Desert Highlander

The Desert Highlander

for MAY 2015
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The Caledonian Society
of Arizona
P.O. Box 5853
Scottsdale, AZ 85261

Public Relations
J. Carro

The Society is a

May 14 - A Knight to Remember

We’ll be under the stars in the ICC’s courtyard for a special evening with demonstrations by:

  • Society of Historical Swordsmanship
  • SCA – Society for Creative Anachronism
    (Arts and skills of the pre-17th Century)
  • C.R.O.F.T.  (Celtic Reenactment Org. for Fellowship and Trades)
AA Knight to Remember

Menu: Scottish-style Meat Pies, Salad, Rolls, Dessert, Coffee, Tea
Members: No Charge       Non-members: $5.00 donation requested
6:30 pm Social Half Hour, 7:00 pm Dinner,
followed by Historical Demonstrations

RSVP! to: - number of people atytending

Nessie Vacationing in the Valley at the 2015 Games

Nessie at the 2015 Games
Photo credit: Sally M. Estrada

A letter from outgoing President Mark Clark - March 23, 2015

Dear all,

I wanted so much to fulfill my duties one last time as President, by flying back to Phoenix and representing the Caledonian Society of Arizona at our 51st Scottish Highland Games. Like so many others who contribute to the games, I saw and felt great pride in what we achieved.

I took the liberty this time to visit all the areas and see the games from the perspective of the public. I realized how skilled we were in hiding the blemishes, how friendly we were, how professional we acted in times of pressure. We achieved so much from so few chairpersons and volunteers.

In my time as President, I have worked to serve you, the members. The combination of each of you is what keeps the Scottish culture alive here. Without you, the valley truly would be a desert. I can't say it has been difficult being President for these last two years because I have enjoyed creating Scottish events throughout my time serving.

Now it is time to pass on the Presidency to our very well known and liked Vice President, Don Finch. Without doubt, Don has the skills necessary to continue the success of our society. I pass on to Don a society that is healthy financially and a membership of full of great, great characters.

I will always remain close to you all and assist in any way I can from my new home in Texas.          

Wishing Don and "y'all" every success!


From Don Finch, President - March 24, 2015

Dear fellow Caledonians,

I’m honored by the confidence the Board has placed in me to carry on as your new President while fulfilling Mark’s term which runs through June 30th, 2016. In April of next year we will vote on a new leadership team and I encourage you to consider placing your name ‘in the hat’ for one of the many positions it takes to run a successful organization like ours.

The Society’s objective is to celebrate all things Scottish in the Valley of the Sun. We’re doing that at our fun-filled monthly meetings, and our two special events – the Robbie Burns Supper, and the Scottish Gathering & Highland Games.

In my business career we had two objectives: make a profit, and enjoy what you’re doing . Since the Caledonian Society is a ‘non-profit’, we don’t have to worry about that one! So let’s focus on the other goal – enjoying each other’s company while we work together to build the CSA into the premier social and cultural group in Arizona!

Upcoming Events

May 14 - Monthly Membership Meeting - ICC - 6:30 PM

Membership Dues

Please support the activities of our Society by joining, or renewing your membership for 2015. - - - - - $25 Single - $40 Family
It's easy to pay by Credit Card or PayPal - just jump to the Membership Page!

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