Skal Philadelphia’s Visit to Sacramento

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Our very own, Amy Bendekovits, had the chance to visit Skal Sacramento this week! Amy has been a Young Skal Member for 6.5 years. She joined while in college at Temple University. Our current President,
Greg DeShields, was formally a professor at Temple, teaching a hotel operations class. Greg introduced Amy to Skal Philadelphia and has been involved ever since. Amy works for Unidine, which is owned by Compass Group North America. In her role as Operations Excellence Manager, she is responsible for transitioning and opening up new business in the corporate culinary, senior living, and healthcare sectors across the country in contracted food services. Her current assignment has brought her to the Sacramento area.

This month’s meeting was a fun summertime pool party! Hosted at a Skalleague’s house, the group was delighted with BBQ, cocktails, and inviting conversation. The club also had a silent auction that included the following prizes: Two Roundtrip tickets on Alaska Airlines; Hotel Stays in Reno; a 3-Night hotel Stay in Hawaii; and much more. Similar to the Skal Philadelphia club, Sacramento has a diverse group of members ranging from travel agents to cruise line professionals.

Amy had the chance to chat with David Ryan, who is a member of Skal Sacramento and the Vice President of Membership for Skal USA:

  1. How many members does Sacramento have? 35
  2. Where do most of your members live? They live in and around the Sacramento area including Roseville, Elk Grove, Lincoln, Lodi.
  3. What are the other nearby clubs in the area? San Francisco, San Jose and Reno
  4. Do you have any partnerships with them or collaborate? Yes we collaborate with them quite often. Some of the events we have done include: wine tasting in Napa Valley, career day at San Francisco and San Jose State Universities, golf tournament with Skål Reno/Tahoe.
  5. What kind of events does Sacramento normally host? We have dinner events at various locations around the Sacramento area. We have done special events like attending the Sacramento River Cats baseball game, backyard BBQ, wine tasting, Delta King steamship in Old Sacramento.
  6. What initiatives is Skal Sacramento currently focusing on? Growing membership and membership retention is our highest priority. We are also trying to recruit more Young Skål to our Club and that is working. We are in discussions to become more visible in the community with projects such as Habitat for Humanity and other local community projects. We are also involved with the annual Farm to Fork Event – one of the largest events in Sacramento that occurs every Fall and wraps up with an invitation only dinner on the Tower Bridge with Michelin Star chefs.

Thank you to Skal Sacramento for hosting Amy and for their insight into their organization!

Did you know? As a Skal International member, any member is welcome at any club across the globe. All members have access to a global database of clubs and members on These connections extend all around the world and across every single nationality. We all have one thing in common: Hospitality.

As the Skal Toast Goes to Say:

To Fellow Skalleagues Everywhere…
Good Health!
Long Life!

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