May 2016 Newsletter

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,






        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.




























Columbia Restaurant 
  Board of Directors Meeting: 5:00 PM  
    Registration/Reception: 6:00 PM  
  Dinner: 7:00 PM  
     Suggested Dress: Business Attire 
   Special Chef's Menu: 
Open Bar
    Empanadas de Picadillo
   Chorizo Puffs
 Scallops Wrapped in Bacon
 Croquetas de Champinon
  Cuban Bread and Butter
  1905 Salad
 Combination Plate - Filet Mignon/Pollo
 Manchego/Yellow Rice
  Coffee, Iced Tea and soft drinks
    Extra Raffle Items:
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
  Columbia Restaurant Ybor City
     2117 E 7th Ave. Tampa, FL 33605
     (813) 248-4961
                                      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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