Who We Are
Shortly after the inauguration of the first joint Swedish and French air service between Stockholm and Paris in 1932, a group of travel men from the French capital were invited to make an exploratory flight over the new route. The welcome they received in Stockholm led to many pleasant friendships.
Realizing the importance of closer relationships among those who strive to develop and promote both national and international travel, the men who made the flight to Stockholm were determined to found a permanent organization whose primary aim would be the creation of goodwill and friendship in travel and transportation circles throughout the world.
The Paris Skål Club was formed on December 16, 1932, with Rene Genestie as President. In 1934, twelve other clubs had been formed and Florimond Volckaert conceived the idea of uniting them into an international organization.
The Association International des Skål Clubs (A.I.S.C.) was created on April 28, 1934, and Florimond Volckaert became its founding President.
On April 1, 1938, the Skål Club of North America (Skål Club of New York, No. 28) was founded.
As the first Skål Club established in North America, the New York Club assisted and guided in the formation of other Skål Clubs on this continent.
"The North American Chapter Committee" in which all Skål Clubs in North America were represented, was formed on March 31, 1949, and was followed by the North American Skål Council on August 9, 1950, and that organization was superseded by the National Skål Committee, U.S.A as National Committees were formed in Canada, Mexico and U.S.A.
Today, the organization is named Skål International United States of America. It is a Nebraska non-profit organization with its main office in Omaha, NE.
Often we are asked what the meaning of SKÅL is. For us it means foremost FRIENDSHIP but there is an explanation why our founders picked this word:
Again, the flight our founders took and met was a flight to Stockholm. The word Skål comes from Scandinavia and has a long tradition. The "Skål", a bowl with a welcome drink, was offered to visitors when they entered the home. One would say Skål as a sign of friendship! The letters of the word SKÅL mean:
- Sundhet (Health)
- Kärlek (Love)
- Ålder (Long Life)
- Lycka (Luck)
"To fellow Skålleagues everywhere - Happiness; Good Health; Friendship; Long Life;