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President's Message – 2017

 

Greetings Lads and Lassies,

 

            It is a distinct honor and privilege to serve as President of The Saint Andrew's Society of Williamsburg for 2017. I am fortunate to have a dedicated and highly capable Board of Directors to assist me in this endeavor and together we are committed to making 2017 an enjoyable and successful year for all members of the Society. I encourage all of our members to make suggestions for events or programs that they would like for the Society to consider, to volunteer to serve on one of the Society's committees and to attend as many of our events as possible during the year.

             For our year in 2017 we will have our usual and traditional events that comprise our yearly calendar of activities. These are listed below:

             Burns Night Supper – on 28 January, 2017 at the Fort Magruder Hotel will start off our year        with a festive event to commemorate the birth of Scotland's revered bard, Robert Burns.

             Tartan Day – is the 6th of April and our event will be during that week

             Spring Kirking of the Tartans – will be on Sunday 30 April, 2017 at historic Christ Church         located between Irvington and Kilmarnock on the Northern Neck.

            Founder's Day – is the 8th of May and a celebration is appropriate to note the founding of the

Society in 1968. This can be our Spring luncheon or dinner event.

             Ceilidh and picnic – in June

             Fall luncheon – in September

             Newport News Fall Festival and/or The Scottish/Celtic Games in Richmond in October

             Fall Kirking of the Tartans – in November will be at a local church in Williamsburg, perhaps

 a special service at Bruton Parish Church

             Annual General Meeting – November – usually a luncheon meeting

             Saint Andrew's Day – is 30 November which celebrates the patron saint of Scotland.  An event

 is appropriate and would be a new event.

             Christmas Luncheon – December

             The annual dues statement has been sent out to all members by email or regular mail and I encourage all members to remit their payments quickly so that our Society remains in a strong financial position. Remember, also, that 25% of your dues goes to fund the charitable and educational functions of the Society which allow us to provide the scholarships that we provide to qualified applicants. Please also consider an additional contribution to the charitable and educational fund. As a 501c3 organization

under IRS regulations, these are considered charitable donations for tax purposes.                                                                    

             I would also encourage the membership to recruit new members for the Society, and especially younger members, as we would like to see our membership increase. Currently we have a total membership of around 125. Take advantage of an opportunity if someone you meet makes a comment of having Scottish family connections or ancestry or expresses a significant interest in Scottish history or culture. Refer them to the web page at scotsofwmbg.org or offer to send them contact information and to assist them with the application process or let any of the officers or Board members know of their interest.

            Lastly, this marks the forty-ninth year of our organization which was founded in May 1968 and one of my objectives this year is to begin the planning process for an event in 2018 to celebrate our fiftieth anniversary. This will be an opportunity for all of our members and our Board to provide their ideas, talents, and industry to make this a memorable event. Let us know your thoughts.

             

My best wishes to all in 2017.

            

             Yours, aye

             Mott Robertson

 






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