Welcome to the Scottish American Society of the Quad Cities!

We're a community of people who come together to celebrate Scottish history, culture, and tradition, and our connections with our Celtic "cousins." If you're interested in Scottish and or Celtic history and tradition, you're more than welcome to join us! Events (in non-COVID years) include traditional celebrations, such as our annual Robert Burns Dinner, Beltane, Tartan Day, Samhain, and St. Andrews Day, and we also support other groups that promote Scottish/Celtic traditions, heritage, and culture. You may find us at the Celtic Festival and Highland Games, hosting an annual Scottish Golf Day, or at Blackhawk Pipes and Drums performances.

It is a great organization of friendly people, and we are always accepting new members. Scottish heritage or ancestry is not required. Please see our membership page, and do join us at an event. 


2020 Events . . . ?

Update, November 15, 2020! The Porridge Pot newsletter was mailed before the November board meeting where the board decided to cancel remaining in-person events for December and January (Celebration of the Saints, Haggis making and informal Scottish Heritage supper.) The 2021 Robert Burns Celebration and Gala had previously been shifted back to April 24, 2021. 
 
With spiraling rates of COVID-19 infections, public gathering restrictions, and decreasing hospital capacities, canceling these in-person events was the most responsible action. 
 
Because we do need to hold an annual general meeting per our bylaws, we have pivoted to an online "bring your own cocktail" social hour via Zoom at 6:00 pm on December 9. Please watch your email or this website for sign-on details.  (If you have already mailed in your check for the in-person event, it will be returned.)
 
One thing that hasn't cancelled is our pride in Scottish culture, and our hope to see you again in person. All of the previous social, education, and travel ideas are still on the table for a day when we can safely gather and travel again. Please stay well and safe at home. 

Flowers of the Forest

Our sympathies on the losses of Clevelyn Scott and John "Scotty" McFedries, and our most recent flower of the forest, Roger Stancliff. The society sent memorials to the chosen funds designated by their families. Our condolences go out to the families and friends of these long-time society members. They will be much missed.  
 
2020 donations: 
  • Cafe' on Vine, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Stancliff family (memorials)
In 2019, the SAS supported several efforts to promote Celtic culture, and the Quad Cities as a whole. These included:
  • Flood Relief efforts at the Salvation Army of the Quad Cities
  • Efforts to rebuild the Irish Football Club of the Quad Cities. The team includes people from all backgrounds, including Scots, and is working on a youth team. 
  • Scottish dance instruction through Studio A Dance Company and Colleen's School of Celtic Dance. Our thanks to the dancers who performed at our 2020 Burns Night! 
 See our Events page for a photo
 
Our thanks to members who supported Birdies for Charity, the Scottish Golf Event, and other fundraising efforts.  
 
Are You in Pictures? Click on the "Gallery" tab at the left! 
 
Facebook Users:  Check out and "Like" the "Celtic Newsbytes of the Quad Cities" page for interesting information on Celtic happenings in the QC area!  
  
Contact Us
 
Mailing address: P.O. Box 132, Moline, IL 61266
 
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