On January 11, Grand Chief Daughter Cynthia made her official visit to Monarch of the Glen #262 in Payson AZ. Chief Daughter Pro Tem PCD Dana Sipes welcomed the Grand Chief Daughter, Grand Deputy Christine Avenetti, GRS Janet Grant, GT2Y Susan Wallace and visiting sisters from Desert Thistle #260 and Lady Claire #261. Monarch of the Glen initiated a new sister during the meeting. The meeting was followed by a delicious lunch at the local casino.
On January 10, Grand Chief Daughter Cynthia visited Spirit of Alba Lodge #264 in Tucson AZ. Chief Daughter Mary Jane Petrovich welcomed the Grand Chief Daughter, Grand Deputy Georgette Wilds, GRS Janet Grant and GT2Y Susan Wallace to the meeting, which was preceded by a delicious dinner. Chaplain Pam Anderson made one of GCD Cynthia’s favorites, a Cherry Chocolate cake. Spirit of Alba initiated one new sister, who had tears in her eyes when we sang the Welcoming Ode. We were either really in tune that night, or exceptionally bad!
In between official visits, GCD Cynthia is busy seeing the sights in Arizona!
We took our cowgirl GCD to the USA Clydesdale Preservation Foundation to visit the beautiful horses. Clydesdales are a Scottish breed of draft horses. Desert Thistle sister Nikki Schuller has been a volunteer with the Foundation for several years. The mission of this wonderful group is to preserve the Clydesdale breed and educate the public. There are only 5000 Clydesdales left in the world, which puts them on the “threatened” species list. If you’d like more information on the Clydesdales, or to make a donation, please visit their website:
GCD Cynthia, GRS Janet, GT2Y Sue and our new Clydesdale friends
PCD Helen Cisson is a volunteer at the Butterfly Wonderland, and she arranged a trip for the GCD.
PCD Toni Sarcinella arranged the annual GCD Tea Cupping excursion in Scottsdale. While in Scottsdale, the GCD also had a Mexican lunch and seems to have lost her pants...
Grand Chief Daughter Cynthia made her official visit to Lady Claire #261 on Tuesday, January 7th. CD Alison Glenn greeted GCD Cynthia, GRS Janet Grant and GT2Y Sue Wallace. Lady Claire #261 has many new members in officer positions, and they did a wonderful job. After the meeting, there were hours d’oeuvres and a beautiful thistle cupcake/cake.
Grand Chief Daughter Cynthia began her Official Visits on Sunday, January 5th at Desert Thistle Lodge #260 in Phoenix. CD Laura Roy greeted GCD Cynthia, GD Julie Scott of Monarch of the Glen #262, GRS Janet Grant and GT2Y Sue Wallace. Desert Thistle initiated two new members and voted on three new applications. The meeting was well attended and went along wonderfully. After the meeting there was an outdoor luncheon and a beautiful cake.
The first of many cakes!
Sisters, thank you for the photos! If you look at the “Lodge” section of the website, you’ll see that each Lodge now has its own page. Feel free to send pictures any time you get a good one, and we’ll post it.
Lady MacKenzie #68, Stamford CT
Lady MacRae Lodge #218, Garden City Michigan
Lady MacDuff Lodge #244, Yucaipa CA
Susan Blair Lodge #255, Dunedin FL
Spirit of Alba Lodge #264, Tucson AZ
Thank you to all the Lodges that have sent pictures of their Installations so far!
Thistle Lodge #2
Bon Accord Lodge #39
Lady Walter Scott Lodge #147
Kilwinning Lodge #203
Desert Thistle Lodge #260
Lady Claire Lodge #261
Monarch of the Glen #262
Pride of Scotland Lodge #265
On June 4th, Grand Chief Daughter Trish made her official visit to Thistle Lodge #2. CD Carole Cordiner welcomed the GCD, GD Kathy Porrazzo , PGCD Edith Burgess, PGCD Jennette Marsden, and GCh Alyson Snyder.
And finally, GCD Trish made her last visit on June 9th at our youngest lodge, Pride of Scotland #265. CD Karen Pizzolato welcomed the Grand Chief Daughter, GD Pam Green and GT3Y Sue Wallace.
The smile of a Grand Chief Daughter looking at her last cake!
The Chicago Scottish Festival and Highland Games takes place next weekend June 14-15. Pride of Scotland made this great banner for their tent in the Clan area. The members will be involved in many areas - running the admissions gate, the history forum, the information tent, the vendor area, and as participants in highland dance and pipe bands. Apologies if I left anyone out! These sisters are really committed to the Scottish community!
On June 3rd the Grand Chief Daughter made her visit to Bon Accord Lodge #39. CD Joyce Senanian welcomed GCD Trish, GD Christine Wilson, PGCD Edith Burgess and PGCD Jennette Marsden.