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Chiang Mai International Rotary Club holds Community Service with a Smile dinner

President Joe Evans is introduced by Sergeant at Arms Skip Symonds, welcoming guests and members to the Community Service with a Smile dinner at Khaomao – Khaofang Restaurant.

By Shana Kongmun
The Chiang Mai International Rotary Club invited the members of Rotary clubs around Chiang Mai, friends of the club and members of the public to their first Community Service with a Smile dinner held at the beautiful Khaomao – Khaofang Restaurant on Saturday, August 15, 2015.

Members of Chiang Mai North and Chiang Mai Thin Thai Ngam joined the Chiang Mai International Rotary Club for their Community Service with a Smile dinner.

Forty people attended the event that saw prize giveaways from Le Meridien Chiang Mai and Bangkok Hospital Chiang Mai for raffle ticket buyers, as well as introductions by members to the projects the club is involved in, including a Water Safety Project that will teach disadvantaged children how to swim. The club will cover all costs, including use of the pool, Kru Payu and his team of teachers, and swimming costumes. Also discussed was the recent installation of a water filter in Ban Pao Wittatakarn School in cooperation with Rotary Club Thin Thai Ngam and the Rotary Club of Kamloops in Canada. The Gol Illuminado Foundation and Actiwa Swiss generously donated the water filter in this first clean water project of the clubs. Andrew Leppard of the Gol Illuminado Foundation spoke to the club about continued plans to install more filters in other locations including the Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot.

Book Kitavdhana performed show tunes accompanied by Remi Namtip.

President Joe Evans greeted everyone and thanked them for attending, welcoming the President of Rotary Thin Thai Ngam and Past District Governor Chamnan Chanruang to the dinner. Book Kitavadhana was accompanied by Remi Namtep to everyone’s delight, performing a fabulous selection of show tunes in the unique space.

The Chiang Mai International Rotary Club is the only English speaking Club in Chiang Mai and meets Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at River Market.

Treasurer John Schorr introduces Kru Payu and Wanida who are working with Chiang Mai International Rotary Club in implementing the Children’s Water Safety Project. Kru Prayu is a swim instructor and will be running classes for disadvantaged kids.

John and Pajitra Schorr were instrumental in organizing the dinner at Khaomao – Khaofang Restaurant on August 15, seen here with Kru Payu, Wanida , Book and Remi.

President Elect Shana Kongmun presents Book Kitavadhana a certificate of appreciation for his generous donation of his time and skills, performing for the club at the Community Service with a Smile dinner.

Chiang Mai residents urged to join Charity Midnight Run in Bangkok

Thousands of runners take part in the Charity Midnight Run which will take place in Bangkok on October 16 this year.

Amari Watergate Bangkok, in conjunction with BMW Thailand will hold the 18th Amari Watergate Bangkok & BMW Thailand Charity Midnight Run on Saturday, 17 October 2015. This is the only race in Bangkok to be held at midnight, offering runners a unique experience of running under the fabulous atmosphere of Bangkok at night.

Each year, the race brings together people from across the globe, with last year’s run raising an incredible 4 million THB. This year, the race proceeds will go to three major charities, the Chalerm Prakiat HRH Princess Sirindhorn School in Lampoon province, which supports the education of children who have lost their parents to AIDS; the Baan Gerda Children's Project, which supports HIV-infected orphans in Nongmuang, Lopburi province; and Baht for a Better Life, an Amari CSR project dedicated to offering educational opportunities for underprivileged children in Bangkok and rural areas.

All racers receive a Puma running shirt, last year over 6,000 people took part in the race that includes both a half and full marathon.

The race gives competitors a choice to choose between two distances: 6k and a half marathon length of 12k, taking place on Phetchburi Road in the heart of the city. Runners of all ages and nationalities come together for this special event. Last year, 6,000 runners came to compete. The starting and finishing points are located at Amari Watergate. There will be police and security crew present to guard the entire race route. Entry forms can be purchased for 500 THB and 1,000 THB. All racers will receive a complimentary Puma running shirt. For the first time this year, 12-km runners will be measured by chip timing.

Participants who choose the entry donation of 1,000 THB will be entered into the grand raffle and get a chance to win accommodation vouchers from ONYX Hospitality group and a BMW car to use during the stay at the hotel, as well as many other fabulous prizes such as air tickets, accommodation and others.

Online application is available at from now until 30 September 2015, after which all applications should be made directly to the hotel by calling +66 (0)2 653 9000 ext. 69.

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Update August 20, 2015

Chiang Mai International Rotary Club holds Community Service with a Smile dinner

Chiang Mai residents urged to join Charity Midnight Run in Bangkok