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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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skål Vancouver October Minutes 2018

October 10th General Meeting Minutes

Preston’s Restaurant and Lounge at the Coast Coal Harbour by APA

President Michael opened the meeting

Check-in Team:  David and Greg Moon

Raffle:  Steven Chen and Lisa

Toast to Queen: Ivano

SKAL Toast: Harvey

October Birthdays:

  • Tim Tindle

Guests:

  • Karim introduced Sophia Virani
  • Mark Elliott introduced 3 Young Skal Students from Japan

Welcome to all Guests

Induction: Altan

  • Burcu Inalpulat Fairmont Hotel Water Front Hotel, congratulations Burcu and a warm welcome to our Club

President Message

President Michael reminded the membership about the drink tickets usage, discussed that we will announce the 2019 meeting calendar next meeting.  We are working on the Victoria Co-event for 2019 here in Vancouver and will have further details next month.  He reminded everyone about our annual Christmas fundraiser for the Christmas Bureau and threw a challenge out to Coach to take to his Skal Canada meeting to challenge all clubs across Canada for December!

Draw Prizes – Lisa and Steven wines and other prizes

  • Wine, Angus
  • Wine, Ricardo
  • Wine, Karim
  • Gift Certificates: one for $150 in Preston’s winner is Mark Elliott and one for accommodation in the Coast Hotel Coal Harbour valued at $500, the winner is Christine Lounden

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)

  • Michael our President
  • James Chase
  • Chris Perna

Congratulations to all of the winners.

Thank you to the Coast Hotel and Preston’s Restaurant and Bar. Michael thanked the entire team for one of the best dinners we have had as a club. First Class. Brian Rohl many thanks for hosting.

Upcoming Meeting: November 14th, Vancouver Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skål Vancouver September Minutes 2018

September 12th General Meeting Minutes – Trattoria Restaurant

President Michael opened the meeting, and thanked all for attending.

Check-in Team:  David and Richard

Raffle:  Steven Chen and Richard

Toast to Queen: Gary Collinge

SKAL Toast: Karen Tocher, well done

September Birthdays:

  • Abul Walli
  • Eda Koot
  • Mark Elliott
  • Dave Stevens

Guests:

  • Matt Taylor had a guest: Steve Farrelly Senior MGR Rocky Mountaineer.
  • Scott had one guest: Chris Perna GM Hilton Metrotown
  • Shamir had a guest: his son Yaseen
  • Beth Walters had a guest: Robert Pratt
  • Mark Elliott had two guests: Barbara Ramos and Thais Fraga from Douglas College.

Welcome to all Guests 

Our President Michael, advised that Angus Wilkinson is stepping off as Chair for the Membership Committee. Michael thanked Angus for all of the hard work he did over the years. Angus said a few words. In my many visits with different Skal Clubs around the world. I have enjoyed amazing hospitality from the members of those Clubs. To be able to share experiences with people in different cultures and varying lifestyles is extremely rewarding. If any of our members would like to speak to me personally about these experiences and friendships developed I am open to discuss with you at any time.

Michael requested our membership should develop new members this is critical to the growth of our club. Anyone interested to be the Membership Chair advise me as soon as possible.

Draw Prizes – Richard and Steven  ( wines and other prizes)

  • Wine: Robert Pratt
  • Wine: Andrew Brownrigg
  • Wine: Shamir
  • Gift Certificates (3) $50 each from the Trattoria winners are:
    • Karen Tocher
    • David Wetsch
    • Yaseen

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

  •  Mark Elliott
  • Angus
  • Angus

Congratulations to all of the winners

Thank you to the Trattoria, Our President thanked Patrick and his team for a job well done. All members applauded.

 Upcoming Meeting: October 10th Coast Hotel at Coal Harbour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skål Vancouver June Minutes 2018

June 15th General Meeting Minutes – Ron Groves Golf Tournament

University Golf Club

President Michael opened the meeting

Toast to Queen: Morgan Chatry

 Skål Toast: Mark Elliott

 June Birthdays:

  • Morgan Chatry

 Harvey Lee introduced the golf tournament winners

 2018 Ron Groves Golf Tournament Winners

Skål Men’s Low Gross

Randy Vannatter

Skål Women’s Low Gross

Lauren Veitch

Men’s Low Net

Andrew Mowat

Men’s KP

Andrew Mowat

Women’s KP

Lauren Veitch

Open KP

James Chase

Men’s Long Drive

Andrew Mowat

Women’s Long Drive

Joyce Haynes

Straightest Drive

Mark Elliott

Putting

Randy Vannatter

Texas Scramble Winners

Morgan Chatry

Herb Jamison

James Chase

Rod Marr

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

  • Michael Favelle
  • Joyce Haynes
  • Jim Whyte

 Congratulations to all of the winners.

Upcoming Meeting: September 12 Vancouver Community College