I am delighted to have been elected as President of Skal International in Ireland at our recent national AGM. I take over from Sean O’Driscoll, Group General Manager, iNua Hospitality and one of Ireland’s leading hoteliers. Sean brought energy and vision to his role as President and developed an ambitious strategy to improve membership numbers and make Skal International more relevant to existing and new members. Sean remains on the National Committee and deserves massive appreciation for his work and time as National President.
My goal is that this on-going strategy should remain the focus of activities during my presidency. The main points –
- Work with each club to retain membership and develop recruitment opportunities.
- Plan monthly events with educational/marketing opportunities to ensure the content is more relevant to today’s business.
- Work to improve the image of Skal International within the travel industry in Ireland and create more compelling reasons for membership.
Having spent most of my career working for Irish tourism I find Skal International an excellent organisation to engage with people with similar objectives and challenges. The overriding challenge for all of us is to ensure the future of our clubs and to work to make them viable and attractive to members. We will embrace and participate in the work being done by headquarter colleagues in Torresmolinos on the world wide 3 year Strategic Plan.
I am joined by a national committee with vast experience. I wish to pay tribute to Joe Collins, Dublin Club and Dave Kelly, Galway Club who have held the honorary positions of Treasurer and Secretary respectively. A huge thanks to both Joe and Dave for all their work over many years. I look forward to their continued support.
During the coming year, I look forward to meeting all our members. I welcome any comments or suggestions on how we can improve Skal in Ireland.
Skal International – Republic of Ireland.