The Annual General Meeting of the Danish Thai Chamber of Commerce on Thursday 27 February 2014 elected three new members for the board for the coming year while Mai Ellegaard and Klaus Stove were both reelected.
Among the three new members, only one, Nicolai Bartels Thomsen, was present at the meeting and introduced himself in person. The two others were not able to participate but were displayed on the screen. They were Sune Sucksdorf, a long time member of the Danish community in Bangkok, and Christian Kruger, a more recent member.
After the meeting, the eight board members present at the AGM agreed to select Thomas Nyborg as their new President, and Supareak Charlie Chomchan as Vice President, a choice which both Sune Sucksdorf and Christian Kruger consequently also formally supported.
President Peter Romhild left the board after five years as President and a total of eleven years as a member of the board. Thomas Nyborg thanked him on behalf of the members for his many years of service and gave him a farewell present and flowers. Also departing board member Kenn Thaysen was presented with a few bottles of red wine.
The meeting took as usual place on the back yard terrace of the residence of the Royal Danish Embassy. The meeting was also as usual conducted by Poul Weber who has been elected Chairman of the Meeting every single year through the existence of the Chamber except a few meetings, when he was the President himself and thus could not conduct the meeting also.
The format of the President’s report of the past year was a presentations by each of the board members who had been chairman of that particular committee in charge of that activity. It was therefore Klaus Stove who presented an overview of the events over the year, Supareak Charlie Chomchan presented the status on the membership and Kenn Thaysen talked about the Chamber media, mentioning among others that the Chamber was working on designing a new website.
Following up on the media presentation, Leo Alexandersen requested the board to conduct a survey among the members, if they would like to have a printed magazine re-introduced. This was accepted and to get an immediate indication, Kenn Thaysen asked for a show of hands who would vote for this. His conclusion was that around 20 percent raised their hand.
The financial situation was presented by treasurer Mai Ellegaard, who thanked Soren Presmann for assisting her with this task during her recent maternity leave. The presentation showed a very stable situation with around 3.5 mill. Baht in assets. Jan Dam Pedersen asked if this was not rather high, but the President replied, that it was considered to be a comfortable cushion in case of unplanned events adding, however, that he personally felt it should not grow above 4 mill. Baht.
After the approval of the balance sheet and the financial result of the Chamber, Mai Ellegaard continued to present the proposed budget for 2014 compared to the 2013 budget. This prompted a comment by Hans Ulrich Hansen, who pointed out that only roughly half the costs of the Chamber was covered by membership fees. The other roughly 50 percent was income from sponsorships. Hans Ulrich Hansen cautioned that it may be a vulnerability to be relying so heavily on the goodwill of a handful of members.
After the election and the conclusion of the meeting, most of the attendants proceeded to join the dinner arranged by Grand Millennium Sukhumvit Bangkok and served in the newly renovated court yard of Ambassador Mikael Hemniti and Khun Ratanawadee Winther’s residense.
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