Skal Boston held their annual Holiday Party and fundraiser again this year at the Colonnade Hotel on Thursday December 17. David Colella, Hotel Managing Director and annual event Chairman once again “hit it out of the park”. This years charity was the Fisher House, a home for the families of wounded soldiers to stay while their honored hero gets treatment at our Boston Veterans Hospital. Over 289 members and guests attended this fantastic event and helped to raise thousands of dollars for the Fisher House. Everyone enjoyed the cocktail reception and luncheon but most of all the entertaining video produced by David and his creative team. Frank and Ellie Klare, Skal International Sr Auditor and Jim and Roberta Dwyer, SIUSA Region 1 newly elected VP attended. David Colella gave the Skal Toast. The silent and live auction items were amazing as were the many raffle items. Merry Christmas everyone.
Election for National Skal office were held between November 1 – 30 and 51 of 52 clubs, allowing for 58 total votes, cast their votes for candidates for Skal USA (SIUSA) office.
Our own Holly Powers was elected as Vice President Administration. With a potential of 58 votes cast, Holly received 46 votes and her opponent 11 with and one abstention. Skal Boston has never had a member become a member of the SIUSA Executive Committee.
The election results are as follows and this new slate of officers will assume their positions on Thursday, January 7 at the SIUSA Winter Board Meeting in Louisville, KY.
President John Mavros, SI Orange County
Vice President Administration Holly Powers, SI Boston
Vice President Finance Alton Hagen, SIl Kansas City
Skal International Councillor Cyndi Golden, SI Ft Worth
Vice President Region I Jim Dwyer, SI Northern NJ
Vice President Region III Dave Ryan, SI Sacramento
Vice President Region V Klaus Billep, SI Los Angeles
Auditor Anita Peck, SI Albany
Remaining on the Board
Vice President Region IV Burcin Turkkan, SI Atlanta
Vice President Region II Tim Hemphill, SI New Orleans
Sr. Auditor Arthur Allis, SI Tucson
Congratulations to our SIUSA Executive Committee and Board
Boston’s fantastic Top of the Hub restaurant was the location of our November meeting on the 19th. The view from the 52nd floor of the Prudential Tower was amazing and was only topped by the wonderful cocktail party and luncheon hosted by this famous Boston restaurant.
Peter Popagelis, Top of the Hub General Manager welcomed our members and proposed the Skal Toast.
President Julie Pagano asked for a moment of silence to recognize those killed and injured in the terror attacks in Parish and she asked Serge Denis to give the Skal Toast in French. A message of condolence was sent to the President of Skal Paris, who warmly responded.
Raffle tickets were sold out and many guests enjoyed the wonderful prizes that were drawn and Past President, Bob Lawler, our resident auctioneer, auction off a wonderful travel package.
Holiday Party Chairman extraordinaire and event host, David Colella announced a few of the package that would be raffled at our Holiday fundraiser. This years charity will be the Fisher House, which accommodates families of wounded soldiers. He instructed members not to dis guard their losing raffle ticket but keep them and bring them to the Holiday Luncheon as the first prize to be raffled will be from the losing November tickets. Let is see how many members were listening!
A great time was had by all! See you in December!
Skal International held their World Congress in Torremolinos, Spain October 28 – November 1. Holly Powers, Skal Boston SIUSA Representative represented Skal Boston. This event ended our Club of the Year status and Holly help present the award to Hobart, New Zealand, this years recipient. Orange Coast, Australia came in second and Ft Lauderdale/Palm Beaches and Tuscon were tied for third place. Congratulation to all the finalists. Skal Boston was given a commemorative plaque of our having won this prestigious award last year.
Delegates from all over the United States and the World participated. The newly elected international officers were elected and the are:
- Nigel Pilkington, President from New Zealand
- David Fisher, Vice President from Kenya
- Susanna Saari, Vice President from Turkey
- Rafael Millan Perex, Director from Mexico
- Lavonne Wittman, Director from South Africa
- Jason Samuel, Director from South Africa
- Frank Klare, Sr. Auditor from Philadelphia, PA, USA
Skal Boston is revered by the clubs of the world as a model Skal organization.
Tom Kershaw, owner and Skal Boston member hosted our members to a wonderful luncheon in this historic facility on Beacon Street across from the Boston Public Gardens. Tom gave the Skal Toast and welcomed members and guests to this famous landmark. The luncheon was delicious. Club members greeted the chef and staff with a hardy round of applause.
Many members enjoyed an after drink at Cheers!
On a warm September night, Skal International Boston held an evening meeting at the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. Members got to participate in a reenactment of the historic meeting at Boston’s Old North Church that lead up to the start of the Revolutionary War. They were introduced to the patriots who were ready to lose everything for freedom. Members also had a chance toss tea into Boston Harbor and then view one of the two remaining tea boxes that survived the incident.
Shawn Ford, Boston Skal member, Past President and current Vice President of the Tea Party Museum hosted the evening and gave the Skal Toast. After visiting the museum and replicas of the Beaver and Eleanor ships the members were hosted to a wonderful reception in the Abigail Adams Tea Room.
A treat time was had by all!
August 20th was a warm sunny day in Boston and what better location to have our August meeting than at the fantastic Four Seasons Hotel overlooking the Boston Public Gardens.
President Julie welcomed members and guests and introduced our host for the event, Bill Taylor.
General Manager, Bill Taylor gave the Skal Toast. He and his staff prepared a cocktail reception and delicious lunch for everyone to enjoy.
Past President and Scholarship Chairman, Chris Pappas presented this years Keith Staples Scholarship recipient, Samantha Lee with a $2,500 scholarship. Samantha is an outstanding student and Skal Boston was thrilled to award her the scholarship. She expressed her gratitude at being selected for this scholarship and said her hoped to become a Skal member in the future.
John Yonce, Business Development Manager of Tourism Cares was pinned as a new member by Holly Powers.
Monthly raffle tickets were sold out with receipts earning over $1,000.
Thank you to Masterpiece Video for once again taking photos and a video of the event.
On Thursday, July 18, Skal Boston has a clambake luncheon under the tent at the New England Aquarium on Central Wharf. Debra Borgwardt, Director of Sales welcomed our members and presented the Skal Toast.
The afternoon started with an outside cocktail reception with open bar and passed hors d’oeu’vres. The location offered our members and guests a wonderful view of the harbor on a beautiful summer day with many boats going by.
Lunch was a traditional New England Clambake with all the fixings. A raffle and live auction completed the casual afternoon.
A great time was had by all!
June 18 was a warm sunny day and perfect for an outing to beautiful and historic Newport, RI. The venue for Skal Boston’s June meeting was the magnificent “Marble House” operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County.
Marble House was built between 1888 – 1892 for Mr & Mrs William K Vanderbilt. It was a summer house or “cottage” as Newporters called them. It is a social and architectural landmark. The house in 1892 cost $11 million dollars with $7 million spend on 500,000 cubic feet of marble. On construction of the house Mr Vanderbilt gave the house to his wife as a 39th birthday present. In 2006 Marble House was designated as a National Historic Landmark.
President Julie welcomed many members and guests from the Newport area along with our members who traveled to Newport for the day. Lunch was served on the terrace overlooking the lawn and ocean. A great time was had by all.
Wally the Green Monster welcomed Skal Boston members and guests to historic landmark, Fenway Park on Thursday, May 16. The cocktail reception was held above 1st base and the large screen welcomed Skal Boston to the park.
The luncheon featured vegetables grown in the roof garden at Fenway.
Carrie Campbell, Skal Boston Secretary and VP of Sales of Boston Red Sox Fenway Enterprises, gave the Skal Toast and welcomed everyone to the Park.
President Julie Doherty Pagano introduced 14 past presidents. Karen Leaver, wife of Past President, Bruce Leaver helped unveil a portrait of Bruce that will be used as we raise additional funds for the Bruce Leave Scholarship Fund that was established last June and already has over $50,000 in the account. Bruce passed away May 5, 2014 and was a beloved Past President.
Was Bruce sending us a message from heaven?? When Bruce was club President he was responsible for the Clubs Treasure Chest which was a time capsule. When Bruce left his position as General Manager of the Adams Inn about 8 years ago, the chest could not be found. Bruce was devastated. The club started another chest this past January to keep our Club of the Year video, photos and other mementos for the club. As we sat down for this lunch we saw two men coming around the corner with a large wooden treasure chest. President Julie looked in shock as she thought the chest was stored at the Hyatt where we left it in January. She worried about how she would get it out of Fenway Park and home. Surprise, Surprise, it was not the new chest started in January but the original chest fount at the Adams Inn from years ago. The son of Bruce’s former partner found the chest when the hotel was cleaning out a storage room and that very morning looked at the Skal Webside and found the May meeting was going on that day. He decided to deliver it. Bruce’s wife Karen had no idea it had been found and the delivery men had no idea we were going to honor Bruce that very day! We think Bruce was watching from heaven and having a great laugh.