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15 Chiang Mai Rotary Clubs install committees for 2005-2006

Prize list from the US Consulate 4th of July party

Happy Birthday USA

229th US Independence Day 2005

Sandy Clark

As always in Chiang Mai, US Independence Day was great fun for Chiang Mai families. In fact, lots and lots of fun, with the US consulate community setting up a monumental, but incredibly entertaining, afternoon for their annual July 4th party.

Fearing the rain, tents in the American colors were prepared to keep everybody dry. The smell of hamburgers lay in the air; entertainment and non stop activities began in the afternoon with the Dara Band kicking off the proceedings, when the doors opened, to get everybody in the mood to rock n’ roll with the 33rd Army Circle Band and the long awaited ‘Elvisky’ without whom every Independence Day party would be incomplete.

Door prizes were aplenty and looking at the huge list of shops and donors it is obvious that the Thai and foreign communities are working together, as it was pointed out by CG Bea Camp and Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat during the official evening reception in the consulate garden a couple of days earlier.

CG Bea Camp reminded everybody that the Thailand and USA alliance is based in their shared love of freedom and education. Governor Suwat thanked her and the American community for their efforts in developing this partnership further, and assured everybody how grateful the Thai people felt for the support and friendship.

Monday night ended with the Choral Society having everybody join in the songs and a huge fireworks display illuminating the sky!

Door prizes by the dozen were drawn by CG Bea Camp and Jo Anne Steel (left) the lady who made it happen.

Seen at the official reception were (from left) Diether von Boehm-Bezing, Maggie Hansen, David Summers and (seated) Suchid von Boehm-Bezing and Scott Hansen.

The lucky winner for the round trip CNX–Taipei–CNX was an American, James Welch, who has made Chiang Mai his home. The ticket was presented by China Air general manager Chiang Mai Jimmy C.M. Kuo.

After a hard afternoon of work and fun, it was time for former opera star Joan Eubank and CG Bea Camp to enjoy some all-American hot dogs and cold drinks.

Beads in the US colors and the well liked Jumping Castle were entertainment for the youngsters.

The lines at the food stalls were sometimes over 10 meters long (no exaggeration!). The hot dogs were the real winners of the day.

Elvisky rocked the house and the little drizzle of rain did not deter him or the audience.

Time to become patriotic. The Chiangmai Choral society warmed the audience up for the huge fireworks display.

Having fun were (from left standing) Dararat Shinawatra, George A. Sioris Ph.D.h.c. ambassador of Greece a.h., Marion Vogt, Chiangmai Mail, (seated) vice president academic affairs of Maejo University Songvut Phetpradap, Ph.D., Tasanee Suvanish, MD Manit Travel, Sopaluck Promkuntha, manager Bangkok Bank Kad Suan Kaew Branch, Carolina San Miguel-Thompson, PhD and husband Charly.

A toast towards the long standing alliance between the Kingdom of Thailand and the United States of America.

15 Chiang Mai Rotary Clubs install committees for 2005-2006

Preeyanoot Jittawong

The month of June is one of the busiest months for the more than 31,000 Rotarians in 166 countries, having had new elections for their new presidents and boards of directors who will lead them through the next 12 months, with the new Rotary year starting on 1 July. Traditionally, the 15 clubs in Chiang Mai, although operating independently, celebrate this auspicious event together, and chose the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel’s Grand Ballroom as their venue for this year’s big night, taking place on June 25.

The Rotary Club Chiang Mai West’s new president Frank J. Weicks (right).

This successful get-together of Rotarians and their spouses was well attended with several hundred members continuing in good relationship and exchange of opinions. After the installations of the new Presidents and their respective Boards, there was a chance to let representatives of each association congratulate one another and exchange souvenirs.

The lovely ladies of the Rotary Club ThinThaiNgam with members of a Malaysian Rotary Club.

Rotary International was set up by Paul Harris in 1905 with the purpose to bring together businesses associations to benefit society. Rotary International is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian services, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world.

The 15 Rotary Association presidents.