of Im Jai House.

Governor Suwat Tantipat (left) and his wife Ornadda Tantipat (3rd right) were guests of honor, seen here with Patrick-Denis Finet, the GM of Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Resort Chiang Mai (right).