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Tuesday, January 13 in HCMC
11:00 A.M. Registration
The First International Business Luncheon of the New Year:
"The Year Ahead: Executive Summary and Outlook 2009"
Venue: New Word Hotel Saigon
, 76 Le Loi, Q. 1, HCMC
Organized by: Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (CanCham)
Co-Hosted by:  AmCham, AusCham, BBGV, EuroCham, HKBAV, MBC, Nordcham, SBG
This will be CanCham's fourth annual "The Year Ahead" event!  As the first international biz luncheon each New Year it attracts a strong attendance (200 attendees last year).  Well-known guest speakers from a variety of business sectors including Banking, Investment, Law, Market Research and Real Estate & Property will again provide their outlooks for trends, expectations and challenges for the coming year.

Guest Speakers:

Frederick Burke, Managing Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Rick Howarth, General Manager, Intel Products Vietnam Co., Ltd.

Don Lam, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, VinaCapital Group

Ralf Matthaes, Managing Director, TSN Vietnam

Tom Tobin, President & CEO, HSBC Vietnam

Marc Townsend, Managing Director, CB Richard Ellis (Vietnam) Co., Ltd.

Cost: CanCham and Co-Host Members, USD35. each;  Non-Members, USD45. each; includes presentations and full lunch.
Special Prize for 2009: TNS Vietnam will kindly donate a copy of its brand-new TNS Pink Pages Marketing Book of facts & figures about Vietnam consumer trends---to be won by some astute attendee!  This 224-page business tool and reference bible will normally be priced at USD100. with proceeds being donated to support the UNICEF Vietnam Provincial Child Fund. (Or you can buy your own office or gift copy by contacting .)

Advance Tickets: CanCham, Room 305, 3rd Floor, New World Hotel Saigon, 76 Le Lai, District 1; telephone 3824 3754 or 3822 8888-Extension 7305; fax 824 3751; e-mail , Website .

Wednesday, January 14 in HCMC
6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Joint International New Year Networking Drinks Night
Venue:  Cage, 3A Ton Duc Thang (between the Legend Hotel Saigon and Ngo Van Nam street), Q. 1, HCMC;  telephone 3910 7053
Organized by: AmCham, AusCham, BBGV, EuroCham
Co-Hosted by: CanCham, HKBAV, NordCham, SBA
All are welcome to attend this first social-biz-networking night of the New Year!
Complimentary canapes will be served!  1/ Fried Seafood Sushi, Washabi Soya Sauce  2/ Crispy Stuffed Pumpkin Flower, Sweet & Sour Sauce  3/ Vietnamese Spring Roll, Traditional Fish Sauce  4/ Deep-Fried Wonton, Sweet & Sour Sauce  5/ Crab Meat on Crispy Rice  6/ Grilled Beef Mustard Leave Roll, Washabi Soya Sauce  7/ Roasted Duck Roll, Black Bean Sauce
Drink prices: - Beer (Budweiser) VND30.000   - Wine VND60.000  - Spirits and Cocktails: VND40.000
Information: BBGV's Secretariat, Ground Floor, 25 Le Duan, Q. 1, HCMC; telephone 3829 8430;  call or e-mail Ms. Bich Tran at or  Ms. My Chi at  or Jakki Lydall at , mobile 0903395760.  Website .

Sunday, January 18 in Danang-Quang Nam
Registration at 8:00 A.M.   Run Starts at 9:00 A.M.

1st Annual Central Coast Terry Fox Charity Run for Cancer Research in Danang-Quang Nam

Venue: The Montgomerie Links Golf Course, Dien Ban, Quang Nam (just outside Danang on the way to Hoi An) 

Supported by: Canadian Consulate General in HCMC

Growing every year---thanks to you and millions of participants around the world!  And now, for the first time, being held in Central Vietnam by The Montgomerie Links Golf Course!  Vietnam's Terry Fox Runs are now No. 3 on the international list of "TFRs" in terms of numbers of participants and in the top ten on the "revenue by country" list!
More than 2,000 participants, athletes and non-athletes, are expected to participate and pay tribute to Terry Fox, who died in 1981 after a four-year battle with cancer.  After losing his leg to cancer at the age of 18 Terry began his famous "Marathon of Hope"---his run across Canada raise money for Cancer Research.

Monies raised will go to cancer research.
There will be a 4-kilometer run/walk around the golf course.
And as Canadian Consul General Bill Johnston says, "For keen golfers, there's also the prospect of teeing it up at Vietnam's newest world-standard links course."  Why not arrive on Saturday, January 17 and enjoy some golf too?  
There is no fee to participate though Registration is requested and the minimum suggested pledge is USD3 (VND50.000) per person.  Donations are encouraged---and everyone is welcome! 
Registration, Information, Company Team Registration Opportunities, Raffle Prize Donations, etc.: 
Contact Montgomerie Links Golf Course for more information and Registration Forms:  Ms. Truong Hoang Uyen Ly,  Administration Coordinator, telephone 0510 3941 942 or 0984289201, fax 0510 3941 940, e-mail .   Jon Tomlinson, Montgomerie Links General Manager, .

Wednesday, January 21 in HCMC
6:30 P.M.

Saigon Single Malt Club (SSMC) Dinner Gathering & Bourbon Night

Venue: Bourbon Street Restaurant, 123 Le Loi, Q. 1, HCMC
Calling all Single Malt Lovers!  Pouring both Whisky and Whiskey for those with eclectic tastes.
Special Note from Treasurer Jim Echle:
"Many of you may not know that we have a very nice collection of Bourbon in the SSMC chest which we will bring to Bourbon Street Restaurant. Come join the fun, as the restaurant may have to move soon.
Cost:  There's a one-time membership fee to join the SSMC, plus a set charge for the drinks each evening.  Dinner is extra for those who choose to stay.
RSVP: Please RSVP in advance. Contact Jim Echle at or William Marshak at .

International Choir of HCMC News:
From Allyson Keane, here's an update: "Following on from the success of the recent “Annie Get Your Gun” performances, the International Choir of HCMC is now planning something completely different for 2009.  The choir starts back at rehearsal on Monday 5 January, and will be looking for new members for soprano, alto, tenor and bass positions.  Men are in short supply, so any male singers are particularly welcome!
The choir may be singing in a Puccini concert with the HBSO and a guest conductor in late February at the opera house, and a concert featuring the music of Haydn in June is also planned, which may be of interest to anyone that particularly likes singing classical music!
Auditions are required for brand new members, a simple process to put you in the right part (S,A,T or B) that can be done at rehearsal at the British International School, 43-45 Tu Xuong St, District 3 (basement canteen area!) starting 7.30 pm Monday 5 Jan, 2009.  Just turn up about 7.00pm on the night if you need an audition…"
Contact Brian Riedlinger, Choir Director, at 0909283670 for more details or see
Sunday, January 25 to Thursday, January 29 throughout Vietnam
"Tet" (Vietnamese Lunar New Year Holiday) 
The Year of the Water Buffalo ("Ky Suu") begins!  Chuc mung Nam moi!
Approx. Friday, February 20 to Sunday, March 1 in HCMC and Mui Ne
Saigon Players News:
I can't easily summarize what the irrepressible and intrepid Saigon Players will be up to next, so I'm repeating all (almost all) the bumpf (no disrespect intended!) I've received, herewith:
(Quote) "As most of you may already know, Ciarna and I are re-vamping the various sketches from the past 3 'Missed-ed SaiGon' shows – as well as adding a few new bits.
After considering the time restraints of most people, it seems that trying to put a show on over the holiday season is like banging your head against the wall. So we will change. As you know – change is inevitable (except from vending machines), so we have decided to target a performance during the weekend of Feb 20/09 and the following weekend, end of Feb/March. One of those weekends will be in Mui Ne at "Joe's - The Arts Cafe" and one will be in HCMC.
Anyone who is interested and willing to commit should know that rehearsals will be held between Wed. Feb 4th to Wed. Feb 18th.
Email me if interested at        Emily and Ciarna"  (Unquote) 
If you want an opportunity to try out your thespian talents or just help out backstage, contact Emily (above e-mail address) or .

Saturday, February 21 in HCMC
6:30 P.M. to 12:00 Midnight
"Canada Carnival"
Venue:  Official Residence of the Canadian Consul General, #4 Cherry Blossom Road, APSC ("BP") Compound, P. Thao Dien, Q. 2, HCMC
Organized by:  Canadian Consulate General in HCMC 
A night of Canadian music, food, drink and fun---and all proceeds go to charity, targeting Rose Charities Vietnam.
In February, 2008, "Canada Rocks"attracted more than 300 guests  for an evening of Canadian cuisine and rock and roll. This year,  "Canada Carnival" will pay tribute to Canada's 15 winter carnivals along with the well-known Mardi Gras and  Rio Carnival celebrations.   Dancing to one of Saigon's  hottest
ex-pat rock and roll bands, "Ten Dollar Bill" (famed for its Terry Fox Run performance and featuring Canadian Consul General Bill Johnston on keyboards).  
Information and Advance Tickets: Contact Mr. Tran Van Phuoc at the Canadian Consulate General, telephone 3827 9899, e-mail .
Thursday, February 26 in HCMC
BBGV "St. David's Day Dinner"
Venue:  Caravelle Hotel, 19 Cong truong Lam Son, Q. 1, HCMC
Wales' National Day is celebrated in glorious fashion once again!
Reservations and Information: BBGV's Secretariat, Ground Floor, 25 Le Duan, Q. 1, HCMC; telephone 3829 8430;  call or e-mail Ms. Bich Tran at  or  Ms. My Chi at  or Jakki Lydall at , mobile 0903395760.  Website .

Saturday, February 28 in HCMC
"New Zealand Wine & Food Festival 2009"
Information and Sponsor Opportunities: Contact Mary Wong, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise at (08) 3822 6907-Extension 13 e-mail 
Saturday, March 7 in HCMC

"Saigon Cyclo Challenge 2009"

Venue: Taipei International School, Phu My Hung (Saigon South), Q. 7, HCMC

Organized by: Saigon Children's Charity
Sponsorship and Team Opportunities and Advance Ticket Reservations:  Saigon Children's Charity, telephone (08) 3930 3502;  contact Ms. Hoa, , mobile 0903995850  or  Ms. Chinh, , mobile 0909662062;   
Saturday, April 4 in HCMC
AusCham's "Australia Day Charity Event 2009"
Venue: Van Thanh Park, 48/10 Dien Bien Phu, P. 22, Q. Binh Thanh, HCMC
Sponsorship Opportunities and Advance Ticket Reservations:  AusCham, 18 Thai Van Lung, Q. 1, HCMC, telephone 3911 0272-73-74,
fax 3911 0275, e-mail , Website 

April 7, 8 or 9 in HCMC
Operation Smile Vietnam's Fashion Show


FOR SPONSORSHIP AND TICKET ENQUIRIES, CONTACT MS. TRANG AT; Tel 08.390 7356 or Cell 0909 516 185.  (Unquote)

Saturday, May 16 in HCMC
Operation Smile Vietnam's Annual Gala Dinner & Charity Art Auction
(Quote)  "Operation Smile Vietnam is hosting its 11th Annual Gala Dinner and Charity Art Auction in HCMC on Saturday, May 16th at the Park Hyatt Saigon.  This event raises funds for Vietnamese children and young adults needing corrective facial surgery for cleft lip or palate deformities. 

Tickets include free flow of drinks all night, cocktail reception, Silent Auction, 5 Course Gala Dinner, Main Auction with Auctioneer Rob Blain, and dancing to live music.

For booking or sponsoring, call Julie on 0913966131 or Trang on 0909516185 for further info."  (Unquote)

Friday, June 5 in HCMC

"Mid-Summer Night Charity Ball"

Venue: Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers, 88 Dong Khoi, Q. 1, HCMC

Organized by: Saigon Children's Charity
Sponsorship Opportunities and Reserved Table/Ticket Reservations: Saigon Children's Charity, telephone (08) 3930 3502;  contact Ms. Hoa, , mobile 0903995850  or  Ms. Chinh, , mobile 0909662062;   website

(tentative dates) Friday, October 16 to Friday, October 23 in HCMC

"Colours of Life" Charity Arts Exhibition

Venue: HCMC Opera House (Nha hat TP.HCM), 7 Cong truong Lam Son, Q. 1, and The Metropolitan, 235 Dong Khoi, Q. 1, HCMC

Organized by: Saigon Children's Charity
The annual exhibition and charity sale of children's paintings and photographs from the well-known art and photography classes for disadvantaged children at Thang Long School in District 4 which are supported by Saigon Children's Charity.
Sponsorship Opportunities and Advance Ticket Reservations: Saigon Children's Charity, telephone (08) 3930 3502;  contact Ms. Hoa, , mobile 0903995850  or  Ms. Chinh, , mobile 0909662062;   website

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