Skal Canada Vancouver

NEXT MEETING

Prospect Point Restaurant

5601 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver, BC

Wednesday November 13, 2019

Reception at 6:00 pm
Dinner 7:00 pm

Letter of Congratulations to Skål Vancouver on it’s 65th anniversary from Skål Canada President Paul Durand

Dear President Michael, your committee and members,

Congratulations on your club’s 65th anniversary!

It is such an honor and pleasure for me to be able to congratulate a Skål Club on such a momentous anniversary and I am thrilled to be able to personally congratulate Skål Vancouver on this historic occasion.

I salute and admire each and every member as well as the various committees over the past 65 years that have all added their own flair, expertise and guidance in steering the club to the success it enjoys today. Skål Vancouver is a success story in Canada and your energy and vitality is exactly what we are trying to replicate in all clubs.

I wish that I could be there in person to celebrate this event with you however I had already confirmed my attendance at the renaming ceremony for our Skål Hamilton-Niagara club.

Although I can’t be there in person, I am proud to be your Canada President and am impressed by your club’s many achievements and wish you many more years of even greater success in the future.

Regards and Skål

Paul Durand

President

Skål Canada

Skål Vancouver September Meeting Minutes 2019

September 11th, General Meeting Minutes 65th Anniversary

Granville Island Hotel Dockside

President Michael: Welcomed all in attendance for the dinner

Check-in Team:  David and Lisa

Raffle:  Kevin and Altan

Toast to Queen: Michael Kaile

SKAL Toast: Matt Taylor

Michael read the letter from the President of Skal Canada Paul Durand congratulating our 65th (This will be posted on the Vancouver Skal website)

Michael read an update from Skal Canada (to be posted on the Vancouver Skal website)

July Birthdays:              

  • Gary Collinge
  • Jason
  • Chris

August Birthdays:

  • Brian Veitch
  • Harvey Lee
  • Ken Cretney
  • Nancy Stibbard
  • Gordon Zavediuk
  • Andrew Brownrigg

September Birthdays:

  • Abdul
  • Eda Koot
  • Jian Huang
  • Mark Elliott
  • Dave Stevens

Happy Birthday to all

Guests:

  • Karen Tocher had her entire Expedia Team fantastic
  • Scott Johnson has a guest John Kearns GM Sheraton Guildford
  • Christine Louden has a guest Anthony Woo Director of Sales for TravelClick
  • David Wetsch has two guests; Kervin GM of the Trump International Hotel and Thomas and Sarah Reppchen
  • Gordon Chatry has a guest his wife Pamela
  • Shamir has a guest his son Yaseen
  • Dave Stevens has a guest his new bride Stacia Welcome to all of our guests.

Inductions:

  • David inducted Barry Johnson, GM of the Delta Vancouver Suites Hotel. We all welcomed Barry to the Club. Great addition.

Michael and Harvey to recognize some of the Past Presidents. List will be provided on the Vancouver Skal website

Special note our bell was donated by Fred Barrow our 1961 President.

Draw Prizes – Kevin and Altan

  • $100 dry cleaning certificate from Shamir Clean-Rite to Heather Roberts
  • Sightseeing tour of Vancouver-Kevin Pals
  • Granville Island Hotel stay $300, Michael Swain
  • Other winners for wine and other prizes: Ron Waterhouse,Aseen,Morgan,and Rudolf.

Grand Prize Draw for 2019, $2500 (this Prize will be drawn at the Christmas Lunch at the Arbutus Club in December)

  • Jarred from Expedia Karen will represent Jarred at the Christmas Lunch
  • Lydia Miller
  • Ron Waterhouse

Thank you, to Christine and the team. Kevin complimented the Chef and his team for a great meal including the horsdeuvers. The paring of the wines with the meal was perfect. The service staff did a fantastic job. Well done to all.

Next dinner event will be October 9th at Reflect Social Dinning & Lounge at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown

Skål Vancouver Ron Groves Annual Golf Tournament Results June 2019

June 14th 2019:

UBC Golf Course

President Michael and Harvey Lee welcomed all in attendance.

Check-in Team:  David and Greg

Door Prize tickets table: Greg

Toast to the Queen: Brian Vetch

SKAL Toast: Morgan Chatry

Wine draw Table: Kevin

Angus gave the club an update on his recent trip to Skål Copenhagen.

June Birthdays:

  • Philip Storey
  • Devaraj Rajagopal
  • Shamir
  • Beth Walters
  • Morgan Chatry
  • Christine Louden

SKAL CANADA – VANCOUVER WOULD LIKE TO THANK

EVERYONE WHO DONATED THEIR TIME AND SUPPORT

TO MAKE THE ANNUAL RON GROVES MEMORIAL GOLF

 TOURNAMENT, DINNER AND SILENT AUCTION A SUCCESS.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR HOLE SPONSORS

BC Place Stadium
Best Western Plus Chateau Granville
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Fast Signs
Georgian Court Hotel
HR West Consulting
Michael Kaile
Priority Building Services
The Summit Group
Super 8 Prince George
West Coast Sightseeing

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR AUCTION SPONSORS

Blue Horizon Hotel
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Chateau Whistler
Choice Hotels Canada
 
City of Surrey
Clean Rite
Delta Vancouver Suites
Embassy Inn Victoria
Expedia
Fairfield Inn & Suites Kelowna
Georgian Court Hotel
Granville Island Hotel
Harbour Air
Hilton Metrotown
Hilton YVR
Holiday Inn Metrotown
Hotel Grand Pacific
Hungtindon Manor
Landsea Tours
Lift Restaurant & Grill
Marriott Pinnacle Hotel
Matrix Hotel Edmonton
OutBack Team Building
p2b Bistro & Bar @ Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel
Pacific Gateway Hotel
Painter’s Lodge
Park N Fly
PavCo
Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel
Pinnacle Hotel North Vancouver
Shangri La Taipei
Swissol
Trump Hotel International
Varscona hotel on Whyte Edmonton
Venue West Conference Services
West Coast Sightseeing
Wickaninnish Inn

Pictures available on the Skål Vancouver Facebook page:

Upcoming Meeting: September 11th Granville Island Hotel

 

Skål Vancouver May Meeting Minutes 2019

May 8th 2019 General Meeting Minutes:

Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel

President Michael welcomed all in attendance for the dinner. He updated us on the NASC Congress in Hawaii.  Service and experience as very good, some good key note speakers such as Scott Tatum President & CEO of Tourism Hawaii.  Spectacular events; a Luau at Sea Life Park and participation at the International Food & Wine Festival.  He will be posting pictures and stories on the facebook page over the next week

Check-in Team:  David and Harvey

Raffle:  Steven Chen and Kevin

Toast to Queen: Altan    

SKAL Toast: Karim

May Birthdays:

  • Sue Daugulis
  • Gordon Chatry
  • Altan

Guests:

  • Karen Tocher has a guest
    • Shawana Lang, Director of Market Development Tourism Whistler
  • David has a guest
    • Katarina Polonsky, Canadian Correspondent The Bespoke Black Book
  • Michael has a guest
    • Larry Ho, General Manager Jericho Tennis Club

Michael welcomed all guests.

Inductions of two Young Skål Members:

Altan introduced Jian Huang and Devaraj Rajagopal. The inductions were completed. Welcome to the Club.

Harvey introduced the 2018 Bill Rowe Memorial Tourism Award. Harvey introduced the past and current profile of the recipient. The award was presented to Steve Halliday a Hospitality Virtuoso. Congratulations from the entire club well deserved (See Harvey’s presentation video HERE)

Harvey spoke to the upcoming Annual Ron Groves Golf Tournament and Steven Chen spoke to the Silent Auction on Friday June 14th at the UBC Golf and Country Club. Please go to the Vancouver Skal Website for the detail. For the silent auction– we are in need of Prizes. David will advise the membership of the need on Thursday. (See Steve’s acceptance video HERE)

Ivano updated us all on the NASC congress in Hawaii.

  • Coach presented Altan with a gift from the Young Skållegues from the congress
  • Coach presented the MDF winners with their prizes. Two members from our club won prizes (Scott & Kevin combined won the Toronto Experience and Christine won the Quebec Christine Won The Quebec Experience).  Coach mentioned how disappointed he was that we were the 2nd highest raffle sales of the country.
  • Ivano presented to David Wetsch The President’s Gold Award of Distinction from Skål Canada to the Vancouver Club for 2018. David accepted and thanked the entire Board for their handwork in achieving this award. It is a real team effort.

Draw Prizes – Steven:

  • Ricardo: Gift certificate for the Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel, one night stay including Breakfast
  • Ivano: bottle of wine
  • Ricardo: bottle of wine
  • Barry: NASC 2019 swag bagHawaiian gift package,

Congrats to all of the winners.

Grand Prize Draw for 2019, $2500 (this Prize will be drawn at the Christmas Lunch at the Arbutus Club in December):

  • Ivano
  • Michael our President
  • Kevin

Thank you, to the Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel:

Michael Kaile spoke to a Great meal and service. Michael did a complete overview on the menu and service. Excellent achievement for the Chef and  his team. The service staff were on the mark and did a wonderful job on delivery of the food, etc.  The club appreciated their efforts. (See Michael’s thank you video HERE)

Upcoming Meeting:

June 14th Golf and Dinner at the UBC Golf and Country Club, email reminders to follow

Skål Vancouver April Minutes 2019

April 10th 2019 General Meeting Minutes:

Vancouver Lawn and Tennis Club

President Michael opened the meeting, and thanked all in attendance.  Looking forward to a wonderful diner tonight and a lighter dinner event; regrets that our 2018 Bill Rowe recipient could not attend due to a family emergency but we will recognize them in May.

Check-in Team:  David and Harvey

Raffle:  Steven Chen and Kevin

Toast to Queen: Coach

SKAL Toast: Ron Waterhouse

April Birthdays:

  • Michael Kaile
  • Jonas
  • Anastasios
  • Karen Tocher

Guests:

  • David has 3 Guests:
    • Kris Szylowski General Manager Holiday Inn Downtown
    • Barry Johnson General Manager of the Delta Suites Hotel Downtown
    • Kervin vanden Meljdenberg General Manager of the Trump International Hotel & Tower
  • Michael Kaile has a guest:
    • Karen Van Schie, General Manager of the Vancouver Lawn & Tennis Club

Welcome to all Guests

Harvey announced the upcoming Annual Ron Groves Golf Tournament and Silent Auction on Friday June 14th at the UBC Golf and Country Club. Please go to the Vancouver Skal Website for the detail.

Ivano discussed the 2019 Membership Development Fund and the Prizes

  • We have raised $2000 from the Vancouver Club, well done, more time for those who want donate, see Ivano quickly.
  • Prizes so far are Croatian Premier Cruise,Kenya Safari,Florida family holiday package,New Orleans party package, to view all Prizes, go to the Skal International web site.
  • The draws will be Saturday morning April 27 at the NASCS conference in Hawaii.
  • Please contact Ivano to purchase your tickets or go on line.
  • Good luck to all.

Draw Prizes: Steven and Kevin

  • Wine—Gordon Chatry
  • Wine—Shamir
  • Wine—Kris from the Holiday Inn Downtown
  • Gift Basket from the Vancouver Lawn and Tennis Club—Barry Johnson Delta Vancouver Suites Hotel.
  • Congrats to all winners

Grand Prize Draw for 2019, $2500 (this Prize will be drawn at the Christmas Lunch at the Arbutus Club in December)

  • Barry Johnson
  • Ivano
  • Kevin

Congratulations to all of the winners.

Thank you, to the Vancouver Lawn and Tennis Club

Upcoming Meeting: May 8th Hilton Vancouver Airport, Richmond

Skål Vancouver February Minutes 2019

February 22nd Inter-Club Dinner Meeting Agenda

The Georgian Court Hotel

President Michael opened  the meeting.

Welcome to what I hope is an annual Inter-Club Dinner meeting with our fellow Skal Victoria members!

Check-in Team:  David and Altan

Raffle:  Steven

Toast to Queen: Chris Dobell (Skal Victoria Club President)

SKAL Toast: Coach

January Birthdays:

  • James Chase
  • Karen Lewis
  • Coach
  • Dennis Forristal

We had 3 speakers during the evening:

  • Paul Durand, President Skal Canada
  • James Chase, President & CEO, British Columbia Hotel Association
  • Ken Cretney, President and CEO of BC Pavilion Corporation (PavCo)

2019 Events:

  • March 13th, Reflect Restaurant Hilton Hotel Metrotown, this will be a special Young Skal event
  • April 10th, Vancouver Lawn and Tennis Club
  • May 8th, The Hilton Vancouver Airport
  • June 14th, The Annual Ron Groves Golf Tournament Event (Friday)
  • September 11th, Granville Island Hotel Dockside
  • October 9th, Pan Pacific Hotel
  • November 13th – TBC
  • December 11th, The Annual Christmas Luncheon at the Arbutus Club

Coach discussed the 2019 Membership Development Fund Raffle.  Prize donation and draw will be done on April 27th.  Please contact Coach for further details

Draw Prizes: 

  • One night stay at the Pinnacle Hotel & a Whistler sightseeing tour for 2 – Coach
  • One night stay at the Hilton Vancouver Airport including breakfast & a Whistler sightseeing tour for 2 – Karen Lewis
  • $50 GC for Frankie’s Kitchen & Bottle of Wine – Wendy Beard (Victoria Club)
  • Whistler sightseeing tour for 2 & HR West Cooler and Umbrella – Matt Taylor
  • $25 GC from Cactus Club & a Bottle of Glenfiddich – Carrie Kempster (Guest)
  • A pair of White Caps vs Seattle Sounders (March 20, 2019) – Gerry Bartluck
  • Mystery gift from the Victoria Club& HR West Cooler and Umbrella – Harvey Lee

$2500 draw for the Christmas Lunch in December entrants are:

  • Julian Peters (Victoria Club)
  • Chris Perna
  • Wendy Beard (Victoria Club)

Thank you to the Georgian Court!  Lisa Jackson and her team we all enjoyed the dinner and service!

See you all on March 13th!

Skål Vancouver March Minutes 2019

March  13th  Dinner Meeting Agenda

Reflect Social Dining @ The Hilton Vancouver Metrotown

President Michael opened  the meeting.  The theme was about networking and the future of the industry and Skal

Check-in Team:  David, Harvey, Altan & Fikriye

Raffle:  Steven & Altan

Toast to Queen: Juan Duran

SKAL Toast: Scott Johnson

January Birthdays:

  • Scott Johnson
  • Ruidolf Tize
  • William Whyte
  • Joyce Hayne
  • Lisa Jackson
  • Stephen Peters

After the 1st course Andrea Hinck Go2HR Manager of Industry Training spoke about the Hospitality industry, future and their services they provide

Michael discussed the 2019 Membership Development Fund Raffle.  Prize donation and draw will be done on April 27th.

Tickets are as follows

$ 25.00 – 1 Ticket

$ 100.00- 5 Ticket Package

$ 150.00- 10 Ticket Package

$ 200.00 – 20 Ticket Package

We can charge your Skal account for the raffle costs.

Tickets Revenues help fund our Membership Development Fund and 30% stays within the Club.  Please contact Coach to buy tickets

After the main course we presented a panel of industry professionals to discuss the industry and importance of networking.

The panel included:

  • Karen Lewis – GM LandSea Tours
  • Christine Louden – Hotel Manager The Granville Island Hotel
  • Mark Elliott – Program Chair Hospitality Management Douglas College
  • Altan Demykira – Young Skal Ambassador
  • Andrea Hinck – Go2HR Manager of Industry Training

Draw Prizes: 

  • $100 GC from the Dockside Restaurant at the Granville Island hotel – Harvey Lee
  • Brunch for 2 for the Sunday Brunch at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown – Altan Demykira
  • Set of golf balls for the upcoming tournament – Mark Elliott
  • Bottle of red wine – Christine Louden
  • Bottle of red wine – awarded to the networking bingo card winner Irene Sui

$2500 draw for the Christmas Lunch in December entrants are:

  • Altan
  • David
  • Harvey

Gordon Chatry thanked the team at The Hilton Vancouver Metrotown

See you all on April 10th @ The Vancouver Lawn & Tennis Club!

Skål Vancouver January Minutes 2019

Happy New Year!

January 9th General Meeting  and AGM Agenda

French Table

President Michael opened  the meeting.

Welcome to the 2019 AGM and what an amazing location to hold the event.  I am looking forward to tonight’s dinner, I know that Herve has put together another great menu and I am especially looking forward to the Crème Caramel.

Check-in Team:  David and Greg

Raffle:  Steven Chen & Fikriye

Toast to Queen: Kevin Wooliams

SKAL Toast: Angus Wilkinson

January Birthdays:

  • David Wetsch
  • Peter Armstrong
  • Steve Halliday

Michael presented  the results of the Club for 2018 at the AGM

Financially the club had an excellent year with great success at the annual June Golf Tournament and Silent Auction. The revenue generated by that event continues to allow Skal Vancouver to offer the lowest dues and dinner charges of any club in Canada.

The club moves into 2019 on sound financial footing.

Now, as you all know it is getting more and more expensive in Vancouver.   The board wants to continue to deliver memorable meals and find locations that are attractive.  Because of this we are increasing the cost for dinners by $10 from $65 to $75 starting next month (February).

The Board deserves a big “well done” for a successful 2018.

We have seen some challenges and respect that it is a challenge for all our membership to give up time to join it, but if you are interested we looking for some fresh faces and ideas.  Membership and Reach are the areas we will be focusing on this year, more diversity of members, growth through social media and above all fun!

The floor was opened for nominations to join the board, the Membership and Communications positions are open.

And with no nominations we present to you the Board of Directors for 2019:

  • President: Michael Favelle
  • Past President: Greg Moon
  • Secretary/Administrator: David Wetsch
  • VP of Finance: Lisa Jackson
  • Director of Membership: David Wetsch
  • Director of Communications: Michael Favelle
  • Skal Canada Vancouver Rep: Ivano “Coach” Corazza
  • Director at Large: Harvey Lee
  • Director at Large: Ron Waterhouse
  • Young Skal Ambassador: Altan Demirkaya

Next month is the last month that all outstanding drink tickets will be accepted

2019 Events:

  • February 22nd, The Georgian Court Hotel (Friday)
    • Save the date – wives, partners and spouses are welcome
    • Rooms are available at the Georgian Court and The Pan Pacific
    • Dinner will be at the Georgian Court
    • Speakers TBC
    • Breakfast the next day TBC
  • March 13th, Reflect Restaurant Hilton Hotel Metrotown, this will be a special Young Skal event
  • April 10th, Vancouver Lawn and Tennis Club
  • May 8th, The Hilton Vancouver Airport
  • June 14th, The Annual Ron Groves Golf Tournament Event (Friday)
  • September 11th, Granville Island Hotel Dockside
  • October 9th, Pan Pacific Hotel
  • November 13th – TBC
  • December 11th, The Annual Christmas Luncheon at the Arbutus Club

We are now accepting nominations for the Tourism Award for 2018. Please go to the Vancouver Skal website and click on nominations. The recipient will be announced at our March 2019 meeting.

2019 Membership Development Fund Raffle.  Prize donation and draw will be done on April 27th.  Please contact Coach for further details

Draw Prizes: Steven wines and other prizes

  • Wine: Scott Johnson
  • Wine: James Chase
  • $50 Gift Certificate from the French Table: Karen Tocher

$2500 draw for the Christmas Lunch in December…winners are:

  • Christine Louden
  • Brian Veitch
  • Karen Tocher

Thank you to the French Table  Herve and his team made by Karen Tocher  we all enjoyed the dinner and service!

See you all on February 22nd!

Skål Vancouver December Minutes 2018

December 12th General Meeting Minutes

Arbutus Club

President Michael opened the meeting. Welcomed all members and their guests.

Check-in Team:  David and Greg Moon

Raffle:  Steven Chen and Ivano

Toast to Queen: Karim

SKAL Toast: Randy Vannatter

December Birthdays:

  • Randy Vannatter
  • Darren Young
  • Steven Chen
  • Ayako Kawamukai
  • Karim Mohammadi

Guests:

  • Beth Walters, guest is Lydia Miller
  • Jonas Melin’s guest is Richard Taylor Sr. Director of Sales & Marketing Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront.
  • Steven Chen, two guests, Amina Valli-Hasham District Director for Roy Nat and Duncan Chiu Coast Hotels, Development for Franchising.
  • Randy Vannatter has the following Guests: Louis Zanni,General Manager for WorldMark Vancouver a Wyndham Destination;Olga Bannikova,Guest Services Manager for WorldMark Vancouver a Wyndham Destination,Mark Hope Executive Director for Coast Hotels and Resorts,Director of Brand Development;Rick Fisher,Visitors Choice Magazine;Rachelle Delaney,City Passports.

Welcome to all Guests

Ivano did a summary of the benefits to belonging to Skal Vancouver .  This gives us all an opportunity to contact other Skal Clubs International and in Canada when we travel . Ivano did mention Skal International has a World Congress on September 14th, 2019. For more detail go the the Skal International website.

Harvey Lee, advised we are now accepting nominations for the Tourism Award for 2018. Please go to the Vancouver Skal website and click on nominations. This will be announced at our March 2019 meeting.

Draw Prizes –  Steven  wines and other prizes

  • Wine- Randy Vannatter
  • 2 passports to Plaza Premium Airport Lounges-James Chase
  • Christmas Gift Basket-Ron Waterhouse

Congratulations to all the winners.

Grand Prize Draw of $2500 for 2018

  • Ivano will do the draw all names from January to December submitted, if you are not present, we will have a rep in your place.
  • The winner is Jonas Melin, cheque written to him after the draw, congratulations Jonas.
  • Thank you Ivano for coordinating the Draw.

Thank you to the Arbutus Club was Brian Veitch. The food service and the quality of food was first class. Thank you from all of the Club members. We also recognized Ron for coordinating the event. Thank you Ron.

Upcoming meeting  January 9th The French Table. This meeting will also be our Annual General Meeting.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All.

Skål Vancouver November Minutes 2018

November 14th General Meeting Minutes

The Vancouver Club

President Michael opened the meeting

Check-in Team:  David and Greg Moon

Raffle:  Steven Chen and Lisa

Toast to Queen: Kevin Wooliams

SKAL Toast: Mark Elliott

November Birthdays: Ron Waterhouse

Guests:

  • Michael : Carrie Kempster
  • Peter Armstrong: Ty Speers and Grant Mackay VP Destination BC
  • Mark Elliott, two guests Students from Japan
  • Dave Stevens guest is Irvin Eng
  • Shamir, guest is his son Yaseen
  • Valentina Tang her guest is Vince Smith

Welcome to all Guests

Inductions:

  • Hani Golestaneh Young Skal
  • Sue Daugulis
  • Chris Perna

President Message

For first time ever we will be  streaming live on Facebook starting at 8:15pm a round table discussion on “Vancouver’s Position in Tourism.” Moderated by fellow Skallegue Peter Armstrong and joining him will be Ty Speer President & CEO of Tourism Vancouver and Grant MacKay Vice President of Destination Management for Destination British Columbia

Draw Prizes – Lisa and Steven wines and other prizes

  • Wine – Gary Collinge
  • Wine – Greg Moon

Congratulations to all the winners.

Grand Prize Draw for 2018, $2500 (this Prize will be drawn at the Christmas Lunch at the Arbutus Club in December)

  • Phil Storey
  • Juan Duran
  • Christine Louden

Congratulations to all of the winners.

Upcoming Meeting: December 12th, The Arbutus Club (Annual Christmas Luncheon)