Rotary Foundation and Membership Seminar focuses on public awareness
Governor 3360) Anurak Napawan (right) and his lovely wife Amporn (2nd left)
together with PDG Pairoj Euerprasert (3rd left) Chairman of the Rotary
Centre in Thailand welcome Past District Governor (3340) Pratheep Malhotra
(left) and Past District Governor (3350) Krai Tunsanga and his wife Rungnapa
to the seminar.
By Roger Lindley
The District Rotary Foundation and Membership Seminar for District 3360 was
held at the Grandview Hotel Convention Center on July 21 and 22, 2012.
Rotary District 3360 geographically covers the area of North Western
Thailand and contains sixty-two clubs with a total of 1330 Rotarian members.
Throughout the two day seminar, speakers emphasized the primary areas of
focus for Rotary International which will guide Rotary International
projects worldwide, providing a brand identity for Rotary and raising the
level of awareness in the community of what Rotary is and what Rotary does.
Since 1947, Rotarians have contributed over $2.9 billion to “Doing Good in
The World”. Rotary has committed over $ 1 billion to the global eradication
of polio. There are over 1.2 million Rotarians around the world who are
committed to the idea of “Doing Good”.
the Rotary Club Chiang Mai West attended the seminar in force.
Speakers included Pratheep “Peter”
Malhotra, the Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 6B which includes all
Rotary clubs in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia,
Pakistan, Singapore and Thailand.
He discussed “Revitalizing and Strengthening Rotary’s Brand and Enhancing
Rotary Public Image”.
Peter opened with the statement “We are Awesome”, noting that Rotarians have
done fantastic things around the world, positively impacting the communities
they live in. “People want what Rotary has to offer, but our challenge is to
help them to understand what Rotary has to offer. There exists a gap between
what Rotary does and what the public recognizes we have done.”
District Governor Dr. Supavat Poovakul ‘Superman’ (left) leads Rotarians in
singing motivational Rotary songs.
He added that the use of public
relations is the route to helping the public understand what Rotary has to
offer. He said, “We have underestimated what public relations can do for
Rotary visibility and growth of membership. A brand is built on how our
organization thinks, acts and communicates,” Peter added.
He concluded that communicating about the brand was key in attracting new
members and partners, developing a foundation that attracts news members by
building awareness at a local level.
Muhammad Faiz Kidwai; Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for Zone 6B
discussed the Rotary Foundation’s three major components; the PolioPlus Fund
and the Annual and Permanent Funds. The PolioPlus program is working to
eradicate polio. There are only three countries in the world where polio is
presently reported as active: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. It has been
estimated that nearly five million children have been saved from polio as a
result of the PolioPlus program. To date, over $1.2 billion have been
contributed by Rotarians in support of PolioPlus and Rotary has partnered
with the Gates Foundation in making the last big push to finally eradicate
The two other major components of the Foundation are the Annual Program
Funds and the Permanent Fund. These funds are used to support Rotary
programs throughout the world focused on peace and conflict prevention and
resolution .Additionally the Funds work on disease prevention and treatment,
water and sanitation, maternal and child health care, basic education and
literacy, for the 75 million children who do not have access to a basic
education, the majority of which are girls, and economic and community
development enabling local residents the chance to start their own small
Limlenglert (5th right) holds court with her members of the Rotary Club of
Chiang Mai Thin Thai Ngarm.
Faiz closed with this thought- “We have
been given the resources to do good things in the world. Because we have
been given the extra resources by God, we have a responsibility to share
with others who have so much less”.
The Rotary Foundation provides the financial means to enable Rotarians to
advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of
health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The
Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary
contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its
vision of a better world.
Free Bird Café celebrates 3 years in a new location
Café’s Lisa Byrd is joined by students and staff who made the tasty
vegetarian dishes that were provided to guests
By Shana Kongmun
Free Bird Café has been a popular destination for many local residents in
Chiang Mai for the past 3 years at its old location inside the moat for
those wanting tasty vegetarian Shan, Thai and International food as well as
those who wish to either donate goods or shop in their well-stocked second
hand thrift store.
Their move to the Santitham area last month has seen them move into premises
with a large front garden located on the small Santiluk soi just off
Santitham Road on the way to the YMCA. Free Bird Café and the charity shop
raise funds to support Thai Freedom House. Every baht spent at the café and
the shop goes towards Freedom House projects which are creating space for
community development, traditional culture preservation and education in
languages and the arts for people who have been denied access to education.
Visiting Jazz band Vatchapuj performed and well known Flamenco dancer
Supreeda “Jeap” Wongsansee performed for the very large crowd that turned
out in support.
Art Relief International joined Free Bird Café to show their support and
offer a helping hand.
Chiang Mai resident Amy Grafstrom turned up to show her support with some
Lamorna Cheesman of Studio Naenna joined friends at the party.
brigade included Tracy Williams (far right), Marike van Breugel of Arun Arun
Natural Products (2nd left) and friends Barbara and Lori.
Le Crystal hosts Skålleagues
the deck and in the garden were met with fine weather.
By Shana Kongmun
The monthly meeting of Skäl, the organization of travel and tourism
professionals, was hosted by the fine French restaurant Le Crystal on Paton
Road and saw a very large crowd meet for cocktails on the patio and enjoy a
delicious three course meal with either Dory or chicken and for dessert a
delicious crème brûlée with a spun sugar topping.
Featured guests include co-owner of Flight of the Gibbons Charlie Farrell
and his lovely wife Lori along with Chiang Mai friends Kevin Mack and Tim
McGuire. Frank and Vanita Sethi of Fashion King also brought along some new
friends while new members were also presented with their certificates and
membership cards. Several birthdays were celebrated and flowers were
presented before the ritual Skål toast.
Jaffee Yee was on hand to distribute copies of the new Map of the Greater
Mekong Sub-region from exploremekong.com while Sally Golding talked of her
recent trip to Kenya. General Manager of the 137 Pillars House Manfred Ilg
mentioned that the fine South East Asian textiles exhibit at the hotel would
be ending soon and he and Lamorna Cheesman of Studio Naenna hoped there
would be more textile exhibits coming to Chiang Mai.
The evening was a lively fun-filled evening and everyone went home with
praise for the elegant atmosphere and delicious food.
Nutsati, General Manager of Tamarind Village and Skål Event Director is
joined by Annette Kunagigon, President of Skäl North in greeting members and
Lori Farrell of the Flight of the Gibbons chat with Joachim Koller of the
Dining Guide before dinner.
mandatory Skål group photo on the steps of the deck at Le Crystal.
Humphreys of Destination Professionals and his companion designerTatyana
Zakrevskaya enjoyed the fresh air as the weather cools down.
Vanita Sethi of Fashion King brought their good friends and Chiang Mai
visitors to the party.
Flying beetles on the Central Ring Road
Davidson themed coffee shop features a real Harley.
By David Hardcastle
Look out, there’s a car in the sky on the central ring road!
The old flying Bug (Beetle to the Europeans) hovers over ‘Western’ and
‘Check In’, the brand new bar/restaurant/classic car and bike spot of Chiang
Mai. A few hundred meters North West of the Old Borsang Road junction along
the Central Ring Road, ‘Western’ is the new Harley Davidson themed coffee
shop and ‘Check In’ is the smart air-con restaurant featuring Thai and
The group of Thai vehicle, coffee and food enthusiasts headed by K.
Saiyan,held their soft opening on July 21, 2012 and were ram-jam full,
serving some of the coffee from one of their classic old VW micro-buses.
All car, bike, coffee, food and beer enthusiasts are welcome and - no - none
of the wheeled items are for sale!
VW microbus serves as a coffee bar as well.
Partners in the business include Pasagorn, Pongpichit, Saiyan (Managing
Partner), Mondtagan, Akaranat, Teerayut (Co-Ordinator, and Jadturong.