August 2017



Fellow Skålleagues



A message from Skål International, Washington DC President, 

James J. Enright


Our special thanks to Skål DC members Hector Torres and Jay Haddock along with Catering Manager Michelle Wilson and the whole team for looking after our Skål DC members and guests so well at the July lunch on the rooftop of The Beacon Hotel and Corporate Quarters


We had great weather, wonderful buffet, excellent cocktails and beautiful company.    Thank you Hector and Jay!


SIUSA Representative Bill Moyer did the honors for the induction of two new members into our club at the lunch and I am delighted to welcome Lisa Barber-Hannaway and Deanne Kuzmic to the Skål DC family. Thank you sponsors Don Evans and Sonia Montes de Oca for introducing Lisa and Deanne to the club.


Please visit the Gallery section on the Skål DC website to see all the lovely photos done by our webmaster Randy Herron. http://www.skaldc.org/17.07-Beacon-Hotel-&-Corporate-Quarters


Visa Application for the 78th Skål World Congress in Hyderabad, India- Oct 5-9

 I am now planning my trip to India on behalf of the club for the Skål World Congress and applied for my visa on line thru Cox &Kings Global Services who handle this process for the Indian Embassy. After reading all the requirements prior to applying, I duly went on line to complete the paperwork thru the www.in.ckgs.us  site.


After a few calls to the CK help line I received my WEB application number and was assigned to attend the C&K DC office last Monday for my interview. It is very important to have all the forms and required letters in order before you visit the office. Skål Hyderabad did a good job of providing all the necessary forms and especially the letter of invitation to visit the Skål Congress. This is a lengthy process and I am sure many of you know and have gone thru this in the past, but with all the talk about security to visit  the USA, all other countries are also making sure that we have all our papers in order to visit their countries. I was the second person in line on Monday morning and after the first person was dismissed as his Visa Photo was not done on glossy printing paper, I was worried in case I had made any mistakes in my application. After a thorough review my paper work was accepted and I handed over my US Passport which will be sent to the Indian Embassy for my visa to be stamped if approved. As I am attending the Skål Congress my visa is classed as a Business Conference Visa and only allowed for 3 months. My wife Lydia will travel with me on a Tourist Visa which is for 12 months. We now have to wait for 10 days for the return of the passports with the visa stamp. Fingers Crossed!


Visa Policies “NEED TO Have it ALL”


I read an interesting articled recently by Patricia Rojas-Ungár about visas and how important it is to make the process easier for visitors to the USA. I have a portion here.


“It goes without saying that we can and should work to facilitate travel from countries not currently part of the Visa Waiver Program. The best recent example can be found in China. Despite being our fastest-growing inbound travel market, Chinese citizens faced over 60 day-long wait times for visas in 2011. In 2012, though, once the U.S. committed to using new procedures and allocating the staffing resources needed to meet the demand for visas, visa wait times in China greatly improved.  Today, visas are processed in about two weeks in China and most parts of the world—a worthy achievement, and one that must be maintained.


Whether it’s through the well-known and well-run VWP or not, international travel is our No. 1 service export and the key to keeping millions of American jobs at home. Over 77.5 million international travelers visited the U.S. in 2015, half of which came from overseas (all countries excluding Canada and Mexico). These travelers spend an average of $2,390 per trip (the overseas-alone average is even higher, at $4,337 per trip). In 2016, that spending translated into an $87 billion travel trade surplus and tens of billions in tax revenue, which helped support more than 15.1 million jobs. All this to say: international travel is vital to the economic health of our country and the customer experience is important if the U.S. is to stay competitive.  Heightened security is good, but we cannot let our service standards slide as we implement those measures.


A few things need to be done to ensure that travelers are not needlessly deterred by these new security policies. First, we ask that the Trump administration consider its security and travel messaging carefully and focus on the need to be clear, precise and welcoming.  Second, we need to reiterate to U.S. consular offices the importance of attracting lawful business and leisure visitors, and of the vital facilitation portion of their mission. Finally, we should work to implement policies that balance any additional requirement on travelers with clear communication standards regarding new rules and additional resources where needed.


Stronger security coupled with a welcoming first impression of America sends the message that our country is open for business. We have to get this right—too much is at stake, economically and diplomatically, to do otherwise.


Skål  International, Application

Please complete the form, print and sign it and mail to Carol Betz.

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

Skål Baltimore Crab Feast and Fundraiser – AUGUST 16!    It’s not too late!!


The Skål Baltimore Crab Feast and Fundraiser will be on Wednesday, August 16 at Kurtz Beach in Pasadena, MD.  This is a wonderful event featuring Maryland crabs, as well as a fabulous upgraded Chesapeake Bay buffet including pitt beef/ ham, country fried chicken, Italian sausage and peppers, Maryland crab soup, Mediterranean salad, corn on the cob and more!  Their unique fundraiser offers fantastic Baltimore related items, overnight hotel certificates, extravagant wine/liquor gift baskets plus a number of other great prizes via raffle ticket purchase known as a Chinese Auction.  There will be a silent auction as well along with door prizes!  Don’t miss this great evening of Skål fun including some vendor tables for interested businesses!  And remember, this event is OPEN TO ALL so bring your friends and colleagues!  Overnight accommodations are also available!!  See the enclosed flyer and support Skål Baltimore;  make your reservations TODAY!!! 

 

Skål International World Congress 2017!


The 2017 Skål International 78th World Congress will be held in Hyderabad, India from October 5-9!  Hyderabad is the capital of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is known by the Sobriquet City of Pearls. The city is one of the largest metros in India with an area of 650 square kilometres (250 sq mi), having a population of 6.8 million in the city and 7.7 million in the metropolitan area, making it the fourth most populous city and the sixth-most populous urban agglomeration in the country.


Any Skål member is welcome to attend the World Congress so please click on the following link http://www.skalcongress.org/ to learn more about the 2017 Congress!


Recent Happenings of our DC Skålleagues


This Month's Skål DC Event



Skål International Washington DC

Embassy of Uzbekistan Reception


at the


Embassy of Uzbekistan


Hosted by 

Mr. Kamol Muhtarov

Counselor

 

No Cost For Members (Must Pre-Register)


Time & Location

August 24th, 2017

Reception

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


 3 Blocks from the Dupont South Metro



  1746 Massachusetts Ave,  NW

   Washington, DC


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