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LEGION NEWS 20-12-2012.
Hi all an update for your information. Our first night at our new home Kamala’s Guest-house went well with 35 members attending and enjoying good food and drink at very reasonable prices. We will hold our social evenings on the first and third Wednesdays of the month after the festive season is over.
Last night was our Christmas Dinner at The River Market with fifty members and guests laying in to what can only be described as a magnificent feast of soup, salad, prawns, turkey with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding, well done the organisers.
On an administrative note all funds have now been transferred to our main branch in Chon Buri for forwarding to the UK by the December 31st deadline, our treasurer will present the account at the Branch General meeting on January 16th.
Our Vice Chairman Kari Sirelius has tendered his resignation from the committee due to family commitments which would prevent him from carrying out the duties of the post.
We thank him for his past services and hopefully will see him at our future functions as a respected member of the Legion.
This obviously means we will need to elect a new Vice Chairman. This will be done at the Branch General Meeting on December 16th at Kamala’s. Nominations for the position should be with the Secretary by January 5th 2013 latest. To include name of Nominee and name of proposer.
Nominees should make themselves familiar with the duties of the Vice Chairman (see below) and be certain they are able and willing to carry these out before accepting any nomination.The vote will be taken on the 16th by those members PRESENT at the meeting. Proxy votes will not be accepted.
Any member wishing to have any particular item brought up at the meeting should inform the Secretary by the 5th January so that the item can be added to the Agenda in good time.
We are currently holding a membership of 73 and our goal is 100 by mid 2013,please introduce anyone you think would support our endeavours.
All that remains now is for The Committee and Myself to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year.
Major Ron Rae TD Secretary TRBL Chiangmai
5 Branch Vice Chairman.
5’1.1. The role of any Branch Officer is to control the affairs of the Branch in accordance with the objects of The
Royal British Legion and to carry out any directions given by the Board of Trustees, Membership Council or by the,
5’1’2′ Branch Officers and Committee members are Trustees. Guidance for Charity Trustees is available from the
Charity Commission. Key points can be found in the Management Handbook: Charity Commission Guidance for
5.1.3. The Branch Vice-Chairman is elected at the Annual General Meeting by those Members eligible to vote for
a period of 1,2 or 3 years.
5.1.4. Branch Vice Chairmen are to perform their volunteer roles in accordance with the Royal Charter as well as
all national policies and procedures. ln particular, Branch Vice Chairmen must act in a timely manner with
requests from County and National level, as well as being the key liaison between members of the Branch and th
5.2. The role of a Branch Vice-Chairman
5.2’1. The role of a Branch Vice-Chairman is to aid the Branch Chairman in managing the Branch. He should be
expected to show strong leadership, management and diplomatic skills, in particular when deputising for the
5’2’2′ The Branch vice-Chairman must be conversant with the RoyalCharter and Management Handbook, and
must be prepared to offer guidance to the Branch committee accordingly, as directed by the Branch Chairman. ,
5’2’3. The Branch Vice-Chairman must ensure that the Charity complies with Charity law and with the
requirernents of the Charity Commission as regulator; he must in particular ensure? that the Charity prepares
reports on what it has achieved and Annual Returns and accounts as required by law. He must ensure that the
Charity does not breach any of the requirements or rules set out in its governing document and that it remains
true to the charitable purposes and objects set out there. He must act with integrity and avoid any personal
conflict of interest or misuse of charity funds or assets and not receive any payments out of the Charity,s funds
other than reasonable and necessary out-of-pocket expenses, such as the cost of travel to attend trustee
meetings’ He must ensure that funds are spent or earmarked for the purposes for which they were raised and
avoid undertaking activities that might place the charity’s endowment, funds, assets and reputation at undue
Key responsibilities of a Branch Vice-Chairman
5’3’1′ undergo initial appropriate training courses in a period of time as determined by the Training Advisory
Group and attend regular update training to ensure they remain conversant with changes in Legion policies.
5’3’2′ The Branch Vice-chairman is at all Branch meetings to deputise for the Branch chairman in his absence.
5’3’3′ The Branch vice-chairman should attend all Branch meetings so that they can be conversant with on-going
issues, and changes taking place within the Legion,in particular at Branch level.
5’3’4′ The Branch Vice-chairman may he given specific tasks by the chairman, such as the organisation of a
Branch event or chairing of a sub-Committee,
5’3’5. To ensure all new Members receive an induction to the Legion.
TRBL Chiang Mai Xmas Dinner
Our Xmas dinner will be held on Wednesday,December 19th, at The River Market,
Link to map to River Market http://therivermarket.com/blog/contact-us/ Charoenprathet Rd., next to the Iron Bridge, T.Chang Klan, There is a large car park in front of the restaurant.
Arrival time 7.00 p.m to eat at 7.30 p.m.
As well as the meal, we will have the draw for the Accumulator prize raffle and many prizes to be won in an instant tombola.
The Menu is as follows:
Choice of starter- Butternut Squash Soup OR Mixed salad.
Main Course: Roast turkey,stuffing,bacon wrapped chippolata sausage plus seasonal vegetables, gravy
Choice of Desert: Xmas pudding with brandy sauce OR Apple Pie with cream.
Selection of starter and desert must be made when purchasing ticket.
Price Members 375 baht, Non member 475 baht.
Final day for buying tickets is Sunday Dec 16th . We will not be able to accommodate ‘on the day;’ arrivals, as we have to give the restaurant final numbers/menu choices 3 days before the event.
Tickets can be obtained by contacting either:
Gill Dobson- e mail Gdobson713@aol.com tel. 08717 28785 OR
Pam- e mail email@example.com or tel 089 554 6324
Look forward to seeing you there.
New Home for TRBL Chiang Mai
It is with pleasure the committee announces that we have found a new home where we will be made extremely welcome.
The address is:
27/2-7 CHAI SRIPUM SOI 1.
This is where the Soi Tuskers bar was in , just off the moat.
It is owned by Ian Cunningham (EX Royal Engineers) and his wife Nok. We have our own section of the main bar and restaurant in which to put up pictures,plaques etc.
Food and drink is excellent and very reasonably priced ie large Leo 70 baht.
There is also accommodation of 17 rooms available for anyone wishing to stay Legion members will receive a discount on the normal room rate of 500 baht per night.
A social evening is being arranged for Thursday 6th December (5th is the Kings birthday so no alcohol) to allow everyone to get to know our new Legion home and meet Ian and Nok. Please drop in for a ,meal or a beer before this if you would like to see the place for yourself.
Major Ron Rae Secretary
TRBL Chiang Mai Social Evening 03 Oct 2012
Dear RBL Member,
We have only one Social evening planned for his month as the third Wednesday will be devoted to the Annual General Meeting, so we hope to make this Wednesday’s outing a good one. But before we get to the details of where and when we shall meet I must first thank all those who came along to the second of our two socials at No 1 Beer Garden. We had over thirty people visit on this evening, an exceptional result, I hesitate to say this, but probably the highest turnout for a social ever! ( If I’m wrong , do write and let me know)
There’s got to be a reason for it you say. Well, Yes, I can think of three. Many folk came and paid their 2012/3 subs which are now due, so that’s been a great help.
The other two were are advertised specials:-
Our popular Events organiser is on her way back to UK for awhile, so members turned out in force to wish her well and drink to her health and a speedy return. She founded herself blushing at the well chosen words of Chairman Trevor and was delighted with the parting gift handed to her by Vice Chairman Kari – and really loved her patriotic cake!
I’ve been asked to include a few well chosen words from Sally, so here goes
“please can you send a thank-you to all at the Legion for the gift and lovely going away surprise party.”
We wish you well Sally, glad to see you’re keeping up your membership and come back soon…………………
The Staff Sergeant Mike Breeze Collection
We have been fortunate in acquiring this fine collection of plaques, no need to remind you of how this happy acquisition came about but there they were on display that evening, this may be the only time they will be seen until we can put them safely on exhibition in our new home. We intend to keep them together and as we learn more about Chiang Mai resident Mike Breeze we’ll be able to add some details as a memorial.
The verdict of members is that they are high quality memorabilia and worthy of an extra effort to preserve.
The Wednesday Social @ The Dog & Bone
This week we heading out of town, The Dog & Bone is a casual styled hostelry located just off the Hang Dong Road south of one of the ring roads. I say ‘one of’ the ring roads as various descriptions have been applied – and no body seems to remember their road numbers. If you consider Mahidol Rd (the airport road from the super highway) as a ring road then counting outwards you have this as the first or inner ring road followed by the second or middle ring road crossing the Hang Dong Rd (108) by Big C on the left as you head out of town and soon after you through those lights Makro is also on your left. I hope this helps as I know hand over to the intrepid Richard Prouse who provided the following helpful information:-
Really simple to get to Straight across the Traffic lights after Big C Hang Dong road, then past Macro until the first Seven 11 then take next road on left (75 metres) The Dog & Bone is 50 metres in on the Left hand side.
To give you a feel for the D&B, click on this link to their Facebook page:-
Between Richard & I we should get you there safely so do come along on Wednesday evening, there’s quite a British/Thai atmosphere around the place and I’m told the food is jolly good so I’ll be there to test the kitchen and the bar.
Those members who have still to pay their subs will be delighted to hear that John Burnett will be ready and willing to take your cash and ensure your membership continues. BTW – membership cards are now en route so It may be that these will be on hand on Wednesday and you can collect these from John at the same time.
Look Forward to seeing you.
The Royal British Legion
TRBL CNX Annual General Meeting 2012
Here are two important documents relating to the upcoming third AGM of Chiang Mai Sub Branch BR3625, please take the time to read them.
The first is the convening Notice – this tells you when and where we’re going to meet and outlines the matters to be discussed at the AGM, under TRBL constitution we must give at least 21 days notice, which is why it’s coming to you now.
The second is the Registration Document, it has 3 sections. The first asks you to let us know if you plan to attend and to confirm your membership number.
Next we ask you to nominate candidates to fill the vacant positions on the committee. You may nominate yourself, it’s just a way of offering to help after all, or you may nominate another member provided you have their permission to do so. The last section is your opportunity to propose a motion or ask a question.
Here are a few words of explanation. We ask you to let us know if you’re coming so that we can indicate to the venue what catering & seating arrangements we need as well as working out if we need to hire PA equipment. If you’re not sure you can make it and don’t fill in this section then find you’re free, don’t worry, please do come along, we’ll welcome your contribution.
The Nominations area is already followed by a brief explanation of why these positions appear vacant, you will see that in two cases we need someone to step forward and in two other cases there are already members who have offered their services and now seek your approbation. If you’re happy with the job they’re doing then no need to offer a candidate to stand against them, but if you feel you’d like to have a go or know someone who would please nominate them, it’s a free and fair election!
Finally, the opportunity to propose something formally does not come around that often and I’m sure that long time members of RBL know that once the Chairman has opened the meeting no additional topics can be dealt with, the agendum having been closed by the Chairman’s opening remarks – so this is a very good chance for you to raise any issue that’s on your mind. If you table a motion or proposal or need to have something clarified then complete the form to that effect & return it, your contribution will appear amongst the agenda for the meeting, your Chairman & I are duty bound to see that it does.
Just one other proviso, you may not attend the meeting, nominate candidates or raise a topic unless you are a fully paid up member of this Sub Branch.
We are grateful to those members who turned up in force last Wednesday evening (more about that in a separate email later) and kept John & Richard busy filling in receipts, but there are still more renewals to be made.
You can call John and he will arrange to meet you, you can hand your subs to any committee member, you can join us at our Social two weeks before The AGM and also sub up on the evening before the AGM starts.
Now for the small print – paying after 9th Oct will not allow you to nominate a candidate or propose a motion, but will allow you to attend the AGM to take part in the discussion & use the discount voucher you will receive on entry, so the sooner we have your renewal the more you can enjoy it.
You will hear from me again regarding the AGM as an agendum must be issued at least 7 days prior so that everyone has an opportunity to prepare. Meanwhile you can expect a reminder in a few days time concerning our next social location and activities.
The Royal British Legion
09 Oct 2012
Dear RBL Member,
Whenever there is a Convening Notice for the AGM sent out there must, inevitably, follow an Agendum. So here it is!
We shall meet at 7 pm for a start at 7.30 at The Salad House, this is just past Airport Plaza and well before Immigration on the Airport Road.
The Agenda calls for a ballot to elect the 3 nominees to the committee, as there is just one candidate for each position the vote will be taken by show of hands. There is a proposer for each nominee, a second for each will be taken from the floor during the meeting.
My thanks to those that have completed the Registration Form to let us know you will be attending, this is a way of ensuring that you will receive a voucher to help cover the cost of your refreshments and beverages.
If you have not yet completed the form and wish to attend would you please indicate so to me at this email address, I will then ensure sufficient vouchers are produced.
The Royal British Legion
Dear RBL Member,
Collection of Military Badge Plaques
Those of you that read or contribute to the ThaiVisa forum may have seen someone asking what should be done with a collection of ‘Army’ plaques from the estate of a friend who lived in Chiang Mai for quite a while. The Poster received several responses but the principal view was that they should come to The Royal British Legion.
To cut a long story short, whilst giving thanks to member Warren Preedy for providing the initial link, I am pleased to tell you that our Chairman, Trevor, received the donation of plaques yesterday and accepted them on behalf of the sub branch. I believe Trevor intends to bring them along on Wednesday evening to see who can tell us a little more about them.
It also transpired that I knew the gentleman, for quite a while we would meet at the Wednesday afternoon International 10 Pin Bowling League. We often played on the same team and I enjoyed his gentle humour and relaxed attitude to life. Mike Breeze was obviously not a well men and although he was frequently seen to enjoy himself and the company of friends he was know to have a more philosophical side. Jo & I then watched his courage and fortitude as he fought off various attacks of his ailment and when we learned last year that he was going back to UK it was no surprise to us to hear that he had gone into a hospice. Not long afterwards we mourned his passing.
The Collection will be a fine remembrance and a tribute to his memory.
The Royal British Legion Wednesday Social
This is to remind you that we shall be at the No.1 Beer Garden again this Wednesday – an ‘official’ social evening. let’s hope that the 19 members who attended Bob’s ‘unofficial’ night out last week, visiting two popular Thai style bars in one evening will be fit enough and ready to join us this coming Wednesday! The song thaew that was organised for the first visit to No 1 was not well patronised so it will not be running this time.
However, don’t let that put you off, your committee will be there from 7 pm onwards and should the weather be as kind to us as it was two weeks ago we should have another very pleasant evening by the Ping.
An RBL Farewell
For those of you who may not have heard – our Events Coordinator, Sally Ward, has decided to return to the UK for a while. However she has promised to keep in touch and intends to be back in the not to distant future. Meanwhile she will be joining us on Wednesday evening to say her fond farewells and to tell us, along with Gill & Nancy, of the progress made in working towards the Christmas Fayre at JJ Market – you might call this her swan song.
If you’ve enjoyed any of the events that TRBL CNX has put on over the last couple of years, if you’re impressed by the amount of money we’ve been making then please come along on Wednesday evening and let Sally know it. Just as importantly let’s also let all those other volunteers who’ve helped make these events what they that we appreciate them just as much. Then don’t let’s forget to let those people who will be carrying on with the good work – nay, the vital work - of fund raising know that we’re behind them too.
Without the funds there can be no welfare – without the welfare our mission falters.
Do join us for this farewell flourish – See You There.
The Royal British Legion