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The Desert Highlander
Newsletter for

JULY 2020
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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


President's Letter for July 2020
David McBee

David McBee We held a virtual Board of Directors meeting on June 8th. At that Meeting, the current Board members agreed to serve for another 12 month term. If there are any objections to this plan and you are a Member-in-good-Standing (2020 dues paid), please send an email to: membership@arizonascots.com If those negative replies constitute a majority of paid members, an election will be called.

One of the current Trustees, Robert Wilbanks IV cannot continue and has resigned. Former Treasurer Vicki Phegley is returning to the Board in that same position.

The following positions are open: Secretary, and Trustee. If you are interested in serving in one of those offices, please send your resume and a brief synopsis of your involvement with the Scottish community to David McBee at: President@arizonascots.com

The Irish Cultural Center has re-opened some meeting rooms on an approval basis. However, with the current demographics of our group, I doubt there is much interest in traveling downtown to meet in person. I am not sure of the ability of an online meeting to work for the general membership but if someone knows how, we could give that a try soon.

We are still trying to finalize the promised sponsor funds from this year’s games, and then begin negotiations for next year’s event, if it can be held. We have to get some cost relief to continue this as a going concern. All contracts are up for renegotiation and the economy is a real wildcard this time. We will keep you posted but the object is to keep commitments as soft as possible as long as possible to see how this current mess unwinds.

Stay safe at your own pace and be as happy as you can be. Whisky and pastries may just be the answer….



Due to the COVID-19 situation, no Gatherings are planned for the near future.

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, or
   Visit our Bodega for staple foods, cleaning supplies, and other essentials

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

Celtic Jackalope - Celtic Art, Shirts, Badges, Jewelry, Banners, custom work
   10% coupon with Newsletter subscription

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)

Society Membership

Membership News
We have re-aligned our membership year to coincide with the annual Phoenix Scottsh Games, thus April through March

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!

2020-2021 Memberships
- - $30.00 single and $50 Family (at the same address)
It's easy - just jump to the Membership Page for the form.

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