Rotary International District 3360 installs lady governor
President of Rotary International Bhichai Rattakul (2nd right) congratulates
DGE Suparie Chatkunyarat (right) and outgoing District Governor Anurak
Napawan (2nd left) and his wife Amporn (left).
By Nopniwat Krailerg
Suparie Chatkunyarat was installed as the new District Governor for
Rotary International District 3360 at a ceremony held at the Lotus Pang Suan
Kaew Hotel last month. The outgoing District Governor Anurak Napawan chaired
the opening of the meeting which also saw formal training for officers and
the club administration committees as well as the installation of District
Governor Elect Suparie.
Governor Elect Suparie Chatkunyarat speaks about her role in Rotary and her
plans for the upcoming year in office.
Rotary International President Elect
Ron D Burton was introduced and Rotary International’s them for the
2013-2014 of “Engage Rotary, Change Lives”. PDG Dr. Saowalak Rattanavich,
Rotary Coordinator Zone 6B was introduced as the Rotary Coordinator for Zone
Rotary district 3360 covers the 13 provinces in the North of Thailand where
more than 1,200 Rotarians in 62 clubs actively play their part in serving
Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Ritthipong Techapun opened the ceremonies with a
welcome speech and then PDG Supawat Poowakul led the crowd in toasting
Rotary International. Past Rotary International President Bhichai Rattakul
was the chief guest and honored the new District Governor by welcoming her
and leading the ceremony to install her as District Governor.
District Governor Elect Suparie Chatkunyarat, PDG Chamnan Chanruang, PDG
Chaisin Maninant and Rotarians from Rotary clubs in District 3360 during the
plenary session held at the Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel.
Suparie, a native of Phrae, came to
Chiang Mai to study and attended Nareerat School, Sacred Heart College,
Prince Royal’s College and earned a BA in Hotel Management and Tourism at
the Faculty of Business Administration at Payap University. She furthered
her studies at the Institute of Hotel and Tourism Management at Le Roches
Switzerland and an MBA in Business Administration from Chiang Mai
University. She has taken Leadership Course training at Micro-MBA in
business economy, and Chiang Mai University and Training Guides and Foreign
Languages from the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Suparie started working at the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok but moved back to
Chiang Mai to teach hotel and tourism management at Payap University. She
started her own tour business after leaving Payap, Holiday Learning Co.,
Ltd., and later opened the restaurant “Im Sook”. She has served as a special
instructor and expert in the fields of Service Industry business at Payap
University and Chiang Mai University.
Suparie also served as the sub-committee chair for the Chiang Mai Tourism
Business Association, is on the committee of The Sacred Heart Alumni
Association, serves with the Charity Commission Register of borderless
Friendship Foundation and was selected as an Outstanding Alumni of the Year
2010 Faculty of Business Administration CMU.
The incoming Rotary District Governor received a sponsorship from The Rotary
Foundation for a group Study Exchange program in 2000 when PDG Jesda
Chaidarun led the exchange group. Later she was the first woman invited to
be a member of the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai North and was elected as the
first lady president of the club.
Suparie has served on the committee of the Eye Service Foundation of the
Rotary Club of Chiang Mai North and received the Four Avenues of Service
award in 2009. She is a member of the Paul Harris Society. Suparie believes
in the benefits of the ideals of Rotary and is proud to have the opportunity
to “Engage Rotary, Change Lives” during her term.
Rotary presents scholarships to needy students
Rotary Club of ThinThaiNgam helps 149 young scholars
the ThinThaiNgam Rotary club welcome Rotarian Guest.
By Sarah-Kate Hawkins
On Saturday, May 18, 2013 the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai ThinThaiNgam
celebrated their 20th Anniversary at the Chiang Mai Grandview Hotel. The
club received their Charter in March of 1993. Unlike the other 13 coed clubs
of District 3360, they are an all-professional women’s club. Many of the
other clubs’ presidents and members were there to lend a helping hand to
make this day a special one.
Along with celebrating their 20th Anniversary was the presentation of
educational scholarships to 149 young scholars. These scholarships came from
members of Chiang Mai Rotary Clubs as well as the Grandma Cares Partnership
ThinThaiNgam Rotary Club and Grandma Cares Partnership Program have teamed
up to provide trainers for English Literacy Programs. Working with rural
Thai government schools, Chalermprakiet 48 Pansa Girls School, the Border
Patrol Police – 3 Mae Rim, and Dararassamee Hospital nurses, volunteers are
working hard to reach the ASEAN Community Goals. These programs also support
Rotary International’s Peace and Conflict Program. Being able to communicate
brings understanding between cultures.
Rotary International’s mission is Service above Self. Members provide
service to others as in the End Polio Now campaign. Starting in 1979, clubs
in the Philippines committed to delivering polio vaccine to over six million
children. Today, the world is 99% polio free. (All photos by Shana Kongmun)
Watcharaprecha presents scholarships to two of the young scholars.
young man needed encouragement to come to the stage.
was filled with children waiting to receive their scholarships.
Faithful fill the streets for Visakha Bucha Day
By Shana Kongmun
The night before Visakha Bucha day Huay Kaew Road fills with
Buddhist faithful hiking up the mountain to see the sunrise over Chiang Mai
and make merit at Wat Prathat Doi Suthep.
Governor Charoenrit Sangunsat is joined by President of the Provincial
Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn and Suthep Mayor Thanyasak
Saengsrichan to make merit at the Kruba Srivichai Monument on May 23, 2013.
They first stop at the Kruba Srivichai
monument to pay respects to this revered monk, who was part of the team to
organize building the road up Doi Suthep. Then, on a road filled with people
offering free water as a merit making exercise, they climb the hill up to
the top. Filled with people of all ages, the little old ladies seemed to
make as good a time as the young people in the roughly 10 km climb.
Leading the way is the white elephant statue, symbolizing the story that Wat
Prathat Doi Suthep was founded when a white elephant carrying a relic of the
Buddha was set free by King Nu Naone and climbed the mountain. It reached
the site of the temple, trumpeted three times and died. There is a shrine to
the White Elephant at the top as well.
The following day Buddhist faithful gathered at temples around Chiang Mai to
make merit on this most holy days of the Buddhist calendar; Visakha Bucha
Day which commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Lord
Buddha. People gathered at temples before dawn to honor the triple gems; the
Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.
Elephant came out for the performance before the Deputy Governor cut the
ceremonial ribbon to open the evening’s event.
faithful thronged local wats, offering alms to monks and releasing Khom Loy
for Visakha Bucha Day
(Photo courtesy of Scott Taylor)
monks joined in the release of Khom Loy on Visakha Bucha Day, one of the
holiest days in the Buddhist calendar.
(Photo courtesy of Scott Taylor)
road started to fill up early as people started the walk up to Wat Phrathat
Bikers rally to ride
to Flight of the Gibbons
Members of the Ducati, D-Tracker
and Ninja Lanna bikers groups joined in Gibbon Biker Day.
By Shana Kongmun
Bikers rallied at the Tesco Khamtieng on Sunday, May 19 and then again on Sunday
May 26 to ride up to Mae Kampong village as they switched from riding the roads
to riding the ziplines at Flight of the Gibbon. Chiang Mai is well known for its
biker community and this event was organized to bring them together and build
The Flight of the Gibbons offered bikers a special price on the ziplines as well
as a free t-shirt and many local bikers turned out for the trip. More than 30
big bikes, members of the Ducati, D-Tracker and Ninja Lanna groups joined the
bike parade to promote “Gibbon Biker Day 2013”. To save the fragile environment
around the Flight of the Gibbon camp the group travelled part of the way by
minivan. (Photos courtesy of Flight of the Gibbon)
The roar of big bikes filled the
early morning air outside Tesco Khamtieng as the bikers took off for Mae
Farewell party for
Tourism Malaysia Director
Dancers dressed in beautiful Malay
garb met with guests before the show.
By Shana Kongmun
Tourism Malaysia has had a strong relationship with Chiang Mai since the
installation of the outgoing Director Iskander Mirza Mohd Yusof, an affable and
friendly man who has clearly enjoyed his four years in Chiang Mai.
Director Iskander Mirza Mohd
Yusof welcomed guests to the party held at Le Meridien, Chiang Mai.
The party, held at Le Meridien Chiang Mai on May 28, 2013,
opened to a beautiful slide show of all the wonders Malaysia has to offer, from
the beautiful diving off its islands, shopping in Johor Baru, the fabulous food
of Penang, the beauties of Kota Kinbalu and the historic buildings of Malaka.
The casinos as Genting Highlands seemed to be popular with the crowd as many
said that despite the fact it was just next door they had not visited Malaysia
Iskander pointed out that there easy flights with Air Asia and now direct Chiang
Mai – Hat Yai flights that made travel to Malaysia extremely convenient. The
Director thanked everyone in Chiang Mai for their support and said he
appreciated the warm welcome he had received. The office will remain open in the
hands of very capable staff so he encouraged everyone to make use of their
assistance in the upcoming Visit Malaysia 2014 campaign.
Guests enjoyed a beautiful cultural show as the Director noted that Malaysia has
many cultures all in one, from Malay to Indian, Chinese, Iban from Sarawak and
diverse ethnic groups in Sabah.
The fine art of pouring Malaysian