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Skal International Las Vegas - History

Larry Decker – Club Founder

LARRY DECKER

June 27, 1923-Nov. 10, 2011

 

Founder and first President of the Las Vegas Skal Club in 1963

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In March of 1963, Larry Decker, at the request of several airline colleagues from the Los Angeles SKAL Club accepted the invitation and challenge to organize and establish an active Las Vegas SKAL Club. Las Vegas, “The Entertainment Capital

of the World”, a national and international tourism destination was truly a logical city for a club, which upholds the ideals and needs of Skålleagues.

 

On October 21, 1963 at the Sands Hotel, Chuck Lawson, President of the North American SKAL Council, formerly chartered the SKAL Club of Las Vegas and presented the credentials and SKAL banner to President Larry Decker and

21 charter members. The historic and gala event included visiting SKAL dignitaries from Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix and Cleveland.

 

Throughout his life Larry was an active member of Skal International – Las Vegas. Photo – Larry attending the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the club on June 12, 2004. He is joined by Master of Ceremonies Gary Wadell to his right and Skal International Las Vegas President Dick Thomas.

 

Larry was a WWII veteran and served as an airline executive during the growth of the industry, with Bonanza, Air West and World Airways. In 1982, he founded Sunworld International Airways in Las Vegas, and served as its CEO and President.

 

The next Las Vegas Skal toast is to Larry!

Skal International Las Vegas – Club 245

Chartered October 21, 1963

 

An abbreviated summary of the history of the Club, as recorded by Bill Kellogg.In March of 1963, Larry Decker, at the request of several airline colleagues from the Los Angeles SKAL Club accepted the invitation and challenge to organize and establish an active Las Vegas SKAL Club. Las Vegas, “The Entertainment Capital of the World”, a national and international tourism destination was truly a logical city for a club, which upholds the ideals and needs of Skålleagues.

 

On October 21, 1963 at the Sands Hotel, Chuck Lawson, President of the North American SKAL Council, formerly chartered the SKAL Club of Las Vegas and presented the credentials and SKAL banner to President Larry Decker. The historic and gala event included visiting SKAL dignitaries from Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix and Cleveland. The founding and charter members were:

 

             Larry Decker         Bonanza Airlines                         Jim White               Bonanza Airlines

             Chuck Unser         National Airlines                          Ray Culley             Trans World Airlines

             Walt Wehner         United Airlines                             Al Adams                Delta Airlines

             Mike Cole              Willis/Cole Travel                         Hal Foutz                Desert Travel

             Rick Owens          Will/Cole Travel                            Jess Goodman       Riviera Hotel/Casino

            Gen. Joe Battley   Sands Hotel/Casino                     Tony DiCario          Flamingo Hotel/Casino

            Carl Barbalat         Tropicana Hotel/Casino              Glen Anderson       National Car Rental

            Vic Leffering          Hertz Car Rental                          Frank Mickulich      LTR Bus Lines

            Pappy Walsh         Desert Inn Hotel/Casino              Bob Cannon           Tropicana Hotel/Casino

            Bob Schmuck       Stardust/Desert Inn Hotels         John Goodwill         Las Vegas Convention Authority

 

With strong leadership and direction, the Las Vegas Skal Club became and remains very active in the pursuit of tourism and the organization’s objectives.

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Founder Larry Decker