From our President, James Enright

To fellow Skålleagues everywhere…  

but particularly in DC.....

We had a wonderful dinner at Sofitel in January, thank you all who attended.

Following our January EC meeting the Category Chairs, as laid-out in the link below, were proposed and accepted

Please take a moment to check your industry chair and make sure to connect with them with regard to your involvement in the club activities and any potential members you want to invite. As you talk to potential members, let’s review what Skål is all about

What does Skål mean?

Skål is a greeting toast in the Scandinavian countries of Europe

S- Sharing our special tourism talents with others

K- Knowledge our members have of the tourism industry

A - Aid to others, through scholarships, charitable causes or financial assistance

L- Leadership, in that we are all leaders

Benefits of your Skål Membership

In these times of tight budgets, down-sizing, right sizing, those of us in the travel industry understand that most business is fostered through personal, one on one relationships. As a member of Skål International Washington DC, your membership provides you a number of contacts who are able to enhance your business, both here in our region as well as throughout the world.

Business Contacts- more than 16,000 tourism related member companies around the world to choose from

Networking- over 100 tourism professionals representing their travel-orientated companies in the Washington DC area attend and are active in monthly in meetings, social events

Monthly Meetings- an opportunity to interact and socialize with local industry colleagues, in one of the wonderful hotels/restaurant venues in the DC area, on the fourth Wednesday of each month (usually) .

Friendship & Comradery- develop new friends within the travel & tourism industry who can bring or recommend business.

Skål Database- your membership grants you access to over 16,000 members worldwide

Travel- you have many opportunities to attend regional, national and International congress offering special travel arrangements.

Also, as a Skålleague your membership allows you access to discounts in hotels, rental cars, etc, through Travel Industry Sales where deals are always available.

Why should I join Skål? 

Skål International is comprised of travel, tourism and transportation professionals around the world, with local and regional meetings and an annual congress to meet industry colleagues to discuss industry best practices and develop business contacts and just as importantly, personal friendships.  Here's the link to our  Application Form.

Please let me know if you wish to be a Guest Speaker at our Skål Dinner meeting on February 24th. 

This year we’re offering the opportunity for one Member per month to give a short (no longer than five minutes….promise!!) overview of their career and their business. It's a great opportunity for all of us to get to know you and your business.

I look forward to seeing you at The Dupont Circle Hotel on Wednesday, February 24th



James Enright

President, Skål Club of Washington DC

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

** On February 2, Skål Washington celebrated its 61st Birthday!  Congratulations and a big “thank you” to those members since 1955 who laid the groundwork for us to still enjoy today!


2016 Membership Renewal – It is time to finalize our 2016 membership roster!    We have just a handful of members that we have not heard from regarding their 2016 renewal so please visit the Skål DC website,, to pay by credit card.  If you prefer to pay by check, please let me know or send your payment as listed, payable to Skål Washington.  

If you have any concerns or are not able to pay by February 15, please contact me at      

Send payment by check to:                        Carol Betz, Skål Washington

12700 Hunting Horn Court

Potomac, MD   20854

If you are unable to make payment in full at this time, please contact me to advise whether you plan to renew your membership so we can make necessary arrangements.  We don’t want to terminate anyone, but if we do not hear from you, we will have to do so as the club cannot be responsible for payment.  If termination is submitted, we can easily reinstate any members once payment has been received. 


Prospective NEW Members :   Please consider inviting and referring other industry colleagues to join Skål.   We have a number of new categories open for membership; ie. Restaurants, Attractions, Tour Operators, Travel Insurance, etc.  If you have a prospective member in mind, please consult our Membership Chair, Bill Croke,  or contact the appropriate Category Chair to confirm the necessary qualifications.    Please allow 5+ business days for verification of applicant and approval for attend the next meeting.


Young Skål

Skål International has just notified us of the acceptance of our club’s first Young Skål Inductee, Niamh Tallon. It is a breakthrough moment for us and one that we hope will lead to a vibrant Young Skål sub-section of our Club. Niamh joins Jed Miciak, who has transferred to us from Memphis.

As Chair of the Young Skål committee, I’m reaching-out to all of you to look within your own business rank and file and consider sponsoring a junior manager from your team to get him/her involved in the Skål movement. It will help tremendously in their growth as a manager as they get the opportunity of interacting with our regular Skål Members, but also, and maybe even more importantly, other industry up-and-comers within Young Skål, as we grow the movement!

You offering to sponsor their membership could be that added inducement to a team member that is ready for the next step.

The Young Skål parameters are:

(a) *Young Skål Student* is a student at an authorized, tourism, educational establishment which grants a degree or recognized diploma upon completion of studies. They must be a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 27 years of age.

(b) *Young Skål Professional* is a young professional training for or working in the industry. They must be a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 29 years of age.

(c) *Young Skål Associate* is a Young Skål Professional still training for or working in the industry after the age of 29 who does not yet qualify for Active membership may continue as Young Skål Associate member until the age of 35.

Please think about it and share your ideas with me!

Bill Croke

Membership Chair, Skål Club of Washington DC

Member News

Bob Dye, Retired member, is reportedly doing much better in his recovery over the holidays and into the New Year.  We wish him the best with his recovery and hope to see him later this month.

Linda Jeffries, Newseum, has relocated to South Carolina!  She will continue to work with the Newseum as she promotes tourism across the miles.  We look forward to her visits when she is in DC!  

Bob Vaughn called this morning to thank everyone for their well-wishes and continued prayers. He's doing well and looks forward to seeing old friends and new  over the next few months.

Our DC Skål Club Member, Philip Wood, Managing Director of The Jefferson, had a good day on February 5th when the following headline broke:

The Jefferson, Washington, DC Named the Best City Hotel Overall & #2 in the U.S. in the  U.S. News & World Report Best Hotels Rankings for 2016

Not just best hotel in DC, but best city hotel in the USA. Quite an honor!

Philip is rightfully proud of his team's achievement; please read his full comments here

Not sure if they were Denver or Carolina fans, but two of our DC Skålleagues, Chris Thompson & Roger Dow, together with some Travel Industry colleagues,  were on hand to see Peyton Manning hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy

New Members for 2016 

(photos please to Bill Croke, Webmaster, so's that everyone will recognize you)

Josh Hedrington, StayAKA Hotel                                   Geormine Stanyard, DeGeor Services

Rick Wayland, Guest Services                                        Ben Arndt, STK Restaurant

Niamh Tallon; YS, The Dupont Circle Hotel                  Thomas Fraher, Carlyle Hotel     

Tomiko Burroughs, Expedia                                           Jed Miciak; YS, Hilton Worldwide  

This Month's Skål DC Event

Wednesday, February 24th 


                       The Dupont Circle Hotel

Hosted by :  

Mark Roche-Garland, General Manager

Members & Prospective Members Only!  

Time & Location:

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Reception - 6:00 PM

Dinner - 7:00 PM


The Dupont Circle Hotel

1500 New Hampshire Ave, NW

Washington, DC   20036

(202)  483-6000

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