Skal Boston Summer Contest: Hospitality Heroes

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Contest Announcement: Boston Skålleagues please send us your stories of individuals from the hospitality industry in our region doing outstanding things to embody the spirit of Skål during these difficult times for the tourism industry. 

Four winners will be selected by the board and announced in late September. Each will receive a $250 gift certificate from one of our Skål Boston member businesses and their story will be promoted on our social media channels.

Nominations will be accepted until September 15. Skalleagues you can nominate yourself if you’d like to. Please include a photo of the individual with the submission. Your submission of stories/photos will be considered as having granted us permission to share the stories and photos online for this contest. The Club will randomly draw four member businesses to purchase the $250 gift certificates from and those businesses will receive additional social media exposure during this contest period. 

Meanwhile, member businesses who would like to promote a reopening special, please forward that information with a photo and we will attempt to promote it online as a part of this contest. We will also be featuring member businesses on our social media channels weekly at random. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to see what your fellow members are up to, and please share!

Send your stories or questions to info@skalboston.org 

August Zoom Meeting!

Skalleagues please make sure to check your email for Beth’s invitation to our August virtual meeting on August 20th at noon. We are excited to announce there will be some fun surprise hospitality content. Stay tuned!

April Updates & Newsletter

Dear Fellow Skalleagues,

I start this newsletter with wishes of continued good health to each of you and your families. We are living in turbulent times where our need to connect with family and friends has never been more important.

In place of our April 16th meeting, the Club hosted our first ever Zoom Skal Toast and
Conversation. Approximately 50 members attended along with Skal USA President David Ryan. It was great to finally “see” so many of you and hear from President Ryan. He gave an update on the results of the survey that was sent to members. Skalleagues Dan Donahue and David Colella shared some Boston hospitality insights. Skalleague Bob Levine added some levity regarding President Ryan’s love of the Buffalo Bills and his delight in Tom Brady’s move to Tampa Bay. If we gave awards for “traveling” the furthest, Skalleague Christine Frazier would be the winner. We did record the call and hope to have it edited and posted on our website and share it on social media soon. A HUGE thank you to all who joined the call.

Your Skal Board of Directors met on Thursday, April 16th and I would like to share some updates with you.

May Meeting

Unfortunately, due the continued uncertainty with state and city policies regarding social
distancing and public gatherings, the board voted unanimously to cancel our May reception at the New England Aquarium. It was not an easy decision to make but the safety and well-being of each of you continues to be our primary concern.

We will most likely schedule another Zoom meeting. If there are any “Zoom Specialists” out there, please let me know.

 

Other April Board News

The Board also asked that I reach out to the locations that agreed to host the remainder of our meetings. I will, of course, share those updates with all of you.

The Board also passed a motion that any future donations the club makes will be to an
individual or organization in need and is associated with the greater Boston Hospitality
community. During these times of need, the board felt any donations distributed should be to those closest to our industry. The December holiday luncheon was not part of this motion and the board will leave the charity decision to Skalleague David Colella and other members of the Board.

Boston Skal Immediate Past President Terrilynn Haak and current SIUSA Representative
accepted a position on the Skal USA Board as a member of the Membership Committee. Please join me in congratulating Terrilynn on this appointment.

2020 Scholarship Recipients

With special thanks to our Scholarship Committee consisting of Skalleagues Chris Pappas, Dennis Graham, Carrie Campbell and Julie Pagano, both the Keith Staples Travel and Tourism Scholarship and the Bruce Leaver Hospitality Industry Skal Scholarships have been awarded:

Keith Staples Travel and Tourism Scholarship

The committee met and reviewed several applicants. They decided on a UMASS student, Hailey LaFlamme, class of ’21. A check in the amount of $2,500 will be sent directly to the UMASS bursar’s office. Hailey is the first person in her generation to go to college and her mother has worked in the hospitality industry for over thirty years as a waitress.
Hailey sent this comment to the committee, “Thank you so much! I’m very honored and excited to be receiving this scholarship. I was in great need of financial support and am insanely grateful”.

Bruce Lever Hospitality Industry Skal Scholarship

UMASS, administers the program for the Club, has selected Elizabeth Grunewald, class of ’21. Elizabeth has an associate degree from Greenfield Community College and is currently a student at the Isenberg School. She has primarily worked as a Wellness Educator and Special Events Manager, focusing on combining physical activity and creative expression for personal and communal well-being.
We congratulate both of these outstanding individuals and look forward to introducing them at a future luncheon.

A check in the amount $2,500 for each recipient will be mailed to the UMASS bursar’s office.

 

World Skal Day

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 is World Skal Day. Skal International would like to have as many
Skalleagues from around the world offer each other the Skal Toast on this day to celebrate World Skal Day.

They would like each member to upload a short video of themselves reciting the Skal toast. Please post to your own social media pages, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn and add the hashtag #worldskalday.

Two samples from Skalleagues Bill Rheaume and Fiona Nicholl are below:
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The Skal toast is at the bottom of each page of this newsletter.
Please watch our social media platforms for more information. Remember the date is Tuesday, April 28, 2020 – WORLD SKAL DAY.

 

New Skal International Website

Once again, I must ask that if you HAVEN’T updated your profile on the new Skal International website, to please do so. Skal USA President, Dave Ryan and Holly Powers, Skal International Representative both reminded us of this during our Zoom Call on April 16 th .

They have asked all Club Presidents to again remind their members to log into the site and make sure your passwords and individual profiles are correct. If you have been a member of Skal prior to 2000, your profile needs updated. This can be accomplished by going to:
www.skal.org

Reset the Password:

  1. Prior to entering the site, and from the web login page, click “Reset Password:
  2. Enter your email and click the “confirm button. You will receive next steps in your
    mailbox.
  3. Check your mailbox. You will receive an email from Skal International with a link to change the password.
  4. Follow the link and you be asked to entry your email and a new password. Click “Confirm” and you should be set.

Update your Profile:

  1. Access the web login page and your username and password.
  2. Access the website and click on the top right “My Account”
  3. In your account you can find your documents, your contact information and other
    details. Click “Edit” to update your profile.
  4. You can change your image or modify any field of your profile except “Member Code” or “Category”.
  5. After making your edits, at the end of the page, click “Confirm details”. Your profile has been updated.

Having an updated profile will be very useful for you as well as for other members to get in touch with you and establish both personal and business connections.

 

Social Media

We have several social media accounts and I encourage you to follow us:
Instagram:   bostonskal
Twitter:   @skalboston
Facebook:   SkalBoston
Skal member Alyssa Dion Rodning oversees social media. Please share any pictures or
newsworthy articles with her at Alyssadionrodning@gmail.com.
Stay well and be safe,
Yours in Skal,

Beth Stehley
Beth Stehley
2020 Boston Skal Club President

COVID-19 UPDATE: APRIL MEETING

Good afternoon fellow Boston Skalleagues,

I start this communication with a heavy heart as I have heard some of you have been furloughed until we can get ahead of this pandemic.  I am truly sorry because if there was a time when we need to gather and be among friends, this would be that time.

I must once again deliver unfortunate news.  Honoring the Governor’s decision to ban gatherings of more than 25 people, our April meeting at the Hampshire House has been cancelled.  I know you share my disappointment as we were preparing to celebrate our Past Presidents.  I want to thank both Tom Kershaw and Michele Giacomozzi for understanding.

I will be in touch regarding the status of May’s meeting.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, or want to talk, please reach out via email or phone. 

Please remember to do all the things they are asking us to do so that we can try to resume life as we knew it before the outbreak of Covid-19.  Be well.

Yours in Skål,

Beth

Beth Stehley

2020 Boston Skål Club President

COVID-19 UPDATE: MARCH MEETING CANCELLATION

Fellow Skalleaugues,

With the recent declaration of a state of emergency by Governor Baker, and in the best interest of continued good health and safety, I am cancelling the March Skål Boston Luncheon. 

The luncheon was scheduled to be held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge on Thursday, March 19, 2020.  I would like to thank Eduardo Fernandez, General Manager and Jim Anello, Director of Catering Sales for their support and guidance over the past weeks.

For those of you who registered for the meeting, the Club will issue a refund to your credit card.  If you paid by check, we will confirm with you directly on the best way to return your check.

Our April meeting is scheduled at the Hampshire House on Thursday, April 16, 2020.   It is our Past President’s luncheon.  I hope to see you there. 

For additional updates, please check our website, www.skalboston.org or our social media outlets.  Should you have additional questions, please reach out to me.

Be well.

SKAL!

Beth

Beth Stehley

2020 Boston Skål Club President

March Newsletter from our President

Beth Stehley, Skal Boston 2020 President

Dear Fellow Skalleagues.

It is a pleasure to be the 2020 Boston Skål Club President this year, and an honor and a privilege to lead one of the largest clubs in North America. 

It is my goal to keep you keep you informed of initiatives within Skål International, grow our club’s membership and continue with our philanthropic efforts.

2020 Skål Boston Board

Listed below is the 2020 Skål Boston Board and their email addresses.  Please contact any of us should you have any questions:

New Skål International Website

Skål International launched a new website in late January.  As with any new websites, there are some areas where the information didn’t “roll” over.

They have asked all Club Presidents to ask their members to log into the site and make sure your passwords and individual profiles are correct.  If you have been a member of Skål prior to 2000, your profile needs updated.  This can be accomplished by going to:

www.skal.org

Reset the Password:

  1. Prior to entering the site, and from the web login page, click “Reset Password:
  2. Enter your email and click the “confirm button.  You will receive next steps in your mailbox.
  3. Check your mailbox.  You will receive an email from Skål International with a link to change the password.
  4. Follow the link and you be asked to entry your email and a new password.  Click “Confirm” and you should be set.

Update your Profile

  1.  Access the web login page and your username and password.
  2. Access the website and click on the top right “My Account”
  3. In your account you can find your documents, your contact information and other details.  Click “Edit” to update your profile.
  4. You can change your image or modify any field of your profile except “Member Code” or “Category”.
  5. After making your edits, at the end of the page, click “Confirm details”.  Your profile has been updated.

Having an updated profile will be very useful for you as well as for other members to get in touch with you and establish both personal and business connections.

Social Media

We have several social media accounts and I encourage you to follow us:

Instagram:           bostonskal

Twitter:                @skalboston

Facebook:           SkalBoston

Skål member Alyssa Dion Rodning oversees social media.  Please share any pictures or newsworthy articles with her at Alyssa.dion@marriott.com

Boston Skål Club 2020 2021 Meeting Locations

I am pleased to announce the locations for our monthly meetings which are third Thursday of each month.  Please click here to go to the schedule. September is still open should any of you wish to host us.

The Past President’s luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at the Hampshire House.  This is a very special luncheon where we celebrate all those individuals who have served as our Club President.  Past President’s remember to wear your special chain!

Philanthropic Efforts/Raffles

Skål Boston has been working hard the past few years to raise funds through auctions and raffles for the Skål Philanthropic Fund and to support the Boston Skål Clubs efforts to remain active and vibrant within the Skål community.  A huge thank you to all of you have contributed.  Once again, on behalf of the Club, I am asking for your assistance.

The Skål Philanthropic Fund supports two club scholarships as well as other philanthropic efforts (The Florimond Vlockart Fund, support other clubs and cities when natural disasters strike, etc.)

The two Scholarship Initiatives include:

  • The Bruce Leaver Hospitality Industry Scholarship:  The Bruce Leaver Hospitality Industry Scholarship benefits winning applicants that are enrolled in the Hospitality Travel Management Program within the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Applications are submitted directly to the school and they make the selection of the most deserving candidate.
  • The Boston Skål Club/Keith Staples Scholarship:  The Boston Skål Club/Keith Staples Scholarship encourages professional development within the travel and tourism industry by awarding academic scholarships to college students who are permanent residents of Massachusetts and are enrolled in the travel and tour industry majors at a two or four-year higher education accredited institution.  Annually, one scholarship of $1500 is available through the Boston Skål Club/Keith Staples Scholarship Fund.

ANY DONATIONS SMALL OR LARGE WOULD GO A LONG WAY IN RAISING FUNDS FOR ALL PURPOSES, SCHOLARHSIPS AND FUNDING FOR THE CLUB.

Some ideas of Donations/Raffles:

  • Gift showcasing your product or establishment
  • A gift certificate to your establishment
  • An overnight/weekend stay at your hotel.

Please send any donations to:

Efren Aponte, Director of Sales and Marketing
Moxy Hotel
240 Tremont Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
efron.aponte@marriott.com

or

Beth Stehley, Sales
Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau
2 Copley Place, Suite 105
Boston, MA 02116
bstehley@bostonusa.com

In closing, I am looking forward to a fun and exciting year.  Should you need to reach me, please contact me at the above email or on my cell phone at 617-680-5461.

Yours sincerely in Skål,

Beth Stehley

2020 Boston Skål Club President

February Luncheon at The Boston Marriott Copley Place

We had a beautiful February luncheon at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. Our host, Skålleague Erin Gilroy, entertained 57 members and 14 guests.

We pinned six new Skålleagues at the meeting, inviting them into our ranks. Congratulations to all of you and welcome to our incredible organization!

  • Aideen Mullholland, Club Med
  • Dustin Kovats, Moxy Boston Downtown
  • Kate Davis, City of Boston
  • Ken Ng, Mandarin Oriental, Boston
  • Kristina Lazos, Four Seasons Hotel, One Dalton Street
  • Mohammed Hashesh, Courtyard Boston Cambridge

Thank you to the following partners for their generous raffle donations this month. Raffle tickets sold plentifully and our live auction item was a hot item!

  • Marriott Copley: 2 Club Seat Tickets to the Celtics
  • Blue Man Group: 2 tickets
  • Entertainment Cruises: Dinner and Cruise on the Odyssey
  • New England Aquarium: Admission for 4 and a sweet stuffed penguin
  • $75 to Pizzeria Uno
  • $25 MasterCard gift card & 2 AMC movie passes
  • Boston Duck Tours: two tickets
  • LIVE AUCTION ITEM ($450 RAISED): Loews Boston Hotel with a stay in a Grand Corner King room and dinner for two at the Precinct Kitchen & Bar

Thank you for a great event – we look forward to seeing you in March!