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Sunshine Coast Presidents Report

2020

The committee, Past President, and fellow Skalleagues, in reviewing the last 12 months as President I once again feel very privileged and grateful for the opportunity to represent Skal International Sunshine Coast.  2020 was an incredibly challenging year but let us be honest, who at the start of 2020 could have predicted the turmoil that unfolded in the world.

I would also once again like to thank my committee for all their efforts over the last 12 months in their own time in working together with me towards our shared vision of the club that signifies our local travel and tourism industry which is diverse and unique.  Our focus last year was engaging our members as much as possible with online events as well as promoting Skal International and creating distinctive and new opportunities to bring members and guests together and to encourage “doing business among friends”.  Due to Covid, we did lose a few members that unfortunately either moved away from the coast or found employment in other industries.  In saying that we have also signed up 10 new members to Skal Sunshine Coast for 2021, all of whom seen the multitude of benefits not only to their business but to themselves personally.  Our thoughts are still with all our members whilst the ongoing pandemic is still wreaking havoc across the world.

We have all adapted to a new way of life as 2020 was a year of virtual meetings and AGM’s.  Skal National AGM was cancelled in Darwin in March 2020 and we voted online for our incoming President and Executive Committee which was a totally different experience than normal.  The World Congress was also cancelled in Croatia and held by Zoom in the early hours of the morning for Australian clubs.  Once again this was a totally different experience but was embraced by a large majority of clubs around the world.

We started off slowly in 2020 with events after not having any events since March 2020.  Our first event was our Skal SC 25th Anniversary which was well attended considering the time we were living in then.  Since then we have tried to engage our members with different events with casual lunches, sundowners, and Christmas Dinner.

We as Skalleagues, all need to be working closely together and with our Regional and National tourism organisations to promote our tourism industry regionally, nationally, and internationally.

We once again also encourage all Skålleagues to participate in the management of the club for everyone’s mutual benefit.

Let us create a great 2021, stay safe, and don’t forget “Do business amongst friends”.

Marion Mollett

President Skal International Sunshine Coast

Marion Mollett