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President of Rotary International visits Chiang Mai

President of Rotary International visits Chiang Mai

Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar poses with members of the of Rotary Club Chiang Mai.

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Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar, President of Rotary International visited Chiang Mai with a warm welcome by members of Rotary district 3360, led by Dr. Suphawat Phuwakul, Director of Rotary International Noraseth Pathmanand, District 3360 RI Governor Elect Napon Inkham, and 50 Rotarians.
The President visited a Check Dam which was constructed by Rotary Club members, one of the 60 permanent dams and 60 semi-permanent dams at Nhong Hor Buddhist Teaching Center to honor His Majesty the King, celebrating the 60
th anniversary of his ascension to the throne. The Rotary Clubs of District 3360 plan to finish all of them before June 9, with the cooperation from military forces, volunteers, students, and local people. HM the King has suggested the construction of the Check Dams in many drought-stricken and de-forested areas for more than 20 years. Now Huay Hong Krai has once again become a rich forest, full of wildlife, aquatic creatures, and numerous butterflies thanks to HM’s vision of building the Check Dams.

Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar, President of Rotary International talks to Rotarians.
The Rotary Club has also constructed two more dams near the parking area adjacent to Doi Suthep Temple of Buddha. In the future, the club will construct more dams in Huay Pha Lad.
President Carl-Wilhelm became interested in this project because it is part of the club’s response to a Water Management project in which Rotary Clubs all over the world have become involved, building different types of dams in many countries. Rotary Club members have constructed about 2,000 check dams in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao, and in Thern district, Lampang.
In the evening, there was a welcoming party and the President highlighted the fact that the Rotary Club is over 100 years old. He mentioned the significant donations for Polio prevention which Rotary has made, cooperating with UNICEF, the WHO, and the Ministry of Public Health in Thailand. In Thailand, even though this disease had been eradicated for eight years, Thailand still pays strict attention to children who are less than five years old and ensure that they get vaccinated. The Rotary International President expressed the hope that the Rotary Club members will cooperate with each other to create good things which are of benefit to communities and the world.

Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar, President of Rotary International with Rotary Club members at Chiang Mai Airport.

Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar listening to a brief lecture on Rotary Check Dam Construction Project, by Rotary 3360 District.

Past District Governor Tawee Taphingkae gave a souvenir to Carl- Wilhelm Stenhammar, President of Rotary International.

Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar, President of Rotary International climbed uphill to see the check dam construction.

President of Rotary International greets local Rotarians

RID Noraseth Pathmanand, Dierctor of Rotary Inrernational (2nd from right) and Past District Governor Tawee Taphingkae (left) dined with Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar, President of Rotary International

Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar and executives of Rotary Clubs.

President of Rotary International admires the dedication from volunteers and soldiers who helped build the check dam.

Part of the check dam built by Rotary International at Nhong Hor Buddhist Teaching Center to honor His Majesty the King on the 60th anniversary of his ascension to the throne.