UDON THANI EXPATS CLUB
MINUTES OF MEMBER MEETING
|Meeting number:||MOMM 0009|
|Location:||Bangkok Hospital Udon|
|Date:||2013, Sunday, March 31.|
|Subject:||See Agenda (Distributed by e-mail and shown on the website)|
|Participants:||See attendance list (For Administration only)|
|Secretary:||J.J. van Spaandonk|
1. Hans van Geffen opened the meeting at 14.00 hours.
2. Administrative issues:
– 27 members attend today’s meeting.
– 7 members informed in advance that they would not be able to attend the meeting.
– At present, the Club has 46 members of which two pending renewal. Quorum (40%) is 18.4 Members.
– All Attendees approved the minutes of the meeting on February 24, 2013 without any remarks/corrections.
3. Four visitors attended the meeting; Colin from Australia, John from England, Steve from the USA and Peter Kassel (for a short moment only).
4. Soren Unossen’s application for membership has been approved. The Club welcomes him
with much pleasure.
5. Nathan Grady has volunteered to join the Activity Committee. The Club thanked him with applause.
6. Report of the Inspector / Controller as to 2012.
The Inspector, Egil, again had to inform that no additional information had been received from our last year’s Treasurer. The financial report for 2012 is still pending.
Since this situation cannot go on forever the AC/LC made following Announcement:
|Members of Udon Expat Club. |
The Club’s efforts to solve the issues preceding and arising (ensuing) from the resignation of Mr Broeckx (to be the Club’s Treasurer) in a respectable manner have not been successful.
Therefore, congruent with the Constitution and By–Laws of Udon Expat Club (paragraph 2.1, second sentence), we saw no other option as to start the procedure to expel him from the Club.
In congruence with the Constitution and By–Laws of Udon Expat Club (paragraph 2.4) the Administration Committee shall, with respect to his right to be heard, prepare the case.
Procedures will be completed during April.
In spite of his expulsion, the Club’s claim to return all the Club’s financial records, documents, assets and petty cash remains intact.
Mr Broeckx has been informed by e–mail on March 26, 2013
The members acknowledged without any comments.
7. The Treasurer (Hans Smedberg) informed that the Club’s present financial situation is sound.
With the help of the displayed Financial Summ ary, at the big screen in the conference room, Hans explained the income and spending over the first 3 months of 2013.
At present, with some movements during the today’s meeting pending, the Club’s Bankbook shows a credit balance of Baht 13,773.00. The Petty Cash shows Baht 4,925.00
He informed that the Club still has some 30 Club–shirts for SALE 200 Baht apiece only. He stressed that everybody must have such a nice shirt and that he or she, who has not should purchase one today.
8. Mr John Thavon introduced the Director of Bangkok Hospital Udon, Dr. Pichet Choonphipat.
Dr. Pichet briefly introduced himself. After many years of working in the USA (Boston) he returned to Thailand. He joined the Bangkok Hospital group in Bangkok and subsequently was appointed to be the Director of the, soon to be opened, Bangkok Hospital’s new branch in Udon Thani.
Dr. Pichet emphasized that the aim was to be the best hospital in Udon Thaniand beyond. Extensive renovation works have been done and are continuing. Even a complete new wing,
on the present parking site, is on the drawing board. In the near future (May 23, 2013), a complete new heart centre will be operational; it even will be possible to have open heart surgery in Udon. A lot of new equipment have been installed a mong them a CT scanner (64 slices) and an MRI 1,5T. The first 50 users will enjoy a substantial discount. The standard
price for a brain scan is THB 8,000 and now THB 4,000 only.
Soon a discount card will be available (valid in all hospitals of the Bangkok Hospital group). The group now has 30 Branches (Udon is number 29) and is still expanding. (We will keep you informed).
Dr. Pichet welcomed all the Udon Expat Club members and expressed his intend to continue our relation ship as before. He invited us to continue to have the Member Meetings in the conference room of the hospital, and even looks forward to having a joint gathering for dinner occasionally.
The Club thanked Dr. Pichet with an enthusiastic applause for his kind introduction.
In addition, Bangkok Hospital issued for all members of Udon Expat Club the Standard Health Check program for 2013. Depending on the program of your choice, the prices vary from THB 2,490 up to THB 27,490 with special discounts on Sundays and Wednesday afternoons.
Upon our request the standard program is completed with a number of extras we think useful (see Attachment). The left column shows the standard rate and the right column the discount rate for our Club–members.
9. Open forum
It is preferred to have a rectangular table arrangement for the meeting.
The question about possible NEW RULES FOR VISA opened a lively discussion. In short; the Immigration Department is reorganized. The rules are still the same. However, due to fraud, especially with fake marriages in order to get a visa, the rules have been tightened. Sufficient and official verification of the papers and financial status demanded and requested by the Immigration, are required. In case of any doubt, the officer will request additional information and proof.
Everybody is invited to visit the Udon Football Team. For the match–schedule,please visit our Website. They play at the Royal Education College and Stadium near the crossing of the Ring Road and Pracha Ruksa Road.
In the basement of the new Landmark a branch of Villa Market will be opened soon. They use to have a wide choice of food for Expats.
For your information:
In the future there might be a “One Stop Centre for Expats” operated by the City Administration, where foreigners (Expats) will be informed where to go for official papers (Yellow book, Driving–license, Visa etc.)
10. Lively coffee break with spring rolls, made by Jake’s wife. Thank you so much again.
11. Today’s guest speaker, Dr. Kasem (cardiologist) of Bangkok Hospital Udon, spoke about heart diseases.
Dr. Kasem discussed, with the help of video and text presentation, the different kinds of heart diseases, their causes and their remedies. He stressed that it is very important to consult a doctor immediately, in case any symptoms appear. These may not only be a pain in the chest, but can also be pain in the joints of your arms or legs and/or a numb feeling in your toes and/or finger tips.
Do not underestimate any sign of possible problems. It maybe that your heart is going to
fail. Only a quick response may save your life.
12. Report of the Standing Committees.
|– Later on in the year, among others, the visit to the airport and a visit to the Zoo and King Cobra village (halfway Khon Kaen) will be investigated.|
The lack of members in the Activity Committee hampers organizing events, trips and so on. We, emphatic, appeal on the membership to participate in the organizing. Volunteers are welcome.
Jake informed that he is hopeful and in close contact with both our existing and new sponsors. He also made an appeal on all of us to bring him in contact with the management of potential new sponsors we might know.
13. Open Forum
The Immigration office (together with the Municipality) is looking for Members of Udon Expat Club to take part in the International Costume Parade. The Parade is part of the Udon Thani International Songkran Festival 2013 and scheduled on Saturday, April 13 at 2 PM. More details will be provided at a later date and communicated on the website and/or by e–mail.
Those who are interested to participate are kindly requested to inform our Secretary, by e–mail, before April 8, 2013.
Please do not forget to wear your Club–shirt. Club shirts are available at Hans Smedberg (or in advance of the Parade) for 200 THB apiece.
14. The meeting was closed by Tom at 16.10 hrs. He thanked the Bangkok Hospital Udon for their hospitality, everybody for coming and looks forward to seeing all members and possible visitors at the next meeting.
Next meeting, April 28, 2013 will beat the conference room on the 4th floor of the Bangkok Hospital Udon.
Please check our website for possible changes and / or information.
The Secretary of the Udon Expat Club, April 3, 2013
J.J. van Spaandonk.
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