Rotary is an international service organization with more than 35,000 clubs worldwide. Members of each club are eager to reach out to their communities to provide whatever help is needed to improve their lives. Some of the main concerns of Rotarians are basic education, literacy, economic and community development among the many areas of focus of the organization.
On May 10, President Chanunda Kongphol of Rotary E-Club Dolphin Pattaya International and her members traveled to Soi Korphai community to meet with residents and learn more about the “Mother of the Land Fund to Fight Drug Abuse” and to observe the many cottage industries for which this community is so well known.
Soi Korpai Community Chairman Wirat Joyjinda and Secretary Kanthanna Phonchai took visitors on a tour of their small community where almost every household is involved in one job or another.
The women are known for making intricate gift ribbons and handmade garlands, beautifully wrapped coins for alms and even producing their own tableware and other liquid solutions.
What they are most proud of is the cultivation of the Hypsizygus marmoreus (Peck) Bigelow farm and the gray oyster mushroom farm.
Rotarians showed interest in the projects because they fit well with Rotary’s programs to help with the economic development of the community.
During the visit, President Chanunda Kongphol and her members donated 75 kg of rice divided into 5 kg per bag, including dried food and 450 eggs. Chanunda promised to come back with more supplies next time.