November 2016

From our President, James Enright

To fellow Skålleagues everywhere…  

but particularly in DC.....

Elections, Elections…….and more Elections

Dear Skål DC Member,

Voting is one of the most important responsibilities we have as citizens, as is being made clear to us currently on every news medium imaginable. It is equally as important to all of us, as members of Skål International Washington DC, to vote in our current Officer Elections.                                                                It’s our chance to select leaders, who will be at the helm of our organization, for the foreseeable future.

The 2017 Skål DC Officers' Election is a secret online ballot, which is open from October 26- November 6th and it is most important that you participate and vote. You should have received your email ballot by now. That email links you to a site that allows your vote to be registered namelessly, but does allow each member to register one (and only one!) vote. If you have not received the email (from Chris Seek on Oct 20th, labeled “Skål DC, 2017 Officers Election Ballot”), please contact me by email and I’ll put a trace on it. It may also be worth your while to check your Spam folder.

Chris will be back in the country on Monday next Oct 31st and will send out a reminder at that stage. 

The candidates that we elect will make decisions affecting your club and its future.

The nomination for the 2017 DC Officers positions have been received and they are as follows;

Barry Biggar                 Position of Treasurer

Morgan Maravich         *Position of Secretary

Beverly Bentley            *Position of Secretary

Andres Hayes               Position of Vice President

James Enright              Position of President

*We currently have two members running for Secretary- you are being asked to vote for one.

You can view the candidates Bio’s on the Skål DC Website under the tab “2017 Officer Nominations”

The above headings are hyperlinks to those particular pages on our web-site. For help on any of the above topics, please click on that wording, while online

From the Desk of our Executive Secretary..........Carol Betz


As previously advised, our club will once again be offering the White House Christmas Ornaments!  This is a club fundraiser used to help offset costs for some of our special events.  However, the design details listed in the October newsletter were in error.  The 2016 White House Ornament will be a fire truck design honoring the administration of Herbert Hoover, who served as the thirty-first president of the United States from 1929 to 1933. It is inspired by the fire engines that responded to the 1929 Christmas Eve fire at the White House and the toy trucks presented to children by the Hoovers the following Christmas. The ornament is crafted from shiny brass plated with nickel and 24-karat gold, and the engine carries a Christmas tree for delivery to the White House.

Our special Skål Washington club member rate is $20 per ornament.   The order form will be sent to all members in a separate email with ordering options to use the Skål  Washington website,   Orders can be paid online via credit card or you can mail a check as listed.   Orders will be due by November 10 if you would like to have them available for pick up at the November 16 dinner.   * Any orders that require shipping will be charged additionally as follows:   $6 for up to 5 ornaments;   $10 for 6-10 ornaments.   Please start thinking about your order needs now to expedite the order processing and keep our costs down by ordering by the deadline date.  Orders received after November 10 will incur additional costs.   Thank you for your continued support of this fundraising effort by Skål Washington! 

Holiday Party; Save the Date/ Dates (?)      

We are breaking with Tradition this year and our Holiday Get-together will be a Cocktail Party, rather than a formal Black Tie event.

The date and venue are still to be finalized but we can tell you that it will be sometime early on the second week of December (in consideration of the many of you who get tied-up in the busy party season starts over the following ten days). It will be at a downtown location!

More than that we cannot confirm at the momentL, but with the move to city-center and a less formal setting, we are hopeful for a big turnout of Members, Spouses and Guests to celebrate the Holidays in true SKÅL fashion.

Check your email for final details over the next few weeks!

Skålleagues in the News

Skålleague Philip Wood, Managing Director of The Jefferson, was honored by Preferred Hotels and Resorts, at their Annual Conference in Dubai in October, with their first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award.

Meanwhile Michelin Guide was announcing their first ever DC guide, in which Jefferson’s Plume received one star. Congratulations Philip and your great team!

Also during October, the Condé Nast Traveler Reader Awards for 2016 were published, which saw a number of our Skålleagues with their names in lights.

  • ·       The Jefferson Hotel was voted #1 in DC (Philip Wood)
  • ·       The Willard Intercontinental is #3 (Patrick Birchall)
  • ·       The Fairmont is #4 (Shane Krige)

Skål; Philip, Patrick & Shane!

This Month's Skål DC Event

Reception & Dinner


The Westin Georgetown

Hosted by:

             Susan Maybry, General Manager                 

Open to Members and prospective Members only.

              Time & Location Wednesdsday November 16 , 2016

Reception 6:00 PM Dinner 7:00 PM

   The Westin Georgetown

2350 M St NW, Washington DC 20037

Phone: 202.429.0100

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