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OUR COMMUNITY
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]: 

Lions Club of Pattaya donates bicycles to rural school

PILC Trivia Night funds donated to the Fountain of Life

Oldest hospital in Macao inspects Pattaya’s newest medical facility

Rotary Club Pattaya Marina says thank you to President Dr. Olivier

Pattaya City maps introduced at the PCEC meeting

The Queen of Maidstone’s little prince turns 51

Message from Kim Fletcher

Opening of “Colorful of the Sun” art exhibition

Lions Club of Pattaya donates bicycles to rural school

Past District Governor Naris Petcharat of District 310C Lions International presents the 8 bicycles to Arirat Sapsarn on behalf of the Lions Club of Pattaya.

Vimolrat Singnikorn
On July 5 the Lions Club of Pattaya donated eight new bicycles valued at more than 13,000 baht to Ban Thunglahan School to help students from underprivileged families who live in remote areas with poor transport links and consequently have difficulty getting to classes.
The school, which was founded in 1927, is located in a rural area at Huay Yai and consists of two timber buildings. School director Thamrongsak Yuangsuwan said that despite the limited facilities the school has a computer room, a science room, and a library. Extra support is however needed from private organizations such as the Lions Clubs so that the school can continue to develop.
At present the school has 162 students and eight teachers, and teaches from kindergarten school class 1 to primary school class 6.


PILC Trivia Night funds donated to the Fountain of Life

The PILC welfare team and Paul Wilkinson present the cheque to Sister Joan and the children at the Fountain of Life.

Ingrid Cunliffe
The Pattaya International Ladies Club held a fund raising Trivia Night at the Fountain of Life Center last month, which raised a tidy sum of 70,000 baht.
It was a fantastic night and I would like to thank everyone for coming and having a great time. We enjoyed a buffet dinner catered by Café New Orleans combined with a fun night of interesting trivia. I congratulate the winning tables.
The PILC Welfare Team and Paul Wilkinson GM of Four Winds International Movers, our generous sponsor of the evening, went to the center to donate the funds where we were met by Sister Joan and the children.
Having handed over the money to Sister Joan, she turned around and donated back 10,000 baht to help towards the costs of the Therapeutic Disabled riding Scheme that some of our members are initiating this month.
Thank you Michael, Café New Orleans, Paul, Four Winds and especially Sister Joan for permitting us to use your premises. We look forward to the next one.


Oldest hospital in Macao inspects Pattaya’s newest medical facility

Dr. Iain Corness
The Kiang Wu hospital in Macao has been established for over 135 years, but in the varied fields of today’s medicine, one has to move forward to stay abreast of the technological changes.

(From left) Dr Iain Corness, Assistant Director Kamjorn Suryasin farewell Dr. Zhang Xuming
The management of Kiang Wu hospital realized this, and as they are in the process of building a new wing, has sent more than 40 people from Macao, in two delegations covering all specialties, to review the latest technology at first hand in the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.
With the Pattaya hospital having adopted the new developments in Radiology, including the 64-Slice CT for non-invasive study of the coronary arteries and ‘straight to digital’ X-Rays, rather than the old fashioned film X-Rays, the radiologists amongst the visitors were very interested.
Other members of the Macao group were more interested in areas such as the Heart Center and Cath Lab where stents (small tubes) can be directly inserted into the coronary arteries supplying the heart. This does not require opening the chest cavity, but is done through a tiny opening in the groin.
Before going on the tour of the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya facilities, the Macao groups attended lectures on Medical Tourism given by Dr. Iain Corness, the Consultant to the International department, and on hospital safety procedures given by the Director of Nursing Dr. Frank Song.
The Kiang Wu delegation head, Dr. Zhang Xuming the hospital director, said that Thailand is world renowned for providing the best of medical and nursing services at a very reasonable cost, and this was why they had sent their Heads of Departments to see the technology and methods used by the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.


Rotary Club Pattaya Marina says thank you to President Dr. Olivier

Not just a fond farewell to Dr. Olivier’s presidency (seated 2nd right), but the continuation of his service to society.

Vimolrat Singnikorn
A goodbye-cum-thank you party was held at Gulf Siam Hotel for Dr. Olivier Meyer, the immediate past president of the Rotary Club Pattaya Marina, who ended his one-year term on June 30.
Dr Meyer’s wife Lamyai presented a song-and-dance show on the stage for guests, and club members made this a fond farewell for the popular president.
The party was also an occasion for raising funds for 11-year-old Chakrit Suriwong, whose deprived background has moved so many people and who has become a cause for Pattaya Marina Rotary Club. The club donated a new residence to him and his adoptive grandparents on June 24 but many necessities are still needed and the club will continue to support Master Chakrit until he is 18 years of age. The club is also helping to support young Chakrit’s school, Huay Yai School, which takes care of special needs children and is in urgent need of funding.


Pattaya City maps introduced at the PCEC meeting

As usual, there was a large turnout on July 8, to hear our featured speaker Drew Noyes. Drew’s company, PAPPA Company Limited, has been involved in developing an “official” map of Pattaya and portions of Banglamung. Drew explained that in the process of developing the “official” map requested by Governmental authorities, he also was requested to develop three additional maps, one now completed and the 3 others nearing completion.

Drew Noyes displays the new Pattaya City maps.
Drew distributed to the members the first completed and printed map, which shows the Entertainment Zone (EZ) for Pattaya. The EZ is clearly shown from the end of Walking Street extending North up Beach Road and East on North Pattaya to the Dolphin Roundabout and then going South on Second Road continuing past South Road (which becomes Pratamnak Road) to the Third Road flyover then West to intersect with Walking Street at Bali Hai Pier. Drew explained that new licenses for places considered to be adult-oriented entertainment establishments would only be issued within the designated EZ. As a public service, the Pattaya Mail and Pattaya Blatt have helped promote this important map. He noted that businesses outside the EZ with existing Entertainment License could continue to renew those licenses so long as they are under the same ownership or are renewed by children of the original license holder. Drew mentioned that some individuals, unaware of the current restrictions, had lost their investment of millions of baht because after purchasing an existing entertainment venue outside the EZ they discovered they could not get the necessary entertainment license to continue operations. Businesses considered to be entertainment oriented are beer bars (with host or hostesses), go-go bars, massage parlours, and karaoke bars. The EZ maps are free. They are being distributed by the Tourist Police on Walking Street and are also available at the second floor above Tops Supermarket on Pattaya Klang.
The second map is the Police and Surveillance Edition. This map was requested by Pattaya Mayor Niran in a large two meter by six meter version to be printed by the Big Banner Company. It will be affixed to the wall of the Command and Control Center in Pattaya City Hall where all five police departments and the Army monitor the 1,400 Closed Circuit TVs around Pattaya. This map covers all the areas within the City Limits of Pattaya, which includes most of the off shore islands. This map also includes the location of many types of business such as money exchanges, banks, gold shops, public schools, etc.
The third map was described as a Residents Edition Map for locals to use and showed the large amount of detail of the other two maps, but included the offices for payment of public utilities, post offices, etc. It also shows the routing of the new Highway 7 extension connecting Central Pattaya to the new airport and Bangkok reducing driving time by about 20% into Pattaya. The Pattaya By-pass and the two new roads paralleling Sukhumvit Road are also shown. The fourth map is a Tourist Edition showing all of Pattaya City and the islands as well as all major hotels, all 21 tourist attractions, banks and police, immigration and all shopping malls.
The other three maps are in process and should be available at the club in about a month and also at bookstores throughout Pattaya. The maps are in Thai and English. Drew would be eager to answer any queries regarding the new maps and can be contacted at PAPPA Company Limited on 038.301.048-50 or by e-mail at drewnoyes @gmail.com .
Gary Brown did the MC honors, Lawrie Mcloughlin provided information on upcoming events, Robin Wills brought everyone up to date on what’s happening with the special interest groups, and Bob L’Etoile again did an outstanding job in conducting the open forum. The highlight of the Open Forum was the revelation that Ian Taylor had become the only foreigner, according to the Pattaya licensing authority, to hold a tuk tuk driving license. Ian described not only how he obtained this unique driving license, but that he was looked upon with awe and delight by the many Thais that were observing his tuk tuk driving skills.


The Queen of Maidstone’s little prince turns 51

Despite all odds to the contrary, Kim Fletcher the son of Edna, the Queen of Maidstone, turns 51 this weekend. He has survived several attempts at poisoning (mainly using certain bottled liver toxins), with more than 50 percent of these attempts being administered by family, friends and acquaintances.
However, around an equal number have been administered by Kim himself, carrying out a life long (note I did not say ‘long life’) study into the effects of alcohol on the pancreas, liver and brain. Amazingly, these organs are still functioning, to greater or lesser degrees, say some of the regulars at Jameson’s the Irish Pub.
If you would like to celebrate with Kim and add to the wealth of medical knowledge regarding alcohol and the human body, call in to Jameson’s on Saturday evening, July 21. I have also been assured that the party will continue well into Sunday, in conjunction with the kid’s afternoon and Pop and the All Stars.


Message from Kim Fletcher

On Saturday 21st July...My actual Birthday...Jameson’s will be selling Heineken at Happy Hour Prices 80 Baht for a Pint and 45 Baht for a Half pint from 4.30 pm. till close down, free bar snacks will be available all night as well.
On Sunday 22nd July there will be an after Birthday Party at Jameson’s with two magic shows at 3.30 and 4.30, and Pop’s Pattaya All Stars will be playing Acoustic and then Electric shows, with a Special Show by Rick and Harpic.
There is also a free kids buffet from 2.00 p.m. until 7.00 p.m.
Also on Sunday John Smith’s Bitter by the can and Newcastle Brown Ale by the can will be at the Special price of 140 Baht a can.
Red, Rose and White wine from World of Wines, Jameson’s excellent regular House Wine will also be served at 120 Baht a glass or a full bottle for 600 Baht.
The very sexy marketing girls will serve the beers from Heineken, Tiger, John Smith’s, and Strongbow Cider.
This is all before the arrival of Dr Iain Corness as we all settle down to watch The German Formula One Grand Prix at 7‘o’Clock. 


Opening of “Colorful of the Sun” art exhibition

Amari Watergate Hotel General Manager, Pierre Andre Pelletier (2nd left) stands alongside Khunying Rose Boribalburibhand (front center) as she officially opens the “Colorful of the Sun” art exhibition.

Khunying Rose Boribalburibhand, President of the SOS Foundation of Thailand Under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen, recently presided over the opening ceremony of an art exhibition titled “Colorful of the Sun” by a group of Hua-Hin artists consisting of Sahasnat Tagerngkorn, Sampansak Porsakul, Worapol Mul-Banjong, Aod Intharasaad and Bhumwat Ratthanapradit.
Part of the proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to the SOS Foundation which helps orphaned children throughout the Kingdom.
The exhibition is on display until July 31 on the third floor of the Amari Watergate Hotel in Bangkok.



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