Skal International held their World Congress in Torremolinos, Spain October 28 – November 1. Holly Powers, Skal Boston SIUSA Representative represented Skal Boston. This event ended our Club of the Year status and Holly help present the award to Hobart, New Zealand, this years recipient. Orange Coast, Australia came in second and Ft Lauderdale/Palm Beaches and Tuscon were tied for third place. Congratulation to all the finalists. Skal Boston was given a commemorative plaque of our having won this prestigious award last year.
Delegates from all over the United States and the World participated. The newly elected international officers were elected and the are:
- Nigel Pilkington, President from New Zealand
- David Fisher, Vice President from Kenya
- Susanna Saari, Vice President from Turkey
- Rafael Millan Perex, Director from Mexico
- Lavonne Wittman, Director from South Africa
- Jason Samuel, Director from South Africa
- Frank Klare, Sr. Auditor from Philadelphia, PA, USA
Skal Boston is revered by the clubs of the world as a model Skal organization.
Tom Kershaw, owner and Skal Boston member hosted our members to a wonderful luncheon in this historic facility on Beacon Street across from the Boston Public Gardens. Tom gave the Skal Toast and welcomed members and guests to this famous landmark. The luncheon was delicious. Club members greeted the chef and staff with a hardy round of applause.
Many members enjoyed an after drink at Cheers!
On a warm September night, Skal International Boston held an evening meeting at the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. Members got to participate in a reenactment of the historic meeting at Boston’s Old North Church that lead up to the start of the Revolutionary War. They were introduced to the patriots who were ready to lose everything for freedom. Members also had a chance toss tea into Boston Harbor and then view one of the two remaining tea boxes that survived the incident.
Shawn Ford, Boston Skal member, Past President and current Vice President of the Tea Party Museum hosted the evening and gave the Skal Toast. After visiting the museum and replicas of the Beaver and Eleanor ships the members were hosted to a wonderful reception in the Abigail Adams Tea Room.
A treat time was had by all!
August 20th was a warm sunny day in Boston and what better location to have our August meeting than at the fantastic Four Seasons Hotel overlooking the Boston Public Gardens.
President Julie welcomed members and guests and introduced our host for the event, Bill Taylor.
General Manager, Bill Taylor gave the Skal Toast. He and his staff prepared a cocktail reception and delicious lunch for everyone to enjoy.
Past President and Scholarship Chairman, Chris Pappas presented this years Keith Staples Scholarship recipient, Samantha Lee with a $2,500 scholarship. Samantha is an outstanding student and Skal Boston was thrilled to award her the scholarship. She expressed her gratitude at being selected for this scholarship and said her hoped to become a Skal member in the future.
John Yonce, Business Development Manager of Tourism Cares was pinned as a new member by Holly Powers.
Monthly raffle tickets were sold out with receipts earning over $1,000.
Thank you to Masterpiece Video for once again taking photos and a video of the event.
On Thursday, July 18, Skal Boston has a clambake luncheon under the tent at the New England Aquarium on Central Wharf. Debra Borgwardt, Director of Sales welcomed our members and presented the Skal Toast.
The afternoon started with an outside cocktail reception with open bar and passed hors d’oeu’vres. The location offered our members and guests a wonderful view of the harbor on a beautiful summer day with many boats going by.
Lunch was a traditional New England Clambake with all the fixings. A raffle and live auction completed the casual afternoon.
A great time was had by all!
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.