Skal Singapore

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I am honored & humbled to be elected as your President for the term 2018/2019 and am well aware of the responsibility & dedication of this onerous appointment, given that we have our own personal careers to look after.

I am blessed & thankful for an equally passionate Executive Committee & together in this one year, we hope to embellish our Club with the following objectives:
• To make our Club more vibrant & relevant to the members
• To rejuvenate our membership including young Skal
• To improve our financials

To make our Club more vibrant & relevant to the members
Our usual monthly luncheons & dinners shall have more content, with speakers on topics relevant to our industry. To ensure better attendance at our events, we may consider offering a member’s nominee from his/her company to attend in his/her absence.

To rejuvenate our membership
We have embarked on a membership drive by waiving the entrance fees; refundable deposits & dues pro-rated from approval date to 31 December 2018. I am pleased to inform that we have to-date registered 17 new members & still counting. We are also focused on Young Skal, the Millennials who will appreciate the benefits when they are upgraded as full members. We thank the older members, who have stepped forward as mentors to the Young Skal. I am also pleased to note that that in August’18, all our members have paid their annual dues. We have also deleted those members who are in poor standing as they have not paid their dues, this will ensure that we do not carry the baggage into the following year.

To improve our financials
With the above waivers etc, it may be a challenge to avoid being in a small deficit for the current year, but with the incoming new members paying their full annual fees, the future financials will look brighter. It is a fine balance between the funds on hand & provision of benefits to our members. We have switched a couple of lunches to less costly evening cocktails, however, such arrangements shall be reviewed before further implementation.

We are most thankful to our hotelier members for providing reasonable rates for our luncheons & dinners and to our members & sponsors for their continual support & understanding.

In Skal & more good years!

Tony Cousens
Skål International Singapore