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Becky Reincke, President
Springhill Suites

Richard Stafford, Vice President
Century Hotels, Inc. 

Ian Black, Treasurer
Brazilian Court Hotel

Jerry Eastep, Secretary
Park Group

Theresa Nix, SIUSA Rep.
Princess Cruises/Cunard Line

Carlos Banks, EST
Pleasant Holidays

Board Members:

Beth Cohen
MSC cruises

Paul Cook
Boca Raton Travel

Mary Sue Jurkowski
Norwegian Cruise Line

Lisa Hamilton
Club Med

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President’s Letter
February, 2016

Once again we were welcomed to the West Palm Beach Marriott with open arms! They always provide us with a beautiful room, delicious selections for entrees and the best dessert! Cheri Rutledge is the GM and also a member of our Club! I hope more of you will be able to attend when we select the West Palm Beach Marriott again for a future meeting!

Thank you to everyone who made their way to West Palm Beach! We were delighted to welcome Rick Fisher and his lovely wife from the Skal Club in Vancouver. They took advantage of one of the benefits of belonging to Skal by looking for a Club in the area they were visiting and making new friends in Skal! It was a pleasure to present our Club banner to Rick to take back to his Club in Vancouver.

Two new members, Valerie Shirey and Terese Ternullo were very happy to receive their Skal pins during the dinner.

The 2016 Slate of Officers and Directors was presented and approved by attending members. The Installation of Officers and Directors will take place at our dinner at the Via Mizner Country Club in Boca Raton on April 19th. We will have representatives from SIUSA attending so please make every effort to join us as we look back over the past year and celebrate our New Board!


PresidentIan Black
Vice PresidentDick Stafford
SecretaryCecilia Hudnet
TreasurerLisa Hamilton
DirectorsPaul Cook
 Paul Cook
 Teresa Nix
 Becky Reincke
 Jerry Eastep
 Kate Merchant
SIUSA RepresentativeCarlos Banks

The ballots for the 2015 Venue of the Year have been counted and we are very pleased to announce that the winner is the Chesterfield Hotel. The award will be presented to the Chesterfield at the April 19th installation Dinner.

Carlos Banks informed everyone of our new payment plan for future meetings. By having members and guests pre-paying for the dinner, not only will it save our Club the expense of paying for last minute cancellations or no shows but it will give Carlos an opportunity to enjoy the evening too with the rest of us instead of collecting all of the dinner payments during the reception hour.

Dick Stafford spoke about the upcoming Seatrade Cruise Global 2016 Convention in Ft. Lauderdale and the Dinner Cruise our Club is hosting aboard the Windridge K. Yacht on Tuesday March 15th. Please click on the Evite and RSVP for the cruise and add the names of the guests you will be bringing in the comment section. The invitation has been sent to over 130 Skal Club Presidents around the world who have members who might be attending the convention. We look forward to having the opportunity to meet fellow International Skalleagues and having a great turnout from our members on the cruise.

Best wishes to our members celebrating birthdays this month:

Wayne Lambert  February 4
Carlos Banks February 11
Irina Montoya February 16
Sheila Schwartz February 21
Valerie Shirey February 22
Cecilia Hudnet February 28

Don’t forget to give us your great ideas for our upcoming meetings, new venues and events! Your board is here for you and we want to make 2016 the best ever!

Don’t forget to log onto our website to get more information on our club, pictures and the upcoming Skål Monthly Reception and Dinner Meetings.

Yours in Skål,

Becky Reincke
Skål International Ft. Lauderdale & Palm Beaches