UDON THANI EXPATS CLUB
MINUTES OF MEMBER MEETING
|Meeting number:||MOMM 0016|
|Location:||Bangkok Hospital Udon|
|Date:||2013, Sunday, October 27.|
|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. Al Reynolds opened the meeting at 14.00 hours sharp.
|Because both, Tom Dahlqvist and Peter Edwards could not attend the meeting, Al accepted to take the helm and be our Chairman.|
Note by the Secretary: We like to thank Al for his cheerful conduct and we look forward to a continuation.
2. Administrative issues:
|– 24 members attended the meeting.|
– 11 members notified that they would not be able to attend the meeting.
– At present, the Club has 53 membersof which 11 are pending renewal. Quorum (40%) is 21.2 Members.
– The minutes of the September 29, 2013 member meeting have been approved. Nocorrections.
3. Four visitors attended the meeting and introduced themselves: Jim Jensen, Rudi Rohrer, David Wiebe and Eddie Sexton.
4. NewMembers and Sponsors;
* Two new Sponsors joined the Club.
Fit Line of PM International AG
Paradise Hotel (Continued their previous sponsorship)
Please check our website www.udonexpatsclub.com and click their logo to be linked to their website.
* Two new members joined the Club; Bill Merritt and Sven Hedell. The Club welcomes them with much pleasure.
Hans van Geffen our new (Interim) Treasurer:
At present the Bankbook shows a credit balance of 42,071.08 Baht, the Petty Cash + 6,853.00 Baht.
In addition; there are 4 club–caps plus 14 club–shirts in stock and for sale.
6. Open Forum and announcements:
* The Annual Club dinner is scheduled for December 12, 2013.
Location will be announced at the November meeting and the website. Tickets will be available at the November Member meeting and the weekly Brunches.
Price; for adults 100 Baht, Children up to 12 years of age 50 Baht.
* The table–arrangement has be en re–positioned as concluded at last meeting. The result is satisfying.
* Kenneth Falk informed that the next monthly “American get–together” will be at Jeffrey’s on Sunday, November 17, 2013 starting at 12.30 pm.
* On Sunday November 7, starting at 13.00 pm the Norwegian Club will have a presentation of Immigration at the Bangkok Hospital (In English). Those who like to attend are welcome to join.
* For those who reside in Udon it is possible to apply for a “Health Insurance for Foreigners” at the Government Hospital at Nong–Prajak–Park. For details and conditions, see our website.
* Bangkok Hospital distributed to each member and visitor of the meeting a free Voucher of Baht 400
to have your heart checked (EKG).
* Addition by Secretary:
At the Club’s website under the menu “Members Only” are now posted;
|– The Yellow House Book|
– The Usufruct and
– The Purchase of Goods and Chattels (House, Land etc).
7. Coffee break
8. Today’s Speakers:
Ms. Patricia Boogaard accompanied by her husband Jack Panasri and baby–daughter Luna gave a presentation about Isan Survivor.
Isan Survivor is an organization, operating in Isan (North Eastern Thailand), which offers the opportunity to experience true Isan culture, by participating in many traditional recreations that can create friendships with the vivacious, loving, beautiful and kind people of this region. A placement in the local community will let you live and interact with the villagers.
Isan people are known far and wide for their unbeatable friendliness and hospitality–another aspect of their remarkable culture! The volunteers can return to their countries, not only with memories, but feeling truly influenced by the honesty and positivity which shines through in the Isan culture.
We provide the community with the opportunity to develop the skill of English in a supportive and pleasant environment, through interacting with our volunteers. We work closely with a number of local schools and adult education centres, also creating English camps and various learning activities, in order to reach out to a wide range of age groups.
In addition to their publication above, Patricia informed that the target groups for teaching English are the very young children, the primary schools, high schools, the Thai English teachers themselves and even Monks.
Volunteers who participate are mostly from Western–countries. After arrival, the Volunteers receive an introduction and will, apart from teaching English, spend their time on various activities. Such as; rice planting, harvesting, boat–trips, restore Temples, building a residential adobe–house, festivals and soon.
An adobe–house stands for a house made of sod or adobe laid in horizontal courses. In this case, with the use of sun baked clay stones.
The organization is founded by her husband Jack Panasri and has a registration in Thailand. Potential Volunteers are informed about Visa, Work–permit and other requirements that are mandatory.
In case one has relatives or friends abroad who are interested to join above program, do not hesitate to inform them and to introduce them to the Isan Survivor organization.
Expats living here in Isan are welcome to take part in the program. However, to obtain a work–permit could be a big problem. An additional problem could be that in case one might get the proper papers of Immigration, after being a Volunteer, it is not possible to get your previous visa again. The whole sequence to get that starts all over again.
9. Coffee break and social talks
10. The meeting was closed by Al Reynolds at 16.00 hrs.
Last attendees left at 16.30 hrs. Next meeting, November 24, 2013 will be at the conference room on the 4th floor of the Bangkok Hospital Udon.
Please check our website www.udonexpatsclub.com for possible changes and / or further information.
The Secretary of the Udon Expat Club,
J.J. van Spaandonk.