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Scottish Society Of Central California



Reminder for October 7th, 2008 General Membership Meeting

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SSCC Motto

Scottish Society Adopts A Motto & A Flag

The SSCC Board of Governors on May 28, 2002 adopted an official motto for the Scottish Society of Central California and developed the official SSCC flag.

The motto “AIR SON GRADH NA h-ALBANN” which means “ For The Love of Scotland”. A Rendition of the official flag is shown below and will incorporate the motto on it.

A quote from one of our members.

"The credit for the idea of the motto goes to member Alice Stevenson who thought the society should have one. She mentioned this to me and I agreed that it was a great idea. I could not get it out of my head that night, and I asked myself why I have worked so hard for the society for so many years, and also for my Clan society and other Scottish organizations. I decided that the reason I did it was “ For the Love of Scotland”. From there I wrote the phase in Gaelic and with the help of a Gaelic speaking friend to check my work and make a grammatical change, came up with the motto".

"I also felt that we should have a flag of our own & designed one, which was adopted by the board. The flag will be displayed at all of our official functions, but will not complete in time for the general meeting in June".

"The board members also thought we could use the motto on many things such as T-shirts, mugs, our letterhead stationary etc".

"I sincerely hope that all of you feel the way I do about our ancestry and that you too do what you do for the society for '“The Love of Scotland”'.

Ken Bain, SSCC Past Chief


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The Scottish Society of Central California

Organization History & Mission Statement

The Scottish Society of Central California had its beginnings in 1982, when those of Scottish descent belonging to the Celtic Cultural Society of Central California decided to form their own organization. In January 1983, the Scottish Society of Central California became a non-profit corporation organized and qualified under the laws of the State of California. The Society’s mission is to create, stimulate, and sustain an interest in Scotland; to educate the public about Scottish heritage; to provide educational and entertaining events that share and promote Scottish culture; to promote goodwill and understanding among its members and the general public and to perform such charitable works as may be reasonably possible and appropriate.

A primary activity of the Scottish Society of Central California is the presentation of the Annual Fresno Scottish Highland Gathering & Games. The original Games were organized by the Celtic Cultural Society of Central California, (CCSCC), and SSCC took over their presentation in 1984. This Highland Games & Gathering of Scottish Clans has now grown to the point that it is considered one of the finest one-day Scottish events on the West Coast.

The Society has other outstanding events: our annual Robert Burns supper, held in January each year on the Saturday nearest to Burn’s birth date (the 25th); our Spring Ceilidh, generally, is held on the first Saturday in May; and our Saint Andrews Ceilidh, held on the first Saturday in December. Our General Membership meetings are held five times each year on the first Tuesday in February, April, June, August, and October.

Our newsletter, The Thistle, is received by our membership six times each year, bringing a calendar of Scottish events, items of history and culture, a little humor, and articles of local interest.

If you are not currently a member, you are welcome to join us by contacting us.


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