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The All Church holds their second anniversary

From left: Mr. Orarick Sriwong, Pastor Yutthasak Sirikun, Jarernrit Sa-nguansut, Vice Governor of Chiang Mai and Pastor Kiat Laksanasakunchai at the party.

By Shana Kongmun
This fast growing, environmentally and socially aware church held its second anniversary on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at the Shangri La Hotel. Organizers of many local events to benefit the community and the environment such as No Plastic Fantastic launch at the D2, Big Tree in Town to plant trees around Chiang Mai, the big Chiang Mai Clean Up Day as well as Melody in Town, and many sporting and other events.
This thoroughly modern church not only had a live band to perform but performers from Thailand’s Got Talent, the acrobatic performers Lion Fighter. Vice Governor Mr. Jarernrit Sa-nguansut joined the celebrations to offer his congratulations to the congregation which consists of members of the academia, business community and community service. The idea of “All So” pervades the Church that we are all one society and it shows in their growing presence regarding both social and environmental issues that face Chiang Mai.

Organizers of the Big Tree in Town, Patcharin Rinrit, Muangmon Sripoom and Pakpoom Uthaiwan have small sapling trees on offer for members of the congregation to take home after the party.

Church leaders from left: Left to right Pastor Watjana Sukthep and his wife, Dr.Jariya Sornmayura, Pastor Akkarapon Inthajak and his wife, Lt.Gen.Surapon Jiemsomboon, Pastor Yutthasak Sirikun, Pastor Kiat Laksanasakunchai and his wife, Lt.Gen.Surapon’s wife and Orarick “Rick” Sriwong

Pheuanthai members celebrate Christmas at La Fourchette

Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon presents one of the items up for auction, funds raised will be donated to charity.

By Shana Kongmun
Despite the relatively small space and the number of people fitting into it, the staff and chef at La Fourchette provided their usual high standard of excellent food for the crowd. Auctions were held to raise funds for charity, including art work, ceramics and more. The evening saw members of Thailandfreunde and its sister organization Pheuanthai in a festive mood, with Santa hats, a Christmas tree and singing Christmas songs.
An auction was held for various items, total funds raised reached 30,000 Baht which will be donated to the Care for Hearts of Aids Foundation, a school for women affected by HIV/AIDS in Lamphun. The donation will be presented to HRH Maha Chakri Sirindhorn under who’s patronage the school is, who will visit the project and meet some of the Phuenthai German Intl. Org. members.
Many visitors to Thailand as well as local residents joined the party whose cozy and intimate setting gave a true spirit of Christmas with friends and loved ones.

Bobby Wuttipong presents one of the auction prizes.

Former Greek Ambassador to Thailand Dr. George Sioris and his lovely wife Dararat Shinawatra enjoyed the meal at La Fourchette.

Skålleaugues celebrate the holidays at the Four Seasons

Over 122,000 baht raised for charity

Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi package winners Allan Ashton (far left) and Max Thammaracks (2nd right) are joined by Allan’s sister Lori and Lamorna Cheesman.

By Shana Kongmun
The Skål Chiang Mai & North Thailand Christmas Charity Fundraiser was held in style with a delicious dinner at the romantic and lovely setting at the Four Seasons Resort and Spa’s Cooking School on Friday, December 14, 2012. Khun Titiya Chooto, General Manager of the Four Seasons, Director of Restaurants and Bars Jasjit “JJ” Assi, and Jeff Miller, Resort Manager at Four Seasons all joined the evening with Skål members and friends. JJ worked closely with Events Director Tim McGuire to ensure things ran smoothly.
Over 122,000 Baht was raised from the evening and will go towards the purchase of non-perishable food, clothing, shoes, stationary items, for the students at Ma Maeh School, a small school in the remote mountains in Chiang Dao. The school has 127 students and receives 10 baht a day per student for food from the Thai government. Skål plans on organizing a caravan to the village on January 20, those with high clearance vehicles are invited to join as well as any who would like to come along. To make a further donation of either goods or cash, or provide a vehicle, then please contact Tim McGuire if interested. [email protected]
A live auction was held for a fantastic package for a one night stay with a spa treatment at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi with Khun Aon and Allan Ashton winning one package and Khun Max Thammaraks of International Travel Consultants, taking the highest bid on the other package.
The Skål toast was led by Khun Kat of Chiang Mai Rock Climbing in Thai and Khun Titiya of the Four Seasons in English before everyone settled down to enjoy the dinner, wine and good conversation.
The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 31st January, Nasi Jumpru Restaurant at 18.30, an evening of Thai Fusion cuisine. www.Skå

Birthday boy Paul Humprheys and Tatyana Zakrevskaya chat with Ineke Martens and Gill Dobson who manned the registration desk at the Four Seasons dinner.

Chiang Mai Four Seasons General Manager Titiya Chooto (4th right) joins Skal committee members from left; Jaffee Yee, President Annette Kunagigon, Frans Betgem, Shana Kongmun, Tim McGuire and Marc Dumur.

New museums celebrating Northern history and heritage in Chiang Mai

Deputy Mayor Chatree Chuamanocharn listens to Boongserm Satrabhaya as he describes some of the many photos on the wall at the Historical Center.

By Shana Kongmun
The Chiang Mai Municipality launched two new museums on Tuesday, December 18, 2012; the Lanna Folk Life Museum and the Lanna Historical Center. The two museums are important pieces to Chiang Mai Mayor’s Tussanai Buranupakorn drive to promote learning of Northern history and culture. The Historical Center is located behind the Chiang Mai Arts and Culture Center at 3 Kings Monument while the Folk life Museum is directly opposite the 3 Kings Monument.
The Historical Museum features dioramas, equipment, ceramics, the history of important figures in the North, the Northern alphabet and language and the photos of Boongserm Satrabhaya, one of the chief chroniclers of the past here in Chiang Mai. A former reporter for “Khon Muang”, Uncle Boongserm is renowned for his huge collection of old photos of life in the North dating back decades. The Folk Life Museum features displays of traditional handicrafts from silver, to Buddha images, textiles, many others.
Chiang Mai Governor Tanin Subhasaen and President of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn joined the Mayor along with academics involved in creating the collection. A kad style party was held in front of the Folk Life Museum with food, dances and performances. The museums are open every day except Monday from 8:30- 5 p.m. Admission is 90 baht for adults, children 40 baht.

Chiang Mai Governor Tanin Subhasaen and Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn view the ancient walls that were excavated under the historical center, dating back centuries, pieces of pottery and other artifacts were found during the excavations.

Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn is joined by Governor Tanin Subhasaen and President of the PAO Boonlert Buranupakorn at the opening ceremony for the two new museums celebrating Northern history and life.

Royal British Legion Christmas Party at River Market

Gill Dobson joins David and Orasa Walker for a drink before dinner at the Royal British Legion Christmas Dinner held at River Market

By Shana Kongmun
The Royal British Legion members congregated at the River Market on Wednesday, December 19 for their Christmas party. The evening was lively with raffle draws seeing many winners of prizes including skin care, Nikki spirits, gift certificates the Olde Bell and many more.
Organizers saw a good turnout of members, spouses and visiting non-members for the evening, with River Market keeping them well fed on Thai food, ribs, sushi and more. The casual atmosphere saw old friends and new gathering to share news, laughs and good times.
The Royal British Legion subbranch in Chiang Mai has been very active in fundraising, with their poppy appeal, golf tournament and Christmas fair at JJ Market. The hard working members took a well-deserved rest. More information on the Chiang Mai Royal British Legion can be found here:

Good friends gathered round for a drink before dinner, enjoying the beautiful atmosphere and great weather.

Nancy Lindley was hard at work selling lucky draws to the attending members and their spouses.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

The All Church holds their second anniversary

Pheuanthai members celebrate Christmas at La Fourchette

Skålleaugues celebrate the holidays at the Four Seasons

New museums celebrating Northern history and heritage in Chiang Mai

Royal British Legion Christmas Party at River Market