April Newsletter

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.






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.




























Sirata Beach Resort
Board of Directors Meeting: 5:00 PM
   Registration/Reception: 6:00 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM   
Suggested Dress: Casual   
  Special Chef's Menu: 
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
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
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    
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
  Sirata Beach Resort
 5300 Gulf Blvd. St Pete Beach, FL 33706
        (727) 897-5200  
                                      Click Here To Register                            



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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