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Chiang Mai Rotary Clubs host Northern meeting

Lions Club Thailand celebrates 44th National Assembly in Chiang Mai

National Thai Elephant Day honours elephants at Mae Sa Elephant Camp

Payap Choir and Instrumental Ensemble performs under Dr. Henri Pompidor


Chiang Mai Rotary Clubs host Northern meeting

Deputy Chiang Mai governor Pairote Saengphuwong, 1st from left, Rotary International District 3360 Governor Waewdao Limlenglert, 2nd left, ,Mr. Kou Wen Shu 2nd right, the past district governor from Taiwan, joined in the Opening ceremony of the Rotary International meeting held on March 13-14, in Chiang Mai.

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Over 400 Rotarians attended the March 13 and 14 Rotary International assembly meeting in Chiang Mai at the International Convention Center of the Empress Hotel.

Presided over by District 3360 Governor Waewdao Limlemglert, the opening ceremony featured a marching brass band from Dara Academy School and a parade of Thai and Taiwanese flags carried by students. The event was attended by members of Northern Rotary Clubs from 14 provinces, all 16 Chiang Mai clubs and parents and children in the Youth Exchange Program from 9 different countries.

Mr. Kou Wen Shu the Past District Governor from Taiwan gave the keynote speech and Deputy Chiang Mai Governor Pairote Saengphuwong gave the welcoming speech to the attending Rotarians.

The annual meeting is held to summarize accomplishments and establish goals and establish budgets for projects for Rotary International District 3360 Clubs for the coming year.

Upcoming projects include clean water, literacy, tackling health issues and youth problems in the North. Governor Waewdao added that there was another ongoing project, Polio Plus, an attempt to eradicate polio. They also established the plan to build a heart surgery center at Lampang Hospital with an estimated budget of 94 million baht that will be in honor of HM the King’s 84th birthday.

Rotary International was established 105 years ago, in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States and now has more than 1.2 million members in 211 countries worldwide. District 3360 has grown to 60 Rotary clubs in 14 Northern provinces and about 1,200 Rotarians.

The marching brass band from Dara Academy School performed the Rotary marching song, leading the parade, with exchange students carrying Thai and Taiwanese national flags, the Rotary flag, and national flags from 9 countries at the opening ceremony held on March 13 at the Empress Hotel, Chiang Mai.

Members from14 Rotary clubs in the North, guests of honour,
and about 400 people attended the Rotary meeting.


Lions Club Thailand celebrates 44th National Assembly in Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai played host to a parade of the Lions Club International, District 310, and Thailand to celebrate the opening of the 44th assembly meeting being held at the Convention Center at Chiang Mai University from March 19 to 21. 2,000 Lions Club members attended the meeting, with Lion’s members from around the country participating.

The Lions Club banner is paraded through Chiang Mai in celebration of the assembly meeting.

The opening parade started from the Chiang Mai train station on March 19 and moved along Charoen Muang Road, crossing the Nawarat Bridge to end at Tha Phae Gate. The parade route attracted many residents and visitors to watch the vintage cars, Muay Thai fighters, dancers and more.

That evening a Khantok dinner reception was held in the northern style to welcome Lions Club members, spouses and family at Khum Khantok palace. The attendees were entertained by dancers and a performance from the Legend of the Three Kings.

Lions Club members drive antique cars
in the parade from the train station to Tha Phae Gate.

Traditionally dressed fighters parade through the streets of Chiang Mai joined
by a performer from the Legends of the Three Kings riding an elephant.

A performance from the Legend of the Three Kings
 for Lions Club members and their families.

National Thai Elephant Day honours elephants at Mae Sa Elephant Camp

The Satok Chang, or elephant feast, was provided for 75 elephants
at the Mae Sa Elephant Camp in honor of Thailand’s elephants.

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The 11th National Thai Elephant’s Day was organized at Mae Sa Elephant Camp in Mae Rim district, Chiang Mai on March 13. This grand event also hosted the “Satok Chang” or a feast for elephants, with 75 elephants taking part, and the Bai Sri Soo Kwan, a traditional welcoming ceremony held to bring good luck, happiness and prosperity to elephants, especially for the aged elephants.

Deputy Chiang Mai Governor Chumporn Saengmanee presided over the opening ceremony at the Mae Sa Elephant camp and nursery, the event was well attended by tourists and residents who joined the festivities upon visiting the camp.

Chuchart Kalmapijit, owner of the Mae Sa Elephant camp and organizing chairman of the festivities said that large numbers of Thai and foreign tourists attended this year‘s event. They came to view the parade of elephants descending from the hills to the low flat land to attend the Satok Chang feast. Favourite foods of the elephants were provided; bananas, sugarcane, watermelon, and grass.

Many of the younger elephants showed off their artistic skills by painting and performing, children could attend and enjoyed playing with the young elephants. Traditional local Lanna food was on offer for the visitors as well.

Mae Sa elephant camp owner Chuchart said this year was the 11th year, the National Thai Elephant Day has been held at the camp. “If we do not preserve them, nor give awareness on the significance of the Thai elephants, they will be extinct soon,” he concluded.

One of the young elephants at the Mae Sa Elephant Camp shows
off artistic skills with a painting.

Bai Sri Soo Kwan ceremony to tie blessed cotton threads on the trunks
of elderly elephants in order to wish them health and good luck.

Payap Choir and Instrumental Ensemble performs under Dr. Henri Pompidor

The renowned Payap University Choir in a recent performance.

Fauré’s Requiem is above all a calm and soft choral work. It contains the sensation of beauty and suavity which was being painted by the impressionists at that time. This suavity and nonchalance will not be liked by all composer and critics. Basically, Gabriel Fauré doesn’t want to express a music esthetic or to revolution the language. His intention is to write a piece for the church with a simple and clear musical language which can touch all hearts. He clearly decides to create an atmosphere of prayer in opposition to romantic heaviness – if not pomposity – of the times.

The production featured Payap University Choir and Instrumental Ensemble under the baton of Dr. Henri Pompidor, Chorus master and Choral director at Mahidol University College of Music...

Payap University has a long and rich history beginning in 1888 with the founding of the Thailand Theological Seminary. That seminary has now been integrated into Payap University as the McGilvary College of Divinity, The College of Music (Duriyasilp) and eleven other academic divisions comprising the university. The Payap University Choir was formed then and is well known as one of the best choirs in Thailand.  The choir was led by Jerry Dyke, Bruce Gaston, Sompan Wongsdee and today, Ayu Namtep. It consists of approximately 70 students of the College of Music from every major mostly 1st – 3rd year students. It performs about four main concerts every year and participates in other events of the University all through the academic year. Their repertoire varies from classical to pop choral music. For more information about events at the College of Music, please contact Duriyasilp College of Music of Payap University, Chiang Mai http://music.payap.ac.th/.

Dr. Henri Pompidor, Chorus master and Choral director at Mahidol University College of Music practices with the Payap University Choir in preparation for the concert of Faure’s works.