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Skal June meeting & Trip to Mae Mha Orphanage information

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Skål Chiang Mai held their July meeting at the charming Le Charcoa Restaurant and Hotel on June 26, located down one of the city’s infamous narrow winding alleys the hotel is famous for their bakery and their new style is unique. Despite the heavy rain early on, everyone found their way to the venue and enjoyed chatting in the open-air dining room overlooking the hotel and pool.

The evening started with cocktails and canapes as the rains fell but stopped in time for everyone to gather for announcements by President Tim McGuire. Skål Chiang Mai will be visiting the Mae Mha School & Orphanage on July 28, the Skål Thailand committee with presidents from around the country will also be attending. Skal Chiang Mai raises funds to support the orphanage at the gala fundraising dinner every year, last year’s fundraiser was held at Le Meridien and raised about 300,000 baht. Half the funds raised were already used for the trip in January to distribute rice, frozen meat, personal supplies and other important items.

Tim also asked for assistance in finding four rooms for visiting Skål Thailand committee members who will be attending the July 26 meeting at Mövenpick Suriwongse Hotel Chiang in the Night Bazaar and the visit to the orphanage on July 28. Please email tim@skalchiangmai.com with your offers.

Annette Kunigagon of Eagle House Eco-Sensitive Tours also asked for help with both advance shopping for hard goods and Makro shopping. Each visit Treasurer Gill Dobson visits Makro the day before to select staple goods, Makro is kind enough to wrap those goods on carts to be paid for on the morning of the visit. On July 28everyone will gather at Makro at 8am to select fresh and frozen goods, pay and load in the waiting Nim See Seng truck. The same driver volunteers every year as he really enjoys the trip.

Those who wish to visit the orphanage please email info@skalchiangmai.com as we will need to know how many people can drive up the mountain and who needs rides. After the shopping is complete we leave Makro at 9 am to head up the mountain in Chiang Dao. On arrival the kids unload the truck and then sit down and enjoy a lunch that we bring for them, we also have lunch with the kids. After lunch the kids, who come from different hill tribes, perform a dance and then the fun begins, and everyone gets to play with the kids as we always bring balls, hula hoops, and other games. The group usually spends a few hours before heading back down the mountain and home before 6pm.

Skål member Philippe Van Laetham of Expertasia Travel is starting a new business; Bully Camp Expertasia, and is holding the grand opening on July 21 at the Pawtel Dog Hotel Club at 341 Moo 2 Huai Sai, Mae Rim District from 2:30 pm to 7:30 p.m.Dog Registration (Free of charge) at 2.30 pm followed by a Dog Swimming Contest (Free of charge) at 3:30 pm and then an American Bully Meeting from 4 pm to 5:30 pm. Famous Thai American Bully breeders Arjan Paparwat Yaban (A) ofMonster Scouts will introduce the event and Phai Theundeadexoticbullies will speak on “Exotic Bullies as a favorite dogs” More information can be found online here https://shoutout.wix.com/so/6MHIbpoZ#/main.

Skål member Martin Venzky-Stalling dropped by for a drink and let everyone know about a new Airbnb promotion called Airbnb Experiences that is just starting in Chiang Mai and allows local people to share experiences with Airbnb users. They are looking for people who are interested in giving authentic local experiences to visitors.

Tim then asked the newcomers to introduce themselves; Sandra is in Chiang Mai since November and looking for entrepreneurial opportunities, Franck is French and invited everyone to visit his restaurant and family friendly venue Triplets Eat & Play in Hang Dong. He pointed out that while there is a great playground for kids it is also adult friendly and usually has less children for dinner. Mandy is visiting Chiang Mai with law students for BABSEACLE, a non-profit access to justice initiative run by Wendy Morrish and Bruce Lasky here in Chiang Mai, which provides legal training workshops with law teachers, lawyers, legal service providers, students and community members through Asia and globally.

Everyone sat down for dinner and an evening of camaraderie as servers Ing, Joe, Nop, and Bob took care of everyone. The next Skål meeting is on July 26 at Mövenpick Suriwongse Hotel, invitation announcements will be sent shortly. Following that will be the trip to Mae Mha School & Orphanage on July 28. Email tim@skalchiangmai.com to join.

Keep an eye out for our next email and see you next month!