October 2019 Newsletter

Dear St. Andrew’s Society,

As you know from my previous writings, I usually concentrate on Scottish and Scottish American culture and the arts. This month, I am focusing on a slightly different aspect of our community and culture; its ability to positively affect our mental well-being. October is Mental Health Awareness Month and October 10 was …read more>

September 2019 Newsletter

Dear St. Andrew’s Society,

Cultural identity and a full heart

I’m a third generation Californian on my mother’s side. Both sets of her grandparents came from Italy to the Bay Area at the turn of the 19th Century. So, when I was growing up, all our extended family celebrations were with the Italians, and I loved it. …read more>

June 2019 Newsletter

Dear St. Andrew’s Society,

A Society for the 21st Century – not all Shortbread and Bunnets

I’ve been using this phrase quite a lot in the past few months, and even before then as I talked with people about how the Society had changed since I joined 10 years ago. I’d used it so often that it …read more>

May 2019 Newsletter

Dear St. Andrew’s Society,

In an earlier message this year, I mentioned that our Board of Trustees and Officers worked together over two weekends in March to reflect on and review how far the Society has come in the past decade, and how we can best continue its Mission, uphold its values and support growth and …read more>

April 2019 Newsletter

Dear St. Andrew’s Society,

The Week of April 6 is Tartan Week, and there are celebrations and events happening all over the US.  National Tartan Day began in 1998 when the US Senate declared April 6 as National Tartan Day to recognize the contributions made by Scottish Americans to the United States.

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March 2019 Newsletter

Dear St. Andrew’s Society,

It’s St. Patrick’s Day as I write this, and I am thinking about change. Early this month, our Trustees and Officers came together for a morning of Professional Development. In the past 10 years, some aspects of the Society have changed tremendously, and as leaders we were keenly aware that the best …read more>

February 2019 Newsletter

Dear St. Andrew’s Society,

It’s a season of firsts. We have just held our first Burns Supper at the City Club of San Francisco. It was a spectacularly successful evening and I would like to heartily and warmly thank our new 1st VP, Allen Cary. Through his dedicated efforts, 150 people filled the room, and many …read more>

January 2019 Newsletter

Dear St. Andrew’s Society,

As an extension of the First Foot tradition which we performed at our Hogmanay celebration – please accept my wish for good tidings in this New Year…lang may yer lum reek!

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Winter 2018 Newsletter

Dear St. Andrew’s Society,

Well, I’m just about on my way out…so, please bear with me for one final newsletter.

Change is in the air – both seasonal and SASSF leadership-wise, but also generational within our guid Society…so, we will now have the opportunity to navigate these changes well together.

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Fall 2018 Newsletter

Dear St. Andrew’s Society,

In addition to my update regarding our upcoming SASSF elections for the coming term 2019-20/21, I’ll take a few minutes now to review our activities of late Summer, and will then point the way forward into the Fall season.

Read the Fall 2018 Newsletter