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Farewell party for Governor and Vice Governor

Outgoing Governor of Chiang Mai M.L. Panadda Diskul is joined on stage by his wife and son at the farewell party held at the Empress Hotel. (Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)

By Shana Kongmun
A farewell party was held at the Empress Hotel on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 for Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul who is being promoted to the position of Permanent Deputy Secretary for the Ministry of Interior and for Vice Governor Yokying Worakarn, who retired at the end of September after filling a still very busy schedule. Chiang Rai Governor Thanin Supasaen is being transferred in at the beginning of October to take over the reins of the Chiang Mai government as the new governor.

The President of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn attended the evening to bid farewell to the two men as did Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn and the Deputy Mayors who presented both men with parting gifts. The Consul Generals from Japan, China and the United States were joined by the Consul from India and most Honorary Consuls from the many offices in Chiang Mai at the party which saw members of the audience ask questions of the governor or to comment on his term. One District Officer noted that the Governor had visited all 25 Districts of Chiang Mai over the past two months to see if there was something he could do before his term was ended.

The party saw the Governor of Mae Hong Son Naruemon Palawat join the Governor’s wife and several other ladies in singing a song on stage. Finally the Governor himself sang a farewell song while his son played the violin. The evening was bittersweet for the Governor as he said that he left some of his heart in Chiang Mai, noting that being the Governor here has been a highlight of his career.

Chinese Consul General Zhang Weicai and his wife give retiring Vice Governor Yokying Worakarn a bouquet of flowers in recognition of his service.

Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn is joined by Deputy Mayors in presenting Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul with a gift and their best wishes.

Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul (center) joins the diplomatic corps; from left; Georgios Sioris, Greek Honorary Consul and his lovely wife Dararat, Chinese Consul General Zhang Weicai and his wife, M.L Preeyapun Sridhavat, Peruvian Honorary Consul and Senator for Chiang Mai, Japanese Consul General Kazuo Shibata, U.S. Consul General Kenneth Foster and Indian Consul Dhirendra Singh Garbyal.

French Honorary Consul Thomas Baude and his wife Chamaiphan (Pu) an Associate Judge with the Juvenile and Family Court to present a gift to retiring Vice Governor Yokying Worakarn. (Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)

The Governor offers a wai in thanks to President of the Chiang Mai Culture Council Dr. Chao Duangduan na Chiang Mai as she addresses the crowd at the party. (Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)

Happy 7th birthday Expats Club!

Alan Hall is joined by Chiang Mai Expats Club board members to cut the cake for the club’s 7th anniversary at the start of the monthly meeting.

By Shana Kongmun
The Chiang Mai Expats Club, a member of the Association of the Thailand Expats Clubs, celebrated its 7th anniversary on Saturday, September 22 at their usual venue at the Shangri La Hotel. President Alan Hall was joined by board members in cutting the cake before the talk by Dr. John Rogerson on today’s healthcare and systems used, alongside his own visual scanning method called ‘EFi/energy field imaging’ which he developed to show where these issues are sited as well as a new Hair Profiling system to determine likely reasons. Dr. Rogerson is ateacher and special advisor to the ICM (Institute of Complementary Medicine UK). Together with his team at the UNESCO World Peace Centre India they have researched over 400 types of treatment protocols in the last 15 years.
The meeting was well attended by many regulars as well as new faces as well as by U.S. Consular staff who were there to register voters and to let people know that they will be registering voters as well as accepting ballots at CMIS on October 1 from 2:30-3:30 p.m., Grace International School from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on October 5 and at Rimping Nim City on October 19 from 5-6:30 p.m.
Finally Nancy Lindley reminded everyone to fill out their emergency contact cards from Lanna Care Net and to remind everyone that the annual Christmas Fair to benefit the Royal British Legion and Lanna Care Net will be held at JJ Market on Sunday, November 24 and to reserve booths early for this popular event at [email protected].

The ladies of the Expats Club chat over coffee before the start of the meeting.

Eveline and Heinz Willi meet newcomer Nicole from Belgium at the Expats Club meeting at the Shangri La Hotel.

Alan joins Lucy at the desk to register members and visitors for the meeting.

New US Consulate officials introduced to Chiang Mai

U.S. Consul General Ken Foster is joined by Mr. and Mrs. Carlson, Mr. Mark Magreath and K. Thawatchai.

By Shana Kongmun
Ken Foster, the U.S. Consul General held a party at his wonderful old home set in the grounds of the U.S. Consulate General on Monday, September 24, 2012 to introduce the newest consular officers to Chiang Mai expats, consuls and honorary consuls and local business people, educators and government officials.
Mark C. Carlson was introduced as the Consular Section Chief alongside the new Regional Security Officer Mark Megeath. Mark spoke a bit about his duties which include issuing tourist and business visas noting that the United States is encouraging people to visit the United States for both business and pleasure. He is also overseeing American Citizens Services and then introduced his staff who help keep the Consular section ticking over.
Consul General Ken Foster then introduced Mark Megeath noting he had been in Bosnia and more recently Afghanistan, welcoming him to the peacefulness of Chiang Mai. Mr. Megeath said he was looking forward to working with the Royal Thai Police, with the heads of Region 5 Police on hand to join him, adding that the U.S. Government has always enjoyed a good and close working relationship with the Royal Thai Police.
Mr. and Mrs. Carlson said they had been in Chiang Mai for about 5 weeks and so far were enjoying themselves very much and were looking forward to learning more about their new home over the next few years.

U.S. Consul General Ken Foster greets the new TAT Director Wisoot Buachoom, and the Indian Consul Dhirendra Garbyal Singh and his lovely wife at the evening.

Chinese Consul Liang Lin joined the evening to meet his new counterpart at the U.S. Consul, here with U.S. Consul General Ken Foster, and Mr. and Mrs. Mark Carlson.

Mark Magreath met the Marketing Officer for the TAT Chiang Mai Office Panupan Chandhrapanya, French Honorary Consul Thomas Baude and Jenny Garcia from Grace International School.

Angels & Demons party away

An angel among the demons at the Angels & Demons party at the Steak House.

By Shana Kongmun
The Steak House and Wine Connection held a wine tasting party with the theme of Angels & Demons with the best dressed winners receiving a bottle of wine from Wine Connection. The party, which took place at the popular restaurant in JJ Market on Saturday September 22, 2012, was one of a series of theme parties being held by the Steak House at JJ Market and Le Crystal on the river.
The party-goers dressed up mainly in devil outfits but a couple brave girls showed up as angels amid all the demons. The live music kept the crowd entertained and the excellent wine and delicious canapés underwent regular refills.
The best costumes went to demons for both male and female with bottles of wine courtesy of the Wine Connection presented by co-Managing Partner Ajava-Riddhi Diskul.

Ajava-Riddhi Diskul, 2nd left, co-Managing Partner (center) shares a drink with Jon Nordeen (left) and Scott Taylor (right)

Best costumes went to “his and her demons”.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]]

Farewell party for Governor and Vice Governor

Happy 7th birthday Expats Club!

New US Consulate officials introduced to Chiang Mai

Angels & Demons party away