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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.
2014 Virginia Scottish Games
The St. Andrew's Society of Washington, D.C. Pipes and Drums, along with the Highland Dancers, performed at the Games at Great Meadow, The Plains, Virginia on 30 and 31 August, 2014.
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.
Scottish Independence Referendum: What Now? with Former Scottish Counsellor Robin Naysmith
Society Meeting and Social – 6:30 PM, Thursday, October 2, 2014
You are cordially invited to the next St. Andrew’s Society Meeting and Social 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 the Scottish Independence Referendum: What Now? will commence at 7:45 PM. The speaker will be Former Scottish Counsellor for North America Robin Naysmith. By a vote of 45% "yes" and 55% "no," the residents of Scotland chose to remain as part of the United Kingdom. However, the vote was contentious, the U.K. Conservative government has promised sweeping powers of devolution for the Scottish Parliament, and Alex Salmond, the Scottish First Minister and head of the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP), has stepped down. Mr. Naysmith will provide background on the culture and politics of the referendum, offer his insider's assessment of what may happen next, and take your questions on what this watershed event will mean to Scotland, to other nations within the U.K., to the international community, and to Scottish Americans.
Reservations are now closed. The event is at capacity. You may attend after 7:30 PM until the room capacity is reached. Chairs will be set up in the back. This is an "off the record" meeting and NO permission will be given to the working media to report on this discussion.
Jefferson Cup Luncheon - Monday, October 6 and 20, 2014
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 email@example.com.
Wee Dram, University Club - 6:30 PM, Thursday, September 25
Please join your fellow members and Society guest for a "wee dram" o' whisky (or perhaps a pint) at the Founders Pub at the University Club, 1135 16th Street NW, 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: October 30, Ireland’s Four Courts, Arlington, VA; December 6, Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk, location TBD; January 29, Liberty Tavern, Arlington, VA; February 26, Army Navy Club (Andrew McAllister, host); March 26, Royal Mile Pub, Wheaton, MD; April 30, Union Jack’s, Bethesda, MD; and May 28, Private Club night. For more information, contact the co-chairs Andrew Bell, Scott Burell, and Brad Willett. .
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 per person 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 attending by 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.
Potomac Presbyterian Church Kirkin’ of the Tartans – 11:00 PM, Sunday, September 21, 2014
Potomac Presbyterian Church, 10310 River Road, will have a Scottish Kirkin’ of the Tartans Service on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 11 am. Arrive at 10:30 to hear the bagpiper and see the procession. Wear your kilt and bring your tartan for a blessing. The Kirkin’ commemorates the repeal of the 1746-82 ban on wearing tartan in Scotland and the Service of Family Covenant to celebrate it. Scottish treats will be served afterwards and, weather permitting, a Children's Haggis Hunt. If you want to help or have questions, contact Dan Dowd at 301 299 3835 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Pipes and Drums of the St. Andrew's Society piper Joseph Johnston is offer now offering piping lessons to interested beginners and mid-level pipers. Please contact Pipe Major Matt Kuldel an request his contact information.
Board of Managers Meeting - Tuesday, October 7, 2014
The 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, October 7, 2014. The next meetings are currently scheduled for November 4, and December 2. Please contact the Secretary for more information.