The historical basis for this event dates back to the period after that 1745 Rebellion by, principally, the Highland Clans against the English Hanoverian King. Their defeat led to a banning of the wearing of tartan. The Scots, never very obedient to authority, continued to revere their tartans and would bring scraps to services held in the glens to have them and their Clans blessed.
Members and all who have an interest in their Scottish heritage or history are invited to attend and participate and then stay afterwards for fellowship, Scottish shortbread, and other treats.
A BEAUTIFUL AFTERNOON, INDEED, WAS July 25th when many members of the Society came together in Lower Allen Park.
There was no business and no formality This was a time for friendship, chatter about families and Summer travel done and planned.
Then there was the food featuring an entre prepared by President Ken. Then there were to picnic benches covered with all nature of sides and deserts!
People came promptly and lingered long. Just a great picnic in the park. Just enough. Just fine!
ANNUAL MEETING REPORT
The Society's ANNUAL MEETING was held April 21, 2015
Entertainment was provided by Across the Pond
During the business portion of the meeting:
- Officers were elected and installed
- Pres Ken challenged all members (those present and those not) to propose ideas for the Society to add activities which both look back at Scottish history and Clans AND at Scotland going forward. Click on "ContactUs" page above for an email link to the Society with your ideas!
- Announced that there will be a Summer picnic - probably in June
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UK ELECTION SET FOR MAY 7th!
SCOTLAND VOTE MAY TIP THE BALANCE!
Since the Referendum, support for the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) has surged.
Now with all 650 seats in the Westminster (London) House of Commons to be elected, some polls are predicting a huge swing in Scotland's representation.
Scotland has 59 seats of which 6 are currently SNP. Projections vary from 40 to 50 to go to SNP.
At the same time, it is expected that neither the Conservative or the Labour party will secure a clear majority of seats. This is called a "Hung Parliament." Thus, an enlarged bloc of SNP seats could be decisive in determining the next UK government depending on with which major party SNP can find common ground for the benefit of Scotland.
Of course, polls are just polls but clearly Scotland has much at stake.
SOCIETY HONORS CLAN GUNN
At the Society's annual celebration of Scotland's Bard Robert Burns, Clan Gunn was honored as a Gunn tartan banner was unveiled and added to the Society's collection of 26 Tartans.
GUNN TARTAN PRESENTATION TO SOCIETY
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BURNS NIGHT 2015
THE HAGGIS IS PIPED IN AND SERVED !
NEWS FROM SCOTLAND
NEW POLL ON SCOTTISH NATIONAL ANTHEM
Football (SOCCER in the Colonies) fans have been polled and selected Flowers of Scotland as their choice for a National Anthem. It is loudly sung at most football fans.
The poll was taken at the request of a Scottish Parliament Committee.
Fifty-six percent of respondents voted for Flowers over Scotland the Brave, Caledonia, and 500 Miles.
Full story: Scotsman 13 Feb 15
Click here for of alternate candidates
SO WHAT DO YOU REALLY KNOW ABOUT SCOTTISH POLITICS?
It has been an active year for Scotland – referendum being only one of many fascinating or trivial happenings. BBC has produced a set of questions to test your knowledge or just how much you read about Scotland.
Click here to take the quiz online!
GREAT TAPESTRY OF SCOTLAND
Billed as the “longest” in the world, the Great Tapestry of Scotland has moved to Stirling Castle.
The Tapestry is a true ‘people’s” project and involved over a 1,000 volunteers who created 160 hand-embroidered panels to tell the story of Scotland and its Peoples.
BOARD MEETS SCOTTISH SCHOLAR
At his request, the Board met on July 21st with Dr Duncan Sim, a Reader in Sociology, of the University of the West of Scotland in Perth.
This was a research visit as Dr Sims is continuing work following publication of his 2011 book - American Scots: The Scottish Diaspora and the USA. A grand evening was enjoyed as we talked of what the Society does, how relationships with Scotland are viewed, and how the Scottish Government can strengthen ties with Scots worldwide.
Sim’s interest lies in study of how Scots who came to America maintain a degree of Scottish identity whether their connection is a long distant immigrant or a recent arrival. To some extent this can be seen in those who love Burns Dinners and Tartan events while others only are interested in a good Scottish band at a contemporary music festival.
For the Society, a number of program areas were identified to develop in the future. For example, this website now has a link to VisitScotland – the government’s official tourist portal.