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Professionals in Tourism


Teresa Nix, President
Princess Cruises/Cunard Line

Beth Cohen, Vice President
Travel Guard

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!

Fall is here! Matteo’s in Boca Raton provided a great back-drop for members and guests attending our October meeting. A great meal and a time of good fellowship was enjoyed by all in attendance.

The opening toast was presented by Dick Stafford and the closing toast by Carlos Banks.

20 Members and the following Members and Guests were in attendance:
Anne Walleser, Guest of Al Walleser
Susan Lethbridge, Potential New Member & Guest of Mark Flager
Stefan Richter, past club member

ANNOUNCEMENT - We are honored to have been named the "Number 2" Skal Club in the World! This honor was announced at the International World Congress in Sydney, Australia. Wayne Lampert accepted this honor on our behalf. Wayne will be back in the U.S. by our Holiday Party, at which time he will present the award to the club.

Special Request - The Board of Director’s requests your response to a questionnaire being sent out to all members re: changing the day of our meeting. Due to the fact that many of our member’s / potential member’s have other industry functions on the third Tuesday of each month, it is recommended that we change our day to the Wednesday of the third week of the month. PLEASE RESPOND BY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2010!!

James Hansen is offering a NEW Member Incentive. Two nights @ the Hyatt Place to the member who brings 1 NEW member who joins our club by the December meeting. Full details of the offer can be obtained by contacting James.

When you are inviting potential NEW Members a few groups where you might find those qualified (Owners / Managers) for membership are: NACTA / APTA / Bon Vivant’s / Gold Coast Travel Industry Associates / Cruise One-Cruises Inc. / Cruise Planner’s / MPI / Hotel-Motel Association / Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. Contact a potential new member today!

CALLING ALL MEMBER’S!! Plans are currently underway for a great HOLIDAY PARTY - Thursday December 16th at The Bridge Hotel & Resort … We ask your help in donating / securing items to donate for our "Silent Auction" please contact James Hansen. Many exciting NEW items have already been offered and we ask you to help us to get more items. Also, start planning to bring not only your spouse/ guest, but plan to bring other guests as well! We are planning to make this HOLIDAY PARTY the best ever!! Members of the committee are: Dick Stafford, Beth Cohen, James Hansen (auction items), Jawayne Keyser (auction items), Becky Reincke, Art Stark… Watch for more details as we get closer to December!


November 16th – China Grill / Ft. Lauderdale
December 16th (Thursday) – HOLIDAY PARTY – The Bridge Hotel & Resort
January – TBD / Ft. Lauderdale

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!

Plan to join us for our November 16, meeting at the China Grill
S.E. 17th Street / Ft. Lauderdale
Bring a potential New Member!!

Nominating Committee:
Dick Stafford is chairing this committee and will submit the nominations for the New Officers and Board of Directors in November.

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!

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.

Don’t forget to check our website to get more information on our club, pictures and the upcoming "Skal Monthly Reception & Meeting" for our November 16 meeting.


Teresa Nix, President
SKAL Ft. Lauderdale & Palm Beaches