Feast of the Haggis

Saturday, November 19, 2016

6:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cultural Center - Sidney Yates Gallery

honoring the 2016 Distinguished Citizen, Alan William Cramb, President, Illinois Institute of Technology and the 2016 Clansman & Clanswomen, Andrew Duncan Kerr & Pamela Snite Kerr

Children's meals (12 & under only) available for discounted rate. Please email Carey Smith at careysmith@chicagoscots.org to reserve.


The Illinois Saint Andrew Society 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 170 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.

This event benefits the philanthropic work of CHICAGO SCOTS, the Scottish Home and the Caledonian House. As well as offering support for Scottish arts scholarships and hosting events to promote Scottish culture, the Society offers a wide range of outstanding assisted living and nursing services at the Scottish Home and state-of-the-art memory care services for people suffering from Alzheimer's at the Caledonian House.

The CHICAGO SCOTS nourish Scottish identity through service, fellowship and celebration of Scottish culture. The Society welcomes everyone who is Scottish by birth, by heritage or simply by inclination.


Discounted room block is available at Hotel Allegro. Booking cut-off date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Hotel Allegro is located 0.5 mi away from the Cultural Center, about a 10 minute walk. 

  • Book by phone: 1-800-KIMPTON (1-800-546-7866) (Group rate under: CHICAGO SCOTS)
  • Book online: CLICK HERE
    • Please note that online reservations are just for the exact dates and type of rooms listed on the contract. If you would like to book another room type or rooms on 'pre & post' dates, please call the hotel directly. If there are any challenges please email Ryan Foster, Rooms Coordinator.
      • Regarding 'pre & post' nights: please remember this is an availability based request, not guaranteed

Parking suggestion:

Grant Park North (Michigan Avenue, between Randolph & Monroe)

  • From the north, enter the garage through the Michigan Ave. median, just south of Randolph
  • From the south, the garage entrance is in the median just north of Monroe.

Park on the north end of the garage and use the Randolph Street exit, which is accessible through the Pedway directly into the Randolph Street lobby of the Cultural Center Pedestrian entrance to the garage is also at 25 N. Michigan at Washington.

Attendees are responsible for their own parking expenses.

Entering the Cultural Center for the Feast:

Enter through the 77 E. Randolph St. doors. Walk through the main lobby towards the grand marble staircase and take the elevators or staircase up to the 2nd floor, GAR Hall/Rotunda.

Distinguished Citizen 2016:

Alan William Cramb, President, Illinois Institute of Technology

On August 1, 2015 Alan William Cramb became President of Illinois Institute of Technology. On July 12, 2016 he was awarded the Bessemer Gold Medal by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Earlier this year he was inducted as a Fellow into the National Academy of Inventors. In 2014 he was elected into the National Academy of Engineering.

Alan received his BS in Metallurgy from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, in 1975, his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979 and subsequently spent 7 years conducting and managing research within the steel industry. During 1986 he joined the faculty of the department of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. In 1997 he was awarded the POSCO Chair at CMU. In 2000, he became Head of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at CMU.

In 2005 Alan was appointed the Dean of Engineering and the John A. Clark and Edward T. Crossan Professor of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In his role as Dean, he was responsible for current and future directions in research and education for one of the leading engineering schools in the USA. Alan joined IIT in 2008 as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and was also the Charles and Lee Finkl Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering until he became President.

He is the author of over 200 publications and 2 patents. He is the recipient of the AISI Medal in 1985 and 1986 and the Robert Wollston Hunt Award of the Iron and Steel Society (AIST/ISS) in 1987. Cramb is a distinguished member or fellow of AIST, AIME, The American Society of Materials (ASM), The American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Iron and Steel Society of Japan (ISIJ).

Clansman & Clanswomen: Andrew Duncan Kerr & Pamela Snite Kerr

Andrew Duncan Kerr

Andrew D. Kerr is presently serving as the Owners Rep for the Caledonian House of Illinois St. Andrew Society's Scottish Home in North Riverside, IL. Andy is representing the interests of the governors and executives of the society and Scottish Home in the construction of this 11,000 square foot state of the art, twenty room, memory care facility.

Prior to retirement, Andy was the Chief Administrative Officer of Lake Forest Academy, a co-educational boarding/day college preparatory school of 435 students from over 30 countries and over 17 states. Before being promoted to CAO, Andy was the Academy's Chief Financial Officer. Andy was responsible for most non-academic

aspects of the school including daily operations, insurance, HR, employee benefits, banking relations, legal, technology, summer programs, facilities, food services, purchasing, master planning, the campus store and acted as the landlord for 48 faculty families who reside in campus housing.  He was also involved in major financial management issues and served as the director of Financial Aid.  Since retirement, Andy has continued to advise the school on financial management and operations matters.

Andy was responsible for reorganizing the business department to achieve separation of duties and to create a more efficient operation; he has overseen the 140% growth in the revenues from summer programs, and a 39% increase in external catering events at the Armour House.  Over his ten years at the academy, Andy oversaw the development of over 100,000 square feet of new academic, residential, athletic and dining space and managed the renovation or re purposing of over 50,000 square feet of existing space.    Andy also participated in developing the 2008 five year strategic plan for LFA.

Prior to joining LFA, Andy spent thirty years in a variety of financial, international and technology management positions in Chicago and New York.  Beginning with international cash management at The Northern Trust Company in 1974, Andy developed the Global Financial Management Consulting Department at Citibank.  After being chief of staff for Corporate Trust at Bankers Trust, Andy returned to Chicago as vice President for Technology at Continental Bank.  Following the mergers of Continental Bank and Bank of America and Nations Bank, Andy became the chief infrastructure officer of Health Care Service Corporation, where he was responsible for all corporate IT infrastructure, data center operations and telecommunications.  Andy also authored the chapter on international cash management in the landmark Corporate Cash Management: Techniques and Analysis (Fabozzi & Masonson, Dow-Jones Irwin, 1985), one of the first corporate cash management handbooks.

Andy received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Monmouth College in 1973, where he was president of the Student Union, his fraternity, and a member of Blue Key Honorary Fraternity and Psi Chi, the national psychology honorary.  He received his MBA degree in finance and marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1975.

Andy is member of the Monmouth College Alumni Board and the National Business Officers Association.  He is a governor and past chair of the Illinois St Andrew Society.  Andy is a member of the Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club in Tucson, Arizona, he is a member of the Michigan Shores Club in Wilmette and a past commodore of the White Lake Yacht Club, Whitehall, MI.

Pamela Snite Kerr

Pam has done fund development for museums and schools, the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers, the White Lake Yacht Club Sailing School Association, and chaired the foundation of her local Rotary club.

Pam designed and implemented occupational health monitoring systems; spoke to health associations and published articles focusing on preventive health management.

A 1970 BA from Manhattanville College and a 1975 MBA from Northwestern University, led to Pam’s over thirty years of work in various aspects of health care.  Pam’s job at Standard Oil of Indiana tracked Amoco workers, following the epidemiology of a healthy population.   

In 1981, Pam joined American Cyanamid and continued working with computerized wellness tracking programs.  Pam also became the President of Collinsville Child Care Center.   Leadership positions with both the Evanston (IL) Junior League and Morristown (NJ) Junior League led to leadership at the national and international level with a position on the Board of the Association of Junior Leagues, International and leadership at the club and district levels in Rotary International.

Pam co-chairs “HealthRays – A Rotary Digital X-Ray Project” (www.healthrays.info ).  Rotary is a leading partner in the delivery of sustainable, diagnostic imaging technology to underserved communities. Experiences drawn from this District 6440 pioneering pilot in Guatemala provides a base for similar installations around the world.

She has served on the Board of the White Lake Yacht Club and was the club’s first female Commodore.  Pam has been a volunteer for the Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter.  She was a founder of Catbackers Club at Northwestern University.   Pam is a Board member of The Alumnae of Northwestern University and co-chaired their Strategic Planning, Public Relations and Social Committees.  She is a Life Member of the Illinois St. Andrew Society and a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation.

Among her accolades, Pam was named Sustainer of the Year by the Evanston Northshore Junior League in 2007-2008, was named “Rotarian of the Year” in 2014-15 by her local Rotary Club and received a certificate of merit by Rotary District 6440 in March 2014.  In recognition of the impact that the HealthRays project has had on the native population, Pam was awarded a Certificate of Honor & Merit by the Guatemalan government in September 2016.

Pam lives in Tucson, Arizona, and Wilmette, Illinois, with her husband Andy.  They are the parents of two sons, Andrew Jr. (Drew) and Mathias.  Drew lives in Eugene, Oregon, with his wife, Lindsay, and their daughter, Avi.  Mathias is a science teacher at Lake Forest Academy, where he is also the head of Warner Dormitory.

Whisky tasting: (available during cocktail hour and after dinner)

  • Loch Lomond Signature Blended Scotch Whisky
  • Glen Scotia Double Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Glen Scotia 15 YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Glen Scotia Victoriana Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Inchmurrin 12 YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Inchmurrin Madeira Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Inchmurrin 18 YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky


Loch Lomond distillery is renowned for its three different styles of still and ability to produce both single malt and grain whisky at the same site on the shores of Loch Lomond. This enables us to produce both highland blended scotch whisky and also highland single malt with different flavour characteristics which we are able to bottle as Loch Lomond and Inchmurrin.

The result of Loch Lomond investing in the Glen Scotia means the distillery's dunnage warehouse can now be used to mature more of the precious liquid on site to ensure the Campbeltown climate has as much influence on the maturing malt as possible.


Thank you to Glen Moray for providing individual 50ml bottles for all attendees to enjoy during the Toast of the Haggis!



Entertainment & Performances: 

Midlothian Scottish: The Midwest's premier competitive pipe band since 1975

Thistle & Heather Highland Dancers

Casa Dannsa: Highland Dance Group

James-Grant Robertson: Baritone, originally from Chicago, is a senior vocal performance major at Miami University of Ohio. He is a two-time Bel Canto Foundation Bella Voice award recipient and has attended American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, where he was chosen to sing in a Master Class with Bo Skovhus. In 2014, he was selected to study Chinese Opera under Professor Jialin Liu of the Shaanxi Symphony Orchestra of the Opera and Ballet Theatre Troupe in Xi'an. James-Grant has been seen in the Miami University Opera productions of Gianni Schicci, Cendrillion, Trial by Jury, and the upcoming performance of A Little Night Music. He is currently a member of the Dayton Opera Chorus, Schola Cantorium, and the Miami University Men's Glee Club.

Stephen Zivin: Stephen has been a pianist in the Chicago area for many years. He has collaborated with instrumentalists, singers, and choreographers, performing a wide range of repertoire. Stephen has appeared in performances at the Ravinia Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, American Spanish Dance Festival, and on WFMT Radio broadcasts. He completed his undergraduate degree in piano performance at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, studying with Dr. Allen Anderson and his masters degree in piano from Northwestern University. Stephen currently manages the performance activities of the music department and dance program at Northeastern Illinois University. He is also a faculty member and associate director of the Chicago Piano Festival at Northeastern Illinois University.