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					SKÅL International
          Chicago                                                                             1939

Volume 88                             March 2010

President’s Comments                                        Next Meeting
It has been a pleasure to                                   Hotel Elysian (Luncheon)
serve as your president,                                    Monday, March 8, 2010
especially during the year                                  Cocktails 11:30 AM - Luncheon 12:00 Noon
in which we celebrated our                                  Cost - $55.00 Reservations - $60.00 at Door
70th anniversary. We are                                    Board of Directors Meeting - 10:00 AM
the 35th Club, founded just                                 Reservations: Use e-vite.com. Any problem,
5 years after the start of the                              contact Tim Rinkoski at
movement. That was the                                      Trinkoski@crystalcruises.com or 312-674-9761.
same year as the first                                         Please make reservations no later than Thursday,
World Congress. Our fore-                                   March 4th by 3:00 PM or Door rate applies.
fathers had the insight to                                     If you need to cancel, do so by 10:00 am the day
understand the need for a Tony Cosenza                      of the meeting through Evite or call 312 674-9761.
local club with a world-                                       If you RSVP for a guest you are responsible for
wide reach.                                                 their payment if they no show.
   I listened to you as President, and you told me we          Our venues hold us to our guaranteed number. All
needed to increase business exchanges/networking            no shows will be billed $55.
opportunities. Therefore I made it my goal to in-
                                                            • We also raised, through the help of Graham Mo-
crease networking opportunities within the Club and
                                                              sey, over $18,000 from our two charity and fund-
reminded you of the benefits of Skål, including:
                                                              raising events. Without the funds from those
• The ability to network and build strong business
                                                              events, we would not be able to fund our scholar-
  and personal relationships locally                          ship program, run the club activities, or supple-
• A worldwide audience to market your product                 ment your 2010 dues.
• A built-in network almost anywhere in the world              I would like to thank our members who spon-
  should you choose to relocate                             sored meetings this year: Herrington - Chicago’s
   In today’s business environment it makes more            First Lady - Knickerbocker - Hotel Sax - Four Sea-
sense than ever to be a member of Skål and get the          sons - Reel Club - Pheasant Run - Pizano’s.
most out of your membership. To that end I helped              We had our share of sadness last year, losing four
orchestrate new programs for our club.                      Skålleagues – Lloyd Van Meter, Jerry Reid, Bill
• We introduced our Business 4 Breakfast network-           Foley and Jim Morgart, as well as spouses of three
  ing event, thanks to Joanne Giampa. Networking            of our Skålleagues - Ron Beaumont’s Beloved
  does not need to stop at those meetings; you can          Wife Carolyn, Jim Ward’s Beloved Wife Joanne,
  follow up now that you know a little bit more             and Judy Marshman’s Beloved Husband Joe.
  about each member and work together when the                 Finally, I would like to thank your board. Each
  opportunity arises.                                       member you have elected works very hard for you
• We hosted a seminar (again presented by Joanne            and your club. I also want to thank our “Crack”
  Giampa) on how to get the most out of your Skål           Newsletter Editor John Flavin and “Ace” Photogra-
  Membership. It showed you how to use the two              pher Jim Ward. They help us communicate, not
  Skål websites and helped explain other tools that         only within our club but to the World of Skål.
  were available to you.                                       It has been my honor and pleasure to serve as
• We took the first electronic survey of members to         your president.
  help understand what was important to you.

Skålleagues and Guests - College of DuPage Culinary School 2/8

Student Chefs preparing meal.                                             Ron Beaumont - Retired, Chris Thielman - Coordinator of the
                                                                          Culinary Arts Program, and Joanne Giampa - College of DuPage

John Walsh - Guest, Dick Haymaker - Travel and Hospitality Group,
Mary Beth Walsh - Moraine Valley Community College, Todd                  Joe Diz - TACA Airlines, John Haskins - Viking Travel, Barbaras
Brainerd - Western Folder, Frank Gagnon - Retired, and Frank              Vitkaukas - Travel Guard Insurance, and Guy Bernacchi - Best
Fillipi - Golf Invite                                                     Travel

Stephen Schwartz - Guest, Patti Voras - Macato Safaris, Peg Haskins       Capt. Bob Agra - Guest, Holly Agra - First Lady Chicago, Mort
- Viking Travel, Margie Bell - Hong Kong Tourism Board, and Roger         Kouklan, Will Kauke - Rail Europe and Tony Cosenza - Enterprise
Kraemer - CIE Tours                                                       Holdings Travel Agency

Happy Birthday!                                                           Know Your SKÅL Members
March                                                                     Use the cocktail hour of the meeting to learn more
Carl Richelia (6), Mario Mazzini (19), and Marie                          about the other members. We all enjoy talking to
McKown (26)                                                               someone new. Try it! You’ll like it!

43rd Anniversary of the January,                           SKÅL World Congress
1967 Blizzard                                                 For those who have wanted to visit Australia,
The Event Forty years ago, on January 26 and 27,           information is now on the Skål International
1967, Chicago endured its worst snowstorm ever.            website on the 71st Skål World Congress which
The snow started at 502 AM on the 26th, and by             will be held in Sydney, Australia, from
1010 AM of the 27th a record 23 inches of snow             Thursday 7th to Tuesday 12th October 2010.
crippled the city. The previous record snow for the           Skål International Sydney has put together a
city was 19 inches on March 25th and 26th, 1930.           very interesting programme for the event.
During the storm winds gusted to 53 mph at Mid-               Information on special air fares from Qantas
way Airport. The high winds caused considerable            is now on the website and information on pre-
blowing and drifting. Drifts 4 to 6 feet high were
                                                           and post-tours will be added shortly.
widespread throughout the area. The heaviest snow
fell in the morning and early afternoon of the 26th
with the maximum rate of accumulation 2 inches
                                                           SKÅL Club Visit
per hour during the late morning. A thunderstorm           Tim Rinkoski visited the Minneapolis SKÅL Club
                                                           for their meeting, the 4th Monday of the month,
was reported at Meigs Field. Snow tapered off by
                                                           in February. They all send their best wishes, includ-
evening but intensified again overnight. Two days
before the blizzard, on January 24th, the high tem-        ing Scott Garoute, a former Chicago Skål member.
perature was 65 degrees and the low was 44, both
records that still stand today. Thunderstorms oc-
                                                           It’s St. Patricks Day
                                                           From the Web
curred in the evening of the 24th. There were re-          Six retired Irishmen were playing poker in O'Leary's
ports of wind damage, and funnel clouds were spot-         apartment when Paddy Murphy loses $500 on a
ted in the southwest section of the city. The wind         single hand, clutches his chest, and drops dead at
gusted to 48 mph at Midway.                                the table.
   And you think it has been a rough winter?                  Michael O'Conner looks around and asks, “Oh,
                                                           me boys, someone got's to tell Paddy's wife. Who
Golfer’s Paradise                                          will it be?” They draw straws. Paul Gallagher picks
Tom Karins was the high bidder for Ron Beier's             the short one. They tell him to be discreet, be gentle,
three bedroom guest townhome located at the PGA            don't make a bad situation any worse.
Village in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The townhome              “Discreet??? I'm the most discreet Irishmen you'll
can accommodate 6 persons comfortably is fully             ever meet. Discretion is me middle name. Leave it
furnished with cable TV and internet available. Spe-       to me.”
cial rates are available for Chicago SKAL Members          Gallagher goes over to Murphy's house and knocks
throughout the winter. It is a golfer's paradise.          on the door. Mrs. Murphy answers, and asks what
                                                           he wants. Gallagher declares, “Your husband just
A Transfer Out                                             lost $500, and is afraid to come home.”
As some of you know, Ron Smith has moved from                 “Tell him to drop dead!,” says Murphy's wife.
Chicago to Louisville where he has joined that Club.       “I'll go tell him.” says Gallagher.
He misses Chicago, and especially, the Chicago
SKAL members, and sends his best wishes for                You Might Be From Chicago If:
everyone’s success in 2010. he hopes to see many of        19. You know the names of the interstates:
you at future Chicago meetings during the rest of          Stevenson, Kennedy, Eisenhower, Dan Ryan, and
the year - like the Golf Outing or other events.           the Edens.
                                                           20. You call the interstates Expressways.
Australian Visit                                           21. You refer to anything South of I-80 as
Alec McNish is in Melbourne, and is enjoying time          “Southern or Central Illinois.”
with his son Gegor, his wife Jo and his grand kids,        22. You refer to Lake Michigan as “The Lake.”
Alistair and Ellie, aged 2 and 4. They have great          23. You refer to Chicago as “The City”.
weather compared to both Chicago and Florida.              24. The Super Bowl refers to one specific game in
                                                           January 1986.

Holly Agra Appointed to United                                    What You Missed ...
States Travel and Tourism                                         If you did not attend the meeting at the College of
                                                                  DuPage Culinary School, just read the menu below,
Advisory Board                                                    lick your lips, and do not miss the next one.
Veteran Chicago tourism executive Holly Agra,                     Apparently you missed a “meal to be remembered,”
president and owner of Chicago’s First Lady                       just ask any of the members who attended.
Cruises has been named a new member of the
United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board
by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke. Agra is one of
29 new members representing a broad cross-section
of the travel and tourism industry.
   The board provides counsel to the Secretary on
government policies and programs that affect the
U.S. travel and tourism industry, and provides a fo-
rum for discussing and proposing solutions to indus-
try-related concerns. The Department of Commerce
will schedule the board’s inaugural meeting in the
coming weeks.

B4B Business for Breakfast
Friday, March 12, 2010 from 8:30am - 10:00am,
our host is Dick Haymaker at Reed Ramsey, Inc.
1315 W. 22nd Street , Suite 205, call 630-571-4585
or dick@reed-ramsey.com for info on location.
• A chance to network with other SKAL members
  and discuss current issues
• Learn about different products represented by fel-
  low members
• Take two minutes to give your “elevator speech”
• Enjoy a roundtable discussion over coffee and a
  light breakfast provided by Skål
Please RSVP to Joanne M. Giampa, at 630-942-
2556 or giampa@cod.edu.
                                                                  Food for Thought
                                                                  Email from Jim Ward to John Flavin
                                                                  John: I know you were disappointed about the can-
                                                                  cellation of the “Dinner Dance,” but perhaps “site
Board Members                                                     visits,” such as the COD School, is the “wave of the
President         Tony Cosenza - Enterprise Holdings Travel       future”….helping Skål members keep up with new
Vice President    Tim Rinkoski - Crystal Cruise Lines
                                                                  trends in hospitality, travel and travel education.
Secretary         Mary Pat Flanagan - CIE Tours                      Next year we might want to visit a “Reservation
Treasurer         Graham Mosey - World Group Travel               Center” complex or some other venue that would
Comm/PR           Dick Haymaker - Travel and Hospitality          keep us up to date with the modern travel indus-
                                                                  try. Certainly we had a great time at this event and
Cruise Lines      Holly Agra - Chicago’s First Lady
Hotels            Vivienne Liddell - VVN Global                   learned how new professionals in Hospitality are
                  Enterprises                                     breaking into the business.
Rail/Transport    Will Kauke - Rail Europe
Tourist Office    Nancy Anderson - French National Tourist
                  Office                                          Important SKÅL Contacts:
Travel Agents     Jerry Aguiar - Best Travel                      President - Tony Cosenza - Tel: (773)583.8657
Travel School     Joanne Giampa - College of DuPage                - Email: cosenzaa@vanguardcar.com
Sr. SIUSA Rep     Martha Nielsen - SAS                            Newsletter Editor - John Flavin - Tel: (773)883.3063 - Email:
Jr. SIUSA Rep     Bill Hickey - Mt. Prospect Travel Group         smokyf@sbcglobal.net
Internal Auditors Larry Berke - Royal Travel                      Photographs - Jim Ward
                  Frank Gagnon - Life


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