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During the installation banquet of Skal's new officers, Skal International Orlando Past President Jeff Chase presented the prestigious HSMAI Gene Hassett Award to Luann Brooks, Executive Director of the I-Drive Business Improvement District, for distinguished service in the hospitality industry.

Skal International Orlando, the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally, installed its slate of officers for 2017-2018 during its annual installation gala at the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando, while also presenting special industry recognitions.

The Skal International Orlando 2017-2018 officers are as follows:

• President, Mark Reid, Group Publisher WHERE Orlando

• Vice President, Jetse Pottinga, Hotel Industry Consultant

• Secretary, John Stine, Director of Sales & Marketing, I-Drive 260

• Treasurer, Keith Wolling, General Manager, B Resort & Spa

• Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Tom White, retired

• Skal USA Representatives, Richard Scinta, Vice President Club Association Governance, Wyndham Vacation Ownership and Duane Winjum, Immediate Past President and Complex General Manager for the Spring Hill Suites Orlando at Flamingo Crossings and Towne Place Suites Orlando at Flamingo Crossings.


The new officers, called to serve Skal International Orlando for the next term of office, each fulfill a unique and important role. The club president sets goals for the club, supports and creates values for members and leads all meetings, while being actively involved in all club initiatives. The vice president assists with all specified club initiatives, assuming the president's responsibilities in his absence and prepares to assume the role of president for the next term. The club secretary ensures meetings are held in accordance with governing documents, prepares and provides minutes to directors. The treasurer ensures the proper fiduciary disposition of revenues and expenses, annual auditing of financials and also assists the executive secretary/treasurer. And the Skal USA representatives represent the local Skal Orlando Club within the national Skal organization, reporting back to the local club.

"Our club is so fortunate to have the dedication of such visionary officers for 2017-2018. They are highly-accomplished industry leaders who help our club tremendously while representing Skal nationally and internationally with great pride," said Mark Reid, Skal International Orlando president.

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SKÅL INTERNATIONAL ORLANDO ANNOUNCES OFFICERS, SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS FOR 2016-2017

ORLANDO, Florida (April 4, 2016) -- Skål International Orlando, the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally, installed its slate of officers for 2016-2017 during its annual installation banquet at the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando, while also presenting special industry recognitions.

The Skål International Orlando 2016-2017 Officers are as follows:

• President, Duane Winjum, General Manager, International Palms Resort
• Vice President, Mark Reid, Group Publisher WHERE Orlando
• Secretary, Jetse Pottinga, General Manager, Meliá Orlando Suite Hotel at Celebration
• Treasurer, John Stine, Director of Sales & Marketing, I-Drive 360
• Executive Secretary/Treasurer, Tom White, retired
• SIUSA Representative, Richard Scinta, Vice President Club Association Governance, Wyndham Vacation Ownership

The new officers, called to serve Skål International Orlando for the next two years, each fulfill a unique and important role. The club president sets goals for the club, supports and creates values for members and leads all meetings, while being actively involved in all club initiatives. The vice president assists with all specified club initiatives, assuming the president's responsibilities in his absence and prepares to assume the role of president for the next term. The club secretary ensures meetings are held in accordance with governing documents, prepares and provides minutes to directors. The treasurer ensures the proper fiduciary disposition of revenues and expenses, annual auditing of financials and also assists the executive secretary/treasurer. And the SIUSA representative, represents the local Skål Orlando Club within the national Skål organization, reporting back to the local club, as needed.

"Our club is extremely fortunate to have the dedication of our visionary officers for 2016-2017. They are highly-accomplished leaders in our industry who not only help our club tremendously, but represent Skål nationally and internationally with great pride," said Duane Winjum, Skål International Orlando president.

Also during the installation banquet, Frank Dacosta of the Hotel Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) presented the prestigious HSMAI Gene Hassett Award to long-time Skål Member Richard Jackson, widely recognized throughout the travel and tourism industry for his successes and years of service and distinction. Holly Powers, Vice President of Administration for Skål USA and a member of the Skål Boston Club, was also in attendance and was presented with recognition for her work with Skål USA in the past years.

Ranked as the second largest Skål Club in the United States and among the top 10 in the world, Skål International Orlando was also voted Skål International Club of the Year 2006-2007 and North American Club of the Year in 2007. For more information, go to www.Skålorlando.com. For membership information, contact Dennis BeMent, Membership Development Officer, Skål International Orlando, at dennis.bement@icloud.com.

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SKAL ORLANDO MEMBER JOOST DEMEYER VISITS SRI LANKA DAYCARE AND ORPHANAGES SUPPORTED BY JOSEPH T. NEARY MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

ORLANDO, Florida (Jan. 6, 2016) - As the second largest Skal Club in the United States and ranked among the top 10 in the world, Skal International Orlando continues to make global philanthropy a service priority. When Club member Joost DeMeyer and his wife, Iris, planned a trip to New Delhi in October for the Society of Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) Global Conference, they also planned a side trip to Sri Lanka. The intent was to visit to the areas served by The Joseph T. Neary Memorial Foundation established in 1990 during the 51st Annual International Skal Congress in Colombo, Sri Lanka, as a permanent memorial to deceased Skalleague Joe Neary, Past President and International Councilor for SIUSA.

The projects supported by the Foundation include: The Bethlehem Creche daycare center in Colombo at the Carmel Piyuma Convent which supports 80 children a day ages 3 months to 5 years, the Apostolic Carmel School in Maharagama at St. Mary's Convent which is an all girls high school with approximately 100 girls attending and half staying at the convent, and orphanages in Akkaraipattu and Trincomalee on the east coast of Sri Lanka and in Nainamadama, just north of Colombo, each with approximately 40 children.

DeMeyer and his wife visited the Bethlehem Creche and presented checks to Sister Florella, while also visiting the orphanage. They were hosted by Noel Fernando, Skal Member, Past President of the Colombo Skal Club and Foundation Trustee, and presented him with banners from the Orlando Skal Club and the New York Skal Club where Joe Neary was Past President, while also receiving two Colombo Skal Club banners in return. "It was a wonderful experience to see how well organized everything is and how happy and well taken care of the children are," DeMeyer explained. "They even sang and danced for us." Managing Trustee of the Joseph T. Foundation is Skal International Orlando Member and Skal International USA Past President Bill Pullen. In the last few years, Pullen and his late wife spent a week visiting the project sites and meeting with representatives of other organizations in the country with potential for providing future assistance.

"I am very excited about Joost and Iris' visit," said Pullen. "Not only do they represent Skal Orlando but the entire spirit and support of Skal International. When we started the Foundation at the International Skal Congress in Colombo in 1990, the original intent was to support the children at the Bethlehem Creche daycare center really without any thought to the long range future. So it certainly has gone a lot further than any one of us could have imagined back then. It is very much a source of great pride."

 

Skal International Orlando was voted Skal International Club of the Year 2006-2007 and North American Club of the Year in 2007.  For membership information, contact Dennis BeMent, Membership Development Officer, Skal International Orlando, at dennis.bement@icloud.com.

 

SKAL INTERNATIONAL ORLANDO MEMBERS CHOOSE TOP CENTRAL FLORIDA ATTRACTIONS, HOTELS AND RESTAURANT MEETING VENUES

ORLANDO, Florida (Oct. 20, 2015) - As the second largest Skal Club in the United States and ranked among the top 10 in the world, Skal International Orlando brings its members to the top travel, tourism and hospitality venues in Central Florida to meet, network and conduct business each month, and it's not by coincidence.

Jeff Chase
"Our members are key executives with very successful attractions, hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues in Orlando," said president Jeff Chase "We support them and get to know them by bringing members together each month at their establishments. We reach out to other hospitality companies to host us and check us out for membership, too."

Carla Ritthamel

Skal board member Carla Ritthamel is in charge of planning and scheduling monthly meetings throughout the year, achieving a balance of hotels, restaurants, attractions and entertainment venues as hosts. "We want to offer a variety of experiences at our member meetings that constantly open up new opportunities for networking and doing business," said Ritthamel. "During the year, our monthly meetings consist of a cocktail hour, and dinner with speaker. In summer months, we have more informal mixer meetings."

Upcoming Skal International Orlando meeting venues will feature an impressive lineup that includes: Del Frisco's Steak House on International Drive, the B Resort Lake Buena Vista, Tapa Toro in the new I-Drive 360 Complex, Loews Royal Pacific at Universal, the Hard Rock Hotel , UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management and Sea World Orlando.

"It's a win, win for all of us in the industry, for the hosts and for our travel, tourism and hospitality industry members," Chase added. "We see it as a tremendous professional support system for one another."

Skal International Orlando proudly distinguishes itself in its local community, nationally and internationally. The club was voted Skal International Club of the Year 2006-2007 and North American Club of the Year in 2007. For membership information, contact Dennis BeMent, Membership Development Officer, Skal International Orlando, at dennis.bement@icloud.com.

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Skal International Orlando Holds Summer Mixer Meeting At New I-Drive 360 With Record Attendance, Special Guests and New Members

ORLANDO, Florida (Aug. 11, 2015) - Skal International Orlando held its Summer Mixer Meeting in July at the new I-Drive 360 $200 million entertainment destination, attracting a record attendance of 95 Orlando area hotel, tourism and travel executives, which included 10 guests and two new members.

The meeting featured a special welcome by Skal Orlando Members John Stine, Director of Sales & Marketing for I-Drive 360, and Todd Andrus, Sales Manager for LEGOLAND Florida, who presented attendees with the exclusive opportunity to experience the 400-foot Orlando Eye, Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum Orlando and the SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, all part of Merlin Entertainment's new entertainment complex on Orlando's famed International Drive. Members and guests were also invited to visit the new Skeletons: Animals Unveiled! attraction which is also located in the I-Drive 360 venue. "This was truly a very exciting meeting for our members to experience all of these new attractions at once. As leaders in the local hotel, travel and tourism community, they will now be able to invite others and partner in their own businesses with the I-Drive 360 attractions," said Jeff Chase, president of Skal International Orlando. "We are so grateful for I-Drive 360 and Merlin Entertainment reaching out to Skal International Orlando for this tremendous networking and business opportunity."

Skal International, the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally, was founded in Paris, France in 1932 by travel trade managers. From that modest beginning, Skal members now number more than 18,000 in over 450 clubs spread throughout 87 countries. Skal International Orlando is among the Top 10 Skal Clubs in the world and was voted Skal International Club of the Year 2006-2007 and North American Club of the Year in 2007.

For more information, go to  www.skalorlando.com

For membership information, contact Dennis BeMent, Membership Development Officer, Skal International Orlando, at dennis.bement@icloud.com

Skal Members and Speakers enjoy a record-breaking summer mixer meeting attendance at I-Drive 360.

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Skal International Orlando Presents $5,000 Check to Perry Pavilion at Dr.

PhillipsHospital With $38,000 in Year To Date Donations From Annual Golf Tournament

The Perry Pavilion, part of Orlando Health, serves the needs of hundreds of families each year by providing comfortable, accessible overnight lodging while their loved ones are receiving medical care. The two-story hospital pavilion features private guest rooms, a family gathering room, community resource center, laundry facilities and children's play area, and can accommodate up to 10 families a night. ORLANDO, Florida (July 7, 2015) -- Skal

International Orlando and its board of directors recently presented a check for $5,000 to Cynthia C. and William E. Perry of the Perry Pavilion at Dr. Phillips Hospital, as proceeds from its 5th Annual Skal Cares Golf Tournament held at Falcon's Fire Golf Course. This latest donation brings the year to date contributions total to $38,000 in assisting the Perry Pavilion. The Skal Cares Golf Tournament tradition began five years ago under the leadership of Skal Orlando Member and Past President Barbara Kenney, who chairs the event every year.

In addition to having its own guest room plaque at The Perry Pavilion, Skal International Orlando is also featured on a Benefactors Circle Plaque at the entrance of Dr. Phillips Hospital, joining other prominent travel and tourism industry organizations in the community (such as Visit Orlando and the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association) that support this worthy cause."Your continuous support helps the health and well being of the entire family. You actually help alleviate fear because the patient always asks what is going to happen to my family," explained William Perry. "Your generous donations go towards our ongoing improvements to serve more and more families in the best way we can."

Skal International, the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally, was founded in Paris, France in 1932 by travel trade managers. From that modest beginning, Skal members now number more than 18,000 in over 450 clubs spread throughout 87 countries.

Skal International Orlando is among the Top 10 Skal Clubs in the world and was voted Skal International Club of the Year 2006-2007 and North American Club of the Year in 2007. For more information, go to www.skalorlando.com. For membership information, contact Dennis BeMent, Membership Development Officer, Skal International Orlando, at dennis.bement@icloud.com.

Photo Caption: Pictured from left are William Perry, Cynthia Perry, Skal Cares Tournament Chair Barbara Kenney and Skal Orlando Executive Secretary/Treasurer Tom White.

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SKAL INTERNATIONAL ORLANDO ANNOUNCES OFFICERS FOR 2015-2016

ORLANDO, Florida (April 27, 2015) - Skal International Orlando, the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally, has announced its slate of officers for 2015-2016. The first Skalclub was founded in Paris, France in 1932 by travel trade managers. From that modest beginning, Skal members now number more than 18,000 in over 450 clubs spread throughout 87 countries.

The Skal International Orlando 2015-2016 Officers are as follows:


Skal International Orlando Announces Officers For 2015-2016

The new officers, called to serve Skal International Orlando for the next two years, each fulfill a unique and important role. The club president sets goals for the club, supports and creates values for members and leads all meetings, while being actively involved in all club initiatives. The vice president assists with all specified club initiatives, assuming the president's responsibilities in his absence and prepares to assume the role of president for the next term. The club secretary ensures meetings are held in accordance with governing documents, prepares and provides minutes to directors. The treasurer ensures the proper fiduciary disposition of revenues and expenses, annual auditing of financials and also assists the executive secretary/treasurer. The executive secretary/treasurer prepares comprehensive financial statements and all accounting aspects of the club. And the SIUSA representative, represents the local Skal Orlando Club within the national Skal organization, reporting back to the local club, as needed.

"Our club is extremely fortunate to have the dedication of our stellar officers for 2015-2016. They are highly-accomplished leaders in our industry who not only help our club tremendously, but represent Skal nationally and internationally with great pride," said Jeff Chase, Skal International Orlando president.
Ranked as the second largest Skal Club in the United States and among the top 10 in the world, Skal International Orlando was also voted Skal International Club of the Year 2006-2007 and North American Club of the Year in 2007. For more information, go to www.skalorlando.com. For membership information, contact Dennis BeMent, Membership Development Officer, Skal International Orlando, at dennis.bement@icloud.com.

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SKAL ORLANDO HONORS ART MOREAU FOR 50 YEARS OF SKAL SERVICE

"Hole In One" Career Includes Stints as Skal Club President and Skal USA President

ORLANDO, Florida (March 30, 2015) -- As the second largest Skal Club in the United States and rankedamong the top 10 in the world, Skal International Orlando honored Club Member Art Moreau, during its annual officers installation dinner, for his 50 years of Skal service and membership.

With a twinkle in his eye and excitement in his voice, Art Moreau recalls joining Skal in 1965 as a professional networking tool to complement his sales agent job with Chicago And Southern Airline, which was later acquired by Delta Airlines. As he rose to the ranks in his airline career he also "moved up the chairs" in Skal.

Moreau has been active in three Skal Clubs in Tampa, Detroit and now Orlando, where he moved to in 2001 after retirement. He served as Skal Club President in Detroit, as well as NSCUSA President from 1987-1988 and President of NAASC in 1989. In his 50 years of Skal service and membership, he has attended 19 international congresses and 13 North America congresses.

"It has been a wonderful experience meeting Skal members from all over the world," Moreau exclaimed. "I have been to Zimbabwe, Johannesburg, Sao Paolo, Vienna, Helsinki, Rome, Florence, Alaska, Winnipeg, and all over Mexico and the Caribbean. At every congress, every club visit, I always felt automatically accepted and embraced. It is the Skal way."

At age 87, Moreau still plays 18 holes of golf three days a week and 9 holes two days a week. He has played with the likes of Sam Sneed and Gary Player, a far cry from his days of being a caddy, at age 12, getting 85 cents for 18 holes.

As Moreau was honored by his Skal Orlando Club for his remarkable 50 years of service, he said, "You all made me feel like a star and it has brought a tear to my eye. Never forget how many doors Skal will open up for you locally, nationally and internationally, and without a desk between you."
Skal International Orlando was voted Skal International Club of the Year 2006-2007 and North American Club of the Year in 2007. For more information, go to www.skalorlando.com. For membership information, contact Dennis BeMent, Membership Development Officer, Skal International Orlando, at dennis.bement@icloud.com.

Photo Caption: From left: Richard Scinta, Skal International Orlando President 2014-2015; Art Moreau, Skal Life Member; Tom White, Skal International Orlando Executive Secretary/Treasurer.

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SKAL INTERNATIONAL ORLANDO TAKES PHILANTHROPY TO A GLOBAL LEVEL

Club Supports Sri Lanka Orphanage & Girls School Via Joseph T. Neary Memorial Foundation

ORLANDO, Florida (Feb. 17, 2014) -- As the second largest Skal Club in the United States and ranked sixth among the top 10 in the world, Skal International Orlando continues its strong tradition of giving back to the community not only locally, but globally. The club donates funds annually to The Joseph T. Neary Memorial Foundation supporting the Carmel Piyuma Convent orphanage and the St. Joseph's Girls' Home in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Foundation was established in 1990 during the 51st Annual International Skal Congress in Colombo, Sri Lanka, as a permanent memorial to deceased Skalleague Joseph T. Neary, and as a proud source of regular dependable income to the Sri Lankan Community of Apostolic Carmen Sisters in their work caring for the very poor and underprivileged children in Colombo and other areas of the country.

Sisters of the Apostolic Carmelite order care for up to 70 poor and homeless children, ages 4 months to five years old, at the orphanage which was established in the 1920s to support needy children in the area with no family support and in dire need of nourishment, medical care and education. At the St. Joseph's Girls' Home, 36 girls ages 12 to 19 currently receive assistance with housing, meals and education in grades 5 to 12, including English, Math, Science and Computer Science. The majority have been displaced as refugees, many with parents killed in war.

The trustee of the Foundation is Skal International Orlando Member and Skal International USA Past President Bill Pullen. In the last few years, Pullen and his late wife spent a week visiting the project sites and meeting with representatives of other organizations in the country with potential for providing future assistance."We are extremely proud of Bill's work as trustee of this wonderful foundation and to assist him as global professionals and global citizens in supporting the extraordinary work and care being done for these children in Sri Lanka," said Skal International Orlando President Richard Scinta. "It's something our club members would not have a chance to be a part of, otherwise."

Skal International Orlando was voted Skal International Club of the Year 2006-2007 and North American Club of the Year in 2007. For more information, go to www.skalorlando.com. For membership information, contact Dennis BeMent, Membership Development Officer, Skal International Orlando, at dennis.bement@icloud.com.

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SKAL INTERNATIONAL ORLANDOSKAL INTERNATIONAL ORLANDO MEMBERS CALLED TO SERVE LOCALLY AND BEYOND

Past Presidents Continue To Lead By Example And Make Their Club Strong

ORLANDO, Florida (Dec. 1, 2014) -- The second largest Skal Club in the United States, ranked in the Top 10 in the world, didn't get there just by chance. It took the hard work and commitment of dedicated members to plant a strong club foundation in 1973, make recruiting a priority and put leaders into place to carry out key initiatives.

Past Presidents Grant Bannen, Dennis BeMent, Fred Corrigan, Barbara Kenney and Tom White have more than 100 years combined Skal membership, leadership and service among them. Each has played a pivotal role in the success of Skal International Orlando, as well as at the national and international levels, literally putting their club on the map. "They are the backbone of our club, leading the way for members and new officers alike," said current club president Richard Scinta. "Skal around the world knows about Skal International Orlando because of these fine industry professionals."

Grant Bannen, Skal International Orlando president from 2009-2010, has attended five world congresses and six SIUSA conferences. "My entire experience in Skal has given me a whole different perspective culturally and internationally," he remarked. "It is wonderful to use the Skal international network in business and also form friendships all over the world. I have a great deal of pride in telling colleagues around the world about my club's energy and vitality. Our members are high-caliber industry professionals."

Dennis BeMent, club president from 2003-2004, is also proud of Skal International Orlando's growth and development, and an opportunity to carry the club's flag abroad. "Fostering the initiative of recruitment, quality meeting venues and increased attendance were important when I lead the club. We built a world-class organization by recruiting local tourism leaders to share the experience," recalled BeMent. "As chairman of the Nominations Committee, I see a succession of influential presidents, each bringing their own contribution to make our club stronger." BeMent attended international congresses in Croatia, Budapest, Calgary and Jamaica, allowing him to experience the depth and diversity of Skal first-hand.

For Fred Corrigan, club president from 2005-2006, the international networking through Skal has been an incredible value to his business and personal travel experiences. "You walk into an international congress not knowing anyone, and walk out with dozens of new friends. It's also just incredible to go to the Skal booth at a huge trade show, like World Travel Market in London and ITB in Berlin, and be embraced and remembered by dozens of people just by wearing your Skal pin," exclaimed Corrigan. His silent auction work, securing high quality hotel stays on an international level, thrives through his Skal global contacts.

Barbara Kenney, president from 2010-2011, continues to enjoy her international involvement in Skal as the club's SIUSA representative. "You meet wonderful people and experience Skal at a whole different level, to the core of the organization," she said. Kenney has been involved in many Skal International Orlando endeavors, establishing the Skal Cares golf tournament which raised over $33,000 for the Perry Pavilion at Dr. Phillips Hospital, being among those who formed the club's Young Skal group, and producing the club's Member Directory for the last five years. "Our Skal International Orlando meetings are more than a quick lunch and are so conducive for forming friendships and talking business," Kenney added.

Tom White, club president from 1995-1996 and past president of Skal International USA, is currently executive secretary/treasurer for the club and considered a chief navigator by the club's many presidents. "When I joined Skal as a travel agent, another member invited me to do business in Australia. I didn't know anything about the destination, but I took a fam trip there, got business support and training, and started working with the Australia tourism folks. I became their Eastern USA rep and my business just grew. It all worked very well. If I wouldn't have been in Skal, it would have never happened," explained White. "At a Skal congress in Germany, I met a new contact to offer a new hotel in my program there. Another huge benefit of Skal and international business contacts."

According to White, Skal provides all the right tools and resources for those already working on an international level or for those who want to grow their business into international markets. "It's there, just look for it and take it," he said.

Skal International Orlando was voted Skal International Club of the Year 2006-2007 and North American Club of the Year in 2007. For more information, go to www.skalorlando.com. For membership information, contact Dennis BeMent, Membership Development Officer, Skal International Orlando, at dennis.bement@icloud.com.

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SKAL INTERNATIONAL ORLANDOSKAL INTERNATIONAL ORLANDO MAKES COMMUNITY SERVICE A PRIORITY

Club Contributes To Key Local, National and International Causes

ORLANDO, Florida (Oct. 6, 2014) -- As the second largest Skal Club in the United States and ranked sixth among the top 10 in the world, Skal International Orlando also believes in leading the way to give back to the community, locally, nationally and internationally. Club Members are actively engaged in planning events and initiatives to raise funds and collect donations for charities that make a difference.

Planning is now underway for the 5th Annual Skal Cares Golf Tournament to benefit the Perry Pavilion at Dr. Phillips Hospital, which serves the needs of hundreds of families each year by providing comfortable, accessible overnight lodging while their loved ones are receiving medical care. The two-story hospital pavilion features private guest rooms, a family gathering room, community resource center, laundry facilities and children's play area, and can accommodate up to 10 families a night. To date, Skal International Orlando has donated a total of $33,000 to benefit The Perry Pavilion.

Other key causes the Club supports include the University of Central Florida Rosen College of Hospitality Management and the Joe Neary Children's Charity, benefitting an orphanage in Sri Lanka. This year, the Club also collected funds to support Young Skal Member Ana Maria Soto, a graduate of the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management, as she prepares to serve as a missionary in the World Race program of the Adventures in Missions non-profit organization. Soto will travel to 11 countries in 11 months to feed the hungry, heal the sick, and spread God's love. She and her team will serve in partnerships with ministries in local communities, work in orphanages, minister to women and children, and bring restorative hope to many people.

Starting in 2015, Skal International Orlando will also begin donating funds to the Gary Sain Endowment Scholarship Fund, in memory of the late Gary C. Sain, past president of Skal International Orlando who played a key role in getting the club's Young Skal Program off the ground. Sain was President & CEO of Visit Orlando.

"We are proud to regularly engage our club and our members in activities and causes that serve others in our own backyard, across the country and in other nations," said president Richard Scinta. "We are proud to distinguish ourselves by what we do."


Skal International Orlando was voted Skal International Club of the Year 2006-2007 and North American Club of the Year in 2007. For more information, go to www.skalorlando.com. For membership information, contact Dennis BeMent, Membership Development Officer, Skal International Orlando, at dennis.bement@icloud.com.

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SKAL INTERNATIONAL ORLANDO MEMBERS MEET AT TOP CENTRAL FLORIDA ATTRACTIONS, HOTELS AND RESTAURANT VENUES EACH MONTH

ORLANDO, Florida (August 25, 2014) -- As the second largest Skal Club in the United States and ranked sixth among the top 10 in the world, Skal International Orlando brings its members to the top travel, tourism and hospitality venues in Central Florida to meet, network and conduct business each month, and it's not by coincidence.

"Our members are key executives for very successful attractions, hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues in Orlando," said president Richard Scinta. "We want to make sure we support them and get to know them by bringing our members together each month at their establishments. We also reach out to other hospitality companies to host us and check us out for membership."


Skal board of director member Carla Ritthamel is in charge of planning and scheduling monthly meetings throughout the year, achieving a balance of hotels, restaurants, attractions and entertainment venues as hosts.

"We want to offer a variety of experiences at our member meetings that constantly open up new opportunities for networking and doing business," explained Ritthamel. "During the year, our monthly meetings consist of a cocktail hour, and dinner with speaker. In summer months, we have more informal mixer meetings."


Skal International Orlando meeting venues and hosts have included private box seating at an Orlando Magic game, Kings Bowl Orlando bowling and entertainment, Sea World® Orlando event area and park walk through, as well as many hotels and restaurants in the downtown, Lake Buena Vista, International Drive and Sandlake Road areas. Two years ago, the club had a joint meeting with Skal International Tampa that involved a bus charter to Winter Haven, Fla. for a meeting at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.

Club Members also enjoy meetings at newly opened hotels and venues such as The Alfond Inn in Winter Park earlier this year, and the B Resort & Spa Lake Buena Vista for the upcoming September meeting, which will also feature a speaker from the new Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts opening in Downtown Orlando in November.

"It's a win, win for all of us in the industry, for the hosts and for our travel, tourism and hospitality industry members," Scinta added. "We see it as a tremendous professional support system for one another."


Skal International Orlando proudly distinguishes itself in its local community, nationally and internationally. The club was voted Skal International Club of the Year 2006-2007 and North American Club of the Year in 2007. For more information, go to www.skalorlando.com. For membership information, contact Dennis BeMent, Membership Development Officer, Skal International Orlando, at dennis.bement@icloud.com.

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SKAL INTERNATIONAL ORLANDO MAKES HEADLINES, REACHES MILESTONES IN 2014

ORLANDO, Florida (July 22, 2014) -- Skal International Orlando, the second largest Skal Club in the United States and ranked fourth among the top 10 in the world, has been hard at work making headlines in 2014.

Recently, the Skal International Orlando 2014-2015 board of directors got top billing in the Central Florida Business Section of The Orlando Sentinel newspaper, as well as in the Orlando Business Journal's "People in the News". Recognition of Member, Dr. Wilfried Iskat for his efforts in establishing and growing the club's highly successful Young Skal Program (one of the largest in the world) was also covered by eTurbo News online, a widespread online news outlet for the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. And the Southwest Orlando Bulletin newspaper featured an article on Skal International Orlando's $8,000 check presentation to Perry Pavilion at Dr. Philips Hospital, as proceeds from our annual Skal Cares Golf Tournament.

On a monthly basis, the club's news is now featured in the Brazil Connect Magazine, showcasing synergies and camaraderie between Skal Clubs in Orlando and Brazil and the terrific works of their travel, tourism and hospitality leaders.

Skal International Orlando Young Skal Member Ana Maria Soto has also made headlines in the Skal International Corporate Newsletter through her international endeavors with the Skal Vienna Club while studying there, and through her global leadership with the Young Skal Symposium in Bucharest. Ana Maria has made us all proud as she now prepares for her participation in the World Race Adventures in Missions program, and will be traveling to 11 countries in 11 months to feed the hungry, heal the sick and spread the love of God. She and her team will serve in partnerships with churches and ministries in local communities, work in orphanages, minister to women and children in need and bring the restorative hope of God's love to many people and nations.

Skal International Orlando proudly distinguishes itself in its local community, nationally and internationally. The club was voted Skal International Club of the Year 2006-2007 and North American Club of the Year in 2007. For more information, go to www.skalorlando.com. For membership information, contact Dennis BeMent, Membership Development Officer, Skal International Orlando, at dennis.bement@icloud.com.

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SKAL INTERNATIONAL ORLANDO ANNOUNCES OFFICERS FOR 2014-2015


ORLANDO, Florida (June 20 , 2014) -- Skal International Orlando, the only international
organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally, has announced its slate of officers for 2014-2015. The first Skal club was founded in Paris, France in 1932 by travel trade managers. From that modest beginning, Skal members now number more than 18,000 in over 450 clubs spread throughout 87 countries.

The Skal International Orlando 2014-2015 Officers are as follows:
• President, Richard Scinta, Vice President Club and Association Governance, Wyndham Vacation Ownership; Member since 2009
• Vice President, Jeff Chase, Vice President of Business Development, Villadirect Vacation Homes; Member since 2007
• Secretary, Duane Winjum, General Manager, Crowne Plaza Orlando Downtown; Member since 2007
• Treasurer, Mark Reid, Group Publisher, WHERE Orlando; Member since 2006
• SIUSA Representative, Barbara Kenney, President, Kenney Communications, Inc.; Member since 2003

The new officers, called to serve Skal International Orlando for the next two years, each fulfill a unique and important role. The club president sets goals for the club, supports and creates values for members and leads all meetings, while being actively involved in all club initiatives. The vice president assists with all specified club initiatives, assuming the president's responsibilities in his absence and prepares to assume the role of president for the next term. The club secretary ensures meetings are held in accordance with governing documents, prepares and provides minutes to directors. The treasurer ensures the proper fiduciary disposition of revenues and expenses, annual auditing of financials and also assists the executive secretary/treasurer. And the SIUSA representative, represents the local Skal Orlando Club within the National Committee and International Skal organization, reporting back to the local club, as needed.

"Our club is extremely fortunate to have the talent and dedication of our officers for 2014-2015. They are highly-accomplished leaders in our industry who not only help our club tremendously, but represent Skal nationally and internationally with great pride," commented Richard Scinta, Skal International Orlando president.

Voted Skal International Club of the Year 2006-2007 and North American Club of the Year in 2007. For more information, go to www.skalorlando.com. For membership information, contact Dennis BeMent, Membership Development Officer, Skal International Orlando, at dennis.bement@icloud.com.

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SKAL INTERNATIONAL ORLANDO PRESENTS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD TO WILFRIED ISKAT FOR ESTABLISHING YOUNG SKAL PROGRAM

ORLANDO, Florida (May 30, 2014) -- Skal International Orlando recently recognized member Dr.WilfriedIskat, Hospitality Administrator with the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality, fo

r his dedication in establishing a partnership with the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management to offer a distinctive level of Skal membership to students aspiring to work in the travel and tourism and hospitality Industries. Four new Young Skal Members were inducted this year into Skal International Orlando, one of nine Skal Clubs in the United States with a Young Skal Program, providing industry networking and mentoring.

Skal International Orlando's Young Skal Program identifies highly accomplished students enrolled at UCF Rosen College who go through an interview and selection process with Dr. Iskat, Hospitality Administrator with the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality, Skal International Orlando President Richard Scinta and select board members.

"We thank Dr. Iskat for this exciting opportunity for our club to share experiences with these student members, and for them to energize our club," said Richard Scinta President of Skal International Orlando. "From our total of nine Young Skal Members, we have already seen tremendous success in them starting careers with local travel and hospitality companies, as well as relocating abroad to work in travel and tourism roles and be active members of Skal chapters in Europe, for example."
Dr. Iskat is dedicated to identifying students who can be an important part of their Skal Club's future. "I interview quality candidates who I would hire myself. This is a very important process, as we are looking for the next generation of leadership for our club and for our industry," he said.

Skal International, the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally, was founded in Paris, France in 1932 by travel trade managers. From that modest beginning, Skal members now number more than 17,000 in over 400 clubs spread throughout 87 countries.

Skal International Orlando was voted Skal International Club of the Year 2006-2007 and North American Club of the Year in 2007. For more information, go to www.skalorlando.com.

For membership information, contact Dennis BeMent, Membership Development Officer, Skal International Orlando, at dennis.bement@icloud.com.

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SKAL INTERNATIONAL ORLANDO DONATES $8,000 TO PERRY PAVILION AT DR. PHILLIPS HOSPITAL FROM 4TH ANNUAL SKAL CARES GOLF TOURNAMENT

ORLANDO, Florida (March 17, 2014) -- Skal International Orlando and its board of directors presented a check for $8,000 to Cynthia C. and William E. Perry of the Perry Pavilion at Dr. Phillips Hospital during the club's annual installation of officers dinner at the Hard Rock Hotel® at Universal Orlando® Resort.

Proceeds from the 4th Annual Skal Cares Golf Tournament, Presented By Destination MCO Transportation, assist the Perry Pavilion, part of Orlando Health, in serving the needs of hundreds of families each year by providing comfortable, accessible overnight lodging while their loved ones are receiving medical care.

The two-story hospital pavilion features private guest rooms, a family gathering room, community resource center, laundry facilities and children's play area, and can accommodate up to 10 families a night.

To date, Skal International Orlando has donated a total of $33,000 to benefit The Perry Pavilion. "This is a very important cause for our organization.

Each year, Skal Cares becomes more successful and generates more awareness for the great work done by The Perry Pavilion," said Richard Scinta, newly installed president of Skal International Orlando.

 

Skal International, the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally, was founded in Paris, France in 1932 by travel trade managers. From that modest beginning, Skal members now number more than 18,000 in over 450 clubs spread throughout 87 countries. Skal International Orlando was voted Skal International Club of the Year 2006-2007 and North American Club of the Year in 2007.

For membership information, contact Dennis BeMent, Membership Development Officer, Skal International Orlando, at dennis.bement@icloud.com.

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SKAL CARES GOLF TOURNAMENT 2013, PRESENTED BY DESTINATION MCO TRANSPORTATION, TO BENEFIT PERRY PAVILION AT DR. PHILLIPS HOSPITAL

ORLANDO, Florida (Nov. 18, 2013) -- Skal International Orlando has scheduled its fourth annual charity golf tournament, benefiting the Perry Pavilion at Dr. Phillips Hospital, for Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at Falcon's Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee. More than 100 golfers are expected for the scramble format tournament which has raised more than $25,000 for The Perry Pavilion to date. This year's title Sponsor is Destination MCO Transportation.

"This is our big annual event when we come together to help an important cause," said Scott Tripoli, president of Skal International Orlando. "Each year, Skal Cares become more successful and generates more awareness for the great work done by The Perry Pavilion, thanks to the commitment of our members."

 

The Perry Pavilion, part of Orlando Health, serves the needs of hundreds of families each year by providing comfortable, accessible overnight accommodations while family members receive medical care. The two-story hospital pavilion features private guest rooms, a family gathering room, community resource center, laundry facilities and children's play area, and can accommodate up to 10 families a night.

Skal International, the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally, was founded in Paris, France in 1932 by travel trade managers. From that modest beginning, Skal members now number more than 18,000 in over 450 clubs spread throughout 87 countries.

To register a foursome for the Skal Cares Golf Tournament or be a hole sponsor, go to www.skalgolf.com or contact Al Gardner at (407) 345-5677. Gold sponsorships still available. Skal International Orlando was voted Skal International Club of the Year 2006-2007 and North American Club of the Year in 2007.

For membership information, contact Dennis BeMent, Membership Development Officer, Skal International Orlando, at dennis.bement@icloud.com.

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SKAL INTERNATIONAL ORLANDO LAUNCHES YOUNG SKAL PROGRAM WITH UCF ROSEN COLLEGE OF HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT

Young Skal Members

ORLANDO, Florida (Nov. 1, 2013) -- Skal International Orlando has partnered with the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management to offer a distinctive level of membership to students aspiring to work in the travel and tourism industry. Seven Young Skal Members were inducted this year into Skal International Orlando, one of nine Skal Clubs in the United States with a Young Skal Program, providing industry networking and mentoring.

Skal International Orlando's Young Skal Program identifies highly accomplished students enrolled at UCF Rosen College who go through an interview and selection process with Skal Member Dr. Wilfried Iskat, Hospitality Administrator with the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality, Skal International Orlando President Scott Tripoli and select board members.

"This is an exciting opportunity for our club to share our experiences with these student members, and for them to energize our club," said Scott Tripoli, President of Skal International Orlando. "I interview quality candidates who I would hire myself. We are looking for the next generation of leadership for our club and for our industry," added Dr. Iskat.

 

Aaron Rask and Ana Maria Soto are two of seven Young Skal Members with Skal International Orlando who are reaping the benefits of membership and career preparation.

"I love hearing the success stories and experiences of our seasoned members at the monthly meetings," said Rask, a native of Minneapolis in the Army Reserves, who will be graduating from the UCF Rosen Master's Program of Hospitality Management in December 2013. "What better platform to meet future employers and also have the opportunity to contribute creative new ideas and new strategies."

 

Rask is interested in global career options, perhaps in Germany, and aspires to work in front desk operations for a large hotel company. Soto, a native of Bogota, Colombia who will graduate from UCF Rosen in the summer of 2014, will further her hospitality studies in Vienna in 2014.

"I love the fact that Skal is an international organization and is far reaching in what it has to offer. I have gained much advice and insight." she said. "It's also valuable to bring a new way of thinking to the club, as a Young Skal Member."

Soto wants to work in the lodging or cruise industry.

Skal International, the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally, was founded in Paris, France in 1932 by travel trade managers. From that modest beginning, Skal members now number more than 18,000 in over 450 clubs spread throughout 87 countries. Skal International Orlando was voted Skal International Club of the Year 2006-2007 and North American Club of the Year in 2007.

For membership information, contact Dennis BeMent, Membership Development Officer, Skal International Orlando, at dennis.bement@icloud.com.

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SKAL INTERNATIONAL ORLANDO MEMBER UNEXPECTEDLY EXPERIENCES CLUB'S LOCAL CHARITY OF CHOICE FIRST HAND

ORLANDO, Florida (Sept. 19, 2013) -- Earlier this year, Skal International Orlando Member Bill Lupfer, who lives in Tallahassee, was visiting Orlando with his family when he encountered what he described as "the worst pain I have ever had in his life."

As they were just checking out of their hotel in the Lake Buena Vista area that morning, Lupfer told his wife, they needed to get to the hospital right away. Once in the emergency room at Dr. Phillips Hospital Orlando, doctors determined he needed emergency surgery to have his appendix removed.

"I remembered telling my wife that I thought this was the hospital with The Perry Pavilion that helps provide lodging for out of town families whose loved ones need medical care," explained Lupfer, President & CEO of the Florida Attractions Association. "I knew about it as the charity of choice for our Skal Club and where we send proceeds from our annual golf tournament each year."

A staff member at Perry Pavilion came up to his room, and immediately secured two nights' accommodations for his wife. "They were just wonderful," Lupfer said. "I just never thought that I would be the one whose family would need it. And coincidentally, I think they dedicated the Skal room at Perry Pavilion just a few weeks later, with a plaque in honor of our club's support.

The Perry Pavilion, part of Orlando Health, serves the needs of hundreds of families each year by providing comfortable, accessible overnight accommodations while family members receive medical care. The two-story hospital pavilion features private guest rooms, a family gathering room, community resource center, laundry facilities and children's play area, and can accommodate up to 10 families a night.

Skal International, the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally, was founded in Paris, France in 1932 by travel trade managers. From that modest beginning, Skal members now number more than 18,000 in over 450 clubs spread throughout 87 countries.

Skal International Orlando was voted Skal International Club of the Year 2006-2007 and North American Club of the Year in 2007. For more information, go to www.skalorlando.com. For membership information, contact Dennis BeMent, Membership Development Officer, Skal International Orlando, at dennis.bement@icloud.com.

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SKAL Orlando

SKAL INTERNATIONAL ORLANDO ANNOUNCES
OFFICERS FOR 2013-2014

ORLANDO, Florida (Aug. 26, 2013) -- Skal International Orlando, the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally, has announced its slate of officers for 2013-2014.

The first Skal club was founded in Paris, France in 1932 by travel trade managers. From that modest beginning, Skal members now number more than 18,000 in over 450 clubs spread throughout 87 countries.

The Skal International Orlando 2013-2014 Officers are as follows:

  • President, Scott Tripoli, General Manager of Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld
  • Vice President, Richard Scinta, Vice President Club and Association Governance for Wyndham Vacation Ownership;
  • Secretary, Jeff Chase, Vice President of Business Development, Villadirect Vacation Homes;
  • Treasurer, Duane Winjum, General Manager of Crowne Plaza Orlando Downtown;
  • Executive Secretary/Treasurer, Tom White.

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