Dear AMCHAM mem­bers,

Thai-American Business (T-AB) Magazine - - Property Trends -

Wel­come back from what I hope was a pleas­ant and re­lax­ing sum­mer. I want to bring to your at­ten­tion a cou­ple of very im­por­tant events com­ing up.

AMCHAM SCHOL­AR­SHIP PRO­GRAM

I am sure most of you are aware that AMCHAM has a very vi­brant and ac­tive Stu­dent Schol­ar­ship pro­gram. Each year the Chamber pro­vides schol­ar­ships to dis­ad­van­taged Thai stu­dents at­tend­ing uni­ver­si­ties in Thailand. Each stu­dent re­ceives Baht 25,000 a year and for the past sev­eral years we have been for­tu­nate enough to grant 200 schol­ar­ships a year – mak­ing our schol­ar­ship pro­gram an an­nual five mil­lion Baht in­vest­ment in the fu­ture of Thailand. The stu­dents come from uni­ver­si­ties all over Thailand and dur­ing the past thirty years of the schol­ar­ship pro­gram’s ex­is­tence, more than 2,200 stu­dents have re­ceived a schol­ar­ship from AMCHAM.

The cap­stone event for the pro­gram is the an­nual Stu­dent Schol­ar­ship Ca­reer Camp which for the past six years has been funded by Fedex. Dur­ing the Ca­reer Camp we bring the fi­nal year stu­dents to Bangkok for three days to help pre­pare them for their fu­ture careers. The Ca­reer Camp has a packed sched­ule of com­pany vis­its, lec­tures and work­shops, and HR mock in­ter­views. We an­tic­i­pate more than 60 stu­dents will be at­tend­ing this year’s camp.

For the past two years we have also or­ga­nized an Ori­en­ta­tion Camp where we have brought first year schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents to Bangkok for a two- day ori­en­ta­tion pro­gram to learn about Amer­i­can busi­ness and how the stu­dents can ben­e­fit from their as­so­ci­a­tion with AMCHAM. This year we are seek­ing a spon­sor – with nam­ing rights – to help us fi­nan­cially cover the cost of the Ori­en­ta­tion Camp, which is Baht 250,000.

Both these camps re­quire sig­nif­i­cant re­sources to de­liver and if you can as­sist us with time, fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance, or even goody- bag items such as hats or shirts, this would be highly ap­pre­ci­ated. Please con­tact Sheree at sheree@ am­chamthai­land. com for more de­tails on how you can help.

AN­NUAL AMCHAM CSR RECOG­NI­TION AWARD

The dead­line to sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions for the an­nual AMCHAM CSR Ex­cel­lence ( ACE) Awards was on Septem­ber 14; hope­fully your com­pany has al­ready sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion. This is the eight year of the ACE Awards and the 10th year AMCHAM has un­der­taken to rec­og­nize the CSR pro­grams of our mem­ber com­pa­nies. The first two years the pro­gram was com­pet­i­tive in na­ture and changed in 2007 to rec­og­nize all com­pa­nies who meet bench­mark stan­dards. The ACE pro­gram is an im­por­tant part of AMCHAM’S an­nual agenda as it helps to pro­mote and rec­og­nize the awe­some CSR pro­grams that our mem­ber com­pa­nies un­der­take to in­vest back into the Thai so­ci­ety. Last year 62 com­pa­nies were rec­og­nized and we an­tic­i­pate that this year we will ex­ceed that num­ber.

Due to the in­creas­ing num­ber of com­pa­nies be­ing rec­og­nized and to en­sure that we can al­lo­cate suf­fi­cient time to al­low com­pa­nies to spot­light their pro­grams, this year we are mov­ing the event to a din­ner for­mat on Novem­ber 22. Not only will this al­low more time to present awards, but it will also pro­vide com­pa­nies with space in the lobby area of the ho­tel to present de­tails/ in­for­ma­tion about their pro­grams. We plan on a tra­di­tional Thanks­giv­ing din­ner to cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion. Please stay tuned for more de­tails on this.

Best Re­gards, Judy Benn Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor

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