President’s Corner June 2016
Hello fellow Skalleagues!
Thanks go out to everyone who attended our June meeting at the historic Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City! While our monthly meetings are always fun and memorable, being at this venue was truly an experience. The Gonzmart Family and their staff did an excellent job of providing us with plenty of drinks, and a dinner that can only be had at the Columbia. Thanks again to all!
A VERY special thank you goes out to our Membership Committee. Roberta Blum, Rick Hamilton and Tom Haines were able to invite over 20 new guests for the evening and it is now everyone’s job to work towards making them welcomed members in the near future.
Congratulations go out to our Raffle winners: Chris Heye /Dolphin Watch Cruise, Dominic Provesano /Brunch for 2 at Belleair Country Club, Julie Cortina /South African Wine and SKAL Bag and Dylan Hubbard was our $150 50/50 winner!
Well, the humidity of summer has officially arrived. And that can only mean one thing, it’s time to play some golf! Everyone please mark your calendars for July 22, 2016 at the beautiful Belleair Country Club for the Annual Don Smith Golf Tournament. Tee time is 8:00 AM and lunch will be served shortly after 12 Noon. Looking forward to seeing everyone’s picture perfect swing on the 22nd. Everyone should have received an email informing you of Ed Shaunessy’s charity project and I urge everyone to bring something for Ed to the Golf Tournament.
Yours in SKAL,
SKAL TAMPA BAY MEETING ETIQUETTE Meetings are typically held the second Monday of each month with some exceptions: July is our annual golf tournament and August is our Region IV Congress which is rotated between the clubs in our region. Meetings are also typically dinner events with a 6:00 reception followed by a 7:00 dinner over by about 9:00. Attire is business casual unless otherwise stated due to the venue.
During a typical meeting, the reception time is a great opportunity to mingle and make new SKAL friends as well as welcome and get to know our guests who are potential members and share your great SKAL experiences. As a member of SKAL you have the opportunity to spend time among like-minded professionals, to enjoy fabulous cuisine at some of Tampa Bay’s finest venues. It is not the time or place to pass out business cards or hustle business. You will of course make lifetime friendship and if at some time you decide you need one of the services a member provides, you will of course call on them for their expertise.
When we do our SKAL Toast, only members should stand for the toast while their guests remain seated.
We have two special events each year: Our holiday party in December and our Installation Dinner in March. Suggested attire is more formal with Black Tie optional. While members are always welcomed to sign up their spouses to attend a meeting, the two special events are typically a big draw.
Members are encouraged throughout the year to invite guests who are considered to be “qualified” potential members. These are upper level, hospitality industry executives. SKAL draws from hotel executives and owners, Travel and Cruises industries, Attractions and transportation to name a few. If you are not sure if your guest qualifies you may contact your Membership Committee Chairperson, or our EST. If the potential guest qualifies, please invite them to their first meeting as “your guest” rather than stating it is free.