Skål April Newsletter

Notes from the Editor

Welcome to our April newsletter, the month which we celebrate Skål World Day as well as the 82nd anniversary of our brilliant organisation.
This issue is packed with information and photos of the International Skål Council and Executive Committee mid-year meetings held in Christchurch, a report back from WTM Africa where once again Skål International was successfully represented and also the first issue where the Directors of the Executive Committee will share their visions and projects for their allocated portfolios with the Skål membership under the heading “Updates from your Directors”. This month the PR and Communications portfolio will be featured.
We also introduce three exciting and high profiled new members of Skål and excite and enthuse you to register for our much awaited World Congress in Monaco from 29th October to 2nd November 2016.
LIVING GOLF promotes understanding of how diversity within a world of conflict can be resolved while playing golf for Peace.
Happy Reading!
Lavonne Wittmann
Director PR and Communications
Updates from your Director
We are featuring Lavonne Wittmann and her portfolio of PR and Communications this month.
As with any relationship, communication is the key to a beneficial one and the difference between a mediocre relationship and a brilliant one.
The latest Council meeting was held in Christchurch from the 11th to 15th April. The numbers were not as we hoped but the quality of the discussion and enthusiasm of those present was infective and the meeting was certainly a great success.
International Skål Council Mid-Year Meeting
28 April | World Skål Day
Happy Anniversary to SKÅL INTERNATIONAL who celebrates the 82nd anniversary of its foundation on Thursday 28 April 2016. Skål History
Executive Committee meets in Christchurch
What has your Executive Committee been doing?
As part of a move into more open communication within the organisation, the Executive Committee want to share with you what they have been deliberating and working on over the past two months and in particular what was discussed and decided upon at the recent Mid-Year Meeting held in Christchurch, New Zealand.
2016 Skål International World Congress
Monaco | 20 October – 2 November
Registrations are now open! Don’t miss the chance to personalise your experience by choosing your preferred hotel! Places are limited!
Skål International Monaco is delighted to invite you and your partner to enjoy the 77th Skål International World Congress that will be held in Monaco from 29 October to 2 November 2016.
Monaco is the second smallest country in size, but one of the most vibrant and attractive locations, with an international heart and a vocation for hosting unforgettable events, helping friends to meet, enjoy, network and be inspired. Read more
Full information and registration at!
Save the Dates
El Salvador | 6-10 May 2016 2016 | Web >
Boise, Idaho (U.S.A.) | 8-11 June 2016 | Web >
Sustainable Tourism Awards 2016

We are delighted to announce that entries are now being accepted for our 2016 Sustainable Tourism Awards.
Closing Date: 30 June 2016
Drop an e-mail to if you have any questions and we will be happy to assist.
Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) Tourism Workshop | 
Gold Coast, 16-19 May 2016
The four South East Queensland Skål International Clubs of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Southern Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast cordially invite all fellow Skålleagues from around the world registered to attend this key tourism event, to join them at their  “hosted ” Welcome to ATE” Sundowners’ Cocktail Party on Sunday 15 May from 6.30-8.30 p.m. at The Sofitel Hotel, Broadbeach. Read more
The Living Golf Experience
Living Golf™ is a wonderful way for people from all backgrounds, ages and nationalities to come together – to play together and have fun. The Living Golf Experience is totally different to most golf events – everyone is able to experience playing in a team and contributing to the game, no matter who they are and how long they have played! Read more
Mayor of Christchurch Lianne Dalziel Becomes Member of Skål International
During the recent International Council meeting, the guest speaker for the President’s Dinner was the Mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel. Her Worship officially welcomed the delegates to Christchurch and included a brief pitch for the 2020 Skål World Congress.
Sports Tourism and Medical Tourism as Membership Classifications
Sports Tourism and Medical Tourism are now membership classifications of Skål International. This is a perfect opportunity for your Club to increase its membership by recruiting eligible candidates in these fast growing sectors of the global tourism industry. Criteria here.

Main features: Monaco World Congress, Sports Tourism, business sessions at ITB Berlin, Greening Mauritius, and much much more.
Skål around the World
Send the pictures of your Skål events, together with a text to anamaria.vera@skal.organd we shall be pleased to publish these in the e-newsletter.
Bids for the 2018 Skål World Congress are now open! Looking forward to receiving applications for the biggest Skål event of the year. Deadline to present the bid: 31 May 2016. For more information, please
If your company is interested in offering internship to the son of a Skålleague who wants to gain industry experience somewhere in the world during the Northern Hemisphere summer, please (Peter Claesson, Skål International Malaga-Costa del Sol). He is available from mid-June until the end of August. Read candidate’s CV.

News From Our Sponsors & Partners
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Greetings from your 2016 SIUSA Board


Skal USA
Your new board wants to thank you for electing us to serve you and your clubs. We are committed to growing the membership and adding new clubs. We welcome your suggestions and your involvement in our various committees.
Dear Fellow Skål-leagues,

Please volunteer to serve on committees by contacting the RVP chairs.


Region I RVP Jim Dwyer will chair the Statutes and By-Laws Committee.


Region II RVP Tim Hemphill will chair the Membership/Future and Change Committees. We must leverage our strengths such as SI Washington DC’s high profile members like Roger Dow, CEO of AH&LA, and Pete Pantuso, CEO of ABA and our SIUSA Administrator.

Region III RVP David Ryan will Chair the Government Relations and Diversity Committees. At the Winter Board Meeting it was unanimously voted to support the TSA Trusted Traveler Program to ease and expedite travel.

Region IV RVP Burcin Turkkan will chair our PR and Communication/Website Committees.

Region V RVP Klaus Billep will chair the Fundraising Committee.

Please plan to send a representative to the North American Alliance of Skål Clubs (NAASC) in Boise from June 9 – 12. SIUSA is the host this year, and Skål International President Nigel Pilkington will be our honored guest. The Presidents of SI Canada and SI Mexico and many of their clubs will also be there. Please click here to view more information and register for the event.

We thank you for your membership and we thank every club officer for the tremendous effort you put forward in service to your clubs and SIUSA.

Warmest regards and Skål!


John Mavros

John Mavros