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GTCC regulars’ table is growing bigger

Stefan steps down from Rotary Eastern Seaboard presidency

Diana Group employees plant 100 trees

New committee appointed for St Nikolas Church

GTCC regulars’ table is growing bigger

Peter Nordhues
On July 11 at the Moon River Pub, Stefan Bürkle, director of the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce, welcomed a great number of members and friends to the Chamber’s regular’s table, the Stammtisch.

Rene Pisters, general manager of Thai Garden Resort (right), and guest service manager Carina Fährmann (second right), pose for a picture with some regular visitors.
In his opening speech, Bürkle pointed out that the number of visitors to the regulars’ table meetings in Bangkok and Pattaya is constantly increasing.
“After the successful meeting last month at the Hard Rock Café, I’m happy to yet again see such a great number of guests from the Eastern Seaboard and Bangkok,” he said.
He then addressed the economic situation in Thailand, which, he said, isn’t as bad as presented in some newspapers. Bürkle also mentioned the visit from Prof Walter Norbert, chief economist of the Deutsche Bank Group, who will attend the Chamber’s luncheon, which will be held on August 8 in Bangkok.
“We’ll continue to meet at the Moon River Pub every other month,” he said. “But from now on, there will be more events, for which we will find other locations. The next meeting will be a networking night with our friends from the British Thai Chamber of Commerce. It will take place on August 29 at a place yet to be announced. I’m looking forward to hosting another successful event.”
In order to increase the number of their 500 plus member companies, the GTCC is entering new paths. Now, even individuals can join. It is not compulsory anymore to be a company representative. All it takes is some interest in local economics.
The biggest function yet organized by the GTCC is set to take place from November 8-11, when the German Technology Symposium 2008 and the Lifestyle & Travel 2008 will be held.
“The Chamber takes pride in knowing that the number of registrations and advance bookings already exceed those of all past exhibitions,” Bürkle added.
Despite the ongoing reconstruction at Thai Garden Resort, the hotel’s chef team managed to set up a sumptuous buffet, which was officially opened by Bürkle. The guests acknowledged it with brief applause and hurried to fill their plates.
Insiders know that Bürkle is the first GTCC director that has so far been attending all Stammtisch meetings during his term of office. And again, he stayed long enough to see the popular Power Jam Band, who put on another one of their incredible live shows.
If you want to find out more about the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce, call 02 670 0600, send a fax to 02 670 0601 or write an e-mail to [email protected]

Prior to the opening, GTCC director Stefan Bürkle (right)
is chatting with members and friends.


Stefan steps down from Rotary Eastern Seaboard presidency

Stefan (2nd left) is seen with some members
and District Governor Peter Malhotra (left).

Elfi Seitz
Almost as a custom, the outgoing president of Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard held his farewell party at the Swiss Paradise, when on June 24 Stefan Ryser thanked all members and the board for their support over the past 12 months.
Also attending was district governor for 2008-09 Peter Malhotra, who has appointed Stefan to be his assistant.
With a few witty words, Stefan handed over beautiful crystal wine and champagne glasses to everyone who had supported him throughout his term.
A quiz about Stefan’s life and preferences, conducted by Marianne Büsch-Biehl, proved that the media is well informed.
Even though Stefan has stepped down, he’s not gone. He will continue to work for the benefit of the club as well as Thailand’s many people in need. Stefan also announced full support for his wife Toy, who is his successor as president.


Diana Group employees plant 100 trees

Buddhist priest Pra Maha Klongdham Thammapo (center) and Sopin Thappajug (kneeling front center right) led the Diana Group employees and friends in planting trees to do their part to reduce global warming.

Sawittree Namwiwatsuk
Employees of the Diana Group have planted 100 trees as an environmental conservation measure.
The tree planting was inaugurated on July 14 at the Diana Garden Resort by Sopin Thappajug, managing director of the Diana Group, along with general manager, Komsan Sisam.
Sopin said that the campaign, named the Green Diana Project, had been formulated during a personal ability development course for supervisors and captains on June 17. The course members had decided that it would be a practical gesture in environmental protection, and in adding extra greenery to Pattaya.
More than 100 trees were planted, amongst them jack fruit, lemon, kaffir lime and rose apple. The saplings, representing one for every five employees, were planted in the area behind the hotel and around the golf course.
Buddhist priest Pra Maha Klongdham Thammapo attended the occasion to add blessings.


New committee appointed for St Nikolas Church

The new committee of St. Nikolas Church in Pattaya is appointed during a ceremony chaired by Monsignor Lorraine Tianchai Samanchit from Chantaburi.

Pramote Channgam
The new committee for St Nikolas Church was appointed on July 6 and will cover the period 2008 to 2011.
The formal appointment was made at 10:30 a.m. with a ceremony chaired by Monsignor Lorraine Tianchai Samanchit from Chantaburi.
Father Krisada Sukapat has been appointed committee chairman, with the deputy chairmen being Fr Veera Pangrak, Fr Boonyoung Worasilp and Fr Worawut Sarapan. Prempreecha Dibbayawan has been appointed director, and Thawatchai Roisri and Tuenjai Khawaen deputy directors. Pitchsini Panitsomsiri is secretary, and Nusara Pothiveerayuth treasurer.
In addition there are five honorary committee members, 12 protected committee members, five doctrine committee members, five society committee members, four trainers, six media society commission members, and five administrative members.



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