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To renew your membership, please send your check made payable to the St. Andrew’s Society of Washington, DC to MJF Associates, 10692-A Crestwood Drive, Manassas, VA 20109.
Former First Minister of Scotland, Rt. Hon. Henry McLeish
The St. Andrew's Society of Washington, D.C. hosted the 2012 Combined Scottish Societies of Maryland with featured speaker Former First Minister of Scotland, Rt. Hon. Henry McLeish on Saturday, June 23, 2012. Event program book.
St. Andrew's Society of Washington, D.C.
The Whin & Thistle - Spring 2014: Volume 7, Issue 2 of The Whin & Thistle newsletter is now available.
Wee Dram - 6:30 PM, Thursday, August 21
Please join your fellow members and Society guest for a "wee dram" o' whisky (or perhaps a pint) at the Round Robin and Scotch Bar, just off the lobby of The Willard InterContinental,1401 Pennsylvania Avenue,Washington, DC. We'll gather at half past six for drinks and fellowship. Prospective members and guests are always welcome! Mark your calendar for the next events, usually held on the last Thursday of every month, except for November due to the Tartan Ball:
- September 25, Private Club night (TBD, offer your own club!)
- October 30, Ireland’s Four Courts, Arlington, VA
- December 6, Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk, location TBD
- January 29, Liberty Tavern, Arlington, VA
- February 26, Private Club night (TBD, offer your own club!)
- March 26, Royal Mile Pub, Wheaton, MD
- April 30, Union Jack’s, Bethesda, MD
- May 28, Private Club night (TBD, offer your own club!)
For more information, contact the co-chairs Andrew Bell, Scott Burell, and Brad Willett.
Jefferson Cup Luncheon - Monday, August 4, and Monday, August 18
Gentlemen of the Society now meet at the Athena Pallas restaurant at 11:30 AM for a luncheon gathering on the first and third Mondays of every month. We will be seated in a semi private area near the bar. Luncheon begins at 12:10 PM and finishes in time for those who must leave to meet their needs or commitments. The restaurant is located in Arlington, VA at 556 22nd St S Arlington, VA 22202 with free parking for patrons. For more information, please contact Jim Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia Scottish Games - Saturday & Sunday, August 30 & 31, 2014
Make plans now to participate in this year's Virginia Scottish Games! We'll have hospitality for Society members and guests. As an added incentive, WhiskyDC will host tastings at 4:00 PM each day in the Society tent. For more information see Virginia SCottish Games. For more information about assisting at the Society tent, please contact Bart Forbes at email@example.com. See you at the Games!
Society Meeting and Social – 6:30 PM, Thursday, October 2, 2014
Mark your calendar for the next St. Andrew’s Society Social and Meeting on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at the Boulevard Woodgrill Restaurant, 2901 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Virginia. The cash bar will open at 6:30 PM and the buffet dinner will be open at 7:00 PM. The program on Scottish Referendum on Independence: What Now? will commence at 7:45 PM. By that date, the referendum vote will have come and gone -- and we will examine how the result will affect Scots and Scottish Americans. RSVP will be sent next month.
Whisky Tasting Co-Sponsored by the Society and WhiskyDC – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sunday, October 5, 2014
Right after the Genealogy Working Group, chill out with some fine Scottish Single Malt Whisky! Guests will savor and compare notes on a wide range of whisky from the host’s collection of over 100 single malt whiskies. The tasting will be at the home of Bart Forbes, 2726 Carter Farm Court, Alexandria, Virginia. Cost perperson will be $10. Please RSVP at (703) 945-0330 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Genealogy Group Meeting – 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sunday, October 5, 2014
Come join a “do-it-yourself” working session to assist with your genealogical research online. Members share expertise and experience with Ancestry.com, RootsWeb, and other resources. Coordinators will create a basic online family tree for beginners with automatic 24/7 searches for additional information and family photos. Come to the gathering, access your own family tree, see what the searches have found, and begin learning how to take over their own tree and build from there. If you have one, please bring your laptop computer or tablet so that you can access the online services through the house WiFi. The meeting will be at the home of Bart Forbes, 2726 Carter Farm Court, Alexandria, Virginia. Please let Bart know you will be attednind gby contacting him at email@example.com. For more information, please call him at (703) 945-0330.
Volunteer Now for the 2014 Tartan Ball - Saturday, November 22, 2014
Tartan Ball 2014 will be held on Saturday, 22 November, 2014, at The Mayflower Hotel (1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20036). Every year the Tartan Ball is a wonderful event because of the hard work of St. Andrew's Society members. Net proceeds from the Tartan Ball Silent Auction will benefit the Washington Scots Charity and Education Fund (C&E Fund), which has enabled many young students to further their higher education. We heartily encourage you to actively participate in this year's Tartan Ball in any of the following ways: volunteer to help organize the Tartan Ball; purchase a table to bring your family and friends; suggest friend and family members to be added to the formal invitation list (with their permission); and contact potential sponsors. If you are interested in any of these activities, please contact Tartan Ball Chairman John Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also contribute an item or service to be offered as part of the Silent Auction (with a retail value of $50 or more, if possible) to be auctioned off. For example, consider creating a themed gift basket featuring wines, movies, chocolates, cigars, Scotland, fitness, or anything that tickles your fancy! If you have an item for donation or have suggestions for potential donors, please contact Silent Auction Chairman Antonio Uribe, Jr., at email@example.com or 571-215-7706.
Society Members Part of International Delegation to Observe Scottish Referendum on Independence
Society Members Bart Forbes and Ed Ward (along with his wife Maria Ward) have received confirmation that the UK Electoral Commission has issued their credentials and badges as International Observers for the Scottish Independence Referendum on September 18, 2014. They will be traveling with an international delegation organized by International Sustainable Community Assistance - Appui International Durable aux Communautés (ISCA-AIDC) from September 12 to 21, 2014. They will be trained for two days in Edinburgh, observe various polling stations on election day, and watch the counting of ballots at the Edinburgh local authority.
Learn Scottish Dancing
Do you love bagpipe music? Would you like to learn dances that have their roots from a thousand years ago? The Society's own Scottish Dancers are looking for interested dancers of any age. Classes are held in Alexandria, Virginia, during the weekday evenings and Sundays. The group dances at many St. Andrew's functions as well as other events in the area. Great fun, great people and a great workout as well! If interested contact Eileen Grant at Granfling@aol.com or 202-746-7937.
Earn Post-Graduate Certificate in Scottish Culture Online From Edinburgh University
Edinburgh Ubniversity is now offering a new online distance-learning course which results in a Post Graduate Certificate in Scottish Culture & Heritage. This commences in September of this year and can be completed over 2 years part-time or 1 year full time. The flagship resource for this new course is the digital audio archive website, Tobar an Dualchais/ Kist o Riches, which currently holds almost 31,500 recordings in Scots, English and Gaelic, covering traditional music, song, folklore, social history and all forms of cultural tradition. For more information, please see https://www.facebook.com/PGScotCultureHeritage or http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/literatures-languages-cultures/celtic-scottish-studies/postgraduate/taught-programmes/pgc-scottish-culture-heritage/. For more information, contact Duncan MacInnes, Learning Technologist, Department of Celtic & Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh
2014: Scotland’s Road To Independence Tour - September 6 - 14, 20-14
2014 is a historic year for Scotland. On September 18, Scots will decide in a referendum whether to dissolve their 300 year-old Union with Britain and create an independent Scottish state. Our Scotland Tour traces the referendum debate from its historical origins to the current day. The tour also takes in sites of key significance, including Bannockburn, where in 1314 Scots held off the English in a historic battle. The tour starts in Glasgow, weaves through Stirling, before travelling to Aberdeen and St Andrews and ending in Edinburgh. Two tour are schedulede: one a week before the independence referendum in September and another in July to coincide with the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn. Tours can also be scheduled to suit a group’s timetable and needs. If you would like to know more about these tours please contact Political Tours’ Director Nicholas Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org call him on +44 7855 266 151. Price: £2600.00 Single Supplement: £250.00
Board of Managers Meeting - Tuesday, September 9, 2014The Board of Managers (BOM) of the St. Andrew's Society of Washington, D.C., usually meets on the first Tuesday of every month, except for July and August. The meetings are open to all members. The next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 PM on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, due o the Labor Day holiday. The next meetings are currently scheduled for October 7, November 4, and December 2. Please contact the Secretary for more information.