Newsletter of the Caledonian Society of Hawaii - March, 2005
Greetings from your Chieftain and the Caledonian Society Council.
Well, It was a fairly hectic holiday season with Christmas and the planning for Burns Night and all, but we did it and I think those who were able to attend the Burns Supper enjoyed the evening immensely. Those of you who were unable to attend, we missed you. As has become tradition, we began the program opening with the Celtic Pipes & Drums- always an emotion filled experience, followed by an evening of music and mirth. Our Scot of the Year, Bruce McEwan, was crowned with the lighthearted touch of Helen Wynn accompanied by the Scots of the Years Madrigal Singers. Other highlights of the evening were, of course, the address to the Haggis by Alex Pratt, guitarist, Davy Axtell and Harpist, Molly Bauckham, both joining us from Seattle, Washington, our very favorite Celtic tenor, Kalani Brady, the Royal Scottish Dance Society-Hawaii Branch, who were joined by the Highland Dancers, rousing toasts to America and Scotland by Jim Marsh and Russell Fraser, and rounding out the evening was the superb toast to The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns by Terrance Knapp. All in all, a good time was had by everyone.
On a more serious note, we will be losing our exceptionally capable Secretary, Rhoda Hackler, at the end of our fiscal year in June and desperately need a replacement. We are not asking for a career journalist, just someone to help keep notes of our monthly council meetings and help with the consumption of coffee and shortbread cookies. Qualifications should include toleration for outspoken, animated, and sometimes combative discussion. A sense of humor would not hurt. Anyone interested in volunteering please call me at 254-1602.
Bruce McEwan Named 2005 Scot of the Year
I am so pleased to be the one to present the 2005 Scot of the Year. I’ve had the pleasure of working with this individual and know that, in his quiet way, he has been a source of strength and cohesiveness for the Society in times of need. He is a very familiar face to all of us. But less known is what he does away from the society. Here’s just a short list of his contributions to the community:
He’s a past president of the Mediation Center of the Pacific.
With all these activities, you’d think he’d be retired. But no, he has a demanding full time job as a vice president with Young Brother’s, where he has worked for more than 20 years. This is the same company that has forced him to go to London each summer for business, all expenses paid. It’s enabled him to make a number of trips to his beloved Scotland over the years.
While not a Scotland native, you wouldn’t know it by his name or love of things Scottish, particularly with the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society of Hawaii, where he teaches country dancing. And of course with the Caledonian Society of Hawaii.
He is one of four Caledonians most responsible for the “Scot in Hawaii project”, which formed the basis for our book, The Story of Scots in Hawaii.
And he holds the dubious honor of serving as our Chieftain for a total of eight years, longer than any other in the 40-year history of the Society. He was first chieftain from 1987-91, a particularly fruitful time for the Society.
Under his leadership, the Scot in Hawaii project came to a close and the Scot of the Year award was initiated. He must have been planning ahead. He also kicked off Scottish Heritage Week where his initiated the annual pilgrimage to the tomb of half Scot/half Hawaiian Princess Kaiulani. He has continued this tradition by visiting the mausoleum each year to pay his respects with words in both Hawaiian and English.
In 2000 the call came again and he served with Don Munro for a year as co-chieftain and then three more, long years as Chieftain by himself. He finally retired in 2004, but is now serving the Board in an advisory capacity. Please join me in welcoming our 2005 Scot-of-the-Year, Mr. Bruce McEwan.
“To Bruce McEwan, may you never have to serve as chieftain sometime again, unless you want to! To Bruce...”
Tartan Day Comes Home By Sandy McKeen, Vice Chieftain & Tartan Day Coordinator
It is important that the core values expressed in the US Senate Tartan Day resolution and its preceding, related documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Declaration of Arbroath be remembered and actualized in our daily lives. Caledonian Society member and bag-piper, Sergeant Mark Reed embodies these core values pre-eminently. Sergeant Mark Reed is currently serving as a medic with the 3(superscript: rd) Platoon C Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry, a part of the 29th Brigade Combat Team fighting for freedom in Iraq. Mark began piping in 1992, taking lessons from well-known Pipe Major Larry Coleman. Mark has also studied and played with noted pipers on a number of occasions in the mainland US and Canada. In 1994 he was awarded a Caledonian society scholarship and went to Scotland to study at the School of Piping in Glasgow for a month under Angus McClellen.
Mark Reed Piping
Mark is an LPN and, prior to deployment to the Middle East, was Attending school to advance to RN while working part time in the Emergency Room of St Francis West. Mark’s father, Marcus Reed tells us that Mark is the only son of an only son and could be excused from service in Iraq as a sole survivor. However, Mark he feels that his country is at war and he wants to do his part. His family requests that you remember him in your prayers.
On Saturday, February 26, 2005, the Council of Caledonian Society of Hawaii, by unanimous vote, passed the following resolution:
Whereas April 6 has a special significance for all Americans, and especially those Americans of Scottish descent, because the Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish Declaration of Independence, was signed on April 6, 1320 and the American Declaration of Independence was modeled on that inspirational document
Whereas The Senate of the United States has designated April 6 of each year as "National Tartan Day" in recognition of Scottish heritage, tradition, and culture.
Whereas this resolution honors Sergeant Mark Reed, Army of the United States, currently assigned to duty in Iraq with the 29th Brigade Combat Team, 100(superscript: th) Battalion, 442 (superscript: nd) Infantry.
Whereas this resolution recognizes that Sergeant Mark Reed, Army of the United States, an American soldier of Scottish ancestry is voluntarily risking his life to fight for freedom in the time honored tradition of soldiers of Scottish connection everywhere.
Whereas The Caledonian Society of Hawaii wishes that Sergeant Reed’s bravery, and devotion to freedom in the Scottish tradition do not go unrecognized.
Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Caledonian Society of Hawaii declares that April 6, 2005 shall be a day devoted to the recognition of Sergeant Mark Reed by the members of the Caledonian Society of Hawaii.
Caledonian Society members who may have friends or relatives serving with the Armed Services in the Middle East may submit their names and pertinent details to the Caledonian Society newsletter editor for inclusion in future newsletters.
Tartan Day celebration Event at University of Hawaii-Manoa By: James B. Marsh, Professor, International Business Economics, Department of Financial Economics, College of Business Administration, University of Hawaii- Manoa; & Caledonian Society of Hawaii - Treasurer
Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2005
2:00 - 2:30: Gathering, informal conversation;
TARTAN DAY SING-ALONG - Sandy McKeen, Vice Chieftain and Tartan Day Coordinator
There will be a "Happy Hour Sing-Along" this coming Tartan Day, Wednesday, April 6 at O'Toole's Pub, 902 Nuuanu Avenue, Honolulu commencing at 5 pm and continuing until...... Expect an excellent time to be had by all. Scottish and Irish songs will be sung by James McCarthy, noted Celtic musician and seanachie and you will be expected to sing-along with James. The sing-along will be preceded by a wee bit of piping. The first 5 members to attend who bring along a friend who signs up for a new membership in the Caledonian Society at the sing-along will receive a free drink. So will the new member. Please RSVP by calling Sandy McKeen at 668-8810 or 285-3681.
“GO ARMY, BEAT NAVY!” BY Bob Brill
Military officers learn to be combative long before they earn their gold bars from the United States’ Military Academies. In the case of Grace’s son, Derek Kenmotsu, finishing his Third Year as a Cadet at West Point, he, like his classmates, learns the competitive and combative spirit in such "sport" as the annual Army versus Navy football game.
This annual confrontation between our most ancient and venerated military schools takes place every year at the Philadelphia Eagles’ own stadium in the very birthplace of American democracy. However, the Army-Navy game is so much more than that. First, it is between members of schools who become the generals and the admirals of the greatest military apparatus history has ever known. There is tremendous traditional pride in the balance of the outcome of the "game." Also, alma mater of the schools regard attendance as a personal obligation. Tailgating friends, family, and acquaintances obtain tickets to this event nearly a year ahead of the game, and it is always sold out!
Navy won, Army lost! After the game Grace, her oldest son, Curtis, and I took a cab to the Edgar Allan Poe House in that city, now operated by the National Park Service. After our research into Poe’s Scottish Connections, I would not have thought that anywhere in the Eastern U. S. where Poe had lived and worked would match our experiences in Ayrshire. However, both Grace and I actually could sense that we were in a place where, indeed, the greatest literary critic, thinker, and writer in America had accomplished some of his most profound and prolific work. The Raven and Eureka were written there.
I am grateful to know Grace’s son, Derek Kenmotsu. I admire his attendance at the Military Academy at West Point. I now have some of my research materials and published articles in the Poe File in the Archive Department of their Library. As some know, Poe was a superior cadet at West Point until his adoptive mother passed away and his adopted father married again.
FLOWERS OF THE FOREST – IN MEMORIAM
Jim Thain's Good-bye Celebration Submitted by Helen Wynn
Long-time member Jim Thain passed away, prophetically on Robert Burns' birthday, January 25, 2005 after a long illness. His lovely wife Susan reports that Jim loved Burns's poetry and often recited his favorites. So, when it came time to celebrate Jim's life at a memorial service on February 5, she asked Terence Knapp to begin the celebration with words from Burns. Knapp says, "After To a Mousie, threw in a little of Wilt Thou be my Dearie for her from Jim and it seemed to resonate throughout the assembly." And Susie Thain agrees. Piper Larry Coleman concluded the service with a bagpipe serenade. Susie says she wanted to honor Jim's love of things Scottish.
JEAN BARKER’S STORY – IN MEMORIAM Submitted by Barbara Coons
Many of our members have asked about Jean Barker, her life, and what happened to her. She was living in Heather MacGregor’s care home and dealing with cancer at the end of her life. Jean passed away on July 31, 2004. However, it was just last year in January 2004, at the Burns Supper that she and I sat at the same table. We took snapshots of various people enjoying the dinner and entertainment, and Jean seemed to be very well at that time. We have received a short biography of Jean from her brother, Philip. I will use that in this article about her.
Jean Barker was born on August 28, 1920, in Logan, Ohio, and she graduated from high school there in 1938. In 2002, she received a Bachelors Degree from the University of Hawaii, but before that she had attended Ohio University & Ohio State University.
During WW II, she was employed at the Columbus, Ohio, U.S. Army Depot as a Secretary and Supervisor. Afterwards, she taught for 3 years at Wren High School near Van Wert, Ohio, until moving to New York City, where for 13 years, she was Secretary to the presidents of two prominent advertising agencies. Afterwards, she took an assignment in Jakarta, Indonesia with the Foreign Service of the U.S. State Department. Three years later, she returned to Washington, D.C., and worked at the Peace Corps Headquarters, and then at the White House before joining the staff of Senator John Stennis of Mississippi. In 1972, she moved to Honolulu, Hawaii and worked at CINCPAC of the U.S. Department of Defense until she retired in 1992.
Jean had a passion for traveling, meeting new people, enjoying foreign cultures, and for the arts. Her collection of paintings and sculptures from many places she had visited covered the walls and shelves of her residence.
During her years in Honolulu, she participated in numerous educational and civic organizations, including the Caledonian Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Eastern Star and Mensa. Jean had lived in Honolulu for 33 years and was a very visible Caledonian Society member, especially noted for being the photographer at some of our events. It’s so hard to believe that this vivacious lady will no longer be with us.
RODERICK FULTON McPHEE –IN MEMORIAM
Roderick Fulton McPhee, a Lifetime Caledonian Member & our 1991-Scot of the Year, passed away, on Friday, February 25, 2004, due to pancreatic cancer. We will greatly miss him, and send our sincere condolences to his family. Prior to Rod’s retirement, he served as President at Punahou for 25+ years.
“OPOHO UKA NUI ‘O KEKOKIA” – Author: Hardy Spoehr
A recommended read Helen Wynn wanted to share is Hardy Spoehr's Book, `Upoho Uka Nui`O Kekokia (Scotland's Great Highland Bagpipe). Hardy Spoehr wrote this book about The Story of Bagpipes, Bagpipers, And Bagpipe Bands in Hawai`i with Accounts of King Kalakaua's visit to Scotland. It's a great read and has wonderful pictures of early bagpipers in Hawai’i, most notably Aggie Wallace. Members can buy a copy by calling Hardy, a life member of the Society, at 944-8601.
MEMBERS KEEPING IN TOUCH:
Pat McLachlan's Scottish News from Washington State
"Our Scottish Hogmanay New Year's party went off well. I made Haggis and my nephew Chris came with his bagpipes. We had over 20 relatives plus many more friends who enjoyed the afternoon. Some were "cousins" meeting for the first time. Stories and fun added to the afternoon," reports Pat, who lived in Hawaii for 12 years and took part in many of our local Scottish activities.
"Two big items of news. My daughter Deb, who teaches in Hawaii, is taking me to Great Britain with her. We leave in June, will have three months touring Ireland, a school year in Edinburgh while she takes a Master's degree
Happy Birthday..and well wishes to long time native Scots member, Ruby Shiell, who celebrated her 97th birthday on March 9, 2005, and is recovering from a fall earlier in the month.
Upcoming Scottish Events:
March 31 – Princess Ka’iulani’s Annual Tribute – Royal Mausoleum in Nu’uanu – 6 PM.
The Caledonian Society's 18th annual Tribute to Princess Ka'iulani will be held on Thursday, March 31st, at Mauna Ala,the Royal Mausoleum in Nu'uanu. The event will include piping, dancing, and a talk by Kristin Zambucka, an author and authority on Princess Ka'iulani. The celebration begins at 6:00 PM. All Society members are invited to attend!
WHERE: THE ELKS CLUB (across from Kapiolani Park)
TIME: 5 PM – 7PM (no host cocktails); Dinner at 7 PM
ATTIRE: SCOTTISH or NICE CASUAL
For more information, please contact Cesci Wang at 808-381-7216. We would love to see all our Caledonian Members there!! A big Mahalo, to our sister society, the St. Andrew Society of Hawaii, and The Hawaiian Scottish Association for the invitation. We hope to see everyone there.
MEMBERSHIP MATTERS – Don Laird, Director & Membership Secretary
Dear Members – Please remember to send your current e-mail address or any other updated information to our Membership Secretary - Don Laird at CALEDONIAN@HAWAII.RR.COM, or just drop a letter to our P.O. Box 4164, Honolulu, HI 96812-4164. We have created a new e-mailing list Directory and it should be updated accordingly with changes. Also, included in this newsletter addition is a membership application you can share with friends or relatives that may be interested in joining. The application is also available on our web address at HTTP://SCOTSINHAWAII.ORG. Mahalo!
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