• 09/15/2015 12:35 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

    We had a fantastic time at our September Dinner Meeting. Thank you for hosting us!  

  • 08/28/2015 12:42 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

    It was great meeting new faces and enjoying the ambiance of Ulele. We look forward to many of our new guests becoming a member of Tampa Bay SKAL   

  • 07/17/2015 1:00 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

    Unfortunately, our Annual Golf Tournament was rained out! We encourage all of you Golfers to participate in the FRLA Golf Tournament being held in August.

  • 06/18/2015 1:15 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)



    Dan Peretz


    President’s Corner June 2015     

    Fellow Skalleagues,

    Downtown St. Petersburg is a real treat these days, and we were delighted to experience 400 Beach Drive Seafood and Tap House!  Although owner, Steve Westphal, was touring the west coast and unable to attend; John Reutz and Travis Zalewski stepped up as our hosts for our June 8th dinner meeting.  We were joined by guests, John Heather and two potential Young SKAL candidates; Masterson Dempsey and Raisa Alstodt, from the St. Leo Hospitality School. David Merklinger from the Don Cesar, Amy Miller from the Salvador Dali, Brent Pope from Emerald Greens Condo Resort,  Barbara Readey from the Renaissance Vinoy, Beth Sparling from Honeymoons and Beyond Travel and another Young SKAL candidate, Lauren Tice from Express Employment Professionals. Welcome to our first time guests. We gave our well wishes and healing vibes to members Chuck Prather and George Glover who are recovering from recent health issues and our condolences to Jim and Chuck Wray as their father C.E. Wray passed the week prior. Also, please keep member Oliver Kugler’s 16 year old step daughter, Elise, in your prayers as she too is facing a serious health challenge.

    We enjoyed a starter of goat cheese crab cakes and beef tenderloin skewers followed by their signature salad with orange balsamic dressing.  Stephen Cummings led the opening Skal toast (fellow skaliwags???). 400 Beach offered a choice of three entrée’s.  I enjoyed macadamia nut crusted mahi-mahi, island rice and stir fry vegetables.  Dinner was topped off with a key lime pie tart and a chocolate torte.  Kudos to Chef’s Ana Davis and Luis Quezada Mina and thanks to our servers Trish and Tammy.

    Welcome back to past member, Peter Kreuziger (Bon Appetit), who was pinned this evening. Roberta Blum our membership chairperson announced a special reception at Ulele in Tampa on Thursday August 27th from 5:30-7:30 with special invitations to potential members.  Members are welcome to attend and experience Tampa’s hottest restaurant at a cost of $25.00 as this is not part of our regular dues dinners.  Dan Peretz welcomed our Young SKAL candidates and he and his committee are working on expanding Young SKAL.  You are encouraged to visit a new website: for a global preview!  Laura Lothridge shared highlights of her North American Annual Skal Conference (NAASC) experience in May at Riviera Maya Mexico.

    Please highlight the following on your calendars:  The Don Smith Annual Golf Tournament is July 17th at Ed Shaughnessy’s exclusive Belleair Country Club starting at 8:00 am for golfers and everyone can also join us for lunch starting at Noon! August 27th at Ulele for our membership reception at 5:30 p.m. Special SKAL events coming up are our Region IV summer outing- a Bahama Cruise from Miami on August 21-23 and the National Committee Meeting in Las Vegas, August 27-30.  You really should consider these great travel experiences at a wonderful value!

    Our lucky winners this fine evening were George Bentley- $130, Dennis Reed- a night and breakfast for two at Renaissance International Plaza, Lauren Tice- a Yacht Starship dinner cruise for two and Sara Bertran- a special Skal bottle of Tequila!  Thanks to all for another special Monday night and to David Dawson who led our closing Skal toast!  Twenty of our guests followed Laura Lothridge to her Smooth C’s motor yacht for an evening cruise just a few steps away!

    George Hoch





















    Belleair Country Club




    Event Time: 8 am - Shotgun Start

    Noon - Lunch and Awards 

    Suggested Dress: Golf Casual






    Special Features:


          First Place Member and Guest Trophies and Prizes

            Closest to the Pin on 4th Hole Trophy and Prize    

         Longest Drive on 18th Hole Trophy and Prize  


    Individual Callaway Scoring



    Come to Golf at 8:00AM


    Join us for Lunch at Noon

    RAFFLES and 50/50




    2 Day/1 Night at Sirata Beach Resort

    $50.00 Gift Certificate at Bascom's Chop House

    $25.00 Gift Certificate at Lobster Pot Bistro   



    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





        Florida's FIRST Golf Club    

        1 Country Club Lane
    Belleair, FL 33756-2098
    Phone 727.461.7171




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    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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  • 06/16/2015 2:12 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)


    SKÅL INTERNATIONAL UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A National Committee of Skål International An International Association of Travel and Tourism Professionals

    For Immediate Release: Contact: June 15, 2015 SIUSA Administrator Office: 202-898-4690

    Fax: 202-218-7258


    North American Tourism Executives Assemble for 54th Annual Meeting, Generate Millions in Future Tourism Business, Implement Future Growth Plans The 54th North American Alliance of Skål Clubs (NAASC) 2015 Congress was recently held at the Barceló Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico May 14-17, 2015 and was generously hosted by Skål International Riviera Maya.

    More than 200 Skål International members from the USA, Canada, Mexico convened for this annual regional meeting to discuss various tourism issues as well as to network with each other in an atmosphere of friendship and learning. The elected Skål International President, V. Salih Cene from Skål International Antalya (Turkey) participated in the meeting and presented several updates on Skål International initiatives, including the progress of disaster relief efforts in Nepal and Vanuatu as well as the postponement and relocation of the annual Skål World Congress during his address to the gathered membership.

    The North American Alliance of Skål Clubs (NAASC) is a regionalized portion of the largest organization of professional tourism leaders (16,200 members) around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Its members, the industry's managers and executives, meet at local, national, regional and international levels to discuss and pursue topics of common interest. While, the meeting took on a regionalized theme, there was time in the schedule reserved for each National Committee to focus on its own internal business as well. Skål International USA, with one of its largest contingents in recent years with 45 of its 52 clubs represented, came out of its meetings with a new way forward and a path of action in regards to its marketing efforts as well a sense of purpose and commitment to not only raise the profile of this organization and its component clubs within their respective localities, but also internationally through the development of a new 3-Year Action Plan. "I’m so proud of this organization, its members and our Board," said SIUSA President Martha McClintock. "To come together through the collective efforts of so many in such a short period of time, to develop a plan, and begin to implement it, SKÅL INTERNATIONAL UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A National Committee of Skål International An International Association of Travel and Tourism Professionals

    while also enhancing the participation of our membership in the decision making and implementation processes at every level is just awe inspiring." Skål International USA will be participating in National and International Tourism trade shows in 2015 and 2016, including ABA Marketplace and IPW, in addition to state governor’s conferences on Tourism. They will also have a presence at 4 regional Tourism Cares events beginning this fall and into 2016. The assembled delegates also approved plans to help SIUSA further promote local club promotion efforts through budgetary enhancements to its membership development funds and the unveiling of a new revenue generating member benefit as well as the collection and creation of additional online tools to help formulate universally accessible toolkits that can be customized to the needs of the local tourism community. In addition to the successful national committee meetings, delegates enjoyed productive business-to-business networking sessions, travel industry education seminars focused on "Sustainable Tourism in Riviera Maya" and "What Every Hotelier should know about Google: Tips & Trends". The meeting will rotate for 2016 to the United States, and the 55th NAASC Congress will be hosted by Skål International Boise, June 9-11 at the picturesque Riverside Hotel.

    "I look forward to continuing to meet as a regional body and coordinate efforts between the other North American National Committees, as there is so much that we can all continue to learn from each other and collectively impact the future of tourism across borders," said McClintock. For 2017, the 56th annual NAASC meeting will be hosted by Skål International Canada.

    About Skål International USA Skål International USA is the US-based branch of the international organization that brings together all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Representing the industry's managers and executives, Skålleagues meet at local, national and international levels in an environment of friendship to discuss subjects of common interest. The first Club was founded in Paris in 1932 by a group of travel trade managers and from that modest beginning, Skål International now has more than 16,000 members in nearly 400 Clubs, spread throughout 80 countries. Skal International USA (SIUSA) is based in Washington DC. For more information on becoming a member of this organization, contact

  • 06/09/2015 3:12 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

    We had a great turnout to 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House. The food and service was spectacular and several members topped the night off by sailing aboard the Smooth C's Yacht compliments of member Laura Lothridge!  



  • 05/13/2015 2:22 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

    We had a fantastic time and the food was spectacular!!




  • 04/30/2015 1:39 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

    We are excited to have our May Dinner meeting at Lobster Pot Bistro on May 11th. The menu has been posted on our event page. Hope to see you all there!! 

  • 03/13/2015 11:45 AM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

    What a fantastic Installation and Past Presidents Banquet we had last evening! The food was incredible. The Service was impeccable and cocktails and wine flowed all night! A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to our host Jack Guy, the Chef, Banquet Management and Staff and Amanda, my event contact.


    Welcome to our new President, officers and board members!!


    Thank you also to Wayne Levy, our Entertainer for the evening and our Guest Presenter, Burcin Tuurkan, VP Region IV 

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