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Scott Jones entertains the Expats

New President for Rotary Club in Chiang Mai

Scott Jones entertains the Expats

By Shana Kongmun

The inimitable Scott Jones, he of Life in the Laugh Lane and ToyRide fame entertained the Chiang Mai Expats Club on Saturday July 24. Starting off with a bit of background on himself, he explained to the group that he is originally from Fargo, North Dakota; according to Scott, the flattest place in the United States. He has performed in all 50 of the United States, has four albums out and a book, Life in the Laugh Lane, based on a series of articles he wrote for the Chiang Mai Mail way back when.

After some very funny descriptions and photos of the flatness that is North Dakota and discussing his Norwegian heritage, he showed a few videos he made from JibJab, a very entertaining website that allows you to put the faces of your friends in animated videos.

Scott shared some of his favorite signs with us, from the obvious (“Red means Stop”) to the more obscure (“safty first”). He brought up two members of the crowd to win a free copy of his book, by answering one question correctly. Unfortunately, nobody got the answers right, but they still managed to score a book.

He then invited the crowd to join him on the next ToyRide event, saying, everyone is welcome as long as you bring a toy! They find a poor school, determine their needs, raise the money and then provide the school with those necessities, whether its new toilets, sports equipment or computers. They deliver toys to the school with other bikers joining in, bring a clown and have a tug of war with the kids. “We have never won a tug of war with those kids,” he said. “They are like cement!”

He awarded the Chiang Mai Expats a certificate of thanks for their donations over the past two years and then showed pictures of Christmas Eve visits to the pediatric cancer ward at Maharaj Hospital where each child gets a stuffed bear. Wiping away a tear, he noted “Sometimes the child gets to take that bear home, sometimes the parent takes the bear home without the child. And sometimes we see the same child the following year”. A worthy cause and one Scott and many others have devoted many years to.

He concluded with a song, “Life is grand in Northern Thailand” with a photo montage of all that makes Chiang Mai unique. And finally, another video, this one of the male Expats Club board members dancing as Chippendales. Who knew Alan Hall had such abs?

Chiang Mai Expats Club will be changing their meeting schedule so be sure to check the community happenings page to find out when the next event will be held.


New President for Rotary Club in Chiang Mai

Outgoing District Governor looks back over the year

July 1 is the traditional day for the installation ceremony of new Rotary Club Presidents and the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai ThinThaiNgam District 3360 installed their new President P. Rassamee Phithakmanokul on that day. President Rassamee is an exhibition and event organizer at Siam Exhibition and her term will run for a full year, until July 1, 2011.

New President of the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai ThinThaiNgam District 3360 Rassamee Phithakmanokul.

Outgoing Rotary District Governor for 3360 District Waewdao Limlenglert spoke at the ceremony. As the first woman District Governor she spoke of their accomplishments at the event.

“After finishing my term as District Governor, District 3360 and travelling with my past District officers to different provinces, districts and overseas trips to encourage and congratulate new club presidents and their new club directors. The time has passed very quickly as I look back and see an overall improvement as well as accomplishing goals for District 3360; for example; the charter of three new Rotary clubs in our District 3360.

Past District Governor for District 3360 Waewdao Limlenglert.

The year 2009-2010 as District Governor we have ended this unique year as equals to other Rotary Districts through the contributions, commitments, encouragements and cooperation from all of my District Board officers and all Rotarians who have helped in the push for District 3360 to keep moving ahead.

Again the year 2009-2010 has been the best and happiest year of my life in serving my fellow Rotarians and communities in the District 3360,” she concluded.

All 33 female members of the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai ThinThaiNgam District 3360 meets Thursdays at 12 noon at the Chiang Mai Grand View Hotel.