Sad news: Jimmy Fraser died this morning. He had been a member of Saint Andrew's Society of the City of Milwaukee for over 60 years. More details to come.
The tulips are blooming at the Robert Burns statue. And they form a saltire!
All 100 seats for our April 13, 2015, whisky tasting are now spoken for. Any new reservation requests will be added to our waiting list with no guarantee of attendance.
It's time to vote. At our April 13, 2015, member meeting we'll be voting on our slate of officers, managers and trustees.
Our nominating committee has proposed the following slate for your consideration. (Unless noted otherwise, these candidates are incumbents.) Nominations are also welcome from the floor at this meeting.
NOTE: your membership must be current—that is, paid up at least through the end of 2015—to be able to vote in this election.
President: Dale Larson
1st Vice President: Harold Hansen
2nd Vice President: Bill Reid
Recording Secretary: Larry Kascht
Assistant Secretary: Bruce Seeds
Corresponding Secretary: Jody Allen (new to this position)
Activities Secretary: Brenden McDaniel
Treasurer: Tom Westgaard
Steve Perrigo (new to this position)
Craig Jordan (new to this position, one-year to fill vacated seat)
(Dan Bell, Vince Milewski, and Jack Schafer were voted in last year and continue to serve their two-year terms.)
We occasionally receive email that, though unsolicited, contains items that might be of interest to our members. We received one recently regarding an archaeological field school in the Scottish Highlands happening this June. We pass this information along for whomever might want to look into it (at their own risk.)
It was a wonderful evening.
Did you lose a kilt pin at the Burns Banquet Saturday night? We found one. Please email us at email@example.com with a clear description of it, and we'll find a way to get it back to you.
Please join us January 24, 2015 at the Wisconsin Club, 900 West Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee for the Robert Burns Banquet.
Cocktails from 5:30PM to 6:30PM
Banquet begins at 6:30PM with opening ceremonies
Free valet parking will be available.
$65.00 per person
Tickets available only by advance purchase prior to January 19, 2015.
Entertainment: Billy Mitchell Pipe Band, Caledonian Scottish Dancers, Milwaukee Scottish Pipe and Drums.
To reserve seating contact Tom Westgaard at firstname.lastname@example.org
And then send your check (payable to Saint Andrew’s Society of Milwaukee) to:
Tom Westgaard, Treasurer
P.O. Box 210288
Milwaukee, WI 53221-8005
Please note with your payment any special meal requirements you may have, e.g. gluten free.
You will receive a receipt in the mail upon payment.
Thanks to members who helped ring bells for the Salvation Army. And big thanks to all those who helped fill the bucket!
Many, many thanks to those who contributed items for our fall auction, and even more thanks to those who bid on those items. The money raised will allow us to continue our long-term mission of helping others, or as we put it: Relieving the Distressed.
Just a note: the next member meeting of Saint Andrew's Society will be at our usual location—The Wisconsin Club—on our usual day—the second Monday of the month. So: December 8, 2014. 7:30pm. See you there!
Our fall whisky tasting was fun, informative and very tasty. We paid special attention to the finishes of the whiskies. The six on offer were:
Bruichladdich—Scottish barley finish
Edradour 13 year 2000—Sauternes finish
Tullibardine 228—Burgundy finish
Tomintoul 12 year—Olorosso sherry finish
Balvenie 14 year—Caribbean rum finish
And for reference, we also had small samples of four of the finish casks' original contents: Sauternes, Burgundy, Sherry and Port.
Many thanks to our fine whisky masters Larry Kascht, Harold Hansen and Kevin Hansen.
We list a variety of interesting activities on our Upcoming Events page, but not all of them are hosted by us. So: we will mark with an asterisk* items that are official Saint Andrew's Society events.
We've learned that long-standing member Bob Seay has died. Bob served on our Board, organized our Burns Banquets and helped maintain our presence on the golf course as well as in our efforts to relieve the distressed. Our deepest sympathies to Bob's family.
News comes to us of the death of Richard "Dick" Tierney, a member of Saint Andrew's Society and an important figure in Milwaukee's Irish and Celtic cultural affairs. Details via the link below. Our deepest sympathies to Dick's family.