Fellow Skålleagues

A message from Skål International, Washington DC President, 

Andres Hayes

Skal International Washington DC Club fights Youth Homelessness with Charity/Auction Night!

Dear Skalleagues,


We are only a few days away from our Charity/Auction Night on May 30th, and we are pleased to tell you that you can expect a fun evening with great entertainment, along with some excellent items you may bid on.  A big thank you to Charity/Auction Night Committee Chair Geormine Staynard and Committee Members Bill Moyer, Debbie Thomas and Sonia Montes de Oca for their hard work.


A thank you, too, is in order for friend and Skalleague Eric Pittfield, who has agreed to host the event again this year.  Guests can expect live music and an excellent dinner, which will be provided by the Executive Chef of the Holiday Inn Capitol Hill Hotel.  Please invite your friends, especially those who may be interested in joining the ranks of our Club.


A reminder that our Skal club has partnered with Covenant House, which will benefit from the proceeds of the auction.  Covenant House is a non-profit founded in 1968 that supports homeless youth as they transition from at risk/endangered status to independence and stable housing.  The organization also provides programs and resources for trafficked youth.  Covenant House serves 62,000 meals each year, and provides safe housing to 256 youth and their children.  Additional support is also provided through an overnight emergency center, a 90-day emergency housing program, Elizabeth House, transitional housing, and long term housing for youth with disabilities.  The organization also offers a Hospitality Program.


This year we are delighted to count with the following event sponsors:  Reston Limousine, The Tabard Inn, Destination DC and Professional Travel Agents of North America National Capital Area Chapter.


We are looking forward seeing you and your friends on the 30th.   Don’t forget to bring your checkbooks and Credit Cards.

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

OUR Auction Fundraising Event is ALMOST HERE!!    AND WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP!!    Skål Washington will once again be holding its Annual Auction and Fundraising Event on May 30!   Our member, Eric Pittfield, is looking forward to hosting Skål Washington back at the Holiday Inn Capitol for this fantastic event!  


This year, Skål Washington will donate 50% of our event profits to Covenant House!  The other 50% will be used to support our other charities;  the Florimond Volkaert Fund (for Skål members that may need assistance), as well as Tourism Cares, and Joe Neary Memorial Fund (fellow Skålleague whose charity supports a children’s home in Sri Lanka).  Any remaining funds will be used towards offsetting club costs for sponsoring prospective new members and subsidizing some of our special events.  Please see the 2018 Auction Donation Form on our website.   If you are able to assist with a donation, please send the donation form along with complete details on your donation item via email to skaldcauction2018@gmail.com NO LATER THAN Wednesday, May 23. 


Our event is both a silent and live auction!  But it is only through donations that we can make this event a great success and raise money to support our charitable organizations. 


If you prefer, we can always use a few bottles of wine for our Wine Cork Pull which has been a great success in the past. Simply bring a bottle of wine, valued at $10 or more, decoratively wrapped in tissue paper, wrapping paper, or a plain gift box.  But, please let us know you are planning to provide wine bottles …. and how many!!


Some options for wonderful fundraising auction items to consider donating :


Hotel overnight stays

Beach house or cabin weekends

Spa packages

Restaurant gift certificates

DC sporting event tickets such as Redskins, Nationals, Capitals, DC United

Wine gift baskets – 2 bottles; include glasses, corkscrew, aerator

Theme gift baskets  - cooking items/ w/ pasta or sauces;  beach gear; movie with gift

      certificates and popcorn holders and sodas; Keurig w/ coffee, cream, Bailey’s and


Theater or movie tickets

Amusement park tickets or weekend packages including hotel stay

Airline or train tickets

Wine bottles for the Wine Cork Pull

Paintings/ drawings

Collectibles – Lenox, Lladro, Faberge, Hummels, Franklin Mint

Tablecloth and place settings



BE CREATIVE!!  And REMEMBER,  the donations DO NOT NEED to be local to DC …..  they can be from anywhere or allow guests to GO anywhere!  All Auction Donation forms/ details have been extended now to WEDNESDAY, May 23.   Please send email in advance with the donation form arriving no later than May 23  to the Skål Washington Auction email address,  skaldcauction2018@gmail.com.   If you have any questions, please contact Carol Betz, Executive Secretary, cbetz@tms.com   


And REMEMBER, this event is OPEN TO ALL!  So if you cannot contribute, then invite your friends, neighbors, and colleagues to come and join the fun!!  But bring cash, check or credit card as all payments are due the night of the event.  We look forward to having your support again for this exciting event!




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 Washington Scores High Visibility at North American Skal Congress, Playa Mujeres, Mexico

With four Skalleagues in attendance at the North American Skal Congress, Skal Washington had one of the largest club delegations and certainly one which had incredible visibility throughout the event earlier this month in Mexico.  Those representing our club were President Andres Hayes, Skal International USA Representative Bill Moyer, Chris Thompson, and Steve Richer, who attended as a member of the Skal International USA Executive Committee.

Chris, who is also the President and CEO of Brand USA, marketing organization promoting the United States, had a prominent role as both Keynote Speaker during the opening session addressing clubs from Mexico, Canada, and the United States and a recipient of the first ever Skal International USA National Tourism Leadership Award.  The award was presented by Skal International USA President Burcin Turkkan with assistance from Skal International President Susanna Saari of Skal Turku, Finland.  Chris's presentation on the marketing efforts of the United States, including a short piece from the new IMAX movie "America's Musical Journey" was extremely well received.

President Andres gave a presentation on sponsorships to the US delegation, which was the largest of the three national delegations, and was seen helping leaders from other clubs work on membership growth and programs for their local Skalleagues.  Steve also spoke with his topic being tourism issues and the value of advocacy to establishing visibility and relevance for Skal nationally.

Our local Skal icon Bill was very thrilled by all of the positive reaction to the Washington delegation.  All four of our Skalleagues kept networking with our friends from North America and the national and international Skal leaders, including CEO Daniela Otero from Spain and Senior Vice President Raphael Millan of Mexico, straight through the closing banquet until President Andres said goodnight in preparation of his successful trip as guest speaker at Skal Hungary in Budapest, which followed immediately after the NASC.

This Month's Skål DC Event

Reception, Auction and Dinner

**Open to Members Guests**

at the

Holiday Inn DC Capitol

550 C Street, SW

Washington, D.C.

Hosted by

Eric Pittfield

Director of Sales and Marketing


May 30, 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

Garage Parking: $11.00 - $20.00
Metro Station Stop: L'Enfant Plaza

Event Sponsors

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