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Message from the newly appointed International Councillor, Skäl International Thailand

Money for Pakistan

Skalleagues meet at D2Hotel

“A Piano Recital” by Santi’s Studio to support the Children Foundation

Photo Exhibition “Proud to be Planet Earth”

Message from the newly appointed International Councillor, Skål International Thailand

Andrew J Wood General Manager

“ It is a tremendous personal honour to have been recently elected International Councillor for Thailand. I will do my utmost to proudly live up to the responsibility of representing Thailand and the National President, Khun Malai Sakolviphak, at the Skål Council. I hope you will be equally proud of our efforts in the years to come.” “The former Kingdom of Siam, known today as Thailand, is a land rich in history; culture and heritage. Thai people are immensely proud and loyal, with a welcoming smile to beat no other. This country, which I have called my home for more than 15 years, has a population of 62 million. Young and old share their love for their monarchy, their Buddhist beliefs and their country, all of which are symbolized in the three colours of the Thai national flag.” Thailand is proud to be the host of the 67th Skål World Congress in Pattaya, during the 15th - 20th October 2006. We invite Skälleagues from around the world, to not only join in and be a part of, the most important event in the annual Skål calendar, but to help also celebrate two milestones for the country and Skål International Thailand. HM King Bhumibol’s 60th Anniversary of his reign and also the 50th Anniversary of the Skål movement in Thailand, will both take place in 2006 with many Grand celebrations being planned.“It is my pleasure and honour as International Councillor, during our Golden Anniversary year, to welcome you to a memorable and unique World Congress. We assure you it will be truly world class.” What is Skål?Skål is a professional organization of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the largest and only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Its members, the industry’s managers and executives, meet at local, national, regional and international levels to discuss and pursue topics of common interest.The first Club was founded in 1932 in Paris by travel managers, following an educational tour of Scandinavia. Skål International today has approximately 23,000 members in more than 525 Clubs throughout 87 nations.  Skål International is governed by an Executive Committee of seven members, elected by delegates to an annual General Assembly, held during the World Congress, hosted by a different country each year. Andrew J Wood International Councillor Skål International Thailand

Money for Pakistan

Interested Grace students look on while Principal Mrs. Garcia gives some of the funds raised by GIS students and staff from the school’s read-a-thon to Kelsey Horton and Vicky Fields. Miss Horton and Miss Fields will soon travel to Pakistan to use the money to purchase school books for Pakistani children.

In October 2005, northern Pakistan was devastated by a series of earthquakes. Over 4 million people were left homeless, and many schools were completely destroyed. In the past few months, some schools have reopened, and other classes began meeting in tents. However, usable school books were not available for children, and replacement of them has been difficult.

When Grace International School elementary students learned of this need for books in Pakistan, they wanted to help. Principal Jennie Garcia challenged the students with a “read-a-thon”. In a read-a-thon, students find sponsors to pay baht for books read. This money is then collected and donated for Pakistani school books.

For the past month, students have been reading. Faculty were also challenged and sponsored by Mrs. Garcia and Superintendent Don Williams to read professional books during the read-a-thon.

At the end of the read-a-thon, over 750 have been read, and the students and teachers have collected nearly B156,000. All of the money donated will go directly for book purchase.

Donations are still being accepted. Contact Khun Noi at GIS (053-131-175) if you would like to help in this way.

Skalleagues meet at D2Hotel

Reinhard Hohler

The group photograph at the end of the delightful dinner.

Some 40 Skalleagues and guests, including 10 members from the Skๅl Club Hong Kong, had their evening meeting of Skๅl International, Chiang Mai and North Thailand at the D2 Hotel Chiang Mai on Friday, March 24. Somock Inthavong, General Manager of the new and trendy hotel on the night bazaar welcomed the large party with his creation of a special Passion Fruit Martini Cocktail.

After the welcome reception and toast on the Skๅl principles of happiness, good health, friendship and long life, the guests from Hong Kong and their president Miss Susan Field, Managing Director from Impact Asia, were introduced. Skๅl Club Hong Kong is the largest Skๅl club in Asia, and Susan thanked everybody for the hospitality and the informal high class fun evening. She explained that ‘her’ club focuses on education and granting scholarships for young disadvantaged students, to give them a chance and prepare them to become future Skalleagues.

The dinner was prepared by ‘the new kid in town’, German executive chef Mike Drews and included steamed spring rolls, crispy river prawns wrapped in wheat noodle, grilled snow fish and crumbed deep fried frog legs on spicy green papaya salad.

The next meeting of Skๅl International Chiang Mai and North Thailand is to be held at the River House Resort and Spa in Chiang Rai on the weekend of April 29-30, 2006. Hotel Manager, Asdang Sukwises, will be ready to welcome members and guests to break away from their daily routines and join him for a special lifestyle weekend at the Mae Kok River some 180km away.

To become a member of Skๅl International Chiang Mai and North Thailand, please contact Secretary Eleanor Hardy by e-mail [email protected]

Networking to promote global tourism and friendship were Armin Schoch (Impulse Travel), a Skalleague from Hong Kong; D2 GM Somock Inthavong and Alex Brodard from Thai Adventure Rafting Chiang Mai.

“A Piano Recital” by Santi’s Studio to support the Children Foundation

Preeyanoot Jittawong

Ajarn Santi Saengtong (right) and Suthira Yanaso (left).

Santi’s Studio recently presented “A Piano Recital” at the AUA auditorium (American University Alumni Association), to promote appreciation of classical music and to raise money for the Children Foundation.

“A Piano Recital” was organized on March 31st, 2006, with the performance led by Ajarn Santi Saengtong withd the students performing being Phaphorn Chaimuk, Anita Witbooi, Suthira Yanaso, Thanakrit Lueanthongkam, playing various classical pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy and Turina.

The entire revenue from this concert was presented to The Children’s Foundation, which is a non-governmental charity organization which assists abandoned children who had become infected with AIDS.

The Foundation aims to provide a brighter future for HIV affected children and youths, and campaigns to stamp out AIDS/HIV transmission as soon as possible.

Santi’s Studio gave this concert to offer happiness for these children while they are still alive and plans to hold future concerts to continually support the work of the foundation. The concert was enjoyed by both students, parents and general residents, and all who attended the concert were glad to make a donation to such a worthy cause.

Photo Exhibition “Proud to be Planet Earth”

Chiangmai Mail Reporters

One of the photographs in the exhibition “Proud to be Planet Earth”.

A photographic exhibition will be held by ML Aniwat Suksawad, an expert in Astronomy from Chiang Mai University, who has appreciated photography since he was a child at primary school. The pictures express the artist’s love of surrounding nature, and encourage viewers to search deep down into the human mind.

This exhibition is called “Proud to be the Planet Earth” with a collection of photographs showing the exquisite beauty of locations and nature especially around Chiang Mai. These photos have received an enthusiastic public response; for the way they view surrounding nature from often ignored perspectives. It will be held on April 30, 2006 at 2nd floor of Northern Village, Central Airport Plaza Chiang Mai.

In this exhibition, ML Aniwat Suksawad will give a lecture called “Photos, tricks, beauty” instructing on the special techniques that he had employed in the past, in order to accomplish the many photographs in this exhibition.