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Zontians raise funds for their programs

Zonta Chiang Mai President Suvimol Limlenglert welcomes fellow Zontians and guests to their gala charity event held at the Shangri La Hotel on Saturday, August 2 2014.

By Shana Kongmun
Zonta Chiang Mai is well known for their efforts towards helping women and children in need around Chiang Mai, from the joint Grandma Cares programs, to Adopt an Orphan, to their work with the Wildflower Home to help women who have escaped from battered homes.
Current Zonta Chiang Mai President Suvimol Limlenglert welcomed past presidents Raya Luelai, Margaret Bhadungzong, and Charter President “Auntie Boon” Charter President Somboon Supasert to their gala charity dinner held at Shangri La Hotel on Saturday, August 2, 2014. President of the Chiang Mai Culture Council Dr. Chao Duangduan na Chiang Mai was one of the special guests as were Supajee Nilubol, Swedish Honorary Consul and George Sirioris, Greek Honorary Consul as well as visiting Bangkok Zonta President Sasamon Sanguansin. Many Zontians donated prizes and funds for events and a raffle was held for an iPad as well as silent auctions that raised funds for the various activities that Zonta Chiang Mai supports.
Zonta International was founded in the United States in 1919 as a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women through service and advocacy. There are more than 30,000 members in 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 67 countries and geographic areas around the world.

Zontians and guests greet Dr. Chao Duangduan na Chiang Mai at the dinner party.

Past Zontian Presidents Margaret Bhadungzong and Raya Luelai at the start of the party.

20/20 shows Nature and Nurture

Orachorn Chanwiwatana, Director and General Manager of Central Festival Chiang Mai (4th right) joins some of the artists and organizers and U.S. Consul General Michael Heath (center), Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya (4th right) and Hossein Farmani (3rd right) on stage for the grand opening of the 20/20 Nature Nurture Exhibit.

By Shana Kongmun
The latest art exhibition to show in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy opened at Central Festival Chiang Mai on Saturday, July 26, 2014 with photos and prints from both Thai and American artists. Curated by well-known Iranian born American photographer Hossein Farmani, the show saw Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya carefully view the pieces on display, even putting on headphones to view the multi-media piece.
Hossein Farmani, founder of the Lucie Awards for photographers, now lives in Bangkok and has been working to develop and promote local talent. The exhibition features the works of known and unknown artists, he said at the opening. Five Americans and five Thais, offering a distinctive array of works including paintings, photographs, video and illustration the artists portray the concepts of environment and nature, human or non-human, urban or wild.
The exhibition, which was on display at Central Festival from July 25 – 27, is traveling around Thailand so that the 40 pieces can be seen by many. Americans Colin Finlay, Doug Argue, David Burke, Jeff Frost, and Michelle Roberts had pieces alongside Thai artists Pomme Chan, Miti Ruangkritya, Sriraj Kuntawang, Kitikong Tilokwattanaotai, and Ammarin Kuntawong.

Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya and GM of Central Festival Orachorn Chanwiwatana put on headphones to view one of the video exhibits.

Pop up dinner with a view

Taylor Wines joins Rimping and Chef Jeff Sloane on the roof

Phairoj Phatpornpinyosakul of Rimping Supermarkets introduces the chef and staff for the superb popup dinner hosted on the Maya rooftop.

By Shana Kongmun
Pop up restaurants are all the rage lately and Rimping Supermarket took advantage of this trend to invite visiting chef Jeff Sloane of Sloane’s in Bangkok, known for producing artisan products from sustainable sources. They teamed up with Taylor’s Wines from Australia and local businesses Nikki Pure Spirit, Akha Ama Coffee, Take Me Home Tomatoes, Do Fann goat cheese, Hilltribe Organics and Marou Chocolates to close out the dinner.
Held on the rooftop of the Maya Lifestyle Shopping Mall, the sold out event was an intimate affair with two long tables of guests enjoying such menu items as baked fresh chorizo with Hilltribe Organic eggs, marinated goats cheese and heirloom tomatoes from Take Me Home Tomatoes, and smoked ox cheek alongside wines from Taylors Wines.
Pop up dinners can happen in the most interesting places and the rooftop of the Maya was an inspired location despite the rains that briefly interrupted the start of the evening, everyone enjoyed sipping on cocktails made from Nikki Pure Spirit, and Akha Ama Coffee.

Family and friends gathered for the evening, Scott, Tracy, Marisa, Debbie, Virginia, Ramlah and Francesco looked forward to the dinner.

Ayu Lee Chuepa and his sister Jenny are joined by staff to serve Akha Ama Coffee to the guests at the popup dinner.

Skålleagues hold rooftop meeting at Sala Lanna

Skål members and guests gathered for a group photo in front of the Sala Lanna Hotel and Restaurant (Photo courtesy of CityNow!)

By Shana Kongmun
Skålleagues met on the rooftop of the lovely Sala Lanna Hotel on Thursday, July 31, 2014 enjoying the cool temperatures brought on by the rains that fell earlier in the afternoon. The view of Doi Suthep and over the Wat Gate area had many pointing out landmarks and enjoying the view. Mocktails made from anchan flowers and pandanus were served along with a delicious sparkling wine courtesy of Collavini Winery and Italasia.
Collavini is a family owned winery whose foundation dates back to 1896. It is located in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region of northeast Italy near the border with Slovenia. The wines are produced from sourced vineyards of approximately 150 hectares and include over 18 individual cuvée of sparkling, red and white wines in the portfolio. The property is managed today by Manlio Collavini and his three sons Giovanni, Luigi and Eugenio. Luigi Collavini joined Morris Dash of Italasia at the dinner.
The large group of 54 people adjourned to the ground floor for a delicious dinner of either beef or salmon from the kitchen of Executive Chef Davide Pritoni. Members were informed of the upcoming twinning ceremony to be held in Yangon with Skål Yangon as well as asked to vote on the logo. The next Skal meeting will be held at the lovely Tamarind Village on August 28, 2014. Further information at

(From left) Luigi Collavini of Collavini Winery, Executive Chef Davide Pritoni of Sala Lanna and Morris Dash of Italasia chat on the rooftop of the Sala Lanna before the dinner.

Committee members Jerome Sim of Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Frans Betgem of Tiger Trails and Jenny Croyston of Hot Spots to Shop register Jo Baggaley for the dinner.

Committee members and friends greet Naphat Nutsati of Tamarind Village, who will be hosting next month’s meeting.

Events Director Manfred Ilg and Vice President Annette Kunigagon led the group in the Skål toast.

Cheese, yodeling and fun

Swiss National Day at Le Meridien

Members of the Swiss Lanna Society are joined by Swiss Honorary Consul Marc Dumur (far left) and Le Meridien’s Michael Hofstetter who kept a close eye on the party during the evening.

By Shana Kongmun
The Swiss community in Chiang Mai is far larger than most people would think with many spread out over the province. However, they all come together on Swiss National Day, filling Le Meridien’s conference hall for music, dinner, prizes and fun. Many of the local Swiss community dressed in traditional clothes while others went a more untraditional route but still very Swiss.
Swiss Honorary Consul Marc Dumur joined the hosts the Swiss Lanna Society in emceeing the event and Graziela of Baan Doi, the home for children in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai explained to the gathered audience about the home, the children it helps and its goals. The evening raised 74,100 baht which will go to Baan Doi. Baan Doi not only provides a home for orphans in Mae Sai but also outreach programs for children whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS.

Annelies (far left) and Hans (2nd right) of the Swiss Lanna Society welcome Pat and Sylvia who came dressed in the traditional Swiss dress.

All proceeds of the tombola ticket sales were donated to the schools and many generous sponsors donated great prizes, the top prize being a flight for two to Siem Reap and three nights stay in a four star hotel donated by Bangkok Airways and Impulse Travel.
Over 170 people attended the dinner, over 100 of those Swiss Lanna Society members. Le Meriden offered many popular Swiss favorites including raclette, which proved to be popular and favorite Swiss desserts and Chicco D”oro sponsored the coffee. The Swiss Lanna Society meets every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the GlassHouse on Ratchapikinai Road.

Heinz Willi of the Swiss Lanna Society is joined by Le Meridien’s Michael Hofstetter and Irene Thepper before the party.

Annelies greets Amelie, wearing the Swiss flag.

Max went all out with the Swiss glasses, hat, vest and tie, his wife Amporn continued the theme in a red dress and white shawl.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Zontians raise funds for their programs

20/20 shows Nature and Nurture

Pop up dinner with a view

Skålleagues hold rooftop meeting at Sala Lanna

Cheese, yodeling and fun