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June 2019 Newsletter

Hello friends,

Just a quick newsletter (likely the last of this season) to mention two events on our Society’s calendar during the month of June.

The Gaelic Society will have its usual booth at this year’s B.C. Highland Games on Saturday, June 15th, where we will be offering information of interest about our Gaelic language, culture and music, and details of upcoming Society language classes and ceilidhs.

In addition, the following workshops will e presented by our members during the day on Saturday at the Cultural Tend and on the Main Stage:

At 12:30 pm in the Cultural Tent: The Society will present a Gaelic language workshop Cànan nan Gàidheal – The Language of the Gael

At 1:00 pm on the Main Stage: Society member Robyn Carrigan will perform a set of favourite Gaelic songs and a Milling Frolic (Waulking the Tweed) demonstration.

At 1:45 pm in the Cultural Tent: Our Gaelic students Caitlan Read and John Lyon will present a fiddling workshop featuring different traditions and styles of fiddle music

Please note that this year the Games are at a new venue – still in Coquitlam, but now at Lafarge Lake Park, just outside the old location in the sports stadium, and a short walk from the Skytrain ‘s Lafarge Lake Evergreen Line station.

The weekend kicks off with a free evening of music on Friday evening, June 14th featuring the Open Pìobaireachtd Competition starting at 5:00pm, a 5K & 10K Tartan Run (and walk) starting at 6:30 pm, followed by a free concert featuring Vancouver’s Celtic Band, The Paperboys, in the Beer Garden from 7:00 to 9:30 pm (bring your own lawn chairs)

The Games continue all day Saturday June 15th, with the traditional programme of events we all know and love. Details can be found on the Games website at https://bchighlandgames.com/ or call the Scottish Cultural Centre at 604-263-9911

Our Society will hold its Annual General Meeting at 8pm on June 27th in the Celtic Room at the Scottish Cultural Centre.  Officers’ reports will be presented and the new committee appointed for the 2019-2020 season.  All officer posts except Immediate Past Chief come up for re-election every year, and nominations are now being accepted for the following posts:

·         Chief – currently Daryl Hutchings, but he is standing down

·         Treasurer – Erin Brinkman

·         Assistant Treasurer – John MacLeod

·         Secretary – Irene McKinney

·         Membership – Iain MacIver

·         Senior Chieftain – Iain MacIver·        

. Junior Chieftain – Robyn Carrigan

If you are interested in nominating or being nominated for any of these posts, please contact our Nominations Officer for this AGM, Daryl Hutchings (604.842.2374, daryl_hutchings@yahoo.ca).  He will add your name to the roster of candidates and will also send you our draft Committee Handbook on request; this contains detailed descriptions of the responsibilities attached to all the posts.  In the event we have more than one candidate for a particular post, the Nominations Officer will administer a secret-ballot election on the night.

If you would like to attend the AGM but are concerned about transport to/from the Centre, please contact Erin Brinkman (on 778.987.2164), who is organizing ride-shares for those who would like them.  We want to do everything possible to help our membership get to this meeting – it is basically your meeting not the committee’s!  Please do plan to attend if you can.

 Please note that after the AGM our Society closes down for the summer.  But we’ll be back in the fall, as always, at which point our ceilidh programme will resume.  At the moment the dates we’re planning for are October 5th, November 2nd 2019; and 7th March, 2nd May 2020.  Details will follow in further newsletters – but save those dates! 

Many thanks for all your support over the past year.  Look forward to seeing you at the Games and the AGM!

Le meas, (respectfully,)

Daryl Hutchings, Chief, 604-842-2374

vancouvergaelic@gmail.com

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April 2019 Newsletter

Hello again friends!

I hope you’re having a splendid Spring and are getting as much time as possible outside in this lovely weather.  Below is our Society’s current programme for the rest of this season: everyone is welcome at any or all of these events and I hope to see you all at some point in the months ahead.

(Please be advised that annual membership dues can still be forwarded to Iain McIver via me or the Scottish Cultural Centre!)

May 4th, 8pm: May the Fourth Be with You! A ceilidh featuring a return visit from the Pender Island Ceilidh Band, bringing their lively and eclectic fusion of traditional music influences back to the Scottish Centre.  You won’t want to miss this one.  Admission $12; free for under-sixteens.

June 14th/15th: The BC Highland Games return, in a new venue this time: Lafarge Lake Park, 1240 Pipeline Rd, Coquitlam, BC.  All your favourite events will take place as usual, whether your interest is in piping, highland dance or highland sport.  Our Society will have a stall there, also as usual, offering introductions to Gaelic language and music and advertising our language classes.  Drop by and visit if you attend the Games (and you’ll certainly want to).

June 27th, 7:30pm: our Society will hold its Annual General Meeting, to receive annual reports, elect new officers, and make some decisions about Society assets.  I will be standing down as Chief at that meeting and your committee welcomes nominations for that role as for all other roles (all our officers except Immediate Past Chief are re-elected every year: the IPC role is filled by the most recent Chief, currently John MacLeod).  Please forward any nominations to me or any other committee member at any time before the meeting itself.

 Le meas, (respectfully,)

Daryl Hutchings, 604.842.2374                                                                           vancouvergaelic@gmail.com