Praichit takes over as YWCA head

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Civic leaders turned out in force to congratulate the new chairwoman of the YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya Center at her official inauguration.

Praichit Jetpai took the reins of the organization May 29 at the Diana Garden Resort. Five other women were accepted as new members by Thailand YWCA head Janjira Wongkhomthong.

(From right) Praichit during her first meeting as president, along with Prof. Dr. Janjira Wongkhomthong and Rev. Poonsook Etsoponkul, listens to wise words of one of the founders of YWCA Pattaya, Sopin Thappajug.(From right) Praichit during her first meeting as president, along with Prof. Dr. Janjira Wongkhomthong and Rev. Poonsook Etsoponkul, listens to wise words of one of the founders of YWCA Pattaya, Sopin Thappajug.

Representatives of local Rotary Club branches, the Pattaya International Ladies Club, Pattaya Orphanage, German ladies’ club Plauderstunde and Jesters Care for Kids were on hand, as well as Acting Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and Pattaya Mail Publishing Managing Director Peter Malhotra.

Praichit (right) after receiving her insignias from Thailand president, Prof. Dr. Janjira Wongkhomthong.Praichit (right) after receiving her insignias from Thailand president, Prof. Dr. Janjira Wongkhomthong.

The inauguration opened with a dance performance by school children and prayer from YWCA acting general secretary Rev. Poonsook Etsoponkul. Janjira then installed Praichit, appealing to her to continue the local chapter’s strong leadership.

Former Chairwoman Nittaya Patimasongkroh also received gifts and flowers to mark her four years of service.

In her inauguration speech, Praichit promised to do everything she could to lead the club within the meaning of YWCA International and help persons in need, particularly children. She expressed her gratitude to everybody attending, notably to her members for their support to date, and she voiced her hope that they all will actively support her in future as well.

Prof. Dr. Janjira Wongkhomthong presents flowers to Nittaya Patimasongkroh (left).Prof. Dr. Janjira Wongkhomthong presents flowers to Nittaya Patimasongkroh (left).

Schoolchildren perform a beautiful dance.Schoolchildren perform a beautiful dance.

Group picture after the formalities.Group picture after the formalities.