PGF Dinner at the Café New Orleans a resounding success
by Pattaya Mail reporters
Café New Orleans was the venue for the latest episode of the PGF dinner,
which saw more than forty people attend this fundraising affair.
presents a beautiful prize to an even more beautiful lady.
The management provided the upstairs area for the function much to the
approval and pleasure of those present as it gave them not only a sense of
privacy but also the view over the sois of Pattayaland was most agreeable.
During the course of the evening, which saw exceptionally delicious food
served, a lucky draw was held which together with cash donations raised a
grand total of 132,000 baht.
Generous sponsors, namely, Exotic Decor, Bruno’s, Amor and Symphony,
Panorama and the Café New Orleans restaurants amongst the many other private
and business persons, supplied the prizes.
tickets sold like hot cakes.
The main benefactor of these funds raisers has been the Heartt 2000 Charity,
an HIV/AIDS related organisation here in Pattaya getting medications to
patients in need, as well as other well-known local Charities. As one PGF
committee member PGF put it, “One of the most satisfying aspects of the fund
raising has been how both gay and non-gay people work together to improve
the life chances of many Thai sufferers in the locality. The volunteers and
participants also have a great deal of fun along the way at high quality
“You can help by clicking on www.pattaya gayfestival.com, or by attending
PGF events and buying the lucky numbers. Events are held throughout the
year to raise funds for the charities, but large or small donations are
always welcome. See a committee member or email us direct:
One of the valuable prizes to
be won…the vase that is!
enjoying an evening amongst friends.
Latin passion at
the Ladies Club luncheon
Kavita and Stephanie make the
ladies work for their lunch.
Pattaya International Ladies Club members were treated to a steamy display of
Latin dancing at their July luncheon, and members were also given a chance to
try out some new dance steps for themselves.
The location was the newly opened Garden Cliff Resort and Spa, managed by
Sofitel, which is located at the end of Naklua Soi 16. This beautiful hotel has
its own private beach with wonderful sea views and beautifully appointed
Almost 60 members turned up for the Latin dancing workshop, organized by the
hospitality team of Kavita Singh and Stephanie Moorhouse, who had liaised with
the hotel team to put on a spectacular display in a lovely location.
and Archie put the ladies through their paces.
Kavita was very excited about the event, “This is something I have been wanting
to put on for a long time, as I feel it will add a new style to the ladies’
lunch events”, she told the members. “This time, the ladies will have to work
for their lunch!”
There was a display of samba and rhumba dancing from Stephanie and Kavita Lamba,
both partnered by JoJo, and Archie came along to help too, as the ladies kicked
up their heels.
Helle Rantsen, Chairperson of the Welfare Committee, told the group about the
success of the Rabbit Resort Beach Party, and thanked Khun Paisan and Deb,
owners of the resort, and Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, for their kind sponsorship
of the event. Details of the amount raised to go towards the Ban Jing Jai
children’s home dental care program will be issued shortly.
The club also bade a fond farewell to Diane Connelly, who is returning to the UK
shortly. Diane has been an active member of PILC and on the committee of Jester
Care for Kids, and has worked tirelessly for the Fountain of Life Centre during
her eight years in Pattaya.
Coffee morning at Woodlands Resort
A record turnout of 75 members
attended the coffee morning at Woodlands Resort.
PILC had their coffee morning for June at the ever-popular Woodlands Resort
and Spa, and once again Stephane and his team excelled in the decoration of the
function room. The piece de resistance was the handmade cookies decorated with
the PILC palm tree logo, not only beautiful to look at, but also delicious to
It was a very large turnout for this time of year where 75 members gathered
together for announcements and reminders of forthcoming events. There were four
new members, and several memberships were renewed, bringing the total group
membership to 139, covering 25 nationalities.
“PILC goes from strength to strength”, said Gillian Thom, president. “I am
delighted that so many of you have joined the club not only for the social and
support network, but also to help Helle and her team with their welfare work
around the community”.
Many of the ladies are helping out with our monthly Garunyawet Ladies Home
party, at the Ban Jing Jai Children’s Home, and with the Mercy Center.
Elderly citizens tested for vision problems will be presented with free eyeglasses
One hundred and sixty-seven senior citizens turned up at Pattaya City Hall on
July 3 for free vision testing and those with impaired seeing will receive free
A representative from Waen Beauty Shop provided the testing service, which was
carried out for the public under the Pattaya Social Welfare Department’s Elderly
and Disabled Support Project.
elderly have their eyes tested, using modern equipment.
Pannee Limcharoen the department’s representative said the mayor of Pattaya was
concerned that elderly people suffering vision problems might not have the means
to pay for new eyeglasses, so he initiated the project. Recipients have to be at
least 60 years of age and registered residents of Pattaya City. This is the
second year the project has been implemented.
The examination session revealed that many of those tested have vision problems
and the spectacles will be presented to them soon. Waen Beauty Shop also offered
an additional nine pairs of eyeglasses along with its testing service to those
who are not in the eligible category but were in urgent need of them.
PILC donates proceeds from garage sale to Our Home
PILC- RLC welfare chairperson
The young women who live with Khun Tiew at Our Home came directly from the
Protection Center Huay Pong in Mataphut. Before they arrived they did not know
what a home was like, having lived their whole life in an institution. When they
first moved in they were like children but little by little with caring help and
support from Khun Tiew and her family they have grown into young women with
self-confidence and self-esteem.
At Our Home they have learned the skill of making quilts by hand. One king-size
bedcover can take up to two months to make and you have to have an eye for
details and be very patient.
The PILC-RLC Garage Sale was held at Khun Tiew´s home at Phuluang, and with the
help of the young women the sale was a huge success, raising 70,000 baht. Half
of the money was as promised donated to the Our Home building fund, for the
young women will need more space around them as they grow older.
Helle and Roseanne present Khun
Tiew with the proceeds.
Thai porcelain artists vie for top place at International competition in the USA
Helga Jaermann (4th left)
Sudasamorn Suwanlapcharoen, Treasurer of the Centre, (3rd right) and Helga’s
five students, together with H.E. Professor Tanin Kraivixien, Vice - President
of the Bangsai Arts and Crafts Centre - The Support Foundation of H.M. Queen
Sirikit of Thailand (centre) who came to wish the participants “good luck” on
Helga Jaermann, Art Teacher of the Porcelain Painting Station
of the Bangsai Arts and Crafts Centre - The Support Foundation of H.M. Queen
Sirikit of Thailand will once again lead a team of five of her best students to
compete in the International IPAT (International Porcelain Artists & Teachers,
Inc.) Convention (Exhibition & Competition) in Philadelphia, USA. Each
participant will enter one masterpiece into the competition and exhibit two
paintings at the exhibition.
One of the masterpieces is a special album with the figureheads of the Royal
Barges, painted on very thin porcelain canvas!
In 2004, the Bangsai team participated for the first time at an IPAT Congress in
Dallas, USA where the best porcelain painting artists from all over the world
met to compete and was the most successful team winning 2 golds, 2 silvers and 1
bronze medal. Thai Airways International generously sponsors The Team.
Andre Machielsen elected Chairman of the Pattaya City Expats Club
Six new board members also chosen
Andre Machielsen (3rd right) with
his board of directors
By Allan Sherratt
The Annual General Meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club was held at Henry J.
Bean’s in the grounds of the Amari Orchid Resort on July 2.
Members unanimously applauded Richard Smith the Chairman, David Meador
(Secretary) and Max Rommel (Co-Chairman and Treasurer) for the great work of for
the year. Their combined efforts had facilitated the expansion of the influence
and effective activities that are being accomplished in the name of the Pattaya
City Expats Club.
The continued increase in weekday activities and voluntary involvement in many
projects were also highlighted.
The voting took place under the careful eye of Peter Wheeler and his two
referees, Al Serato and Stuart Saunders after which Allan Sherratt the election
officer declared the results of the election.
Michel DeGoumois, Andre Machielsen, Lawrence Mclaughlin, David Meador, Harry
Sigworth and Steve Watts were duly elected to the board for the period
2006-2008. They join incumbents Roger Fox, Cliff Hagerman, Helene Halland, Thor
Halland, and Max Rommel whose terms end next year.
At the first Board meeting following the regular Sunday meeting Andre Machielsen
was elected as Chairman for this year 2006-7. Max Rommel continues as Treasurer
and Co-Chairman, David Meador as Secretary.
To learn more about the PCEC go to: www.Pattaya cityexpatsclub.com
celebrations at Tequila Reef
It was a day to take the family
out for some 4th of July fun.
Peter and Sharon Tibbits were
spotted enjoying themselves
Tequila Reef, the Mexican cantina, was packed as patriotic
Americans from the community celebrated Independence Day on July 4.
A special buffet was arranged with barbequed ribs, chicken, corn on the cob,
Cesar Salad, and other traditional delights. The margaritas were in full flow
too as Darrell, the man behind the success that is Tequila Reef, gave special
discounts on everybody’s favorite tipple.
Independence Day this year was made even more special as it coincided with the
launch of space shuttle Discovery, so the happy crowd at Tequila Reef enjoyed a
double celebration as the shuttle climbed successfully into orbit.
Joint anniversary celebrations raise funds for charity
Vic King cuts the birthday cake
with Jane, Malcolm, Rattanachai Suttidechanai, member of Pattaya Council and
On July 1 the Charity Club of Pattaya held a joint birthday celebration with the
Queen Victoria Inn in Soi 6. The club was celebrating its second year of raising
funds for charity and the Queen Victoria was celebrating five years of keeping
the beer flowing for the people of Pattaya.
The pub is also the official home of the club. Owners of the Queen Victoria Inn,
Vic and Jane King are avid club supporters, so having the joint birthday party
at the Queen Vic seemed the logical choice.
Celebrations started at 2.00 p.m. with the Queen Vic band striking up. Free bar
drinks and snacks were laid out for customers old and new and as always the
event was also raising money for charity.
Recipient for this fundraiser was the Mercy Center run by Fred and Dianne Doell.
Not only did the Charity Club get support from the Queen Victoria, but the
drinks were sponsored by Guinness, Tiger Beer, Heineken and John Smiths.
At 5.00 p.m. the all-you-can-eat carvery was opened, with all the money it
raised going to the Charity Club. Everyone tucked in while the San Miguel band,
sponsored by San Miguel, set up and started playing to the already packed event.
The total amount raised was 59,505 baht.
As customers, friends and supporters enjoyed the evening’s entertainment,
Malcolm and Christina started to sort out the raffle. Some of the prizes weren’t
collected so check below as you may have a winning ticket!
|9920 Nick The Pizza Voucher
9925 Nick The Pizza Voucher
5901 Nick The Pizza Voucher
9906 Nick The Pizza Voucher
5984 Mini Golf Voucher
5097 Mini Golf Voucher
5089 Mini Golf Voucher
5969 Mini Golf Voucher
9939 Mini Golf Voucher
9998 Mini Golf Voucher
5067 Mini Golf Voucher
5913 Mini Golf Voucher
5018 Mini Golf Voucher
5919 Mini Golf Voucher
5987 Simple Simon Voucher
9965 Best of British DVD Voucher
5940 Pattaya Mail Subscription
5203 Pattaya Blatt Subscription
9971 Pattaya Blatt Subscription
5037 Bowling Green Voucher
5807 Captain’s Corner Voucher
5029 Henry J Bean’s Voucher
5038 Cartoon Picture by Mike Baird
5921 Cartoon Picture by Mike Baird
Prizes can be picked up from the Queen Victoria Inn in Soi 6.
Anyone wishing to know more about the Charity Club of Pattaya can
contact them at one of following or meet with them every Sunday at the
Queen Victoria Inn Soi 6
email@example.com - www.charityclubofpattaya.bravehost.com
Rotary Club of Pattaya awards scholarships to outstanding students
Students, city officials and
Rotarians pose proudly with their scholarships and awards.
The Rotary Club of Pattaya distributed scholarships to underprivileged children
who have excelled at their studies and also distributed honorary certificates to
outstanding officers of Pattaya City, in a ceremony led by Mayor Niran
Wattanasartsathorn and Rotary District 3340 Governor Jin Srikasikorn at Pattaya
City Hall on June 28.
Boonsueb Aek-Ak the club president for 2005-06 said the scholarship distribution
is a regular part of the Pattaya Rotary activities, having been held annually
for the past three years.
Jin srikasikorn presents a certificate to Kittiya Limpanasuwan.
More than 60 scholarships were presented to underprivileged students in schools
under the education departments in Pattaya City and in Chonburi province zones 3
and 6. Rotary International District 3340 also distributed raincoats for
children to each school representative.
Mayor Niran said this was a valuable contribution to the education of children
who might otherwise have found it difficult to pursue an education that would be
appropriate for future career development and personal happiness.
Miss Warangkanang Ritsua, a primary school student in class 5 of Baannok School
said she was very glad to receive this scholarship, which will reduce her
family’s responsibility, and she will use this amount for her education
There were 63 students receiving the scholarships, the total value disbursed
being 97,500 baht.
Lt Col Sutham Chaosrithong receives his certificate from Mayor Niran
Rotary Club of Pattaya also presented six honorary certificates to officers in
Pattaya City for outstanding service. They went to Ms Sopa Kidhapol, director of
Pattaya School No 9, Pol Lt Col Sutham Chaosrithong of the crime suppression
division at Pattaya police station, Mrs Chalaem Promhuab, deputy district chief
at Banglamung District Administration Office, Pol Senior Sergeant Major
Weerawong Paiboon, squad leader of Pattaya Immigration Police, Pol Senior
Sergeant Major Somkiat Emyaem, squad leader of crime suppression at Banglamung
police station, and Ms Kittiya Limpanasuwan, administration officer at
Banglamung Municipality Office.
Students of the Redemptorist School for the Blind pay respects to teachers past and present
Students of the school for the
blind receive certificates for their outstanding achievements.
The Redemptorist School for the Blind held a ceremony on June 29 to pay respects
to teachers and supporters of the school, with Deputy Mayor Wuttisak Rermkitkarn
and Father Worawut Saraphan, licensee of the Redemptorist Vocational School as
co-presenters and over 200 blind students attending.
students pay their rests to Deputy Mayor Wuttisak Rermkitkarn and Father Worawut
Wuttisak also distributed honorary certificates to students who have shown
special qualities. Ms Suthasinee Photita and Master Somporn Somwang were
presented with a certificate for the politeness with which they conduct
themselves, Ms Supaporn Mankong and Master Kritsada Ketkaew were recognized for
the sympathy and help they show towards others, and Miss Saowanee Kirinee and
Master Tanongsak Hitakhun were recognized for their abilities in sport.
A proud Saowanee Kirinee receives
her certificate from Deputy Mayor Wuttisak Rermkitkarn.
The Redemptorist School for the Blind was opened on May 18, 1987 by Father Ray
Brennan, and has held a special ceremony every year to pay respects to teachers
past and present.
The school is open to blind students from anywhere in Thailand, with no
restrictions on gender, religion or circumstances. There are facilities for both
boarding and day students. There are no school fees, and on June 2, 2004 the
school was placed under the sponsorship of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha
The school is open for students who are totally blind or who are vision
impaired, and also those who suffer from deformities. Students are aged from
three years to 20 years. At present there are 126 students, corresponding to the
Ministry of Education’s limit of not allowing more than 250 students.