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MAY 2019
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Newsletter Editor
Iain Lundy

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Phoenix, AZ 85076

Public Relations
Don Finch


June Gathering - Genealogy Workshop - June 13

Robert Wilbanks IVDo you get off the Internet and actually do genealogy research at a Library or Archives? Did you know you can? If you do, do you walk in the door dazed and confused? Getting lost and don’t know where to begin?

Robert M. Wilbanks lV, our chief genealogist, will be the presenter at the June Gathering -Thursday June 13 - at the Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N Central, Phoenix.

His talk, aptly enough, is entitled ‘Understanding Research Facilities: Genealogy Research Anywhere’. Not every historical record is on the Internet. His presentation includes the various types of repositories and research facilities that are beneficial to Genealogists, including how they store, organization and make resources available to researchers. This presentation will empower you to do better and more efficient and effective Genealogy research almost anywhere.

Robert will be using a live screen with a PowerPoint and live access to the internet, so feel free to bring along your own wi-fi device to help you explore your family background. He also has prepared a handout for the presentation, which you can download.

6.30 - Social Half Hour (Bar opens)
7:00 -Genealogy Workshop
8:30 -Raffle and Adjourn

Society meetings are open to everyone. Members are free, and non-members are welcome at a charge of $10.00

President's Letter
Don Finch, Past President

President David McBee asked if I could provide an update as he’s working on several other Society initiatives.

With the planned departure of our Treasurer at the end of April, David is finalizing our financial reports. Even with several late invoices and check requests, it looks like the Phoenix Scottish Games was both an economic and attendance success. Thanks to Games Chieftain Paul Bell and his team for producing another terrific event.

When the 55th Annual Games came to a close, we began looking to replace several key positions that had been staffed by long-time Area Chairs who would like some time off.

  • Athletic Director – Michelle Crownhart has grown our Games to one of the country’s premier highland athletics events, and now wants to pursue her own competition and judging opportunities. She has offered to assist a new A.D. to get started.
  • Clans Chair – Mark Pelletier is stepping down after 12 years of running the Clans Area, and he too will assist his replacement with the 2020 planning process
  • Pipe Band Chair – Alasdair Martin has accepted a job transfer to the east coast. Being an active or recently retired member of a Pipe & Drum band is a prerequisite.

The Society is also looking to fill the following positions:

  • Treasurer – Vicki Munro Phegley advised the Board last fall that she would step down following this year’s Games. We’re actively looking for a volunteer that has accounting or book-keeping experience, and is familiar with ‘QuickBooks for Nonprofits’.
  • Social Committee Chair(s) – the perfect job for two people to work as co-chairs on our regular Gatherings, and special events such as the Burns Supper, and Tartan Day

For all these open positions - please contact David McBee if you, or someone you know is interested: president@arizona.scot

We are delighted that so many newcomers joined the Caledonian Society during the Games weekend, and hope you may be interested in volunteering for these open positions (above).

Mark your calendars for the following upcoming events:

  • Saturday May 18th – “Pint and a Pour” at Sleepy Dog Brewery and Castwerks Distillery, side by side at 1920 E University Ave., Tempe – 2:00 pm
  • Sunday May 19th – ‘Peaks Celtic Ensemble’ at Shepherd of the Hills Church, 5524 E Lafayette Blvd, Phoenix – 2:30 pm   (Presented by the Welsh League of AZ)
  • Thursday June 13th – Robert Wilbanks IV’s Genealogy Workshop at ICC, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix – 6:30 pm


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 Gatherings
- free monthly Desert Highlander newsletter
- free annual consultation session with Our Genealogist
- free name/clan badge
- volunteer opportunities galore!

Renew or join now - 2019 prices
- - $30.00 single and $50 Family (at the same address)
It's easy - just jump to the Membership Page for the form.

COMING EVENTS : Valley, State, Nearby

May 25-26 Orange County Scottish Fest
Costa Mesa CA
June 8-9 Mother Lode Highland Games has been canceled
June 13 Society's Genealogy Workshop
ICC, Phoenix
June 22-23 San Diego Highand Games
Vista CA
July 11 Society Gathering, History of Scotland DVD Series
ICC, Phoenix
March 7-8, 2020 56th Annual Phoenix Scottish Games
Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix

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