Skal International Boston held is annual Membership Development Seminar on Thursday, November 21 following the Past Presidents Luncheon. Invitations were sent to prospective new members including hotel general managers, airline representative, tour operates and Council Generals from countries with offices in the greater Boston area. The SKAL International DVD was shown and club literature was provided to potential members. Twelve prospective new members attended and took membership applications. Sixteen other prospective members were unable to attend but expressed interest in joining. As in the past, Board members will follow up with these prospective candidates to urge them to join our club and invite prospective members to future meetings.
On Thursday, November 21, 2013 Skal International Boston hosted 17 of the Clubs Past Presidents. The luncheon was held at the Park Plaza Hotel. 107 members attended this special event. Prospective new members were also invited. Following the luncheon a Membership Development Seminar and reception was help to introduce prospective new members to the benefits of joining Skal. Two new members were pinned: Griar Collela and Elizabeth Beutel.
A great time was had by all.
On October 21, 2013, Governor Duval Patrick presented the Massachusetts State Tourism Award to the Mass Lodging Association. The award was received by Paul Sacco the President of Mass Lodging Association. Paul is a member of SKAL International Boston. We congratulate Paul and Mass Lodging Association for receiving this great honor.
On Monday, September 30, SKAL Boston introduced its new SKAL logo during the Boston stop of the SKAL International World Congress.
The new logo was first seen by passengers disembarking the Carnival Glory in Boston. The logo adorned the welcome banner which was hung at the end of the gangway for everyone to see.
The logo features the image of the USS Constitution which is the oldest commissioned ship in the US Navy and permanently docked in Boston Harbor.
The USS Constitution is affectionately knows as “Old Ironsides”.
Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:30pm at the Hyatt Regency Boston is the date and place of our SKAL International Boston 75th Anniversary and installation of new Officers. Bring your family and friends to this unique celebration. Invitations will be sent out soon but we just wanted to give you a heads up to save the date.
SKAL Boston Board
SKAL International has introduced an exciting opportunity for SKAL members, their family and friends by to obtain discounted travel packages, cruises, hotel stays and more. You no longer have to be a travel agent with an IATA card to obtain discounted travel, all you need is to be a member in good standing with SKAL and have your current membership card handy.
SKAL has signed an agreement with TIS (Travel Industry Services) which is located in the United Kingdom to provide discounted travel for its members. TIS was originally established in 1991 and is dedicated to providing discounted holiday for people working in the travel industry. TIS has grown and has extensively expended their portfolio of products and destinations.
Sign up now and receive a weekly email showcasing the tremendous travel opportunities at incredible discounts. You will notice the prices are quoted in Euros but don’t worry, it is easy to convert the prices into US dollars. The current exchange rate is $1.34 per Euro so just multiply the price shown in Euros by 1.34 and you will have your price.
SKAL International has invested a great deal of money to roll out their new website and it is easy to use. Just go to skal.org. Click on Login and you will come to a page asking for the following:
- current membership number
- last name
- current password (the password is just your membership number again)
- click on send
After logging in you will be on the new homepage. Scroll down and in the bottom right corner you will see the word Benefits.
- Under Benefits, click on TIS and you will come to the travel deals page. You will be able to view first hand some of the fantastic travel deals.
- If you are pleased with what you find go back to the top of the TIS page and just under Login click on Register Here.
- Complete the form, select your personal password and you are ready to travel
You will receive a weekly update of fantastic travel offerings. Every week there are more hotels and tour companies becoming suppliers for this site.
The Flormond Volchaert Fund is the official charity of SKAL International. The fund was set up in 1954, in the name of the acknowledged founder of SKAL, to provide assistance to Skalleagues and their immediate families who are in serious need of assistance.
If a Skalleague is in need of help, contact yoiur Boston Club President. All requests for assistance are kept completely confidential. For more detailed information please go to skal.org. All you need is your membership number and last name to log on.
Once again this year, the Boston SKAL club will make a generous donation to this worthwhile fund.
Save the Date: On Thursday, January 16, 2014, Boston SKAL International will hold a fantastic party to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Club and also the installation of new officers. Once know as Presidents Night the event has been changed to an afternoon celebration so that more members and their special guests can enjoy the fun. The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Boston and will have a Cuban theme to honor our outgoing President, Mario Hache.
This special event will feature , an open bar, delicious lunch, music and many, many fantastic surprises. The price will be $75 per person and Phil Stamm, GM of they Hyatt will make overnight rooms available at a special rate.
Guests from SIUSA and other club are invited to join in the celebration and installation of officers.
Plan now to bring your family and friends to this event of the year! More information will be available soon.
The site of the SKAL International World Congress 2013 was the Carnival Glory Cruise Ship. The week long cruise sailed from New York City on Saturday, September 28. Mario Hache and Holly Powers participated as delegates from our Boston club. Bob Weiss and Joyce DiBona along with Cathy Doran and her delightful 93 year old mother, Marie, Ingrid Hache and Warren Powers completed the Boston group.
The first port of call was Boston. The delegates were greeted by a large Boston SKAL welcome banner, displaying our new Boston SKAL Logo for the first time, at the pier as they disembarked the ship. Our Boston club hosted a welcome ceremony at historic Faneuil Hall. Mario Hache introduced Pat Moscaritolo to give the official welcome. Mok Singh, SKAL International President was introduced and received an official proclamation from the city declaring Monday, September 30, 2013 SKAL International Day in Boston. The delegates enjoyed Boston by taking the Duck Tour, Old Town Trolley Tour and many walked the Freedom Trail. Boston was the highlight of the cruise.
A big thank you to Dennis Graham and his team for staffing the SKAL booth at Quincy, Market.
The cruise continued to Portland, Maine, St John, NB, Canada and Halifax, Canada.
The election of officers for 2014 SKAL International was complete and the new Board is represented by:
President Karine Coulanges – France
Vice-President V. Salih Cene – Turkey
Director David Fisher – Kenya
Director Lou Conkling – USA
Auditor Frank Clare – USA
This was the first time a SKAL World Congress was held on a cruise ship and everyone agreed it was a great success. The 2014 World Congress will be held in Mexico City, Mexico.
It has been a few months since my last post and I apologize for the absence. So much has occurred since August and I thought I’d take a few minutes to update you on some SKAL Boston and SKAL International News.
First I would like to thank Skalleagues, Jim Carmody, Marianna Accomando and David O’Shaughnessy for hosting the August luncheon at the beautiful Seaport Hotel. The “Red, Stripe, and Blue” menu was delicious and the conversation with the chef was very informative.
In September we we celebrated the opening of the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum with a private tour and a cocktail party in the Tea Room. This was another fantastic event and I’d like to thank and congratulate Shawn Ford and his team for hosting us and for the opening of such a beautiful and educational museum.
Finally, last month we returned to the wonderful Top of the Hub to share the best views of the city and an amazing lunch hosted by Raphael Oliver. We could not have asked for a more picturesque day and as always the staff was outstanding and the food was perfect. Thank you again!
2012 SKAL WORLD CONGRESS
In September I attended the the SKAL World Congress in Incheon and Seoul South Korea. It was such a great cultural experience and I was able to meet so many dedicated Skalleagues from all over the world. The highlight of the congress was the election of Mok Singh from SKAL Los Angeles as the new President of SKAL International. Mok is a great guy and I have faith that he will do a superior job represent SIUSA and leading SKAL International. CONGRATULATIONS MOK!
SKAL Boston was also honored as one of the few clubs that had membership growth of 15 members or 15%. I’d like to share a few pictures from the Korea trip and the World Congress.
IRELAND TRIP -
There is still time to book your Ireland Escape trip with SKAL International Boston. Your reservation needs to be in by December. for more information click on the attached flier
Past Presidents Lunch
The 2012 Past Presidents’s Lunch is being held at the Hyatt Regency Boston next week November 15th. Please join us as we celebrate those who have served as President of SKAL Boston. Registration online is open and can be accessed by following the link below. http://tinyurl.com/clvjury
2013 SKAL WORLD CONGRESS
As I have mentioned the 2013 SKAL World congress is being hosted By SI New York and it is being held aboard the Carnival Glory Cruise Ship. The Ship will depart NYC on September 28, 2013 and will travel up the East Coast stopping in Boston, Portland ME, St John, Halifax and back to NY. There are only 150 cabins remaining so if you plan to attend I suggest reserving your space as soon as possible.
Please keep the in your thoughts and prayers our fellow Skalleagues from NY, and NJ who have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy and Nor’Easter Athena. These are very trying times in the Northeast and along the Mid-Atlantic. If you are looking for a way to help please check out
Call 1-800 REDCROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
I hope to see you all next week,