February 2016 Newsletter

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


Member Spotlight - Rick Hamilton



























The Club at Treasure Island



 Annual  Installation and Past Presidents 



Event Time: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm 

Suggested Dress: Formal Optional 


   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:               


c/o Steven Rodriguez

14280 Passage Way

Seminole, FL 33776



The Club at Treasure Island

   1160 Treasure Island Causeway

Treasure Island,  FL 33767


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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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