The talk of Dr. Apichana from Suan Dok Hospital was well received at the last board meeting, leading up to the forthcoming charity event at the rooftop of Hillside Condominium. Dr. Apichana introduced the work of the Foundation for the Welfare and Rehabilitation of the Disabled in Chiang Mai (FWRDC), under the Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. From left: John Whight, Guy Pace, Steve Yarnold, Marion Vogt, Dr. Howard C. Graves and in the front, Khun Gik and Dr. Apichana.

21 members of the Ladies Lunch Bunch Group met for their October Lunch at ‘The Gallery’ with a beautiful setting overlooking the Ping River. Everybody gathered around Erica Crutchley (seated, third from left) who was happy to join after her serious illness and congratulated her on her unbroken spirit and her love of life. The Gallery buffet was delicious and many ladies lingered afterwards to catch up. The next meeting of the Ladies Lunch Bunch Club will be on November 9 at the Empress Hotel, as always at midday.

A welcome cocktail reception at Nakornping Condo was held for Bill Tanner from Los Angeles, by his friends who already reside in Chiang Mai. Bill has decided after many holidays in Thailand, to ‘trial’ residency in Northern Thailand. (From left) Lawrence Goldberg, John Cooley, Dr. Howard C. Graves and ‘the new kid in town’, Bill Tanner

Pol Gen Chitchai Wannasathit, deputy prime minister and minister of justice, together with Tesco Lotus chairman Sunthorn Arunanondchai, presented 50,000 baht for Thais Foundation scholarships to needy schoolchildren with good grades in Mae Sai district, on the occasion of opening the 13th Tesco Lotus Value Store in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai. 20,000 baht of customer donations was also donated to the Wiang Pang Kham Community Assistance Fund.

Honorary guests and dignitaries attended the Royal Thai Police Day 2005 on October 13 at Chiang Mai Immigration Office. (From left) Insp. Kanokpun Roobkajorn with three guests, next to Asst. Prof. Somsak Eiamsrithong, Vice President of North Chiang Mai University; British Hon. Consul Jon Glendinning, Japanese Consul General Katsuhiro Shinohara, Dararat Shinawatra, and George Sioris, former Greek Ambassador with guest. All were warmly welcomed by Pol. Col. Phirojana Paresakul, Chiang Mai’s Immigration Superintendent (center).

The management of the Rydges Amora Tapae Chiangmai Hotel arranged their annual fire training for all hotel staff on how to act and react in case of an emergency.

The Green Oasis, new German Restaurant and Bar, opened its doors, and Austrian Nikki was on hand to present Operations Manager Khun Orapin (Toi) an opening present. The Green Oasis is on Kochasarn Road, behind Bake & Bite shop, and offers delicious meals, a glass of wine or a freshly prepared cocktail in a cozy atmosphere.