On May 9 the Central Florida Chapter celebrated CHS at 90. The event was held at the Capital Grille in Orlando, FL, where the CHS chapter had use of the Wine Room. Guests were treated to complimentary hor d’oeuvres, which included Wagyu Beef crostini, crab cakes, and lamb chops. The event was a mix of both younger and older classes, and one of the best elements of the event was how well all of the classes mixed and interacted with one another. There was a true sense of excitement and energy within the group, and once all guests were in attendance, chapter President Mike McLaughlin ‘13 made a short speech and toast to CHS’s 90th anniversary. The chef treated us to warm chocolate chip cookies to close the night, which was a great way to end the evening.
On May 12, the Singapore chapter celebrated the 90th anniversary of CHS at the Coriander Leaf Grill & Screening Room where 20 alumni and their families enjoyed an Asian-fusion lunch buffet in a traditional picturesque Singapore shop house on Ang Siang Road, a quiet enclave of shops and restaurants within walking distance from the city’s bustling CBD. Following lunch, alumni enjoyed a game of trivia, consisting of questions related to CHS, Singapore and the hotel industry followed by a lucky draw for the grand prize – a three-night stay at the newly opened Fairmont Sirru Fen Fushi in the Maldives.
On May 12, 2018, the Cornell Hotel Society of Washington DC/Baltimore gathered with 40 members to celebrate the 90th anniversary of CHS. The event was held at the newly opened Canopy Hotel in North Bethesda thanks to Dave Pollin ’90 of Buccini Pollin Group and Joseph Bojanowski (husband of Pia Bojanowski MMH ’96) of PM Hotel Group. Bill Eaton ’61 was the guest speaker at the event and told the group what it meant for him to be a Hotelie for Life® and how the school has played a prominent role in his career and family. Bill and Phillis hosted a Hotelie picnic at their house which evolved into the Cornell Mid-Atlantic picnic and then the “Cornell Mid-Atlantic Crab Feast” for the past 40+ years. Bill told the group that one of the best investments he ever made was paying lifetime dues to the Cornell Society of Hotelmen as a recent grad and later in life that serving as a Cornell Trustee was one of his greatest honors. His comments were followed by a competition of CHS trivia and a tour of the hotel.
The Japan Chapter celebrated the 90th anniversary of CHS at a brand new Indian restaurant operated by a Cornellian. The event was held on May 9, which was a bit earlier than the actual birthday, but 46 Hotelies and their families joined and enjoyed delicious Indian food. We also enjoyed seeing the video in which alumni representing each region around the world appeared!
Jeanne Sander ’66 and her husband were in Sydney and reached out to the local chapter president, Dave Kennedy ’95. They joined the chapter to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of CHS at the Cabbage Tree Club in Palm Beach, north of Sydney. As Jeanne put it, “Steaks on the Barbie – is there a better way to celebrate in Australia?”
The Georgia Chapter celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Cornell Hotel Society on May 12, 2018. First, the group gathered at Highland Fine Wine for a tasting led by owner Nick Salpekar – HumEc ‘’96. Afterwards, the group crossed the street to enjoy Hors D’oeuvres and specialty cocktails at Whiskey Bird, a relatively new restaurant owned and operated by Hotelie classmates Chad Crete ’07 and Tony Vipond ’07.
On May 12, 2018, the Korean Chapter toured Seoul Dragon, and celebrated the 90th birthday of the Cornell Hotel Society.
In April the Washington DC/Baltimore chapter gathered for their first event of the year at Franklin Hall on 14th street in an up and coming part of Washington DC. They enjoyed drinks, food, and conversation at this American style beer hall.
The CHS Finland, Russia, and Baltics chapter celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Cornell Hotel Society at the terminal for the Silja Symphony ferry. Silja handles over 4 million passengers from Helsinki to Stockholm and back on daily basis. They also operate numerous ships between Helsinki and Tallinn each day. The host for the event was Pasi Nakki Vice Managing Director of the Silja Line.