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JULY 2018
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Iain Lundy

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August 2018 Gathering - Thursday August 9

Neil Oliver DVD
History of Scotland, God's Chosen People

Join us for this DVD presentation, and discussion afterwards.

Neil Oliver continues his journey through Scotland's past with the story of the Covenanters, whose profound religioius beliefs were declared in the National Covenant of 1638.

That document sparked revolution, started the Civil War that cost Charles I his head, as well as thousands of Scots their lives; and led to Britain's first war on Terror.

A cash bar and light refreshments are available. Attendance is always free for Society members. Guests are welcome at a $5 donation.

The meeting will be held at the Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central in Phoenix. Schedule for the evening:

6:30Social Half Hour
7;00DVD Presentation
8:30 50/50 Raffle

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 "" site - and that web address will remain in use as weil.

Letter from the New President
David McBee

Welcome to another balmy summer in Arizona. Remember to line the inside of your kilt with ice packs if venturing forth with style this time of year.

David McBee Hello. My name is David McBee and I will be serving as the Society President for the next couple of years. I became involved with the Society after meeting the Chief of my clan, James McBain, at the final Highland Games to be held at Margaret T. Hance Park.

It has been a rewarding journey in discovery, education, cultural awareness, and friendships. I have been involved with the games and the Society ever since.

This is an amazing group of people from all walks of life who look to learn, share, and support each other in the furtherance of Scottish society in Arizona.

The talent and experience among us is a valuable treasure to help grow this and associated Societies. We need to continue the growth of the future society with teaching, sharing and investing in the coming generations. I believe we can begin to develop more youth involvement in our music, dance, athletics and history. Ideas and energy are most welcome in this matter.

We are working on our events for the coming cycle and season. Budgets and plans are being developed now. We do need members to be involved with the Social Committee to plan and organize events during the year, over and above the Games. This effort is to include weekend outings, monthly meeting prep, and our annual special events. The Games committee is growing all the time and can use members, input, and energy as well. Take a chance and pitch in where it interests you. You will meet some great people.

Here's to a great year, Slainte.

Tartan Week New York 2019

In 1998 the U.S.Senate proclaimed April 6 as National Tartan Day. Starting then with a simple parade, a number of Scots organizations in New York City now sponsor an entire week of festivities. Learn more at

Free Spirit Vacations and Events is the Arizona organization which has brought group trips to our Highland Games over recent years. They are now sponsoring a group trip to the New York City Tartan Week. Please review the attached flyer if you might be interested in this event.

Contact them directly! This is not a Society-run event. But we are happy to publicize this event to our members, and Free Spirit has offered to make a donation to the Society if a certain number of reservations are made.

2018-2020 Board Election

Officers for 2018-2020 are:

President David McBee
Past President: Don Finch
Vice President - Administration        Mark Pelletier
Vice President - Scottish Games
Paul Bell
Vice President - Membership: Thom Von Hapsburg
Secretary: Linda Currie MacGuire
Treasurer: Vicki Phegley
Trustee: Ginni Caldwell
Trustee: Kevin Conquest 
Trustee: Robert Wilbanks IV

The amendment to the By-Laws was accepted by vote

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
- - $25.00 single and $40 Family (at the same address)
It's easy - just jump to the Membership Page for the form.
And you can pay by Credit Card at our On-Line Store descibed below.

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

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"

Our On-Line Shopping Cart Continues
Please follow the link at the left to visit our On-Line Store. Membership dues, various Games fees and Donations may be made via Credit Card at this secure site.

You may purchase as a Guest at the Cart, or if you expect to visit often, you can set up an account to make returning easier. However, your Credit Card information is NEVER stored at the site.

COMING EVENTS : Valley, State, Nearby
Games Calendar compiled by Clan Campbell Society NA

July 21-22 Flagstaff Games
Flagstaff AZ
July 28 Concert of the Celtic Arts
Glendale AZ
August 4-5 Monterey Highland Games
Monterey CA
August 9 History of Scotland

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