Although Boston still has a great deal of snow on the ground, spring is just around the corner and Paul Tormey and his wonderful staff at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel treated 81 Skal Boston members to an early “Walk in the Park” at the March 19 meeting.

The meeting features the hotel ballroom decorated with magnificent spring flowers and even a grass table runner.  Models wearing spring fashions walked the room while bunnies, baby chicks, ducks and baby swans where in a petting area.

Paul Tormey gave the Skal toast.  The monthly raffle raised over $900.00.

President Julie Doherty Pagano announced that some of our members will receive   honors from the American Lodging Association on April 14.  These awards are very prestigious and we are thrilled for our fellow club members.  Details will be posted as soon as the awards are presented.

Boston Skal will next meet on April 16 at the Seaport Hotel and on May 21 we will honor our Past Presidents at historic Fenway Park.

President Julie Doherty Pagano starts Presidency with Luncheon at the Boston Harbor Hotel

More snow did not prevent the hardy Boston Skallegues from attending President Julie Doherty Pagano’s first meeting on February19 at the Boston Harbor Hotel.  Over 80 members trekked through the mountains of snow to attend the meeting.

Stephen Johnson, Skallegue and General Manager of the Boston Harbor Hotel was unable to attend but had Jennifer McMahon, Director of Sales & Marketing along with Rachel Stiglets, Director of Catering (wife of Skal member Brian Stiglets) and Chef Daniel Bruce welcome our members and participated in the Skal Toast.

The cocktail reception and luncheon was a tremendous treat.  The venue featured floor to ceiling windows overlooking frozen Boston Harbor and allowing everyone to see more snow falling.

President Julie presented the list of upcoming meeting venues and introduced SIUSA Rep, Holly Powers to report on the SIUSA Winter Board Meeting hosted January 23 – 25 by Skal Boston at the Hyatt Regency Boston.

Holly Powers presented David Colella the 2014 Presidents Award for his dedication to the Skal Boston club in hosting and organizing the annual Holiday Party raffle and auction and for working hard to establish the Bruce Leaver Scholarship.  The award was to be presented at the January Presidents and turnover luncheon by outgoing President Phil Stamm but by the time the presentation was to be made Phil realized that David had left the event.

Burt James was pinned by Board Member, Paul Sacco as a returning Skal Member.  We are happy to have him back in the club.

Beth Stehly organized the raffle and $950.00 was raised.  A special live auction featuring a night in the newly renovated Presidential Suite at the Lenox Hotel raised $1,250.00.

A great time was had by all and congratulations to President Julie Doherty Pagano for a wonderful first meeting.

See you in March at the Fairmont Copley Plaza  Hotel.