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Professionals in Tourism


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
May, 2012

May Newsletter

Greetings Fellow Skalleagues!

We had another phenomenal meeting at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport property. Thanks to Cecilia Hudnet, Director of Sales, who will be joining our club, we returned to this great property for our May dinner meeting. The food and service was outstanding and we appreciate them hosting our Club.

A few of our Club’s past members joined us and it was a great mix of the old guard and the new. Charlie Beiser, past president of our Club when it was Skål of The Palm Beaches joined us as well as current a member we don’t see often, Wilson Carter. We had some past presidents from our Club, Cindy Christen, Dick Stafford and Scotty Cassidy. Mike Hartfield a past member of the Miami Club who was celebrating his 80th birthday and Jan West from the Washington D.C. joined us as well. Our staunch Club supporters Al Walleser and his lovely wife Anne were there with their friends and guests Ed and Jeanne Warren from Alpine Adventures. As soon as the ink drys, new members Cecilia Hudnet our host, and Terry Sam, Director of Sales from the Holiday Inn Palm Beach Airport Hotel & Conference Center will be official and getting their Skål pins!

Dick Stafford briefed us on the upcoming Region IV Summer event hosted by the Jacksonville Club in St Augustine on August 10-12, 2012 which will include an official SIUSA Board and National Committee Meeting. This annual event was started by our club in 1978 and has grown every year as it rotates between the clubs in the Region. If you have an opportunity to join us for this, it’s a great opportunity to meet Skalleagues in our Region and have a nice affordable getaway too!

The Board confirmed the date for our annual summer social fundraiser so mark your calendars now for Friday, August 17th, 2012. Details to follow but suffice to say it will be a fun social fundraiser. If we missed you this month please join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, June 20th at Café Vico Ristorante in Fort Lauderdale. You won’t want to miss this one! See you there.

Cheers and Skål!


Beth Cohen,President
SKAL Ft. Lauderdale & Palm Beaches


Wednesday, June 20th – Cafe Vico, Fort Lauderdale
July and August – Summer Break
August 17, 2012 - Summer Social - TBA
Mark Your Calendar
September 19, 2012 – Red, The Steakhouse – Boca Raton
October 17, 2012 – Timpano Italian Chophouse – Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale
November 12. 2012 TBA December 13, 2012 - Thursday Night Holiday Dinner - Benvenuto's - Boyton Beach

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