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Newsletters – November 2017

Spring is here and it’s a great time to be part of Skal!

I recently attended the August National Assembly in Sydney and it was great to see that all 24 clubs were in attendance along with the newly (re)formed Skal Alice Springs. I also bring greetings from representatives of Skal Australia, Austria, New Zealand and India who were all in attendance at Nationals.

Q Station Manly made a unique setting for the 96th Skal Australia National Assembly with lodgings, catering, conference and ghost and whale watching tours all based out of the old Quarantine Station overlooking the Sydney Harbour. Durning the Gala dinner, it was wonderful to see Skal Sydney North twin with Skal Austria and exchange pendants.

Membership nationally is up by around 100 since March this year and there were a number of new members due to sign on by November.

Social media is the main focus currently across all clubs and I’m proud to say that Launceston currently leads the country in Facebook Page likes. If you haven’t already liked our club page – please do so. You’ll begin seeing more content appearing as the committee and myself get into the Socialness of it all!

The spotlight is on Australia as we head to the International Congress with 4 of the 8 entrants for International Club of the Year being Aussie! This is fantastic and we are all holding our breath for the outcome. I look forward to seeing you all at the October lunch and <touch wood> we’ll be celebrating a win.

Your’s in Skal


Mick Hammond



Alchemy Bar and Restaurant made a wonderful lunch venue on a wet and wild Spring Tuesday. Many thanks to Publican Michael Bergnhagen and Head Chef Chris Puckey for providing great service, a beautiful venue and delicious fare.

UTAS and Tourism Northern Tasmania representative James McKee provided greater insight into the master plan and purpose behind the University of Tasmania move from Newnham to the Inveresk Precinct.