Fellow Skålleagues

A message from Skål International, Washington DC President, 

James J. Enright

My thanks to W Washington for the wonderful dinner on November 20th. The food, drinks and service were excellent and the location perfect. Mr. Meade Atkeson, General Manager and his team did an outstanding job in hosting Skål DC.

As I finish out my second term as President, I want to take this opportunity to thank all our member for your support over the past two years. I could not have fulfilled my two terms without the help and guidance of the EC Board who contributed to our success.   My deepest appreciation for all your efforts on behalf of the Skål DC Club. We now hand over to the new officers who will guide us into 2018 and beyond.

President:                                                     Andres Hayes

Vice President:                                             Morgan Maravich

Secretary:                                                     Barry Biggar

Treasurer:                                                     Roxana Rivera

SI USA Sr Representative:                          Bill Moyer

SU ISA Jr Representative:                          James Enright         


American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) www.ahla.com


We have two Skål DC members (Mark Carrier, President, B.F. Saul Company Hospitality Group and also Chairman, American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and Matthew MacLaren Sr VP Membership at AHLA who were involved in this decision. I want to express my thanks to them and AHLA CEO Katherine Lugar for this wonderful development partnership that will help our community and the travel and tourism industry. These are the kind of partnerships the Travel & Tourism Industry needs to introduce new members into our Skål organization. See PR here.

Washington, D.C. – October 30, 2017 –  Katherine Lugar, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) today presented a national non-profit career development organization, Grads of Life, with a commitment to provide $500,000 in grants to community-based organizations to recruit and develop “Opportunity Youth” in high-demand markets, such as Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago and Baltimore.  U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta joined Lugar and Grads of Life Principal Shawn Jacqueline Bohen to announce this investment for Opportunity Youth.
Currently, six million young people – “Opportunity Youth” -- are between the ages of 16 to 24, and out of school and out of work.  Connecting them to potential employers is an important step in securing their future. The hospitality industry has some 600,000 job openings and this grant commitment will help fill a critical labor shortage in the long-term by joining with community-based organizations to attract youth for careers in the hospitality industry. This grant is being provided to Grads of Life, a nationally recognized leader in working with employers to bring Opportunity Youth into the workplace. This funding will allow us to help reach some 1,000 youth over two years.
On the heels of the Apprenticeship Task Force announcement, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is working closely with the hotel industry – which has a proven track record in creating career pathways for employees -- to help close the skills gap and provide our nation’s youth with meaningful and impactful careers.  
The event, in conjunction with the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF), is part of AHLA’s Empowering Youth Project, an initiative of the industry’s Dreams Happen Here campaign, a national awareness effort to showcase career advancement opportunities, community commitment, and economic importance of hotel and lodging businesses to every city and state across America. 
Present at the announcement were several students enrolled in AHLA’s pre-apprenticeship program with the DOL.  After announcing the grant, Secretary Acosta and Lugar met with the staff members of the Canopy by Hilton Washington, D.C. hotel to hear their stories and learn about their roles. 
“This Administration is committed to unlocking more opportunities for Americans to get the family-sustaining jobs they deserve,” said Secretary Acosta. “I thank the American Hotel and Lodging Association and Grads of Life for working together to bring young people into the hospitality industry. We need more programs like these so that young people can have avenues for advancement, including apprenticeships.”
“The hotel industry supports more than eight million jobs in the United States, and this grant is another step in our continued commitment to creating opportunity and economic mobility by investing in our workforce,” said Katherine Lugar, President and CEO of AHLA. “We commend Secretary Acosta for taking a leadership role in prioritizing apprenticeships which are critical to career development. By partnering with the Labor Department and Grads of Life, we are taking a meaningful step to close that jobs gap and provide our nation’s youth with the skills to launch long, prosperous careers in the hotel industry.” 
“At Grads of Life, we work each day to match employers in need of talent with innovative solutions that also provide Opportunity Youth with the skills and access necessary for meaningful career pathways,” Grads of Life Principal Elyse Rosenblum said. “AHLA’s grant commitments and partnership with the Department of Labor will help advance our mission to close the Opportunity Divide and aid countless young people looking to gain stable employment in the hotel industry.”  

Skål  International, Application

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

What an exciting year we have had here in Washington DC, our Nation’s Capitol! We started off 2017 with a Presidential Inauguration for our 45th President,  IPW comes to DC for the first time, Skål Washington helps to start up 2 Skål Clubs, one in Addis Ababa and one in Richmond, and much more!!  I can only imagine what 2018 has in store for Skål Washington!   


DUES RENEWAL!    We have had about 1/3 of our members renew their membership at this point which is a great start!  However, I must urge all of you who have not done so to please make sure you do renew your membership prior to December 31.  After the New Year, we will begin to terminate any members that have not renewed so we can update our roster and submit our payment to Skål International  in a timely fashion as required.    Our new President, Andres Hayes, is already working hard on his business plan for next year along with the program for our monthly meeting locations.   It will be a wonderful year for Skål Washington and I truly hope that all of you will continue your membership and support us here in Skål Washington.    Dues will remain at  $225 for Active members, $160  for Retired/ Life members, $50 for Young Skål membership.   Renewal can be made by submitting payment online via credit card at www.skaldc.org or by mailing a check.  All checks should be payable to Skål Washington  and mailed to:


Carol Betz, Skål

12700 Hunting Horn Court

Potomac, MD 20854


Please plan to complete your renewal and payment in full in the next 3 weeks so we can meet the above deadline. 



NEW MEMBERS FOR 2018!   Our goal for 2018 is to increase our membership by 15% and we need your help to complete this goal!  Have you met some new people in the hospitality industry this year?  Have you considered them for Skål membership?  New members bring new life to our club and offer us all new opportunities for networking and further business development.   We are always looking for new, qualified members to join and enhance our club.  If you have someone in mind, please contact our Membership Chair, John Stratton, johns@tkttoride.com, so he can review and approve their qualifications.  Upon meeting the qualifications, they are welcome to attend one (1) meeting complimentary after which they can then submit their application for membership.    


HONORARY 50 YEAR MEMBER!   I recently visited with our longest member, Jack Freed.  Jack celebrated 50 years in Skål this year!  He was instrumental in advancing Skål Washington as a highly regarded club within Skål International where he was a Past President as well as  Executive Secretary for over 30 years after retiring from the railroad.  After 62 years, Skål Washington is proud to be recognized as one of the top clubs both nationally and international in Skål International.  Jack attended our September lobster dinner, however,  at 96 years old, he has not been able to attend as many meetings as he would like, yet he always asks about the club each time we visit.  The club will be recognizing Jack in the next few months for his efforts and his valuable support and we hope that he may be able to join us again in 2018.


Best wishes to all for a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous NEW YEAR!!

Recent Happenings of our DC Skålleagues

Dear Skalleagues,


Let me start by saying that I am very humble and at the same time extremely happy to serve as your President for 2018.  I would like to share with you some of my goals for the year, following the example, wonderful leadership and amazing work of our past presidents.  I know that some of the new ideas will take us the next level and also help us to  maintain our position as the Voice of Tourism.


I kindly ask you to join me in this journey and I thank you for supporting this wonderful organization.


Happy Holidays!




Andres O. Hayes

President Elect 2018

SKÅL  International Washington
Goals for 2018

Main Goals

Increase our membership by 20%

Continue to explain our current and potential members the benefits of SKÅL

Become the winner of SKÅL International Club of the Year

Develop a Mentorship program for other Clubs around the world

Stronger presence in our business community

Monthly guest speakers during our meetings

Assist SKÅL  International USA with new the creation and development of new clubs

Identify and work with a charitable organization(children or Veterans)

Increase of our financials

Congratulations Matthew MacLaren on becoming Director of Tourism Ohio.


This Month's Skål DC Event

Skål International, Washington, DC

Reception and Dinner

**Open to Members Guests**

at the

Tabard Inn

1739 N Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C.

Hosted by

Dave Roubie, Managing Director

Time & Location


December 19, 2017


Cocktail/Buffet Reception

6:30 PM - 9:00pm

$65.00 Early Bird Members, Spouses

$70.00 non-affiliated guests

$70.00 Regular Members, Spouses

$70.00 non-affiliated guests

Valet Parking $12.00

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