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.
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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