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September/October Gatherings and Events

Friday September 21 We have tentatively scheduled to gather for a social evening at Four Peaks Brewing in Tempe
Thursday October 11 Our annual Scots-tober Fest at Haus Murphy in Glendale
Saturday October 13 We will participate in Scottish Saturday at the Red Mountain Library in Mesa
NOTE: These activities will not be at the ICC, and not all on Thursdays. Watch for details coming soon.

Letter from the New President
David McBee

In memory of Jean Latimer aka Mama Jean

Jean is a determined woman of great internal strength and enduring compassion. She has reached out to many people over time that were at different levels in their commitment to or understanding of a historical society and charity. She has guided this Caledonian Society through some difficult and lean times but is also open to new ideas and approaches when people brought her signs of commitment and passion.

Mama Jean She has brought much value to the group as a Society member and at high levels of service. She is never afraid to speak her mind and disagree but she brings personal value and caring with it. Her wisdom and insight are still coming to fruition.

I do not speak of her here in the past tense because she is still with us in spirit and honor. As the new President of the Society, I will do my best to carry on her influence to this good group of great people.

Over the time that I had the pleasure of knowing Mama Jean, I made it a point to get to her as soon as I saw her to greet her. I hoped to interrupt whatever she was doing to get in a hug and hopefully to also receive a scolding with laughter. The twinkle in the eye comes from a rich soul and I will miss that the most. Letís keep that twinkle going and make sure to greet each other at every function with same.

Services for Jean were held held on Saturday, August 4 at 10 AM, at her church - Westminster Presbyterian Church, in Phoenix.

There was a reception after the ceremony attended by many Society members, past and present.

You can find a further "Remembrance" article about Jean in the current Society Newsletter. Click the link to view.

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.

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.

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

September 1-2 Pleasanton Highland Games
Pleasanton CA
September 6-9 Longs Peak Highland Festival
Estes Park CO
September 15-16 Prescott Highland Games
Prescott AZ
September 21 (Friday) CSA Monthly Gathering
At Four Peaks Brewing in Tempe
October 11 Annual Scots-tober Fest
Haus Murphy Restaurant in Gtendale
October 13 Scottish Saturday
We will participate at this Red Mountain Library event in Mesa

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