Dear Fellow Caledonians,
April saw us welcoming the Federation Chief Jane Dyer, on her official visit. We had a Ceilidh event on the Friday evening at the Border Hockey Club House, which was well attended. This was followed by the ever-popular Tartan Day River Cruise and a committee dinner held at Dot-Com Café.
The weekend also allowed us the opportunity to present Sandra Rankin and Callum and Beryl MacIver with Honorary Life Membership in recognition of their long, faithful and dedicated service in upholding and promoting all that is best in Scottish Culture and Tradition. Below are the citations read at the presentation:
“Our first recipient has been a member of the society for 44 years having joined the society in 1974. Except for Margaret Murray, she is the longest standing member of the Society and has served the Society in every role – committee member, treasurer, secretary, lady president and chief. In recent years, she has been fondly referred to as our ‘Chief of Protocol’ – reference to the endless guidance she provides to those of us with far less experience and knowledge, and her willingness to pass this on and uphold the traditions of our Society.
|Our new Honorary Life Members Sandra Rankin and Callum and Beryl MacIver together with Chief Roxanne Piderit
She has been chief of the ECHG, manager of the ELCSPB and a Scottish Country Dancing Teacher. She has also served the Federation in various roles – as provincial lady president, provincial chieftain and chief of the federation. In all these roles, Sandra Rankin has worked tirelessly and tackles every task with enthusiasm. She has demonstrated strong leadership qualities and organisational skills. Her vision, foresight and dedication have been key to the ongoing success of our Society. It goes without saying that Sandra has made a real, positive and lasting impact on the Society and its members. It is indeed a great honour to award honorary life membership of the ELCS to Past Federation Chief, Sandra Rankin.”
“Our second recipients have been members of the society for 40 years having joined the society in 1978. They have twice served the society as Chief and Lady President, and have represented the Society at Congress on numerous occasions. They have also served the Federation as Provincial Chieftain and Lady President of the Cape Province – twice. Importantly, during their long and active service to the Society, they have become the official suppliers of the Haggis for our Burns celebrations – a role from which they have graciously retired this year. In all these roles, Callum and Beryl MacIver have given invaluable service to the society and always had its interests at heart – and we know they will continue to do so for years to come. It is indeed a great honour to award honorary life membership of the ELCS to Past Chief and Lady President, Callum and Beryl MacIver.”
As I have said before, the committee is always looking for new ideas and entertainment options. I hope you will join us for the Quiz Evening on Saturday 12 May. Get a group of four people together, or join up with a group when you get there.
NEWS OF MEMBERS
Firstly a warm welcome to Peter and Anne McLeod, who have joined the Society as Country Members. While on the subject of membership, many congratulations to Sandra Rankin and Callum & Beryl MacIver – our new Honorary Life Members (see photo on front page). Linda Herman’s nephew, Sean Cameron won the Junior 100 Guineas Solo Piping Competition. Ken Scott and Linda Herman have been in Johannesburg visiting Ken’s son and Linda’s niece. Maureena Middleton is attending family celebrations in Johannesburg. The Middleton twins’ hockey team has been ranked 4th in the country. Roxanne Piderit will be travelling to Durban with the Border Hockey team. Dave Rankin received an award from SA National Blood Service for 150 donations. Finally many condolences to Sue and Roxanne Piderit, on the passing of their father and grandfather, Graham Turner.
12 May 2018 Scottish-themed Quiz evening at the MOTH Hall. Bring & share. Cash bar. R10 pp. Members from the Society and from other organisations will be encouraged to form teams of four. 6.30pm for 7pm.
13 June 2018 AGM at the Border Hockey Club. Please bring plate of eats to share. 7pm
The band paraded during the Federation Chief’s visit on 6 & 7 April; but unfortunately “Music in The Park” was cancelled due to rain. The Band also played at the Bowling Championship finals at Comrades Club on 28 April and 5 May, at the East London Agricultural Show on 1 May and at the Diesel Depot Run. Looking ahead, the Band will be at the SPCA Bikers’ Breakfast at Hams Club on 12 August. The band also featured in an article in “The Rising Sun” newspaper of 10 April.
The Ladies meeting on 4 April at ‘Breath of Life’ was enjoyed by all. The Ladies next meeting will be at 9.30am Tuesday 8 May at Oak Room, Parklands. This will be a ‘Cuppa for CANSA’ tea at which a DVD of the Edinburgh Tattoo will be screened. A minimum donation of R20 per person is requested.
Weekly meetings continue at the Hams Club from 4pm – 5.30pm on Tuesdays. The club’s performance during the Federation Chief’s visit was well received. The Federation Chief expressed her pleasure that such a club is active in East London.
Dancers performed for the Federation Chief and at the Border HDF on 14 April. The Eastern Cape Highland Gathering Dancing Competition will be held at Port Rex Technical High School from 9am on Saturday 19 May. All welcome to come and support our dancers.
The dates for the next Congress have been confirmed as 5-7 October 2018 in Durban. East London is pencilled in for the 2020 Congress. Task Team is busy refining proposals for Congress and will meet before the next Committee meeting on 10 May.
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The Committee is proposing that subscriptions will increase for next year to: Full Members: R85, Country Members: R60; Junior Members: R30. Members paying in advance of the AGM will pay at the current rates.
Next Committee Meeting will be at 7.30pm on Thursday 10 May 2018 at the home of Roxanne Piderit, 7a Dartnell Road, Cambridge West.
Roxanne Piderit (Chief)
|12 May 2018
||Scottish Themed Quiz
||BB Country Club
||R10pp. Bring & share
|13 June 2018
||Border Hockey Club
||Chance to join Committee !
|3 Nov 2018
|1 Dec 2018
||St Andrews Dinner
||Beacon Bay Country Club