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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

October Gathering - Scotoberfest at Lochiel Brewing

The date is set for Saturday, October 23rd at 1:00 p.m. The address for Lochiel Brewing is: 7143 East Southern Ave, Suite 131, Mesa, AZ 85209

Come enjoy Lochiel Brewing’s Scottish style selections of goodies. The Caledonian Society will be providing some Octoberfest style food - brats with sauerkraut, buns, and condiments. (Free, but donations are welcome)

Lochiel Brewing

The manufacturing process used in Lochiel (pronounced as lock-eel) is exactly the same as the old time Scottish distilleries and breweries but adapted to use modern stainless steel brewing equipment.

Lochiel Brewing was founded in May 2015 by Ian Cameron, a ninth-generation brewer of the Clan Cameron lineage. All the beers produced by Lochiel Brewing (except the Narcocorrido Mexican Lager) are family recipes, the Scotch Ale recipe being 300+ years old.

Don Finch

It is with great sadness that we report the sudden passing of Don Finch.

Don Finch

Don, most recently our Vice President for Membership, served as President of the Society for many years; and also had been instrumental in all aspects of planning and managing the Phoenix Scottish Games for over 10 years.

A memorial service was held on September 17 at the Arizona Community Church in Temps.

Phoenix Scottish Games

Plans are under way in the hopes of organizing a Scottish Games in the early part of 2022. However, there are difficulties involved given the issues arising from Covid.

President David McBee said, "The Board is concerned about the rise in cases caused by the Delta variant of the Covid virus. Several other outdoor events planned for this fall in the Valley have been cancelled. We are continuing to look at our options for a 2022 event and hope to make an announcement soon."

If you are interested in volunteering with the planning and area chair postions, please contact David McBee at president@arizonascots.comm

Society Membership at HALF PRICE for the remainder of 2021

Thank You
Thanks to the following for either Renewing their dues, or becoming a new Member: Cynthia Coniam; Carla Dunlap; Jennifer Kitchens; Diane Nunez; Jennifer Cucharo and Gloria Vredenburgh .

Your support is appreciated.

Membership News

We have re-aligned our membership year to coincide with the annual Phoenix Scottish Games, thus March 1st through February 28th. Although we can't host a Games this year because of State and City regulations pertaining to Covid, we're looking forward to some kind of a Gathering later in the year.

Enjoy the many Membership Benefits:

  • help preserve Scottish culture in the Valley
  • fun & camaraderie with fellow Scots (multi-generational)
  • free admission to most CSA Gatherings
  • free monthly Desert Highlander newsletter
  • free annual consultation session with Our Genealogist
  • volunteer opportunities galore!

Use of your annual Dues:

Because of Covid, we’re unable to finalize plans for our two large group gatherings: the Phoenix Scottish Games and the Robbie Burns Supper. The resulting loss of Sponsor dollars and advance Vendor Fees means that Membership Dues are our only source of income..

Please renew your 2021 Membership now
at HALF PRICE for the remainder of 2021.

  • $30 $15 Individual
  • $50 $25 Family (persons at the same address)

Membership drive

Visit the On-Line Membership page
where you can register and pay by credit card.

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.

Celtic Jackalope - Celtic Art, Shirts, Badges, Jewelry, Banners, custom work
   15% coupon with code "JACKALOPESTRONG15"

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

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)

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