ANNUAL CLUB REPORT FOR THE YEAR 2013
|Following the unstable years 2010, 2011 and the early part of 2012, we aimed for a stable 2013. Much to our pleasure, and thanks to the cooperation and continuing support of our members, that was what happened.|
THE YEAR 2013
The Organization is embedded in an Administration Committee (AC).
The (AC) encloses a Leadership Committee (LC) and a number of Standing Committees (SC).
The LC encloses 3 Masters of Ceremony (MC), a Treasurer and a Secretary.
The SC encloses the Assistant Treasurer, the Assistant Secretary and the Leaders and members of the Standing Committees.
At the Annual General Membership Meeting on January 25, 2013 the election and installation of the AC, LC, MC’s and SC’s took place under the direction of Dr. Bernard.
The positions within the various Committees were filled as follows:
For MC: Tom Dahlqvist, Peter Edwards and Hans van Geffen
For Secretary + Assistant Secretary: Joop van Spaandonk and Wulf Dieter Krueger.
For Treasurer + Assistant Treasurer: Hans Smedberg. No candidate for Assistant Treasurer.
In September Hans Smedberg resigned and Hans van Geffen was appointed temporary Treasurer.
Al Reynolds was appointed as a temporary MC to replace Hans van Geffen.
For SC: Dr. Bernard Hershhorn (Membership and Nominating), Nick Schoots (IT/Webmaster and Sponsors), Al Reynolds (IT/Website), Paul Georgakis (Sponsors and Refreshments), Jacob William Thomas (PR, Marketing and Sponsors) and Eckehart Lynen (PR, Marketing and Sponsors).
In April Nathan Grady joined PR and Marketing.
In August Dr. Bernard resigned from the Member and Nominating Committees.
In September Eddy Gobart was appointed to replace Dr. Bernard.
Much to our regret many vacancies in the committees remained throughout the year.
Egil Mjolhus was elected as Inspectorand Dean Bernhardt as Assistant Inspector.
After the unsatisfactory accountancy period of Mr. Herman Broeckx, Mr. Hans Smedberg, with great success, re–organized and managed the Club’s financial administration.
After Mr. Smedberg’s resignation Mr. Hans van Geffen continued.
The Club’s financial position improved and now shows stable figures. The details are shown in the Financial Report.
In April, Mr. Herman Broeckx was expelled from the Club.
Thanks’ to the Webmaster (Nick Schoots )we faced NO shut downs of the Website during 2013.
In addition, due to his and other contributor’s efforts, the website improved significantly, shows much valuable information, and provides for a major part of the Club’s communications between their Members, Sponsors and the community as a whole.
We average about 200 visits a day.
Thanks to Paul Georgakis we enjoyed refreshments at all our Member Meetings as well as the Legal Seminar. And, in this aspect we like to express our gratitude for the delicious spring rolls made and offered by Mr. and Mrs. Ja cob W. Thomas at many of the meetings.
Thanks the efforts of a few, the Club grew from 44 to 52 Members plus 9 Members whose due slapsed.
In addition we have 4 Honorary Members and a number of potential members with applications in progress.
Thanks to the Sponsor Committee and several alert members, the Club grew from seven (7) to fourteen (14) Sponsors, and are in ongoing discussions with a number of others.
During 2013 there were;
|– Eleven (11) Member Meetings (at the Bangkok Hospital Udon),|
– The grand opening of Bangkok Hospital Udon, our appreciated main sponsor
– Twelve (12) Guest speakers with various topics;
|o Dr. Sumate; Benign prostate hyperplasia and prostate cancer|
o Mr. Kjell Nystrom; Tourist Police Volunteers
o Dr. Natakorn Pakpradit MD. MD.; Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture
o Police Lieutenant Colonel Jetsada Yangnok and Police Captain Teerapong Prajugjit; Udon Immigration
o Dr. Pimwimon Jansang MD.; Neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer, Parkinson)
o Mr. Martin Makella; Jatropha Curcas (Saboo dam)
o Ms. Srinarin Poudpongpaiboon; Century 21Esaan (Real estate)
o Dr. Tanutporn Chatuparistute; Dengue fever
o Ms. Patricia Panasri Chatuparistute; Isan-Survivors
o Mr. Chod; Ending support for Windows XP
o Mr. Siripong Pipatsattayanuwong; Fit Line (Food supplement).
|– Twenty–one (21) LC meetings,|
– Five (5) AC meetings,
– Almost weekly, Website meetings,
– Eleven (11) Workgroup meetings on the 8 topics for the “Members Only” menu on the website.
|o Living Will|
o Road-map to the Hereafter
o Purchase of Goods and Chattels (Property)
o Yellow Book
o Cohabitation (Partner) contract
o Last Will and Testament
|– Numerous Activity meetings and cross contacts among the various Committee members,|
– Very interesting and easy conversations at the weekly Wednesday Brunches at the Bookhouse restaurant and the newly introduced Monday and Friday morning breakfasts at various locations.
– The re-introduction of a Forum, the continuation of Cartoons and Short stories and an exclusive “Members Only” link on the Website.
– Outings/excursions to:
|o Taleh Bua Daeng; (Lotus flower sea)|
o Ban Chiang; Archeological site
o The Udon Thani Airport Tower
o Lunch at Prajaktra hotel
o The boat trip with dinner on the Mekong river at Nong Khai
o Matches of Udon Football Team at the Sport Stadium
o The Annual dinner at Napalai hotel
|– Two Seminars:|
|o The Legal Seminar by the Department of Foreign Affairs|
o The Financial Seminar by Bangkok Bank.
Thank you all for your contributions, attending our meetings and activities, and for your continuing support.
On behalf of the Administration Committee of Udon Expat Club,
Joop van Spaandonk