Skal International Sydney Newsletter
May 2015

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  From the President's Desk...

Well, what a month it has been for Skal Sydney – on a local, national and international level.

Our April lunch was a hit, with an excellent presentation from ex-Olympian and current coach of the Sydney Uni Flames women’s basketball team, Karen Dalton. See the wrap up later in this newsletter for more details.

On a national level, I represented our club at the Skal Australia National Assembly and AGM in Broome, which was a fantastic opportunity to meet with Skalleagues from clubs across Australia and swap ideas on how to provide our members with value for their membership. There is a brief outline of proceedings included in this newsletter.

And internationally, there was a very important ceremony held in Istanbul. On April 27th there was a “tripling” ceremony, where twinning agreements were signed between Skal clubs from Turkey, Australia and New Zealand.

The objective of twinning with other Skal clubs around the world is to establish a greater mutual understanding and friendship. A common historical and cultural background of the clubs is usually a precursor and in this case formed a large part of the rationale for the ceremony between our three countries.

The timing of this event could not have been more significant, aligning of course with the Centennial of Gallipoli. Representatives of the Clubs travelled to Istanbul to sign the twinning agreements, with Skal International Sydney twinning with Istanbul and Auckland, Skal International Canberra twinning with Wellington and Ankara and Skal International Albany twinning with Christchurch and Troy clubs respectively.

These are the sorts of things that really bring to the forefront the huge worldwide network that Skal provides and we look forward to furthering our friendship with our new twin clubs, Istanbul and Auckland.

Until next month, Skal!

President Verniece Irvine. 

Below are Skalleagues from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey who represented their clubs at the tripling ceremony in Istanbul on 27th April. 


April Lunch Meeting Recap - Benefits of sports sponsorship

Our meeting on 8th April at The Grace Hotel, Sydney, although a small gathering, was an excellent event. 

President Verniece opened the meeting by reciting The Ode, in honour of our ANZACs. 

Our guest speaker was Karen Dalton, coach of the Sydney Uni Flames women's basketball team and former Olympian. Karen spoke about the mutual benefits of sponsorship deals with sporting teams. Obviously for the team, they can use the sponsorship dollars to fund equipment, goods and services to allow them to compete. But for the business that chooses to sponsor, the benefits of brand placement, media exposure and public awareness can be far-reaching. 

President Verniece then handed over to International Councillor Bob Lunnon, who gave an update on the recent Skal Australia National Assembly in Broome, where 20 out of the 22 Australian clubs attended. 

Following this it was time for the raffle, where the lucky Joanna Ratu from Adara Apartments won a fabulous Sydney Uni Flames signed basketball jersey, kindly donated by Karen Dalton. 

As usual, the lunch at The Grace was excellent and we thank our hosts Philip Pratley, General Manager and Craig Gosling, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Grace Hotel Sydney. 

Below: Guest speaker Karen Dalton with President Verniece

May Meeting - Wednesday 13th May - The Four Seasons, Sydney

Skal Sydney Member's Forum

Skal International Sydney is evolving. Whilst retaining and respecting the core values of Skal, at the May meeting the 2015 Committee will present its plans for making Skal Sydney more relevant to the travel and tourism industry and is asking for members to provide feedback on how to ensure that Skal International Sydney remains relevant now and in the future. 

This is an important lunch and is your opportunity to have a say in how you see the future direction of your Club. 

We hope you can make it on 13th May at the Four Seasons and we look forward to your involvement and input. 

Book now for the May meeting!
Sneak preview! - celebrate Skal Sydney's 55th Birthday at our June meeting...

Above: Attendees at the Skal International Sydney inaugural luncheon, held on July 13, 1960 at the Tattersalls Club, Sydney.

Skal International Sydney turns 55 this year and our June meeting will be a very special celebration. 

So mark Wednesday 10th June in your diary now and save the date!
Skal International Australia National Assembly and Annual General Meeting

The 91st Skal International Australia National Assembly and 2015 Annual General Meeting was held in Broome on 27-28 March 2015. 21 of the 22 clubs in Australia were represented and several Sydney club members attended, including President Verniece.

It was advised at this Assembly that Bernard Whewell, from Skal International Broome was elected as International Skal Council President at the International Skal Council (ISC) meeting in Mexico in October 2014 – this is the first time someone from an Australian club has held this position.

Basically, each country has a National Committee, formed of representatives of the Skal clubs in that country and each of these National Committees has an International Councillor who represents the country at an international level – our current International Councillor is Bob Lunnon. The ISC is an advisory board to the Skal International Executive Committee, so Bernard’s election as President gives Australia an excellent opportunity to be involved first-hand in Skal International activities. The most recent meeting of the ISC was in Haarlem on 22-25 April and we will be updated on outcomes from this meeting in due course.

At the National Assembly Bob Lunnon presented a PowerPoint presentation that has been prepared to assist clubs in developing new membership. This presentation will be loaded onto the Skal International Australia website and was also being provided to the ISC in Haarlem.

Skal International Australia Vice-President Fiona McFarlane updated club representatives on the new Skal Australia website and digital media strategies – you would have seen that our Sydney club website is in the new format and we are continually making improvements to it as we move forward. We have also been ramping up our social media presence and encourage everyone to get involved.

It was noted that Skal Sydney member Russell Butler was appointed Chair of the Skal International 2020 Project. This project will be reviewing all aspects of Skal International in order to make recommendations to the ISC and the Skal International Executive Committee on how to position Skal as an organisation and its member clubs into the future, ensuring it is a relevant and topical international organisation with quality membership and benefits. One aspect of this is the branding – including marketing, technology, social media strategy and communications – and our Skal Australia Vice-President Fiona McFarlane has been appointed as Deputy Chair in charge of branding.

It was advised that there had been preliminary discussions on changing the location of the Skal International World Congress this year and this would be further discussed at an Executive Committee level. We will keep members updated on any changes in this regard.
Skal International's 14th Sustainable Tourism Awards - enter now!
Skal International will present its 14th Sustainable Tourism Awards, sponsored by Diversey Care, during the forthcoming Skal World Congress. The awards recognise the importance of developing responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. 

Companies from the public and private sector, as well as NGO's can submit entries in categories including tour operators, accommodation, transportation, attractions, countryside destinations, marine destinations and community and government projects.
In previous years there have been a number of entries from around Australia, who have been celebrated as finalists in these international awards and we encourage all Skal International Sydney members to consider entering on 2015. 

Judging criteria include contribution to the conservation of nature, environmental considerations, cultural heritage conservation, community involvement and benefits, educational features and benefits, innovation and creativity, business viability and economic growth and more. Full guidelines on eligibility and judging criteria may be seen at

The Winner will be announced at the 76th Skal International World Congress to be held in October 2015. 

Entering is simple - complete the online Application Form and submit a PowerPoint or YouTube video illustrating the initiatives you undertake to carry out the project. You will need a letter of support from Skal International Sydney, so if you are planning to enter, please contact Skal International Sydney Secretary Melinda Brown to arrange for this letter to be provided.

Entries close 30 June 2015, so submit your application today!
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