Chiang Mai welcomes new Political Chief to U.S. Consulate General
By Shana Kongmun
Dean and Lila Tidwell are old Thailand hands having first
come to Chiang Mai 35 years ago. In fact, both of their sons were born in
Chiang Mai. And so it is with great pleasure that Mr. Tidwell finds himself
posted to Chiang Mai as the U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai’s newest
Political and Economic Chief after a stint at the U.S. Consulate General in
Mumbai, India. Lila Tidwell will also be working at the Consulate as
American Citizens Services Assistant. Both worked extensively in Thailand,
Vietnam and India with NGO’s helping hill tribes people and in assisting
Burmese refugees. Additionally, he worked as Regional Program Manager for
Habitat for Humanity’s Asia Pacific office in Bangkok. Due to his many years
working in Asia, he speaks Thai, Sgaw Karen and Hindi.
Japanese Consul Masahide Sato and Masako Sato join the
party to welcome the new Political and Economic Chief at the U.S. Consulate.
With a long history in Asia, Mr. Tidwell, who spent a
great share of his life growing up in India, shared reminiscences with
Chiang Mai Mail Managing Director Tony Malhotra over their education in the
same town in India. Both decided it was a very small world when it turned
out Tony’s older brother had gone to the same school as Mr. Tidwell.
Many Consuls and Honorary Consuls attended the party to
greet the latest addition to the U.S. Consulate General staff, with the
Japanese Consul Masahide Sato attending with his lovely wife Masako, they
mentioned that current Consul Junko Yakata will be leaving her post as Japan
Consul General in Chiang Mai at the end of the month, as an active member of
the community she will be greatly missed. Chiang Mai Mail offices neighbor
Arvind Kumar; the Consul of India chatted with Tony about taking his daily
walks past the offices and promised to pop in one of these days. Ben Svasti,
British Honourary Consul was there and is making plans to celebrate the
Queen of England’s birthday in September. While a bit late, he said that it
had to be postponed due to the unrest in Bangkok.
Everyone felt very lucky that the rains held off for the
outdoor event and were happy to welcome Mr. Tidwell and his wife to Chiang
Mai on a pleasant if steamy evening.
Honorary Consul for the United Kingdom Ben Svasti Thomson
and Lila Tidwell to Chiang Mai.
Incoming Political and Economic Chief Dean Tidwell speaks
to the gathering in both Thai and English about his life in Asia and his
enthusiasm for working with the team at the U.S. Consulate General in Chiang
Mike Hock and Gao Linprasert of Ace! the Academy for
EducationUSA present a basket of flowers to Political and Economic Chief
Dean Tidwell and his wife Lila.
(From left) Amnat Jongyotying, Northern Editor of Naew Na
& Editor-in-Chief of Northern Daily (Pak Nua Raiwan) chats with Worawan
Thanamongkol, Public Diplomacy Assistant for the U.S. Consulate General
Chiang Mai and Bunyarit Tulapanpong, Thai News Columnist.
Thomas M. Schmidt, Vice Consul, Shana Kongmun, Managing
Editor of the Chiang Mai Mail, Ben Svasti Thomson, British Honorary Consul,
and Phairoj Phatsornpinyosakul, President of Thantraphan Supermarket (1994)
Company Limited (“Rimping Supermarket”) share a drink at the party to
welcome Dean and Lila Tidwell.
Managing Director of the Chiang Mai Mail Tony Malhotra
presents a welcome bouquet of flowers to incoming Economic and Political
Chief, Dean Tidwell and his wife Lila at the party at the U.S. Consulate in
Chiang Mai on Thursday, July 22, 2010.
Skål getaway weekend in Chiang Rai
By Tony Malhotra
Skålleagues from Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand had a
great weekend at Anantara Golden Triangle, Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai last
month amidst the nice weather near the border.
The evening started with a cocktail reception brilliantly
set up at the Rice Paddy, guests had a hands on experience feeding and
photos taken with baby elephants among the beautiful setting of a rice field
with water buffalo as the highlight at the registration table. The Anantara
staff then led the guests in a parade to the dining area where a buffet
dinner with a jungle theme was arranged at their Baby Elephant Camp.
The formal part began with Marc Dumur, President of Skål
International Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand offering up a minute of
silence to pay tribute to the late Jim Power, Secretary General of Skål
International. Then an announcement for those who wish to attend the
upcoming 71st Skål World Congress in Sydney which will
be held between 7-12 October this year and can be booked through President
The guest speaker of the evening was Patricia Solar from
Izara Arts, member of the World Fair Trade Organization – Asia, who talked
about their work in assisting the northern ethnic minority groups,
consisting of Hmong, Akha, Lisu, Karen, Lahu, Mien and Palaung communities
by assisting the women in bringing patterns of the past into the present day
with color schemes and product designs which appeal to modern eyes. “We
follow the fair trade philosophy so the producers can profit from the
creativity and painstaking labor that they invest in these products”. The
producer can then play a more empowered role within the global economy by
choosing to work from within their villages. You can contact Patricia at
[email protected] for references about their work.
A great Thai and International buffet was enjoyed by all;
big thanks goes to Bodo Klingenberg, General Manager of Anantara Golden
Triangle and his team for their extraordinary efforts in making this get-together
a memorable one. Bodo also kindly offered special room rates for the night
for Skålleagues who wished to stay at his beautiful property over the
The next Skål International Chiang Mai and Northern
Thailand dinner will be held at Latest Recipe, Le Meridien Chiang Mai this
coming Thursday 29th July with cocktails starting at
6:30 pm, followed by International Buffet dinner specially arranged for
members and guests; contact Secretary Naphat Nutsati at [email protected]
to confirm your attendance.
Skålleagues from Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand enjoyed
their meeting at the Anantara Golden Triangle Resort in Chiang Saen, Chiang
Chiang Mai welcomes new publication
By Shana Kongmun
Hallo Chiangmai was launched with a bang, with Louis XIV
style gown clad ladies and stockinged men dancing to Madonna’s Vogue
followed by a fashion show from local business people, entrepreneurs and
Dr. Chao Duengduen Na Chiangmai gives the opening remarks to launch the
From the opening comments from Lanna Princess Dr. Chao
Duangduen Na Chiangmai, to the elegant fashion show and a who’s who roster
of local celebrity, the opening party held at Central Airport Plaza on July
16 entertained the crowd.
Hallo Chiangmai is the newest Thai language publication
to grace Chiang Mai, covering local society and events, Managing Director
Ongkarn Chaiongkarn opened the fashion show titled Chiang Mai New
Celebrities 2010 with the seventeen people featured in the magazine walking
down the red carpeted stairs in evening wear. The lovely Raya Luelai
Madeline was joined by Suttiruk Sittisoonthorn, Pochapun Thuvanalin and
The glossy oversized magazine is sure to be a hit with followers of
Chiang Mai society.
Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon (center) is flanked by (from the
right) Managing Director of the Chiang Mai Mail, Tony Malhotra, Zoe Addams,
Managing Editor of the Chiang Mai Mail Shana Kongmun (right), Wanchula
Saralamba, Sales & Marketing Manager, Nok Mini and Former Miss Chiang Mai
2004 with Wuttipong Arayatumsopon. (Photo courtesy of Dirk
Chiang Mai Mail Managing Director Tony Malhotra, Editor
Phitsanu Thepthong and Managing Editor Shana Kongmun present a welcome
bouquet of flowers to Hallo Chiangmai Editor Siri Sethkomut. They are joined
by Chiang Mai Mail staff and friends.