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Unexpected pizza delivery arrives at Tuskers’ Thai Visa party

Elephant medical care in focus at Chiang Mai Friends’ meeting

Rotary continues ‘Grandma Cares’ project

FERC Annual Scholarship Day Awards presented to 112 Children

Sai River in Chiang Rai to be dredged to prevent further flooding

Unexpected pizza delivery arrives at Tuskers’ Thai Visa party

A great time being had by all, including the bar staff,
at the Thai Visa Party held at Tuskers Bar on June 6.

Elena Edwards
The rain, fortunately, held off, and didn’t stop a great deal of play going on at the recent Thai Visa party held at that well-known watering hole and restaurant, Tuskers Bar, the Chiang Mai home of Thai Visa. Being the great hosts that they are, Chas and Rachel had prepared for such an eventuality by setting up awnings across the dining area, and by 7.30 p.m. the place was packed to overflowing with a crowd of mostly males obviously intent on enjoying themselves as well as eating and drinking as much as possible!
Hosted and sponsored as usual by George, the owner of Thai Visa Forum, this semi-regular event is known for its good food and free beer, with revellers arriving from other farang haunts in Thailand to augment the local crowd. The lack of females seemed a little surprising, but didn’t dampen down the proceedings at all! It’s wrong to eavesdrop, but the word ‘football’ was heard more than once…signifying a serious ‘lads’ night out’! As if there wasn’t enough food provided, (including the by-now famous ribs), later in the evening, Dukes’ restaurant sent round a number of delicious pizzas, possibly in response to a long-running forum post concerning the saltiness of that very product. By the speed at which this generous contribution disappeared, it would seem that the question was answered…although, just possibly, no-one noticed the presence or absence of salt due to the amount of beer previously consumed! All in all, a great night out for guys who otherwise spend a lot of time in front of their computers!

 

Elephant medical care in focus at Chiang Mai Friends’ meeting

Anchalee Kalamapijit, president of Chiang Mai’s SKÅL International
and owner of ‘Elephant Life Experience’, begins her presentation
at the recent Chiang Mai Friends’ group meeting.

Elena Edwards
A very different venue close to Chiang Mai Zoo provided a refreshing change for members of the Chiang Mai Friends’ group at their recent monthly meeting, with appreciation and much thanks to the owners of a very lovely home and garden, who kindly opened both to a large number of both farang and Thai guests!
The meeting opened as usual with Duenpen Chaladlam, the group’s president, welcoming members and special guests, who included Anchalee Kalamapijit, president of Chiang Mai’s SKÅL International and owner of ‘Elephant Life Experience’, the speaker for the event.
Details followed of the progress of the Edible Garden Project, with land now generously provided by JJ Markets for this innovative cooperation between Mae Jo University, the CMF group, the municipality, JJ’s and others. Chiang Mai Friends’ group is now looking for volunteers to help with or supervise the project in the community. The inaugural community ‘Green and Clean’ project reported on page 4 of last week’s Chiang Mai Mail was introduced. CMF will be mounting a presence at the following 7 similar events, all in local Chiang Mai communities around the city.
After a delicious meal and a great deal of chat with friends, Anchalee began her presentation with an interesting overview of the various types of elephant camps in the province and their management. The main topic was her ‘Elephant First Aid & Medicine Box’ project, an essential contribution to the health of mahout- owned elephants in districts and provinces a long way from elephant medical care centres.
The first aid boxes, to be given out to all mahouts, if possible, contain medical necessities such as antiseptic for cleaning chronic wounds, antibiotic eye ointment for controlling eye infection, anti inflammatory medicine for pain relief, as well as other essentials to enable mahouts to treat their elephants’ minor injuries and infections themselves. An innovative idea, and one that is sure to make elephants’ lives more comfortable.
The next Chiang Mai Friends’ group meeting will be held at JJ Markets on June 24, beginning as usual at 5.30 p.m. with a ‘meet, greet and eat’ session. The speakers on this occasion will be Frank J Weicks & Rebecca Lomax, who will talk on paedophiles and child sex tourism in S. E. Asia. Both are recognized experts in the field of child sexual abuse, and will present a profile of paedophiles and their methods of seducing vulnerable children. They will review case histories of paedophiles who have been convicted in Thailand, and discuss child sex tourism and child pornography. A brief question and answer session will follow the presentation. All of us must surely realise that this issue is a huge and totally unacceptable problem here in the kingdom, as well as worldwide. This presentation really is a ‘must see’.


Rotary continues ‘Grandma Cares’ project

The ThinThaiNgam Rotary Club of Chiang Mai, pictured recently at Airport Plaza with 41 young students who all received 4,000 baht scholarships under Rotary’s ‘Grandma Cares’ partnership programme. Rotarians in 5 countries each sponsor one child and his/her grandparent.


FERC Annual Scholarship Day Awards presented to 112 Children

Rebecca Lomax
Board members and guests of the Foundation for the Education of Rural Children, (FERC), recently travelled to the Region IV offices of the Department of Education for the annual FERC Scholarship Day. An anxious and happy 112 children and their teachers gathered shortly after 9 a.m. to await their guests and benefactors. After welcoming the guests and children, Region IV officials asked Frank Weicks, Scholarship Chairman, to address the young scholars. Frank, more than happy to oblige, congratulated them on their achievements, and stated that he hoped that they would study hard, keep themselves healthy, and remember to help others when they had completed their education.

Norman Robinson, FERC Scholarship Committee member, receives a real ‘labour of love’ from a scholarship recipient—a hand-made pink towelling teddy bear with button eyes.
Chadurat Kankuem, representing the high school students who received scholarship awards, addressed the group in English, thanking them for their support and, continuing, explained her dreams and ambitions. She spoke about her favourite subjects and her desire to attend university, and stated that she intends to help other students after she completes her education, just as the FERC scholarship has helped her. Board and committee members and their guests enjoyed every minute of the giving of the scholarships to each child, and received many polite ‘wais’ in return, with some students even taking the opportunity to practice their English language skills by saying “thank you”.
At the end of the ceremony, the high school scholarship recipients took full advantage of their opportunity to thank FERC by giving representatives of the foundation token gifts from their homes or villages, including a very cute home-made pink towelling teddy bear with button eyes given to Norm Robinson!
The scholarships are supported by the fund-raising efforts of the local board as well as by representatives of the board in the United States and Europe. Eligible students must be recommended by their teachers and pass through successive screening processes. The final group is interviewed and recommended by members of the FERC Scholarship Committee, then approved by the Board. Members of this group also monitor the progress of the students during the school year, visiting the schools and interviewing both students and teachers.
Donations to FERC may be made locally by contacting the organisation at www.thai-rural-education.org or through Give2Asia for U.S. tax credits.

(From left) Michael and Debbie Goss, Frank Weicks, Sheila and Steve Deering of California, Donna Dauenhauer, Marc Dumur, Norm Robinson and Glynn Morgan, together with Region 5 office administrative staff and scholarship recipients on the annual FERC Scholarship Day at the Department of Education’s Region 5 offices.


Sai River in Chiang Rai to be dredged to prevent further flooding

CMM reporters
At a recent meeting of the Thailand-Myanmar local border committee, held in Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai province, cooperation was agreed between Burma and Thailand concerning the dredging of the Sai River to prevent future flooding. For a number of years, major floods have occurred during the rainy season along the border areas, affecting businesses, investment, tourism, and agriculture in the two countries. Burmese authorities have agreed to schedule a date for the beginning of the work, but have placed a condition that labourers rather than machines should be hired for the work. The building of a dam on the Sai River was also discussed.
The second topic under discussion was the continuing problem with drug-smuggling along the border, which is increasing in spite of stringent measures aimed it is prevention. The Thai representatives requested that more relevant information should be freely passed between the two countries, in a spirit of cooperation.