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Beth Cohen, President
MSC Cruises

Dick Stafford, Vice President
Century Hotels, Inc.

James Hansen, Treasurer
Hyatt Place, WPB

Paul Cook, Secretary
Boca Raton Travel

Theresa Nix, SIUSA Rep.
Princess Cruises/Cunard Line

Board Members:

Becky Reincke
Spring Hill Suites

Gabe Nunez
TransHotel USA

Jawayne Keiser
Intercoastal Consultants Group

Gail Gruenbaum
Travel Guard

Executive Secretary/Treasurer
Carlos Banks
Pleasant Holidays

President's Letter
January, 2013

January Newsletter

Greetings Fellow Skalleagues!

As I sit and write my final President’s letter, I feel so fortunate to have been a part of this Club’s leadership and legacy. Time flies when you are having fun! I have had such great support in my officers and board members and I’d like to say a special thank you to both Dick Stafford and Teresa Nix. They have been my right and left arms at times and have put so much blood, sweat and tears into this Club. They both were instrumental in putting this special evening together and, for that, I thank them.

We had our 2013 annual officer installation last Wednesday at the Boca Renaissance Hotel. The staff did a great job as our hosting venue and service and food was excellent. What a phenomenal turnout and event. Not only did we have our installation of officers, but we had the opportunity to celebrate 35 years of our Club’s existence and honor the past presidents that helped in its’ growth. Each one brought their unique talents and guidance to build a strong foundation and continued growth. James Hansen, our Treasurer and auctioneer extraordinaire did an amazing job in presenting this part of our evening, bringing his unique fun spin to what could have been a dry program. Hats off to James!

As part of this event, we were fortunate to have visiting SIUSA dignitaries as part of our installation: Tom White, President SIUSA and past President of the Orlando Club, Mr. Bill Pullen, past SIUSA President, member of SIUSA, member of Orlando Club and past President of Palm Beach Club, our own Carlos Banks –VP of Administration SIUSA , our Club’s Executive Secretary Treasurer as well as past President of Detroit Club, Dick Knorpp – VP of Finance, SIUSA and member & past President of Washington, DC Club and Martha McClintock – VP of Region IV and member & past President of Jacksonville Club were all a part of our ceremonies. We had all living past presidents of our Club in attendance except for two who could not attend due to prior commitments. We also had many former members and 3 founding members of our Club: Bill Pullen, John Puskar and Bradley Stewart were in attendance as well, making the event a special occasion and a memorable evening! We also presented our Club flag to visiting local dignitary, Jorge Pesquera, CEO of Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Please take a moment to visit our website to view all the great photos that Paul Cook took that evening at If you don’t see many pictures of Paul, you’ll know why!

In closing, I want to introduce you to your 2013 officers and board members. Please support them as you have supported me.

2013 Officers

  • President - Teresa Nix
  • Vice President - Becky Reincke
  • Secretary - Paul Cook
  • Treasurer - Jim Hansen
  • SIUSA Representative - Beth Cohen

2013 Board Members

  • Gayle Gruenbaum
  • Jawayne Keyser
  • Cecilia Hudnet
  • Dick Stafford

Executive Secretary/Treasurer, Carlos Banks

Thank you for your friendship these past two years. It has been a great run!

Cheers and Skål!


Beth Cohen,Immediate Past President and SIUSA Representative
SKAL Ft. Lauderdale & Palm Beaches


Mark Your Calendar
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - YOLO, Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - Marriott Resort & Spa, Singer Island

Contact any one of your Board members to share your ideas and suggestions for the Club. Don’t forget to check our website to get more information on our club, pictures and the upcoming Skål Monthly Reception & Meeting.

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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.