March Newsletter

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                       



                               *  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




















April 13, 2015 - 6:00 PM


Marriott Hotel




  Event Time: 6 pm to 8:30 pm 

Suggested Dress: Business Attire 



  Special Chef's Menu:






   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





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





St Petersburg Marriott Clearwater

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




           Click Here To Register             



Click Here To View Past Photos











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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