Welcome to our Website!

As you can tell, this site remains a work in progress, and we are grateful that you have visited today! There is more work to do to build this site into all we desire it to be, and we hope you will continue to check back frequently for updates! 
   
 
BELTANE POTLUCK 
 
Our annual Beltane celebration is May 29th.  Check out the details on our "Events Page" and plan to join us as we celebrate this season of growth and renewal! 
 
 
St. Patrick's Day GRAND PARADE 
 
Thanks to everyone that was able to bear the weather and walk in the St. Patrick's Day Parade today.  It was a great time, and we gave away over 60 pounds of candy.  Plus, "Nessie" made an unscripted appearance.  We'll do this again next year, bigger and better, so plan to join us!  CHECK OUT THE PICTURES IN OUR GALLERY.  Click on the "Gallery" tab at the left!
 
 
 SCOTTISH GOLF DAY!!!
Mark your calendars for SUNDAY, June 10, 2018, for this year's Scottish Golf Day! The latest info is posted on the "Scottish Golf Day Page".  Check it out! Get a foursome together and join us! 
 
 
 Robert Burns Dinner - 2018
 
About 185 people enjoyed the pageantry and entertainment at the Society's 41st Annual Robert Burns Dinner hejd on Jnauary 27th.  The new venue at the Isle Casino and Resort supplied ample space for the evenings' activities and them some.  If you were able to come and enjopy the evening, THANK YOUIf you were unable to attend, we hope you can do so next year.  The tentative date for the 2019 Robert Burns Dinner is Saturday, January 26.  SAVE THE DATE, as they say!  
  
 
IOWA TARTAN 
 
The window for ordering has closed. However, if you are still interested, you might contact Mark Hurm at hurmmark@aol.com. 
 
  
 St. Thomas Episcopal Pipe Band 
 
You may recall that your Society donated $1,000.00 to the St. Thomas Episcopcal School Pipe Band in Houston, TX,  for help in recovering from the hurricane that impacted their school last fall.  We decided to support them because their school's pipe band recruits students from the school to learn and perform, as well as other activities to promote Scottish heritage and culture.
 
Jim Dougherty, VP of the Society, and member of the Blackhawk Pipes and Drums had an opportunity over the MLK weeknd to attend a piping and drumming workshop in Kansas City, where coincidentally, the St. Thomas Band would play in the concert that was a part of the workshop.  Although the video shows only a part of their performance, you can view it below and get a flavor of the skill level of this band.  They are a very impressive group of students, and have won many awards and championships in the "Juvenile" division of several piping competitions, including "World Championships"!
 
As info, the Drum Major that you see in the video is not part of the band but is performing with them for this concert. He is a 5-time, and current World Champion Drum Major.  Enjoy!
 
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  Annual General Meeting - December 13, 2017
 
The Annual General Meeting of the Society was held Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at the Blackhawk Hotel.  A gathering of about 45 persons represented the Society to transact business, then to enjoy a wonderful Christmas Party, meal, and warm fellowship. 
 
Here are a few highlights of the AGM, along with links to documents related to the meeting:
  • To view the AGENDA for the meeting, click "HERE"
  • New Board members were introduced.  Please see the "About Us" tab for a complete listing of your Board members, and newly elected Officers
  • The minutes of the 2016 AGM were read and approved by voice vote.  The 2016 AGM minutes can be read "here".
  • The Society Treasurer reported on the Society finances for the year, and a budget was approved.  Please note that for security purposes, financial information for the Society will not be posted on the website, but will gladly be shared with Membership on request.  You may request this information by using the "Contact Us" form, phone, email, or any other means.
  • President Bill Sterba shared his "President's Report".  A copy can be viewed here.    
  • Society Activities for the coming year were outlined, including an update on the upcoming trip to Scotland.
  • New officers were elected, as follows:
    • Bill Sterba, President, one-year term, expiring 2018 
    • Jim Dougherty, Vice President, two-year term, expiring 2019
    • Judy Hawthorne, Treasurer, one-year term, expiring 2018
    • Gale Hoff, Secretary, two-year term, expiring 2019
    • Note that beginning with this election, terms for President and Treasurer were shortened to one year.  As per the by-laws adopted last year, officer terms are to be staggered, and the officer terms this election cycle were modified to accommodate.  The next election cycles will provide for election to two-year terms for all officers. 
  • The date for the 2018 Society AGM was set for Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at a place and time to be determined.
  Volunteers (and Coordinator) Needed!!!
 
The Board would like to build a roster of individuals who are willing to volunteer at future events, activities, and service to the Society, AND a "Volunteer Coordinator" who would be willing to manage our volunteers and our volunteer program.  Such volunteer activity may include walking in parades (St. Patrick's Day, for example), representing the Society at booths and tents (such as at the Highland Games in September or the Thru The Stones fan convention), hosting activities, helping with the Burns dinner, board or committee service, or any other opportunity that may arise.  Something new that we are planning for is to display a tree at this year's Festival of Trees in the Quad Cities.  If you would have interest in volunteering for Society activities, or in helping us organize our volunteer staff as a Volunteer Coordinator, by please let us know!  Reach out to us using the "Contact Us" form below telling us what you would be interested in helping with. Volunteers make things happen, and we have some thing getting ready to happen!
 
   
 Castles and Isles -- April 20 thru May 5, 2018
 
Consider joining us for a trip to the Scottish Highlands!  Check out the page dedicated to the trip!  It includes the trip plans to date, itinerary, and final pricing.  The next informational meetings are August 10 at CASI, and September 19th at The Manor.  Click on the trip page for details.
 
Click on the "CASTLES and ISLES" tab to see some important updates on the trip!!  
 
Come and explore the possibility of joining us!
 
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:  Be sure to check the "Events" page to check out details on upcoming events!    
 
NEW STUFF: Check out the "What's New" Section to the left of the page.  We have added pages for a blog and an Events Calendar.  Check them out!  
 
FACEBOOK USERS:  Check out and "Like" the "Celtic Newsbytes of the Quad Cities" page for interesting information on Celtic happenings in the QC area!  
 
 
Using the "Contact Us" Form
 
The "Contact Us" form is an all-purpose way to reach out to the Society. Whether to ask questions on membership, general information, to send ideas, request information about an event, or for whatever reason you may have need to reach us, please fill in the form below and send along!  The forms are received by Jim Dougherty, Vice President of the Society, who will either answer or forward to the appropriate Board Member or other person who can assist.  Thanks!  We look forward to hearing from you.
 
 
 
 Robert Burns Dinner - 2019
Tentatively:  January 26, 2019.  More to come!
 
SOCIETY AnnuAl general
Meeting   
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Watch here for details!

     
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