The 76th Skål International World Congress was held from 28th October to 1st November 2015 in Torremolinos Costa del Sol, Malaga. Spain.
Regrettably this was a change from the original plan due to unrest in Mombassa Kenya where we hope to visit in 2018.
Over 300 attended the congress which was lower than normal but not surprising considering the change of destination and the fact that the congress is in Monaco next year. There were 144 clubs represented with a total of 175 votes so the General Assembly comfortably had a quorum. There was also 15 Young Skålleagues in attendance with a separate programme of events which was a first. There were 12 delegates from the UK.
The International Council and the Executive Committee met for several days before the delegates arrived for the welcome party on Wed. 28th Oct in the Car Museum in Malaga which was amazing!
One main proposal from the International Council is to completely revise the B2B element of the Congress and create an event which is a “must go to” event for both Skålleagues and the local Travel and Tourism Industry wherever the event may be. It is planned to start with a major focus on next year’s congress in Monaco 29th Oct – 2nd Nov. 2016.
The opening ceremony took place in the Torremolinos Convention Centre and the Skål World Club of the year went to the Hobart Club Tasmania. The General Assembly took place on Friday and lasted from 9am to 7pm!
After directors reports the first election was for Vice President and after 2 votes Susanna Saari from Turku Finland was elected. This meant that Lou Conkling from Louisville USA would leave the Executive.
Accounts were presented as posted on the website and with the 2016 budget approved the recruitment of a Secretary General / CEO would progress as a matter of urgency.
The next elections were for Directors and Lavonne Whittmann of Pretoria South Africa and Jason Samuel of Bombay India were elected.
The election for President was an overwhelming result for Nigel Pilkington from Auckland New Zealand.
Frank Clare USA was also voted to stay on as auditor.