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Rotarians recognize outstanding citizens and support local educational

Chardonnays - a Baker’s Dozen

FCCT to host UNDP Human Development Report press conference

BCCT Event Sponsorship Sought

Rotarians recognize outstanding citizens and support local educational

Veerachai Somchart and Chakrapong Akkaranant

Mayor Pairat Suttithamrongsawat presided over the local Rotary Club’s annual presentation of awards for exceptional achievement in individual occupations on June 12 at Pattaya City Hall.

The award winners and presenters

Pattaya Rotary Club President Praphan Thinnarong announced the proceedings and in honor of the occasion the International Rotary Club 3340 district governor Prempreecha Thipayawan attended, along with a host of distinguished guests from the community and members of the city administration.

Students, award winners and Rotary members in the grand finale

In addition to recognizing many people for their outstanding achievement in the community, the Rotary members also presented educational funds to deserving students from disadvantaged families in Pattaya and around Banglamung. The educational support program is just one of the many local programs sponsored by Rotarians that have been carried on for the past 15 years. The 60,000 baht donation supports 60 students: 20 students from the Pattaya City school system and 40 students from the district school system.

Ronakij Ekasingh (left) from the Pattaya City Education office receiving his award for outstanding performance in human relations.

Individuals recognized from the community included Ranakij Ekasingh from the Pattaya City Education office for outstanding performance in human relations. Pol. Sgt. Maj. Kasem Manthonglang, and Banglamung postal worker Ahthid Sangkhadethee were both selected as outstanding employees, as well as cleaning custodian Mrs. Lukint Bhumrint, and school custodian Somnyk Srisongkhram. Each individual received a 2,000 baht cash award.

An additional 12,000 baht donation was also made to go towards the purchase of filing cabinets for the Nong Prue School.

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Chardonnays - a Baker’s Dozen

by Miss Terry Diner

The Royal Cliff Wine Club put on another of their now famous tastings last week. With Chardonnays being the most popular white wines in the world these days, Ranjith Chandrasiri, the Pattaya Mail’s Wine columnist and the founder of the Wine Club, presented 13 different chardonnays from all over the world to meet the critical palates of the Wine Club members.

What became very evident by the end of the session was that wine could not be selected on price alone! What was also brought out was the preponderance of popular chardonnays coming from down under, with three of the Australian wines being voted the top wines of the evening by the assembled tasters.

The Royal Cliff Wine Club does an excellent job in educating its members, and by now, those previously inexperienced do at least understand and can apply the basic principles to judge the merit of different wines.

With chardonnays being one of Miss Terry’s favourite varietals, the Club’s pick of the night was also mine - a Leeuwin Estate ‘Prelude’ 99. You will also not go wrong with a Tyrrell’s ‘Old Winery’ 98.

If you want to learn more about the Wine Club, or more about wine, you can make contact through

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FCCT to host UNDP Human Development Report press conference

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will give an embargoed press briefing on its Human Development Report 2001 at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand at 11 a.m. on July 4th.

This year’s report argues that information and communications technology and biotechnology can actually make major contributions to reducing world poverty. The report includes, for the first time, a Technology Achievement Index that ranks 72 countries in terms of their overall achievement in creating and using technology. It reveals some startling rankings in the Asia region. It also suggests ways for Asia to recoup some of its losses from “brain drain” in the hi-tech arena.

UNDP Policy Specialist, Alvaro Rodriguez, will give the press briefing.

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BCCT Event Sponsorship Sought

BCCT is seeking sponsorship for the following two events:

29th June - BCCT Eastern Seaboard Networking Evening at Shenanigans, Pattaya.

17th July - BCCT Rock Music Quiz at The Londoner (corner Sukhumvit Road and Soi 33).

Please contact Greg Watkins at the BCCT for more details.

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