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TRADITIONAL SKAL CHRISTMAS DINNER HELD AT GRAND HOTEL BOHEMIA 9.12.2016

CHRISTMAS SPEECH 2016

Grand Hotel Bohemia

9.12.2016

 

Welcome

It´s great that we are able to celebrate this year´s Christmas Gala Evening, with a break of one year in between, with so many friends again in Petr´s place. Some of us remember this particular event especially well  We thank Petr, who unfortunately cannot be present today because of an illness, and of course your team, to host us for this special event and spoil us with a no doubt delicious menu consisting of –

 

Roast Beef with coleslaw and toast

Cream of parsnip with pumpkin oil and croutons

Pork medallions with mushroom ragout and potato rösti

followed by a

Chocolate variation consisting of chocolate mousse with raspberry sauce, warm chocolate cake and chocolate petit four filled with caramel

 

Many thanks Petře we all wish you a quick and complete recovery.

Continuity and tradition

with sight for the future and development. That´s what every person, company and organisation needs and wants.

This is sometimes easier said than done, but no company, organisation or even our private life can exist without new ideas, progress and visions for the future.

 

Our Club

went, and still is in process, through this period of changes. Many things we have done over the past became loved rituals and we hang on to them. Others have already, or still need to be reviewed. In our fast-paced time we must try to keep up with developments and new ideas. Otherwise, we will miss these and get into the rear.

 

Program

To get into the right Christmas spirit it´s my great pleasure to announce and welcome before the meal starts this year again the by many if you already well known Sedmi Hlásek choir, led and conducted by Ms.Hana Homerová assisted by her son Mr.Homer on the piano

The raffle tickets are sold between the first and second menu courses. Please be not afraid to make many purchases. Please take distance from aggression and fight for these tickets. As far as I am informed there are enough tickets available. If not then we can make it quite simply like most of the governments worldwide, we print fresh ones like the money.

The actual raffle takes place after the main course and after dessert.  

Petr Beránek, our host and friend, organised this year again for us a lovely background music provided by the well know and highly thought-of pianist Mr. Milan Jermář

Many thanks

to the members of board for all their work, time and effort the invested throughout the year, the hosts of our monthly regular luncheon meetings and special events and especially to you, my friends and members, because without you there would be no club and celebrations.

Birthdays

I wish everybody born in the month of December, especially –

Otakar John,

Jan Kratina (born on the 31st of December!!)

Birthe Maceška and last but not least our long term Skålleague

Prof.Josef “Pepi” Šestak,

all the best, Health & Happiness

 

The Raffle

Our master of ceremony will be, as every year, the one and only Mr.Jiří Matoušek, To many of us not only known as our Clubs General Secretary, but by now as the legendary “Mr.Raffle”.

We have, due to the generous donations from our sponsors, this year again exciting prices on offer. This contains the food-baskets donated as every year by the company MADE. I name this company especially because they donate already for the 5th consecutive year food baskets and many other goodies. We will have a wide range of prices beginning from overnight stays right up to the much thought after 4 vouchers, each worth 5000.- for the shopping centre Palladium donated by no-one less but the club, namely by you !

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our numerous sponsors, which will be named during the raffle. Without them we would not be able to raise all this money.

The money goes like in the past few years to the “Bator Tabor Donation” for children in need. Please stay as generous as in the past in order to enable us to help again with our donations.

Last year we made it with the collected CZK 20.000.- for some of this children possible to attend a special summer camp for therapeutically recreation of ill children. The year before it went as part payment to buy a new van.

 

Allow me to recapture

this years Clubs activities and to present next years review in short

We had, besides the monthly luncheon meetings and the BBQ Party, a special event held at the Staropramen Visitors Center.

Next years main activities will be focused on the planned Young Skål seminar/workshops starting with a high calibre event on March, 27th. I am proud to announce that I could win for this first event a top presentator, namely Mr.Jan Mühlfeit with his international recognized Seminar „Unlocking Human Potential“. Nearer details to follow in the not too distant future.

Another important point for us is the partial implementation of points reflected by this years members survey.

Of course first of all we need to wait and see the result of next years elections held on Thursday, February 23rd at 11:00 in the NH Hotel.

 

And final

We should never forget and always remember one thing. We belong to the privileged class which do not have any fundamental and real problems compared to many others. We should keep that in mind every day and thank the hood Lord, or how else you want to make responsible for, every day heart- and grateful

But now enough with the talk and let´s now concentrate on the cozy and pleasant part of the evening, namely food, drinks and good conversation and entertainment among friends

I wish you all a wonderful and enjoyable evening.

 

May I take this opportunity to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas 2016 and a

Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year 2017

 

May you find Joy and Purpose in everything you do.

 

And may I add a little remark  “stay as you are, you have no other option anyway !”

And don´t forget  “Wherever you go – there you are !”

 

Last put no least, do not forget on your way out the Ladies and Gents gifts !

 

But before we go ahead with the program let´s raise our glasses for the Skål Int. toast

 

To all the Skålleagues everywhere

 

HEALTH * HAPPINESS * FRIENDSHIP * LONG LIFE * SKÅL