Newsletter of the Caledonian Society of Hawaii - June, 2005
Greetings from your Chieftain and the Caledonian Society Council.
It is again time for the all-important Annual General Meeting, which will be coming up on Saturday, July 16th, to be held at the Waikiki Elks Lodge. We have invited a fascinating speaker who will relate stories about the Falls of Clyde, and what it was like to sail in the days of “Tall Ships”. In addition to the election of new officers and directors, we will be discussing the upcoming events celebrating this year’s 40th anniversary of the Caledonian Society of Hawaii. The General Meeting will be followed by a luncheon. Your attendance is highly recommended as your election input is very important. Luncheon details will follow.
As we approach the beginning of the new fiscal year, there are two very important, but sometimes unpopular issues I would like to address. Yes, you guessed it- Donations and Volunteering. My fellow Council members have offered this analogy:
We can view the Caledonian Society of Hawaii as a tree planted 40 years ago by very dedicated people interested in keeping “things Scottish” alive in Hawaii. That tree, our Society, has grown and matured over the years, but is in need of tending, fresh water, and nutrients.
In the past it has been the practice of the Caledonian Society to offer “Lifetime” memberships at a very reasonable rate. Although this practice was discontinued a few years ago, our membership chairman reports that approximately 50% of our members are in the “Lifetime” category. The half of the membership that does pay dues annually cannot continue to bear the financial responsibility for the growth and maintenance of our Society. If our Society is to continue to carry out the vision of its’ founders we need the participation of everyone of you, to the extent you are able.
The continued health of the Society needs everyone’s help including our very special “Lifetime” members, who through annual, voluntary, tax-deductible donations will help the Society maintain the fiscal strength it has enjoyed over the years
On the subject of volunteering, one of the Council Board will be telephoning the members in the near future to offer the opportunity to volunteer. Please be thinking of where you can best participate in the activities of your Society. Some of the opportunities available are in the areas of social activities hosts, assisting in the membership committee, utilizing your telephone talents, event photographer, assisting with Burns Night, etc. We hope that you will respond favorably when called on.
As one of our Council members put it: Many hands make light work.
We hope to see you all at the Annual General Meeting.
DATE: July 16, 2005
TIME: 11:30 A.M. - Meeting Begins followed by Buffet Lunch
"Our special guest speaker will be Jean Ainlay, an extremely interesting 15 year volunteer from the Falls of Clyde. In addition to her work on the Falls of Clyde, she has crewed on several "tall ships" and has been around the Horn twice. She has many stories to relate about what it was like for our Scottish ancestors sailing to Hawaii on the tall ships compared to ship travel today. Her humorous wit should make for an educational and fascinating talk."
LOCATION: Waikiki Elks Lodge
COST: $20.00 per person including tax & tip. To be paid at the door. - FREE valet parking
Reservations must be made by Wednesday, July 13th
See you at the meeting!
On a somewhat more somber note, I am going to regretfully be stepping down as your Chieftain, effective at the end of this fiscal year. Although I have enjoyed immensely being involved in the administration of the Caledonian Society, health issues have dictated that I take a less active roll in volunteer work. I hope to continue contributing to the Society whenever possible, as I encourage you all to do, and look forward to the upcoming celebration of our 40th anniversary. It has been my extreme pleasure to be your Chieftain this past year and sincerely thank you for giving me this opportunity.
His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish Farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death. The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed Nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved. "I want to repay you," said the Nobleman. "You saved my son's life." "No, I can't accept payment for what I did," the Scottish Farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the Farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel. "Is that your son?" The Nobleman asked. "Yes," the Farmer replied proudly. "I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he’ll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of." And that he did! Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin. Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia. What saved his life this time? Penicillin. The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill. His son's name? Sir Winston Churchill.
GRANT UPDATE - From Lillian Cunningham
Money is now available to help a young person with a Scottish project!
If you are between 18 and 25 and would like to study bagpiping, Scottish music or dancing, Scottish archaeology, castles, history or some other Scottish subject, now is the time to plan a project. Then apply for a grant (SERG or Scottish Education Research Grant) to the Caledonian Society Grants Committee. Up to $1,500 is available to help in a worthy project to pay for lessons, travel or other project expenses. This is not a scholarship that would support regular tuition costs, but would help fund a project in Summer or Fall 2006. Applications are due January 30, 2006. For more details and application form, click HERE.
Border Gathering 2005
If you are interested in taking a fun trip to Scotland, and doing something different in the August time frame, please check out the following web address: http://www.bordergathering.co.uk
The Border Gathering is an annual event hosted in the beautiful countryside of South West Scotland, consisting of a celebration of Border culture. Each year, a name is selected and its history presented. People come from across the globe to enjoy the past history and present interest. For 2005, the MOFFAT Clan is being honored. In 2004, I attended the Border Gathering, and the Maxwell Clan members were honored. It was really fun meeting some of the Maxwells since some of the Mclellan McCellan/McClellen/McCelland) were in-laws through marriages. It was like meeting old friends and family. If there are any Moffats in the Caledonian Society, this may be a trip to plan. I’ve copied into this article some of the border family names also posted on the site webpage. I just wanted to add that many people attend this event. We met families from Canada, Germany, New Zealand, other interesting Americans. If you’re looking from something different to do in Scotland, check out Border Gathering 2005.
FLOWERS OF THE FOREST – Irene Buchanan
Irene Buchanan passed away on April 3, 2005, in New Zealand. Irene was born in Scotland and came to Hawaii in the early 70’s to work with Dr. Pat Jacobs in the field of Genetics Research at UH Manoa. Soon after arriving, she became involved with the Caledonian Society and the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. Irene took classes from member Mary Brandon, wife of former Society Chieftain David Brandon. She received her preliminary teaching certificate from Miss Jean Milligan, founder of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.
While attending the Highland Games in Waimea, Hawaii, she met Caledonian Society future Chieftain Allan Buchanan (1977-1979) who was working for Air New Zealand. Lillian Cunningham remembers she and Alex Pratt went out to dinner with them the night they met. Allan & Irene have two children, AJ and Jane, now residing in Scotland. After spending many years in New Zealand, Irene and Allan had returned to Hawaii intending to live in their home in Kailua.
Irene gave the toast to the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns at the 2003 Robert Burns Supper. Susan MacKinnon fondly remembers that years earlier she and Irene, Jan McDaniel, Jean Parcels, and others, made the haggis for the Burns Supper in Irene’s kitchen. Since returning to Hawaii, Irene was instrumental in reactivating the Scottish Education Research Grant for the youth of Hawaii.
Our condolences to Allan, AJ, and Jane as well as her mother and sister in Scotland. Aloha Irene.
50th STATE FAIR
The Caledonian Society will be participating in a new display tent at the 50th State Fair that is being sponsored by HawaiianTel Com. This first time event, which is free, will give any cultural organization who wishes to participate, the opportunity to display and demonstrate their heritage for one exclusive day. The Hawaiian Scottish Association and its participating organizations has been assigned Sunday, June 19th. The public is invited to enjoy the displays, music, dancers, and demonstrations from 2:00pm until approximately 10:00pm.
The Fair is held at the Aloha Stadium grounds and for those of you who would like to volunteer to help man the Caledonian Table, your admission and parking is free, but time is running short so volunteer now by calling Heather MacGregor at 526-1559.
MEMBERSHIP MATTERS – Don Laird, Membership Secretary
June is Membership Month........So become a new member, renew your membership, or invite a friend to become a member.
Our annual dues remain a very modest $18 per person, covering the period July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006.
As a member, you will have many opportunities to help support the Caledonian Society......... as a volunteer, as a social event organizer, as a dancer, as a musician, as a piper, as a writer, and as a Scot!
It's easy to become, or renew, your membership. Just fill in the simple application form, include your check, and mail them to:
P.O. Box 4164
PS: Be sure to include your email address on the application form. Also, if you are affiliated or registered with a Clan, please include the Clan name.
Note from the Editor – Suzanne Brookbush
I’ve served on the 2004 Caledonian Society Board for one year now, and unfortunately due to a shift rotation at my part-time job working for U.S.Customs & Border Protection, I can’t make the commitment to attend some of the Council meetings for the remainder of 2005. It’s been a good learning experience being on the Council, and fun serving the Society this year. Please make sure you attend the Annual General Meeting scheduled for July 16th. Hope to see everyone there. If you haven’t served on the Council yet consider it a good learning opportunity, and fun experience.
A reminder that if you have any articles or member information, please let me know by sending me a email to Scottymacaw@aol.com, and I will include your input in the next quarterly newsletter.
APRIL HIGHLAND GAMES & TARTAN DAY – APRIL 6, 2005
The April Highland Games were lots of fun and a great turn out! We want to thank all the participants who volunteered and members who turned out to attend. We will be posting some of the pictures on our web address at HTTP://SCOTSINHAWAII.ORG. The CEILIDH evening at the Elk’s Club was entertaining and fun with great piping, fiddling, singing and dancing. We truly thank the Chieftains Doug Bauckham, Ian Laing, and Cesci Wang, who were graciously taking personal time to ensure everyone was having a good time.
The Tartan Day celebration at University of Hawaii was also successful. Special thanks to Professor Jim Marsh and Tartan Day Coordinator Sandy McKeen. It was also a good turnout at O’Toole’s for food and drink after the Tartan Day activity with continued celebration.
Chieftain Bauckham, Suzanne Akana, Sandy McKeen and friends celebrating Tartan Day, April 6, 2004 at O’Toole’s.
“Dressed to the Kilt” Hosted by Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii – Cesci Wang:
Event: Dressed to the Kilt
Entertainment: " Scottish Sailor Play" a comedy performed by Saint Andrew Society members, Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, and Society of Creative Anachronism. Celtic Pipes and Drums will be there too! Fashion Show of Highland Attire to follow Maui Celtic Vendors available.
Contact Cesci Wang at:
Call her at: 381-7216
UPDATE ON U.S. ARMY SERGEANT MARK REED – From Sandy McKeen
I recently received news from Marcus Reed that Sergeant Mark Reed's HUMMER in Iraq was recently “hit”. Fortunately, the explosive device was "premature" and no one was injured although the HUMMER was extensively damaged. Here is a photo of U.S. Army Sergeant Mark Reed next to the damaged vehicle.
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