Dear Fellow Caledonians,
My first event as your Chief-elect was a delightful breakfast at Dot Com Café. It was a very enjoyable morning and well supported by our members. Robert and Dave kept us entertained and willingly complied with requests for tunes. Thank you to Cameron Middleton for his generosity and hospitality.
As mentioned in our previous newsletter, the Task Team investigating the future of the Caledonian Federation has started work.
A necessary first step is to gather opinions from members on the role, strengths and weaknesses of the Federation and Caledonian movement. Please take the time to complete the attached questionnaire and return to Andrew Macdonell (082 701 8868) at email@example.com
Our next event is the Chairing and Kirking this weekend. Due to a last minute change of venue, snacks will be provided instead of the usual bring and share. It is not often we get a ‘free’ function, so I hope to see you all at the Buffs Club on Saturday!
NEWS OF MEMBERS
Quite a few Callies have been ‘stateside’ recently ….. Duane Sweeney & Liezel Cilliers have just returned from the US; as now have Claude, Tumi and Tanya Macdonell who were in California for a family wedding (Andrew stayed home to study for his project management professional exam). In other travel news – Des and Fran Plint are currently visiting family in Australia; while Sandra Rankin and Robert Rankin recently visited past Pipe Major Bill Hartley.
On the sports field, Sue Piderit has been appointed manager of the Border U/21 hockey team; while Britney and Emily Middleton are captain and vice-captain of their Border hockey team. Rose Thompson, Sheila Sanderson and Sandra Rankin attended the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. Callum MacIver is making a good recovery after his operation and has just celebrated his 80th birthday (Apologies he was left off the newsletter birthday list last month. Ed). Finally Agnes Cowie has not been well recently and we hope she gets better soon.
Saturday 5 August Chairing of the Chief – 18.30 for 19.00 at President’s Suite, Buffs Club
Snacks Provided. Cash Bar
Sunday 6 August Kirking of the Chief – 08.00 at Cambridge Methodist Church
Please bring biscuits/eats for tea afterwards.
Saturday 2 September Visit of the Provincial Chief.
“Travelling Lunch” starting at 9 Nelson Avenue at 11.30
PIPE BAND The ‘previously advertised’ BVR Drill Hall Re-opening Parade won’t now be happening; but the band played at the recent East London Harbour Festival. Upcoming parades include the Chairing of the Chief on 5 August, the Battle of Britain Parade in September (TBC) and the Komga Show in October. Looking further into the future – November parades include Remembrance Day (TBC) and St Andrews’ Dinner.
LADIES GROUP July meeting hosted by Ruth Strong went well. August meeting will be on Tuesday 1 August 2017 at 09.30 at the Coelacanth Café (hosted by Sheila Godfrey).
S.C.D.C Weekly meetings continue on Tuesdays at the Hams Club from 4pm – 5.30pm on Tuesdays.
HIGHLAND DANCERS The SA Highland Dancing Championships took place on Saturday 29 July 2017 in Gauteng. Well done to all our dancers – results in next newsletter. Highland Dancing Exams are scheduled for Monday 31 July & Tuesday 1 August
COMMITTEE Next meeting of the Committee will be on Thursday 10th August 2017 at 7.30 pm at Dave and Maureen Rankin’s house, 9 Nelson Avenue, Cambridge
Roxanne Piderit (Chief-Elect)
DATE EVENT VENUE START NOTES
5 August Chairing of Chief President’s Suite, Buffs Club 18.30 Snacks Provided
6 August Kirking of Chief Cambridge Methodist Church 08.00
2 September Prov Chief Visit Starting at …. 9 Nelson Ave 11.30 Travelling Lunch
28 October Halloween Braai MOTH Hall TBC
4 November Halloween McClelland Home TBC
25 November St Andrews TBC TBC