172nd annual Feast of the Haggis Dinner

The Illinois Saint Andrew Society, now known as the Chicago Scots, was established in 1845 when a group of Scots came together to celebrate the Feast of Saint Andrew, Scotland's patron saint. Every year for 171 years, despite world wars, great depressions and fires, the Society has hosted the "Feast of the Haggis" - never missing a year and making this event Chicago's longest running black tie dinner and we look forward to welcoming you to the 172nd year of the Feast!

Proceeds from this event benefit our two principal charities: the Scottish Home - a haven of expert elder care deeply informed by a century of experience and our new Caledonian House - a unique model of person-centered memory care.

The Chicago Scots welcome everyone who is Scottish by birth, by heritage or simply by inclination to come and enjoy a fun evening, celebrating Scottish culture while honoring our 2017 awardees:

Distinguished Citizen:

Dr. Andy Scott

Sculptor Andy Scott is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art. He works internationally from his studio workshops in the Glasgow and Philadelphia. He creates prominent public artworks for private, corporate and civic clients, and his prodigious output now

 The Kelpies. Falkirk, Scotland - 100ft, 30m high, Stainless steel & mild steel painted.

The Kelpies. Falkirk, Scotland - 100ft, 30m high, Stainless steel & mild steel painted.

numbers in excess of eighty projects around the world.

He works in steel and bronze, combining figurative and equine themes with contemporary techniques to create stunning landmark artworks.

His most prominent project to date is The Kelpies, a pair of 30 metre high, 300 ton horse heads, sited in Falkirk. The small-scale maqueettes of the Kelpies were successfully exhibited in Chicago, Indiana and New York City and continue to tour the UK. The Kelpies sculptures are now the best-known public artworks in Scotland, with almost two million visitors since their inauguration.

ABOUT: Presented in recognition of an individual's achievement of excellence and contributions to Society, the Distinguished Citizen Award is our highest honor.

Kinswoman & Kinsman of the year

isobel and jim bell


Jim and Isobel Bell were both born and raised in Falkirk in Central Scotland in what used to be the country's heavy industrial belt.

They met and married there but decided to try living somewhere other than Scotland for a while early in life together and so the first week of 1970 found them bound for Toronto where Jim had been offered a position with Royal Bank of Canada.

For almost the next 40 years Jim's Banking career resulted in moves within Canada then to New York City, to Chicago, to Western New York (where he opened an office in Buffalo for RBC after the Canada/US free trade agreement was signed in 1989), back to Toronto then back to Chicago in 1994. They finally settled down at that point and have since resided in Glen Ellyn.

In addition to RBC, Jim held a Senior Vice President position with Mizuho Corporate Bank's US Division for eight years and then spent the last six years of his career with Bank of Scotland's Chicago Office, also at the SVP level.

While Isobel spent an extended period raising sons Michael and Christoper, she also had an active career which included a period with Shell Canada, as the Executive Director with the Buffalo Council for World Affairs and 14 years with Scotland's Economic Development arm in the US ("SDI") from which she retired, as AVP covering Canada out of their Chicago office, in 2010.

They both took a break for a year but then in 2011 they formed a small company with son Chris which partners with College of DuPage to deliver the College's Continuing Education Group's Commercial Driver's License Training program under a contract arrangement. They have graduated and found jobs for over 400 adult students since the joint venture started.

Volunteerism has always been a part of their lives. While the Chicago Scots and The Scottish Home has been the main focus of these activities for both of them for a long time, over the years Jim has also been on the Boards of organizations such as the Better Business Bureau of Western New York, The Buffalo Philharmonic and the Canada/US Business Council. He has also been President of his Homeowner's Association in Glen Ellyn for the last 18 years and was President of the International Bankers Association of Chicago for over 10 years. Isobel has also been active in volunteer positions such as President of Hadley Junior High School PTA in Glen Ellyn, Co-Chair of the Women's Board of the Buffalo Philharmonic and a member of the Women's Committee at the Studio Arena Theater in Buffalo.

In addition to their two sons, the Bells have three grand-daughters and two grandsons.

ABOUT: Each year the Chicago Scots present the Kinswoman and Kinsman Awards in recognition of outstanding dedication and voluntary service to the Illinois Saint Andrew Society.



Saturday, November 18, 2017
6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Chicago Cultural Center

Individual: $210 (includes dinner, open bar & entertainment)

The following patron levels receive priority seating & program recognition:

Patron Individual: $310 ($100 tax-deductible)

Honor of the Claymore (two seats): $600 ($180 tax-deductible)

Honor of the Thistle (10 seats): $2,100

Honor of the Quaich (10 seats): $3,000 ($900 tax-deductible)

Black tie or formal highland dress encouraged.

6 p.m. Cocktails, whisky tasting & benefit auction

7 p.m. Dinner, award presentations and entertainment

Please reserve by Friday, November 10, 2017.

Lodging: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

We have a limited number of rooms available for you to reserve at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. To reserve call 844.312.2221 mention the Group Block Name: 172nd annual Feast of the Haggis Dinner. Reservations within the Group Block can't be made online - you must call directly to reserve.

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