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Chiang Mai Cultural Council organizes a Lanna group wedding

Skål Club in Chiang Mai celebrates first anniversary

Elephant’s paintings auctioned for Kids Ark Foundation

CMIS teacher has showbiz in her blood

Chiang Mai Cultural Council organizes a Lanna group wedding

Nopniwat Krailerg and Preeyanoot Jittawong

Dr. Chao Duangduan Na Chiangmai, Chiang Mai Cultural Council president puts the garlands on the brides and grooms.

A Lanna group wedding was held recently in Chiang Mai, the ninth since September, 2005, when seven couples that had prepared themselves for married life, and had sought the advice of Dr. Chao Duangduan Na Chiangmai, Chiang Mai Cultural Council president, who counseled them about marriage principles and Lanna culture.

The Lanna wedding “Khoo Kaew Wattanatham Muang” was arranged by Chiang Mai Cultural council and was held at the Central Duangtawan Hotel on January 21. Suwat Tantipat, Chiang Mai Governor together with his wife, Ornadda Tantipat, Dr. Chao Duangduan Na Chiangmai, together with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) representative joined the wedding cere-mony.

The objectives of this pro-ject were to show the importance in Lanna culture that is attached to the couple’s preparation for marriage with them being ready in body and mind before marriage including being prepared to carry on the Lanna traditions and culture.

Suwat Tantipat, Chiang Mai Governor together (right) with his wife, Ornadda Tantipat (left) and Dr. Chao Duangduan Na Chiangmai, Chiang Mai Cultural Council president (center) with the happy couples at their wedding.


Skål Club in Chiang Mai celebrates first anniversary

Reinhard Hohler
Photos: Michael Vogt

President of Skål International Chiang Mai and North Thailand, Sun Suebsaeng from the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Resort proposed the Skal toast.

Thirty-five members and guests gathered in the Payorn room at the Amari Rincome Hotel on 26 January 2006 to celebrate their first meeting of January 2005 and one year of successful operation. President Sun Suebsaeng from the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Resort proposed the toast to the four Skål principles of happiness, good health, friendship and good life.

High on the agenda was the election of the Skål International Chiang Mai and North Thailand board members, whose nominations were all unanimously confirmed by the attending members.

From a modest 15 Skål members, the group has grown up to 30 over within the last year. New faces attending the meeting included the new General Manager Mark S. Bradford from the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Resort; and also new in town Edward Wateridge, General Manager of the Amora Chiangmai Hotel; and the re-joining Margaret Bhadungzong, Past President of the original Skål Club Chiang Mai.

Old and new faces (from left) Wim Fagel (GM Amari Rincome Hotel); Natalia Kortchouganova (Jirung Resort); Asdang Sukwises (GM River House Resort and Spa Chiang Rai) and Mark S. Bradford (GM of Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Resort).

Other executive members returned included Treasurer Michael Vogt, Managing
Director of Chiangmai Mail, and Secretary Eleanor Hardy, General Manager from the new Chedi Hotel in Chiang Mai; Director of Public Relations and Communications David Thomas, Wanna Tours in Chiang Mai; and Director Marc H. Dumur, General Manager from The Legend Hotel in Chiang Rai. Newly admitted as Director of Social Events was Lilly Saxer, General Manager of Impulse Tourism Chiang Mai.

A fun night for (from left) Wanida Jamieson, (Diethelm Travel); David Thomas (Wanna Tours); Edward Wateridge, (GM Amora Chiangmai Hotel) and Sureetip Guntawong (No. 1 Tours)

The next Skål meeting will be at the Mae Sa Elephant Camp, which is outside in Mae Rim District and some 20km north of Chiang Mai. For that event, Skål members and guests can expect an outstanding and unforgettable experience to be a real “mahout” to ride on an elephant. There will be a special Palong Hill Tribe Dance Show. The Guest of Honor will be Junnapong Saranak, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Northern Office Region 1, who will give a presentation about the growing importance of the tourism in-dustry in Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand.

For visitors, who are interested to join this exciting outdoor Skål meeting on February 23, at starting at 4.30 p.m., please contact Michael Vogt by e-mail [email protected]


Elephant’s paintings auctioned for Kids Ark Foundation

Preeyanoot Jittawong

(From left) Anchalee Kalmapijit, Operation Director of Maesa Elephant Camp, Jonas Hafstrom, Swedish ambassador in Thailand and Rita Holm, founder of the Kids Ark Foundation.

Kids Ark Foundation organized an auction of pictures painted by the elephants of Maesa Elephant Camp, at The House restaurant on January 21, with the proceeds going to support needy children of the Kids Ark Foundation and children who are orphaned because of AIDS.

Jonas Hafstrom, Swedish ambassador in Thailand presided over this charity auction and Anchalee Kalmapijit, Operation Director of Maesa Elephant Camp, on behalf of the committee of Kids Ark Foundation, spoke on the fact that Rita Holm and Allan Gustafsson had established the foundation.

The foundation has helped more than 300 children since its inception, however, many more still need help, hence the auction of elephant paintings. Host Hans B. Christensen from The House Restaurant treated 36 guests to dinner before inviting them to open their hearts and wallets and bid for the paintings to help needy children.


CMIS teacher has showbiz in her blood

Nicki Gamble

Suwanee Eubank

Suwannee Eubank has performed in many diverse and fascinating venues in her musical career. At the age of eight, she enjoyed the rare privilege of singing at an informal gathering of the Thai Royal Family and their close friends. As a college student in Texas, she won highlighted roles in several big American musicals including Oklahoma, Cabaret, and Fiddler on the Roof.

After college graduation, Sue taught school for a time in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where she was invited to sing the American national anthem at a Thai kickboxing championship – a surreal experience for a girl who was born and raised in Thailand.

Sue followed up a degree in Fine Arts with teaching certification, professional acting courses, solo and ensemble choral work, and directing and acting in many dramas and musicals in Thailand, Malaysia, Mexico, and the United States. This wide array of
experiences has resulted in a rich professional resume for Suwannee, and many interesting stories for her to share.

CMIS is delighted to have Sue on staff where she is applying her creativity to the instruction of elementary art. By the same token, Sue is very happy to have returned to the school she attended from Kindergarten through Grade 7 – a place for which she has
always nurtured a deep and abiding affection. Recently, Suwannee has been balancing a full teaching load with a demanding schedule of rehearsals for her pivotal role of Narrator in the upcoming Voice Studio production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

CMIS wishes Suwannee Eubank, together with the other CMIS students who are appearing in Joseph, Leah Ward (Grade 10), Burapath (Frankie) Saengangsumalee (Grade 5), and Patomporn (Pene) Gair (Grade 4), and the entire cast and crew of the production, great success in their February 4 and 5, 2006 performances at the Kad Theater.