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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

President's Letter
November, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving to Skal Members

Greetings Fellow Skalleagues!

China Grill in Ft. Lauderdale served as a beautiful back-drop for our November meeting. The member’s and guests in attendance enjoyed the wonderful food and impeccable service.

The opening toast was presented by Art Stark and the closing toast by NEW Grandfather, Carlos Banks.

23 Members and the following Members and Guests were in attendance:
Mary Sue Jurkowski ,Norwegian Cruise Line
Geri Kerns, Guest of Stefan Richter
Gabe Nunez, Trans Hotel USA, Guest of Carlos Banks
Stefan Richter, Former Member
Vesla Jacobsen, Guest of Cloie Morales

FUTURE MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT – We received 28 “YES” votes to move the monthly meeting day to Wednesdays. This will take effect beginning January 19, 2011.

Nominating Committee - Dick Stafford, Chairman presented the following slate of officers for 2011. We will vote on next year’s Officers & Directors at our January Meeting.
President: Beth Cohen
Vice President: Mark Flagler
Secretary: Paul Cook
Treasurer: James Hansen
Board Members: Jawayne Keyser, Gail Gruenbaum, Paul Alterman, Teresa Nix
Executive Secretary/Treasurer: Carlos Banks

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.

Holiday Party - Our annual Holiday Party will be held on Thursday December 16th at The Bridge Hotel & Resort. James Hansen is seeking gift items for our Silent Auction. Please notify James immediately, if you wish to make a donation! We highly encourage each member to bring guests! SEE YOU THERE!!

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!

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 January meeting.


Teresa Nix, President
SKAL Ft. Lauderdale & Palm Beaches

Plan to join us for our Annual Holiday Party
Thursday December 16th Dinner Dance & Silent Auction
At The Bridge Hotel & Resort
Boca Raton, FL

2010 – 2011 FUTURE MEETINGS:

Thursday December 16th – HOLIDAY PARTY – The Bridge Hotel & Resort
Wednesday January 19, 2011 – Frank’s Ristorante, Pompano Beach, FL

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!