SKÅL Cape Town the Beginning
1. Inaugural lunch, Grand Hotel, Cape Town 20th November 1952.
Founder members – Pan American Airways; American Express; Holland Africa; Mitchell Coutts; KLM; Ellerman and Bucknell; African Car Hire; African Tourist; Thomas Cook; SABENA; Wilson Collins; Sturrocks; Parry Leon; Union Castle; South African Railways; Automobile Association; Farrell Line.
The formation of Skal Club was unanimously approved.
2. Meeting Grand Hotel 2nd December 1952
Elections to Committee – Mr Paterson Chairman; Mr Sturrock Vice Chairman; Mr Agnew Secretary; Mr Wislade Treasurer
It was unanimously decided that the fees would be:- Entrance Fee of 3 guineas and an Annual Fee of 2 guineas.
3. Meeting Grand Hotel 5th December 1952
Additional founder members were approved: – Hotel General Managers from the Mount Nelson, The Queens and The Metropole. The Arthur’s Seat, The Esplanade, The Clifton Hotel, The Majestic and the St. James. And also from the Blue Star Line, Shaw Savill, the Natal Line, Coast Lines, Transatlantic, Peltours, SA Travel, Satour, RAC, BOAC and The Cape Peninsula Publicity Bureau
4. Working Committee, Grand Hotel, 25th January 1953
Sir Mile Thomas, Chairman of BOAC was to be the first guest speaker at the general meeting and lunch on 27th January.
5. General Meeting and Lunch Grand Hotel 27th January 1953
The Club was officially founded as Skal International, Cape Town, Club 109. The Constitution and Rules were approved.
6. Committee Meeting, Grand Hotel 3rd February 1953
The Club letterhead was designed as representing the outline of Table Mountain.
The Post Office Box and the bank account opened at Barclays Bank. Lunches were decided as the first Tuesday of each month.Members must assemble at 12h30pm and the function must terminate at 2pm, precisely.
The Inaugural Function was discussed. It was felt that, whilst an evening social occasion would be pleasant, the apathy of Cape Town to such functions was well known and it was considered very doubtful that an evening function could be organised properly. It was decided that the Inaugural Function should be in the form of a luncheon to be held at the Grand Hotel on Tuesday 3rd March1953.
The Secretary was asked to send a letter to the members concerning the poor attendance at the last lunch. Members should also be asked their opinion on future Skal social events such as cricket, tennis, golf or bowls for the day or on dances, smoking concerts or travel films for evening functions
7. Committee meeting, Grand Hotel 17th March 1953
The first letterhead was used.
It was resolved to make a charitable donation of One Guinea per month to the Service Dining Rooms.
On the Inaugural Lunch, although all agreed that although the arrangements and service were very good, the quantity of the food left much to be desired and were not up to the standard Club members had a right to expect. It was agreed that the Treasurer should interview the General Manager of the Grand Hotel on the matter.
8. Committee Meeting, Grand Hotel, 12th May 1953
A letter has been received from AISC, accepting the Cape Town Club as No. 109 under the foundation date of 27 January 1953.
It was decided that as the June lunch would be taking place during Coronation Week, the guest speaker would be the Commander-in-Chief, South Atlantic.
It was discussed with management of Grand Hotel that the luncheon price be reduced to 5/6d inclusive of tips.
It was agreed that the Secretary should be paid £1:10/= per month for payment as a typist for Skal work.
9. Committee Meeting, Grand Hotel, 4th August 1953
The Treasurer reported that the bank balance reflected £166:8:11d and he was authorized to open an Investment Account in the Cape of Good Hope Savings Bank.
10. Committee Meeting, Grand Hotel, 27th October 1953
The GM of Arthur’s Seat Hotel offered to host the Christmas lunch. For the January lunch, Lord Jowitt, President of the British Travel & Holidays Association and Lord Chancellor in the last Labour Government would be the guest speaker.
11. AGM Grand Hotel, 2nd February 1954
It was decided to continue the one guinea per month donation to the Service Dining Rooms.
A donation of five guineas was made to the Greek earthquake disaster fund.
On a question from the floor whether consideration be given to have lady members on the committee. The Chairman replied that it was not a committee matter it was for the members to decide.
Today Skål Cape Town has 148 members and has had a very successful history where members from all sectors of the Tourism Industry are able to network and in many cases experience the benefits Skål has to offer.