Rotarians bid fond farewell to Father Michael
Father Michael Picharn Jaiseri has been appointed
rector and dean of the Religious Light Seminary in Sarmprarm District,
Nakorn Pathom, one of the country’s largest Catholics seminary colleges.
Father Michael left his post at the Redemptorist Center at the end of
April to take up his new position on May 1.
International past district governor of district 3340, Prempreecha
Dibbayawan presents Father Michael with a parting gift, and warm,
heartfelt thanks for all he has done in Pattaya.
Father Picharn first began his work at the Redemptorist
Center in 1997 after having to return from his studies in Italy due to ill
health. He has ably assisted Father Brennan as assistant director at the
Redemptorist School for the Blind, the Redemptorist Home for the Elderly
and the Redemptorist Home for Street Children, and was pastor of the St.
Nikolaus Church in Pattaya.
Fellow Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Pattaya and
the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya gathered at the Town in Town Hotel last
week to bid Father Michael a fond farewell.
Father Michael said, “The entire time I have been
working with the Redemptorist Center here in Pattaya it has been a
rewarding experience. Working with Rotary and the SOS Rice Project has
also been rewarding. I very much enjoy helping the community, planning and
He added, “I am happy to see so many people here this
evening... They will have a special place in my heart.”
Father Michael, a true Rotarian and a man who has
always helped the community, will be missed by everyone who knows him in
Pattaya. Good luck and God speed.
Play Something You Know
Fancy doing something to help underprivileged children?
Do you like music and have a CD collection? If the answer is “Yes” to
either of those questions then you need to be at Shenanigans on Pattaya
Second Road on Friday night, 3rd of May to be one of the first to get the
latest, made in Pattaya, performed by musical folk from Pattaya, CD called
“Play Something You Know”.
3 CD boxed set is the result of a wonderful night’s concert held at
Shenanigans a couple of months ago. 37 tracks are featured from the
diverse musical talents of Pop and his Zatin Soul band, Declan and his
acoustic guitar, plus Rick on guitar with Jill Thomas on keyboards and
vocals plus the irrepressible Harpic. The numbers include such perennial
favourites as the Road to Hell and its opposite number, the Stairway to
Heaven and Smoke on the Water from Pop and the guys. Declan does the easy
listening numbers like Short People and Easy Like Sunday Morning, while
the Rick, Harpic, Jill trio works wonders with Nutbush and Hit me with
your Best Shot. It really is a CD set with something for everyone.
The “everyone” includes needy children, as the
proceeds from this CD set will be used to assist the Care for Kids
campaign, which includes the annual Jesters Kids Fair and the Pub Night.
This is a win-win situation. You get a remarkable locally produced CD and
some children get saved from despair.
The price of the 3 CD set will be 350 baht inclusive:
that’s 3 CDs (over 3 hours of music) and an 8 page booklet - a bargain.
See you at Shenanigans on the 3rd of May.
PSC pledges ongoing support for Second Chance House
Tucked away off Soi Photisan in Naklua District is the
Second Chance House. This establishment, founded and under the control of
Police Col. Jirat Phichitiphai, is a drug rehabilitation center where
local addicts are virtually given a second chance to become useful members
of the community.
charity chairman Bernie Tuppin (right) with Col. Jirat and some of the
guests of the Second Chance House.
The center is funded mainly by local donations, and has
assisted many young men since its inception. Currently, Col. Jirat has
thirty-five young lads housed there taking instruction and learning
various skills to better serve them in their future.
The Pattaya Sports Club has given strong support to
this project over the years by being responsible for paying the water and
electricity consumption at the facility. As a group, PSC applauds the
community spirit and good work done by people like Col. Jirat and are
proud to assist such worthwhile activities.
Second Chance House is but one of the many local groups
assisted by the PSC, and the PSC is proud to be of help for the local
Royal Cliff Beach Resort receives award from Hotelplan Netherlands
of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort, including general manager Andrew J. Wood
(4th from left) and managing director Panga Vathanakul (5th from left)
received Hotelplan Netherlands’s Quality Award from area manager Marcel
Kromhout Van Der Meer (3rd from right).
Marcel Kromhout Van Der Meer, Hotelplan Netherlands’s
area manager (long haul) recently visited the Royal Cliff Beach Resort
bearing a special gift. The hotel was awarded Hotelplan’s Quality award
for 2001 which is given only to hotels of the best quality-to-price ratio.
Award winners are chosen by guests of Hotelplan.
The Netherlands is the fifth largest European market
for tourism to Thailand. 138,355 people from the Netherlands visited
Thailand last year, an increase of over 14% compared to the previous year.
Luck of the Irish brings Australian national dance champion to Pattaya
Australian national under-12 Irish dancing champion
Chris Donald recently visited Pattaya, and whilst here danced a little jig
for the Pattaya Mail.
national champion for his age group, 12-year-old Chris Donald was in
Pattaya recently and danced his favorite dance - a jig.
Irish dancing has become quite popular in some western
countries, and Chris Donald, who just turned 12, is already in the
limelight in his home country of Australia.
Chris has been dancing for the last four years and in
that time has won numerous competitions, including the national
championship for Irish dancing.
Chris’s father Bob Donald said that dancing has
always been in Chris’s blood, as his mother and uncle were trained in
classical ballet, and both are still involved with the National Australian
When asked why he chose Irish dancing Chris said, “I
just liked it.”
Chris attends a school of performing arts where, along
with taking regular classes, he is coached in the arts. Chris’s love for
the arts is clear, as he is more than happy to perform for all audiences,
large or small.
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