SKA CHRISTMAS DINNER & DANCE 2011


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SKA’s Christmas Dinner and Dance 2011

SKA Christmas dinner & dance took place on Saturday 3rd December 2011. As announced widely on the website and individual communications to members there was an ‘Early Bird’ draw of admission tickets at 7.30 pm precisely. The coveted prize of £50.00 cash was won by a guest of Dr Allan Fernandes. There was a large turnout of members and guests. Music supplied by Owen Peres was accompanied by singer Shirley kept everyone on their toes.

After his welcome speech the Secretary, Loy D’Souza outlining the evening’s main events and the raffle prizes, the party went on full swing. Children’s and adult games were conducted by Sheila Pais and the winners were amply rewarded with selective presents.

The President in his annual speech highlighted the main events organised in the year: such as the pilgrimage to Lourdes and the Summer Sizzler.  It was at the Summer Sizzler the SKA LONDON website was launched on a giant screen he said and urged everyone to visit the site frequently to keep in touch with SKA’s old time Newsletter SKAN. The President also promised another pilgrimage in 2012 to Fatima in Portugal. He said that in his drive towards reducing postage expenses has  acquired about 60 per cent of email addresses of SKA members but wants to achieve a hundred per cent and requested those who haven’t  given their email addresses to do so today.  Additionally he said that, now payment to SKA, be it for membership fee, tour tickets, function tickets or just a donation can be made online using our sort code and account number.  Quite a few members have already started using this quick method of transferring funds. The President made a strong plea to all members to try to increase membership to 1000 in the next two years. I have tried to keep up my promises I made at the last Christmas Dinner & Dance from this very hall he said with a sense of fulfilment. 

The President extended his personal thanks to the Secretary, Loy D’Souza, for performing the immense task of keeping in touch with everyone, in spite of his own work,  "And my thanks also to the Treasurer, Patrick Goveas not just for keeping the account books up to date but also for various other tasks he has performed diligently". Regretfully Patrick who has been Treasurer for many many years has finally called it a day.   And thankfully as from this year Irwyn Pais has taken over as Treasurer and he wished him the very best.   He also thanked John Mascurenus for his contribution to SKA and for his dedication to the SKAN and the website.   Token gifts of appreciation were offered and Violet (President’s better half) gave bouquets of flowers to John and Patrick.

The President then went on to thank all the committee members and well wishers for their valuable support during the year at every function, who gave their time and effort in decorating the hall,  donating presents for raffles  and helping him  and other committee members.  He hoped that they would they would continue to support SKA in the coming year and for many years to come, and to leave a legacy to our successors which they will be proud of. 

"And last but not least thanks to all our members who have made the effort to come today and their guests who have been so supportive all through the year".

Then followed the buffet style Christmas dinner catered by Golden Platters, who also provided starters brought to the tables. Dancing carried on until close down at 12 midnight.


We are proud to present the evening’s show to say it all in pictures.

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Cecilia Pais with the nuns

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Grace Menezes selling Raffle tickets

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FATHER CHRISTMAS WITH HIS BAG OF GOODIES


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PRESIDENT RON RODRIGUES DELIVERING HIS ANNUAL SPPECH


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In the foreground left to right: Shirley (singer), Owen Peres (DJ & MC)


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