Our Society will celebrate its 36th anniversary this year and continues to promote and celebrate our Scottish Heritage in addition to continuing philanthropic work in our community through efforts such as our Burns’ Bust Project, a way for the Society to give back to the Tampa Bay Area.

We have now placed two Burns’ Busts in Bay area Carnegie Libraries; one in the John Germany Library in Tampa and one in the Mirror Lake Library in St. Petersburg.  Our plan this year is to place the third and last bust in the Clearwater Library.

We have plans for a number of outstanding events this year and will continue to provide you with fun, food, and creativity at a great value.

Ian Greig is again in charge of planning the next event, our Robert Burns’ Supper.  This is always a joyous celebration of the Bard of Scotland. I hope to see you there.

We now have two family oriented events, The Dunedin Highland Games and the Renaissance Festival Highland Games.  They are both fun for the kids and an affordable family outing.  We are so pleased that Phyllis and Les Chisholm will again host the Whisky Tasting in their gorgeous home in Avila.  If you have not been to the Whisky Tasting, it is something very special.

Some other changes include an upgrading of the website to allow a better representation of the Society to new and prospective members as well as easy access to information for our existing members.  The upgrades will include an online copy of both current and past Tatler issues, a communication link for those who wish to send comments, ideas, etc to the Board and a more elaborate presentation of Coming Events.

The Board and I will also be working this year on our new Strategic Plan to strengthen and grow our Society over the next 3 years and we may be contacting you for your input.

The Tatler will now be published in the Winter and Summer in order to keep your news more current. The Highlander Magazine subscription will continue to be included as a part of your membership.

Please help us to grow our Society by encouraging your friends and relatives to sample our events and ultimately to join our society for the fun as we celebrate Scottish culture and heritage.

I am honored to serve as your President this year and on behalf of the Board of Directors and myself, I wish you a very healthy and happy New Year!

– McCord Fraser, President