May 2018 Newsletter

05/31/2018 11:02 AM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)




President’s Corner May 2018

Greetings fellow Skalleagues

Mother’s Day- Father’s Day- Summer Vacations…lots of memory makers and shared social media special moments being made. And It’s our SKAL Tampa Bay colleagues and their businesses giving their utmost attention to the details that make these special moments just right. Peter Kreuziger and the team at Bon Appetit hosted a top-notch dinner- right down to the clouds blowing over just in time to enjoy a stunning sunset view. It is truly a treat to come to our dinner meetings- from the exquisite menus and venues to the company we keep. Thank you, Bon Apetit! (wanted to share the great picture of Peter- far right- at the restaurant.)  


June starts our Mid-Year Membership. What that means is that new members can just pay the one time initiation fee of $165.00 and $167.00 for Dues and then they will just pay as they attend each dinner at the member rate for the remainder of the year. Now is the time to invite your potential guests to join us for Derby Lane in June (WEDNESDAY, June 13) and for our membership drive event in July at Top Golf (no golf experience required!) Please let Steven know if you are interested in using the shuttle from Pinellas to Top Golf offered by Michele O’Hara and Carey Limos- departure will be in the Seminole area and additional stops may be added as needed. Cost is only $10.00 per person round-trip to give to the driver.

If you mentioned that you were interested in joining the board and you have not heard from me, please email Colette at We’re happy to have you join us!

Our Annual Salute to Tourism November event is around the corner. Our goal is to promote SKAL as a leader in the Travel and Tourism Industry through an experience that excites the senses, creating a premier industry event for the Tampa Bay Area. We are looking for your nominations for both member and non (future!) members. Criteria for consideration is as follows:

Non-Member Honoree

  • Person who is a recognizable active force in the tourism industry (either local or national)
  • Person who has attended SKAL events or worked with SKAL to promote the Tourism Industry
  • Person who is a leader of an organization that is active in promoting travel and tourism.

Member Honoree

  • Member who has been an active member of SKAL, involved in recruitment or other SKAL programs
  • Leader of an organization that is active in promoting travel and tourism.
  • Displays the true characteristics of SKAL by promoting friendship, support, and development of future leaders in the travel and tourism industry

Please send your nominations to

See you at Derby Lane!

































Derby Lane
  Board of Directors Meeting: 4:30 PM
   Registration/Reception: 6:00 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Suggested Dress: Casual Attire
  Special Chef's Menu:
Hors D’oeuvres
Shrimp cocktail with Tequila Cocktail Sauce
 Scallops Wrapped in Bacon
 Pork & Vegetable Egg Rolls


Sante Fe Chopped Salad with mixed greens, grilled corn, peppers, tomatoes, black beans, cheese, red cabbage,tortilla strips w/a cilantro lime ranch dressing 

Dinner Buffet

Roast Prime Rib w/Aus Jus

 Chicken Piccata w/Linguini

 Loaded Mashed Potatoes

 Fresh Green Bean & Wild Mushroom Medley


Assorted Mini Cakes

Baked Apple Crisp w/Whipped Cream 

  Extra Raffle Items:
           $100.00 Gift Certificate to Derby Lane          
 Case of Beer from T-Pepins
        Two VIP Passes for Red Roof Inns Nationwide         
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

Derby Lane

 10490 Gandy Blvd N
  St Petersburg,  FL 33702




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!!

We are collecting more items for upcoming meetings. We will be mindful of any time sensitive or restricted items but please try to put an expiration date of at least July 31, 2019 on any certificate.

This entire year we are adding additional prizes to our monthly drawings to garner more excitement and showcase our members. If you would like to donate items for the upcoming dinners or annual holiday 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 and auction items.                        






























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