December 2016

From our President, James Enright

To fellow Skålleagues everywhere…  

but particularly in DC.....

Dear DC Skalleague; 

I want to take this opportunity to Thank you for voting in our recent elections. 66 members took the time to vote which is a 58% turnout. Your officers for 2017 are as follows

Treasurer: Barry Biggar

Secretary: Morgan Maravich

Vice President: Andres Hayes

President:  James Enright

As we look back on 2016 we have a lot to be proud of and I want to take this opportunity to thank the excellent board members for their commitment and input over the past year. You will have seen our achievements in the monthly newsletters, but the one outstanding accomplishment was the launch of the Skål Scholars Program which is now going to be adapted by Skål clubs throughout USA and Internationally.  My gratitude to Bill Croke (Chair) along with Chris Seek, Stuart Levy and Niamh Tallon for all their hard work and dedication on this project. I also would like to thank the Mentors Barry Biggar, Bill Moyer and Philip Wood and the hosts Don Evans, Mary Peters, Elliott Ferguson, Mark Roche-Garland, Neil Amrine, Patricia Washington and Rick Wayland. This was a real Skål DC team effort.

We are going to have another exciting year in 2017 and we need our members support. We will be asking for volunteers to help with IPW which comes to DC June 3-7, 2017 for the first time. This is a major event to showcase DC and the USA and also our Skål DC Club. Barry Biggar is Chairman of the Skål DC IPW committee and will be reaching out to you all.

I would like to say a special Thanks to Don Evans for his great recruiting efforts over the past year and also for his donation of Washington Redskins Tickets at several of our monthly raffles. These tickets are priceless and much appreciated by the attendees.

Have a wonderful Holiday Season and all the best for 2017.

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

2017 Dues Renewal 

Skål Washington is continuing to turn heads and impress SI with our forward thinking and proactive efforts! We are looking forward to another exciting year in 2017 and hope that you are as well.

Its Membership renewal time and we're delighted to confirm that there will be no change in Dues for 2017; $225 for Active and $160 for Retired/ Life Members

Renewal can be made by Online Payment at  (do it while your signing-up for our Holiday stop shopping), or just mail a check, made payable to Skål Washington, and mail to:  

Carol Betz, Skål

12700 Hunting Horn Court

Potomac, MD 20854

Please note, all renewal payments should be received prior to December 30, so we can update our roster and submit it in a timely manner to Skål International for billing purposes.  Many of you have already done so and we appreciate your enthusiasm!  If you have not, it is not too late!  Please plan to complete your renewal and payment in full in the next 3 weeks so we can meet the above deadline. 


*We will plan to induct our new officers at our January meeting.  Details on new 2017 Treasurer contact/mailing information will be provided. 



Have you met some new people in our Industry this year? Have you considered inviting them to join you in Skål?  

Perhaps they would be perfect additions to Skål Washington? 

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, Bill Croke,, 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.  


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


Young Skål
The Young Skål presentation is now available on the official Skål and Young Skål websites and we encourage all Skål members globally to use it for the recruitment of Young Skål members. Presentation here.

DC Skålleagues on National Advisory Committee on Travel & Tourism Infrastructure.

The Secretary of Transportation, Antony Foxx recently announced the Travel & Tourism Infrastructure Advisory Committee. Included on this inaugural committee are two of our DC Skålleagues, Mark Begich and Peter Pantuso.

Congratulations Mark & Peter on this recognition!

New Chairman of AHLA

DC Skålleague Mark Carrier, President of BF Saul Hospitality has been announced as the new Chairman of the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

Congratulations Mark!

This Month's Skål DC Event

Holiday Reception


Agora DC

 Hosted by :

Ismail Uslu, 

Owner and Skålleague


Time & Location:
Monday, December 12th, 2016

6.00pm to 8.00pm

Agora DC

1527 17th Street NW 

Washington, DC 20036

202-332 6767

Closest parking is the Colonial lot corner of 

17th and P St. NW 

Metro option - 7 min walk from Dupont Metro

(North Escalator)

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