National Assembly - London 2014
Back home now after our excellent National Congress held at Tower Hotel in London. Congratulations to London for hosting an interesting and informative event in one of London’s finest tourist locations. The well attended National meeting had lively discussion on our way forward and International President Karine Coulanges was in attendance. Special guest speaker David Douglas of “Membership Matters” was an introduction to developing and delivering successful memberships. One of his messages was the benefits organisations can give to members. Two Skål membership benefits I have used very recently were Travel Industry Services to give a 50% discount on cruise only. This discount was 50% lower than anything offered on the web site or any special promotion. See https://www.traveltis.co.uk The second one was purchasing the Priority Pass Lounge Pass that has a Skål benefit saving 20% on published prices. The Aspire Lounge at Manchester airport was a good start to my trip.
The Dinner at the Dickens Inn was well attended and an excellent meal was followed by music courtesy of Ian Hawkes our National Vice President. Skålleagues who chose not to attend the whole event missed a great evening and another good speaker – this time from Barnardos.
News from the Clubs
BRIGHTON SUSSEX & THE CHANNEL celebrated 75 years in April. 30 members and guests celebrated with lunch at the Seattle Hotel in Brighton Marina.
The event was organised by Bernard and Marianne Roland with great panache! Not only balloons, a cake and fizz but a mystery speaker too! Marianne introduced historian Mark Perry Nash, the great great great great grandson of John Nash, the man who designed The Royal Pavilion. The Royal Pavilion really put the tiny village of Brighthelmstone on the tourist map!
President Val’s Garden Party is being on Sunday July 13 at her home in East Sussex- Time and prices to be advised later. Only Skål UK members and partners only because of space issues.
A reminder that President Val’s Presidents Night 19th October at Cooden Beach Hotel as usual. Details later but not too early to book your place and your room!!!
SOUTHAMPTON are hosting a MINI CRUISE TO ST MALO, Friday 17th of October 2014 from Portsmouth on board the PONT-AVEN, Brittany Ferries brand new Flagship. At their last Council Meeting on Wednesday we learned from John that a list of events in St Malo is now finalised and it all looks rather exciting. There are going to be options for all the participants to take or do their own thing. Highlights will be on board the ship on both nights, but there are organised events for us to partake in St Malo. Although we are already a nice group of around 30 people, there is still time to book; this applies to other clubs as well. Bookings can be made direct with Brittany Ferries on line by www.brittanyferries.co.uk/Skålso .
In CASE YOU EXPERIENCE A PROBLEM, CONTACT JOHN BRIGHT, also, please let John know that you have booked your mini cruise with Brittany Ferries.
President Alison at the Helm
Following the dinner at the Dickens Inn, many Skålleagues braved the inclement weather on the Sunday morning and joined the Thames Cruise down to the Cutty Sark.
President's Thames River Cruise
This year’s Three Clubs meeting with Oxford, Brighton and Southampton is being combined with President Ian’s Cruise on Sunday August 17th August. A private five hour Thames Cruise taking in Christ Church & the University Boathouses, through Iffley and Sandford Locks to Abingdon and return. Boarding from and return to Donnington Bridge offering direct level access to the boat and FREE PARKING.
This is open to ALL Skålleagues and your guests.
The menu looks amazing and the itinerary interesting with a lot of amicale as well!
The subsidised price (by SI Oxford) is ₤39.95 per person with reductions for children and free for the under 5s so bring the family.
Please book SOON but no later than 19th July.
Staying with OXFORD, Skålleagues Brian and Velma Kirton joined Skål International The Netherlands at their Congress at the end of March. The Dutch program had been designed to celebrate the respective anniversaries of the four Dutch Clubs, Gelderland (formerly Arnhem) ad Limburg both reached 65 years of age. Amsterdam, Harlem and Region and The Hague, Rotterdam and Region have both existed for an outstanding 80 years.
The first draw was held at Dickens Inn on 25th April
- Don Keys Massey, Guernsey
- Diane Toner, Northern Ireland
- Brian Maclean, London
The second draw of the year took place Southampton’s Skittles evening on 14th May.
- Lyn Snelgrove, Brighton
- Lyn Snelgrove, Brighton
- Jimmy Eichelgruen, London
At last I have been lucky with the draw!!
Congratulations to all.