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A Few Words from our President – May 2018

Hello fellow Skålleagues!

Earlier this month (Tuesday, 1st May) Skål International Perth, along with member, Laurie Lord, hosted the Inaugural Young Skål Professionals Perth function at Willie Creek Pearls’ Elizabeth Quay store.  25 attendees included 8 new members and a good number of potential new members and all were treated to a presentation by member, Manny Papadoulos (on the role Skål International can play in helping to build a career in the tourism industry) and a fabulous pearl harvest demonstration!  We are now approaching 15 members as the momentum for this sector within Skål grows and this is a promising sign for the local industry & the future of Skal International Perth.  Thanks to Committee Member Rich Young and Past President Tony Maio for driving this project and to the rest of our Committee for their enthusiastic support.

On the 10th of May, our Travel & Tourism Education Focus function showcasing our work with the Travel and Tourism Education sector took place at the Pavilion Restaurant operated by the Hospitality deparment at Joondalup TAFE (one of the North Metropolitan TAFE campuses).  This was a fabulous “hands on” opportunity to see students in action as we were cooked for and served by students in the 13th week of their hospitality courses.  The quality and standard were very high and those who attended were impressed with TAFE’s offering.  We were joined by a number of TAFE lecturers; the winner of this year’s Skål International Perth Brian Philippson Award for the Top Travel and Tourism Student at North Metropolitan TAFE, Kendall Henderson;  one of our new Young Skål Professionals Perth members, Josephine Edson (recently returned from Canada as part of a Rotary Scholarship) and Rochelle Diaz (who arrived from Canada that same morning on the return scholarship visit)!  Also visiting were our Skål Australia National President, Fiona McFarlane and long-term Skål International Cairns member (and Fiona’s mother), Carol McFarlane.

We inducted 3 new Members on the day;  Vicki Gordon from South African Airlines, Stuart Chalmers from Excite Holidays and Glen Jupp from Corporate Traveller.  Welcome to Skål International Perth!

Our June function has a “Motivation and Mindset” theme as our Guest Speaker, Sharyn Van der Veeken from Cornerstone Solutions (and also member of Skål International Melbourne) will be presenting on this topic at Matilda Bay Restaurant on Thursday, 14th June.  Invitations are out and it would be great to see as many members and guests as possible support this event.  We also have 3 new members being inducted again at this point in time.  They are;  Wendy Hernan from Cruise & Maritime Voyages, Brad Vernon from EF International Language Campuses and Sarah Dudek from Seashells Hospitality Group.  It would be lovely to have a good crowd to welcome them!

Your Committee have been working very hard to arrange a good variety of future functions and opportunities for valuable networking so that we can all continue to “do business among friends” and your support of these events is greatly needed and appreciated.  We welcome your feedback and will continue to collaborate to provide the best value we can for all of our Members.

I hope to see you at Matilda Bay in June but if not, then be sure not to miss our special “to be revealed” July function on Thursday, 12th July at Fresch Restaurant in Como!  Stay tuned for further info!

Yours in Skål,


Ali Banks