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Louis Jadot wines introduced at Royal Cliff Wine Club Winemaker’s Dinner

Five Lions Clubs elect new presidents

Gung-ho new president at Rotary Taksin goes for growth

Louis Jadot wines introduced at Royal Cliff Wine Club Winemaker’s Dinner

Complete with venison

Miss Terry Diner

The Royal Cliff Wine Club, under the leadership of renowned wine judge Ranjith Chandrasiri, held another Winemaker’s Dinner in the ballroom of the Royal Cliff Grand. The wines being experienced were from the Louis Jadot vineyards, through the courtesy of Thai agents Cannon Wines, with their affable representative Ekachai Mahaguna advising the diners on the subtle nuances.

Malcolm Glenny won the e-newsletter quiz and receives his prize from Alexander Haeusler the General Manager of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort.

As in previous occasions, the six course menu was under the supervision of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort’s chef extraordinaire, Walter Thenisch, who introduced the diners to such delicacies as a pan-seared blue fin tuna on spring vegetables with Madagascan vanilla flavored beurre blanc as a lead up to the main course of oven-roasted and rosemary basted venison loin on a perigord truffle jus with bread knoedel and semolina cake. One little known fact that I gleaned from Chef Walter was that the layered biscuit of duck liver, mascarpone and goat cheese on pumpernickel with fresh fig took five days in preparation, with each layer having to be prepared individually.

Over 170 members and guests of the Wine Club were present, which is not surprising, since these events represent probably some of the best value food and wine evenings available in Pattaya. During the dinner, many keen wine connoisseurs were seen comparing notes, with the Louis Jadot Chablis Fourchaume Premier Cru 2003 and the Louis Jadot Nuits Saint Georges 1998 getting the best marks of the evening at most tables, though as always, wine appreciation is a very individual thing.

At the conclusion of the dinner, Ekachai Mahaguna was given a small token of appreciation by Ranjith Chandrasiri on behalf of the Wine Club, to rousing applause from the members. Incidentally, the Mahaguna family is, I believe, the only Thai family to own vineyards in America (Domain St. Georges). As another interesting fact, Ranjith Chandrasiri had been present at the Louis Jadot winery for the harvesting of the grapes, followed by (I quote) “extensive tasting of their wines”, all said with a wide grin!

The next Wine Club Dinner will be on July 14. Book your seats now!

Bruce and Judy Hoppe flank Mr.& Mrs. Eric Berger during cocktails.

Peter Cummins (left) telling tall tales to Michael Bulley and John Fishback.

Ranjith entertains Keith, Thongsin and Sarah Ball.

Alexander Haeusler, Ranjith and Chitra Chandrasiri helped make Pat Little’s birthday an extra special one.

The pretty ones, Bronwyn Carey-Little, Pat Little and Lara Abou-Chakra.

The dynamic trio, Ekachai Mahaguna, Ranjith Chandrasiri and Dr. Iain Corness.

The wise ones, Graeme Moore (left), Peter O’ Driscoll (2nd right) and David Morrison (right).

Wine dinners are the perfect place to meet up with old friends and make new acquaintances.

Accolades for executive chef Walter Thenisch, Ranjith Chandrasiri, deputy general manager and pastry chef Horst Rautert.

Five Lions Clubs elect new presidents

Ariyawat Nuamsawat

On June 4, five Lions Clubs of Region 310 C met at the Suphannahong conference room in the A-one Royal Cruise Hotel to elect new presidents for the administrative year 2005-2006. Wiwat Pattanasin, president of Lions Region 310 C, officiated.

Five New Lions Club presidents (from left to right): Fuang Sitthipreedanan, Lions Club Pattaya; Banchong Banthoonprayuk, Naklua Lions Club; Chotiros Wanwisan, Pratamnak Lions Club; Chakkraphan Sunthornsinghadet, Chonburi-Sattahip Lions Club; and Wisit Jarudul, Chonburi-Sriracha Lions Club.

Lions Four Star General Thakoeng Mungthanya, governor of Region 310 C, held an official welcome for new members of the five clubs and invited the outgoing presidents to give a farewell speech.

Outgoing Lions Club presidents hand over their president shields to the incoming leaders.

The incoming five presidents are Fuang Sitthipreedanan, who will lead the Lions Club in Pattaya, Chotiros Wanwisan at Pratamnak Lions Club in Pattaya, Banchong Banthoonprayuk at Naklua Lions Club, Chakkraphan Sunthornsinghadet at Chonburi-Sattahip Lions Club, and Wisit Jarudul at Chonburi-Sriracha Lions Club.

Taweedet Wongtrirattanachai, governor of Region 310C (left) gives an honorary shield to Mai Chaiyanit, Nongprue sub-district administration organization chairman, for supporting the club’s activities.

The International Association of Lions Clubs was founded in Chicago by an insurance man named Melvin Jones, who wondered why local business clubs could not expand their horizons to become more active in their communities. Jones’s idea struck a chord with his own club, the Business Circle of Chicago, and they encouraged him to explore the possibility with other clubs in the United States. The first organisational meeting was held in 1917.

Lions members congratulate their new presidents.

Today, the International Association of Lions Clubs is the largest service organisation in the world with over 1.4 million members in more than 43, 300 clubs covering 182 countries and geographic areas. Members give their time, skills and resources to raise funds for charitable giving both in their communities and internationally.

Gung-ho new president at Rotary Taksin goes for growth

Rotary Club Taksin Pattaya celebrates Installation-Night

Elfi Seitz

Guests at the Rotary Club Taksin Pattaya installation night on June 4 were greeted by a beautifully decorated elephant, for as the club takes its name from the great King and patron of Pattaya, the celebrations were held in traditional style at Nong Nooch Village.

The Sgt-at-arms and Clarisse greet this colorfully adorned elephant.

At the newly built restaurant on the lakeside, Stephan Heynert took over the presidency for Rotary year 2005/2006. Stephan, who was last year’s president elect, had in actual fact to take over the reigns earlier, since the former president of the club resigned.

During these few months he has displayed his leadership abilities and brought many new ideas to the club. At his initiative all five Rotary clubs of Pattaya are now holding regular monthly meetings and fellowship parties. During his short pre-reign, he was able to increase the membership of his club by 50 percent.

President Stephan Heynert and his new board of directors for 2005-06.

As Stephan said in his acceptance speech, his club will continue to keep up the good relationships with the other clubs and play its part in helping to alleviate poverty amongst the people here, especially children, to grant them a better and successful future. “In the year 2005/2006 we will continue our work for a better world,” he said. “We have the people, we have the spirit, we have the ideals – let’s do it!”

Stephan Heynert introduced his board of directors as Dieter Pr้court, vice-president, Trutz Fiddikow, secretary, Hans Schaad, treasurer, John Botting, sergeant at arms, Charles Evens, president elect, Peter Thorand, community service director, Eric Larbouillat, club service director, Martin van Bree, international service director and Marvin Green, vocational service director.

Treasurer Hans Schaad was recipient of the precious Paul Harris Fellowship, which founding president, Peter Thorand, who also acted as MC, presented to him.

From time to time during the speeches and formalities the artists of Nong Nooch Village appeared and dazzled the audience with their performances.

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