Fellow Skålleagues

A message from Skål International, Washington DC President, 

Andres Hayes

Dear Skalleagues,
As you know, our goals for this year include broadening our membership and earning the International Skål Club of the Year Award. To be successful, we must overcome some of the challenges specific to our business and locale: Many people in our networks are itinerants and adventurers who often relocate to different cities. This affects both new member recruitment and current member retention.  
Tourism is growing in DC and Northern Virginia. And our industry plays a vital role. Let’s leverage the economic contributions of hospitality and tourism as a means of building our membership. In this, as in all other endeavors, we need your hands-on help and the insights from your professional experience in the field.

Below is a recap of the achievements that have positioned us within reach of the Club of the Year distinction:
    1.    We were the sponsor Club for the reinstatement of the Addis Ababa Club.
    2.    After 17th years we were responsible for creation of a new club.  Skal International Club Richmond.
    3.    Our club is one of the most diverse clubs in the world in terms of Industry categories including senators and ambassadors.
    4.    Loyal contributor to the Florimond Volkcaert Fund
    5.    We must show a net increase of 10% in membership or a minimum of 10 new Active members for larger Clubs (from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018). Please help us achieve this goal.

I am encouraging you to join us on March 14 and invite potential members that follow the following requirements.

    •    Individuals that are currently occupying a post of responsibility in the Tourism industry for more than five years, without regard for Race, Sex or Religion.
    •    They must be active in one of the different industry categories:  airlines, airlines assn, airport, attraction, baggage forwarders, car hire, coach company, congress centre, consultants, destination management co., golf course, holiday camp, hotel, hotel assn, inbound tour operator, inland waterways, maritime company, medical tourism, outbound tour operator, port authority, prof. congress organisers, railways, reservation system, restaurant, spa, sports tourism, travel agents, travel agents assn, travel insurance, travel media, travel training.

See you on March 14th and help us bring home the International Club of the year award.

Skål  International, Application

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

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


It is not too late!!!   Roster updates and our annual payment have been submitted, however, we can easily reinstate your membership!  All we need is to receive your 2018 payment either online via credit card or by sending a check.  Please contact me via email at cbetz@tms.com or call me at # 301-383-8418, Direct/ TMS office and let me know your intention for your membership renewal.  We would need to reinstate ALL members by March 16 so please contact me and advise.  You can send check payments, made payable to Skal Washington, via USPS mail to:  


Carol Betz, Skal Washington - 12700 Hunting Horn Court, Potomac, MD 20854.


If you are unable to make payment by the above date of March 16, but you will renew your membership, please contact me and we can discuss other membership renewal options.   Our goal is to reinstate all of our members that have lapsed.  So WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!!!   Please contact me cbetz@tms.com so that we can make sure to update your profile and renew your membership in Skal International Washington!

NEW MEMBERS!!!  Let’s get 2018 rolling by adding some NEW MEMBERS!   We are having our first Membership Recruitment Reception on Wednesday, March 14, hosted at the Tabard Inn by our member, David Roubie.  Registration is FREE, but you must bring a qualified, prospective member with you!  Our club depends on our membership and we want our current members to continue to reach out to their colleagues to bring new, qualified members to join us in Skal Washington!  Industry categories have been updated!!  Skal International now recognizes industry professionals from any of the following categories:  airline, airline association, airport, attractions, baggage forwarder, car hire, coach company, congress center, consultant, destination management company, golf course, holiday camp, hotel, hotel association, inbound tour operator, inland waterway company, maritime company, medical tourism, outbound tour operator, port authority, professional congress organizer, railways, reservation system, restaurant, spa, sports tourism, travel agents, travel agents association, travel insurance, travel media, travel training.  Surely you work on a daily basis with a number of hospitality industry professionals that would make great additions to Skal Washington. For assistance, please contact our Membership Chair, John Stratton, johns@tkttoride.com or contact the appropriate Category Chair to confirm the necessary qualifications.    Please allow 5+ business days for verification of prospective applicants.   ****************************************************************************************************************************************************************


A Word from Skal USA

Skalleague Steve Richer is serving on the Skal USA Executive Committee and shares national Skal news with the club monthly.

Skal USA will make its voice heard at Destination Capitol Hill.  On March 21-22, Skal USA leaders and other Skalleagues from around the nation will participate in the annual effort to educate Congress on key tourism issues, particularly support for Brand USA, maintaining our national parks, and improving infrastructure.  Skal USA President Burcin Turkkan of Skal Atlanta will be here to lead the delegation.  She will also be the featured speaker at our March 21 club dinner meeting.

Visiting Skalleagues, including Skal International Councillor Holly Powers of Skal Boston, are expected to attend our gathering, too.

This Month's Skål DC Event

Skål International, Washington, DC

Reception and Dinner

**Open to Members Guests**

at the

Acadiana Restaurant

901 New York Ave., N.W.

Washington, D.C.

Hosted by

Darnell Howell

Director of Sales/Passion Food Hospitality

Guest Speaker

Burcin Turkkan

President of Skål International USA

Time & Location


March 21, 2018



6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$65.00 Early Bird Members, Spouses

$70.00 non-affiliated guests

$70.00 Regular Members, Spouses

$70.00 non-affiliated guests

Valet Parking: $10.00
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