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The Desert Highlander
Newsletter for

JUNE 2019
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Newsletter Editor
Iain Lundy

Scots Hotline


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The Caledonian Society
of Arizona

P.O. Box 50092
Phoenix, AZ 85076

Public Relations
Don Finch


July Gathering - the History of Scotland - July 11

Neil Oliver DVD Neil Oliverís History of Scotland
Letís Pretend

Bitterly divided by politics and religion for centuries, this is the story of how Scotland and England came together in 1707 to form Great Britain.

Join us for this DVD presentation, and discussion.
The meeting will be at the Irish Cultural Center
1106 N. Central in Phoenix.

Schedule for the evening:
6.30 - Social Half Hour (Bar opens)
7:00 - DVD Presentation
8:00 - Discussion
8:30 - Raffle and Adjourn

A cash bar and light refreshments are available. Attendance is always free for Society members. Guests are welcome at a $10 donation, which can be applied towards your annual dues. ($30 Single - $50 Family, at same address)

Handout from the June 18 Genealogy Presentation

Download Robert Wilbanks' genealogy information document:
Understanding Research Facilities: Genealogy Research Anywhere

President's Letter
Don Finch, Past President

President David McBee asked if I could provide another update on openings for volunteering with the Society.

When the 55th Annual Games came to a close, we began looking to replace several key positions that had been staffed by long-time Area Chairs who would like some time off.

  • Athletic Director – We are pleased to announce that Tim Timm will be the Athletic Director for 2020. Tim is an athlete himself and also runs the Rio Salado Scottish Heavy Athletics group. Thanks go to Michele Crownhart for her many years in this position.
  • Clans Chair – Mark Pelletier is stepping down after 12 years of running the Clans Area, but will assist his replacement with the 2020 planning process
  • Pipe Band Chair – Since Alasdair Martin has accepted a job transfer to the east coast a new Chair is needed. Being an active or recently retired member of a Pipe & Drum band is a prerequisite.

The Society is also looking to fill the following positions:

  • Treasurer – We’re actively looking for a volunteer that has accounting or book-keeping experience, and is familiar with ‘QuickBooks for Nonprofits’.
  • Social Committee Chair(s) – the perfect job for two people to work as co-chairs on our regular Gatherings, and special events such as the Burns Supper, and Tartan Day

For all these open positions - please contact David McBee if you, or someone you know is interested: president@arizona.scot

Mark your calendars for the following upcoming events:


Society Membership

Attention Caledonian Society of Arizona Members and Friends.
It's now time to renew, or to sign up for your annual membership.
Enjoy the many Benefits:
- help preserve Scottish culture in the Valley
- fun & camaraderie with fellow Scots (multi-generational)
- free admission to CSA Gatherings
- free monthly Desert Highlander newsletter
- free annual consultation session with Our Genealogist
- free name/clan badge
- volunteer opportunities galore!

Renew or join now - 2019 prices
- - $30.00 single and $50 Family (at the same address)
It's easy - just jump to the Membership Page for the form.

COMING EVENTS : Valley, State, Nearby

June 13 Society's Genealogy Workshop
ICC, Phoenix
June 22-23 San Diego Highand Games
Vista CA
June 27 Skerryvore Concert
Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix
July 11 Society Gathering, History of Scotland DVD Series
ICC, Phoenix
March 7-8, 2020 56th Annual Phoenix Scottish Games
Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix

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