Parry Sound Ontario 2007 Annual Burns Supper Parry Sound, Ontario As guests arrived at the ballroom for the Robbie Burns Supper in Parry Sound; they were greeted by the pipes of Allister Dumont, welcomed to the party and escorted to their tables. Everyone looked stunning in their Scottish regalia. The room was decorated with tartans and the tables were beautifully set. A large hors d-oeuvres table centered the room. The haggis was escorted in by Calvin Stewart, John MacFie, Andy Milne and Bert Federico. Jack Patterson pronounced “a guid Scots Haggis”, and Andy Milne gave the Address to the Haggis. John MacFie paid tribute to Jack Patterson for his excellent leadership of the Robbie Burns Supper Committee. This leadership started 15 years ago in the Dunchurch Legion hall, which it rapidly outgrew as word spread and people arrived from Parry sound. The committee moved to St. Peter‟s Hall in Parry Sound and then to the larger Bobby Orr Community Centre, where we now entertain 160 guests to dinner and dancing. Jack was an excellent chairman until 2006 when he gave the chairmanship over to Betty Langford. To quote John MacFie, „Jack elevated the level of pomp and ceremony‟ and was indefatigable in his devotion to the Robbie Burns Supper. A dinner of cock-a-leekie soup, roast beef, neeps and taters, haggis and delicious trifle was served, prepared by Chef Dominic Gallagher. The toasts to the Queen, the lassies, Canada and Robbie Burns were given and the entertainment began with a pipe solo by Allister Dumont. We enjoyed two Scottish dances demonstrations led by instructor Nandor Furstner. Then on to a ceilidh, music supplied by the band „The Third Change‟. Everyone crowded on to the floor with enthusiasm and much hilarity ensued. We sang Scottish songs were sung led by a trio consisting of Betty Langford, Karen Laurin and Shirley Jordan. The trio entertained us with old Scottish favorites. Andy Milne read some of Robbie Burns‟ poetry and the party closed with a rousing Auld Lang Syne, which I am sure the Bard himself would have enjoyed. Joan Cox February 2007 Texas hero owes it all to poem by Burns IAIN LUNDY HE WAS one of the greatest military and political heroes in United States history, the founding father of modern-day Texas after whom the fourth largest city in America is named. On March 2 every year, Texans celebrate Sam Houston's birthday and Texas Independence Day in memory of the man whose vision and outlook shaped their state. But evidence recently come to light reveals that the greatest influence in Houston's life came not from his fellow Americans but from his Scottish ancestry and the works of Robert Burns. He drew inspiration from one particular Burns poem, 'Epistle To A Young Friend', which he memorized as a child and referred to throughout his life for guidance. In a letter to his teenage son, Sam Jnr, Houston called the poem "one of the most salutary and safest guides I have met with in life" and "a beautiful emanation of heart and intellect". Now, after years of gathering dust in the vaults of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum in Huntsville, Texas, the Burns poetry book which belonged to Houston's mother and which he read avidly, has been put on public display along with details of his Scottish heritage. "That poem by Burns was really his lost polestar that guided him through life," said Texas-based author James L Haley, who wrote a book on the life and career of Houston. "There is one line in the poem about being lost in the tempest of life and he never lost sight of that image during his lifetime. He even signed an autographed book for a young cousin using that image. He was a wild man, a world-class drunk and suffered a short and unhappy first marriage with a girl from Tennessee. He married again when he was 48." Houston, whose great grandfather had left the family home in Renfrewshire and settled in the New World via Ireland, went on to have eight children by this marriage. In a letter to his son, Sam jr, Houston wrote: "I would commend to your particular attention a poem of Burns. It is his advice to a young friend Andrew. In my course of life I have found it one of the most salutary as well as one of the safest guides I have met with in life." Burns wrote the poem in 1786 and sent it to Andrew Hunter Aiken, the son of a family friend, who he refers to as "Dear Andrew". The youngster went on to become a wealthy merchant and served as British Consul in Riga. Dick Rice, historical interpreter at the Sam Houston Museum, said there has been no room to display the Burns book until the building was recently extended. More or Less Hector arrived at his local bar one evening and instead of ordering his usual pint of beer followed by a large whisky (just for starters, you understand), he surprised the barman by asking "Can I have a pint of Less, Donald?" The barman looked puzzled and said, "I've not come across that one before. Is it a new type of beer?" Hector shrugged his shoulders. "I've no idea either. But when I saw my doctor yesterday he said I should drink "Less" for the good of my health." Dear Frank, Dear Members We are currently conducting international research on behalf of the Scottish Executive on the subject of Robert Burns, our national bard (poet). We have been supplied with your email address by Shirley Bell of the Robert Burns World Federation Ltd who is assisting our work. We are seeking the views of a selection of overseas Scottish clubs / societies on what Burns means to you and your membership. If you would like to contribute to the study, we would appreciate if you could confirm that you are the appropriate contact. Although we have enclosed a copy of the questionnaire to be used, we would like to contact you by telephone and would ask you provide us with the most appropriate telephone contact number, preferred date and local time for a telephone conversation / interview. However if you would prefer to complete the questionnaire below, we would be equally pleased to receive your response in this manner. This research is prompted by the 250th anniversary of Rabbie Burns‟ birthday for which a number of events are being planned in Scotland to celebrate under the umbrella of Homecoming 2009. We do hope you or a member of your organisation can spare the time to participate. I look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance for any assistance. Kind Regards. Tony Walker (email@example.com) Zoom operates transatlantic services linking eight Canadian cities (Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax) to five points in the UK (London Gatwick, Glasgow, Manchester, Belfast and Cardiff) and to Paris Charles de Gaulle. The majority of our flights are sold directly to the public, although we also work with selected high-quality travel partners to offer a range of city breaks, ski holidays and touring holidays throughout Europe and Canada. Burns Visit to School by John Baxter I had the privilege of providing two Burns related snacks and Odes this last week. On Friday I cooked two of Baxter‟s amazing soups, (the canned variety) from Scotland) as well as oat cakes and shortbread. It was a surprise for the teachers at one of my schools. When they were seated I brought out the „mock haggis‟, a plastic sandwich bag stuffed with brown paper. It looked just like a small overcooked haggis! I marched it in and then delivered the Address, trenchin‟ its paper entrails as bright as I could muster. At least it beat an invisible haggis. I was asked a number of questions about the wee beastie and was of course told by some that it was something they would never try. Good!, all the more for me! My second experience was at the Avon-Maitland Board of Education District School Board Office. This was a regular monthly special education resource teacher‟s meeting. I had been challenged to deliver a haggis, wear the full kilt and do the Address. I agreed to do so provided a free will collection was taken on behalf of breast cancer. It was given the o.k. by MS. Marie Parsons our supervisor of Special Education. My poor dear wife had to get up at 5:00 a.m. to cook the „beastie‟ So packed in a slow cooker, wrapped in cheese cloth to keep out the bitter cold of the South Western Ontario morning, as I did my duties as a specialist teacher of the blind. I finished in time to don my kilt and drive 41 kilometers to the office in Seaforth. Setting up was a juggling act to say the least. I had to continue to heat the haggis in my slow cooker, prepare the table, (a rolling service trolley), and make sure there was someone to turn on the CD of „Scotland the Brave‟ when I needed it. The haggis was carefully placed on it‟s trencher without mishap, it was „Perfection‟. The table was ready, the St. Andrew‟s Cross on which was placed a rose, a book of Burns Poems and of course the whisky, only it was iced tea in disguise, but it looked the part. I then had a pleasant surprise. It seemed we had a piper within the Board Office that I did not know about so the Haggis was piped in with due ceremony. The Selkirk grace was „spake‟ and the Address was delivered. It went off perfectly I‟m glad to say with all the „tripes, auld guidmen, rustics and scunners‟ coming in the correct places. A brave few sampled the piping hot offering despite the concern over it‟s container, (sheep‟s belly). It proved to be a fun experience to most who had no idea of Burns or haggis. I am also very pleased to say that our group raised $100:00 for breast cancer research. Now what could be more Burnsian than good food, fun, and something great for the lassies? John Baxter is a specialist teacher of the blind for the Avon-Maitland District School Board in Ontario, Canada, and a proud member of the Robert Burns Society of Doon, Ontario. Winnipeg Burns Club. It could be said that it was a Burns Night A century in the making. A full 100 years after a group of Scottish-born railway men, who months later would from the Winnipeg Burns Club First gathered to celebrate the birth of Robert Burns The supper committee chose Winnipeg‟s Convention Centre, one of the top banquet facilities in the City, and for the venue of The Investiture Dinner and Dance at the forthcoming 2007Federation Conference, as the location for this milestone event. After Club President Jim Carrigan welcomed, somewhat fittingly, the largest number of guests In recent memory, Club Chaplain Sebastian Sears proposed a Toast to Absent Friends, remembering three members who had passed away in the last twelve months, and invoked a Grace before Dinner. As the diners enjoyed Scotch Broth, they were entertained by Winnipeg‟s St. Andrew‟s Society Grade 2 Pipe Band, the top ranked Pipe Band in the Province, led by Pipe Major Wesley Sheppard. Following a rousing Address to a Haggis by Dr. Ian Wight, the guests enjoyed the finest Haggis in Winnipeg and an outstanding Roast Top Round of Beef, followed by Chocolate Torte. After emcee Ron Robinson, of CBC Radio One, proposed the Toast to Canada, Secretary Nadia Carrigan brought greetings frae ither clubs and then six members of the Manitoba Highland dancers Association entertained. Club member Jim Easton. The Immortal bard himself, looking very much like Club Past President and treasurer Craig Oliphant, proposed the Toast to the Lassies, while Honorary Life member Ishbel Turnbull responded on behalf of the Ladies, invoking Coila, Robert‟s muse. Following more songs including ‟A Man‟s a Man‟ which incidentally was sung at the very first club Burns Supper (and many times since). The Immortal Memory was given by Hon. Rev. Bill Blaikie P.C. M.P. the Deputy Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons. The toast was humorous, thought provoking, and well received by all. A trip for two to the United Kingdom, courtesy Zoom Airlines, was won by Susanne Robertson of the Manitoba Highland dancer‟s Association. More singing ending with Auld Lang Syne. A memorable night indeed. Colin Harris. America and Scotland: peoples linked from the start WILL SPRINGER IT‟S TIME for Scotland to swagger like its American cousins. Many of us look up to the United States as the icon of democracy and everything cool and creative. But were it not for Scotland and the hundreds of thousands of its people who planted their feet on its soil, America would have been a much different place „ a country craving character. Scotland was more than a pinch of salt when America was being kneaded into a nation‟ many of the main ingredients were derived from the Saltire State. Young and old, man and woman, Scots came to the New World in search of greater freedom and opportunity. They brought with them not only hope and desire, but brains and leadership. They were a philanthropist and a naturalist. They were leaders in military and political arenas. They put their name to the Declaration of Independence, they pursued religious freedoms, and they shared cultural traditions and brought ideas and innovation to bear. Woodrow Wilson, America‟s 28th president and son of a Scottish Presbyterian minister said it best of his native people: "Every line of strength in American history is a line coloured with Scottish blood." An exaggeration? Perhaps, but not by much. Wilson is one of 23 US presidents with Scottish extraction. Nearly half of the signers of the Declaration of Independence including Princeton University founder John Witherspoon and Supreme Court associate justice James Wilson - were of Scottish descent. The governors in nine of the original 13 colonies were of Scottish ancestry. From the start America may have been wrapped in the cloth of red, white and blue, but its inner lining was tartan. The first Scottish president in America was James Monroe, the great-grandson of a Scots Covenanter who had arrived in the US in chains. Monroe threw the Spanish out of Florida and established the Monroe Doctrine that excluded European powers from the Americas. In 1927, the head of the American consulate to Scotland addressed members of the Rotary Club in Edinburgh. In his speech, Wilbert Bonney paid tribute to the untold number of Scots immigrants who made contributions to America‟s development. Bonney‟s list of heroes and heroines went on and on. Flora MacDonald, best known for protecting Bonnie Prince Charlie from bounty-hunters after the failed Jacobite Rising, lived in North Carolina for ten years with husband Alexander. She, like many of her fellow Scots, saw the opportunity „to begin the world again, anew, in a new corner of it.‟ Among the many others to make significant contributions in the States were John Muir, creator of the National Parks Service; John Paul Jones, founder of the US Navy; and Alexander Hamilton, a trusted friend of George Washington and Treasury secretary. The person with Scottish heritage who arguably made the greatest contribution to America was Andrew Carnegie. Making his fortune in steel, the Fife-born Carnegie retired as the world‟s richest man before proceeding to become the world‟s greatest philanthropist. Adopting the motto "the man who dies rich dies disgraced", he left an indelible mark on a young nation through his generous contributions to foundations, trusts and charities. In his 1889 book The Gospel of Wealth, Carnegie wrote of his belief in philanthropy and asserted that that all personal wealth beyond that required to supply the needs of one's family should be regarded as a trust fund to be administered for the benefit of the community. He enthusiastically set about his philanthropic endeavours, providing money for over 2,500 libraries throughout the English-speaking world and more than 7,600 pipe organs for churches. He established a variety of trust funds and foundations that still operate to this day. By the time of his death in 1919 he had given away $350 million to good causes. And these are only some of the names and some of their accomplishments. It would require thousands of words more to convey the impact made by others of Scots descent, whose theories and theorems, decisions and designs helped mould America into what it is today. When Abe Lincoln was lost for words. US President Abraham Lincoln was introduced to the poetry of Robert Burns as a child and could recite a number of works by heart, including Tam O' Shanter. His official biography reported: "When practicing law before his election to Congress, a copy of Burns was his inseparable companion on the circuit; and this he pursued so constantly, that it is said he now has by heart every line of his favourite poet." But when he was asked by the Burns Club in Washington in 1865 for "the honour of your recognition of the genius of Scotland's bard, by either a toast, a sentiment, or in any other way you may deem proper" - he was lost for words. His reply reads "I can not frame a toast to Burns. I can say nothing worthy of his generous heart and transcending genius. Thinking of what he has said, I can not say anything which seems worth saying. A. Lincoln." Now that note is going on sale in New York on 22 May - and is expected to fetch over Â£6,000 ($12,000). (Article from Rampant Scotland Newsletter) Great news for Burnsians and all lovers of Scottish heritage. The national Trust for Scotland has been awarded an 11.3 million pound grant from the heritage Lottery Fund and the Scottish Executive to build a proposed new museum honouring Robert Burns. The Burns International Museum in Alloway, Ayrshire, will replace a rather decrepit museum in the village where the Poet was born in 1759. Among other important works the Museum will house the original manuscripts of „Auld Lang Syne‟ and „Tam o‟Shanter The national Trusts‟ chairwoman Shonaaig Macpherson said, „Burns‟ life and his works are just as relevant today as they were when he lived and it is crucial that we make sure that none of what he gave us is lost‟. Quotes from Robert Burns: ‟There‟s nane ever fear‟d that the truth should be heard, but they whom the truth would indite‟. ‟Keep the name of Man in mind, and dishouour not thy kind‟. ‟Hell be a credit to us a‟“ we‟ll a‟ be proud oâ€™ Robin‟. ‟Then gently scan your brother man, Still gentler sister woman‟. O wad some Pow‟r the giftie gie us To see oursels as others see us‟. ‟Ask why God made the gem so small? And why so huge the granite‟. ‟Ask why God made the gem so small? And why so huge the granite‟. RBANA 2608 B Waterford Way Palmetto, FL 34221 „Still keep something to yourself Ye scarcely tell to ony‟. ‟There‟s not a bonie bird that sings But minds me o‟ my jean‟. ‟If friendless, low, we meet tohether Then, sir, your hand- my friend and brothe‟•. ‟lovely wee thing, wert thou mine, I would wear thee in my bosom‟. ‟We‟ve wandered mony a weary fit Sin‟ auld lang syne‟. ‟And I will love thee still my dear Till a‟ the seas gang dry‟. ‟Who shall say that Fortune grieves him, While the Star of Hope she leaves him‟. ‟A Prince can mak‟ a belted knight, A marquis, duke an‟ a‟ that: But an honest man‟s a boon his migh‟ T he annual meeting of The Robert Burns Association of North America and The AGM of he Robert Burns World Federation will be held at The Fairmont Hotel, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada , August 3 to 5, 2007. The Winnipeg Robert Burns Club #197 welcomes one and all to Winnipeg on this their 100th Anniversary. You might want to make arrangements with the hotel And arrive early and extend the weekend to include all the functions \that the Conference Committee has arranged. Thursday: Evening cruise down the Red River on The MS Paddlewheel Queen. Friday: RBANA Annual Golf Tournament Saturday: AGM for both organizations. Sunday afternoon: Tour of Lower Fort Garry National Park. Sunday Evening: A visit to the opening night of Folklorama Monday: Board the Vintage locomotive „Prairie Dog Central‟. Any queries on any facet of the conference please contact Colin Harris at 92 Avolon Rd. Winnipag, Manitobe, R2M 2L5 Or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or Harry McGuffog. 30 South Edge, Shipley, West Yorkshire. UK. BD18 4RA Email:MMANDHMcG@aol.com The Thistle sae braw! An excerpt from a story in The Burns Chronicle entitled ‟Of Burns and haggis‟ by Sylvia Wood. Another year has passed and once again I was watching the honest sonsie face of the Chieftain gently simmering in the pot, which gave time to contemplate the unexpected joys of being married to a Scot. Little did I imagine at the time, now well over 40 years ago, that I would be plunged into an esoteric culture of chittering bites, Monroes, the Broons, bothies presses and going messages. I‟d never tasted (nor heard of) cloutie dumpling, smokies, potted hough, skirlie or the Scots magazine (though I did read the Beano)‟.the list is endless, and yet together with the Kilt and hairie knees came the expectation of a level of knowledge and expertise in these strange matters. However I digress from my stewardship of the warm reekin; rich chieftain in my kitchen to ask, „is there any place on earth where Burns isn‟t celebrated.? The Burns Chronicle is a wonderful magazine that comes with membership in the Robert Burns World Federation.