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Professionals in Tourism


Teresa Nix, President
Princess Cruises/Cunard Line

Beth Cohen, Vice President
Costa Cruises

James Hansen, Treasurer
Hyatt Place, WPB

Paul Cook, Secretary
Boca Raton Travel

Richard Stafford, SIUSA Rep.
Century Hotels Inc.

Board Members:

Paul Alterman

James Hansen
Hyatt Place, WPB

Mark Flager
Travel Consultant

Becky Reincke
Spring Hill Suites

Art Stark
The Cruise Corner

Executive Secretary/Treasurer
Carlos Banks
Pleasant Holidays

Greetings Fellow Skalleagues!

The Renaissance Hotel, Boca Raton served as our hosts for our March dinner meeting. As always, the hotel food & service was excellent!

We were extremely happy to have 7 guests in attendance including:

Stefan Richter, Former Member
Anne Walleser, Guest of Al Walleser
Ed Warren - Guest of Al Walleser / Alpine Adventure
Joanne Warren - Guest of Al Walleser / Alpine Adventure
Nancy Williams - Guest of Gail Gruenbaum / Our Lucaya
Ric Gannon – Guest of Alex Gannon
Velsa Jakobsen - Skal Norway Member & Guest of Cloie Morales
Dean Morton – Former Member, Guest of Bill Decker

The March meeting was our annual business meeting with the following items presented to the membership for approval:

  • Proposal to have a dues increase from $126 to $150 for 2011 was proposed by the Board of Directors. Following discussion, where it was pointed out that SIUSA & Skal International are anticipating dues increases and the fact that we have not had a local increase in a number of years, which makes it difficult to achieve our budgets, the members in attendance voted to accept the increase in dues.
  • Proposal to move our December meeting date from December 23, 2010 to Thursday, December 16, 2010. The Board of Directors made this proposal based upon the fact that December 23rd is too close to the Christmas Holiday. Following discussion, the members voted to accept the change in date for the annual holiday party to December 16, 2010. Dick Stafford will contact The Bridge Hotel to check their availability.

Your board of directors is excited to be working on several fun events for the Summer and Fall. Paul Alterman and his committee are reviewing charitable options for our Fall fund-raiser. Should you have any suggestions, please let Paul know prior to the March meeting. Watch for forthcoming details!

Paul Alterman and his committee are moving forward with plans for the Fall Charity Fund-Raiser with tentative plans to hold this event in September. Paul will provide more information at our May meeting. Contact Paul should you have any suggestions or would like to help.

Art Stark is planning the Summer Social and is seeking ideas for a fun social evening.

Ben Murphy encouraged members to attend Skal International and NAASC meetings. Specifically, he encouraged members to go to the NAASC conference in Quebec, Canada in May. Ben pointed out that the people of Quebec are extremely welcoming and that the city and surrounding areas have many sites which should not be missed.

YOUR Board of Directors’ continues to seek to make SKAL / Ft. Lauderdale & Palm Beaches an organization where each member is an integral part of our success! We encourage you to share your ideas for upcoming activities which will help us to have more camaraderie and interaction. PLEASE, feel free to share with us any suggestions which you may have for activities / fundraisers / guest speakers! Contact me at , Beth Cohen at or Dick Stafford at, with YOUR suggestions!

Don’t forget to check our website to get more information on our club, pictures and the upcoming “Skal Monthly Reception & Meeting” for our April meeting.


Teresa Nix, President
SKAL Ft. Lauderdale & Palm Beaches


March 16, 2010:TBA/ Delray Beach
April 20, 2010:Installation of Officers - Hilton Palm Beach Airport / West Palm Beach
May 18, 2010:Primavera Restaurant, Ft. Lauderdale
June 15, 2010:TENTATIVE: Seagate Hotel – Delray Beach
SUMMER BREAK:No meeting in July & August! Watch for announcement of a “FUN” Summer Get-together!

We all know someone of management level in Travel / Tourism / Hospitality who is not currently a SKAL member. Invite them to come to a meeting TODAY!


Teresa Nix, President
SKAL Ft. Lauderdale & Palm Beaches

Have you logged on to our website recently? Should your answer be no, we do encourage you to do so soon!

Members who wish to have a link put on the website to their business can do so by sending a ‘live link’ to .

Members who have had a change in email address are requested to contact Paul Cook at to inform him of those changes.

Other changes (address, phone, etc.) should be made on the SKAL website, with a copy to Paul Cook.