• 02/10/2015 12:00 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

    While the weather did not cooperate with us for sailing, we experienced a first class event at the new Hotel Zamora in St Pete Beach. The reception was held in the picturesque pool area. The heating towers kept everyone toasty warm and libations flowed. Dinner was extraordinary with culinary delights created by the very talented Chef. Service was impeccable. If you have not visited this Hotel, we encourage you to do so very soon!!

  • 01/13/2015 10:40 AM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

    If you would like to host an upcoming SKAL Tampa Bay Meeting, please contact Steven Rodriguez at This is a great opportunity to showcase your company to tourism leaders throughout Tampa Bay!  

  • 01/05/2015 2:41 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)



    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.

  • 01/05/2015 2:38 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

    Make sure you register for this event to kick off our 2015 Year!! 

  • 05/20/2014 2:06 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

    President’s Corner May 2014

    Hello Fellow Skalleagues,

    May’s dinner meeting was fantastic! Peter Kreuziger, and his talented staff treated us to not only a fantastic dinner with wine parings, but a spectacular view overlooking the intracoastal waterway, providing us with a beautiful Florida Sunset while dining

    It was truly Bon Appetit!!                             

    I had the honor of pinning George Bentley as our newest club member, and George also had the honor of winning the 50/50 ($110)!!

    George Hoch has recently returned from representing the club at NAASC (North American Alliance of Skal Clubs) which took place in Halifax NS this year.  He did a great synopsis with beautiful pictures of the area, and a proposal that SKAL Tampa Bay host the upcoming SIUSA Board meeting the end of Jan or beginning of Feb 2015.  We will be receiving the guidelines necessary for hosting, and will put them out to all of you who might be interested in bidding.                                

    YOUNG SKAL  -  A subject I have chosen to focus on this year during my term, is re-building Young SKAL at our club.  As destiny would have it, Wilfried Iskat, was present (a past Tampa Bay SKAL member that is passionate and committed to Young SKAL) and was gracious enough to give a short talk about the importance of continuing to grow the club with new young hospitality individuals.  I’m 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.

    I hope to see everyone at our upcoming June 9th meeting, which will be held at the new Epicurean Hotel in Tampa!                   


    Dan Peretz, President, SKAL Tampa Bay


  • 05/07/2014 1:27 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

    President’s Letter April 2014

    Hello Fellow Skalleagues,

    For those of you that were unable to attend April’s dinner…… it was fantastic!  The Birchwood Awesome! To start the evening we were treated to a stunning view of the St. Petersburg waterfront from The Canopy Rooftop Bar and Lounge.  After cocktails a tour of the newly renovated hotel was provided, then off to the Grand Ballroom for a truly unique and delicious dinner with each course paired with an exceptional wine choice.  Thank you Chuck Prather and your remarkable team!  During dessert (which was also paired with a charming wine) we were treated to an amazing Magic and Mindreading show performed by Joshua Seth that left us all astounded!

    Also, for those of you that don’t know, we now are including additional gift certificates as part of the 50/50 drawing with this month’s winners being…….

    Roberta Blum - $165

    Mike Bell  -  2 tickets to Bern’s Wine Festival  (Sarah Bertran)

    Dave Amann  -  3 day stay at Beso Del Sol  (David Dawson)

    Roberta Blum  -  3 day stay at Clearwater Hilton  (Joanna Patterson)

    Laura Lothridge  -  1 night stay w/breakfast at Sheraton Suites  (Dave Rossman)

    Jim Bartholomay  -  Sunset Cruise for 2 at Dolphin Landings  (Dan Peretz)

    At the first meeting with the new board, I’m happy to report that our club has ended 2013 with profit of over $2,000, largely by the efforts of Carol Eaves, Laura Lothridge, and Andy Brouillard at the December Holiday Party Meeting!

    The board resolved that George Hoch will be attending and representing us at the North American Alliance of SKAL Clubs in Halifax this year, and that we will pass on attending the World Congress in Mexico.

    Our commitment to growing membership was reaffirmed and hope that each and every club member will make an effort to invite business associates and colleagues to an upcoming meeting so that they may learn about SKAL and consider membership.  I have also asked the board for their support in making an effort to bring Young SKAL back to Tampa Bay, and would appreciate any club member’s input and thoughts that would help move that action forward.

    The next 2 dinner events will be at the Bon Appetit Restaurant (Dunedin) May 12th, owned by Peter Kreuziger, a past Tampa Bay SKAL member, and hopefully soon to be a member again.  June’s event will be hosted by Tom Haines at the newly opened Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, June 9th.  Thank you George Hoch for securing such great venues, and potentially 2 additional club members!

    I hope to see you all at Bon Appetit in May,


    Dan Peretz, President, SKAL Tampa Bay



  • 01/20/2014 2:08 PM | Deleted user
    Dear Skålleagues,
    We are happy to inform you that the new Skål International website is NOW OPERATIONAL. We kindly invite you to visit the new website and have a look at the new features.
    This website is divided in two sections: PUBLIC and MEMBERS ONLY AREA.
    •   Information about Skål
    •   Organisation (Executive Committee, ISC, Auditors, Secretariat, etc).
    •   Awards
    •   Boutique
    •   Clubs Corner
    To log in you should indicate your USER NAME (family name) and password (membership number if you have not changed it). If you do not remember your password you can request a new one from the website, this temporary password will be sent to the e-mail we hold on file for you.
    In this section you will find:
    ·        Database search
    ·        Online forms: application, deletion, modification, transfer, etc.
    ·        Jobs bank: Search or upload a job or internship, upload your CV
    ·        Calendar of events: to keep everyone informed on international trade fairs, Club                events
    ·        Greeter and Benefits programms
    ·        Lists of Honorary and Past Presidents, Membres d’Honneur
    ·        Skål Documentation: Positioning papers, legal documents, development...
    ·        Florimond Volckaert Fund grant application
    ·        Twinning of Clubs
    We encourage you to take a moment to check the Skål Website and upload your photo, check and correct, if necessary, your profile, upload benefits, become a greeter, etc.
    This is just the beginning; shortly we will have more new features available such as online Florimond Volckaert Fund donations, online payments for congresses and the Skål boutique, photo gallery, blogs, Facebook, etc.
    The new website has been optimised for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer 8 and more recent versions.
    If you have any problems, please send an e-mail to and we will try to assist you in any way we can.
  • 12/16/2013 2:06 PM | Deleted user
    Happy Holidays to All! What a fabulous party we had at the Tradewinds Island Resort! Thank you, George Bentley and your staff for a lovely setting and delicious food. It was a perfect venue for our party, wine pull and auction. Special thanks go to all who donated packages or items and to all who placed the bids and purchased wine pull tickets – We raised over $3,000.00!!!! Wow!!! Let’s do it again next year!

    As we approach the New Year, we do so with reservations (Oh my gosh– another year has passed us by) – with excitement (Wow – what is on the horizon in 2014) and with resolve (to make our life, our families, our business and our Skal club even better).

    After some brainstorming with our incoming President, Dan Peretz – I thought – so what can we do to make our club better and more vibrant?

    Let’s learn from history and from the future – we have such great resources in our membership from those with more than 35 years and from those with less than a year as a member!! We should acknowledge our history, adapt to the current changing environment and anticipate the future – be ready to embrace it in the most positive manner!!!

    With the January newsletter, I am initiating a “Lessons from” column – an interview response from a member the President will select each month to provide their knowledge, impart their excitement and their views of being a member of Skal International.

    We have all chosen to become members of this fantastic International organization – so let’s all step up our involvement and our ownership of Skal Tampa Bay.

    All the best to you in 2014!!!


  • 12/03/2013 9:53 AM | Deleted user

    December 2, 2013

    Dear SIUSA Members,

    Earlier today, both of our SIUSA Auditors and the SIUSA President met with our Administrators to review and certify the results of the 2014 SIUSA Elections. We are pleased to affirm that the election process netted clean results despite several closely contested races and we would like to thank all of the clubs for their efforts and diligence as we got very close to 100% participation in the voting. Congratulations to all of the candidates who ran great campaigns and evidenced the great interest and the depth of talent available in the tourism industry and in Skål.

    We would like to introduce your newly elected and re-elected SIUSA Board members for 2014:

    Carlos Banks
    SI Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beaches

    Vice President Administration
    Martha McClintock
    SI Jacksonville

    Vice President Finance
    Dick Knorpp
    SI Washington

    Vice President Region I
    Ed Davis
    SI Atlantic City

    Vice President Region III
    Toni Koster
    SI Reno-Tahoe

    Vice President Region IV
    Debbie Arett
    SI Atlanta

    Vice President Region V
    Cyndi Golden
    SI Fort Worth

    International Skål Councillor
    Llana Smith
    SI Memphis

    Anthony Cosenza
    SI Chicago

    We look forward to adding these new members to our existing Board and to the leadership that they will provide for our organization in the coming year.



    Tom White                          Rick Adams                       Dave Barela
    President                           Sr. Auditor                        Jr. Auditor

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