The rooftop of the Sala Lanna Hotel was a magnificent spot to watch the sunset behind the mountains for Skalleagues and friends who made it to the venue before the rains struck. However, General Manager, Saman Yawaruk was ready to handle the worst and quickly whisked everything and everyone downstairs to a enjoy cocktails and canapes followed by dinner under a huge tent along the river.

The tent proved to offer a great opportunity for people to meet and talk before the dinner with Sawan meeting many people. As a new resident of Chiang Mai, after working in Samui, he had a few things to find out about working in Chiang Mai from old hands like Marc Dumur.

Before the dinner President Tim McGuire announced that the next meeting will be held on September 29 at Mercato Wine Bar & Eatery with Chef Dustin. Registration is open!

Media Director Shana Kongmun announced that the Chiang Mai International Rotary Club is holding a Dazzling Disco Saturday Night on September 23 at the beautiful 24th floor of the Duangtawan Hotel from 6:30 p.m. There will be a huge spread of food and a fabulous disco band Baan Tuek performing everyone’s disco favorites. Skål members Syarheza Ishiwara of Anantara Chiang Mai and Kishore Ladsaria of Li Chiang have both generously offered vouchers for the raffle at the party as well as Riddhi Diskul of Le Crystal and Rimping Supermarket, The Dukes, and others. Those interested in attending please contact Shana at

The Christmas fundraiser will be held on December 12 at Le Meridien Hotel Chiang Mai with Skal member Greg Anderson once again hosting what is to be sure an outstanding evening. President Tim encouraged members and friends to donate vouchers for the silent and live auctions. Please email Tim at for more details.

General Manager Sawan took to the floor as well, thanking everyone for coming and welcoming them to the event. He thanked everyone for their support and added that he was looking forward to getting to know the Chiang Mai hospitality community.

President Tim introduced many new visitors coming to learn more about Skal Chiang Mai and a few friends as well. The evening was great fun, with a very convivial atmosphere as everyone forgot about the rain and enjoyed the delicious spread of Thai food. The grilled meat station was a big favorite.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, September 28 at Mercato Wine Bar & Eatery at Maya Lifestyle Mall. Sign up is now open for our next meeting with Chef Dustin as always please register online only

Compiled by Shana Kongmun

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