June 18 was a warm sunny day and perfect for an outing to beautiful and historic Newport, RI. The venue for Skal Boston’s June meeting was the magnificent “Marble House” operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County.
Marble House was built between 1888 – 1892 for Mr & Mrs William K Vanderbilt. It was a summer house or “cottage” as Newporters called them. It is a social and architectural landmark. The house in 1892 cost $11 million dollars with $7 million spend on 500,000 cubic feet of marble. On construction of the house Mr Vanderbilt gave the house to his wife as a 39th birthday present. In 2006 Marble House was designated as a National Historic Landmark.
President Julie welcomed many members and guests from the Newport area along with our members who traveled to Newport for the day. Lunch was served on the terrace overlooking the lawn and ocean. A great time was had by all.
Wally the Green Monster welcomed Skal Boston members and guests to historic landmark, Fenway Park on Thursday, May 16. The cocktail reception was held above 1st base and the large screen welcomed Skal Boston to the park.
The luncheon featured vegetables grown in the roof garden at Fenway.
Carrie Campbell, Skal Boston Secretary and VP of Sales of Boston Red Sox Fenway Enterprises, gave the Skal Toast and welcomed everyone to the Park.
President Julie Doherty Pagano introduced 14 past presidents. Karen Leaver, wife of Past President, Bruce Leaver helped unveil a portrait of Bruce that will be used as we raise additional funds for the Bruce Leave Scholarship Fund that was established last June and already has over $50,000 in the account. Bruce passed away May 5, 2014 and was a beloved Past President.
Was Bruce sending us a message from heaven?? When Bruce was club President he was responsible for the Clubs Treasure Chest which was a time capsule. When Bruce left his position as General Manager of the Adams Inn about 8 years ago, the chest could not be found. Bruce was devastated. The club started another chest this past January to keep our Club of the Year video, photos and other mementos for the club. As we sat down for this lunch we saw two men coming around the corner with a large wooden treasure chest. President Julie looked in shock as she thought the chest was stored at the Hyatt where we left it in January. She worried about how she would get it out of Fenway Park and home. Surprise, Surprise, it was not the new chest started in January but the original chest fount at the Adams Inn from years ago. The son of Bruce’s former partner found the chest when the hotel was cleaning out a storage room and that very morning looked at the Skal Webside and found the May meeting was going on that day. He decided to deliver it. Bruce’s wife Karen had no idea it had been found and the delivery men had no idea we were going to honor Bruce that very day! We think Bruce was watching from heaven and having a great laugh.
Holly Powers, SIUSA Representative and Phil Stamm, Past President represented the Boston Club at the NAASC Congress held at the Barcelo’ Maya Beach Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Skal delegates from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean participated in this annual conference. 47 of the 51 US clubs were in attendance. The opening ceremonies featured a presentation of flags from the participating countries and welcome addresses from Skal International President Salei Cene as well as officials from Mexico.
President Cene announced that the Skal World Congress, scheduled for October 2015 in Kenya had been cancelled due to terrorism threats. The congress will take place in southern Spain and details will follow by the end of June.
Proposal for by law changes were proposed and voted on or tabled until the National Committee Meeting, to be held in Las Vegas in August.
A Region 1 meeting was held with newly elected VP Steve Richer, from the Washington DC club. 13 out of 14 Clubs in region 1 were in attendance.
Skal Boston was recognized for hosting the very successful SIUSA Winter Board meeting this past January and was honored by the SIUSA Board and other clubs as being professional and a club that should be the model for all clubs.
On April 16, 2015 Skal Boston members were hosted for their monthly meeting at Bostons Seaport Hotel by President, Managing Director David O’Shaughnessy, Marianna Accomando, VP of Sales and Jim Carmody.
Executive Chef, Richard Rayment prepared a wonderful cocktail reception and luncheon served by the banqueting staff headed by Julia Corbin, Director of Banquets and Elizabeth Dipple, Banquet Manager.
Wonderful raffle and auction items raised $895 for our Skal Charities.
Trish Berry, General Manager of the Battery Wharf Hotel and Tim Colleran, Director Client Management were pinned as new members.
Our next meeting will be held on May 21 at historic Fenway Park! The May meeting will celebrate our Past Presidents.
On April 14 in Washington DC, the American Hotel & Lodging Association presented their annual awards. This years winner for Outstanding General Manager of the year, small property was awarded to Dan Donahue, General Manager of Boston’s Lenox Hotel.
Another Boston property won the Special Event Category for their “Winter on the Wharf” program.
Congratulation to Dan and Steve Johnston and his team at the Boston Harbor Hotel.
SRRING COMES TO SKAL BOSTON WITH “A WALK IN THE PARK” AT THE FAIRMONT COPLEY PLAZA HOTEL ON MARCH 19, 2015
Although Boston still has a great deal of snow on the ground, spring is just around the corner and Paul Tormey and his wonderful staff at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel treated 81 Skal Boston members to an early “Walk in the Park” at the March 19 meeting.
The meeting features the hotel ballroom decorated with magnificent spring flowers and even a grass table runner. Models wearing spring fashions walked the room while bunnies, baby chicks, ducks and baby swans where in a petting area.
Paul Tormey gave the Skal toast. The monthly raffle raised over $900.00.
President Julie Doherty Pagano announced that some of our members will receive honors from the American Lodging Association on April 14. These awards are very prestigious and we are thrilled for our fellow club members. Details will be posted as soon as the awards are presented.
Boston Skal will next meet on April 16 at the Seaport Hotel and on May 21 we will honor our Past Presidents at historic Fenway Park.
More snow did not prevent the hardy Boston Skallegues from attending President Julie Doherty Pagano’s first meeting on February19 at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Over 80 members trekked through the mountains of snow to attend the meeting.
Stephen Johnson, Skallegue and General Manager of the Boston Harbor Hotel was unable to attend but had Jennifer McMahon, Director of Sales & Marketing along with Rachel Stiglets, Director of Catering (wife of Skal member Brian Stiglets) and Chef Daniel Bruce welcome our members and participated in the Skal Toast.
The cocktail reception and luncheon was a tremendous treat. The venue featured floor to ceiling windows overlooking frozen Boston Harbor and allowing everyone to see more snow falling.
President Julie presented the list of upcoming meeting venues and introduced SIUSA Rep, Holly Powers to report on the SIUSA Winter Board Meeting hosted January 23 – 25 by Skal Boston at the Hyatt Regency Boston.
Holly Powers presented David Colella the 2014 Presidents Award for his dedication to the Skal Boston club in hosting and organizing the annual Holiday Party raffle and auction and for working hard to establish the Bruce Leaver Scholarship. The award was to be presented at the January Presidents and turnover luncheon by outgoing President Phil Stamm but by the time the presentation was to be made Phil realized that David had left the event.
Burt James was pinned by Board Member, Paul Sacco as a returning Skal Member. We are happy to have him back in the club.
Beth Stehly organized the raffle and $950.00 was raised. A special live auction featuring a night in the newly renovated Presidential Suite at the Lenox Hotel raised $1,250.00.
A great time was had by all and congratulations to President Julie Doherty Pagano for a wonderful first meeting.
See you in March at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.
Early arrivals were treated to a dinner at “Cheers” hosted by owner and Skal Boston member, Tom Kershaw. Most attendees arrived in Boston in time to participate in Skal Bostons January luncheon and installation of officers. The opening event was hosted by The Lenox Hotel and their General Manager, Dan Donahue, Skal Boston incoming Vice President. The Winter Board meeting took place at the Hyatt and went from 9AM to 5:45PM on Saturday. Outgoing President opened the meeting via conference call as he was unable to attend. He turned the reigns of office over to Martha McClintock. Observers attended from Albany, NY, Atlanta, Ga., Washington DC, Sacramento, CA, New York and Boston. The closing dinner was held at “The Top of the Hub” Restaurant hosted by Raphael Oliver, a Skal Boston Member. The cocktail party was followed by a 5 course dinner with wine. Bouquets of flowers were given to everyone on departure.
“Thank you SI Boston for all your hospitality and for putting together an amazing event” Paul Dhadda, SI Sacramento
“Outstanding Event. Boston exceeded everyone’s expectations for the evening functions, and SI Boston was even able to work out the weather so everyone could arrive in Boston and leave on Sunday.” Dick Knorpp SI Washington DC
“Holly, thank you and the Boston club for a sterling experience. Spending quality time with you and our colleagues was the highlight of the visit.” John Ruzich, Skal New York
“What an amazing weekend in Boston – thank you and everyone from Skal Boston for hosting us. It was truly a memorable experience and one I won’t soon forget.” Dave Ryan, Skal Sacramento
On Friday, January 23, 2015, Skal Boston celebrated its 76th Anniversary and installation of officers at the Hyatt Regency Downtown. Over 130 members and guests attended including members of SIUSA and Skal members from around the country. The celebration honored Philip Stamm, outgoing President and his tremendously successful year. Former President Bob Lawler served as Master of Ceremonies. Lou Conkling, Skal International Director, Martha McClintock, SIUSA incoming President along with Julie Doherty Pagano and Phil Stamm gave the Skal Toast. Lou Conkling officiated over the pinning of incoming officers.
Phil Stamm asked for a moment of silence for club members who have passed away this past year; Liem Sexton, R. Toby Dillas and Bruce Leaver.
Phil recapped the years accomplishments with Boston being selected as Skal International Club of the Year as well as the establishment and funding of the Bruce Leaver Scholarship. He presented Presidential Awards to Terrilynn Haak for her tireless work running the monthly raffle for years and David Colella for hosting the Holiday party, raffle and auction each year. A special medal was presented to Holly Powers for her work for Club of the Year and the SIUSA Winter Board Meeting.
Julie Doherty Pagano was chained by Phil and Lou Conkling as incoming President. She outlined the upcoming year and pledged she would work hard to grow the club.
The Hyatt Regency staff did a tremendous job. The cocktail hour featured special food stations and open bar. There was a photo booth where people could have a photo of themselves with the Boston Skyline int the background. After a fantastic lunch, guest enjoyed a desert room where drinks and coffee were served and cigars were rolled and enjoyed on the patio around a chestnut firm.
A great time was had by all.