TEERAPHONG KUNKLANGDONE, THAILAND
ORGANIZING GRANTEE: ICMA
THEME: ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY PROFESSIONALS FELLOWS PROGRAM
HOST COMMUNITY: CITY OF VERMILLION, SOUTH DAKOTA
Speaking at Vermillion Lion Club
I arrived in Vermillion, South Dakota in early October with my curiosity and many questions unanswered how the city take care of the environment and be sustainable. After four weeks in Vermillion, all my questions and curiosity have been well-answered. I have learned tremendously from different city departments and organisations.
Time flies, and it has come time for me to say goodbye. It is a bittersweet departure, but I am also excited what lies ahead for me in Washington D.C. and when I return to my home country of Thailand.
Prior to our departure on Saturday, we had an opportunity to speak at Vermillion Lion Club about our country and project. We had a brief interesting Question and Answer session after the presentation, exchanged thought and ideas. I always mentioned how much I appreciated the strong community engagement in Vermillion. Like others, Vermillion Lion Club and the members get together to support the community to make Vermillion a safe and special place to be.
Piano from 15th Century at the National Music Museum, South Dakota
Cellos and Violins Collection at the National Music Museum
The City also arranged us to visit the National Music Museum. It is hard to believe that the second largest music museum in the world is located herein Vermillion, South Dakota. As I used to practice Cello, I am appreciated to see extraordinary treasure of musical instruments from around the world –spanning six centuries. And it’s inspired me to practice again.
And our last assignment was attending the Public Administration Ph.D. class of Dr. Matt Fairholm, where we had an opportunity to share our discussion among the faculty members and doctoral students from the Public Administration class.
Here come the hard part, but it is time to say good bye.
But before that, I would like to personally thanks John Prescott, the City Manager for his time and his effort, taking us around to different locations, special program arrangement, and his enthusiasm to ensure that we learned as much as we could during our time in Vermillion.
The Mayor, Jack Powell: Thank you for your kindness and warm welcome us to the community.
Andy Colvin, the Assistant City Manager: Thank you for your time and taking care of us during our stay in Vermillion.
Jose Dominguez, Vermillion City Engineer: Thank you for taking care of us and your effort trying to keep us smile.
Special thanks to Jen Olsen, City Admin Assistant Thank you very much all the special programs that you have arranged for us and your kind support. It is my pleasure to know you.
All the city departments: Thank you very much for your time showing us your special work you do for the city, I have learned a lot.
Everyone at the City Hall, people and the City of Vermillion: Thank you for your warm welcome and your hospitality, this will last in my mind for a very long time.
With the team, City of Vermillion - South Dakota
The city provided so many opportunities for me to learn and I hope that I have captured most of it as I took away.
Thank you, the City of Vermillion, South Dakota.
Good bye and until we meet again, Nat