REPRESENTING THE GREAT HIGHLAND CLAN OF ROSS IN AMERICA SINCE 1976
The 2018 Clan Ross America Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held in Portland, Oregon on July 21 at the Portland Highland Games. The CRA Board held their business meeting on the 20th, then reported to the membership on the 21st at 1:30 p.m. by the Clan Ross tent. The 2018 AGM was a success. We reported our 2017-18 activities, and plans for 2018-19 including: Games activities and support for our hosts; membership growth; efforts to balance the budget; elections and likely places for the 2019 AGM.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll remind you of your member number.)
In round numbers, we expect to take in $5500 and may spend $6000, including Scotland Grants and on USA Scholarships to dancers, athletes and musicians. Because of generous donations, we have the funds to be flexible in providing scholarships to members who represent CRA at Games.
The purpose of our volunteer-run, non-profit organization is to educate and promote appreciation of our Scottish Heritage, through our Newsletter, website and at Highland Games, where we 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 Octobe. Here is a link to a preliminary list of the Games where we plan to have CRA representation in 2018. /upload/files/CRA_Hosted_tents_2018b.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