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The Family Tree - April/May 2004
Lt. Eugene Allen Shy chosen to receive the Allan M. Adams Award

The Indiana and Kentucky Divisions of the United States Branch of the House of Gordon, a Scottish Highland Clan, are proud to announce that, Lt. Eugene Allen Shy, KCTJ, KM, OBE, OSD, of Bowling Green, Kentucky has been chosen to receive the Allan M. Adams Award.

The Adams Award is presented annually to an individual, group, or organization for their outstanding contributions in the field of public education with regard to Scottish culture and heritage. Mr. Shy and his wife Melanie, (Schmidt of Louisville, KY) are expecting the birth of their first child in July of this year.  Gene, who served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy until he received a Medical Discharge, is a construction manager, design engineer, and freelance writer.  He is a Graduate of both the University of California, Berkeley and of Vanderbilt University, with Degrees in Political Science and International Diplomacy.  He is the Past-President of Clan McFarland of Varicar.  Gene is on the board of Directors of the Glasgow Highland Games and has been active in them for over twelve years, where he serves as the Director of Logistics and Operations.  Gene is also the President of the Kentucky International Scottish Society, and serves on the Dream Factory Board of Directors.  An Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, A Knight Commander with the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, a Knight with the Sovereign Order of Malta, and having been awarded the Order of the Sgian Dubh, he has also been commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel.  In addition, the 48th Royal Highland Regiment of  Canada has made him an Honorary Member.  Mr. Shy is well known for his willingness to do lectures anytime or anywhere for schools, television, radio, public events, and private groups about all things Scottish.  He especially loves to travel to other Scottish events all over the United States to represent the Glasgow Highland Games.

Established in 1997, the Adams award is named for the philanthropist Allan M. Adams, a publisher, entrepreneur, and a decorated U.S. Naval Aviator with service in the Pacific theater during W.W.II, who until his death actively encouraged people to investigate their heritage and culture.  Mr. Adams was often heard telling young people that the only way to truly succeed in the future was to have a firm understanding of their past.  Nominations for the Adams Award are submitted by the members of the Indiana and Kentucky Divisions of the House of Gordon and the previous winners of the award.  The active members and prior winners then submit ballots with their vote to the State Convener for tabulation.  The winner is presented the award during the opening ceremonies of the Glasgow Highland Games, which are held the first weekend after Memorial Day at Barren River State Resort Park in Lucas, KY.
Kevin M. Spencer, FSA Scot
State Convener, House of Gordon     
220 S. Lakeview Drive
Petersburg, IN 47567-8856
812-354-3700 fax

Glasgow Highland Games, Inc.
119 East Main Street
Glasgow, KY 42141
270-651-9090 fax

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