February 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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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.


January 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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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.






December 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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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.




December 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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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.


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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.

Past Presidents Luncheon

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On Thursday, November 21, 2013 Skal International Boston  hosted 17 of the Clubs Past Presidents.  The luncheon was held at the Park Plaza Hotel.  107 members attended this special event.   Prospective new members were also invited.  Following the luncheon a Membership Development Seminar and reception was help to introduce prospective new members to the benefits of joining Skal.  Two new members were pinned: Griar Collela and Elizabeth Beutel.

A great time was had by all.

Massachusetts Tourism Award

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On October 21, 2013, Governor Duval Patrick presented the Massachusetts State Tourism Award to the Mass Lodging Association.  The award was received by Paul Sacco the President of Mass Lodging Association.  Paul is a member of SKAL International Boston.  We congratulate Paul and Mass Lodging Association for receiving this great honor.


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On Monday, September 30, SKAL Boston introduced its new SKAL logo during the Boston stop of the SKAL International World Congress.

The new logo was first seen by passengers disembarking the Carnival Glory in Boston.   The logo adorned the welcome banner which was hung at the end of the gangway for everyone to see.

The logo features the image of the USS Constitution which is the oldest commissioned ship in the US Navy and permanently docked in Boston Harbor.

The USS Constitution is affectionately knows as “Old Ironsides”.

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, January 16, 2014

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Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:30pm at the Hyatt Regency Boston is the date and place of our SKAL International Boston 75th Anniversary and installation of new Officers.  Bring your family and friends to this unique celebration.  Invitations will be sent out soon but we just wanted to give you a heads up to save the date.

SKAL Boston Board


October 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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SKAL International has introduced an exciting opportunity for SKAL members, their family and friends by to obtain discounted travel packages, cruises, hotel stays and more.  You no longer have to be a travel agent with an IATA card to obtain discounted travel, all you need is to be a member in good standing with SKAL and have your current membership card handy.

SKAL has signed an agreement with TIS (Travel Industry Services) which is located in the United Kingdom to provide discounted travel for its members.  TIS was originally established in 1991 and is dedicated to providing discounted holiday for people working in the travel industry.  TIS has  grown and has extensively expended their portfolio of products and destinations.

Sign up now and receive a weekly email showcasing the tremendous travel opportunities at incredible discounts.  You will notice the prices are quoted in Euros but don’t worry, it is easy to convert the prices into US dollars.  The current exchange rate is $1.34 per Euro so just multiply the price shown in Euros by 1.34 and you will have your price.

SKAL International has invested a great deal of money to roll out their new website and it is easy to use.  Just go to  Click on Login and you will come to a page asking for the following:

  • current membership number
  • last name
  • current password  (the password is just your membership number again)
  • click on send

After logging in you will be on the new homepage.  Scroll down and in the bottom right corner you will see the word Benefits.

  • Under Benefits, click on TIS and you will come to the travel deals page.  You will be able to view first hand some of the fantastic travel deals.
  • If you are pleased with what you find go back to the top of the TIS page and just under Login click on Register Here.
  • Complete the form, select your personal password and you are ready to travel

You will receive a weekly update of fantastic travel offerings.  Every week there are more hotels and tour companies becoming suppliers for this site.

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