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Prior to 1958 a group of Denver travel executives led by Bruce Hamby, Denver Post Travel Editor heard of an organization in Europe known as Skål. The “Association Internationale des Skål Clubs” founded in 1932 was formed to promote international goodwill and friendship among ravel professionals and was highly successful in Europe. These men met several times exploring options on how to obtain a local chapter of Skal. Finally in 1958 they secured a local chapter in Denver, Colorado. The Charter members of the club were:

Tom Amos        Hertz Rent-A-Car

Doug Frazier    D&RG RR

Chet Lubben    Frontier Airlines  

Joe O'Conner

Roger Spahr    Santa Fe Railway 

Don Auld         Colorado Transportation

Bruce Hamby  Denver Post

Bob McKenna Western Airlines

Bob McKenny Braniff Airlines 

Pat Oliver       Pam American World Air

Carl Steele     Carl Steele World Wide Tvl

Forrest Blyler  Rock Island RR

Leif Hauge       SAS

Karl Mehlmann Brown Palace Hotel

Van D Ostlind    Rock island Line


Homer Stephens   Albany Hotel

Kostas Boudovris  Air France  

Al Hawney            Cosmopolitan Hotel

Don Menk             Boulder Travel  Agency

C. W. Plagemann    Burlington RR

Amos Sudler            American Express

Bud Cleghorn          Hertz Rent-A-Car

Don James             Denver-Boulder Bus

Joe Miller              American Express

Kenn Prosser       Greyhound Lines

Eric Versteegh      KLM Royal Dutch  Airlines 

Gordon Dahn        Frontier Airlines

Ted James             Colorado Transportation

Mark Modglin          Burlington RR 

Tony Schoepf       United Airlines

Mark Visnak          All Travel Travel

Jo F. Drake              AAA Travel 

Larry Johannsen   University Hill Travel  

Joe Moxley 

Ray Schutte           B.& O. RR

Hal Wright             United Airlines

Harold Eno            D&RG RR

Mark Kramer            Continental Air Lines

Willi Mueller          Piero de luixe Travel

Bill Sheridan         Fisher-Sheridan Travel

William Wunsch   Whitley Travel Agency 

Milt Frampton      Park Lane Hotel

Dave Lindquist     Fisher-Sheridan Travel 

Hugh Noell           BOAC

Ed Siemers          Union Pacific

​                             Order of Skål Merit


​                                   William Sweet
                                Membre D’Honneur of Skål International

Many of you know Bill Sweet’s history within the Skal organization, yet many of

our newer members might not understand the breathe of Bill’s Skal involvement

through the years.

A member of the University of Denver’s School of Hospitality & Tourism’s first graduating class, Bill went
to work for the Brown Palace Hotel shortly thereafter, eventually rising through the ranks to serve as the
Brown’s General Manager & President for many years. Bill joined the Skål Club of Denver in 1963
and served as our President in 1971.

Unlike so many of us in this oganization who have served as a local Skål Club President however, Bill’s service to Skal had only just begun. He served as Regional VP from 1976-80 before moving up the “Officers ladder” to serve as President of all of Skal International USA in 1982-83. During 1984-85, Bill was President of the “North American Association of Skål Clubs” representing over 100 Clubs and thousands of North America Skalleagues.

From late 1985 to 2001, Bill served as “Executive Secretary” for both SIUSA and NAASC combined, and was awarded the “Order of Skal Merit” in 1994. Bill Sweet has been named “Honorary President” for SIUSA as well as for North America, but his most distinguished recognition within the world of Skål was to have been named a “Membre D’Honneur” of Skal International in October, 2003. In the 75 year history of Skå, this honor has only been bestowed on 74 members worldwide, and Bill is one of only 4 elite Skalleagues in the United States to ever be recognized in such fashion!

It is common to invite a “high ranking” Skål leader to do the honors when a Club installs it’s new Officers…Skalleagues, ladies & gentlemen, we would be hard pressed to find a more distinguished Skal official than this man who has so prominently established our Club on the worldwide Skål map…our own “Bill Sweet”.

Of historical note, Bill has attended 26 Skål International Congresses and 31 NAASC Congresses.


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