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Skål UK News - Guernsey Special!

The brilliant sunshine awaiting us on landing in Guernsey was matched by the Skål welcome from John Watts with our transport to Peninsula Hotel.
 
The  National Committee on Friday morning was attended after coffee by our International President Mok Singh. The frank and open discussions about the UK and the rest of the organisation were really helpful and the suggestions and information that came out of that meeting will help us in our way forward.
  
The raising of the flag was postponed until after the general meeting due to technical reasons - the lanyard was stuck!  The attendance at the general meeting was excellent and again President Mok was in attendance.  The meeting was lively and informative and it is hoped that the high numbers will continue. 

Friday night's theme was Night at the Movies with a prize for best costume.  The winner was Marilyn Monroe (Young Skålleague Gemma from Guernsey) who did look gorgeous.  Lots of inventive costumes and a great party night. 

A rather large man in a red fez appeared to be having a good time too!! As was a certain gentlemen being persuaded to buy raffle tickets....

 The sea food buffet was amazing and the disco hit just the right note!!! 
 


The highlight of our Saturday trip was watching our National President David together with International President  Mok fire the Noonday Gun at Castle Cornet. It was a great honour for Skål to be allowed to do this and it was done with great ceremony and aplomb.  Lunch was taken at Castle Cornet and was attended by members of  Visit Guernsey and their Minister for Tourism. There  was ample opportunity to visit the Castle and the museums.  A great guide told the tales and an enjoyable afternoon followed .
 
Saturday night saw us all resplendent in our finery and regalia. The dining room had been beautifully decorated with our banners of the attending clubs adorning the walls and the tables had beautiful flower displays and balloons in Skål colours.  There were lively speeches and plenty of gifts and banners were exchanged. 

Congratulations to Brighton, Sussex and the Channel for winning the Vernon Maitland Cup for highest percentage of members attending this Assembly; to Jersey for the Bill Knott Cup for the highest percentage of members at 2012's Congress in Korea and to Skål Northern Ireland for their fine comeback from the brink to win Skål UK Club of the Year.
 
As always it was all over far too soon !  However it was a  great weekend in true Skål spirit and amicale.

Thank you Guernsey for taking so much care in ensuring a wonderful weekend for us all.  Juliet you can stop worrying now!
There are lots more photos on the website. Visit http://www.skaluk.org/Gallery/SkalUKNational2013/

 

200 Club Draw

 
The first draw of the year took place in Guernsey.  Congratulations and thanks to John for reaching 200 tickets sold
 
1st.        Karen Hawkes           Oxford
2nd.       Geoff Bingham.          Southampton
3rd.        Skal London
 
However it is not too late to still buy tickets!! See www.skaluk.org for the form.

An Invitation to Jersey Presidents Night, 25 May


The Council of Skål International Jersey is delighted to invite you to join them for their President’s Bond Themed Black Tie Dinner and Dance on Saturday 25th May 2013 in the Rosiere Suite of the St Brelade Bay Hotel.

Welcome cocktail from 19.30 and carriages at midnight. Please dress with a Bond Theme – there will be a prize for the best dressed Bond “Girl” and one for the best dressed Villain!!
 
The four course Dinner with Coffee and Petit Fours will be followed by dancing.  “Bond” themed music and entertainment all evening! As well as a Bumper Raffle.
 
Menu
Hors D’oeuvre Platter of Smoked Salmon, Lobster Tail, Crab Meat and Prawn
with a Lime and Tomato Compote
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Seared Fillet of Local Bass on Pesto Crostini with Horseradish Sauce
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Baked whole Fillet of Beef Wellington
served with aged Port Wine Jus and Sautéed Forest Mushroom
Jersey Royal Potatoes, Sliced Vichy Carrots
French Beans and Potato Cake
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Trio of Desserts
Lemon Tart, Crème Brulée and Dark Chocolate Mousse
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Coffee and Petit Fours
 
Please let me (Martha at  mjb@marthabernstein.co.uk)  know if you have any dietary requirements and need to alter any of the menu – a vegetarian or fish main course is easily arranged.
The cost of the Dinner is £49.50 per person. Payment by cheque made out to Skål International Jersey and sent to Martha Bernstein, High Banks, La Route du Petit Port, St Brelade, JE3 8HH.
There will be a cash bar in the function room and the hotel has a good choice of wines to compliment the menu to order on the night! If you would like to book on line and pay by credit card please click on the hyperlink and follow the simple instructions  http://skaljersey20130525.eventbrite.com

We have secured  6 rooms at the St Brelade Bay Hotel at a special rate of £99 per room, bed and breakfast. Please book these with the hotel directly - first come first served! However listed here – with their websites – are all the other Jersey Skålleagues with accommodation in St Brelade for you to look at – as well as Council member Victoria Barrett’s lovely Guest House in St Lawrence. Do let the hotels know that you are with Skål and are coming for the Presidents Evening! It would be delightful to see our friends from over the water this event which is at the start of half term so why not think about bringing your family over for a few days of R&R on our glorious island?!.
            The Atlantic Hotel                  http://www.theatlantichotel.com/ 
            La Place Hotel and Cottages   http://www.hotellaplacejersey.com/
            Dolan Hotels                           http://www.dolanhotels.com/
            The Biarritz                             http://www.biarritzhotel.co.uk/
 
Villa d'Oro Guest House         http://www.villadorojersey.com/
 
For more information email me at mjb@marthabernstein.co.uk

That's all for this special edition - more during the month. Let me have your news at the usual email address.
Skål!
Lyn Snelgrove <lynsnelgrove@aol.com>



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