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Skål UK Newsletter - February 2013

A Message from your new President

David Lord, President Skâl International UKThank you all in having the faith to elect me your President for this year, I will do my best to satisfy that faith and give you a memorable year. I am stepping into the shoes of a President who has led the club through turbulent times in a calm and convincing manner.  Julian thank you for the way you have encouraged the National Executive and UK Club Presidents and made great efforts to reach out to the membership.
Skål was created as a “friendship club” of an International Industry, Tourism. The purpose to engage with competitors, suppliers, colleagues and even “adversaries”, in different areas, countries and continents, in a spirit of conviviality and friendship; to promote good business ethics, develop friendship and understanding between counties and races who all had a common goal of serving the travelling public to the best of their ability; I suggest those principles still hold good and perhaps in the current economic climate are even more relevant.
Over the 25 years I have been an active Skålleague I have learned of the great work Skål has done locally, nationally and internationally. I have watched clubs in the UK and Channel Islands supporting each other and encouraging the development of young Skål, the promotion of the Skål dream at exhibitions and shows and finally I have had the privilege of benefitting from international Skål contacts to make an impossible dream for a seriously disabled person become a reality, emotional stuff but also a fantastic example of friendship, co-operation and a great result for the old fashioned concept of “networking”.
We need clubs to go out into their communities, identify the prospective members, extol the values of Skål and encourage development and membership, we must not get bogged down with petty bureaucracy, rules and negativity; in this way the Skål movement will not only survive in the UK but will thrive.
Opportunities exist for Skålleagues to be part of their local communities, promoting their businesses, networking with associates and affiliated business for the benefit of all. An example of this has to be the development of Young Skål through contact, partnership and support of local FE colleges and training establishments that include Tourism, Catering and Travel courses in their syllabuses; these students are the future of our industry, lets grab them early, demonstrate our enthusiasm for our industry and the benefit and support being a Skålleague can bring.  Likewise we should be embracing the benefits of Heritage and Green Tourism which should be a readymade source of potential members...
In years to come I hope that my grandchildren (who are growing up in Australia, with both parents totally employed in Tourism, Travel and Leisure) will be proud to know all about Skål, how it helped their grandfather in difficult times and how its friendship and connections made the world a smaller, and kinder place in which to live and earn a living.
I am looking forward to visiting as many of you as I can during this year.   Flybe are very supportive of Skål and are making my travel arrangements tolerable so even the far flung will be visited! I know that our friends in Guernsey will be putting on a fantastic National Assembly in April and I hope to see you there.
Regards and Skål
Happiness – Good Health – Friendship – Long Life - SKÅL

Win a Cottage Holiday worth £1000

Cottage in the Country (that's us - Karen and Ian Hawkes) are very excited to be members Cottageline. "Like" and "share" the Cottageline page to  enter our competition to win a £1,000 self catering holiday in the UK, and learn more about our exciting campaign with VisitEngland to share our local knowledge, national coverage and love of the regions where we live and work.

We've also just launched our new website and Facebook page - take a look! We are on Twitter too!


Congratulations to Bernard and Marianne Roland on the Celebration of their Golden Wedding Anniversary. 


At their recent AGM in Guernsey Martha Bernstein was elected unopposed as their club President – only the second woman to hold this position.  Martha’s considerable help for husband Julian during his term as National President will stand her in good stead for the year ahead!!


At their recent AGM held on January 25th 2012 Dieter Schlieben – President of Skål International Southampton was presented with the Ken Maiden Award.  This award is gifted by our National President to a Skålleagues who in his opinion has done exceptional work on behalf of his club. 
This award will be extra special to Dieter as Ken Maiden was a founder member of Portsmouth Skål where Dieter was a former President and they were close friends for many years. 

(I did include this note last month but in haste, got the name of the award wrong. Having been severely reprimanded by our scribe, apologies to all! Ian)

International Skål Councillor Report to the UK Members

Paul's report as offered to the AGM is available for you now.
Read Paul's report here

London - Presidents Night
Friday 15 March 2013, 19:00


Join Skålleagues and guests to celebrate Skål London President Alison Partridge's first year in office.

Dinner & Dance, Friday, 15th March 2013 @ Grim's Dyke Hotel, Harrow, Middlesex

Grim's Dyke Hotel is a carefully restored country house in Harrow, London. Just 12 miles from the centre of London and within easy reach of Heathrow, the magnificent former country residence of Sir William Gilbert is set in over 40 acres of beautiful gardens and woodlands. With 46 elegant rooms, housed in both the main hotel and lodge, a 2 AA rosette restaurant serving own seasonal produce, and extensive grounds, this is the perfect British country retreat.

Dress - Black Tie and Regalia

Gala Dinner & Dance only:  £55:00 per person

Gala Dinner & Dance plus overnight accommodation ( breakfast incl ): £110:00 for a single room

Gala Dinner & Dance plus overnight accommodation ( breakfast incl ): £  90:00 per person sharing a double room (£110 single)

Prices include Champagne Reception, 3 Course Dinner with Half a Bottle of Wine plus Disco. 


Contact Alison Partridge
Tel:             020-3605 9587       Email:

Oxford - Founders and Past Presidents Dinner

Friday 22 March 2013

Following a superb evening in April 2012 we are to return to The White Hart Hotel in Dorchester-on-Thames to celebrate our Founder Members and Past Presidents.
The White Hart Hotel and AA Rosette-Awarded Restaurant, originally a 16th century coaching inn, is located in the charming Oxfordshire village of Dorchester-on-Thames, situated between Oxford and Henley-on-Thames. This classic picturesque "chocolate box" English village is a filming location for "Midsomer Murders". Perhaps after our meeting they will add Skål International Oxford as another ‘claim to fame’!
As well as an excellent menu they are offering Skål members a fabulous deal on overnight accommodation. Wine is included with the compliments of the club.

Dress: Black Tie and Regalia.

Dinner: 2 courses £22 or 3 courses £28.95; Overnight B&B from £60 double room. Singles at £45 but they only have 2!

Book by 13 March please.
Details and booking

Skål International UK National Assembly
Hosted by Skål International Guernsey

Skål Guernsey have worked very hard to make this a National to remember. You should really join our International President Mok Singh and be there.
Thursday night is now included in the package price of £325.00 per person – single room supplement with a modest supplement. 
BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment:  19-21 April with Thursday as an added extra night free!!!      PENINSULAR HOTEL GUERNSEY 
Details and booking

200 Club 2013

200 CLUB   - YES - that time of the year again:  You will have received an application form from John Bright to purchase your tickets to be in time for the first draw at our National event in April being held in Guernsey.  So if you have not won yet this year – good luck for the February and March draw – don’t be disheartened – even my ticket was pulled out in January!!  Put your winnings into purchasing even more tickets!  BE IN IT TO WIN IT!

If you cannot lay your hands on your new form, here is another.....
200 Club Application Form

Members Offers

There's a new offer on the UK website from Derek Ketteridge of Tour Indemnity for Travel Insurance. In fact there are two offers; one if you are working in the Travel Industry and one if you are now retired.
See the UK website for full details and links.

Lastly, don't forget that Skål is all about doing business amongst friends. Since the last newsletter, we have only received one updated offer of product or services to be showcased to other members. I guess you are all happy and content with your market share then?

Email with new details please.

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