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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 Holiday Inn Highland Beach provided a beautiful backdrop for our June meeting! Our opening toast was presented by Art Stark and the closing toast by Carlos Banks.

Dick Stafford announced the death last weekend of Jim Power, Skal International Secretary General and provided a few highlights of his accomplishments. Honoring Jim, with a moment of silence was observed by those in attendance. Jim was a strong supporter, not only of Skal International, but also was of great assistance when our club merged to become Skal International Ft. Lauderdale & Palm Beaches and other issues we have had throughout recent years. Jim will be greatly missed by all!

19 Members and the following Guests were in attendance:
Anne Walleser, Guest of Al Walleser
Terry Gilchrist, Guest of Sharon Malone
Mike Hartfield, Former Member
Alma Reibstein, Potential Member
Marianne Cassidy, Wife of Scotty Cassidy
J.P. Hartfield, Wife of Mike Hartfield

Announcement that Skal International Ft. Lauderdale & Palm Beaches is a finalist for Skal International CLUB OF THE YEAR was made. This is a great honor for our club and it’s the second time in the last 4 years that we have received this distinction. Dick Stafford, Carlos Banks and I will be preparing our club's presentation and submitting it to Skal International.

Carlos Banks made the announcement that membership cards have been mailed to those members who have not attended a recent meeting. Please contact Carlos if you have not yet received your membership card.

Paul Alterman is finalizing plans for our charity fund-raiser. Current plans are to host the event in April 2011. Paul will be providing further updates and asking for volunteer assistance in various capacities during the coming months. Contact Paul should you have any suggestions or would like to help.

Art Stark, Beth Cohen and Sharon Malone are making exciting / fun plans for our Summer Social. Final details for the event (tentatively to be held in early August) will be forthcoming in the next two – three weeks. Watch for the details and plan to bring a qualified, prospective member!!


Potential changes to the scope of Skal are being proposed!!

Skal International needs the in-put of EACH MEMBER!! Take time to review the letter attached at the bottom of the President's Letter re: "Report from Task Force RE: Repositioning of SKAL" from Nik Racic, President Skal International. You are encouraged to respond to the Secretary General at with copy to Thomas Vincent, Chairman of the Task Force at

This WILL impact the future membership of Skal and YOUR BOARD highly recommends your response before the July 31, 2010 deadline!

Our "Summer Break" is here! There will not be a meeting in July and August. We hope to see you at our "Summer Social" (tentatively scheduled for August) and our September meeting! Have a fun and safe summer!

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.

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 September 10 meeting.


Teresa Nix, President
SKAL Ft. Lauderdale & Palm Beaches


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!




Dear Skålleagues,

The most recent update of the Task Force document on the repositioning of Skål, dated 24 May 2010 can be found by clicking here. The document is also available on the members only area of the Skål International website.

The document was presented to the meeting of the International Skål Council held in Quebec on 3 May 2010.

The Executive Committee of Skål International discussed the document during its meeting held in Quebec on 5 May 2010. The Executive Committee decided, before making any comment on the document to consult the membership as the document contained some major changes for the future of the organisation.

The Executive Committee therefore requests that the Clubs worldwide discuss this document at length prior to 31 July 2010 and to send their comments to the Secretary General at with copy to Thomas Vincent, Chairman of the Task Force at

For the information of members the Task Force was set up by the Executive Committee during its meeting held in Paris in April 2009. The Task Force was asked to study, summarize and recommend changes the members would like to see in the future direction of Skal.

As this is an important document for the future of Skål, I would ask you to give it your urgent attention and we look forward to receiving your comments by the deadline of 31 July 2010.

Best regards and Skål

Nik Racic