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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
September, 2012

September Newsletter

Greetings Fellow Skalleagues!

As I write this president’s letter, it is officially the beginning of fall. Ever since I collected leaves for my second grade leaf project (which I got an “A” on), fall has been my favorite time of year. You get to break out the sweaters and look forward to the preamble of the holidays. Ok, so maybe we won’t be able to break out the sweaters just yet, but one can hope.

If you missed our September meeting, you missed another phenomenal dinner location at Fifth Avenue Grill in Lighthouse Point. The food and service was outstanding. In 1989 John Thieren and his sons started the Fifth Avenue Grill Steakhouse. It was the first in the area to offer prime steaks in a classic Chicago style fine dining atmosphere. Since that time, 23 years later, many steakhouses have opened up in the area, but as the locals know, Fifth Avenue Grill was the first, and still the best to offer great steaks at a fair price. If you haven’t been there, it’s one of the best kept secrets so be sure to check it out next time you are in the mood for great food Fifth Avenue Grill !

Mark your calendars for the next few meetings as we are headed to Las Olas in October to enjoy TImpano Italian Chophouse, then Embassy Suites in West Palm Beach for our November meeting where we will enjoy a special Thanksgiving treat. And of course you won’t want to miss our December Holiday party at Benvenuto’s in Boynton Beach where there will be our annual silent and live auction with our own James Hansen as auctioneer. If you haven’t seen him in action you won’t want to miss it. It will be lots of fun and a great evening. Bring a guest and even a potential member and get in the holiday spirit! If you or your company is able to donate an auction item, please contact Dick Stafford or James Hansen. All donations are greatly appreciated.

Look for a short survey coming to your inbox soon. We want to get your input and suggestions for our Club to help keep us current and in the know with what our members want for our Club.

As always, thanks for your support and keep your eyes out for the fall foliage. It may be disguised as a palm tree!

Cheers and Skål!


Beth Cohen,President
SKAL Ft. Lauderdale & Palm Beaches


Mark Your Calendar
October 17, 2012 – Timpano Italian Chophouse – Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale
November 14. 2012 - Embassy Suites, West Palm Beach - SPECIAL THANKSGIVING EVENT December 13, 2012 - Thursday Night Holiday Dinner - Benvenuto's - Boyton Beach

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