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Skål UK Newsletter - August 2013

Hi from Lyn in sunny Spain.
The fiesta season is just coming to an end in my area.  Sleepy villages are full of lights, music and parades – banks and supermarkets shut at lunch time and fun in the sun from dawn until dawn!  My village had an amazing parade – the area theme is always Moors and Christians with Pirates and Gypsies thrown in for good measure although each year the Christian element gets less and less!  Street parties, fireworks and open air food outlets are the norm and when one village finishes the next one starts.  All good fun.
PRESIDENTIAL GREETINGS
 
Skålleagues and friends I welcome you to our summer newsletter from a gorgeous warm sunny Jersey!  What a wonderful summer we are enjoying, restoring our faith in Britain and of course in particular our home-bred tourist industry. I hope that you have all had great benefit from this wonderful opportunity that the fine weather has brought, whether you are actively involved or just gently coasting along in retirement.
 
I  had the pleasure of attending the Jersey President's James Bond night at the St Brelades Bay Hotel, a perfect setting for a sumptuous dinner surrounded by many well recognisable Bond characters. Thank you Martha for a great night.  Vice President Alison attended the Oxford afternoon tea party which was another great event and was delighted to come away with some delicious chocolates.  Thank you Ian and all for being so hospitable.
 
Sadly I have two unfortunate announcements.  Janie Corbett has found it necessary to resign as Second Vice President of Skål UK due to pressure of work.  Thank you Janie for your support thus far and for being so much part of the National held in Guernsey this spring.  The second sadness is the illness of Sally Gray  which  has had her hospitalised for much of the summer.  She is currently in hospital in Hastings and we wish her a speedy and total recovery.  Her duties as Honorary Secretary are being covered by members of the National Executive on a temporary basis.
 
This perhaps is an ideal moment to reflect on the time and effort that the Officers of Skål International UK put in on your behalf; all voluntary, all loyal and caring and I feel it appropriate to mention them by name and post just to remind all the UK clubs what is done on their behalf:  Alison Partridge Vice President, John Watts Treasurer, Sally Gray Secretary, Ian Hawkes, Lyn Snelgrove who look after the website and newsletter and finally Paul Follows International Councillor.  Plus of course Executive Officer and Membre d'Honneur John Bright and Transport Officer Tony Milhofer. To you all thank you very much.
 
On September 20th at 1330hrs, there is the third of this year’s National Meetings being held at the Reigate Manor Hotel.  Please do try to attend as there will be a very important Agenda item for discussion about the future of Skål in the UK.  I shall be publishing a paper prior to the meeting that will stimulate discussion and require serious thought and contemplation.  This is your Club and it depends on you the membership to see it thrive and be prepared for the future.  I urge you to find the time to attend the National meeting at Reigate Manor on Friday 20th September. It starts at 1330hrs and you should e-mail Ian at webmaster@skaluk.org to confirm your attendance for catering.
 
SKÅL
David Lord
National President

200 CLUB
JULY DRAW: 
Jeff Corbett Guernsey
Paul Follows London
Karen Hawkes Oxford
 
AUGUST DRAW
Geoff Bingham Southampton
Clive Guy Southampton
Brian Chambers Southampton
 
So a clean sweep for Southampton this month – think will have to transfer!!
....and to finish something completely different::  I read an article on line that said that being a travel agent was a complete waste of time and they were useless and unnecessary !!  As a former travel agent of course I know that we were and am indispensable!!  I was just about to send this newsletter off when I read the following:
 
From Travel mole today 27th August 2013
 
"Here's an argument for having a good, old fashioned travel agent," says Fox News. 

Indeed, the sad tale of an 89-year old man who broke his hip on a cruise has become a great advertisement for the importance of using a travel agent. 

American tourist Dodge Melkonian and his wife Jill sailed off on an Azamara cruise by Royal Caribbean cruise using credit from a former trip cancelled by a fire. Since they did not pay for the cruise, they could not buy the extended medical insurance that might have helped them. 

So when Melkonian broke his hip in the waters off Turkey, the cruise line dropped them at the nearest facility, a government hospital whose care the couple did not trust, and in which they allege no one spoke English. 

Seven hours later, the couple, too frightened to have the surgery done where they were, contacted their travel agent, Tammy Lavente, who was immediately on the case. 

Lavente called on a local tour guide to be her on-site hands-on representative. 

He acted as translator; he arranged for an ambulance to transport the couple to a private hospital; he contacted the American Embassy. He even donated his own blood for a transfusion. 

Lavente is now working on legislation to make sure this doesn't happen again.
 
I hope to see many of you at the very important meeting on September 20th in Reigate or in New York New York!!
 
Regards and Skål
Lyn
SOUTHAMPTON‘s trip to Hamburg is now just about full and confirmed.  Club member Christina has worked to hard together with Dieter to put it all together. The chance to see and experience QM2 and meet up with our German Skålleagues will make for an amazing weekend.  Looking forward to it!!
LONDON
 
A huge welcome to their new members:
 
Michael CHURNSIDE, Managing Director, CBT Travel (www.cbttravel.co.uk)
Vineeth PURUSHOTAMAN, Managing Director, Hospitality Sales Solution Ltd (www.hospitalitysalessolution.co.uk)
Diana HALL, Sales Executive, British Association of Hotel Representatives
Justin DAICH, Young Skål
Paul HOSKINS, Managing Director, Fulcrum Marketing + PR (www.fulcrumMarketing.uk.com)
Full membership Directory on the website: www.skallondon.co.uk
The Skål International London WTM Networking Event
 
Monday, November 4th 2013 Time: from 5:30pm to 8pm.
A networking drinks reception at the Aloft Hotel adjacent to Excel. The hotel is an exciting property you don't plan to attend WTM on the Monday; access is possible through the east end. Aloft London Eastern Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock • London, England E16 1FR,
Note: A truly international reception with over 100 skålleagues from over 25 different clubs attending!
Pre-booking is essential!
Detailed information and booking: Contact Alison Partridge
Tel: 020-3605 9587 / Email: contact@ppsolutions.ca

Human Rights in Tourism!
A joint seminar with the Tourism Society at the World Travel Market.
Wednesday, 6th November 2013 from 2pm to 3pm
Excel, South Gallery 23+24.
The topic will be Human Rights and what is the Tourism Industry doing about it?
Speakers are to be confirmed!
Please note that the seminar is free of charge and everyone is welcome!
Skål International President Mok Singh will attend WTM and the seminar.
Contact Paul Follows tel: 01892-661 532 / email: paul.follows@btinternet.com
OXFORD'S event on 10th August was given Mother Nature’s blessing as the day was glorious.  Secretary Karen Hawkes writes....We had a glorious day at President Ian’s garden party graciously hosted at the home of Leo and Jenny.  Prepared for an all weather “do” with a marquee; this thankfully wasn’t needed to keep the rain off but the sun!  The garden was looking lovely an I lost count as to how many butterflies I saw.
 
Friends from far and wide came including Membre d'Honneur Mr John Bright and Flo with their friends Sue and Clive (long time supporters of Skål), Jean and Ron from Manchester, London President Alison Partridge and our Isle of Wight contingent in Rita, Brian and Betty.  It was particularly nice to see Pauline with mum, both looking really well.
 
A total of 29 Skålleagues and friends spent a pleasant afternoon together enjoying Jenny’s home cooked fayre (I hold her entirely responsible for the gaining of a few pounds…!)  and with Brian Mace at the bar, the drinks were flowing.  A quiz to keep the little grey cells working had been prepared for us by Alex – he certainly keeps us on our toes!  It was all good fun.
 
We wiled away an afternoon of true Skål Amicale – thank you Jenny and Leo for making the day another Oxford Skål event to remember.
BRIGHTON SUSSEX AND THE Channel’s President Val Field picked what seemed like the only rainy Saturday in the entire British summer for her Garden Party – so it had to move indoors where the guests enjoyed a buffet lunch and a strawberries and cream tea.  Guests were waited upon by two “serving wenches” and between meals were entertained by a professional magician who didn’t produce a rabbit out of a hat but did produce one out of a balloon.  There was plenty of laughter and much amicable, so much so that non member Flo Powell who was Val’s guest promptly applied to join Skal!
 
A reminder that Presidents night at the Cooden Beach is on 19th October and excellent rates are available at the hotel.  (I have booked!)
CAMBRIDGE AND EAST ANGLIA met for lunch at Holiday Inn Southend Airport.  Their guest on this occasion was Membre d’Honneur Ian McCubbin  (good to know he has recovered) .  Also present were President Gill Blake, Tony and Christine Bennett, Ron Avery and David and Barbara Wickham. 
 
Barbara has reported to me that Maurice Steer is slowing recovering and at the time of writing is due out of hospital after 8 months.  Great news Maurice and also good to learn that there is plenty of support to help you and your family whilst you get well.  Just in time for the celebrations of Maurice’s 80th birthday in September.
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