Monday, 22 February 2016

Chiang Mai Expats Latest Newsletter!

Dr. Chatchai
Dr. Chatchai Sribundit, M.D. founder of new CEC Sponsor Absolute Health Integrative Medical Center will speak on "Degenerative Disease Prevention and Treatment".
General Meetings are the 4th Saturday of each month, at Le Méridien Hotel. Arrive at 10 am for 10:30 am start. This month's meeting will be in the 2nd floor ballroom, above the lobby. 150 baht for members; 250 baht for guests.
Note: this is not a breakfast meeting; coffee, tea and light snacks served.
Live Blood Testing

Come Early or Remain After the Meeting for Live Blood Analysis or Bone Density Screening

On Saturday, Absolute Health will bring equipment and trained personnel to conduct Live Blood Analysis which can screen for a range of disease and nutritional problems and also a portable Bone Density Testing machine to screen for osteoporosis -- a common problem in older people, both women AND men. We will start to distribute queue numbers at 9:30 am on Saturday.
Kids at School
All raffle proceeds will benefit Si Sangwan Chiang Mai School for disabled children. Saturday's General Meeting.

CEC Sponsor EFL Chiang Mai has donated three vouchers for 25 Thai language lessons, each with a value of 6,650 baht. Vouchers are valid thru June. Been thinking about learning Thai? This is a perfect way to start.
We will conduct a charity raffle for these vouchers at the CEC General Meeting on Saturday. Price: 100฿ each, 6 for 500฿, 13 for 1000฿. All proceeds to benefit Si Sangwan Chiang Mai School for disabled children. Dr. Wilaiwan Quinn, the owner of EFL School will present the vouchers at Saturday's General Meeting. Winners do not need to be present to win.
Effective Thai Language 053 266 295
Kaeo Nawarat Rd Lane 2, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50000
Still looking for a Board secretary....
The CEC Board Secretary, Pat Corey, has formally resigned from the position of Secretary for personal reasons but will remain an active participant on the Board. So we are now in need of a CEC member to step forward & assume the role of CEC Secretary. The following are the minimum requirements:
1. Have been a CEC member for at least one year in order to qualify as a Board member. However, if one has been a member for less than one year, this would be okay but the position would not be ‘official’ until the 1 year anniversary date.
2. Have proficient organizational & management skills and is willing to be timely in executing their duties as Secretary.
3. Have a recent model laptop or desktop computer loaded with MS Office.
4. Proficient at being able to work on the Internet, downloading/uploading files, etc.
5. Possess proficient skills at using Word & Excel programs & possibly Powerpoint.
6. Prepare Board agendas and meeting minutes using Word, and distribute them in a timely fashion to Board members by uploading into CEC's cloud-based enterprise management system (
7. Maintain the current membership database in Excel.
8. Filing and maintaining paper membership applications in the existing notebook.
We are hoping to bring someone on board that has had previous experience at being a club secretary or had a career as a secretary being familiar with the typical responsibilities, but will consider anyone interested in helping out in this important position. The Board meets every 4 - 6 weeks.
We have drafted a ‘Duties of the Secretary’ review & will make it available when considering taking on this position. We fervently hope to have someone selected & approved within the next month. If interested email:
Gate Theater would like to invite one and all to come along and take part in the festivities Saturday, February 27 at 4 PM - 6 PM. There will be free food & drinks plus a wine bar.
Entertainment will be provided by anyone who would like to perform. Singers, Dancers, Comedians, Musicians are all welcome to perform. Smokers are welcome to use the rooftop patio to sneak out for a smoke without any trouble. For catering purposes, please RSVP today Monday, Feb. 22. Those interested in performing please call/email Joyce @ 086 921 9234 -
All members of Democrats Abroad Thailand (DAT) are eligible to vote in the Global Presidential Primary. Since Democrats Abroad is considered by the party to be the 51st state, member votes count. Expats will be electing delegates to represent the party's choice in the primary at the Democratic Party’s national convention in Philadelphia this summer. If not a member of the DAT join online at: Note also that applications will be accepted on the day of voting.
Polling stations will be open in Chiang Mai as follows:
March 2, from 3 pm to 8 pm – Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center, Hai Ya Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100
March 5, from 10 am to 5 pm – Payap University, Sirindhorn Learning Resource Center, Mae Khao Campus, Chiang Mai-Lampang Highway, Muang district, Chiang Mai
Dems Abroad GPP poster
Red Lion
The Royal British Legion will hold a special social event at The Red Lion on Wednesday, 2nd March for a meal with choices of fish and chips, steak and Guinness pie & chips, or vegetable Pad Thai. Price of 260 Baht per person with a maximum seating of 25 persons. Reservations: Sally Ward
Warorot market
Warorot Market is crammed with an incredible range of goods at very good prices. If you need some item for everyday life, it’s probably there, but the question is where? Take a guided tour of Warorot Market.

When: Saturday, March 5 Meet at 9:00 am
map to Raintree
Click on the map to see a larger image.
Where: First Level – CMCC Center, (Formerly Raintree), 3 Charoen Muang Road. Parking is available behind the building.
Contact: Janet Greenleaf 087 180 8040 or CMCC office 053 244 820
Favola wine glass
Le Méridien's exclusive and splendid once-a-month premium brunch returns Sunday, March 6th, bringing you a spread of international tastes to satisfy every preference. Book in advance and receive a glass of sparkling wine on arrival and half a Canadian Lobster prepared ala Sicilian style.
Favola cheese
Click on the image to see photos from last month's Favola Brunch Exclusivo.
Enjoy premier gourmet cuisine including Italian cold cuts, imported European cheese, French oysters, Alaskan king crabs, grilled specialties cooked-to-order, decadent desserts and more.
Price: 1,999 THB per guest; continuous-flow beverage package: 899 THB
For reservations call 053 253 299 from 17:00 to 23:00, email, or reserve online
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The UK Electoral Commission is advising UK expats to register sooner than later so they can be sure they are registered in time. Expats can now register online to vote in just a few minutes at
At the 2015 General Election there were almost 106,000 overseas electors on the register. This is a fraction of the 5.5 million UK citizens estimated to be living overseas, and potentially eligible to vote at the EU Referendum.
To register as an overseas voter, UK residents overseas must have previously been registered in a UK constituency within the last 15 years. Once registered, overseas voters can then choose how they wish to vote. They can vote by post, by proxy (voting by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf), or even in person at their polling station if they will be in their local authority area on polling day.
It should be easier to vote by post for this referendum as the timetable for postal votes has been extended to allow postal votes to be sent out even earlier than usual, giving overseas voters further time to receive, complete, and return their ballot back to the UK.
UK Expats can now register online to vote at
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The Duke's Chiang Mai has a new menu for the new year -- all your old favorites and some tempting new items, with mouthwatering photos of every dish.
4 Locations around Chiang Mai:
Opening Hours
Mon - Sun
* Ping River 10.30 - 23.30
* Night Bazaar 10.30 - 00.00
* Promenada 10.00 - 22.00
* Maya 11.00 - 22.00
“If you are a foreigner staying in Thailand for a period longer than 90 [consecutive] days holding a Non-Immigrant Visa, you are required by Thai Immigration to report your current address every 90 days.” - Thailand Immigration Bureau
How to report? There are currently four choices:
* Notification in Person - at the Immigration Promenada Office (cost of personal time). One family member can do this for the entire family (other members need not be present). When you line up, be sure to get a separate queue number for each family member for whom you are making a report.
* Online reporting - free, but you can only use after you have made at least one 90-day report since your most recent entry into Thailand (so Immigration will have copies of your supporting documentation and record in their database). Click here for detailed instructions.
* Registered Mail - small cost of registered postage and time to copy forms and mail. Click here for details about how to report by post.
* Visa Service Provider such as CEC Sponsor OS Thai Visa.
The team with Chiangmai Christian Community Classifieds recently updated a detailed step-by-step procedure for filing 90-day reports on-line. Click on the image to see details.
Did you recently try to submit your 90-day report on-line? Could you please take a survey to let the folks at CCCC know how far you got?
90 Day Mail-in Process 2016
Click on the image to see a new workflow for Immigration's Mail-in process as well as what to do if your Next Notification Receipt Slip is not sent back in the return envelope that you had included when you mailed the TM.47 report to Immigration.
If you recently mailed-in your 90 day report, did you receive your paper receipt from Immigration? Please click here to take a survey:
CEC Members enjoying the recent CMIRC Charity Wine Dinner. Click on image for more photos.
Announcing the 5 March 2016 Chiang Mai International Rotary Club (CMIRC) Charity Golf Ball Drop! All proceeds from this event will go to support CMIRC charity service projects such as the Chiang Mai Big Brother Program, Children’s Drown Proofing Program, Children’s Sight Program, Mae Tao Clinic and more.
Check out video of last year's event at the Chiang Mai International Balloon Festival.
For only ฿1,000 THB or $28.00 USD you can purchase 3 tickets and receive one complimentary admission to the Thailand International Balloon Festival. You may also purchase single tickets for ฿500 THB or $14 USD each. Winners need not be present at the event; they will be notified on 6 March.
Each ticket has a golf ball number. Each golf ball number sold will be written on a golf ball. All numbered golf balls will be dropped from a hot air balloon over a designated target area, at about 5 pm, 5th March. The three golf balls that are closest to the hole will be the winners. The owner of the ball closest to the target will win ฿30,000 THB, 2nd closest will win ฿10,000 and the 3rd closest will win ฿5,000. Winners do not have to be present to win.
Golf Ball Drop tickets are available at all CEC events, from any member of CM International Rotary Club. For details of on-line sales via bank transfer or Paypal, email:
Rotary Golf Ball Drop Poster 2016


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