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The Desert Highlander
Newsletter for

JUNE 2021
is now on-line

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Newsletter Editor
Iain Lundy

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We have reset the membership year to start with the annual Scottish Games.

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The Caledonian Society
of Arizona

P.O. Box 50092
Phoenix, AZ 85076

Public Relations
Don Finch

Society News

Plan your next trip to Scotland

Fairy Bridge Skye
                   The Fairy Bridge, Waternish, Skye          (Photo: Mark Pelletier)

The Society will host a Zoom Gathering on June 17 at 7 PM.

Society member Lois Wallace of "We Make Travel Easy", who has been a travel adviser for more than a decade and who has organized many tours to Scotland, will share her travel expertise of Scotland with us. Lois will discuss the most popular Scottish locations, as well as some of her own personal favorites.

We will also embark on a pictorial ‘tour’ showing Scotland at is finest. Others will also let us know of their experiences. Planning a good trip takes time and this will get you prepared for when the travel restrictions are lifted. .

Join the Zoom Meeting at 7 PM on June 17

Society Genealogy Talk

The July meeting will be the ever-popular genealogy talk given by Robert Wilbanks, the Society’s Chief Genealogist. The meeting will be on 8 July and Robert will be outlining the resources that are available online and giving tips on how to use them for research purposes. More information will be available nearer the time.

Clans and Tartans - March 11 Gathering

Mach 11 Gathering

You can view the recent Clans and Tartans presentation at download the recording. It is an MP4 video file, 105 minutes in length. The file is almost 500 Mbyte (half a Gbyte) so it may take a while to download depending on your connection speed.l

Society Membership

Membership News

We have re-aligned our membership year to coincide with the annual Phoenix Scottish Games, thus March 1st through February 28th. Although we can't host a Games this year because of State and City regulations pertaining to Covid, we're looking forward to some kind of a Gathering later in the year.

Enjoy the many Membership Benefits:

  • help preserve Scottish culture in the Valley
  • fun & camaraderie with fellow Scots (multi-generational)
  • free admission to most CSA Gatherings
  • free monthly Desert Highlander newsletter
  • free annual consultation session with Our Genealogist
  • volunteer opportunities galore!

Use of your annual Dues:

Because of Covid, we’re unable to finalize plans for our two large group gatherings: the Phoenix Scottish Games and the Robbie Burns Supper. The resulting loss of Sponsor dollars and advance Vendor Fees means that Membership Dues are our only source of income..

Please renew your 2021 Membership now.

  • $30 Individual
  • $50 Family (at the same address)

Membership Drive

Visit the On-Line Membership page
where you can register and pay by credit card.

Burns Night January 23 Video

Follow this link to download the recording of the recent 2021 Burns Night Presentation. It is an MP4 video file, 90 minutes in length. The image below is a sample of how it will appear.


Burns Night 2021

Support our Vendors

In support of our vendors in these difficult times, we recommend that you continue to shop with them online if you can since they cannot attend any events for who knows how long. Tell them that you are a member of the Caledonian Society of Arizona and see what special treatment they may have in store for you.

Kilt Rental USA - high-quality authentic formal kilt rental services

Four Peaks Brewing - Order from the takeout/delivery menu.

Celtic Jackalope - Celtic Art, Shirts, Badges, Jewelry, Banners, custom work
   15% coupon with code "JACKALOPESTRONG15"

Ring Weaver Chains - Chains, bracelets, purses

Sweet Earth Art - Jewelry, Paintings, Clothing
   Call 602-460-0710 for $5 off shirts/hats; sarong & jewelry offers

Copper and Fire Jewelry - Copper Wire, Sterling Silver and Designer Jewelry
   10% discount to CSA members

Crafty Celts - Torcs, Earrings, Pendants, Brooches, Pins, Hair itens: more

Clan Inebriated - Promoting Scottish / Irish Heriage, merchandise

Celtic Raven Studio - Mugs, ornaments
   Coupon "PHXGAMES" for 10% discount

Celtic Cure - All natural ointments, balms, lotions, and holistic products

Irish Charm - Handcrafted Celtic design sterling silver jewelry

St. Croix Weaving - Handwoven tartan creations - apparel, table linens

Sean's Celtic Creations - Original Celtic jewelry, California tartan items

Zarpara Vineyard - An Arizona Farm Winery - 7 grape varieties
   Hand-delivered wine to SE Arizona, & Willcox/Tucson/Phoenix corridor
   Enter SCOTWINE for 10% discount, free shipping until 4/30 (then too hot)

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