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His Majesty the King receives World Scout’s highest award

“By Appointment to Their Majesties The Kings Of Siam”

HM the King of Sweden bestows honours to praiseworthy men and women in the World Scout Movement

His Majesty the King receives World Scout’s highest award

Suchada Tupchai
His Majesty Carl XVI Gustav, King of Sweden in his capacity as Honorary President of the World Scout Foundation presented His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great with the World Scout Organization’s highest award for his support and development of Scouting in Thailand.
The presentation took place at Chitralada Palace where the Swedish monarch presented the Bronze Wolf award honouring His Majesty’s involvement as the head of Scouting in Thailand.

The Bronze Wolf, the World Scout Movement’s highest award.

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the Chief Scout and under his patronage, scouting has flourished in Thailand. Many programs continue to be developed to fulfill the needs of Thai young people and Thailand.
His Majesty is a role model to Thai Scouts and their fostering of relationships and preserving the philosophy with other Scouting nations in the Asia Pacific region and on a global scale. His involvement in the international committee, through royal envoys, has provided a great deal of wisdom and advice, which led to the 20th World Scout Jamboree being held in Thailand in 2003.
The Bronze Wolf is inscribed with the Scout emblem and is presented only to those persons in recognition of their outstanding service and who have made significant contributions and great achievements in supporting the World Scout Movement.
Herman C S Hui, Chairman of the World Scout Committee, H.E. Jonas Hafstrom the Swedish Ambassador to Thailand, Colonel UIf Gunnehed and Thamnoon Wanglee, President of the World Scout Foundation (Thailand Chapter) were also presented at the auspicious event to honour His Majesty the King of Thailand’s achievements.

“By Appointment to Their Majesties The Kings Of Siam”

A photographic exhibition

Nopniwat Krailerg
and Chiangmai Mail Editorial staff

The highly acclaimed exhibition of 40 original photographs from the 1860s to the 1880s by royal court photographers Francis Chit and William Kennett Loftus is on its way to Chiang Mai.
The stunning exhibition, which has been on display at The Conrad Hotel Bangkok was opened last month in a ceremony presided over by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Extending the exhibition to Chiang Mai is the initiative of local business identity Aart Rofell of Domi Duca Asia who says the opening ceremony here at 7 p.m. Friday July 7, at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Hotel will be performed by Chao DuangDuan Na Chiang Mai.
From Saturday July 8 until July 11 the exhibition will be open, free of charge, to everyone. Organizer, Aart Roffel has highlighted the fact that the display is aimed at attracting the general public and says it is a “must see event” for all residents and visitors to our city.
Aart says the photographs reflect royal life and important places in Thailand during the late nineteenth century and come from the collection of prominent Dutch gallery owner Ton Peek.
Frozen in time in black and white, the prints depict royal ceremonies and processions taking place within the grandeur of Bangkok’s monumental temples and palaces, while other photos reveal river and canal life within the burgeoning Thai capital. Over a century old, they offer viewers a fascinating insight into the lives of two of Thailand’s most venerated and much loved monarchs, King Mongkut (Rama IV) and King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) as captured by the distinguished Thai photographer Francis Chit and British lens man William Kennett Loftus. The 40 prints provide a rare glimpse of a bygone era.
Staging of the exhibition is part of on-going celebrations to mark the 60
th anniversary of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great’s accession to the throne. To commemorate the event, a limited edition post card series of ten selected images will be on sale for B. 500 a set, and B. 999 for outstanding numbers. All proceeds from the postcard sales will be donated to the Queen Savang Vadhana Foundation under the patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

HM the King of Sweden bestows honours to praiseworthy men and women in the World Scout Movement

Their Majesties join in a group photograph with new members of the Baden-Powell World Fellowship and the Honours Program.

Thamnoon Wanglee makes his welcome address.

By Pratheep Malhotra
During the visit of Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf, and Queen Silvia of Sweden to Thailand early this month to attend the celebrations marking the 60
th anniversary of HM Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great’s accession to the throne, they took time out from the busy celebration schedules to meet with local scouts and preside over Baden Powell Fellowship reception at the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok on June 13.
The Baden Powell Fellowship recognizes individuals for their financial contributions to the World Scout Foundation to help support scouting around the world. Receptions and other events are periodically held in different parts of the world to bring members together and to present insignia to new members amongst who ranks are prominent business, government and Scouting leaders who want to help bring better Scouting to more young people. Members of the Fellowship also include many husbands and wives, their children, and even their grandchildren.

Sutham Phanthusak gives his report of the Baden Powell Fellowship.

His Majesty the King of Sweden is the Honorary President of the World Scout Foundation usually bestows these prestigious recognitions personally by traveling to many countries in the world.
In his welcoming address, Mr. Thamnoon Wanglee, President of the World Scout Foundation (Thailand Chapter) wished HM the King of Sweden a Happy Birthday, which he celebrated recently and went on to also extend hearty felicitations on the occasion of the 30th wedding anniversary of the Swedish Royal Couple.
Sutham Phanthusak Vice President of the World Scout Foundation (Thailand Chapter) made his report to the King of Sweden saying, ‘With us today are men and women who have continuously dedicated themselves throughout the years towards the promoting of the noble cause and ideals of the Scout Movement and more especially their contributions to the World Scout Foundation.

Thamnoon Wanglee presents the donation for the World Scout Foundation Endowment Fund to HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

‘Thailand is proud to say that at present we count on our roll 57 members of the Baden Powell Fellowship with 4 of them in the Honours Programme.
‘The numbers are growing,’ said Mr. Sutham, ‘and I am very pleased to report to you that three leading scouts in our country and one from the U.S.A have shown their intention to join the ranks of the Baden Powell Fellowship and another three are to join the Circles of membership of the Honours Programme.’
The new members joining the ranks of the Baden-Powell World Fellowship were Mrs. Usa Monsereenusorn, Miss Somchit Sirisena, Mrs. Yubol Pumsathit and Douglas B. Peterson from the USA.
The three praiseworthy men and women who joined the circles of membership of the Honours Programme were Mrs. Ladda Visavapolboon, Mr. Sataporn Ratchatasup and Mrs.Vipapan Choosupya. The Honours Program recognizes those who have attained higher levels of financial support to the World Scout Foundation.
All the recipients have had long and illustrious careers in the education field and are involved in many service organisations in Thailand not to mention their dedication to the Scouting movement around the world whose objectives are to help more young people develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to be responsible, self-reliant citizens and tomorrow’s leaders.

His Majesty presents the Baden Powell Fellowship pin to Douglas B. Peterson.

Of note was new member Douglas B. Peterson from the U.S.A. ‘Pete’ Peterson served for 26 years in the United States Air Force. While on his 67th combat mission over North Vietnam in 1966, he was shot down, captured, and spent the next six and a half years as a prisoner of war. Upon retirement from military service he joined the faculty of Florida State University as the Director of a specialized psychological treatment program for juvenile offenders. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where he served for 3 consecutive terms. He was then appointed by President Clinton as the first Ambassador to post-war Vietnam.
Mr. Peterson is also the President of The Alliance for Safe Children (TASC), a global child injury prevention foundation whose mission is to help reduce child death and disability due to preventable injury in developing countries.
The World scout Foundation also encourages Baden- Powell Fellows to become members of an exclusive group known as the Founder’s Heritage, a most inspirational partnership with young people throughout the world. They simply make a pledge to include a donation to the World Scout Foundation in their wills.
Furthermore donations can be made to the Queen Silvia Fund, an endowment which enables young handicapped people, all over the world, to benefit through Scouting. It was created as a lasting gift to commemorate the 50th birthday celebration of Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden.
These commitments ensure that the donors’ legacy will continue to work to help young people achieve self-fulfilment, through Scouting and help build a better world.
Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell founder of the Scout Movement said, ‘The real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try to leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time, but have done your best’.

On their arrival Their Majesties receive bouquets from little Cub Scouts.

Sutham Phanthusak Vice President of the World Scout Foundation (Thailand Chapter), Jan Olav Aamlid , Asst. International Commissioner, Mrs. Sumon Samasarn, member of the National Scout Executive Board, Dr. Valerie McKenzie and Pratheep Malhotra at the reception.

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