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The Desert Highlander
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JUNE 2018
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July 2018 Gathering

Genealogy Workshop

Robert M. Wilbanks IV, the Society's Historian and Chief Genealogist, will present his annual Genealogy Workshop at our July Gathering at the ICC - Thursday July 12. The presentation will be made on a large screen with a PowerPoint and live access to the Internet for an introduction of some of the best online resources. Bring your own wi-fi device to explore yourself along the way.

Genealogy in Chaos: Getting and Staying Organized

Robert Wilbanks IV [Foundational Knowledge; Beginner] (60 minutes)

Before getting started on your genealogy project, or before getting too far along, have an effective and efficient organization system in place. That can inlcude cabinets, genealogy software and genealogy numbering systems.

Develop a researching strategy, identify citations, analyze and evaluate your information in order to write or otherwise create a presentable sharing end product.

A cash bar and light refreshments are available. Attendance is always free for Society members. Guests are welcome at a $5 fee. This meeting will be held at the Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central in Phoenix. Schedule for the evening:

6:30Social Half Hour
7;00BRIEF Business Meeting
7:15Genealogy Workshop
8:15Q and A
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 Retiring President
Don Finch

It’s been an honor to serve as your President for the past 3 years which includes the final year of Mark Clark’s term following his job relocation to Texas. He provided a sound base on which we’ve continued to build.

Don Finch One of my favorite ad slogans is the watch company’s ‘You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.' That’s the guiding principle I’ve followed in my role of insuring that the Caledonian Society of Arizona will endure for years to come.

In management I discovered that all the strategic planning and ‘what if’ scenarios are really predicated on luck, bad and good. And in this job, I’ve had the good luck of being surrounded by a great Board of Directors. Supportive and strong - that’s their advertising tagline!

The Board worked through the loss of a major Games sponsor, and the subsequent search and appointment of a new Event Director.

And we came out on the other side of that with increased attendance and a more robust bottom line for the 2018 Phoenix Scottish Games. Congratulations to our Games Chieftain, Paul Bell, for his hard work and great leadership.

Maintaining participation in social & cultural groups such as the CSA is a challenge as demographics and ‘the ways we connect’ continue to change. My approach has been to partner with other Scottish and Celtic organizations in the Valley to reduce competition and increase cooperation.

One more ‘shout out’; thank you Jean Latimer for being such a great listener and an even better advice-giver. I really appreciate your wisdom.

2019 is the 55th anniversary of the state of Arizona’s first highland games, now called the Phoenix Scottish Games. Congratulations to our past and present members for nurturing this valuable asset for the past five and a half decades.

And now best wishes to incoming President David McBee and his new Board for continuing success during their term. Look after that watch!



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

June 15-17 Pikes Peak Celtic Festival
Colorado Springs CO
June 23-26 San Diego Highland Games
Vista CA
July 12 Genealogy Workshop at the ICC
August 9 History of Scotland DVD at the ICC

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