Annual Holiday Party and Fundraiser a Great Success

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.

Skal Boston Member elected as Skal USA Vice President Administration

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.

Executive Committee

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



Skal Boston salutes Skal Paris after the Terror Attacks

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!