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Scottish North American Leadership Conference 2008


I attended the Scottish North American Leadership Conference in Chicago over the weekend and had a great time.

What was special was meeting the extraordinary people that run a whole variety of Scottish organizations both large and small. There were folk from around the USA, Canada and Scotland attending the event and I even met a chap that went to my own school, Dollar Academy.

Gus Noble, President of the St. Andrews Society of Illinois (the Chicago Scots), gave the opening address...

Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Guests, members and friends of our Scottish American Community, on behalf of the Board of Governors of the Illinois Saint Andrew Society, I welcome you to the Scottish Home for the 6th Annual Scottish North American Leadership Conference.

Tonight we will be entertained by Todd Parkhurst who will deliver an analysis of "Amazing Grace", tracing the origins, journey, development and treatment of this great musical accomplishment.

Speaking of musical accomplishment, our friend and life member of the Illinois Saint Andrew Society, Rachel Barton Pine, who played for us at this conference 3 years ago, is right at this moment, in Scotland to perform with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. This is Rachel's second tour of Scotland in 12 months.

Last December, Aisha and I were back home when Rachel performed with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the Queen's hall in Edinburgh. Rachel kindly invited us and my parents. Midway through her performance Rachel spoke about the Illinois Saint Andrew Society and introduced me. Rachel's introduction began "There are just a few men who I can call "Great Scots" - and Gus is one of them". I felt hugely overcomplimented as she carried on with her performance, but on the way back home in the car, I allowed myself the luxury of thinking about the words that Rachel used to introduce me....." There are just a few men who I can call "Great Scots" - and Gus is one of them".. ..I began to feel very proud.....so looking around nodding I said to Aisha.. ..Rachel knows very few men who she can call Great Scots....." but before I could finish my sentence Aisha put one gentle hand on my shoulder and quietly said.. .."she knows one fewer than you think she does".....

Our Illinois Saint Andrew Society is the oldest charitable organization in the state of Illinois. We were established in 1845. The Illinois Saint Andrew Society nourishes Scottish identity through service, fellowship and celebration of Scottish culture.

Scottish American North Leadership Conference

Purpose of Leadership Conference: Bring together Scottish American Community, Scottish & Saint Andrew Societies, Scottish Companies, Scottish individuals, Scottish Government, academia, etc.

Goal: Identify ways that we, the Scottish American community, can help one another to accomplish our goals and promote awareness and understanding of Scotland and Scottish culture.

I am proud of the way that our Scottish North American community has come together every year for 6 years to discuss and examine the themes, trends, politics, technologies, situations and opportunities that we, as the leaders of Scottish American organizations face.

Each year the community has come together to discuss a theme on the Saturday of the conference and then again on the Sunday of the Conference to select a theme for the following year.. ..this way the themes are connected and, as a result, this conference has evolved organically.....

Last year's theme was "What is the Relevance of Scottish identity in a globalized world?"

We asked ourselves how Scottish organizations like ISAS, and Scotland herself can ensure that we are relevant and compelling to the next generations of lives? These next generations of lives, who will likely have a claim on a variety of cultural identities, not Scottish identity alone.

This year our theme is "Developing Best Practice for Scottish North American Organizations".

And the goal of this year's Conference is to identify what the Scottish Community needs to become in the future - and what we can do to affect our evolution. To accomplish this, it seems to me that it is crucial that we must determine how to connect to people.

We must determine what we need to do to convince people to join, give to or attend the events of our Scottish organizations?

We must determine what we need to do to convince people to visit, do business with, invest in or move to Scotland?

By determining these things, we as Scots, Scottish organizations and Scotland herself will create a better and brighter future for ourselves.

Last year we were delighted to host one of Scotland's most successful entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Sir Tom Farmer, who spoke about his experience and how his Scottish identity has informed and directed his life. He spoke about his childhood and early career in Edinburgh, his experience of business in America, his accomplishments, triumphs and charity, but most of all he spoke about how the values he inherited and was taught by his community in Scotland shaped his world view and made him who he is today. The word he used more than any other was "community".

I suggest that to greater or lesser degrees, we have all experienced and are the beneficiaries of the great influence and impact of community. Community teaches us what is right and wrong. It teaches us values.

We are a community. And I suggest that we, as the Scottish American community, have a responsibility, to be the keepers of the Scottish values that have shaped the American way of life.

Yes, ancestry and birthplace are important, and we must never neglect them, but of far greater import is identity and identity is not necessarily something that we are born to or with. Identity is taught, learned and earned.

My belief is that being Scottish is not just about the place that is written on a birth certificate or the blood that runs through veins, it is just as much about belief, conviction of character and the values that mark us as Scots:

• Independence of mind
• Belief in freedoms of all kinds
• A confident spirit of self determined enterprise and innovation
• Faith in the importance of education
• Patriotic pride in our Scottish identity, yet a respect for differences in and contributions of other cultures
• A compassionate sense of philanthropy

The Illinois Saint Andrew Society's mission is to nourish Scottish identity. We must nourish these Scottish values if we are to continue being the kind of community that teaches, encourages and inspires the next Tom Farmer or Andrew Carnegie, or Azeem Ibrahim, a Glasgow-born self-made multimillionaire who was inaugurated onto The Sunday Times Scots' Rich List at the age of just 31, with an estimated fortune of US$106m. Mr Ibrahim is a Muslim who has been described by his peers as a brilliant young scholar, financial wizard and gifted entrepreneur. Azeem Ibrahim has recently moved from Glasgow to Chicago. You may have met him at the event that Illinois Saint Andrew Society co-hosted with the Scottish Government last month. Azeem Ibrahim takes great pride in his Scottish identity, and like Sir Tom Farmer he attributes his success to the influence of his upbringing in a Scottish community.

As the Scottish American Community, it is our job to nourish Scottish identity - because what we nourish today, will flourish tomorrow. We must preserve Scottish traditions, but also promote and help to advance contemporary Scottish culture.

Music is a huge part of Scottish culture. If there is one song thing that reminds Scots of their own identity it is "Amazing Grace". The song represents tenacity and resilience, conviction and hope.

And I am delighted that Todd S. Parkhurst is here tonight to tell us the story of "Amazing Grace".

Todd has more than 35 years experience in litigation, transactions, and counseling in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law. Mr. Parkhurst joined the firm Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym in 2008.

Previously a partner at Holland + Knight LLP, where he served as head of the intellectual property practice in Chicago, Todd has litigated more than 50 intellectual property lawsuits and solicited hundreds of foreign and domestic patents.

Todd holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in General Engineering from the University of Illinois. He is an adjunct professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent Law School, where he teaches courses in Trade Secret law and Intensive Intellectual Property Trial Advocacy. He has been selected by peer evaluation as among the Best of U.S. IP Lawyers; Super Lawyers; and the Best Lawyers in America.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please join with me and welcome, to deliver "Amazing Grace", Todd Parkhurst.

END

Here are details of some of the organizations and speakers that attended the conference...

DAVID G. BERGER

David Berger is currently Vice President of the Saint Andrew's Society of the City Of Milwaukee, and an active member of the Clan MacLaren.

Dave Berger was elected to the Wisconsin Assembly in 1970 serving two terms in that house before being elected to the Wisconsin Senate in 1974, serving in the Senate until 1987.

After leaving the legislature Dave was a Regional Director for Government Affairs for MCI Telecommunications, directing state legislative operations in the countries central region for the telecommunications company.

Dave graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B A in Political Science, and he received his MA from Marquette University, and is a member of the National Political Science Honor Society.

Scottish Community Foundation Introduction

The Scottish Community Foundation is an independent grantmaking charity, matching donors with causes. Dedicated to creating strong, successful communities in Scotland the Foundation was formed in 1996 to work with individuals, companies and charitable trusts to support their philanthropic goals. We manage 250 charitable funds, including £6million in endowments, which have helped us to award almost £18million in grants to Scotland's communities over the last 12 years. We are now one of the largest independent funders of the voluntary and community sector in the country.

There are 1,500 community foundations in the growing, worldwide movement. Wherever located the idea is the same. Dedicated to strengthening local communities, and working with individuals, families and companies these agile foundations seek to make a real difference, targeting donor funds with local knowledge.

Hamish Buchan - Brief Biography

Hamish has been a Scottish Community Foundation trustee since 2002. After a successful career as an investment trust analyst with Wood Mackenzie & Co., Hamish broadened his horizons, and developed a portfolio of company directorships, charitable trusteeships and educational support.

He has been a trustee of the Stewart Ivory Foundation, a governor of Dollar Academy, and a director of the Scottish Council for Independent Schools. He is married with four stepchildren and keeps busy with his nine grandchildren! His other interests are golf, curling, travel and antiques.

Crawford Gillies
Saltire Foundation


120 Bothwell Street Glasgow G2 7JL 011 44 141 228 2287

Crawford Gillies joined Bain & Co. in 1983 and became a partner in 1988. He has worked with clients throughout Europe in a wide variety of sectors on issues of strategy, organisation and performance improvement. From 1996 to 2001 he was responsible for Bain & Company's business in the UK and assumed leadership of the firm ' s European business from 2001 until he stepped down at the end of 2005.

He is now pursuing a career as a plural director and adviser. He is currently a Non Executive of Standard Life plc and, Chairman of Control Risks Group Holdings plc, Hammonds, the international law firm and Touch Bionics, a small Edinburgh based startup.

He is Chairman of the Saltire Foundation, and is a member of the Scottish Enterprise International Advisory Board.

Prior to joining Bain, Crawford qualified as a chartered accountant, is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and of the University of Edinburgh where he studied law. He is a former Chairman of CBI London.

Mairead MacDonald: Biographical Note

Mairead MacDonald is Director of the Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches project, based at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the Gaelic college on the Isle of Skye. Mairead is a fluent Gaelic speaker from Skye who has worked on many Gaelic publishing projects and was previously Director of Storlann Naiseanta na Gaidhlig, the National Gaelic Resource Centre.

Mairead MacDonald Sabhal Mor Ostaig: Scotland's Gaelic College Sabhal Mor Ostaig is a unique learning environment where all higher education provision, as well as the running of the College, is conducted in Scottish Gaelic - the only such college in the world. It is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the Sleat peninsula on the Isle of Skye.

Founded in 1973, the College has become internationally recognized as a centre for the Gaelic language and culture. It is an academic partner of the University of the Highlands and Islands and has a diverse student population, with a cross-section of ages and different nationalities. It is also home to many ground-breaking initiatives, including the Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches heritage project, the Gaelic dictionary project, the Canan communications company and Leirsinn research.

Presentation

Mairead MacDonald will outline the history of Sabhal Mor Ostaig and provide a review of recent developments, including a case study of Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches. This is an important collaborative project between Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the School of Scottish Studies (University of Edinburgh), BBC Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland. It is dedicated to digitizing, cataloguing and making available online more than 12,000 hours of audio recordings in Gaelic and Scots, from the 1930s to the present day.

Andrew McFarlan
Saltire Foundation


Andrew McFarlan is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Currently majoring in U.S. Foreign Policy, he was lucky enough to secure a work placement with the Illinois Saint Andrew Society in the summer, through an internship offered by the SaltireFoundation.

His interest in the Illinois Saint Andrew Society arose from a long-term interest in Scottish-American affairs. While proudly saluting the Scottish Saltire, the prospect of living and working in the U.S. is always something he aspired to. He firmly believes that the strong social and cultural relationship developed between the two countries owes much to the continued willingness of organizations to foster bilateral ties, exemplified by the Society. The economic dimension is naturally the next step in this relationship, and one which he believes is vital to the growing success of Scotland as a modern entity.

His summer internship focused on strategic research, developing recommendations for the Illinois Saint Andrew Society concerning their continuing relevance to the Scottish-American community. The results, he believes, not only ring true for the future direction of the Illinois Saint Andrew Society, but more generally for Scottish-American societies across the U.S.

Alastair Mclntyre
Electric Scotland


Alastair Mclntyre has spent over 25 years full time in the Online Industry firstly by running Almac BBS in Scotland, which at the time was Europe's largest public bulletin board service (before the Internet). He then created the Electric Scotland web site which is the largest Scottish history site on the web and has now been up and running for 11 years.

He was born in Glasgow but spent most of his young life in Iran, Malta and Kuwait before heading for boarding school at Dollar Academy in Scotland.

He formed his company, Electric Scotland USA LLC, in Scotland but then moved to work in Kentucky where he eventually moved to Canada where he now resides. The hosting of the site has since moved to Michigan and is managed by his old time BBS friend, Steve May.

The Electric Scotland web site is all about the History of Scotland, the Scots and Scots-Irish and also people and places of Scots descent around the world. It gets some 53% of its visitors from the USA, 18% from the UK and 9% from Canada with the next most visiting countries being Australia, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, France, Netherlands and India.

Alastair runs the site himself but hopes eventually to earn enough money to get a full time assistant.

Gus Noble
Illinois Saint Andrew Society

2800 Des Plaines Avenue North Riverside, IL 60546 (708)426-7130
gusnoble@chicago-scots.org

Gus Noble is the President of the Illinois Saint Andrew Society.

Established in 1845, the Illinois Saint Andrew Society is the oldest charity in the State of Illinois. The Illinois Saint Andrew Society nourishes the Scottish identity through service, fellowship and the celebration of Scottish culture. As well as offering scholarships and support for the promotion of Scottish Arts, the Society offers a wide range of elder care services at the Scottish Home.

Gus was born in 1969 in Dundee. He grew up in Duns, in the Borders of Scotland.
In 1992 after graduating from the University of Stirling, Gus moved to Chicago where he began to focus his career on the development of transatlantic trade. Gus began a seven-year stint with the British Consulate General Chicago. During this time he concentrated on both trade and investment - with a strong focus on generating trade press publicity for British business. In 1999 Gus completed a Business-to-Business Marketing Strategy course at J L Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University). Following 1999's devolution of government authorities in the UK, Gus established and operated the first overseas office of the National Assembly for Wales in Chicago.

He took up his current appointment with the Illinois Saint Andrew Society in August 2004.

Gus is married to Aisha. They have 2 dogs, Mahalia and Rosetta. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Chicago (ROTARY ONE), the world's first Rotary Club, and his interests include music, golf and Newcastle United Football Club.

Todd S. Parkhurst
Partner
Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym

E-Mail: tparkhurst@hsplegal.com Phone: 312-604-2626

Todd S. Parkhurst has more than 35 years experience in litigation, transactions, and counseling in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law. Mr. Parkhurst joined the firm in 2008.

Experience: Previously a partner at Holland + Knight LLP, where he served as head of the intellectual property practice in Chicago, Mr. Parkhurst has litigated more than 50 intellectual property lawsuits including patent infringement cases involving software, electronics, agricultural implements and machinery; trademark and unfair competition suits involving computer processes, industrial lubricants and fluid flow control; and copyright infringement litigation involving books, video games and software.

Mr, Parkhurst has solicited hundreds of patents, both foreign and domestic, involving sophisticated machine tools, cryogenic particle sorting equipment, pinball games, railroad cars, and human spine implants.

In addition to litigation, Mr. Parkhurst's practice also includes licensing and patent acquisition activities for the video game and software sectors, electronic program guides for television networks; agricultural implements; and hospital and medical devices.

Honors, Education, and Activities: Mr. Parkhurst holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in General Engineering from the University of Illinois. He is an adjunct professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent Law School, where he teaches courses in Trade Secret law and Intensive Intellectual Property Trial Advocacy. He has been selected by peer evaluation as among the Best of U.S. IP Lawyers; Super Lawyers; and the Best Lawyers in America.

Scottish Community Foundation Introduction

The Scottish Community Foundation is an independent grantmaking charity, matching donors with causes. Dedicated to creating strong, successful communities in Scotland the Foundation was formed in 1996 to work with individuals, companies and charitable trusts to support their philanthropic goals. We manage 250 charitable funds, including £6million in endowments, which have helped us to award almost £18miilion in grants to Scotland's communities over the last 12 years. We are now one of the largest independent funders of the voluntary and community sector in the country.

There are 1,500 community foundations in the growing, worldwide movement. Wherever located the idea is the same. Dedicated to strengthening local communities, and working with individuals, families and companies these agile foundations seek to make a real difference, targeting donor funds with local knowledge.

Giles Ruck - Brief Biograpghy

Giles became Chief Executive of the Foundation in 2004. He has twenty years experience in the non-profit and education sectors, primarily in the development of excluded young people, formerly working for UK charities such as Barnardo's and Fairbridge. He has a wealth of experience in matching donor's interests with local charities and is applying this to increase the Foundation's role in strengthening communities across Scotland.

In his spare time, Giles likes to put his body to the test by taking part in various adventure sports, and has completed the 54 mile Caledonian Challenge in under twelve hours!

Nike B. Whitcomb
Nike B. Whitcomb Associates, Inc

205 W. Wacker Drive
Suite 2022
Chicago, IL 60606
tel (312)346-9018
fax (312)346.9098
nbwhitcombCgsaol .com
www.whitcombassociates.com

Nike B. Whitcomb, CFRE, is the firm's principal. She has 38 years of experience in management, marketing, public relations and fund raising in both the public and private sectors. Over the course of her career she has personally raised and/or helped her clients raise more than a Quarter Billion Dollars. Her personal expertise includes preplanning then implementing campaigns including materials preparation, volunteer recruitment/training and solicitation. She is also the lead trainer at the firm, providing seminars and special sessions on donor cultivation and solicitation.

Alan Bain
Scottish American Foundation


For over four decades, Mr. Baird worked with Schlumberger Ltd., serving as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1986 to 2003. In addition he held the position of non-executive Chairman of Rolls-Royce plc from 2002 to 2004. He serves on the boards of Scottish Power plc, Société Générale Group and Areva is a trustee of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, a member of the French Prime Minister’s Comité National de la Science and of the UK Prime Minister’s Council of Science and Technology. Throughout his illustrious career, the Aberdeen, Scotland native has worked toward the expansion of cultural and business relationships between Scotland and the United States.

The American-Scottish Foundation is dedicated to strengthening ties between individuals, institutions and businesses of Scotland and the United States through the pursuit of contemporary social, cultural, educational, philanthropic, scientific and economic interests and activities.

The American-Scottish Foundation champions the extraordinary and creative relationship between the U.S. and Scotland for mutual benefit.

The Foundation provides Scots and Americans with a strong, non-political base and general point of contact. This association includes institutions and individuals with cultural, economic, educational, genealogical and travel interests.

The Wallace Award was originally conceived as a singular opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary diversity of contributions that Scots have made to the world and, in particular, to recognize individual outstanding achievement or significant contribution in their field of endeavor by Scottish individuals or those of Scottish descent in America and Canada.

About The American-Scottish Foundation

Founded in 1956, The American-Scottish Foundation, Inc., is the preeminent, U.S. based, national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to bringing institutions and individuals of Scotland and the United States together through the pursuit of contemporary cultural, educational and economic interests.

The Foundation plays an integral role in American-Scottish undertakings throughout the year which includes operating "Scotland House," an epicenter of American-Scottish activity in New York City; presenting the prestigious Wallace Award® that recognizes primarily leading Americans of Scottish descent for outstanding contributions to society; hosting networking events and cultivating relationships in Scotland and the United States between prominent Scottish and American-Scottish individuals and companies; and sponsoring national and local Tartan Day programs.

A leader in national American-Scottish affairs, The Foundation is a founding member of both the Scottish Coalition and the Scottish North American Leadership Conference. The Foundation is also a founding member of New York City's Tartan Day leadership group, the National Tartan Day New York Committee Inc.

American-Scottish Foundation, Inc.
Scotland House™
575 Madison Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10022-2511
U.S.A.
Tel: (212) 605-0338
Fax: (212) 605-0222
Email: asf@wwbcny.com Website: http://www.americanscottishfoundation.com 

Scottish North American Leadership Conference

What is the Leadership Conference and who is invited?

The conference is an opportunity for those of us in the Scottish-American community to share views, values, experiences and best practices. The Conference aims to raise awareness of Scotland and Scottish culture, to develop a better understanding of the roles, objectives and operations of the various government, academic, non-profit and private sector organizations that operate in the Scottish North American community and to identify opportunities to enhance communication and collaboration within the community. Representatives from every organization in the Scottish North American Community are encouraged to attend. Over 1800 save-the-date cards have already been mailed out.

6th Annual Scottish North American Leadership Conference Developing Best Practices For Scottish North American Organizations

9:30 - 10:00a.m. Introductions & Welcome

Gus Noble - President, Illinois Saint Andrew Society
Alan Bain - President Emeritus, American Scottish Foundation

10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Dave Berger
Vice President, Saint Andrew Society of Milwaukee

In visiting Highland Games around the country, Dave has some interesting insights to share about his observations. Also the Saint Andrew's Society of Milwaukee has successfully lobbied the State of Wisconsin to adopt their tartan as the state tartan.

10:30-11:00 a.m. Alastair Mclntyre
Owner, Electricscotland.com

Alastair will speak about his website electricscotland.com and how it can be of benefit to Scottish organizations.

11:00 —11:30 a.m. Hamish Buchan and Giles Ruck
Scottish Community Trust

The Scottish Community Foundation supports locally based charities and community groups the length and breadth of Scotland. As a grant-maker and donor services agency it matches the interests of donors with the needs of communities. This provides a unique and effective way to channel your support and to connect with the city or area in Scotland in which your family originated.

11:30 — 12:00 Noon Mairead MacDonald
Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Isle of Skye

Sabhal Mor Ostaig is a unique learning environment where all higher education provision and the running of the College is conducted in Scottish Gaelic - the only such college in the world. Sabhal Mor Ostaig is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the Sleat peninsula on the Isle of Skye.

12:00-12:45 p.m. Lunch

12:45 - 1:15 p.m. Crawford Gillies
Chairman, SaltireFoundation, Glasgow, Scotland

Crawford will discuss the SaltireFoundation's vision, which is to generate a pipeline of confident, entrepreneurially-driven executives, ready to enhance Scotland's commercial performance. By making these individuals aware of what can be achieved and by opening their eyes to new possibilities for Scotland, the SaltireFoundation seeks to push the boundaries of success for Scotland and raise the aspirations of its people.

1:15 - 1:45 p.m. Andrew McFarlan
Saltire Foundation

Under the auspices of the SaltireFoundation, Andrew has spent the summer 2008 interning with the Illinois Saint Andrew Society. He conducted "in-depth" interviews with Chicago Scots to produce a report on recommendations as to what the Illinois Saint Andrew Society and other Scottish-American organizations can do in order to grow and ensure future relevance.

1:45 - 2:15p.m. June Skiner Sawyers
Author and lecturer

June has written a number of books to chronicle Scottish contributions to, and accomplishments in, North America, including "The Scots of Chicago," a history of the Illinois Saint Andrew Society, which she wrote with Society President Emeritus and Historian, Wayne Rethford. June is helping to produce and publish a photographic history of the Society. Her latest book is "A Civilized Shoppers Guide to Edinburgh and Glasgow."

2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Break (set up roundtables)

2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Introduction to Roundtable Sessions

2:45 - 5:45 p.m. Roundtables - 60-minute sessions

Communication, Collaboration & Coalition among Scottish Organizations, Gus Noble, President, Illinois Saint Andrew Society.

Fundraising. the planning it takes to implement successful campaigns and programs - Nike Whitcomb, President, Nike B. Whitcomb & Associates Fundraising Consultants.

Internet, Facebook and Social Networking Best Practices, John Barry, Owner and Event Consultant, Star Events

5:45-6:00 p.m. Wrap-Up

9:00 a.m. - Noon Wrap-up. Discussion of this year's program and selection of
theme for Scottish North American Leadership Conference 2009.

12:00-12:30 p.m. Lunch

end of program.

Pictures

Here are some pictures I took of the Scottish Home where the conference was held.  The St Andrews Society of Illinois, our hosts for the event, runs the Scottish Home.


Picture on the left show at the back Larry who was kind enough to drive me to and fro from the hotel to the conference. In the middle is the Historian of the St. Andrews Society of Illinois and on the left is the photographer that took most of the pictures. Of course you can tell I am having my usual problem of forgetting people's names!


Picture on the left show Alan Bain on the right of the picture and the middle picture shows Gus Nobel on the right of the picture.


Clicking on this picture will bring up a much larger one showing you the group photograph.


Here are pictures of the Scottish Home.  I might add that the Piper shown here will greet you with a pipe tune if you hit the little button opposite him.


You can just about make out all the names if you click on the above two pictures

Click here for pictures of the Dinner on Friday Night
Click here for pictures of the Conference on the Saturday
Click here for some other pictures

Lots of other material was available at the conference and here are a few items for you to read here...


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