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55th Phoenix Sscottish Games

55th Phoenix Scottish Games
March 2-3, 2019
Steele Indian School Park

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November Gathering

Border Crossing Our November Gathering and the Annual General Meeting will be held on November 8, 2018 at the Irish Cultiral Center, 1106 N. Central in Phoenix.

Join us for reports on the condition, finances and future plans of your Society.

6:30 - Mix & Mingle (no host bar)
7:00 - Annual General Meeting
7:30 - Entertainment
8:15 - 50/50 Raffle & Door Prizes

No charge for Members
$5 donation suggested for Guests

Crossbow Bluegrass BandOur entertainment for the evening will be provided by The Crossbow Bluegrass Band.

Enjoy the sounds of music which originated in Ireland and Scotland.

Annual RAF Memorial

On Sunday, November 11, CSA President David McBee will present a wreath honoring the 23 Royal Air Force cadets who died while training at Falcon Field in the early 1940's.

- Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band will play
- Many other British organizations participate
- Arrive by 10:30 AM, Mesa City Cemetery, 1212 N. Center St.
- There will be a Fly-Over at 11:00 AM
- Tribute by the Scottish-American Military Society and the Pipe Band
- Lunch afterward at The Harp, Dan Park Mall, Val Vista & 60

Save the date - January 26, 2019 - Burns Supper

- A joint event by the Society and the Daughters of Scotia
- New menu - catered meal - meat pies from our Games supplier
- Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band; Dancers from the AZ Highland Dancing Assoc.
- Location: American Legion Hall in Chandler
- Contact CSA Co-Chair Linda McGuire to assist

November Games Planning Meeting

The November Phoenix Scottish Games meeting will be held on Wednesday November 14th in the back room at Rosie McCaffrey’s 906 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix. The meeting time as usual will be 6:30, and food and drink will be on your own.

Topics of discussion will be: gates/ticket sales, vendor placement, generator placement, advertising in the program

Paul would also like to talk about schedules for Athletics, Dance, Pipes and Entertainment. Those schedules are needed as soon as they can be done in order to get them into the program.

There will also be discussion on prepping Nessie for the APS Electric Light Parade on December 1st. Paul Bell

Letter from the President
David McBee

David McBeeHello from the road.

I am sorry to have missed most of the October events but the remnants of two hurricanes and a few snowstorms have not stopped me from my rounds. From a triumph at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado to the Stone Mountain Highland Games and my Clan MacBean’s annual gathering in Georgia, I will have spent too many days in the driver’s seat. I hear the Arizona weather has been interesting as well. I hope this finds you all well and safe and a little cooler.

Our November meeting will be our annual members’ meeting this year. We are running a bit behind with all of the activities underway.

Please come out to the RAF Memorial on the 11th at the Mesa City Cemetery, 1212 N Center St, starting at 10:30am and including flyovers from Falcon Field. This memorial service is definitely something to experience as a Scot, Arizonan, and benefactor of this historic community.

As with all volunteer organizations, people’s involvement is always changing. Please speak to one of the Board members about getting involved. The talents and experience that you can bring to the table are truly valuable and needed by this community. Oh, and get your twinkle on! Join in our entry in the Light Parade on December 1. Let’s spread the Scottish spirit. Or should that be spirits? Come join the parade.

Slainte. DAVID

New Web Address for the Society Site

We have established a new address to reach this Society web page:


It is shorter, easier to rembember, and features the new .SCOT domain - established to highlight Scottish heritage.

This new address automatically directs to our existing "arizonascots.com" site - and that web address will remain in use as weil.

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 monthly 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.

Amazon Smiles Program
Under their "Smiles" Program, Amazon will pay our Society a small percentage of all eligible purchases. You must access the Amazon site at smile.amazon.com

Sign on with your regular Amazon ID and password; otherwise is all the same. On your first visit to "Smile.Amazon" set our Society to receive the benefits by searching for "Caledonian Society of Arizona"

COMING EVENTS : Valley, State, Nearby

November 2-4 Tucson Highland Games
Rillito Park, Tucson AZ
November 2-4 Moab Celtic Festival
Moab, UT
November 8 Society Gathering
November 11 RAF Memorial
Mesa City Cemetery
December 1 Phoenix Electric Light Parade
Central, Camelback, 7th Ave
December 1 Decorate for the Dec 8 party
December 8 CSA Christmas Party
Celebrated at:
December 8 Christmas at the Castle
January 10 Society Gathering
Location TBD
January 26 Burns Supper
Chandler American Legion Hall

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