Since our club was founded in 1938 our members have always been generous in their philanthropic pursuits. Shortly after World War II our club helped gather relief for Europe and our club continues to support our fellow Skål members around the world when disaster strikes. However, our club only supports two causes officially. We support the FVF or Florimond Volckaert Fund which is a fund managed by Skål International to help our fellow Skålleagues in need. We also support the Joe Neary Foundation which was created in honor of one of our clubs past presidents.
Florimond Volckaert Fund
Florimond Volckaert was born on 23 February 1898 and died on 17 January 1968. Discussions commenced on the setting up of a benevolent fund in 1949 and the Florimond Volckaert Fund was approved by the General Assembly of Clubs during the Congress held in Mallorca, Spain in October 1953.
What is the Florimond Volckaert Fund?
The fund was set up in 1954, in the name of the acknowledged founder of Skål, to provide assistance to Skålleagues and their immediate families who are in serious need of assistance.
How does it work?
If a Skålleague is in need of help, an application should be sent by the President of the Club or the International Councillors to the three Trustees. They will assess the request and quickly come to a decision.
Under what circumstances can help be requested?
There are inmumerable reasons why help is requested, for example:
- Loss of job and inability to meet financial obligations.
- Death of a Skålleague whose spouse needs assistance to pay schools fees for their children.
- Cost of surgical/hospital services which cannot be obtained elsewhere.
- Equipment for a physically disabled Skålleague so that the quality of life can be improved.
- Help for members and their immediate families affected by natural disasters.
- Financial assistance because of reduced income or as a result of prolonged illness.
These are just a very few examples of the forms of personal (not business) assistance that the Trustees have approved over the years.