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.
Please click on the above links to read information you will need to apply for the 2014 Keith Staples Scholarship. Also attached is the application. This scholarship is a wonderful opportunity for a student studying Hospitality and Tourism.
I am very sorry and saddened to inform you of the passing of our dear Skalleague and friend, Liam Sexton this past Tuesday, February 18th, 2014. Liam was a past President of the Boston Skal Club and served for many years as our SIUSA Rep and EST. Liam also served as SIUSA Region 1 VP.
Liam was the beloved husband of the late Frances M. (Gracella) Sexton. Survived by many nieces and nephews in Ireland and in the United States. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Elizabeth Church, Reedsdale Rd. at Randolph Ave, Milton, MA, Monday, February 24 at 10:00AM. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave., East Milton, MA, Sunday 4 – 7PM.
Liam is the late owner of Milton Travel. In lieu of flowers contributions in Liam’s name may be made to The Keith Staples Fund. SKAL International Boston, c/o Dana Vannesse, 36 Brae Burn Lane, Ashland, MA 01721.
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On Thursday, January 16, 2014, Skal International Boston celebrated its 75th Anniversary and Installation of Officers. The Boston club may be the second oldest Skal Club in North American (New York is 3 months older) but we are the largest and most active.
We were excited to host Lou Conkling, Director of Skal International, Frank Klare, Skal International Auditor, Martha McClintock, SIUSA Vice President and Ed Davis, SIUSA Region 1 Vice President. International President, Karine Coulanges send a letter of congratulations which was read by Lou Conkling.
The event, hosted by the Hyatt Regency Downtown, had a Cuban Style in theme, decor, food and music. Highlights of the event included a cigar rolling station, a Mariachi Band and a fantastic photo booth which showcased our members next to a 57 Cadillac driven by the outgoing President, Mario Hache. After the luncheon our members and guests enjoyed a desert room and warmed themselves on the patio by a fire pit and helped themselves to Chestnuts that were roasted on an open fire.
Mario Hache addressed the audience and thanked everyone for helping to make his Presidency one he will long remember. He presented Bob Lawler, his Past Presidents Chain and presented Holly Powers with the Presidents Award. Mario was presented a set of sterling cuff links from his board.
Lou Conkling pinned the incoming officers and board and with the assistance of Holly Powers and Bob Lawler transferred the chain of office from Mario Hache to Phil Staff.
Phil Stamm addressed the audience and outlined his goals for 2014, stating that making Boston the International Club of the Year was his first goal. He also announced the location and dates of the upcoming meeting locations.
A great time was had by all and it was a wonderful start to our new year and our next 75 years.
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Skal International Boston will celebrate their 75th Anniversary and Installation of Officers on Thursday, January 16, 2014.
This is going to be the party of the year so don’t miss out.
Skal International Boston hosted its annual Holiday Party on December 19, 2013 at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston. David Colella, VP and Managing Director of the hotel once again secured a tremendous list of auction items. The club raised thousands of dollars for Boston’s “Women’s Lunch Place”. This organization runs a day shelter for the homeless and poor. They were thrilled to be recognized as our charity for this years party. The Colonnade Hotel served a wonderful lunch to our 267 guests. David was MC for the event and hosted a hysterical year in review! A great time was had by our members and guests.
Skal International Boston held is annual Membership Development Seminar on Thursday, November 21 following the Past Presidents Luncheon. Invitations were sent to prospective new members including hotel general managers, airline representative, tour operates and Council Generals from countries with offices in the greater Boston area. The SKAL International DVD was shown and club literature was provided to potential members. Twelve prospective new members attended and took membership applications. Sixteen other prospective members were unable to attend but expressed interest in joining. As in the past, Board members will follow up with these prospective candidates to urge them to join our club and invite prospective members to future meetings.