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A Few Words from Our President – November 2018

Hi Fellow Skålleagues,

I recently returned from my three week holiday to Africa incorporating time in Cape Town to visit our Twin Club (although this was prior to the official signing of the Twinning Agreement that took place in Mombasa on the 20th of October) and of course the 5 days in Mombasa, Kenya at the 2018 Skål World Congress.  I’ve returned to Perth full of enthusiasm and motivation having been inspired by so many great people and Skål clubs from all around the world and have been sharing my observations and notes with our Committee at Skål International Perth.

The generosity and kindness shown by all the members of Skål Cape Town, from Past President Lodewyk De Klerk, who met Alison & her Mum at the airport and personally transferred them to the Commodore Hotel at the Waterfront to hotel GM and Member Roger Newton and his staff who looked after them incredibly well during their stay, this was an outstanding example of the fellowship fostered through Skål.  Other arrangements provided by members included a full day Penisula Tour provided by African Eagle Tours (Keenan Mally, Young Skål Cape Town Committee Member), Classic Cape Town Tour from City Sightseeing on the Hop on/Hop off bus (Mandi Jarman, Member) and the Visitors Route Experience at Groot Costantia, the oldest winery in the Cape (Dawn Smith, Vice President of Skål Cape Town).

Tuesday 9 October saw Alison and her Mum, along with Skål International Melbourne (also twinned with Cape Town) Club Predident, Vincent Cooper and Skål International Alice Springs Secretary, Dianne Logan, attend the Cape Town club function at the Portswood Hotel.  A great turn-out including several Past Presidents and Guest Speaker, James Vos, Shadow Minister for Tourism, meant this was a fabulous function to attend to work towards our Twinning.  As James announced;

“It was an honour to attend the twinning agreement between SKAL International Cape Town and SKAL International Perth. This partnership will boost travel and tourism between the destinations. I believe this collaboration for our city with a global reputation for world-class tourism is acknowledging that we have incredible value to offer the global traveller.”

It was fabulous to hear more of the success of Young Skål Cape Town and Alison met former YS Member (and now a member of Skål Cape Town), Kirsten Van Der Hovel who joined Young Skål 16 years ago and has seen the benefit of the netorking and mentoring opportunities provided throughout the years to help him build his career in the industry.  This growth and membership development from Young Skål is what Perth is actively pursuing currently and they are proud of their 16 new members of Young Skål Professionals Perth since the launch on 1 May this year.

John Bayly-Brown, husband of Member Shirley Brown, provided a personal transfer to Stellenbosch with a stop en route at the Spier Winery where Member, Angela Lorimar had arranged for a visit to the Eagle Encounter and a wonderful Wine & Chocolate Paired Tasting before an overnight stay at Evergreen Manor, the property of Skål Winelands Member (and Past President of Skål International Winelands), Riel Meynhardt.  After a fabulous stay in this beautiful location and some wonderful Evergreen Manor hospitality, Riel provided a personal transfer to Cape Town Airport for the onward journey.

The Committee and Members of Skål International Perth look forward to welcoming Members of our Twinned Club in Cape Town to visit us soon and are excited that Carol Bayne will be arriving in the coming weeks!

A week after leaving Cape Town, there was a great Perth – Cape Town Skål reunion in Mombasa for the 2018 Skål International World Congress which culminated in the formal signing of the Twinning Agreement on the afternoon of Saturday 20 October. Both clubs anticipate a close relationship with sharing of ideas and much interclub visitation and collaboration in the years to come.  Thank you to both Committees for all of their efforts in bringing this vision to reality.

The World Congress in Mombasa was an amazing event and Skål Kenya can be rightly proud of what they delivered to the Membership in 2018.  All functions were of a high standard with amazing food, drinks and entertainment but it was the SERVICE delivered by every single Kenyan that was the talking point of the congress.

We have visiting Broome Skålleagues Robyn & Chris Maher with us this afternoon and they’ve only just arrived back from Kenya yesterday after a fabulous holiday following on from the Congress… if you want to know how amazing these events are, have a chat to them or to me but I highly encourage you all to try to get to one in the coming 2 years… RCCI cruise on Symphony of the Seas from Miami next September and then Croatia in October 2020.  There were 10 or 12 members from Broome in Mombasa and it was great to have such a fun group of people with about 48 of us from Australia in total.

Please make a note of our upcoming functions and watch out for your emailed invitation in your inbox!

Christmas 14 Dec – 12:30pm at The Melbourne Hotel – Invitations out next week!  $10 from every ticket will go to Foodbank WA!

Our January Function is currently in doubt due to holiday time and traditionally low numbers each year at this time but we may look to host a casual Sundowner for those around so keep an eye out on the Facebook page and on your inbox.

Our February AGM will be an evening Cocktail event in the EF Language School building in Queen St in the city in an effort to try something a bit different and encourage people to come after work hours.  The function will be from 6:30 – 8:30pm and we hope to see as many members attend as possible.

Stay tuned for Save the Date notes and these Events set up on our Facebook page and a reminder to please like our Skal International Perth 250 Facebook Page and for those on Instagram, follow us at skalperth250

 

Skål!