REPRESENTING THE GREAT HIGHLAND CLAN OF ROSS IN AMERICA SINCE 1976
March 24, 2018 we will mark the 50th Anniversary of Chief David Ross of Ross & Balnagowan's assention to the heritary position of Chief of the Name and Arms of Ross. Members of Clan Ross America join in celebrating this Anniversary with Chief David and his wife Eileen. CONGRATULATIONS !
A summary of Chief David's role in the founding of our organization can be read in the "About CRAmerica" History in USA article.
The 2018 Clan Ross America Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in Portland, Oregon on July 21 at the Portland Highland Games. The CRA Board will hold their business meeting on the 20th, then report to the membership on the 21st at 1:30 p.m. by the Clan Ross tent.
The 2017 AGM was a splendid success. The CRA Board met on October 13 in Ventura, CA. Then on Saturday we reported our 2017 activities, and plans for 2018, to 25 assembled members at the Seaside Games in the Ventura County Fairgrounds. The Minutes of the Membership AGM and a copy of the adopted Budget are available to you in the Members section of the website. (If you have trouble logging in, send an email to email@example.com, and I'll remind you of your member number.)
In round numbers, we expect to take in $6000 and spend $6000, including Scotland Grants and up to $4000 on USA Scholarships to dancers, athletes and musicians.
The purpose of our volunteer-run, non-profit organization is to educate and promote appreciation of our Scottish Heritage, while sharing a beverage at Highland Games, to celebrate our ancestor's proud role in human history.
Thank you for your interest and participation.
Paul D Ross,
CRA President and VP Communications
Scottish Highland Games
Scottish Highland Games are celebrated across America in more than 140 communities. CRAmerica has representation at about 40 Games, hosted by volunteers who share their knowledge and stories with hundreds of visitors, while answering questions about Scotland, history, genealogy, tartan fabrics and other traditions. We feature a friendly welcome and information about famous Rosses and what is in Ross-shire, Scotland. The information to be acquired will feed your interest for a better understanding of your ancestors - their experiences, where they have been, their beliefs, and what influnce those Scots may have had on the people who raised you...
Highland Games are family-oriented festivals of things-Scottish, including unique athletic events, Highland dancing, pipes and drum competitions, Celtic Rock band entertainers, British car shows, classical music, herding-dog exhibitions, children's game glens, plus vendors with Celtic-themed crafts and Scottish food & beverage treats.
The 2018 Highland Games season pretty much runs from March thru October. Attached is the 2017 list of Games where CRA was represented. Use this as a guide to 2018 - most Games organizations don't announce their new dates until February, but they dont move much on the calender. So stay-tuned. We will publish a list here by the end of February, of most of the Games nationally, and the Games where we plan to have CRA representation./upload/files/CRA_Hosted_Games_2017c(1).pdf
We will look for you to come out and celebrate being Scottish. See you at the Games.
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Message from the President
Welcome to ClanRossAmerica:
ClanRossAmerica is celebrating more than 40 years as a charitable and educational non-profit organization whose goals include support for cultural heritage sites in Ross-shire, Scotland, and scholarships for CRAmerica members who participate in highland dance, music, athletics, etc. We all learn more about our Scottish heritage through our newsletters and website, and the links they provide to further news, learning and event announcements. And along the way, we have fun at the Games, renewing friendships and having a good time, dressing in Highland costume, enjoying classical and Celtic Rock music and the dozens of activities at the Games. We are most visible at Highland Games and Celtic Festivals at around 40 events across the country each year - everybody in America celebrates THEIR heritage - come join us in learning about, and celebrating our Scottish Heritage !
As a group, ClanRossAmerica's most important work is supporting and preserving historical artifacts and buildings in Scotland, and building for the future by sharing our heritage through scholarships to children of members. Explore our website at www.clanross.org for info about these programs and grants.
CRA is a 501c3 non-profit. Your membership donation should be tax deductable.
Join us now for help with your family genealogy, to support our Scottish cultural heritage Ross institutions, or to begin to learn more about who you are and where you come from.
Thank you for your interest. We welcome your participation.
Paul D. Ross