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The 55th Annual
Phoenix Scottish Games

March 2-3, 2019
Steele Indian School Park
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for the full Games site

We will soon have pictures,
reports and results from the
event at the site!

Desert Highlander

The Desert Highlander
Newsletter for

MARCH 2019
With a recap of the recent
55th Phoenix Scottish Games.

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Newsletter Editor
Iain Lundy

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The Caledonian Society
of Arizona

P.O. Box 50092
Phoenix, AZ 85076
New address as of 9/1/2018

Public Relations
Don Finch


Whiskey, Wine & Chocolate
Event Rescheduled to March 14

Come along to our special Gathering on March 14 for a ‘sweet’ evening of fun and romance.

Whiskey Wine Chocolate

There will be a presentation about how Scots celebrate the day, and the opportunity to taste pairings of Whisky, Wine, and Chocolate. At our 6.30pm mix and mingle session, there will be bubbly and special Valentine goodies available.

If you have a favorite Scottish-themed romantic verse or piece of prose, please bring it along and  read it out – it will help get us all in the mood.
As well as the normal 50/50 raffle prizes, there will be Valentine baskets, a signed book by Diana Gabaldon, and many more.

The event will be held at the Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N Central Avenue, Phoenix. Admission is free to members, $10 for non-members..

Scottish Games Update

We hope you were able to join us March 2-3 for the 55th Phoenix Scottish Games. The final numbers aren't in yet, but we feel it was a record for attendance.

55th Games badgeClick the badge to access the official Games web site, where we will soon publish pictures, reports and results form the Games.

More than 120 athletes competed in what has become an increasingly important and record-setting Games. Phoenix attracts both women and men competitors; with the winners going on to the national championships in the US, and the opportunity to qualify for the Worlds which this year will be held either in Norway or France. 

Games Chieftain Paul Bell sincerely thanks all the participants and guests who helped us celetbrate Scotland in the Desert at

Letter from the President
David McBee

David McBee     February was a month of romance and scrambling to bring the Games together for another great year.  The vendors are excited, athletes are pumping up, and the event chairs are going wide open.  Be proud of your Society having one of the best Highland Games in the West.

The Burns Dinner was well run and the entertainment was excellent. The food disappeared and the whisky must have evaporated. There were lots of smiles and a really great crowd. Congratulations and a huge thank you to the committee that pulled this off.

It is also that time of year to renew your membership. We look forward to seeing you at the events and hope you can get involved and enjoy the society.

Our next meeting will be on March 14th at the ICC castle - a reschedule of the event planned for February 14 - with chocolate and special libations involved for a special Valentine’s evening out. Red everywhere!

April is a Tartan Day event.  More to come on that and it is thanks to Society efforts that the day has now been declared one of special observance in the state of Arizona.

Have a truly great winter in Arizona this year and take care not to hurt yourselves shoveling all that sunshine

Slainte. DAVID

Raffle by the Irish Cultural Center
ICC Raffle   The Irish Cultural Center is sponsoring a $10,000 Raffle at their St. Patrick's Fair.

There will be 1 winner of $10,000.00

The Irish Culture Center gets $20,000.00.

Only 300 tickets sold - a 1 in 300 Odds of Winning!!

Tickets cost $100.00 and can be split.

Drawing will be on Sat. March 16th at the St. Patrick's Faire - Great Hall

Winner need not be present to win!

This is not a Society sponsored event.

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 "arizonascots.com" site - and that web address will remain in use as weil.

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

March 14 Whiskey, Wine and Chocolate
At the ICC
April 6 Watch for Tartan Day events

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