Princess of Lanna cuts the ribbon on new clinic
Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon and Wuttipong Arayatumsopon are
by friends in the Buddhist blessing of the new clinic on the morning
of August 1.
By Shana Kongmun
Photos Hallo Chiang Mai
Dr. Dirk, as he is affectionately known by those who know
him, celebrated the grand opening of his expanded clinic, the Podology
Center, on Sunday, August 1 with Princess Dr. Chao Duangduen Na Chiangmai
joined by Swedish Honorary Consul Mrs. Supajee Nilubo in cutting the ribbon
to open the expanded clinic.
Dr. Chao Duangduen Na Chiangmai is joined by Mrs. Supajee
Nilubo, Honorary Consul for Sweden and Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon in cutting
the ribbon to open the clinic.
Joined by his partner, Wuttipong Arayatumsopon, Dirk
Weeber-Arayatumsopon welcomed the group to come witness a demonstration on
his friend, Ongkarn (Jojo) Chaiongkarn. With many laughs and a more than a
few jokes from Jojo, Dr. Dirk demonstrated the simple and yet necessary task
of taking care of one’s feet. In addition to the expansion, he has added
medical equipment to an expanded surgery.
Everyone felt very fortunate that the rain managed to
hold off despite a few threatening clouds during the afternoon and ended the
party with many taking their photos with the Princess with all proceeds
going to charity.
Tony Malhotra, center, presents a congratulatory gift to Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon
with Managing Editor Shana Kongmun (right) while Wuttipong Arayatumsopon and
staff look on.
Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon demonstrates his technique on the foot of his
friend and MC, Jojo Ongkarn.
Consul-General Junko Yokota bids farewell to Chiang Mai
Consul-General of Japan is hailed by her peers
By Shana Kongmun
Photos by Supoj Thaimyoj
I first heard of Junko Yokota shortly after I arrived at
the newspaper as her role as Consul-General for Japan has kept her very
involved in the many charitable efforts the Japanese government is involved
in Northern Thailand. From schoolhouses to playground equipment to
dormitories, she has been there to offer Japanese government grants to needy
schools across the region.
Consul –General of Japan for Chiang Mai, Junko Yokota
thanks the crowd in both Japanese and Thai, expressing her sadness at
leaving a city she has loved so dearly.
When I first met her, I was struck not only by her
friendliness and graciousness but by her astoundingly fluent Thai. Which
Governor Amornphan Nimanant joked about at his farewell speech “She speaks
better Thai than I do!”
She was feted by the many Consuls and Honorary Consuls at
the end of more than 3 years in Chiang Mai on July 30 at the Imperial Mae
Ping Hotel. Governor Amornphan hailed her as the dean of Consuls in Chiang
Mai, leading the community noting that she never hesitated to help and
support good causes, with a focus on rural school children and a goal to
help them better their lives through education.
Chiang Mai Governor Amornphan Nimanant bids farewell to Junko Yokota.
He noted that she would be moving up to an Ambassadorship
from Japan but said, “I am not allowed to say where!” The Governor of
Lamphun Direk Kornkleep the head of the Chamber of Commerce also took the
podium to praise her hard work in aid of the nation she loves so much.
Mrs. Yokota ended the evening by joining in playing
traditional Thai instruments in a skilled and beautiful performance. The
Chiang Mai Mail certainly joins the rest of the community in bidding her
farewell with best wishes for the future and hopes that, as Governor
Amornphan requested, that she someday returns to Chiang Mai to visit her
Direk Kornkleep, Governor of Lamphun, presents outgoing Japan Consul-General
Junko Yokota with a parting gift at her farewell party on July 30 at the
Imperial Mae Ping Hotel.
Phairoj Phatsornpinyosakul, President of the Thantraphan
Supermarket Company Limited (“Rimping Supermarket”) and his wife bring Junko
Yokota a present at her farewell party at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel.
Chiang Mai Mail Managing Director Tony Malhotra, left and
Managing Editor Shana Kongmun, right present Mrs. Yokota with a basket of
flowers to wish her well on her next post as she leaves Chiang Mai.
Mrs. Junko Yokota joins the Thai musicians
skillfully for the gathered crowd.
Zonta installs new President
Zonta Club President Jiamjit Boonsom expressed her
gratitude and appreciation and expressed hope for the coming year to all the
members of Zonta Chiang Mai.
Zonta held a dinner party to welcome its new officers and
President at the Empress Hotel on July 30. Former President of the club
Jiamjit Boonsom, was installed as the 7th president to
replace Dr. Laura Godsfredsen, who lectured at Payap University together
with new 21 executive committee members
Dr. Chao Duangduen na Chiengmai lit a candle to welcome
the new Club President Jiamjit and to bring luck and prosperity for her
coming year as President of Zonta.
Zonta , taken from the Lakota Sioux word ‘ray of light’
or ‘inspiration’ was founded in Buffalo, NY USA in 1919 and now has chapters
in 66 countries. Supporting the cause of women worldwide through advocacy
and service, Zonta is more than just a fund raising organization. Here in
Chiang Mai they are involved in a program to help AIDS affected orphans go
to school and buy books and school supplies. Additionally they help women
Princess Dr. Chao Duangduen na Chiengmai, the President
of Chiang Mai Provincial Cultural Council graciously presided over the
installation night and celebration.
New President of Zonta Chiang Mai,
Jiamjit Boonsom, 2nd
right, standing at the installation ceremony with committee members and Dr.
Chao Duangduen na Chiengmai, seated center.