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Skål UK News - December 2012

Dear Skålleagues,
The Police were out in force at Belfast Airport for my arrival last week – well that was until I realised that a certain Mrs Clinton was about to arrive – but there is no harm in dreaming is there?
I attended a wonderful Christmas lunch with the Northern Ireland International Skål Club.  We were also joined by the National President from Southern Ireland so it was a multinational luncheon.
I was also able to visit the new Titanic Experience which was really fascinating.  On the Thursday evening Diane Toner took me with her husband to the Central Law Courts and we listened to the “Pro Bono Choir “(made up of the Law Society and Bar Choirs) give their Christmas Concert in the spectacular setting.  It was a special experience that has further expanded my wonderful year as your National President
I have nearly reached the end of the year and if I have not been able to travel to visit you please forgive me. There is only a limit to how often I can get away from Jersey.  I have however enjoyed seeing many of you around the country and I hope that you will enjoy the Festive Season and that you will have a Fantastic New Year full of Health, Happiness and Skål!!
And finally …..
A Skål Club was looking for a way to increase attendance and participation at their regular meetings.  One member suggested bringing in a hypnotist.  The Council agreed, a famous hypnotist was hired , publicity distributed and everyone was pleased.
A few weeks later the meeting hall was packed, and the people sat fascinated as the hypnotist withdrew a pocket watch.  The hypnotist began chanting "Watch the watch, watch the watch, watch the watch---"
The crowd became mesmerized as the watch swayed back and forth, light gleaming off its polished surface.  Hundreds of pairs of eyes following the swaying watch, until suddenly the hypnotist’s fingers slipped and the watch fell to the floor.
“Skål” said the hypnotist.
It took three weeks to sign up all the new members!
I am therefore off to buy a new pocket watch to try this out at our next meeting
Happy Christmas and Skål to you all
Happy Christmas from Skål Guernsey

Happy Christmas to all from Skål Guernsey!


GUERNSEY is pleased to announce the addition of a New Young Skal member from Island Coachways - Gemma Dorrity.  
Welcome Gemma from all of us
PENDLE were entertained by their speaker Martin Cleaver at a recent meeting with tales of Royal Visits to Burnley and the organisation that went into them.   Martin’s job was to “host” royal bodyguards aboard his barge as they followed the royal party along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.  Their December meeting will be another occasion to meet up with this raconteur but this time he will be busy in his galley serving up his dinner menu for Skålleagues and their guests aboard the “Marton Emperor” as it cruises along the canal.
BRIGHTON, SUSSEX AND THE CHANNEL recently enjoyed President Sally’s evening.  James and his staff of the Cooden Beach provided an exceptional meal with superb service.  An august gathering included a member of the International Executive, National President Julian and 4 Past National Presents, our International Councillor, 1 Club President and guests from 5 clubs.
Happy Christmas!

Seasons greetings from your Newsletter team to you and your families and friends.

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Skål! Lyn

Happy Birthday Molly

Belated birthday greetings to Molly Marsden-Smith who celebrated her 90th birthday  on 17 December 2012.  Molly is a Past President of Skål International Portsmouth. 

Good News from Skal International London

Robin Jackson from London shares with us his experience of the benefits of Skål membership.  His company regularly attends trade shows in the USA and had booked to exhibit at three shows in January 2013.  He was delighted to discover that the organisers offer Skål members a discount for exhibiting at their shows.  He received a discount of just over $700.00!!

200 Club - November and December

November 2012
1st Don Keys-Massey Guernsey
2nd Joe Hickson Oxford
3rd Derek Ketteridge Brighton
The Draw was made by Maurice Steer and his team in Cambridge and East Anglia.
December 2012
1st Karen Hawkes Oxford
2nd Don Keys Massey Guernsey
3rd Barbara Powdrill Cambs and East Anglia
The Draw was made by London 

Congratulations to the winners!
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