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.
Skal Boston international held the August 21, 2014 meeting on the Bay State Cruises MV Provincetown II.
General Manager and Skal Boston Vice President Julie Doherty Pagano greeted everyone for a cocktail reception. Over 70 members and guests were in attendance. After the cocktail reception the MV Provincetown II set sail for a cruise around Boston Harbor and as stop at one of the Harbor Islands run by the National Park Service. Julie presented the ships staff and gave a brief history of the ship and the harbor. Julie also gave the Skal toast.
The Boston Board viewed our video submission for Skal Club of the Year prior to it being sent to Skal International in Spain. We will find out the winner in Mexico City during the Skal World Congress. We will show our membership the video at our September meeting which will be held at the Top of the Hub restaurant on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Tower.
Our raffle was another success and it was announced that since June we have raised $8,910 in raffle sales for the Bruce Leaver Scholarship.
A great time was had by all who attended.
The July 17, 2014 meeting was held at the Parkman House, official residence of the Mayor of Boston. This historic home is located on historic Beacon Hill a few door down from the Massachusetts State House.
Mayor Marty Walsh welcomed our members for this evening reception. Mayor Walsh spoke about the important role that Skal International Boston plays in the growth of tourism and hospitality for the city. He wished us well in our quest to become Skal International Club of the Year.
Our members enjoyed this elegant and historic home on a beautiful summer evening.
Skal International Boston welcomed 129 members and guests to the June meeting at the world famous Fenway Park, the home of the 2013 World Series winner, the Boston Red Sox. The Skal Boston logo was proudly displayed on the big screen in the outfield for everyone visiting the park to see. The team mascot “Wally the Green Monster” greeted members and guests. The World Series Trophy was on display and everyone got an opportunity to have their photo taken with the Trophy.
President Phil Stamm called the meeting to order and Carrie Campbell, Direct of Sales for the Boston Red Sox, and Skal Boston Treasurer, gave the Skal Toast.
15 new members have been approved and six were pinned at this meeting. Boston now has 187 members and continues to be the largest club in North America.
The Keith Staples Scholarship was awarded to two deserving students studying Hospitality and Tourism. Stephanie Colangelo, attends the Isenburg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. She is a Hospitality and Tourism Management student and will graduate in the class of 2015 and Linda Hoang who attends the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, who is working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in International Tourism Development & Planning. She is on the Deans list with High Honors. Each recipient received a $2,500 scholarship.
Phil Stamm announced the creation of the Bruce Leaver Scholarship, in honor of our Past President who sadly lost his battle to brain cancer this past May. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a student studying Hospitality and Tourism at the University of Massachusetts. 50% of our monthly raffle proceeds will go to help fund this scholarship. To launch the scholarship a special live auction package was presented that included a two night hotel stay at the Lenox Hotel with breakfast daily, Red Sox tickets, a dinner for two and a helicopter tour over Boston. The bidding reached $1,900 when the Saunders family said if the bidding reached $3,000 they would match it. The next bid was for $3,000. Because of this generosity the launch of the Bruce Leaver Scholarship started with over $7,000. This scholarship will be given along with the Keith Staples scholarship yearly.
Three generations of the Saunders family were recognized for their long service to the club. Roger Saunders is a Past President.
It was announced that Skal Boston made a donation to the Joe Neary Memorial Charity to benefit the Carmel Girls Home in Sri Lanka. This is a charity that was close to our departed member Liam Sexton.
We welcomed Stewart Rubin, Past President of the Montreal, Canada club who joined us with his son Zack. Stewart presented Phil with the Montreal club flag.
A great time was had by all.
Our July meeting will be held at the official residence of the Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh who will greet us at the Parkman House on July17, which will be an evening reception.
97 Members and guests enjoyed a wonderful cocktail reception and lunch at the famous Taj Hotel across from Boston’s Public Garden. Our host was Karambir Kang the hotel General Manager. He presented the Skal Toast. Five new members were pinned and four new applications were approved by the board and will be submitted to Spain for approval.
A moment of silent was held for our Past President and friend, Bruce Leaver, who lost a courageous battle to cancer. He will be missed. A moment of silent was also held for Raymond Friedrich, father of our Assistant Secretary/Treasurer, Ed Friedrich and for Raymond Martino, brother of member Peter Martino.
Next month our meeting with be held at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red.
President, Phil Stamm, Executive Secretary/Treasurer and SIUSA Rep, Holly Powers and SIUSA Rep, Mario Hache represented Skal Boston at the 2014 NAASC Congress in Halifax, NC, Canada
Congratulations to the Halifax Club for hosting a tremendous weekend.
The event was well attended by Skal members from the US, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Our team members were well received by the attendees and our club is considered a model club.
We even had an opportunity to watch two hockey playoff games with Canadian Skalleques. It worked out well that we each one a game. Of course we hope that our team goes all the way. We have invited some of our Canadian friends to visit Boston and enjoy one of our meetings.
Carlos Banks, SIUSA President awarded our Club this Presidential banner for our 75th Anniversary.
The 2015 NAASC Congress will be held in Riviera Maya, Mexico at the Occidental Hotel and 2016 will be in Boise, Idaho.