I am very honored to have been elected as your 84th Chief of New York Caledonian Club at our June, 2019 Annual General Meeting. Thanks to all of you who took the opportunity to exercise your right to vote for your new Executive team and Board members. We are here to serve our members and are much appreciative of your support.
Our Chieftain is Sue Ann McDevitt, our Treasurer is Kyle Dawson and our Secretary is Marti Dorais. Thanks to all of them for agreeing to serve in their respective roles which they have experience with. As well, we welcome four new members to our Board: Lisa Bauer, Kalyn Diehl, Heather McCabe and Robert Shapiro. I am looking forward to their contributions and the energy that new people bring. Thanks to Sharon Arthur, Daphne Bell, Gilbert Green, Patricia Klecanda and Barbara Rice for continuing in their roles as Board members. All your Board members devote countless personal hours to making sure that our Club remains both vibrant and relevant to you. And lastly, I would like to thank out going Board members, Steve Klugman, Steve McNally and Marjorie Stewart for their dedication to our Club during their terms as Board members. We are fortunate that all three will continue to be involved with many of our events and activities going forward.
We have many great events planned for the 2019–2020 year – there is something for everyone including many free events. We just had a great indoor Tartan Picnic with over 30 members in attendance. It was a fun evening with Scotch eggs, Scottish Dancin’, Bagpipes and lots of craic.
We will have a tent at the Long Island Highland Games on August 24th at the Westbury Gardens. We have arranged for a bus with the St. Andrew’s Society – so leave the driving to us and come out an enjoy a wonderful Scottish Festival near the city in such a beautiful venue.
We have already booked our Saint Andrew’s Day Dinner on Saturday, November 30th at The Tailor Pub. We have great things planned for that night so please make sure to attend. One of the highlights of the NYCC year is the Annual Robert Burns Night and we are returning to the beautiful and historic India House on Saturday, January 25th, 2020. So please mark your calendar and get planning your table for the evening!
Of course, we will have many interesting Scottish Studies courses and workshops to attend, our fun Pub Nights, Kilted Bowling, Whisky Tastings, our fabulous Ceilidh during Tartan Week and some other new events coming your way. Please take the time to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and check our website regularly to see what activities we have planned for you.
Clubs are like living organisms – they change and evolve over time in order to retain and attract members. And the New York Caledonian Club is no different. We would like you to ask how you can be more involved and help us to thrive. We would love you to Volunteer. Do you have interesting stories to share? We would love to tell them in our Newsletter. Are there talents that you have that we can use? Please let us know! The more involved you are, the better your experience will be and the stronger our Club will be as well.
In that vein, I invite you to participate in two new initiatives.
The first is our new Membership Contest.
The member who brings in the most new members between now and our next AGM in June will be given a wonderful bottle of Whisky, recognition at our AGM and will be the recipient of the first NYCC Member for Member Medal. Our goal is to reach 400 members and we can only do that with your enthusiasm and promotion of your Club.
The second is Donation Match.
An anonymous member is launching a Match for Match for donations made by our membership and Board. The initial goal is to reach $1,000 in donations by our membership. Please make sure that your donation is listed as Match for Match donation. And thank you for considering a wee gift to the NYCC which doubles in value!
In conclusion, there is much to look forward to next year. I am thrilled to be your Chief and I promise to be both diligent and thoughtful. I will continue the work of our previous Chiefs to ensure that the New York Caledonian Club an organization you are proud to be a member of.
Open to the World!
Fàilte ’s furan oirbh
Pronounced: FALLSCHUH SFOORAHN ORRUV
Don't be a stranger.
Na bi nad shrainnsear.
Pronounced: NAH BEE NAHT HRAINSHER