Early arrivals were treated to a dinner at “Cheers” hosted by owner and Skal Boston member, Tom Kershaw. Most attendees arrived in Boston in time to participate in Skal Bostons January luncheon and installation of officers. The opening event was hosted by The Lenox Hotel and their General Manager, Dan Donahue, Skal Boston incoming Vice President. The Winter Board meeting took place at the Hyatt and went from 9AM to 5:45PM on Saturday. Outgoing President opened the meeting via conference call as he was unable to attend. He turned the reigns of office over to Martha McClintock. Observers attended from Albany, NY, Atlanta, Ga., Washington DC, Sacramento, CA, New York and Boston. The closing dinner was held at “The Top of the Hub” Restaurant hosted by Raphael Oliver, a Skal Boston Member. The cocktail party was followed by a 5 course dinner with wine. Bouquets of flowers were given to everyone on departure.
“Thank you SI Boston for all your hospitality and for putting together an amazing event” Paul Dhadda, SI Sacramento
“Outstanding Event. Boston exceeded everyone’s expectations for the evening functions, and SI Boston was even able to work out the weather so everyone could arrive in Boston and leave on Sunday.” Dick Knorpp SI Washington DC
“Holly, thank you and the Boston club for a sterling experience. Spending quality time with you and our colleagues was the highlight of the visit.” John Ruzich, Skal New York
“What an amazing weekend in Boston – thank you and everyone from Skal Boston for hosting us. It was truly a memorable experience and one I won’t soon forget.” Dave Ryan, Skal Sacramento
On Friday, January 23, 2015, Skal Boston celebrated its 76th Anniversary and installation of officers at the Hyatt Regency Downtown. Over 130 members and guests attended including members of SIUSA and Skal members from around the country. The celebration honored Philip Stamm, outgoing President and his tremendously successful year. Former President Bob Lawler served as Master of Ceremonies. Lou Conkling, Skal International Director, Martha McClintock, SIUSA incoming President along with Julie Doherty Pagano and Phil Stamm gave the Skal Toast. Lou Conkling officiated over the pinning of incoming officers.
Phil Stamm asked for a moment of silence for club members who have passed away this past year; Liem Sexton, R. Toby Dillas and Bruce Leaver.
Phil recapped the years accomplishments with Boston being selected as Skal International Club of the Year as well as the establishment and funding of the Bruce Leaver Scholarship. He presented Presidential Awards to Terrilynn Haak for her tireless work running the monthly raffle for years and David Colella for hosting the Holiday party, raffle and auction each year. A special medal was presented to Holly Powers for her work for Club of the Year and the SIUSA Winter Board Meeting.
Julie Doherty Pagano was chained by Phil and Lou Conkling as incoming President. She outlined the upcoming year and pledged she would work hard to grow the club.
The Hyatt Regency staff did a tremendous job. The cocktail hour featured special food stations and open bar. There was a photo booth where people could have a photo of themselves with the Boston Skyline int the background. After a fantastic lunch, guest enjoyed a desert room where drinks and coffee were served and cigars were rolled and enjoyed on the patio around a chestnut firm.
A great time was had by all.
On Thursday, December 18, 2014, Skal International Boston Hosted its annual Holiday Party and Fundraiser. This years recipient is the Charlie Davidson Leukemia Fund at Massachusetts General Hospital Children’s Center. As in past years our event was sold out with over 250 members and guests attending. Silent auction items were plentiful, as were raffle prizes and the live auction items were tremendous. One 6 night trip to Ireland raised over $9,000. Over $40,000 was raised for the charity. Members of Charlie Davidson’s family and the head of the Children’s Center at Mass General Hospital participated and a great time was had by all.
We thank our members and their guests for being generous and helping to make this event such a great success. A special thank you must go out to Skal Member, David Colella, Managing Director of the Colonnade Hotel and his staff for hosting this annual event. We could not do it without them.
President Phil Stamm announced the formation of the Bruce Leaver Scholarship at our June meeting to honor our beloved Past President, who died this past May. Our goal was to raise $50,000 before our November meeting to fund a $3,000 per year scholarship for the next 20 years. The scholarship will go to a candidate studying Hospitality and Tourism at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Monthly raffle funds along with a few live auctions started the ball rolling. We reached out to our membership and donations big and small came in.
Bruce’s wife Karen was our honored guest at our November 20 meeting. She was overwhelmed and grateful for the kindness and support of our club members during Bruce’s illness and passing. She said that her family was thrilled that a scholarship was started in Bruce’s honor.
On Thursday, November 20, 2014 over 130 members and guest enjoyed a wonderful cocktail reception and luncheon to honor 14 Past Presidents. The event was a great success and it was wonderful to visit with so many of our Past Presidents. A moment of silence was held for two of our beloved Past Presidents who we lost this past year; Bruce Leaver and Toby Dillas. Skal Boston Secretary, Dan Donahue and his staff put on an event that will long be remembered. Karen Leaver, wife of Bruce Leaver was our special guest.
Skal International Boston voted Skal International Club of the Year at World Congress in Mexico City
November 3, 2014 (Boston, MA): On October 25, 2014 Skal International President Karine Coulanges named Skal International Boston the Skal Club of the Year. This announcement was made during the 75th Skal World Congress, which was held in Mexico City from October 25 – 30, 2014.
Skal International is a professional organization of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism,. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Skal International today has approximately 22,000 members in 500 Clubs throughout 87 nations.
All Skal Clubs worldwide who meet six requirements are invited to participate in the race to be named Skal Club of the Year. Skal Boston completed against six other clubs in the United States; Arkansas, Atlanta, Fort Worth, Raleigh-Durham, Tucson and Washington DC, as well as three clubs outside of the country in Canada, Turkey and Africa. Clubs were asked to produce a short video presentation outlining why they feel they deserve to be named “Skal Club of the Year”.
The Boston Skal Club showcased that the direction of the Club has been to bring the Skal International vision and mission to the travel and tourism industries in Greater Boston and throughout New England over the past 75 years.
Skal International President, Karine Coulange, was excited to honor Skal Boston with Club of the Year. “The Boston organization has done great work over the years. their involvement, passion, charitable giving and fundraising are just a few items that make their organization the best qualified for this award. Their growing membership is impressive as well.
The Skal International Boston Club is 75 years old, was the second club named in the United States and has the largest, most active membership in North American with 193 members throughout New England. The club raises money for two scholarships and other charitable organizations and has raised over $500,000 for local charities since 1998.
The Michael O’Flynn Perpetual Trophy as well as Double Congress registrations for the 2015 Skal World Congress in Kenya were presented to Boston delegates, President, Phil Stamm, Executive Secretary/Treasurer, Holly Powers and Past President Mario Hache.
Phil Stamm, President of Skal International Boston stated, “I could not be prouder of the work our organization does year after year. Skal International Boston is comprised of wonderful, passionate professionals who take pride in the Travel and Tourism Industry as well as this organization. On behalf of the membership we are honored to be recognized as the Skal Club of the Year and are looking forward to many great years ahead.
Skal International Boston is saddened by the news of the passing of Mayor Thomas M Menino! As we all know, Mayor Menino made a meaningful difference in the life of our city and our people. We will be forever appreciative of his courage and vision and for moving the City of Boston forward.
As the Menino family requested, and on behalf of the Skal International Boston Membership, our club had made a donation to the “One Fund” in the amount of $250.00 in addition to a heartfelt card to the family.
Skal International Boston were hosted by John Speers, General Manager of the Chatham Bars Inn on beautiful Cape Cod, Massachusetts on Thursday, October 16, 2014.
Members enjoyed this wonderful ocean side venue. The meal featured vegetables grown at the Inn’s own farm. Table decorations were vegetables and bags were provided after the meeting for members to take home the wonderful fresh produce.
John Speers gave the Skal Toast.
Raffle items were sold and proceeds were give to the Bruce Leaver Fund.
A wonderful time was had by all.
Skal International Boston has been selected to host the SIUSA Winter Board Meeting.
The Hyatt Regency Boston will be the host hotel and the event will coincide with the Skal Boston Presidents Luncheon and turnover ceremony.
SIUSA and Skal Boston would like to invite Skal members from around the United States to participate as observers. A great package has been put together that will include two nights in a deluxe room at the 5 star Hyatt Regency Boston. This wonderful hotel is in the heart of downtown Boston and has an indoor walkway to Macy’s Department Store. Details below
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As you are aware, Skal International Boston has created the Bruce Leaver Scholarship Fund to honor our dear departed friend and Past President, Bruce Leaver. The scholarship will be awarded yearly to a deserving student who will pursue a degree in Hospitality and Tourism at the Isenburg School of Business at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Bruce was also a member of Skal International Baltimore.
Our scholarship drive began during our June meeting at world famous Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, where we raised $7740 dollars toward our goal of $50,000, which will fund this scholarship for at least 20 years. We hope to reach our goal by our November meeting were Karen Leaver and her family will be honored during our Past Presidents Luncheon at the Lenox Hotel.
We have commitments from the Saunders Hospitality Group, The Druker Company, and the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau at the Platinum Level. We have commitments at all levels from our Skal Members….Sheraton Boston Hotel, Loews Hotel, Hotel Commonwealth, Fairmont Copley Plaza, Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, Back Bay Hilton, Hyatt Regency Boston, Mass Restaurant Association, Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, Boston Duck Tours, Top of the Hub Restaurant, Conventures and many more. We have many, many individual contributions, too many to list now, but we very much look forward to acknowledging all.
We are well on our way to achieve our goal of $50,000.
If you would like to honor Bruce’s memory and help us reach our goal, please click the link below and make your donation.