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Chiang Mai Friends meet at the River Market

Duenpen “Boong” Chaladlam is joined by representatives of UOB at the Chiang Mai Friends Meeting held on September 26, 2012 at the River Market.

By Shana Kongmun
The Chiang Mai Friends held their monthly meeting at The River Market on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, the meeting was attended by the representatives from Kids Ark as well as Michael Clarke from the Foundation to Encourage the Potential of Disabled Persons. Michael will be the speaker at next month’s meeting on October 31.

Kids Ark will be one of the recipients of funds raised from the “Shall We Dance” Fundraiser to be held October 27 at the Chiangmai Gymkhana Club. The evening will feature food, wine and of course, dancing. There will be professional dancers on hand to help those who are interested in learning ball room dancing. There will be prizes for best dancers, best dressed and other giveaways.

Boong, John and Simon are joined by representatives from Kids Ark before dinner.

Nancy Lindley made an announcement about the upcoming Christmas Fair at JJ Market on November 24; proceeds will go to Lanna Care Net and the Royal British Legion. There will be a food section, business section and second hand goods section. Anyone interested in booking a table for 250 Baht can email [email protected]

Representatives from UOB Bank were on hand to discuss the financial options that UOB offers foreigners. For example, they do not require a work permit or long stay visa to open a bank account with them, additionally they offer mutual funds and credit cards. Many banks require that holder have a work permit but UOB does not, even a person with a retirement visa can obtain a credit card. You do have to deposit 100,000 baht in the bank and then the credit card offers you from 80-90 % of that value.

It is a rewards card, each 40 baht earns 1 reward point, two reward points earn 1 mile with Thai Air’s frequent flyer program Royal Orchid Plus. Additionally the annual fee is 1000 Baht and this is waived if you make a charge on the card every month in a year.

The group asked questions regarding transferring in money, investing in the stock market and interest rates.

The next Chiang Mai Friends Meeting will take place on October 31, 2012.

The Chiang Mai Friends gather for a group photo before the Kids Ark presentation and talk from UOB representatives.

Skålleagues enjoy the river view

Skålleagues gather for the group photo before the dinner.

By Shana Kongmun
Skål held its monthly meeting at the lovely River Market next to the Iron Bridge on Wednesday, September 24 and members enjoyed catching up while others talked of moving on. Jade Conrad will be moving to Sri Lanka for a new challenge in life while others just returned from overseas for the upcoming high season.

Shangri La’s General Manager, George Baird, introduced himself as did Exotissimo Travel’s Chiang Mai office Manager Mandy Kearsley and the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi’s new manager Andrew Abram. Encounter Thailand CEO Xavier Segura joined the evening as did David Thomas of Wanna Tours Chiang Mai and Dominique Leutwiler, general manager of School for Life.

The evening started with cocktails and announcements including the upcoming Christmas Party which is scheduled for December 14 to be held at the Four Seasons in Mae Rim. Skål Chiang Mai a member of Skål International, an organization of travel and tourism executives and professionals. Skål Chiang Mai meets on the final Wednesday of every month and welcomes members and guests.

Ineke Martens. Manager of Rowaco Asia Travel and membership director for Skal joins Kaimook Chankravec, Tamarind Village Customer Relations Manager to greet Encounter Thailand CEO Xavier Segura at the start of the cocktail hour.

David Anichowski of River Market and the Dukes drops by to say hello to Skäl members and guests.

China celebrates National Day

U.S. Consul General Ken Foster and Consul Bradford Karony give the Chinese Consul General a gift of flowers to celebrate China’s National Day at the party held on September 26, 2012 at the Empress Hotel Convention Center.

By Shana Kongmun
The Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China held a gala evening at the Empress Hotel Convention Center on Friday, September 26, 2012 to celebrate their national day that is held in the People’s Republic on October 1. The evening was attended by members of the Chiang Mai diplomatic corps, ranking government officials, President of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn and in one of his last official appearances before moving to Bangkok, former Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul.
Consul General Zhang Weicai and Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul spoke of the long, friendly relations of China and Thailand and the close ties they have with a large Thai-Chinese community. October 1 marks the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and celebrations are marked around mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.
Thailand is home to the largest overseas Chinese population, around 9 million according to recent estimates, and account for around 14 % of Thailand’s population with Chiang Mai home to a large number of Chinese-Thais. Trade and relations between the two countries continues to grow and Chiang Mai now has direct flights to Hong Kong and Macau with the Chinese Consul General vowing to continue the trend and bring more Chinese tourists to Chiang Mai.

Chinese Consul General Zhang Weicai is toasted by President of the PAO Boonlert Buranupakorn and Chairman of the Thai-Chinese Business Associaton of Chiang Mai, Songwit Itthipattanakul.

Chinese Consul General Zhang Weicai, 2nd left, and his assistant join outgoing Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul, Consul Bradford Karony and Asst. Prof. Suchanart Sitanurak, Director of the Institute of Language Arts and Culture at Chiang Mai Rajabhat University.

Many members of the Thai-Chinese community dressed in traditional dress for the party.

Members of Chiang Mai’s diplomatic corps including Japanese Consul General Kazuo Shibata, U.S. Consul General Ken Foster, and Honorary Consuls join Chinese Consul General Zhang Weicai, former Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul and President of the PAO Boonlert Buranupakorn for a group photo at the party.

Lanna Dog Welfare holds charity fundraiser

The Lanna Dog Welfare Team gather on the stage as their hard work and devotion is applauded.

By Shana Kongmun
Lanna Dog Welfare, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of street and temple dogs with sterilization and rabies treatmentl held a gala fund raiser on Saturday, September 27, 2012 at the Kantary Hills Hotel.
The evening saw a slideshow of the work done by Lanna Dog Welfare as well as performances by the North Gate Jazz Co-op Trio for the audience. Raffles were held including donations from Kantary of a 2 night stay at their Khao Lak location, dog training from Lucky Dogs, hair products from Hair Pro on Huay Kaew, Powerhouse Gym, Oasis Spa, tours to Elephant Nature Park and many others. A silent auction was also held that saw a donation of 36 bottles of wine from Horeca and ceramic pottery.
Lanna Dog Welfare was founded by Roshan Dhunjibhoy in 2003 and Dr. Wilaiwan Petsophonsakul, who has taken over the reins, said that she was a driving force in his becoming involved. Lanna Dog Welfare works with local governments and communities to improve the lives of street and temple dogs, to promote humane animal treatment and sterilization.
The fundraiser raised a total of 186,900 Baht for Lanna Dog Welfare, the generosity of Kantary Hills Hotel and their General Manager, Magrin Promyothi, who has shown great support of the TSPCA and Lanna Dog Welfare, along with other sponsors and donors as well as the many supporters who attended contributed to the great success of the fundraiser.

Ronny Lavin joins team member Monika Boros and Kantary Hills Hotel GM Magrin Promyothi before the start of the dinner.

Kantary Hills Hotel GM and staff present a donation check for the costs of the dinner to Lanna Dog Welfare.

Lanna Dog Supporters enjoy the meal and the music.

Monika Boros and Yim Inthorn share a cocktail at the start of the party. Khun Yim ably emceed the event and held the raffle and silent auction.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]]

Chiang Mai Friends meet at the River Market

Skälleagues enjoy the river view

China celebrates National Day

Lanna Dog Welfare holds charity fundraiser