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Chiang Mai celebrates U.S. Independence Day

Networking One moves inside for the rainy season


Chiang Mai celebrates U.S. Independence Day

The local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 12074 and the U.S. Consulate General of Chiang Mai organized the celebrations held at the Chiang Mai Municipal Stadium on the 4th of July. This year, attendance was thrown open to the general public, with all nationalities welcome and the huge turnout was evidence of that. David of Duke’s Restaurant was seen toiling behind the grill helping out his staff in serving up burgers, ribs, hot dogs and more. Creative Kingdom set up a play area for the kids with mini golf, a mini movie theatre and a special photo area for the kids to dress up and get their photos taken. The bouncy castle was very popular with the little ones.

Fireworks brought the evening to a close.

The huge queues were evidence of the popularity of the event and the supply of American sodas and beers normally not found in Thailand were hugely popular. Dr. Pepper and Mountain Dew were snapped up and the Budweiser and Boston beers were popular with Americans and non-Americans alike.

Chiang Mai Governor Amornphan Nimanant spoke at the event, welcoming Americans and offering his congratulations on their National Day. Members of the VFW then carried in the Thai flag and the Stars and Stripes and all stood while the Thai National Anthem was played followed by the Star Spangled Banner.

A roving bagpiper reminded us all of the mixed heritage that is the United States and the Aussie John Experience played old time rock and roll for the crowd. There was tug of war and other games as well as lots of door prizes with one of the big ones being a round trip ticket to Los Angeles with China Airlines.

The evening ended with fireworks and while the long queues and heat of the day did make things more problematic than expected the VFW Post 12074 should be commended for their efforts in organizing what turned out to be a huge event with several thousand attending.

A member of the VFW Post 12074 in Chiang Mai carries the American flag
at the start of the playing of the Thai and U.S. National Anthems.

A bagpiper strolled around the grounds reminding everyone
of the vast and varied ethnic makeup of the United States.

Kids had a choice of sitting in front of video games and getting out
and playing on play equipment brought in by Creative Kingdom.

Chiang Mai Governor is announced to the gathered
crowd at the celebrations on the 4th of July.

Everyone loves a bouncy castle!

Even the littlest ones had something fun to do
 thanks to the efforts of Creative Kingdom.

Americans were joined by all nationalities at the Independence Day
Celebrations, with crowds of hopefuls gathering around the prize table.

Kids and adults joined in the tug of war at the party.

Chiang Mai Mail staffers and friends enjoyed the day, even if it meant waiting
in line for some Dr. Pepper and Mountain Dew!

Door prizes were given away, crowds of hopeful
people waited around the tent on every draw.

Members of the crowd stop and sing the Star Spangled Banner at the Independence Day celebrations held at the Chiang Mai Municipal Stadium.


Networking One moves inside for the rainy season

By Shana Kongmun

As the rains started in earnest after the last Networking One event, this month saw it move back inside to the Shangri La Hotel. The event was very well attended, with a lot of new faces and many old ones returned.

Julaluck Samana, Marketing Executive of Second Home Finance was the lucky winner of the plane ticket awarded by Peter (Pratheep) Malhotra, CEO of the Chiang Mai Mail.

The obligatory bottle of wine was supplemented with a one year subscription to the Chiang Mai Mail and CEO of the Chiang Mai Mail, Peter Malhotra, generously donated a one way ticket to Bangkok. “We aren’t trying to tell you something,” he joked as he announced the prize. The aptly named winner Julaluck Samana said she did intend to come back, however.

Wyndham Hollis was there and discussing the upcoming World Wide Photo Walk. He encouraged people to sign up but said, to be quick as spaces are filling up. Worldwidephotowalk.com for more information.

Magician Howard Posener entertains the crowd with his invisible deck of cards, from which, he managed to produce a real deck of cards with the corresponding card that author Stu Lloyd had chosen.

Richard Thompson of RTS Ltd. spoke with Chiang Mai Mail Editor Phitsanu Thepthong about the difference between press freedoms in Thailand and his home country of the United Kingdom, while Eric Lynn of ICT Consulting admitted to returning to Germany for a few weeks this summer to author Stu Lloyd, who was by the bye, freshly tanned and rested after another trip to Koh Samui. Magician Howard Posener was in town from Pattaya and entertained the crowd with his magic tricks and humor.

The evening was a big success and everyone was looking forward to next month’s event scheduled for August 5, again at the Shangri-La Hotel.

Peter Smith of AA Insurance Co. and Nam Wongaram pick the lucky
draw winner at the Networking One meeting at the Shangri La Hotel.

Frank Sithi, Managing Director of Fashion King chats with
Shana Kongmun,Managing Editor of ChiangMai Mail about Thai
mudmee silk at the Networking One evening.

Richard Mark Hefner, International Marketing Coordinator of Payap University greets Chiang Mai Mail’s newest edition, Thanathorn Bua-Ngarm, newly hired to take care of marketing and sales.

Sarist Theeravongsuvarn, Assistant Manager of Thai Health Insurance Co.,Ltd shares a drink with Lannapat Kaikitrach, Officer of Thai Health Insurance Co. Ltd, Suwat Rerksujarit, General Manager of Thai Health Insurance Co. Ltd and Vipa Boonmeaun, Officer of Thai Health Insurance Co. Ltd.

Xavier Vandermeersch, Director of LannaPrecision Work Co. Ltd joins Jan Friman, Richard Mark Hefner, International Marketing Coordinator of Payap University, Olivier Laurent, Director of Onyx Export Co. Ltd and Nicha Chumkoed, Director Assistant of Onyx Export Co. Ltd at the Networking One meeting at the Shangri La Hotel.