PO Box 765, Rapid City SD 57709
Volume 8 Issue 3 March 2006
Serving the Celtic Communities of: Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall (England),
Galacia (Spain), Brittany (France), Scotland and Ireland
You may contribute news and photos by email to Info@BlackHillsCelticEvents.org
March 16 7:00 General membership Meeting, TREA*
p.m. Building, Rapid City
PROGRAM: “The Irish & St.
Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner and Ceilidh - March 17 T.B.A. String Thaw will be playing at the Dublin
Square 5-9:00 p.m.
March 18, 2006 March 18 6:00 Saint Patrick’s Dinner & Ceilidh at
This is always a popular event for the entire family, p.m. Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 717
get those tickets NOW! Tickets are available at the Dahl Quincy St, Rapid City
Arts Center & via the S.I.S. Web site: March 31- SD Tech Cultural Expo
www.BlackHillsCelticEvents.org . Tickets will also be available Apr 1
at the March 16th Society membership meeting (if there are any April 6 7:00 Board Meeting, TREA* Building, Rapid
left). p.m. City
The evening will be full of good food, music, including April 20 7:00 General Membership Meeting, TREA*
some sing-alongs, and we may even learn a dance. Of course a p.m. Building, Rapid City
‘Ceilidh’ (pronounced KAY-lee) means an opportunity for all to PROGRAM: Battle of Culloden
join in. Members and guests are welcome to share toasts, jokes, May 4 7:00 Board Meeting, TREA* Building, Rapid
songs, etc. Cost for the evening’s entertainment is $15 per person p.m. City
for members and $17 for non-members. May 18 7:00 General Membership Meeting, TREA*
Menu includes salmon canapés, Irish Potted Chicken, Irish p.m. Building, Rapid City
stew, soda bread, fruit, orange chutney and a variety of desserts PROGRAM: History of Beltaine
including: shortbread, scones, trifles, Guinness cake, John Burke June T.B.A. Midsummer’s Night Gathering
and Jim Byrne are heading up the meal planning. Note: there will
be no keg provided in accordance with our new event safety *TREA = The Retired Enlisted Association building, 1981 East Centre
guidelines. Street, Rapid City
The dinner will be at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 717 Quincy,
6:00 p.m. social and 7:00 p.m. dinner. Please buy your tickets by
March 16th Membership Program: BUDGET – Such a scary word! It conjures up images of
The Irish & St Patrick people dressed in rags, huddled around a small coin purse,
Learn more about Saint Patrick – the fact & fiction discussing whether they can afford to spend their last
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! pennies on a loaf of bread.
Since joining this group I have not seen an annual
budget in print. This subject came to mind during a recent
board meeting. As we reviewed the income statement for
St. Patrick’s Day Parade the Burns dinner someone pointed out that it used to be one
Come out in your Celtic finery (dogs welcome of our most lucrative fund raisers. I had to ask, “What are
too) for the parade on Saturday, March 18. We’ll we raising funds for?”
assemble at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of 3rd & Main Well, we should, as a group, decide what we are
Streets downtown. Parade will start at noon. raising funds for. Whatever we wish to raise money for
should be plugged into the expense side of a budget. Of Serendipity - On March 4, Pat and I took a combined business and
course this will guide us in planning our fund raising efforts vacation trip to Dallas. Yes, I mean the big “D”. We were
to fill in the income side of the budget sheet. disappointed to find that Dallas had very little to offer in the way of
Then we can stand around our small purse, tourist attractions. This was a surprise to us considering the size of
monitoring the cash flow with a purpose. In her searches Pat came across something called the
Today, in the wake of a severe loss from last year’s Northern Texas Irish Festival. You know what I am going to say.
festival, we are in the black. We now have enough cash to What a find! What a festival!
pay back members who loaned us money last fall. That The event was like a South Dakota State Fair without the
speaks volumes about the determination of you members to carnival rides. The program listed over 150 vendors. We saw
keep the Scottish and Irish Society going. It puts us in a Celtic entertainers on 8 stages. Over three days they contracted 31
position to plan for something other than digging out of local musical groups and 10 headliner groups. On the day that we
debt. attended there were six Irish dance schools performing throughout
I will be submitting a draft annual budget to the the day. These schools each had 20-50 students on stage. We saw
a 20 piece pipe band. Thousands of people came through the gates
board in April. I hope that we can put it into effect starting to see the festival. There were hundreds of dogs. We were able to
July 1. I am suggesting a mid-year, annual budget plan buy things from vendors that we do not see on the shelf here in
so that the newly elected officers have time to put it together Rapid City. I saw a man wearing cowboy boots with his kilt.
each year. This gives the next slate of officers a blue print Pat and I were on sensory overload. What to do next?
to continue on until the following July. Our quick “drop-in” at the festival ended after 7 hours.
As members you need to be involved in the budget We were exhausted and happy with the day.
process. Think about what you would like to do as an If you ever have a chance to go to a big festival such as
organization. What kind of activities should we have? How the one at Estes Park, give it a go. It is fun to see at least once.
and who should pay for those activities? Do we engage in I figure that by the year 2099 we can have a festival just
as big in the Black Hills.
large speculative events like the festival? Should we stick to
small, self supporting activities like the Burns and St Gary Hamilton
Patrick’s celebrations? Should we raise money or break
even on events?
This is your organization and these events are your
parties. Make your wishes known.
Your Input Needed
This newsletter would be far more interesting with your
input: news, events, culture, history, photos, new Celtic
businesses, anything. Submit your articles in MS Word doc and
photos in jpg format. E-mail to info@BlackHillsCelticEvents.org .
The North Texas Caledonian Pipes and Drums
There are actually seven Celtic nations including Wales, Isle of We’ve added some new members to our ranks since our last
man, Cornwall (England), Glacia (Spain), Brittany (France), newsletter. Let’s hope we can welcome them in person at our next
Scotland and Ireland that share similar languages, music and general meeting and at the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Ceilidh!
traditions. New members: Catherine Rost, Winston Barclay, Lillian
Witte, Darren Williams, Rae Tyburec and Donna Tyburec
We’ll try to get some profiles of our new members in upcoming
Last month I shared a few items from Arthur Herman’s
book, “How the Scots Invented the Modern World”. This month I Treasurer’s Report: No update
won’t. No time.
Gary Hamilton Old Business:
* Membership meetings continue at the TREA building, but
members are still looking for another place to meet.
* Sally Knight will take on position of membership chair.
* SIS is still seeking position of a publicist.
*Celtic festival will consist of more a “gathering of the clans”
.Chamber of commerce needs to know SIS’s final decision, as they
are promoting and directing questions about the festival.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! *Names tags to be worn at events. Sally Knight will bring in a
Beannachtai na Feile Padraig! sample name tag to the next meeting.
(pronounced: Bann-ockt-tee nih fail-eh pawd-rig) *St. Pat’s dinner tickets are ready and the Dahl is handing out
*Budgeting ideas were discussed for St. Pat’s dinner as well as an
annual budget based on activities and fund-raisers.
Dublin Square Pub as been added to website advertisement.
May the road rise to meet you. Revised Robert’s Rules guidelines will be available via S.I.S.
May the wind be always at your back. website.
May the sun shine warn upon your face,
And rains fall soft upon your fields. Gary Hamilton wrote a letter endorsing the arts grant requested
And until we meet again, by Holly Lemay. Should the grant be approved, it will allow
May God hold you in the palm of his hand. members to take lessons for calling dances. Gary thought it would
be a good idea to be used as an activity at general meetings. Grant
approval should be near the end of May.
Exchange club convention will be April 28 at the Quality Inn at
8:00 pm. Charlie Wier and Gary Hamilton will host a scotch tasting
for the convention’s Celtic theme. Charlie Wier will give a lecture
of Dakota Celtic History during the dinner, and SIS has been asked
SDSMT Cultural Expo – March 31-April 1 to take part in the ceilidh with tartan attire. Board approved this.
We have been invited to set-up a table at the annual Cultural Expo
at the South Dakota school of Mines. It will be chance to talk to The Board moved to start membership loan payback. This will
elementary school students about our culture. We will hand out be further discussed at the next meeting when treasurer is present.
shortbreads as well. We can talk about this at the next membership
meeting. Program for March will be about St. Patrick.
Festival Planning Meeting – March 25, 10:00 am Program for April will be the Battle of Culloden.
Highland Festival Planning Meeting will be held at the Dahl Arts Program for May will be the History of Beltaine.
center on March 25, 10:00 am.
Exchange Club Convention Ceilidh – April 28, 8:00 pm Kerry Smith would like to see something in newsletter or
The Exchange Club of Rapid City is a service club focusing on activities that have unusual or mysterious facts of our Celtic
children’s charities. They are having a Ceilidh in support of a history. Newsletter editor is soliciting input from members for the
regional convention to be held here in Rapid City. They have hired newsletter.
String Thaw, Morgan Black and a Piper for their Ceilidh. We are
invited to the Ceilidh, dressed in period clothing, to add to the Culture chairs: looking for members to increase our knowledge of
atmosphere. Please plan to attend. It will be a good time and it is Welsh, and Irish heritage.
FREE! We can talk about this at the next membership meeting.
St. Pat’s parade: Board moved to purchase a parade permit and
participate. A piper will be needed.
Sally Knight, secretary. (Members can request complete minutes
from the secretary or read at general member meetings.)
Treasurer’s Report: $2,482.90
Samples of name tags to wear at events were passed to each
member and approved.
A “Gathering of the Clans” celebration is being investigated.
St. Pat’s parade: Darren Williams will be the Piper for the parade.
A banner is still needed. Bill Knight made a motion to purchase a
banner from Budget signs.
Exchange club convention: SIS will participate with the “style
show” and decorations.
Guidelines are needed to define paid musicians versus Ceilidh
participants. Kerry Smith has agreed to develop and submit at next
Members who have not renewed will no longer receive the
newsletter, but will be informed of upcoming events.
Board moved for S.I.S. to participate at the School of Mines
Cultural Expo on March 31 to April 1.
Sally Knight, secretary. (Members can request complete minutes
from the secretary or read at general member meetings.)
Publicist (Publicity manager)
Members to provide content for newsletter
President Gary Hamilton,
Vice President Bill Knight
Secretary Sally Knight
Treasurer Carole Conrad
Board Members Aliyah Sanders, Kerry Smith, Jim Byrne,
James Marrs, John Burke
Web Site Robert Millican with apprentices: Gary & Pat
Hamilton, and Aliyah Sanders
Newsletter Pat Hamilton,
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5th of each month.