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  • 06/27/2016 9:04 AM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

     

     
     
                           


                                    

    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,

    Hoyt

        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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

                                                         

     

     

                                                                  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

                           

     

     

     

     

                     
                     
    Belleair Country Club
          
    THE DON SMITH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
      Event Time: 8 am - Shotgun Start 
    Noon - Lunch and Awards 
    Suggested Dress: Golf Casual

     
      PARKING IS FREE ON SITE  
    CHOOSE YOUR MEAL FROM COUNTRY CLUB
               DAILY LUNCH MENU         
    Special Features: 
          First Place Member and Guest Trophies and Prizes
            Closest to the Pin on 4th Hole Trophy and Prize    
         Longest Drive on 18th Hole Trophy and Prize  
            
    Individual Callaway Scoring 
     
    Come to Golf at 8:00AM
    or
    Join us for Lunch at Noon
    RAFFLES and 50/50
     
    EXTRA RAFFLE ITEMS
         
     
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    Skal
    c/o Steven Rodriguez
    14280 Passage Way
    Seminole, FL 33776
     
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        Florida's FIRST Golf Club    
        1 Country Club Lane
    Belleair, FL 33756-2098
    Phone 727.461.7171
      

     

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    Collecting items for our Monthly Raffle

    The extra raffle items graciously donated by many of you have been great incentives for our members to participate. We have had some fantastic "extra opportunity drawing" items. THANK YOU!!

    I am collecting more items for upcoming meetings. I will be mindful of any time sensitive or restricted items but please try to put an expiration date of at least December 31, 2017 on any certificate.

    This entire year we are adding additional prizes to our monthly drawing to garner more excitement and showcase our members. If you would like to donate items for the upcoming dinners or annual auction, please email me and let me know what you will be donating and then mail the certificate, gift card, etc. to the following address:

    SKAL Tampa Bay c/o Steven Rodriguez

    14280 Passage Way, Seminole FL 33776

    This is a great way of advertising your business while increasing odds of winning at our events and supporting our club. Thanks so much to all that have and continue to furnish prizes.

     
                                        

     

     

                           

     

     

     

                           

     

                           

     

                           

     

                           

     

     
     
                        

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     







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  • 05/13/2016 4:01 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

     

     
     
                           


                                    

    President’s Corner May 2016

    Greetings Fellow Skalleagues!

    Our May dinner at the Sirata Beach Resort was a huge success for a number of reasons. The Sirata always delivers a memorable evening and this was no different.  From the Cocktail hour on the Breezeway with delicious appetizers, to a wonderful dinner that was only surpassed by the spectacular views of the sunset.  Somehow that never gets old!  I would also like to thank the Banfi Winery for supplying the wine selections.  They were a perfect complement to the meal. A big thank you goes out to Gregg Nicklaus and Tim Coultas for an outstanding evening. 

    I want to thank Laura Lothridge and Ronda Sanborn for organizing and conducting the Stars of Tomorrow fundraiser for our Young SKALs.  Their efforts raised over $500 for our young SKAL program. This will go a long way towards providing these future hospitality professionals with the opportunity to be a part of, and learn from, our club members as they grow within our industry.  I urge all members to keep your eyes open for potential new Young SKAL candidates that may be in your company, or that you interact with in your daily routines. This is the future of our club, and industry, and your help makes everyone stronger.

    All of us are encouraged to be aware of prospective new members and this month, George Hoch and  I were happy to pin Robert Czyszczon with Plaza Beach Resorts as our newest member.  I have no doubt that Robert will be a big asset to our Club!  Congratulations, and a big thank you goes out to Leslie Wright. She was the winner of our 50/50 drawing and selected a 2 night stay at the Barefoot Beach Resort as her prize which allowed us to donate the cash winnings to the Young SKAL program.

    The June dinner will be on June 13th at the historic Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. It is sure to be a night you won’t want to miss so get your reservations in early.  I look forward to seeing everyone there!

    Yours in SKAL,

    Hoyt

     

      

                                                                               

     

            YOUNG SKAL A subject Dan remains committed to, is re-building Young SKAL at our club. He is confident none of us have to look too far to find a potential up and coming young hospitality person that would be a perfect candidate as a Young SKAL member!   As a reminder………..                                              

             Young SKAL Student Is a student at an authorized, tourism, educational establishment which grants a degree or recognized diploma upon completion of studies.  Ages 18 – 27.

                  

             Young SKAL Professional - Is a young professional training for or working in the industry.  Ages 20 – 29.

                            

            Young SKAL Associate Is a Young SKAL professional still training for or working in the industry after the age of 29 who does not yet qualify for Active membership may continue as Young SKAL Associate member until the age of 35.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

                                                         

     

     

                                                                  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

                           

     

     

     

     

                     
     

    NEXT MEETING: 

    Columbia Restaurant 
       
      Board of Directors Meeting: 5:00 PM  
        Registration/Reception: 6:00 PM  
      Dinner: 7:00 PM  
         Suggested Dress: Business Attire 
              FREE PARKING ON SITE   
       Special Chef's Menu: 
     RECEPTION
    Open Bar
        Empanadas de Picadillo
       Chorizo Puffs
     Scallops Wrapped in Bacon
     Croquetas de Champinon
     
     DINNER
      Cuban Bread and Butter
      1905 Salad
     Combination Plate - Filet Mignon/Pollo
     Manchego/Yellow Rice
      Flan
      Coffee, Iced Tea and soft drinks
           
        Extra Raffle Items:
               
    Note: Our 50/50 raffle is cash only
               
    PLEASE NOTE:
    If paying by credit card, please do so online
    If paying by check please mail to:
     
    Skal
    c/o Steven Rodriguez
    14280 Passage Way
    Seminole, FL 33776
     
       
      Columbia Restaurant Ybor City
         2117 E 7th Ave. Tampa, FL 33605
         (813) 248-4961
     
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    Collecting items for our Monthly Raffle

    The extra raffle items graciously donated by many of you have been great incentives for our members to participate. We have had some fantastic "extra opportunity drawing" items. THANK YOU!!

    I am collecting more items for upcoming meetings. I will be mindful of any time sensitive or restricted items but please try to put an expiration date of at least December 31, 2017 on any certificate.

    This entire year we are adding additional prizes to our monthly drawing to garner more excitement and showcase our members. If you would like to donate items for the upcoming dinners or annual auction, please email me and let me know what you will be donating and then mail the certificate, gift card, etc. to the following address:

    SKAL Tampa Bay c/o Steven Rodriguez

    14280 Passage Way, Seminole FL 33776

    This is a great way of advertising your business while increasing odds of winning at our events and supporting our club. Thanks so much to all that have and continue to furnish prizes.

     
                                        

     

     

                           

     

     

     

                           

     

                           

     

                           

     

                           

     

     
     
                        

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     







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  • 04/15/2016 11:31 AM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

     

     
     
                           


                                    

    President’s Corner April 2016

    Greetings Fellow Skalleagues!

    It feels great to have my first official meeting as President of our club behind me!  It istruly an honor to serve you in this capacity. I would like to thank my Board members for a productive and timely Board meeting prior to our dinner at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa.  Discussions were productive and I am confident that the future of our Club is looking very bright.

    I would also like to recognize and thank the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa and its staff for an outstanding and memorable event.  The meal was incredible with the Filet and Crab Cakes.  I must admit that I got in a little trouble when I got home and told my wife about the Bananas Foster dessert as it is her favorite! 

    Congratulations go out to our raffle winners: Julie Cortina won a Spa Day at Safety Harbor Spa, Jeff Malogrides was the lucky winner of a stay at the Epicurean with brunch for 2 included, Rhonda Sanborn won a Dolphin Cruise for 2 from Dolphin Landings, and our 50-50 winner of $120 was Colette Florido. Just a reminder, we are always looking for additional prizes to add to our raffles.  If you or someone you conduct business with would like to donate, we will gladly accept.  Steven informed me that our stash of raffle prizes is almost empty, so please keep your eyes open.

    In closing, I can’t tell you how much I look forward to each of our meetings.  It is an opportunity to interact with like minded professionals in the Hospitality Industry in a relaxed non soliciting setting.  As most of you know, relaxed is how I operate in almost every situation and as I run our meetings I try to keep it light and enjoyable.  I hope that everyone enjoys my approach, but if I get a little too relaxed, feel free to let me know.  I look forward to seeing everyone next month at the Sirata Beach Resort in St Pete Beach.  They never fail to deliver a top shelf experience!

    Also, if you know of any Owners, GMs, VPs, Directors and Young SKAL candidates that may qualify for membership, please contact Steven about inviting them as our guest to an upcoming event. Visit our website to find out what the requirements are to be a qualified member or contact Steven for help.

    Hoyt

     

      

     

                              

    May raffle proceeds will go to the Young SKAL Fund

            YOUNG SKAL  -  A subject Dan remains committed to, is re-building Young SKAL at our club. He is confident none of us have to look too far to find a potential up and coming young hospitality person that would be a perfect candidate as a Young SKAL member!   As a reminder………..                                              

             Young SKAL Student Is a student at an authorized, tourism, educational establishment which grants a degree or recognized diploma upon completion of studies.  Ages 18 – 27.

                  

             Young SKAL Professional - Is a young professional training for or working in the industry.  Ages 20 – 29.

                            

            Young SKAL Associate  -  Is a Young SKAL professional still training for or working in the industry after the age of 29 who does not yet qualify for Active membership may continue as Young SKAL Associate member until the age of 35.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

                                                         

     

     

                                                                  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

                           

     

     

     

     

                     
     

    NEXT MEETING: 

    Sirata Beach Resort
               
        
    Board of Directors Meeting: 5:00 PM
       Registration/Reception: 6:00 PM
    Dinner: 7:00 PM   
    Suggested Dress: Casual   
    FREE PARKING ON SITE  
      Special Chef's Menu: 
    Reception
    Orange-ginger Chicken Lollipops with toasted Sesame SeedsTomato and Vodka Infused Shrimp Hot Shots
    Southwest Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with Chipotle BBQ Sauce
    Duck Bacon and Corn Wontons with Ginger-soy Dipping Sauce
    Dinner
    Sautéed Crab Cake with a Mango-pineapple Relish and Sour Orange Sauce
    Baby Spinach, Assortment of Mix Greens, Tropical Fruits and Berries, Feta Cheese, Fresh mint, Spiced Pistachio Nuts, Pomegranate-Honey Vinaigrette Glaze
    Center cut of Prime Beef Tenderloin with Porcini Mushroom Compound Butter and a Port Wine Reduction, Grilled Spring Vegetables and Garlic Roasted Potatoes
    Dessert
    Chocolate S’more Martini
          Extra Raffle Items:
      
    2 Day/1 Night Stay in 2 Bedroom Condo at Sunset Vistas
        Lunch for Two at Rumrunners/Sirata   
      Sunset Sail for Two at Hubbard's Marina
          Note: Our 50/50 raffle is cash only      
      Immediately after the Dinner at the Sirata Beach Resort, Capt. Dan Peretz will be providing a Sailing Yacht(s) for an evening cruise on the smooth waters of Boca Ciega Bay!  All Tampa Bay Skål Members, and their guests are invited to join, at no cost, by submitting RSVP to - Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center @  727-367-4488.
           * Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center is located 1/2 mile South of the Sirata Beach Resort, on the East side of Gulf Blvd, within the Dolphin Village Shopping Center, directly behind the CVS.
       * Plenty of FREE parking
       * Cruise times - Immediately after the dinner, approx. 8:30pm - 9:00pm. Returning approx 10:00pm
       * Soft Drinks, Bottled Water, AND Wine will be on board Complimentary
       * Check out the Yachts at - www.dolphinlandings.com
           Magic  -  Fantasea  -  Phoenix  - Enterprise    
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    Skal 
    c/o Steven Rodriguez
    14280 Passage Way
    Seminole, FL 33776
              
      Sirata Beach Resort
     5300 Gulf Blvd. St Pete Beach, FL 33706
            (727) 897-5200  
     
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    Collecting items for our Monthly Raffle

    The extra raffle items graciously donated by many of you have been great incentives for our members to participate. We have had some fantastic "extra opportunity drawing" items. THANK YOU!!

    I am collecting more items for upcoming meetings. I will be mindful of any time sensitive or restricted items but please try to put an expiration date of at least December 31, 2017 on any certificate.

    This entire year we are adding additional prizes to our monthly drawing to garner more excitement and showcase our members. If you would like to donate items for the upcoming dinners or annual auction, please email me and let me know what you will be donating and then mail the certificate, gift card, etc. to the following address:

    SKAL Tampa Bay c/o Steven Rodriguez

    14280 Passage Way, Seminole FL 33776

    This is a great way of advertising your business while increasing odds of winning at our events and supporting our club. Thanks so much to all that have and continue to furnish prizes.

     
                                        

     

     

                           

     

     

     

                           

     

                           

     

                           

     

                           

     

     
     
                        

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     







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  • 03/25/2016 3:19 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

     

     
     
                           

    Dan Peretz

                                    

    President’s Corner March 2015

     

    Fellow Skalleagues,

     It is indeed a great honor for me to represent the ‘SKAL Club of Tampa Bay’ as your President!  Nineteen years ago I served as President and much has changed, but the focus of “amicale” remains the same and serving on the Board of Directors always strengthens these valuable friendships.  

    We enjoyed a wonderful evening at our 56th Installation and Recognition of Past Presidents Dinner, superbly hosted by the Sheraton Sand Key. Many thanks to Russ Kimball and Jack Guy for going all out (as they did at my first installation in 1996).  It was delightful to have the eloquent Mr. Guy (and of course Wanda) join us for the event!

                                   

    It was a privilege to welcome our new Region IV VP from Atlanta, Burcin Turkkan, who led our opening Skal toast.  President Dan recognized outgoing board members (Dave Rossman, Andy Brouillard, Chuck Wray, Gregg Nicklaus, Laura Lothridge and Troy Manthey). Our thanks to all who contributed so much over the years.  Dan also saluted two long time members who we lost this year, Toby Dillas and Doug Nelson.

                                    

    Dan recapped his year and our accomplishments which were significant in bringing back the “honor” and “pizzazz” of Skal Tampa Bay!  Well done President Dan!  Your leadership, inspiration and friendly manner truly deserve the appreciation of our membership!

                                   

    Let me reminisce for a moment about the memorable culinary presentation by Executive Chef John Harris. The passed hors d’oeuvres were delicious veal croquettes, shrimp pipettes (fun presentation), seared duck breast on crostini and those amazing mini-lobster rolls. A special salad with homemade mozzarella, homegrown basil and local greens started the meal.  The entrée was a duet of truffle dusted roast tenderloin (Mmm) and crab crusted gulf snapper with parmesan herb risotto.  Dessert was homemade bread pudding with candied pecans, butter rum sauce and ice cream.  Wow!

                                   

    Burcin Turkkan gave us her background and proceeded with the installation and pinning of officers. Returning Directors are Roberta Blum, Michele O’Hara, Sara Bertran and John Donadeo.  She welcomed incoming Directors George Bentley, Chuck Prather and Tim Coultas,  Executive Secretary/Treasurer- Steven Rodriguez, Past President- Dan Peretz, SIUSA Rep.- Carol Eaves, Treasurer- Colette Florido, Secretary- Ed Shaughnessy, Vice-President- Hoyt Hamilton and I proudly took the helm from Captain Dan!

                                   

    I laid out a few goals for this year: To continue to grow our membership and focus on some key properties and organizations where we greatly hope for involvement, to develop a core membership of “Young Skal” with the assistance of USF, St. Pete College and St. Leo hospitality programs, to expand our November “Salute” from GM’s to Tourism in the Tampa Bay area and to make our group more vibrant and once again become “the” organization to make a commitment to!

                                   

    My thanks to everyone for their confidence and support in the coming year and for the honor to lead such a distinguished group!  I look forward to seeing everyone on April 13th at the Marriott St. Peterburg/Clearwater.

                                    

    George Hoch                       

    President             

                                    

                                   *  50 / 50 & Raffle  *

    The 50/50 drawing was $185, won by Phil Henderson who generously donated back to the club. Thank you Phil! 

    The other great raffle items that night were ………..

     * Two night stay at Sheraton Sand Key Resort  

     * Dinner for Two at Maritana Grill

     * Gift Certificate for Lobster Pot Bistro

     * Fishing and Dolphin Watch from Hubbard's Marina

     

                                                                  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

                           

     

     

     

     

                     

     

    NEXT MEETING: 

    April 13, 2015 - 6:00 PM

                                                

    Marriott Hotel

       

     

       

      Event Time: 6 pm to 8:30 pm 

    Suggested Dress: Business Attire 

         
      FREE PARKING ON SITE  

     

      Special Chef's Menu:

     

     

      SPECIAL FEATURES:

          

           

       Extra Raffle Items:    

            

     Gift Certificate from Marriott Hotel

    Free Night Stay at Red Roof Inns of America

                    Dinner for Two at Compass Grill              

      Sailing Certificate from Dolphin Landings  

               

    Note: Our 50/50 raffle is cash only

     

     

     

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    If paying by credit card, please do so online

    If paying by check please mail to:

    Skal

    c/o Steven Rodriguez

    14280 Passage Way

    Seminole, FL 33776

     

       

     

          

    St Petersburg Marriott Clearwater

        12600 Roosevelt Blvd. St Petersburg, FL 33716
    (727) 572-7800
     

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    Collecting items for our Raffle and Annual Auction

     

    The extra raffle items graciously donated by many of you have been great incentives for our members to participate. We have had some fantastic "extra opportunity drawing" items. THANK YOU!!

     I am collecting more items for upcoming meetings. I will be mindful of any time sensitive or restricted items but please try to put an expiration date of at least one year on any certificate.

    This entire year we are adding additional prizes to our monthly drawing to garner more excitement and showcase our members. If you would like to donate items for the upcoming dinners, please email me and let me know what you will be donating and then mail the certificate, gift card, etc. to the following address:

    Skal Tampa Bay

    c/o Steven Rodriguez

    14280 Passage Way, Seminole FL 33776

    This is a great way of advertising your business while increasing odds of winning at our events and supporting our club. Thanks so much to all that have and continue to furnish prizes.

     

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  • 02/19/2016 11:44 AM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

     

     
     
                           


                                    

    President’s Corner February 2016

                                    

    Dear Fellow Skalleagues,

    Your Board of Directors and I are hoping for a grand turnout for our March 10th (Thursday- 6:30pm)Installation Banquet at the Club at Treasure Island! We hope to welcome back many past-presidents and will have the honor of the SIUSA (SKAL International U.S.A.) VP of Administration, Holly Powers, participating in the ceremony. This is a formal/tux “optional” event but please do not let that intimidate, and please note it is a Thursday evening and one-half hour later to encourage spousal/date attendance.

    If you are planning any Summer travel, you may want to include Boise, Idaho June 9-12 and the North American (NAASC) SKAL Congress. Dan Peretz will be representing our club.

    Please be identifying a Young SKAL Candidate to invite to the May SKAL dinner at the Sirata Beach Resort. We encourage every member to bring a young guest to this special evening featuring Young Skal. Their first visit is complimentary. (Please reference our web site page on Young SKAL for possible categories and explanation)

    February 8th we met and dined at Tradewinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach thanks to our host George Bentley!  Hors de Oeuvres (creative watermelon cubes topped with crab salad, chicken marsala mushroom tarts and caramelized onion tartlet) and cocktails were served in the Atrium lobby. 

    Guests were recognized and I introduced Carlos Banks, our special guest, who led the opening SKAL toast. Carlos is the Executive Secretary/Treasurer for Ft. Lauderdale/Palm Beaches SKAL and a Past SIUSA President. Carlos presented the club his token SIUSA banner.

    Dinner opened with a baby spinach salad with lots of “goodies”. Our double entrée was Sumac-Seared Jumbo Scallops and Key West Pink Shrimp with Stir-Fried Vegetables, Pad Thai Noodles, Tamarind-Chili Glaze, Mango-Papaya Salsa, and Fried Plantain. Our meal was capped with Flourless Chocolate Gateau with Apricot Coulis and RaspberrySauce.

    With the help of Carlos Banks and Mark Hubbard, we pinned two new members:  LarryButterfield (owner of Kilwin’s Chocolates and Ice Cream in John’s Pass Village) and Bob Marcus (Editor/Owner of the InfoGuide). The nights 50/50 was won by Gregg Nicklaus who generously donated the funds back to SKAL, Tim and Karen Coultas won brunch for two at Tradewinds Palm Court, Dylan Hubbard won dinner for two at Sirata’s Compass Grill and Stephen Cummings won a sail for two from Dolphin Landings!

    We had a pleasant surprise as two members offered to purchase the $1,500 event at T-Pepin’s for $300 "Buy Now" and Andy Brouillard stepped up and accepted both for the benefit of SKAL Tampa Bay! Thanks to all!  New member Larry Butterfield led our closingSkal toast.

    Please do not miss the 57th Anniversary Installation and Past Presidents Banquet, and support Hoyt Hamilton as I pass him the (huge) Sash of Past Presidents and he becomes your 2016/2017 SKAL Tampa Bay President! My year has been a great experience and I greatly appreciate the support of all members! My special thanks to our Executive Committee, our highly committed Board of Directors, and the exceptional efficiency of Steven Rodriguez, our EST! It has been an honor and a pleasure to get to know so many members and guests. I thank our members who stepped up with raffle prizes and especially those who recognize the value of our esteemed membership by hosting wonderful events these last few years!

    George Hoch, President

     CHECK OUT OUR NEWEST MEMBER SPOTLIGHT !!

    Member Spotlight - Rick Hamilton

     

     

     

     

                                                         

     

     

                                                                  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

                           

     

     

     

     

                     

     

    NEXT MEETING:

                   

    The Club at Treasure Island

       

     

     Annual  Installation and Past Presidents 

     Dinner 

    BRING YOUR SPOUSE OR SIGNIFICANT OTHER 

    Event Time: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm 

    Suggested Dress: Formal Optional 

      PARKING IS FREE ON SITE 

       Special Features: 

       Installation of Officers and Board

         Special Welcome to Past Presidents 

         Special Chef's Menu: 

         Cocktail Reception

          Caprese Shooter

         Vine Ripe tomato, Basil, Buffalo Mozzarella

            Mote Caviar Bilini

             Crème Fraiche, Micro Tarragon

      Lemon Grass Smoked Black Grouper Ceviche

             Mini Iceberg Wedge Skewer

          Applewood Bacon, Maytag Bleu Cheese, Teardrop Tomato

             Croustade Trio

              Foie Gras-Fig Jam, Pistachio Chevre,

      Mote Caviar-Quail Egg Mousse

      Cabernet Poached Anjou Pear Salad

          Ricotta Solata, Baby Frisee, Toasted Hazel nuts

      Local Tangerine Honey Vinaigrette 

      Decadent Duo 

        Wagyu Beef Short Rib,   Seared Diver Scallop

     White Bean Cassoulet, Micro Mire Poix

      Dessert Trio

           Extra Raffle Items:    

        VIP Weekend Pass for The Club at Treasure Island    

             Kilwins Chocolate Gift Basket          

      Two Night Stay at Sirata Beach Resort

            Brunch for two at Belleair Country Club     

     Half Day Fishing and Dolphin Watch Cruise Certificates from Hubbard's Marina

                                                   

           If paying by credit card, please do so online              

            If paying by check please mail to:               

              Skal               

    c/o Steven Rodriguez

    14280 Passage Way

    Seminole, FL 33776

     

             

    The Club at Treasure Island

       1160 Treasure Island Causeway

    Treasure Island,  FL 33767
    (727) 
    367-4511

     www.TheClubTI.com 

                    
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    Collecting items for our Monthly Raffle

    The extra raffle items graciously donated by many of you have been great incentives for our members to participate. We have had some fantastic "extra opportunity drawing" items. THANK YOU!!

    I am collecting more items for upcoming meetings. I will be mindful of any time sensitive or restricted items but please try to put an expiration date of at least December 31, 2016 on any certificate.

    This entire year we are adding additional prizes to our monthly drawing to garner more excitement and showcase our members. If you would like to donate items for the upcoming dinners or annual auction, please email me and let me know what you will be donating and then mail the certificate, gift card, etc. to the following address:

    SKAL Tampa Bay c/o Steven Rodriguez

    14280 Passage Way, Seminole FL 33776

    This is a great way of advertising your business while increasing odds of winning at our events and supporting our club. Thanks so much to all that have and continue to furnish prizes.

     

                                        

     

     

                           

     

     

     

                           

     

                           

     

                           

     

                           

     

     

     

                        

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     







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  • 02/15/2016 3:36 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

     

    Member Spotlight-Rick Hamilton-February 2016

    I am delighted to bring back our monthly member spotlight.  We all enjoy getting to know each other (and our operations) better.  Rick Hamilton has really jumped in and made the most out of SKAL Tampa Bay with his high level of participation.  We welcome Rick as a Board member for 2016. He has hosted our last two years “Salute to Tourism” events at The Tampa Bay Convention Center.

    What brought you to join SKAL?

    I was invited by a friend, Troy Manthey, of Yacht Starship to see if I would enjoy an organization of industry related individuals having a good time with no business agenda.

    How long have you been a member of SKAL?

    I have been a member a little more than a year.

    What was the most memorable event or experience you’ve had during your years (months) as a member?

    I have enjoyed visiting the other locations and seeing how they do things at their individual properties. 

    Who was the most inspirational person you have met because of SKAL?

    It was a pleasure to meet Roger Dow and listen to his remarks at the November event. He is a true professional in every sense and I hope to visit with him more in the future.

    What words of guidance could you impart to our members that incorporates your past SKAL experience with the current environment – both economically and socially?

    Watch and listen to fellow SKAL members and observe how things are done when visiting their venues. I learn something new with every meeting and new ideas gained have been incorporated into our operation at the convention center.

    Considering how our society and the Hospitality, travel and tour industries are changing so quickly, can you suggest a way to get or keep members more involved?

    Keep the social events social but allow more interaction on social media and with the newsletter to encourage members’ participation through sharing ideas. Allow them to post questions and receive answers. The membership has a vast knowledge base that can be of tremendous value to younger and newer members. Maybe… a membership blog?

    What motivates YOU to attend meetings?

    I love talking and getting to know members in the Tampa Bay Area. Having just been here 4 years, the meetings have vastly improved my knowledge of the destination and have become a source for new acquaintances and friends.

    What direction / vision would YOU like to see our Tampa Bay SKAL Club move in the future?

    The new Young SKAL program is tremendous and as it grows it would be fantastic to allow the young members to have a voice in the direction of the club. Their direction can provide a roadway for continued membership growth by encouraging new ideas from the next generation that will lead to increased membership.

    Rick serves as Convention Center and Tourism Director for the City of Tampa, a venue he has admired for several years. In this most recent capacity he also serves on the Boards of Visit Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County Hotel/Motel Association, Tampa Historic Streetcar, Friends of the Riverwalk, and Tampa Attractions Association.

    “A treasure worth discovering”… www.tampaconventioncenter.com

     

    He feels his greatest accomplishment was being elected by his peers to be President of the Florida Facility Managers Association in 2007 – 2008

    Rick is a leader in the hospitality industry and as a result has served as consultant on many projects in the South East while maintaining his career as a venue manager.

     

    He managed the Knoxville, Tennessee Civic Auditorium and Coliseum concurrently with the Convention and Exhibition Center from 1980 to 1990 and in 1982 he also served as the Assistant Director of off-site entertainment for the 1982 World’s Fair. He managed three sold-out performances a day for six months for the Fair that hosted every internationally recognized entertainment act to the City for the event. He left Knoxville in 1990 to serve as Director of the Daytona Beach Ocean Center and turned a community white elephant into a remarkable success.

  • 02/02/2016 3:47 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

     

    Fellow Skalleagues,

    On January 11th we met at Salt Rock Grill (Indian Rocks Beach) hosted by Frank Chivas.  At the Board Meeting it was decided we would reinstitute our “Member Spotlight” in future newsletters and work to promote the value of Skal membership.  We are happy to report that the year ended with a small positive balance thanks to the successful Christmas Wine Pull and Auction. We have had an unfortunate glitch in the February 8th dinner planning and the location announcement will be made in the very near future.

    Salt Rock Grill provided delicious shrimp cocktail, grilled chicken satay skewers and key lime oysters during the cocktail reception.  Kim Brussow led the opening Skal toast.  Mark Hubbard was asked to give a re-cap of his experience at the Skal International World Congress and his travels around Malaga, Spain.  He was so impressed with the event that he is making plans to attend next October’s World Congress in Monaco, and encouraged other members to enjoy this special travel opportunity.  We all gave Andy Brouillard special kudos for the wonderful Christmas experience at T Pepin last month!

    Salt Rock presented a lovely salad followed by the entree’ of Petite Filet Mignon and Fresh Grilled Snapper accompanied by garlic mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables. It was finished with a scrumptious dessert.

    I reminded members to please identify Young Skal candidates (classifications are on our website- take a look!) We will feature Young Skal at an upcoming dinner. Also, the cupboard is bare on raffle items to keep our 50/50 drawings exciting, donations are welcome!  The membership approved the slate of officers for 2016 with Hoyt Hamilton-President, George Bentley- V.P., Ed Shaughnessy-Secretary, Colette Florido-Treasurer, George Hoch- Past Pres., Dan Peretz-SIUSA Rep. and Steven Rodriguez-EST.  The leadership is joined by board members: Roberta Blum, Chuck Prather, Tim Coultas, Carol Eaves, Tom Haines, Rick Hamilton and Mike Gruendel.  Any member is encouraged to come early to a dinner (4:30) and attend a board meeting to see that we really do conduct business! This is a great way to get more involved and perhaps serve on a committee. Our Incoming Board of Directors are invited to attend our Board meeting in February.

    Winners of the 50/50 tonight were: Mike Gruendel- $50 Salt Rock Grill certificate, Kim Brussow- a Chivas Regal gift pack, Oliver Kugler- Belleair Country Club brunch certificate, and Steven Rodriguez and Tim Coultas split the 50/50 of $90!

    The Salt Rock staff were saluted, special thanks to Garrick, Mike, Billy, Brittany and Chef Jake for their attention to detail and friendly service!  We welcomed back Colette Florido from baby leave and she led our closing Skal toast.

    Please watch for and sign up for our February 8th dinner!  SKAL!

    George

     

     

  • 02/02/2016 3:44 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

     

    Tradewinds Island Resorts
          
            
       Board of Directors Meeting: 4:30 PM 
       Registration/Reception: 6:00 PM  
    Dinner: 7:00 PM  
          
    Suggested Dress: Business Attire
               
    FREE PARKING ON SITE  
          
      Special Chef's Menu:     
      
     

    Reception Appetizers:

     

    Watermelon Cube with Crab Salad

    Caramelized Onion Tartlet, Whipped Chive Goat Cheese

    Chicken Marsala Mushroom Tart

     

    Dinner:

     

    Baby Spinach Salad with Radicchio, Berries, Sweet and Salty Almonds, Ricotta Salata, Champagne Vinaigrette

     

    Sumac-Seared Jumbo Scallops and Key West Pink Shrimp with Stir-Fried Vegetables, Pad Thai Noodles, Tamarind-Chili Glaze, Mango-Papaya Salsa, Fried Plantain

     

    Flourless Chocolate Gateau with Apricot Coulis and Raspberry Sauce

     

    Coffee Service

           

     

      SPECIAL FEATURES:
          
           
       Extra Raffle Items:
          
          Brunch for Two at Palm Court       
    Dinner for Two at Compass Grill
             Cruise for Two from Dolphin's Landing        
             SUPER RAFFLE OPPORTUNITY         
             
    16 SUPER TICKETS will be sold for $25.00 each with a chance to win a special event facility rental at T-Pepins  Hospitality Centre and FREE Draft Beer
    Value is $1,500.00
    OR
    BUY IT TODAY FOR $300.00
              
    Note: Our 50/50 raffle is cash only
     
     
     
    PLEASE NOTE:
    If paying by credit card, please do so online
    If paying by check please mail to:
    Skal
    c/o Steven Rodriguez
    14280 Passage Way
    Seminole, FL 33776
     
            

                  

    Tradewinds Island Resorts

          5500 Gulf Blvd. St Pete Beach, FL 33706
    (727) 367-6461
      

     

  • 12/21/2015 12:08 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

     

                           

    Dan Peretz

                                    

    President’s Corner December 2015

    Fellow Skalleagues,

    2015 has been a fantastic year of spectacular events, topped off with our Holiday Party December 14th at the T Pepin Hospitality Centre with our generous host Andy Brouillard. Thank you Andy for the open bar, decorations, entertainment, scrumptious dinner and even Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus! Special thanks as well for Steven Rodriguez and Sarah Bertran for putting the evening together with over 30 silent auction items and well over 100 bottles of wine for the “wine pull” which were beautifully presented. I hope everyone agrees that this is a fun and successful way to boost our club’s travel budget. Between the “pull” and the auction we grossed $5,640.00!  Thanks to everyone who participated and donated!

    SPECIAL REQUEST:  Please send in your 2016 SKAL DUES as soon as possible if you have not already done so. Contact me or Steven if you have any questions or changes before the year end.

    Past President Dan Peretz led the opening Skal toast after which introductions were made. I was happy to announce our January 11, 2016 dinner will be at the Salt Rock Grill at Indian Shores. That is the night of the National Championship game so we will wrap it up quickly for those who do not want to miss it.  I announced the wonderful travel opportunities coming up with the Skal International World Congress which will be in Monaco in 2016 and India in 2017!  I encourage everyone to take a look at our Young Skal page on our website.  We recognized our Young Skal member, Masterson Dempsey, who was recently elected “King of St. Leo University”.  Please be thinking of a Young Skal candidate to bring to a future dinner. I announced the results of the SIUSA election, John Mavros from Orange Coast is the new President and Holly Powers from Boston is the new VP of Administration.

    Let me tell you, the table settings by Puff & Stuff Catering were extravagant and the passed hors d’ouvres were delicious during the reception. Andy’s son and a brass ensemble from Freedom High School serenaded us with holiday songs during the reception. Course #1 was “Pine and Popcorn”- a rosemary infused English pea puree with brown butter popcorn crunch.  In honor of Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, Andy arranged entertainer Don Juceam to croon a few standards during the evening.

    Course #2 was a creative grilled Raddichio with sweetened grapefruit, smoked pistachios and a mustard vinaigrette.  Course #3 was XX Quail, roasted and stuffed with a blackberry cornbread paired with a pan seared scallop, salsify puree and a smoked gastrique.  Course #4 “Grow Up” was house made vanilla ice cream with sesame brittle candle…..yum!

    Grand “thanks” to Andy, Chef and the staff that kept our wine glasses full!  Jim Schalk provided some favors of his tasty “Toffee to Go” for each guest.  I encourage everyone to take a look at the photos on the website (Andy even provided a photographer for the evening and for special pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause after dinner).  It was my honor to give the closing Skal toast with a special wish for a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    George Hoch

    President

    The Following slate of officers and directors for 2016 is presented by our Nominating Committee:

    President            Hoyt Hamilton

    VP                         George Bentley

    Secretary            Ed Shaughnessy

    Treasurer           Colette Florido

    Past Pres.            George Hoch

    SIUSA Rep.         Dan Peretz

    EST                       Steven Rodriguez

    Board Members

                                  Roberta Blum

                                  Chuck Prather

                                  Tim Coultas

                                  Carol Eaves

                                  Tom Haines

                                  Rick Hamilton

                                  Mike Gruendel

     

     

     

     

     

                                                                  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

                           

     

     

     

     

                     

     

                   

                         

    Salt Rock Grill

       

          

       

     Board of Directors Meeting: 4:30 PM 

       Registration/Reception: 6:00 PM  

    Dinner: 7:00 PM  

          

    Suggested Dress: Business Attire

               

    FREE PARKING ON SITE  

          

      Special Chef's Menu:     

     

       SPECIAL FEATURES:     

              

     

       Extra Raffle Items:    

                      

               

    Note: Our 50/50 raffle is cash only

            

    PLEASE NOTE:

    If paying by credit card, please do so online

    If paying by check please mail to:

    Skal

    c/o Steven Rodriguez

    14280 Passage Way

    Seminole, FL 33776

     

       

     

          

    Salt Rock Grill

            19325 Gulf Blvd. Indian Shores, FL 33785
        (727) 593-7625  

        www.SaltRockGrill.com

     

    Click Here To Register

     

                                                                

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    Collecting items for our upcoming Raffles

     

    The extra raffle items graciously donated by many of you have been great incentives for our members to participate. We have had some fantastic "extra opportunity drawing" items. THANK YOU!!

    We are now starting all over for 2016 meetings and NEED YOUR HELP!!

    This entire year we are adding additional prizes to our monthly drawing to garner more excitement and showcase our members. If you would like to donate items for the upcoming dinners, please email me and let me know what you will be donating and then mail the certificate, gift card, etc. to the following address:

    Skal Tampa Bay

    c/o Steven Rodriguez

    14280 Passage Way, Seminole FL 33776

    This is a great way of advertising your business while increasing odds of winning at our events and supporting our club. Thanks so much to all that have and continue to furnish items.

     

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  • 10/12/2015 11:51 AM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

     

    Tampa Convention Center
       
     
      Event Time: 6 pm to 8:30 pm 
    Suggested Dress: Business Attire 
     
      PARKING GARAGE OR METERED STREET PARKING
     
    Special Features:
     
       2015 Salute to Tourism
              
     

    Dinner on the Landing

    Assorted Breads with Infused Oil and Citrus Butter

    Salad

    Caramelized Apple and Poached Pear Salad with Grape Confit, Calabaza Squash, Rosemary Marinated Cherry Tomatoes with Lolla Rosa, Red Oak and a Sun Dried Cherry Vinaigrette

    Entrée

    Cinnamon Braised Beef Short Rib in Pumpkin Stout paired with Honey Fennel Glazed Halibut, Asparagus Flan and Truffle Potato Custard with Grilled Oyster Mushrooms

    Dessert

    Butterscotch Lava Cake with Chocolate Batons and Pecan Crème Anglaise

     

     

    Extra Raffle Items:
                   
    Note: Our 50/50 raffle is cash only
     
     
     
    PLEASE NOTE:
    If paying by credit card, please do so online
    If paying by check please mail to:
    Skal
    c/o Steven Rodriguez
    14280 Passage Way
    Seminole, FL 33776
     
       
     
          

    Tampa Convention Center

     333 S Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602
    (813) 274-8511

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