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A few words from our President…

June 2017

Dear Skalleagues,

I hope you all enjoyed a fabulous weekend in this mild Perth winter weather (or wherever in the world you found yourself)!  By all accounts, many of you enjoyed our June function at Maurizio’s Restaurant a couple of weeks ago (Thursday 8th June) which was hosted by our Club Secretary, Jen Merigan.  A HUGE thank you to Jen from me (I was unfortunately unable to attend due to business interstate last week) for your wonderful support and capable handling of what sounds and looks (thank you for your photographs Committee member, Margaret Wilson) to have been a really successful day!  Our Guest Speaker, Julian Barry, Regional Manager – Western Australia for Qantas Airways presented a comprehensive update on Qantas (past & future), including the newly launched Perth London direct flights and this was well received by Members and Guests alike.  Thank you for your time and efforts Julian!

This month we are back at Maurizio’s but we are doing something a little bit different and participating in an Italian cooking lesson!  In the spirit of trying some different ideas (thank you to those who made suggestions in their Survey Feedback), we’re giving this a go as another FUN networking activity to create an environment conducive to Members and Guests getting to know each other a little better!  We really hope that as many of you as possible are able to attend.  It’s a challenge to see how well something works if the membership don’t support it so please be sure to RSVP and come along if you can possibly make it.  Maurizio is very good at transporting us into La Dolce Vita with his fabulous menus and this is also a chance to learn more about delicious Italian cuisine.

This month we are hoping to induct 2 new members at our function and they are Andy Fethers, CEO of the Swan River Sailing Club and Kate Hansen, BDM WA, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania & Regent Seven Seas.  A very warm welcome to both Andy and Kate!

Thank you to the 44% of the membership who took the few minutes required to complete our Bi-annual Member Feedback Survey that was sent out to you all on the 12th of May. This very short, 10 question survey is proving valuable in finding out what members think is working well, where they’d like to see change and in gathering feedback to assist us with our future planning.  The next survey will be sent out in November and if you have any ideas in what you want to see happening at Skal, I highly encourage you to take the few minutes required to provide us with your valuable feedback.  Moving forward, we’ve collated what we’ve received to date and will be doing our best to take the majority responses into account in our future planning.

A reminder to all our Members that an email announcing the opening of registrations for the SKAL AUSTRALIA 96th National Assembly taking place on the 25th & 26th August 2017 was generated to all members on the 16th of June.  Hosted by the Club at Sydney North, the venue for this event is QStation, located on Manley’s North Head and surrounded by stunning Australian bush landscape with panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and Manly Cove.  All Members are welcome to attend and the Sydney North Committee and Club have organised a fabulous range of events and functions for the weekend.  I’ll be attending to represent our club and would love to have some members join me there!  Perhaps you can tie a Sydney trip in with other business or leisure plans… I hope to have some of you join me!

The 2017 World Congress in Hyderabad (5th October 2017 – 9th October 2017) and with an impressive range of events in store, registrations are pouring in with the host property’s allocation starting to fill.  Why not experience Incredible India and extend your stay?  Sadly, with most leave for the year already used, I’ll only have a couple of days to discover Hyderabad around the Congress however I’m greatly looking forward to both my first World Congress AND my first visit to India! http://www.skalcongress.org/registration

Our August function (the final in our series of 3) will held at Maurizio’s Italian Restaurant in North Perth on Thursday the 10th of August so please save the date!

Have a wonderful “rest of the month”!

Yours in Skål,

Ali Banks




Ali Banks

M – 0434 182 819

E – alison.banks@travelmanagers.com.au