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Skål Vancouver May Minutes 2018

May 9th General Meeting Minutes

 Civic Hotel, Surrey

President Michael opened the meeting.

Check-in Team:  David and Richard

Raffle:  Steven Chen and Lisa

Toast to Queen: Harvey Lee

SKAL Toast: James Chase

 May Birthdays:

  • Brian Rohl
  • Richard Purcell
  • Gordon Chatry
  • Doris Hager
  • Altan


  • Juan Duran has a guest, Tom Beckett of Hotel Valuation Services
  • Michael Favelle has a guest, Chris Perna GM Hilton Hotel Burnaby
  • Scott Johnson has a guest, Paul Gallop GM Westin Element of Burnaby
  • Beth Walters has a guest, Cindy Schoenauer
  • Altan has a guest, Burcul Inalpolat,Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.
  • Harvey has a guest Kathy Delisser
  • Doris Hager has a guest, Zandro

Welcome to all Guests 

Inductions we have three new members:

  • Karen Lewis, Harvey will introduce
  • Karen Tocher, Lisa will introduce
  • Christine Louden, Lisa will introduce

Thank you, Lisa and Harvey, for bringing in our new members tonight.  It is great to see the club with adding 3 new members two months in a row.

Lisa and Angus have been working very hard to increase our membership however they cannot do this alone.  We are looking to you, the membership to help.  If you are able and/or interested in assisting with membership drive, please see either Angus or Lisa.  Remember we cannot do this alone.

Thank you to General Manager Franklin Jackson for allowing us to visit and tour his hotel tonight.  And Thank you to Rooms Division Manager Jonie Tee for the tours.

Board Member Harvey Lee discussed the upcoming Golf Tournament and reminded members to sign up for the golf event and/or the dinner.

Drink Tickets:  we will be moving to cash bars. Tickets will be sold at the Golf event. Starting September dinner event we will not be selling drink tickets. Cash bars will begin. All members tickets will be accepted until February 28, 2019.

We are going to start working on our co-event with Victoria for next February, however, we have been approached by the Rockies Skal Club to see if we would do a co-event with them.  (Michael asked if the membership was interested and there was a positive response) 

Draw Prizes: Lisa, Richard, and Steven

  • Wine –David
  • Wine -Andrew
  • Gift certificate from the Civic Hotel weekend accommodations-Harvey

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

  • Karen Lewis
  • Rudolf Tze
  • Andrew Brownrigg

Congratulations to all of the winners.

Thank you to the Civic Hotel: President Michael

Upcoming Meeting: June 15 UBC Golf and Dinner event.















Skål Vancouver April Minutes 2018

April 11thGeneral Meeting Minutes

The French Table

President Michael opened the meeting

Check-in Team:  David and Fikriye

Raffle:  Steven Chen and Altan

Toast to Queen: Shamir

SKAL Toast: Laurie Barkman Skal Club Winnipeg

April Birthdays:

  • Michael Kaile
  • Jonas
  • Anastasios


  • Lisa Jackson has two guests Christine Loden Hotel Manager Granville Island Hotel and Karen Tocher Expedia Area Manager for Western Canada.
  • Havey has a guest, Karen Lewis GM Land and Sea Tours
  • David has a guest, Martin Leclerc, General Manager of the Westin Bayshore Hotel
  • We have a visiting Skal Member from the Winnipeg Club (Laurie Barkman)
  • Gordon Chatry has a guest, Pamela
  • Shamir has two guests Scott Johnson GM of the Holiday Inn Metrotown & Yassen
  • Michael has two guests Nives Mehmedi – Sales Manager & Wilson Lo – Sales & Catering Co-coordinator. May become Young Skal members.
  • Ron has a guest – Donna

Welcome to all Guests 

Inductions we have three new members:

  • Rodrigo Diaz de Rivera Vargas Managing Director for Western Canada- Mexico Tourism Board. David introduced
  • Andrew Brownrigg, General Manager of the Best Western Chateau Granville, Altan introduced.
  • Ricardo Rojas, Michael Favelle did introduce.

Congratulations to all New Members


Skal Canada Membership Drive Update, please see Ivano for ticket sales tonight.

Housekeeping item:

Moving forward Skal Vancouver will be moving away from drink tickets and towards cash bars.  As of the June 2018 Gold Tournament drink tickets will not be sold at the Skål dinners.  Starting at the September dinner event cash bars will be available.

Drink tickets will be honored until February of 2019

Our President:

Tonight I want to recognize our Young Skal Professionals.  These Young Skal Professionals aren’t just the leaders of tomorrow; they’re the leaders of today.  They are molding our industry and we need to ensure we are providing the support, guidance, and leadership to help continue to rise.

I have asked that each of our Young Skal Members here tonight to talk about what Young Skal means to them and how we can continue to support them in their upward growth.

Altan/Young Skal Members: Altan advised for a detailed overview, please refer to the April Newsletter. Altan spoke about Young Skal who are members of the Vancouver Club. These are our Young Skal, each one was recognized: Altan, Alina Doaga, Ayako Kawamukai, Karim Mohammadi, Matt Taylor, Fikriye Topkaya, Brianne Kelly. Matt Taylor and Karim Mohammadi gave their career experiences and why they joined Young Skal. A very positive presentation by Matt and Karim.

 Draw Prizes – Altan and Steven Chen   wines and other prizes

  • Wine Ricardo
  • Wine Brian Veitch
  • Wine Zelona
  • $50 gift certificate from the French Table, Randy

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

  • Kevin Woolliams
  • Jim Whyte
  • Ricardo Rojas

Congratulations to all of the winners.

Thank you, to Herve and his staff. (Michael Kaile) The food and service was outstanding.

 Upcoming Meeting: May 9thCivic Hotel, Surrey – very excited to visit the property and see the operation. A guided tour will be provided.








Skål Vancouver March Minutes 2018

March General Meeting Agenda

March 14th, Vancouver Convention Centre

President Michael will open the meeting

Tonight’s dinner is about recognition.  Tonight, we recognize our annual Bill Rowe Tourism Award recipient the Vancouver Convention Centre, we recognize a new Skålleague joining us, we recognize our amazing guests joining us this evening.  And I wish to recognize our powerful female professionals that we are fortunate to have as members of our club as we celebrate international women’s month.

Full update on the joint Vancouver and Victoria Skal Club dinner event February 23rd

Check-in Team:  David and Fikriye

 Raffle:  Steven Chen and Ron

 Toast to Queen: Altan

 SKAL Toast: Mark Nichols (President Skal Calgary)

 March Birthdays:

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


  • Harvey has a guest
    • Karen Lewis GM Land and Sea Tours
  • President Michael has 3 guests:
    • Gail Watson – Women’s Speaking Association
    • Judy Adams, Absolute Spa
    • Michelle Cameron-Coulter.  Michelle is a six-time World Champion and the first-ever Albertan to win a Summer Olympic Gold Medal
  • Guests from the Skal Club of Calgary
    • President Mark Nichols
    • Vaughan Payne
    • Randy Williams
  • Shamir has 3 guests:
    • Marion Harper-Treskin
    • Mike Truscott JW Marriott
    • Yaseen

Welcome to all Guests 

Ivano – Skal Canada Membership Drive Raffle donations by next week

Housekeeping item:

Moving forward Skål Vancouver will be moving away from drink tickets and towards cash bars.  As of the June 2018,  drink tickets will not be sold at the Skål dinners.  Starting at the September dinner event cash bars will be available. Skål Drink tickets will be honored until the end of the February 2019 dinner meeting.

Michael spoke to the theme of the evening; Recognition

In honour of International Women’s Month, we want to celebrate the professional females of our membership.  I would like to take a moment to recognize these members who are with us tonight:

  • Joyce Hayne – Publisher EMC Publications
  • Lisa Jackson – GM The Georgian Court
  • Fikriye Topkaya -Young Skål
  • Doris Hager – Owner/Principle Hager Design
  • Ayako Kawamukai -Young Skål
  • Brianne Kelly – Young Skål
  • Eda Koot – GM The Pacific Gateway Hotel

As leaders in our industry, we have a responsibility to set the example and guide the way, it is our responsibility to ensure we continue to Push for Progress

It is my pleasure to introduce to you Ms. Gail Watson. Tonight we celebrate our Bright and Brilliant women who serve with commitment and passion in our industry.

Gail has organized a way to bring together the strong minds of our members to brainstorm and strategize how Skal Vancouver can lead the way for women in our industry to grow and develop.

Gail Watson is a massive community influencer, president & CEO of one of the biggest speakers groups in the world exclusive for women.  is  THE go-to place for innovative leaders, change-agents and women with a message to connect, collaborate and grow their visibility worldwide in order to fulfill their mission.

Gail is dedicated to empowering women to authentically express themselves, build a thriving, prosperous business and cause serious transformation in the lives of their clients, companies, communities and the world.  With the mindset of “I am all in” and “how can I serve you?”, she is a dynamic leader who is frequently invited to play with top CEOs, Celebrities and Media Gurus.

Tourism Award to Vancouver Convention Centre: BoMembereber Harvey Lee presented the award:

Harvey advised this award is given to a local individual, corporation or organization that had significantly contributed to the success and growth of the tourism industry in Vancouver and British Columbia. Skål Vancouver is proud to announce that this year’s recipient of the Annual Bill Rowe Memorial Tourism Award is the Vancouver Convention Centre.  Ken Cretney, President and CEO BC Pavilion Corporation (PavCo) received the award.  All members gave Ken a standing ovation.

 Draw Prizes – Ron and Steven Chen  wines and other prizes

  • Wine – James Chase
  • Wine – Doris Hager
  • Golf Balls – Yassen
  • Marriot Weekend Package in Victoria Value $1000 – Judy Adams
  • Absolute Spa gift package Value $350 – Michelle Cameron-Coulter

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

  • President Mark Nichols of Calgary Skal Club
  • Jim Whyte
  • Michael Kaile

Thank you to the venue: Michael Kaile thanked Ken and the entire kitchen and caters teams for an excellent dinner and first class service

 Upcoming Meeting: April 11th, The French Table on Main Street

 Meeting Adjourned





Skål Vancouver February Minutes 2018

General Meeting Minutes

February 21, 2018 – Seasons in the Park

Michael Favelle, President Chaired the meeting

Check-in Team:  David and Fikriye

Raffle:  Steven Chen and Ron

Toast to Queen: Michael Kaile

SKAL Toast: Matt Taylor, Young Skål, well done.

President Michael opened the meeting and thanked all who attended. He covered the upcoming trip to Victoria on February 23. This will be the first event where Skal Club Vancouver and Skal Club Victoria will have a joint dinner event. We have 20 from our Club and Victoria has 20. Plus the Mayor will be in attendance, the President and CEO BC Ferry Corp and the CEO of Tourism Victoria. We will report back at the March 14th dinner event.  The February Newsletter has been posted for all to view; your feedback would be appreciated. Michael advised all members should have access to the Skal International Website, please go to the site and update your profile. If you have issues, please contact David.

February Birthdays:  James C. – Ivano – Dennis – Fikriye – Juan and Greg


  • David introduced Ricardo Rojas, President of Protocolo Tours; he has been in the Travel industry for 25 years and a Skal member for 10 years at the Venezuela Club.
  • Altan introduced, Andrew Brownrigg, General Manager of the Best Western Chateau Granville Hotel.

 Welcome to all Guests 

Michael called on Angus; Chair of the Membership Committee to give us an update. The Life of the Club is the growth of our membership. Angus called on all Vancouver Skal members to bring in new members. A committee of three cannot do all the recruitment. This week we have signed on three new members, Rodriguz Diaz,Tourism Mexico,Ricardo Rojas,President of Protocolo Tours and Andrew Brownrigg General Manager BW Chateau Granville. In addition, over the next two months we have 5 potential new members. In summary, we need your assistance to grow our Club.

Draw Prizes: Ron and Steven Chen

Wine – Kevin W.

Wine – Karim

Wine – Karim

$50.00 Gift Certificate Seasons in the Park – Jonas

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

  • Jonas
  • Brian V.
  • Mark E.

Congratulations to all winners.

Brian Rohl had the Kitchen and service staff come into the room. He thanked the Seasons in the Park and the staff for an excellent dinner. A standing ovation from all of our members. First Class. Thank you Brian.

Upcoming Meeting:  March 14th at the Convention Centre. The Vancouver Convention Centre Ken Cretney will be accepting the 2017 Tourism Award from the Vancouver Skal Club.  Hope to see you all at this momentous event.

Meeting Adjourned.