start this communication with a heavy heart as I have heard some of you have
been furloughed until we can get ahead of this pandemic. I am truly sorry
because if there was a time when we need to gather and be among friends, this
would be that time.
must once again deliver unfortunate news. Honoring the Governor’s
decision to ban gatherings of more than 25 people, our April meeting at the
Hampshire House has been cancelled. I know you share my disappointment as
we were preparing to celebrate our Past Presidents. I want to thank both
Tom Kershaw and Michele Giacomozzi for understanding.
I will be in touch regarding the status of May’s meeting. In the meantime, if you have any questions, or want to talk, please reach out via email or phone.
remember to do all the things they are asking us to do so that we can try to
resume life as we knew it before the outbreak of Covid-19. Be well.
With the recent declaration of a state of
emergency by Governor Baker, and in the best interest of continued good health
and safety, I am cancelling the March Skål Boston Luncheon.
The luncheon was scheduled to be held at the Royal
Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge on Thursday, March 19, 2020. I would like to thank Eduardo Fernandez,
General Manager and Jim Anello, Director of Catering Sales for their support
and guidance over the past weeks.
For those of you who registered for the meeting,
the Club will issue a refund to your credit card. If you paid by check, we will confirm with
you directly on the best way to return your check.
Our April meeting is scheduled at the Hampshire
House on Thursday, April 16, 2020. It
is our Past President’s luncheon. I hope
to see you there.
For additional updates, please check our website, www.skalboston.org
or our social media outlets. Should you
have additional questions, please reach out to me.
It is a pleasure to be the 2020 Boston Skål Club President
this year, and an honor and a privilege to lead one of the largest clubs in
It is my goal to keep you keep you informed of initiatives
within Skål International, grow our club’s membership and continue with our
Listed below is the 2020 Skål Boston Board and their email addresses. Please contact any of us should you have any questions:
Skål International launched a new website in late
January. As with any new websites, there
are some areas where the information didn’t “roll” over.
They have asked all Club Presidents to ask their members to
log into the site and make sure your passwords and individual profiles are
correct. If you have been a member of Skål
prior to 2000, your profile needs updated.
This can be accomplished by going to:
Skål member Alyssa Dion Rodning oversees social media. Please share any pictures or newsworthy
articles with her at Alyssa.firstname.lastname@example.org
Boston Skål Club2020 2021 Meeting Locations
I am pleased to announce the locations for our monthly meetings which are third Thursday of each month. Please click here to go to the schedule. September is still open should any of you wish to host us.
The Past President’s luncheon will be held on Thursday,
April 16, 2020 at the Hampshire House.
This is a very special luncheon where we celebrate all those individuals
who have served as our Club President.
Past President’s remember to wear your special chain!
Skål Boston has been working hard the
past few years to raise funds through auctions and raffles for the Skål
Philanthropic Fund and to support the Boston Skål Clubs efforts to remain
active and vibrant within the Skål community.
A huge thank you to all of you have contributed. Once again, on behalf of the Club, I am
asking for your assistance.
The Skål Philanthropic Fund supports two club scholarships as well as
other philanthropic efforts (The Florimond Vlockart Fund, support other clubs
and cities when natural disasters strike, etc.)
The two Scholarship Initiatives include:
The Bruce Leaver Hospitality Industry Scholarship: The Bruce Leaver Hospitality Industry Scholarship benefits winning applicants that are enrolled in the Hospitality Travel Management Program within the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Applications are submitted directly to the school and they make the selection of the most deserving candidate.
The Boston Skål Club/Keith Staples Scholarship: The Boston Skål Club/Keith Staples Scholarship encourages professional development within the travel and tourism industry by awarding academic scholarships to college students who are permanent residents of Massachusetts and are enrolled in the travel and tour industry majors at a two or four-year higher education accredited institution. Annually, one scholarship of $1500 is available through the Boston Skål Club/Keith Staples Scholarship Fund.
ANY DONATIONS SMALL OR LARGE WOULD GO A LONG WAY IN RAISING FUNDS FOR
ALL PURPOSES, SCHOLARHSIPS AND FUNDING FOR THE CLUB.
Some ideas of Donations/Raffles:
Gift showcasing your product or establishment
A gift certificate to your establishment
An overnight/weekend stay at your hotel.
Please send any donations to:
Efren Aponte, Director of Sales and Marketing
240 Tremont Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
Beth Stehley, Sales
Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau
2 Copley Place, Suite 105
Boston, MA 02116
In closing, I am looking forward to a fun and exciting year. Should you need to reach me, please contact me at the above email or on my cell phone at 617-680-5461.