Skål International Goa first physical GBM of 2021

Skål International Goa enjoyed having their first physical GBM of 2021 at a gorgeous seaside venue Grand Gigi's Radisson Blu, Cavallosim.

We had an excellent attendance of over 78 members and families. Our host Skålleague Vinay Albuquerque, (Victor Hospitalities Director and Indy Hotels Pvt. Ltd. Director), put up a grandiose display of exotic cocktails, liqueurs, liquors, snacks, and pre-plated cuisine of European, Goan, and Dakshin specialties.

The evening started with a warm welcome by the host in personally receiving all the members and escorting them to the venue. 

President Ernest Dias welcomed the august gathering, gave a brief report of the activities, and mentioned winning the Best Skål International Club of the Year of the World and the Best Young Skål Club. He thanked the executive committee and all members for their support and contribution in winning these prestigious awards. He made a special mention of Skålleague Shekhar Divadkar for his efforts to coordinate, communicate, and network, which played a significant role in winning these awards. He also introduced and welcomed the new members Nirav Parekh, Director Allia de Goa; Shawn Martins owner of Shelsta Holiday Resort, Sherwin Lobo owner of Hotel Hacienda; Narendra Thaly, Director Sidhivinayak Events; and Kedar Dighe, General Manager of Ibis Styles Calangute. 

We had the honor of having Skålleagues Shalini Charles, Director of Young Skål Asia & India, and Suresh Charles, President of Skål International Mysuru, gracing our GBM. Shalini Charles addressed the members and congratulated Skål International Goa President Ernest for winning the Skål International Club of the Year Award. She also commended Skålleague Carl Costa, Director Young Skål Goa, for winning the Young Skål Club of the year award at the Skål International Asia Area. She also appreciated the numerous events organized for Young Skål members. 

In acknowledgment, Carl Costa, Director Young Skål Goa, expressed his gratitude to the Executive Committee, all members, and Young Skålleagues for their excellent support & participation in Young Skål Club of Goa's various activities.

The host Skålleague Vinay Albuquerque, the Director, and Victor Soares GM Radisson Blu gave a brief about the beautiful venue and welcomed the members to enjoy the evening. 

On behalf of Skål International Goa, Past President Charles Bonifacio expressed his gratitude to Vinay Albuquerque, Victor Soares, and team Radisson Blu for their superb arrangement and hospitality. He also expressed appreciation to Skålleague Vivek Kerkar for keeping up the spirits of all the GBM for over the last ten years by sponsoring premium top brands liquors, liquor, and wines for all the GBM. He thanked Shalini and Suresh Charles for gracing the occasion. He also congratulated Shridhar Nair on being promoted as Vice President Marketing Leela Group of Hotels and accepting to be the host of the next GBM of Skål International Goa at Leela Beach Resort, Cavellosim, South Goa. 

Past President Ashrafali Nizari raised the Skål Toast and extolled members to continue the spirits of friendship and networking amongst all Skålleagues.

Skålleagues had a wonderful time mingling around and dancing to the superb live band music and enjoying the delicious food and spirits. 

Viva GOA! Viva Skål International!