Saturday, February 26, 2005

Pattaya Expats Club Newsletter February 24, 2005

E NEWSLETTER –24 February 2005
Dear Pattaya Expats Club Members & Friends
For all Pattaya’s Expats, come and join us at our new venue at THE
GRAND SOLE HOTEL, Second Road, Pattaya

CLUB NEWS…A Club Board Meeting on 12th February voted to move our Club
meetings to a bigger capacity venue, THE GRAND SOLE HOTEL located
centrally on Pattaya Second Road, which has superb meeting rooms and sound
system facilities. Our move will be made on the 26th February, starting
at our usual time of 11.00am, with a free buffet for the first 120
members through the door. Please have your membership cards ready to show.
This free buffet has been donated to the Club by departing Board Member
Michael Withers.

NEWS… FREE OFFER~ a long-time member and frequent contributor to our
meetings is Michael Catalanello. He writes a weekly column in the Pattaya
Mail. He has sent this email:
As a requirement to maintain licensure as a psychologist in Louisiana,
I must provide evidence of continuing education in psychology on a
semi-annual basis.
In partial fulfillment of this requirement, this summer I plan to
attend the Associate Fellowship Training Program at the Albert Ellis
Institute in New York City. As a prerequisite to this I need first to submit
a minimum of five audio tapes of psychotherapy sessions and receive
professional supervision of my work by other psychologists.
I am willing to donate, free of charge, a minimum of five hours of my
professional services to any person requiring psychotherapy, provided
that I may audio tape the sessions to be submitted for the purpose of
qualifying for this training program. The tapes will be treated as
confidential, used for this purpose only, and no identifying information will
be released to any outside party.
If you know of anyone in the Pattaya area who could benefit from
short-term psychological services (up to 5 hour-long sessions), at no charge,
please refer him or her to me. Fluency in spoken English is a strict
The sessions will be held at a location in Pattaya yet to be
Thanks for your help.
Regards, Michael.
Email: <>
Michael S. Catalanello, Ph.D., Faculty of Liberal Arts, Asian
University of Science and Technology, PO Box 15, Baan Amphur Post Office,
Chonburi 20250, Thailand. Phone: +66 38 754 457 Ext 2700, Fax: +66 38 754

OUR CLUBHOUSE THAI LAWYER….Pattaya lawyer Khun Ponthep Werachon is a
Board Member of Pattaya Expats Club, and attends regularly in the
Saturday Club Meetings to give advice and answer general questions on Law.
Khun Ponthep also appears on the weekly news programme “Legal Vision” on
Pattaya People Television on Sophon Cable TV and has valuable
information about Thailand’s laws.

GUEST SPEAKERS LINE UP 26 February 2005. This week we have a double
act of Thai Lawyers, Khun Wichai Pannoi and Khun Ponthep Werachon. The
last time these two appeared together everyone enjoyed their performance.
Come along and see if they are better or worse.

Hi, I'm Brian Maxey <>
~ 19 February meeting - a somewhat emotional 'last day' before moving
to our 'new' home at the Grand Solé Hotel, 2nd Road (north). Our many
thanks to the staff of Green Tree for taking good care of us for the last
81 Saturday meetings. Onward & upward.

~ Our 'event manager' Richard said 'good-bye' for around 3 months, to
return to his 2nd 'home' (and 1st love) Nepal.
Denis Laurin will deputise during this time, bringing his special
French-Canadian touch to the proceedings. Thanks Denis.

~ I did a 'visa run' last week to Pong Nam Ron (Thailand side) & Prum
(Cambodia side). I used 'Five Star Visa Runs' located at both The
Sportsman on Beach Road Soi 13 & the Lobby on Soi Bua Khao. If you can show a
current Pattaya Expats Club membership card you will get a discount of
140 baht from 2,300 baht. We left at 0700 after a good breakfast,
arrived at the border at 1026, and returned to Pattaya at 1440. We were two
small mini-buses of 12 people. No other buses were seen at this border
post while we were there - very quiet. 3 good quality movies were shown
during the trip. Tea/coffee and lunch was supplied free. All in all I'd
agree with the name 'Five Star'.

~ Bob Lee is a Director of the Thailand Division of SKÅL International
( (tel: 022538302) (email:;YY=44048&order=down&sort=date&pos=1&view=a&head=b)
He spoke of the SKÅL organisation, its aims and successes.
SKÅL is an international organisation which brings together all sectors
of the travel and tourism industry. Representing the industry's
managers and executives, Skål members meet at local, national and
international level in an environment of friendship to discuss subjects of common
The first Club was founded in Paris in 1932 by travel trade managers
who had been on an educational tour of Scandinavia and so the idea of
professionals in travel and tourism working closely together in a spirit
of friendship was born. The idea of professionalism and international
friendship became immediately so popular that in l934, Skål achieved
international status with the formation of the Association Internationale
des Skål Clubs (A.I.S.C.), on the initiative of the first President of
the Paris Skål Club and the man considered the "Father of Skål",
Florimond Volckaert. The Association is now known worldwide as "Skål
From that modest beginning, Skål now numbers almost 25,000 members in
over 500 Clubs spread throughout more than 80 countries. As in other
associations of professionals most Skål activities take place locally, but
the movement also features National and Area Committees under the
umbrella of Skål International, which has its permanent General Secretariat
in Torremolinos, Spain.
Being made up of Travel, Tourism and Transport Professionals, the
business advantage of joining Skål is obvious. By attending local meetings,
National and International Congresses and other events, members are
able to meet industry colleagues from clubs throughout the world and above
all to network with their colleagues in the industry. These meetings
give members the chance to make contacts, on both a business and personal
level, and to forge new and lasting friendships.

~ Among the audience today was Joachim Triebel, a travel services
company director from Ilo-Ilo Philippines. He is here on holiday (no,
really!), and would be happy to hear from you if you need information

~ A Norwegian man Kolbjörn H. Langsholt, a scientist & inventor of the
'Moscow Thomas Edison Club' attended, and is looking for like minded
friends to meet & exchange ideas. Contact him by email:

~ An update to the UK Nationwide bank card info from last week. Our
member uses both a Credit Card & a Debit Card from this bank. Both cards
attract NO charges for ATM & shopping use here in Thailand, or on the
We need more info on this subject from North American, Australian &
European sources.

~ The Consular Section of the American Embassy in Bangkok will be in
Pattaya on Friday, February 25th, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and from 1:00
to 2:30 PM at the Amari Orchid Resort, Pattaya. The following consular
services will be available:
*Passport renewal applications (US $55.00 or baht 2,200 for adult
*Additional passport pages (no charge)
*Notarial services (US $30 or baht 1,200 for the first Notarial; US $20
or baht 800 for each additional related Notarial), including income
letters for immigration.
*Embassy registration and/or address change *Absentee ballot
application and voting abroad information
*Social security, VA or other federal benefits questions
*Obtaining forms for marriage registration, report of birth, etc.
**The Embassy asks that you bring the correct fee as they will not be
able to provide change or accept credit cards.

~ The Asian University presents Nobel Prize Laureate, Prof. Douglas C.
North, to speak on the economics affecting Beliefs, Institutions and
the Control of Violence, on Friday, March 4, 2005, at 10:30 a.m. The talk
is free of charge, and will be given in the Asian University's Theatre,
Highway 331, Huay Yai Amphur, Banglamung, Chonburi.
This will be followed the same day by another FREE seminar entitled
"Entrepreneurial Opportunities through Regional Empowerment" at 1.00 pm.
If you would like further information or would like to attend and
participate please book your place by e-mail at or by
telephone on 038 754 450

~ This Newsletter is always available on our website, and just became
available as a 'BLOG' on which you can
access direct.

~ The Club's 'Chat Forum' link is: you will need to set up a
username the first time you visit, but the forum is an excellent place
to 'talk' to people worldwide about anything you want to know - try it.

~ The 'Open Microphone Forum' each Saturday is a time for you to ask
that question that has haunted you for a while. We can usually find
someone who has 'been there - done that' to provide the answer. If you
cannot attend the meeting why not try our 'website-forum' - same idea.
( Or via the website. You
can always email me direct - see above for address.

~ Keep the emails coming, tell us what you think of our club in it's
new venue, tell us what you like, tell us what you think is missing,
always happy to know someone's listening.

~ Plenty of 'parking' at the new venue.

~ See you next Saturday 11:00am (1130 program start) at the Grand Solé
Hotel, 2nd Road - introduce a friend.
Brian. <>

The Pattaya Expats Club is honoured to have the following HONORARY
General Chatchai Tammaraksah, Personal General to His
Majesty the King;
Khunying Tidarat Tammaraksah, Assistant to Her Majesty
the Queen;
Khun Niran Wattanasasatorn, Mayor of Pattaya City
Khun Somchai Manothavorn, Advisor to the Mayor of
Khun Sansak Ngampiches, Advisor to the Minister of
Tourism &
Khun Poramate Inthornchumnom Chief Prosecutor of Pattaya
Khun Sanga Kitsamrej, Owner of the SK Group of
and President of SOS Rice.
Khun Surat Mekavarakul, Owner of Mike business
Khun Sopin Theppajug, Owner of Diana Group
of companies.
Khun Paisan Bundityanond Founding President of the Real Estate
Brokers Association of Thailand and owner of the Rabbit Resort
in Jomtien
Dr. Prasan Stianrapapongs, Specialist in Preventative
Medicine at Bangkok and Pattaya Hospital
Kru Yodthong Senanan, Most respected
teacher of Thai Boxing
in Thailand
Club Founder & Web-Master Pete Mills.
Honorary Co-Founder, Preben Hansen
Club President & CEO Niels Colov
Club Vice Presidents, Pete Mills &
Richard Ravensdale
Club Secretary (Memberships & Speakers), Denis Laurin
Board Secretary & Newsletter Editor, Bernard Leach
Club Treasurers, Michael Mayne & Paul Sinclair.
Board Members – Herman van Gucht, William Hurndell, Colin de Jong,
Brian Maxey, Peter B. Piedferme, Khun Ponthep Werachon, and Khun Laddawan
Directors of P.E.C. Co. Ltd. – F. Moret, M. Withers
Here is a calendar of World Events.
~ Fri-25-Feb-05 Consular Section of the US Embassy BKK, in Pattaya from
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and from 1:00 to 2:30 PM at the Amari Orchid
Resort. Many Consular services will be available.
~ Fri-04-Mar-05 Asian University presents Nobel Prize Laureate, Prof.
Douglas C. North, to speak on the economics affecting Beliefs,
Institutions and the Control of Violence.
~ Thu-17-Mar-05 St Patrick's Day - Ireland
~ Sun-27-Mar-05 UK BST - British Summer Time starts
~ Sun-27-Mar-05 Easter Sunday
~ Sun-03-Apr-05 US DST - Daylight Saving Time starts
~ Wed-06-Apr-05 Chakri day - festival for King Rama 5 Thailand
~ Fri-08-Apr-05 Total Solar Eclipse
~ Wed-13-Apr-05 Songkran festival starts - and goes on & on! - Thailand
~ Fri-22-Apr-05 International Earth Day
~ Sat-23-Apr-05 Passover (Begins at Sundown*) - Jewish holiday
~ Sun-24-Apr-05 Penumbral Lunar eclipse
Saturday - The Pattaya Expats Club - meet at Green Tree Pub each week
Saturday - UK Club of Pattaya meet each week at a different location at
1:00pm (1300). Call 038-426098 for venue
Saturday - The PRILL (a classical music trio) will be performing in the
Lobby of the Bangkok/Pattaya Hospital 10:30am to mid-day (1030-1200).
Performances every 1st Saturday of the month in the Lobby.
Saturday - Free Masons, Lodge Pattaya West Winds. Every 2nd Sat of the
month. Call Jon Morgan 012999574
Sunday - The Scandinavian Expats of Pattaya - meet at Soi 4 Tower Condo
every second Sun. Call John 015236080 or Per 070833834.
Monday - Rotary Club of Pattaya - meet at Town in Town hotel each
Monday from 7:00pm (1900)
Monday - Pattaya Bridge Club. 2pm every week in the coffee shop,
Pattaya Beach Tower, Soi 4
Tuesday - Pattaya International Ladies Club (PILC) Morning coffee
meeting every 3rd Tuesday of the month. Also PILC Lunch meeting every 1st
Tuesday of the month. Special meeting for 'newcomers' 4th Monday of each
month. Contact Patricia Cromwell for locations and speakers, or email
Wednesday - Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya, Royal Cliff Grand from
1830. Call Judy Hoppe 099302004
Wednesday - Lions Club of Jomtien - meet at Town in Town hotel each 2nd
Wed of the month. Call Peter 038303072.
Thursday - Rotary Club of Taksin-Pattaya meet each week at Woodlands
Resort 1900. Email
Thursday - Lions Club of Pattaya meet each 3rd Thursday of the month at
A-One Cruise hotel.
Friday - Dutch Expats Club meet last Fri of every month at Sea Breeze
Hotel Jomtien Beach Road (near Soi 10), email
Friday Night - The Pattaya Motorcycle Club meets at the "Old Speckled
Hen" pub, Soi 9, Jomtien Beach from 8 p.m. Meet new friends and enjoy
"Bike Club Happy Hours" 8 till 10 with 10 baht off all beers and soft
drinks and 15 baht off all spirits. New runs to be organized from day
trips to the beach to 2, 3 or 4 day tours to?? Contact Martin 09 9909342 or
Az 09 9356011
Every Day - Alcoholics Anonymous meet every day of the week to help.
Call Jim 038303285, Craig 019967852, Tony 068403055, Hanns 019849501,
Christain (German) 018634581
CONTACTS & CONTRIBUTIONS to our weekly E NEWSLETTER. Bernard Leach is
the editor of our Club Newsletter, members with NEWS OR ANNOUNCEMENTS
should email in by Wednesday 12 noon at;YY=44048&order=down&sort=date&pos=1&view=a&head=b. Club
Members seeking advice on practical topics such as Visas, work permits or
services needed, please send an email direct to our MC and Open Microphone
Forum specialist Brian Maxey at;YY=44048&order=down&sort=date&pos=1&view=a&head=b. If Brian cannot
answer your question from his own knowledge of Pattaya he'll forward on
to someone who can. Member's emails on club business and policy issues
please send to either Club President, Niels Colov;YY=44048&order=down&sort=date&pos=1&amp;view=a&head=b. Club Founder & Vice President Pete Mills on or Richard Ravensdale
ADVANCE SPEAKERS PROGRAMME. Please think of offering the Club a speaker
of your choice on a theme you think members may find interesting.
Contact Pattaya Expats Club Secretary, Denis Laurin
with the details.
MEMBERSHIP CARDS. We produce our Club's laminated photo ID cards in
just a few minutes at the same Saturday meeting in which you join or renew
your membership. So if you are a past Pattaya Expats Club member and
you can bring in a past ID card with the words 'Pattaya Expats Club' on
you will get a new membership FREE of charge to expire 31 Dec 2005. The
cards identify our members to staff at many shops and businesses around
Pattaya where Club Members can claim our discounts. There are two
membership options one expiring 31 December 2005 for 150 Baht or a Life
Membership for 600 Baht. To get a new card please bring in two small
driving licence style photos and see Michael Mayne or Denis Laurin
PATTAYA EXPATS CLUB ….ON SOPHON CABLE TV. 5 times per day. Watch Club
news during the week. A Vice President of the Club, Niels Colov, who is
the Chief Executive of 'Pattaya People News Channel' on Sophon Cable,
Pattaya City's cable TV operator, has very kindly provided a regular
segment of each show, devoted to Pattaya Expats Club news. This is a
wonderful regular 'free gift' to our Club of highly valuable TV time! This
is a 60 minute local News bulletin five times per day at the following
On Cable Channel 5 showing at 0800 hrs and 1200 noon.
On cable Channel 2 at 1600hrs and 2400 midnight.
Plus peak evening bulletin at 2000hrs on Cable Channel 4.
(These are the channels which show English language movies on Sophon
Best Regards to all
From Pattaya Expats Club


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