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Phoenix, AZ 85076

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Society News

It’s been a long time since we gathered together as a society, but moves are now under way to rectify that situation and, at the very least, enjoy a ‘remote’ meeting.

It is planned to have a Zoom Happy Hour this month, possibly as early as next week but with the exact date still to be finalized. For those who are able to attend, there will be a rundown on the state of play regarding next year’s Games and other events, as well as the general health of the Society.

We will also be examining the possibility of meetings both remote and ‘real time’ in the immediate future. We may not be able to do much of what we had been planning earlier in the year, but certain restrictions are being lifted and that opens up some possibilities for us.

President's Letter - September 2020
David McBee

David McBee When I have been able to find time between Covid chaos and family support tasks, I have been working on an outline of an option for a Survival Games event with inspiration from Pat Schuller. I will get this out to the Board and area chairs for review and input shortly. It may be something we can develop, but with the way the governor has been treating bars and outdoor events, I am not sure we can get any event permits approved, and they require significant lead times to get in place. However, we can at least get some research in progress and do some negotiating on major cost reductions from our suppliers for the next time we can put on a big Games.

Ian Warrander has been working on a format for a Zoom Happy Hour and discussion meeting for this month. Maybe I can find a walk-in freezer to connect from. I will let Ian publish the event.

As to the walk-in freezer, I was supposed to be in Scotland last month but was trapped here in triple digit heat. The heat is still here but my main lawn mower got sick. Must have been the hole in the mask. But now I am mowing an acre of grass in this heat with a push mower. Let’s drink some good Scotch in a walk-in somewhere!

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.

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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