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Skål USA Journeys – 2nd Quarter 2016
Dear Fellow Skålleagues,
First, I would like to thank President Nigel Pilkington and all of our wonderful Skål delegates and guests for joining us at our 55th annual North American Skål Congress in Boise, Idaho. Second, on behalf of your board, I want to thank SI Boise for doing a superb job hosting this great congress. The Riverside Hotel GM Kathy Pigeon and her entire staff did an outstanding job! Cheryl Perry and the entire SI Boise membership worked tirelessly to ensure we were all welcomed, registered, and well fed. The tours, dine-around and the Gala Dinner Dance were all fantastic.
I could not be prouder of our assembled delegates who actively participated in the discussion and voting process to consider the proposals put forward by SI Orlando. The restructuring of our officers with a VP of Membership Development and two Directors plus a Director of Communications/Website and PR were unanimously supported by your board, and 90% of delegates voted in support of these new initiatives. In addition, clubs will no longer be penalized for not attending NASC. Instead, clubs will be rewarded for sending delegates to future North American Skål Congresses with a maximum credit of up to $500.
Let’s keep up the momentum. We will soon launch a new more user-friendly website to help tell the story of Skål, celebrate important initiatives in sustainable tourism, TSA’s Pre-Check program, and our work for charities like Tourism Cares, SI Pittsburg, SI Boston, SI San Francisco, SI DC and SI Long Island scholarship programs and too many others to mention. In addition, we have committees formed to help with public relations and to address the challenge of attracting and retaining new members. I would encourage you to consider supporting these initiatives when called upon.
Please mark your calendars now for our National Committee Meeting (NCM) in North Little Rock, Arkansas on September 8-11. Bob Major and Chuck Magill gave an excellent presentation in Boise. The package Karen Trevino and the Arkansas clubs have put together looks wonderful, and the pricing is outstanding. We hope your club will send a representative or two to North Little Rock from Sept 8-11.
Please also consider attending our SI World Congress in Monaco from October 29 to November 2. This will be an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime experience to visit Monaco, one of the world’s most beautiful City-States. Constantine Panoussi has done a tremendous job planning the World Congress. In this newsletter you will find much more information from Constantine and his team with important links to further information and registration.
Warmest regards and Skål!
2016 Skål USA President
What is the Florimond Volckaert Fund?
The Florimond Volckaert fund (FVF) was set up in 1954, in the name of the acknowledged founder of Skål, to provide assistance to Skålleagues and their immediate families who are in serious need of assistance, during times of desperation.
If a Skålleague is in need of help, an application should be sent to either the President of your Club or the Skål USA International Councillor, who will convey the application to the three FVF Trustees. They will assess the request and quickly come to a decision.
As previously advised, all donations to the FVF must be received by Skål USA within the calendar year for which the donation is intended. Donations received after the deadline will be considered and recognized for the succeeding year. We can no longer account for pre-payments or accept payments after the deadline based on when the funds are required to be transferred to Skål International.
The deadline for 2016 FVF contributions is December 1, 2016.
Donations from the clubs help make the FVF viable and able to fulfill its special purpose. We would like to recognize the following for their contributions in 2016:
- SI Atlantic City
- SI Arkansas
- SI Boise
- SI Ft. Lauderdale & Palm Beaches
- SI Jacksonville
- SI Los Angeles
- SI Memphis
- SI Orlando
- SI Pittsburgh
- SI Reno/Tahoe
- SI San Jose
- SI Washington
- Contribution by Skål USA in memory of Dick Knorpp
- Contribution by SI Ft. Lauderdale & Palm Beaches in memory of Dick Knorpp
- Contribution by SI Sacramento in memory of Dick Knorpp
- Contribution by Carlos Banks in memory of Dick Knorpp
- Contribution by John H. Bogrette, Jr. & Mary Ann Bogrette in memory of Dick Knorpp
Dear Skål Members,
NAASC has been officially retired and will now be known going forward as the North American Skål Congress.
Congratulations to Skål International Boise for hosting a wonderful event. The USA was proud to welcome 45 of our current 50 clubs. Skål International Canada also welcomed a large delegation. Everyone was thrilled with the new format, which offered a shorter Skål USA Board meeting, allowing time for joint discussions with Canada, open forums, and sightseeing time. Most importantly, the membership discussed and voted to overwhelmingly approve proposals for change that included a complete overhaul of the officers and running of Skål USA. The proposal put forth by the Orlando club has been the work of many clubs for the past few years. With 51 potential votes, the proposal got 47 Yes votes, 2 No votes, and 2 abstentions – a true mandate from the membership.
I would like to give a special thank you to Tourism Cares for participating in the congress and kicking off our new partnership. We are excited for our two organizations to be working together in a more meaningful way.
Your Skål USA Board will work on the new officer job descriptions to introduce at the upcoming NCM, Sept 8- 11, 2016 in North Little Rock, AR. The Arkansas club is working hard to put together a wonderful event. We look forward to welcoming you to North Little Rock and working with you to further strengthen our organization going forward.
I would like to wish you all an enjoyable summer travel season.
Skål USA VP Administration
P.S. Thank you all so very much for your outreach of support and kindness with the passing of my mother right after Boise and my surgery. Mom is at peace and I am on the road to recovery. Your prayers were really appreciated and very helpful.
Membership & Change Committee Update
The Membership & Change Committee is taking shape, with the goal of issuing a progress report at the National Committee Meeting in Little Rock and a draft report in November. Committee members have been asked to commit to participating in a 1.5 day intensive retreat in October that would be preceded by at least two conference calls. Other plans include formal meetings with tourism-related national governing organizations headquartered in D.C. Over 35 submissions were received for the SWOT analysis, which the committee will use for guidance in their deliberations.
The Membership & Change Committee was one of several initiatives of Skål USA President John Mavros in recognizing the declining trend of membership and active participation in the Skål movement in the US and the world.
Region II Vice President
Chair, Membership & Change Committee
New Skål USA Member Benefit: Credit Card Processing
Do you accept credit cards for your Club meetings and events? Prepare to get an additional kick back to jump start your fundraising efforts through Skål USA’s new partnership with CBoss/Redstone.
Don’t have a Club website to run event registrations or accept credit card payments? No problem, CBoss/Redstone will customize an online landing page for you to use to accept your payments free of charge.
Take advantage of the lowest merchant rates on credit cards available! And use those percentage points saved to help a good cause, your local Skål Club.
Any questions? Contact Lydia Taylor. She can be reached at (330) 726-0429 ext. 122 or email at email@example.com, or reach out to Matt Fleming at (281) 381-8258 or email at MFleming@redstonepaymentsolutions.com
Share your community involvement experience!
Please provide the name, dates, and a brief description of the events/causes/scholarships/services that you are involved in via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tourism Cares: From Sponsorship to Partnership
Skål USA is proud to announce that a new partnership has been completed between Skål USA and Tourism Cares.
Skål USA members are passionate and committed to industry volunteerism, and Tourism Cares is the perfect partner! Because Skål USA is a non-profit organization, it is almost impossible to spend membership money on sponsorships, but we have put together a plan that will give each organization recognition and exposure, and together we can complement each other.
Last year’s sponsorship guaranteed $2,500 be paid by Skål USA to participate in each of three National Park programs. Money was paid by Skål USA, and some funds would be collected by member clubs. Members would also pay to participate in the projects with a portion of those funds coming back to Skål USA. Unfortunately, volunteer space was not sold so no funds were forthcoming. A total of $5,000 was paid to Tourism Cares. Skål USA participated in two projects; the Grand Canyon, and another project in Georgia prior to the new agreement being put into place. The third commitment for $2,500 to participate in the New York Islands project was forgiven, thus saving those funds.
The new agreement features the following commitment:
Skål USA will provide:
- Introduce Tourism Cares to over 2,200 travel industry professionals in the USA via email letter
- Tourism Cares logo on the Skål USA website
- Introduction to Skål International Executive Committee
- Complimentary table to display at the Business to Business event at the North American Skål Congress
- Introduction to all Skål USA Presidents
- Complimentary table to display at the Skål USA National Committee Meeting in September
- Article in one Skål USA Newsletter
- Help target members in TCFA (Tourism Cares for America) locations to volunteer
Tourism Cares would provide the following:
- Skål USA logo on Tourism Cares website’s home page
- Logo on all literature that features other valued partners list on website home page
- Logo included in industry publications
- Announcement of our shared partnership on TC website and email last to TC members
- Member rate for all events that Skål members choose to participate
- Consideration for TC Board position in the future
This agreement is in effect through December 2017.
Skål USA VP Administration
A Letter from SI Vice President Susanna Saari on an Excellent Opportunity to Apply for the 15th Skål Sustainable Tourism Awards
Skål International will hold its 15th Sustainable Tourism Awards during the forthcoming Skål Monaco World Congress. These awards have steadily gained importance at the international level, and we want to maintain the success of this prestigious program to emphasize the importance of developing responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.
We need the involvement of the clubs to foster participation in this awards program locally. The awards program is not only open to Skål members, but to all those interested in participating.
The procedure is very simple. Applicants must complete the online application form (https://form.jotformeu.com/SandraVera/sta2016) attaching a PowerPoint or YouTube video highlighting the initiatives they undertake to carry out the project, and a letter of recommendation that can be provided by your Skål club.
Full information can be found on the following link:
We know we can count on your cooperation to make the 15th Sustainable Tourism Awards better and more successful than ever.
Kind Regards & Skål,
Vice President, Skål International
Skål USA Donates $500 to Aid Fiji and Suva Following Cyclone Winston
In early March, the Skål USA Board unanimously decided to send a contribution of $250 to both the SI Fiji and SI Suva clubs in support of the clubs following the devastation wrought by Cyclone Winston. The board would like to extend their condolences to those affected by the storm.
Skål USA Club of the Year Award Presented at North American Skål Congress in Boise
A highlight of the North American Skål Congress, was the presentation of Skål International USA Club of the Year Award!
The Club of the Year is selected from clubs that successfully fulfill all of the award criteria and have put together a presentation on why their club should be selected to receive this prestigious award. Two Skål Clubs submitted a presentation for consideration, Skål International Ft. Lauderdale/Palm Beaches and Skål International Long Island.
Selection of the recipient of this award is voted on by the Skål USA International Councillor, Skål USA President, and Skal USA Vice President of Administration. Each of the judges received the presentations and view them separately and vote secretly by sending their vote to the Skål USA Administrator, who then tabulates the votes and advises the VP of Administration of the winner in order to purchase the plaque. The results are not made public until the presentation at the Annual General Meeting held during the North American Skål Congress.
Both clubs prepared wonderful presentations outlining why their clubs should be considered for this award. It was a very difficult decision for the judges, but in the end, the judges selected SI Ft. Lauderdale/Palm Beaches club as the winner.
President John Mavros presented the award to Past Skål USA President and current Ft. Lauderdale/Palm Beaches Skål USA Rep, Carlos Banks.
During the conference, clubs discussed the award and the need to make the criteria simpler so more clubs would qualify. The decision for this award was tabled and Vice President Administration, Holly Powers urged clubs to try and qualify for the Skål International Club of the Year Award.
Featured Club of the Quarter: SI Louisville
The Louisville Skål club was founded on February 3, 1966, led by its first president, George Webber, who would go on to become President of Skål International in 1987-1988. SI Louisville has hosted the NAASC Congress twice, several Skål USA Board meetings, and one Executive Committee meeting. SI Louisville recently celebrated its 50th year at a wonderful event hosted at the Brown Hotel, the site of the club’s very first meeting. SI Louisville admitted its first woman member in 1982, and in 1989 Lesley Rahner became our first of many female presidents.
What is your club’s primary focus for this year? Our focus will be initiating rotating speakers and/or educational programs that will update our members on both specific Skål initiatives and tourism-related matters.
Why was that goal chosen? Many members are not sure what the advantages of membership in Skål are, and are not aware of the changes/improvements that may be happening in our own area which directly affects tourism.
What can be attributed to your club’s overall success? Growing membership through penetration of the existing Louisville area as well as a more regional approach into surrounding counties and cities. We truly enjoy each other’s company and camaraderie. We also continually look for new up-and-coming travel managers to include. Without that continual youth influx, a club’s membership will slowly decline.
What are some challenges your club has faced? Cost and time. Today’s business pace is so different than the early years of Skål. Members are pulled in so many directions, including loss of family time. As for cost, we strive to keep our dinner meetings within a certain budget, only raising the dues when necessary.
In what ways have you overcome those challenges? We try to keep our meetings on time, ending before it gets too late. We continually look for new venues for our meetings which are fun and not too expensive, but offer a great experience.
Has your club done anything you feel is different as compared to other clubs? We strive very hard to bring new members on the club’s board early on so they get to see the inner workings of the organization. We try to see that different members are able to participate in the NAASC Congress as well as the summer AGM. Too many clubs send the same person, who may not always get the important information back to the membership on the goals of Skål International or Skål USA.
What advice would your club give others in their efforts to maintain current members? Beat down the doors of the limited service hotels. This is such a growth section of our industry. Find those young GMs on their way up the ladder and engage them early on. If the GM of a major property does not show interest, let’s look at the Director of Sales or the Assistant GM. Look outside the box for attractions, small tourist bureaus, and DMCs. Also, look beyond your own area.
Does your club have certain keys for getting new members? We try to involve all of our members, not just a membership chair. Our members already have the contacts and are the best ones to attract their counterparts and friendly competitors.
What efforts are you making to keep your club vital and relevant among the local community (community involvement)? We have offered scholarships in the past at one of the local universities. We recently had a member pass away from ALS, and the club supported several folks with the Ice Bucket Challenge a few years ago.
Share Club Event Information and Photos with Fellow Skålleagues!
Skålleagues are encouraged to share photos from Skål USA and club events as well as information on upcoming meetings of clubs and the travel and tourism industry as a whole on the Skål USA Facebook page. The Facebook page is open to members and interested non-members alike. To view or share photos on our page:
- Visit the Skål USA Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SKALUSA/ (you may need to log in to Facebook and/or click “Join Group”)
- Click the “Photos” tab near the top of the page, under the board photo. You will now see a compilation of photos sorted by the date posted.
- Click the “Albums” tab below the “Photos” tab. You will now be able to view albums of photos that have been uploaded, sorted by the date posted.
- From here, you can create a new album for a particular event by clicking “Create Album”, or add photos to an existing album by selecting that album and clicking “Add Photos” at the top.
In Case You Missed It: Skål International USA Webinar – Define, Distinguish, Position Yourself with All the Right Public Relations Tools
April 15, 2016
Presented by SI Orlando’s Kathy Hernandez, President of KHA PR, this Skål International United States of America webinar is intended to help equip you with the tools to help you get your message out better.
View the Recording!
This session touches on a number of topics, such as:
- Creating A Face For Your Company/Your Club
- Establishing Your Designated Press Contact
- Press Releases With Hot Topics
- Online Press Rooms That Generate Attention and Business
- Social Media – How Not To Be Afraid Of It
- Staying In Front Of The Media
Public relations can be an essential function that Skål USA clubs can harness to help you get new members. Click the link above and view the recording to discover new ways to connect to your members, the media, prospective members and other clubs!
November 17, 2015
Presented by Jennifer Ackerson, Nicholle Fearon, Alexandra Pick, and Cynthia Pisco from SI Long Island; Burcin Turkkan from SI Atlanta; and Adrius Valiulis from SI Toronto.
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Finding ways to engage the younger generation is a challenge that nearly all organizations face. As you learned in a previous Skål USA webinar, millennials have different wants, needs, and desires, and organizations must adapt and be responsive in order to remain relevant in the future. Skål International has taken a terrific first step with the formation of Young Skål, but Skål clubs can certainly take it upon themselves to create initiatives that will further incorporate millennials into the membership. Several clubs in the US and Canada have set an excellent example with their efforts to get younger people engaged. Skål USA invited representatives from several clubs to participate in this webinar and share the keys to their success. Click the link above to view the recording and find out the keys to recruiting and empowering Young Skål members!
April 16, 2015
Presented by Ronald Flores, SI Puerto Rico
View the Recording!
This Skål International United States of America webinar is intended to help equip you with the tools to help you get your message out better. Public relations can be an essential function that Skål USA clubs can harness to help you get new members. Don’t miss out on hearing new ways to connect to your members, the media, prospective members and other clubs!
June 30, 2015
Presented by Charlie Funk, SI Nashville
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As we continue to bring in the next generation of young professionals into the working ranks as well as the bulk of our customer base, we need to understand their motivation – needs and wants. This emerging group is very unique in their interests, communication methods and reference points. In order to better incorporate them into Skål as well as leverage their increasing buying power, we must first try to understand and relate to their lifestyles and career concepts as well as how to reach them and get them to engage.
Registration Open for 2016 Skål USA National Committee Meeting September 8-11 in North Little Rock, AR
Skål International Arkansas is pleased to welcome the Skål USA National Committee Meeting and the 3rd Annual Young Skål Symposium to Central Arkansas on September 8 – 11, 2016. Little Rock and North Little Rock have the perfect combination of small-town, southern hospitality and big-city entertainment and amenities. While Little Rock and North Little Rock are separated by the Arkansas River, these two cities certainly join together to welcome Skålleagues to Arkansas.
Visitors can easily get to and around Central Arkansas. All major airlines (Delta, American, Southwest and United) fly into Little Rock’s Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. The airport is a short ten-minute ride from the host hotel in North Little Rock, the Wyndham Riverfront. The Wyndham Riverfront is home to the award-winning Riverfront Steakhouse and the nationally-known Benihana.
Wonderful programs and social activities are planned for the meeting. For the first time ever, the NCM will include a Regional Meeting on Friday that is open to all Skål USA club members – officers or not. This will be an opportunity to share ideas and discuss important issues pertaining to your clubs such as membership growth, fundraising, etc. Remember, Skål’s mission statement: “Through our leadership, professionalism and friendship, work together to enhance our vision, maximize networking opportunities and develop a responsible tourism industry.”
Our SI Arkansas Young Skål members will spearhead a special program for their fellow Young Skålleagues, including a private session just for YS to discuss issues affecting them. This will be followed by lunch and tour at Diamond Bear Brewing Company with afternoon experience at an Escape Room.
Skål International Arkansas promises to make this NCM fun, memorable and successful on all accounts! Please go to our website (http://tinyurl.com/SIUSA-NCM-2016) to watch the video, see the full schedule and register for the conference. If you have any questions about the conference or registration, please call Karen Trevino at 501-758-1424 or send an email to email@example.com. We look forward to greeting our fellow Skålleagues in September!
Sincerely and Skål!
Becki Lewis, President
Skål International Arkansas #357
SI World Congress to Take Place on October 29 – November 2, 2016 in Monaco
Dear American Skålleagues and Friends of Skål,
We take great pleasure in extending this personal invitation to you, your family, and your partners to join us in Monaco for the Skål World Congress, the game changer and new frontier in travel and tourism.
As promised during our presentations in Mexico and Spain, our team has designed and prepared the congress to be a great success. We are one team with one ambition: excellence.
Monaco is dynamic, with 5,000 companies in its small territory; Monaco is luxury and generosity, sport and innovation, museums, exhibitions and unique musical events. Monaco hosts more than 700 events each year, and “Formula 1” is one of them. The solar powered flight around the world is another.
Monaco is the second smallest country in size, but is one of the most vibrant and attractive locations, with an international heart and a vocation for hosting unforgettable events, helping friends to meet, enjoy, network, and be inspired.
http://montecarlo-apps.com/en/# – I shall arrange a private meeting for you with American club members and residents in Monaco on October 30th pending the number of participants from America.
- A crossroad of cultures, with 120 different nationalities and many languages spoken, Monaco has all the ingredients to surprise you in many ways
- Monaco is safe, Monaco in sunny, Monaco is accessible and easy to get around
- Monaco is solidarity with hundreds of associations supporting the less fortunate and a government which supports research, the preservation of the environment and sustainability. Monaco is green with an Eco-Certified Congress Centre.
Last but not least, Monaco is tourism innovation with constant improvements to its leading attractions and an international university focused on innovation in travel.
Join us, get inspired, and be a “Game Changer” in Monaco!
To register: visit www.skal.org > 77th Skål World Congress > click on Register Now
Constantine Panoussi, FM, AITT
ISC & National President,
On behalf of: Axel Hoppenot, President; Antonio Ducceschi, Vice President; Sergio Mangini, Treasurer; Birgit Reimann, Secretary; Zhang Zhang, Public Relations; and all the members of Skål International Monaco
PS: For any further information, please contact me directly: Constantine@gotravelinstyle.com
Skålleagues Convene to Kick Off IPW in New Orleans
Over 100 Skålleagues from across the globe gathered at the historic Napoleon House in New Orleans to kick off IPW 2016. Among those in attendance were those in charge of marketing the US to the world, as well as Skål members Roger Dow, President/CEO of US Travel Association, and Chris Thompson, President/CEO of Brand USA, who joined the attendees in the traditional Skål toast. The event was hosted by Skål International New Orleans. The event starts a new tradition for Skål as the Washington DC club will host the event next year when IPW convenes in Washington.
Skål Members Participate in Vacation.com Conference Travel Forum
A group of Skålleagues represented their companies at the recent Vacation.com conference’s travel forum. The subject of the forum was holding weddings at destinations.
SI Baltimore to Host 58th Anniversary Celebration Crab Feast and Fundraiser August 17th, Donations Requested
SI Baltimore will host their 58th Anniversary Celebration Annual Crab Feast & Fundraiser on Wednesday, August 17th. The event will begin with a reception and Chinese Auction at 6pm at:
2070 Kurtz Avenue
Pasadena, MD 21122
The price is $59.00 for members and guests if paid in advance, and $65.00 for members and guests that pay at the door. Email RSVPs should be sent prior to Friday, August 12th to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hotel accommodations are available at:
Best Western Plus BWI Airport
6755 Dorsey Rd
Elkridge, MD 21075
Hotel contact: 410-796-3300
Ask for the Skål Club special rate of $79.00 + tax per night
Donations for the Chinese Auction are welcome. Please advise Lou Zagarino at email@example.com of the item and value that you will bring.
SI Boston Holds June Meeting at Fenway Park
SI Boston held its June meeting at Fenway Park, the historic home of the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, June 16. Food was prepared from the Fenway Farm located on the roof of this historic landmark. The luncheon featured food stations with Boston Clam Chowder, lobster rolls, a suckling pig with a baseball in its mouth rather than an apple, and a “Fenway Frank” station. The first annual Bruce Leaver scholarship, in honor of SI Boston Past President Bruce Leaver who died two years ago of brain cancer, was awarded, and over $4,000 was raised for Boston’s scholarship fund with a live auction. The big screen next to the famous “Green Monster” has a sign welcoming SI Boston. A great time was had by all!
SI Philadelphia Hosts President of SI Frankfurt at May Club Meeting
SI Philadelphia had an enjoyable visit from the President of SI Frankfurt Heribert Becker, who was with a delegation from Frankfurt visiting their sister city Philadelphia. The Philadelphia and Frankfurt Skål clubs were also twinned in 2009. Heribert joined SI Philadelphia for dinner on May 24th and did a wonderful presentation updating the club on the happenings of SI Frankfurt.
Jim Dwyer, Region I Vice President and Gayle Walsh of SI Northern New Jersey were also in attendance. Gayle and Heribert exchanged Skål flags, and Deborah and Heribert exchanged Philadelphia & Frankfurt flags.
On May 25th, Heribert attended the dedication ceremony of Philadelphia as a World Heritage City at the Philadelphia City Hall. Greg DeShields presented the SI Philadelphia flag to Mayor Kennedy, and Heribert presented him with the SI Frankfurt flag.
SI Washington Introduces Skål Scholars Mentorship Program and Sponsorship Program
SI Washington is delighted to announce that they are launching a pilot mentorship program this summer for students studying hospitality management at local colleges. The Young Skål Committee is seeking three Skålleagues to act as mentors and eight Skålleagues to volunteer a half day of their time to meet with and introduce their particular business to the students. The eight businesses (industry hosts) ideally will be as different as possible, within the range of businesses that we have within the club: travel agency, hotel, tour operator, catering company, tourist attraction, meeting planner, ground handler, etc.
The program is planned for a week in late August, during which the students will visit the eight businesses, meet with their mentors, and write a paper on the different aspects of hospitality that they’ve seen during the week.
The committee is made up of Niamh Tallon, Dupont Circle Hotel (Young Skål), Stuart Levy, George Washington University, Chris Seek, Solimar International and Bill Croke, Helvick Hospitality.
This is your chance to pay it forward and share your knowledge with the next generation of our industry. Please consider joining us as a mentor or as an industry host. To do so, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Skål Club of Washington, DC in the nation’s capital is one of the leading clubs in the USA. Our monthly meetings bring together the leaders in the tourism industry from Washington, DC, northern Virginia, and Maryland to network and create lasting friendships. These events would not be possible without the support from our member hosts who provide deep discounts for our monthly meals and meetings. For this reason, the Skål Club of Washington DC is introducing a new annual sponsorship program designed to recognize these contributions made by our members.
Starting in May 2016, The Skål Club of Washington DC Sponsorship Program will recognize sponsors who host our meetings and those that contribute $250 to become an annual sponsor of the club. This financial contribution assists the club in organizing activities and supporting important charities and internship programs in the region.
Sponsors will receive the following benefits from May 2016 – April 2017:
- Logo included on the homepage and annual sponsor page of the http://skaldc.org/ website with a link direct to sponsors’ business
- A mention in the signature line as a sponsor in all monthly email communications to members about upcoming events
- Logo included in Skål DC Chapter Newsletter
- Logo included on a sign at event registration/name tag table
- Mention at the annual holiday event
- Presentation to members at one of the Skål DC Monthly events.
If you are interested in hosting a Skål meeting or would like to become an annual sponsor for $250 (price is above the cost of your annual membership), please sign up here: http://www.skaldc.org/Annual-Sponsors
Skål DC is the only Skål club in the world with two Ambassadors as members.
SI Washington Welcomes SI Budapest Members to DC
The two clubs met at the Hungarian Ambassador’s residence in DC and exchanged a flag with the President of Skål Budapest.
SI Pittsburgh Awards $10,000 in Scholarships
On April 19, SI Pittsburgh held their annual Scholarship Awards Dinner and proudly awarded five $2,000 scholarships. Since inception, the club has awarded over $60,000 to students who best demonstrate the desire and potential to achieve a management level position in the tourism/hospitality field through their overall effort and performance, and general spirit of hospitality and goodwill towards others. SI Pittsburgh automatically enrolls recipients Young Skål for one year.
Every July, SI Pittsburgh holds the Joe Kane Memorial Golf outing to raise scholarship money for hospitality and tourism students in various universities and technical Institutes in the Pittsburgh area. Furthermore, every year the club receives a $1,000 donation from Skålleague Eddie Grimes, a graduate of West Liberty University.
Professor and Skålleague James Dombrosky hosts the scholarship event. Jim reaches out to universities and technical institutes assisting in the process of finding these individuals.
A new facebook page has been created to highlight upcoming meetings in the region and share additional pictures from meetings and events!
SI San Francisco Unveils New Website and Facebook Page
Keep up with the latest news, events, dinners, and meetings by using the following resources:
SI San Francisco’s new website:
SI San Francisco’s new Facebook page:
SI San Francisco Holds June Meeting in Palo Alto
A new facebook page has been created to highlight upcoming meetings in the region and share additional pictures from meetings and events!
SI Ft. Lauderdale & Palm Beaches Hosts Installation of Officers Dinner
SI Ft. Lauderdale & Palm Beaches held its annual Installation of Officers Dinner in April at the Via Mizner Country Club in Boca Raton. We were privileged to have Skål USA Vice President of Administration Holly Powers join us for this special occasion. During the evening we presented the Venue of the Year award to The Chesterfield Hotel on Palm Beach, with the hotel’s Director of Sales and Skål member Cecilia Hudnet accepting the honor.
Holly Powers assisted in the installation ceremony with the induction of the new officers, board members and incoming President Ian Black. Our outgoing President Becky Reincke was not able to be present as she was still recovering from a serious car accident in New York City. Becky was able to join us at our May dinner meeting where she received her much deserved Past President’s Medallion and Plaque.
We have added five new members so far this year and are looking forward to our great upcoming summer events.
SI Jacksonville Hosts Membership Drive
On May 19, 2016, SI Jacksonville hosted a very successful membership drive in the Trophy Room of the World Golf Hall of Fame. 28 people were in attendance including 13 potential new members. The club started the year with 28 members, and set the goal of having 50 by the year’s end.
SI Jacksonville Holds April Dinner at Villa Zorayda Museum in Downtown St. Augustine
SI Miami to Host Summer Retreat August 12-14 at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo
The SI Miami club would like to extend an invitation to all Skålleagues to join them for a fabulous weekend at the exclusive Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, FL from August 12-14, 2016. The SI Miami Summer Retreat is always a great time to bring friends and family to enjoy their club and experience a world-class resort.
The Ocean Reef Club is an exclusive private club located on the northern tip of the Florida Keys, a one-hour drive from Miami. Amenities include 36 holes of championship golf, 12 restaurants and lounges, a full-service salon and spa, tennis courts, a private executive airstrip, a private beach, and a 175 slip marina offering fishing charters, scuba, and snorkeling to the only living coral reef in North America.
Room Rate: $159 per night (+12.5% Room Tax)
* Resort fee of $23.11 per stay and $15 per day service fee
Two nights room including taxes and resort fees: $410.85
* Includes Wi-Fi, fitness center, valet and self-parking, 24-hour shuttle, daily newspaper, in-room coffee & bottled water, beach chairs & umbrellas.
Registration fee & Inclusions: Members & Guests: $150 per adult/$30 per child
Registration fee includes: Hospitality Villa for weekend with open bar & silent auction
Friday: Welcome Cocktail Reception
Saturday: Continental Breakfast, Cocktail Reception
Visit www.skalclubmiami.com for more information. Registration fees will be paid in advance directly to SI Miami.
For questions, please contact David Ross, Executive Secretary Treasurer of SI Miami.
Phone: (305) 975-4579
SI Tucson Holds 50th Anniversary Black Tie Celebration, Honors Schuyler Lininger
On May 7, SI Tucson held a gala at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa to celebrate their 50th Anniversary and to honor founder Schuyler Lininger. The Pima County Board of Supervisors officially proclaimed May 7, 2016 to be “Schuyler Lininger Day”.
To place a jewelry order using a credit card, fill out and submit the order form on the Skål USA Shop web page (https://skalusa.org/skalskal-usa-shop/). There will be a link at the bottom of the order confirmation page to pay by credit card rather than receive an invoice. Please click this link and fill out the form, selecting the “Other” box and entering “Skål USA Store” into the text box. You will only be charged once for your order. If you choose to pay by credit card, you will not receive an invoice.
Skål USA Shirts
Skål USA shirts with the official Skål logo are available from Land’s End. To place an order, visit the Skål USA Shop at https://skalusa.org/skalskal-usa-shop/ and click the “Shirts” tab. On this page you will find a link with step-by-step ordering instructions as well as the link that will take you to the Land’s End site to make a purchase. If you have problems ordering, please contact Matt Manousoff, Skål USA Administrator at 202-218-7246 or SIUSA@buses.org.