Scottish American History Club
Jan
7
9:30 am09:30

Scottish American History Club

  • The Scottish Home

Scottish American History Club Meeting

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Scottish Home (Heritage Hall) (2800 Des Plaines Ave. North Riverside, IL)

Refreshments will be served.

Topic: A Scottish-Indian Wedding in Edinburgh

Speakers: Jim and Isobel Bell, Board of Governors, Illinois Saint Andrew Society

Reservations are not necessary but preferred. Call 708.447.5092
For additional information, please contact:
Wayne Rethford, President Emeritus, CHICAGO SCOTS at 630.629.4516 or Constance Nestor at 708.404.4724
Scottish American History Club
Feb
4
9:30 am09:30

Scottish American History Club

  • The Scottish Home

Scottish American History Club Meeting

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Scottish Home (Heritage Hall) (2800 Des Plaines Ave. North Riverside, IL)

Refreshments will be served.

Open to the public and free to attend.

Topic: A Week in Edinburgh, What's Changing, and What Never Seems To Change in Scotland's Capital

Speakers: Jim and Isobel Bell, Board of Governors, Illinois Saint Andrew Society

Reservations are not necessary but preferred. Call 708.447.5092
For additional information, please contact:
Wayne Rethford, President Emeritus, CHICAGO SCOTS at 630.629.4516 or Constance Nestor at 708.404.4724

 

Burns Supper
Feb
4
6:00 pm18:00

Burns Supper

  • University Club of Chicago

Each year the CHICAGO SCOTS gather together to celebrate the birthday (25 January), life and work of the Scottish poet, Robert Burns.

About Robert Burns:

Whether his subject was a man or a mouse (or even a louse), Scotland's National Bard had a rare talent for putting himself into others' shoes and expressing life's universal emotions.

From traditional ballads and romantic songs to humorous satires and thought-provoking poems, Robert Burns composed some of the world's most instantly recognizable lines of poetry and song lyrics.

His words have been cherished and passionately recited for the past two centuries. Indeed, it's because of this great man that we promise, every Hogmanay, to 'tak a cup o' kindness' with our neighbors and go forward into the new year with a a sense of belonging and hope for the future.

Scottish American History Club
Mar
4
9:00 am09:00

Scottish American History Club

  • The Scottish Home

Scottish American History Club Meeting

Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Scottish Home (Heritage Hall) (2800 Des Plaines Ave. North Riverside, IL)

Refreshments will be served. Open to the public and free to attend.

Topic: 2017 Society of Architectural Historians Meetings in Scotland

Presenters: Pauline Saliga, Executive Director, Society of Architectural Historians and Charnley-Persky, House Museum Foundation

Reservations are not necessary but preferred. Call 708.447.5092
For additional information, please contact:
Wayne Rethford, President Emeritus, CHICAGO SCOTS at 630.629.4516 or Constance Nestor at 708.404.4724
Scottish American History Club
Apr
1
9:30 am09:30

Scottish American History Club

  • The Scottish Home

Scottish American History Club Meeting

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Scottish Home (Heritage Hall) (2800 Des Plaines Ave. North Riverside, IL)

Refreshments will be served. Open to the public and free to attend.

Topic: The American Civil War and the Scottish American Soldiers

Presenters: Gregory Gordon, Associate Professor in History, The College of Lake County

Reservations are not necessary but preferred. Call 708.447.5092.
For additional information, please contact:
Wayne Rethford, President Emeritus, CHICAGO SCOTS at 630.629.4516 or Constance Nestor at 708.404.4724
Scottish American History Club
May
6
9:30 am09:30

Scottish American History Club

  • The Scottish Home

Scottish American History Club Meeting

Saturday, May 6, 2016

The Scottish Home (2800 Des Plaines Ave., North Riverside, IL)

Refreshments will be served. Open to the public and free to attend.

Topic: Religion in the 16th Century and How it Impacted Scotland - Including the Influences of Martin Luther and John Knox

Presenters: Karen Scott, Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, DePaul University

Reservations are not necessary but preferred. Call 708.447.5092
For additional information, please contact:
Wayne Rethford, President Emeritus, CHICAGO SCOTS at 630.629.4516 or Constance Nestor at 708.404.4724
Scottish American History Club
Sep
9
9:30 am09:30

Scottish American History Club

  • The Scottish Home

Scottish American History Club Meeting

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Scottish Home (Heritage Hall) (2800 Des Plaines Ave. North Riverside, IL)

Refreshments will be served. Open to the public and free to attend.

Topic: Alexander Hamilton

Presenters: Bess Schulmeister, Vice President, Scottish American Genealogy Group, Illinois Saint Andrew

Reservations are not necessary but preferred. Call 708.447.5092.
For additional information, please contact:
Wayne Rethford, President Emeritus, CHICAGO SCOTS at 630.629.4516 or Constance Nestor at 708.404.4724

Promis'd Joy: Celtic Poems & Stories
Nov
30
6:30 pm18:30

Promis'd Joy: Celtic Poems & Stories

  • Concordia University

Concordia University's College of Arts & Sciences and the CHICAGO SCOTS invite you to enjoy a Saint Andrew's Day celebration!

Promis'd Joy: an evening of Celtic Poems, Stories, Music, Refreshments and Fun!

Featuring a special program by Professor Andrew Pederson and the The Saltbox Theatre Collective

Proceeds benefit the Caledonian House, located on the Scottish Home campus in North Riverside. This is an innovative, new residence uniquely designed to care for those living with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia.

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Reception

7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Program

Admission is Free. Registration is required. Donations to the Caledonian House are encouraged and appreciated.

Feast of the Haggis
Nov
19
6:00 pm18:00

Feast of the Haggis

  • Cultural Center

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 and we look forward to welcoming you to the 171st year of the Feast!

This event benefits the philanthropic work of the Illinois Saint Andrew Society and our Scottish Home for the elderly. 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. 

The Illinois Saint Andrew Society nourishes 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.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2016 Feast of the Haggis Anniversary Dinner!

Scottish American History Club
Nov
5
9:30 am09:30

Scottish American History Club

  • The Scottish Home

Scottish American History Club Meeting

Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Scottish Home (Heritage Hall) (2800 Des Plaines Ave. North Riverside, IL)

Refreshments will be served.

Topic: Cromwell, Lord Protector of Catholics? Strange Bedfellows in Cromwellian Scotland

Speaker: Ryan Burns, Doctoral Candidate, Northwestern University

Reservations are not necessary but preferred. Call 708.447.5092.
For additional information, please contact:
Wayne Rethford, President Emeritus, CHICAGO SCOTS at 630.629.4516 or Constance Nestor at 708.404.4724
Special Genealogy Group Seminar
Oct
29
10:00 am10:00

Special Genealogy Group Seminar

  • The Scottish Home

You won't want to miss the upcoming double session seminar on October 29, to be held in the Scottish Home Heritage Hall beginning at 10:00 a.m.

RSVP is necessary.
Please contact either:
Jackie Torrance (708) 354.2941 or jackie329@juno.com
Bess Schulmeister (815) 886.1293 or ems1105@yahoo.com
Early Bird Special: respond by October 8, 2016 and the cost is $8.00
General Pricing: $10.00
Walk-ins cannot be guaranteed a lunch.

Maureen Brady, a notable genealogist, will be making two separate presentations, with luncheon provided in between. Maureen's first topic is the history and geography of Scotland from 1600 as they pertain to BMDs (births, marriages, deaths) all over Scotland. This presentation will serve to explain why the church records differ in quality from parish to parish and may be found more or less complete in the context of historical events. More importantly, Maureen will direct the audience in how to access key records.

We will then have a lunch break, with lunch provided, and re-gather for the second session which is about navigating around the Scotland's People website and what it has to offer the researcher.

Part two of her October 29 presentation will center around the Scotland's People website (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk), and how best to navigate the site. The site has expanded its database over the years and contains census records, wills, birth certificates, death certificates, military records, coats or arms, and much more. Tenant farmer rent rolls, Sheriff's court records, debtor records, covenant records, valuation records, deportation lists, various indices, and other sources are all important sources of genealogy information and data.

Senior Health and Wellness Fair
Oct
27
10:00 am10:00

Senior Health and Wellness Fair

  • The Scottish Home

October 27th, 2016: Senior Health and Wellness Fair (no cost to attend)

Location: The Scottish Home & Caledonian House (2800 Des Plaines Avenue, North Riverside, IL 60546)

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Entertainment: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

40 vendors offering a large array of services:

  • Health providers
  • Home health services
  • Moving and downsizing
  • Elder advisors
  • Skilled and rehabilitation facilities

An assortment of raffle prizes drawn throughout the day! A chance to win every 20 minutes. The GRAND PRIZE is a $300 gift card.

Bring a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry and receive a FREE raffle ticket. (Limit 1 per person)

Kilted Classic
Oct
6
9:00 am09:00

Kilted Classic

  • Seven Bridges

The Kilted Classic is a uniquely Scottish golf outing. Dressed in kilts of every color, our golfers follow the skirl of a bagpiper around a course and play the game that many regard as one of Scotland's greatest inventions.

The Kilted Classic Golf Tournament features the best of food, whisky, competitions, and sport. The event has become a beloved tradition for the CHICAGO SCOTS. in the past the event has been held at Bolingbrook Golf Club, Seven Bridges Golf Course, Willow Crest Golf Club, and many others.

There will be many exciting opportunities to support the CHICAGO SCOTS while having a great time on the links. There will be competitions on different holes, beer and whisky tastings on and off the course, and a silent auction.

Be the ultimate supporter and sponsor the Kilted Classic. We offer hole sponsorships, cart sponsorships, and so much more at all price levels. For more information on unique sponsorship opportunities please contact Carey Smith, Director of Programming, CHICAGO SCOTS via email at careysmith@chicagoscots.org

Scot-Toberfest at the Duke of Perth
Oct
4
6:00 pm18:00

Scot-Toberfest at the Duke of Perth

  • Duke of Perth

JOIN US on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at the Duke of Perth (Chicago's ONLY Scottish pub)


In 1996 - Dolly the sheep becomes the first mammal to be successfully cloned

In 1997 - Tony Blair becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

In 1998 - A gallon of gas costs $1.15

In 1999 - By the end of our last capital campaign, Kith & Kin, more than 650 people made donations to help us build the Georgeson Wing which added 22 skilled nursing beds to the Scottish Home

The world has changed and we have grown a lot since then. Over the last 12 months we built and opened our Caledonian House - where we provide best in class, state of the art dementia care.

We have raised $4.2 million toward our $5.5 million Caledonian House goal!

Every donor and every dollar makes a difference and you can help us close the gap.

Today we ask you to help us beat Kith & Kin's incredible donor participation rate by ensuring that more than 650 people support our current Best Qualities of the Scots campaign.

Come celebrate our wonderful Scottish community and help us reach both our fund-raising and friend-raising goals.

Raise a pint and raise some funds for a great cause - ours!

Music, fun raffle prizes, appetizers, special drink deals and lots-o-Scots!

For questions please contact: Carie Lovstad, Director of Campaigns & Development: carielovstad@chicagoscots.org

Scottish American History Club Meeting
Oct
1
9:30 am09:30

Scottish American History Club Meeting

Scottish American History Club Meeting

Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Scottish Home (Heritage Hall) (2800 Des Plaines Ave. North Riverside, IL)

Refreshments will be served.

Presentation: Scottish Visions of Community

Doug Hewitt, Chief Officer for Mission and External Affairs, Presence Health

An exploration of Scottish visions of community beginning with New Town in Edinburgh at the time of the enlightenment and carrying through to the model community of New Lanark - a forerunner of New Harmony in Indiana - through to manifestations in modern Chicago today.

Reservations are not necessary but preferred. Call 708.447.5092.
For additional information, please contact:
Wayne Rethford, President Emeritus, CHICAGO SCOTS
630.629.4516
The Gentle Shepherd
Sep
25
7:00 pm19:00

The Gentle Shepherd

  • Theater Wit

The Gentle Shepherd

Sunday, September 25, 2016

8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Theater Wit

The Gentle Shepherd (published 1725) is the first Scottish opera. Written in Edinburgh by 18th century poet Allan Ramsay, it is unique among operas -- all the music is based in the Scottish fiddle and folk tunes! It features heartfelt ballads and foot-stomping traditional dance music, and fuses traditional Scottish fiddling with the Italian Baroque style. Just like a German singspiel (e.g. Mozart's The Magic Flute), the show features Ramsay's poetry through spoken dialogue and "arias" set to well-known Scottish folk tunes.

This BBE production gives audiences a rare treat. For those living in North America, the show was last performed in Philadelphia in 1792, and has been seldom performed anywhere over the past 200 years. (So, you think of it like a re-premiere!) The show features a 16-member ensemble of singers, instrumentalists, and actors from Chicago. Instrumentalists will perform on 200+ year old instruments and replicas of original period instruments. Audiences will feel as though they are traveling through time to hear the opera as concert-goers might have heard it in 1725.

  • Lindsey Adams (Jenny)
  • Thomas Alaan (Patie)
  • Brandi Berry (Violin)
  • Sean Cowan (Bauldy)
  • Leighann Daihl Ragusa (Flute)
  • Margaret Fox (Mause)
  • Carl Frank (Roger)
  • Alex Fruin (Symon)
  • Victoria Johns (Madge)
  • Tim Macdonald (Violin)
  • Tom McElroy (Sir William)
  • Michael O'Toole (Glaud)
  • Alexandra Olsavsky (Peggy)
  • Philip Spray (Violone, Guitar)
  • Jeremy Ward (Bass Violin)

Set in the Scottish Lowlands just outside of Edinburgh, the story unfolds around two shepherd couples: Patie (the Gentle Shepherd) and Peggy, who are happily in love, and Jenny and Roger, who are in a constant battle of cat and mouse. Katie, raised as lowly shepherd, is now of age and receives a mysterious visit by his estranged father pretending to be a fortune teller. His father "fortells" that he will become royalty, and then dramatically unveils his identity as Sir William with the lifting of his fake beard. The reunion between father and son is bittersweet, as Sir William forbids Patie to marry Peggy (a commoner). Through a series of hilarious events, including a prank that involve two old ladies dressing up as a witch and a ghost to teach a wayward man a lesson, Peggy is revealed to be a noble blood, rescued as an infant from her neglectful aristocratic family from afar, and placed on her uncle's doorstep. The opera concludes with a joyous celebration of love and marriage.

The Gentle Shepherd
Sep
24
8:00 pm20:00

The Gentle Shepherd

  • Old Town School of Folk Music

The Gentle Shepherd

Saturday, September 24, 2016

8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Old Town School of Folk Music

The Gentle Shepherd (published 1725) is the first Scottish opera. Written in Edinburgh by 18th century poet Allan Ramsay, it is unique among operas -- all the music is based in the Scottish fiddle and folk tunes! It features heartfelt ballads and foot-stomping traditional dance music, and fuses traditional Scottish fiddling with the Italian Baroque style. Just like a German singspiel (e.g. Mozart's The Magic Flute), the show features Ramsay's poetry through spoken dialogue and "arias" set to well-known Scottish folk tunes.

This BBE production gives audiences a rare treat. For those living in North America, the show was last performed in Philadelphia in 1792, and has been seldom performed anywhere over the past 200 years. (So, you think of it like a re-premiere!) The show features a 16-member ensemble of singers, instrumentalists, and actors from Chicago. Instrumentalists will perform on 200+ year old instruments and replicas of original period instruments. Audiences will feel as though they are traveling through time to hear the opera as concert-goers might have heard it in 1725.

  • Lindsey Adams (Jenny)
  • Thomas Alaan (Patie)
  • Brandi Berry (Violin)
  • Sean Cowan (Bauldy)
  • Leighann Daihl Ragusa (Flute)
  • Margaret Fox (Mause)
  • Carl Frank (Roger)
  • Alex Fruin (Symon)
  • Victoria Johns (Madge)
  • Tim Macdonald (Violin)
  • Tom McElroy (Sir William)
  • Michael O'Toole (Glaud)
  • Alexandra Olsavsky (Peggy)
  • Philip Spray (Violone, Guitar)
  • Jeremy Ward (Bass Violin)

Set in the Scottish Lowlands just outside of Edinburgh, the story unfolds around two shepherd couples: Patie (the Gentle Shepherd) and Peggy, who are happily in love, and Jenny and Roger, who are in a constant battle of cat and mouse. Katie, raised as lowly shepherd, is now of age and receives a mysterious visit by his estranged father pretending to be a fortune teller. His father "fortells" that he will become royalty, and then dramatically unveils his identity as Sir William with the lifting of his fake beard. The reunion between father and son is bittersweet, as Sir William forbids Patie to marry Peggy (a commoner). Through a series of hilarious events, including a prank that involve two old ladies dressing up as a witch and a ghost to teach a wayward man a lesson, Peggy is revealed to be a noble blood, rescued as an infant from her neglectful aristocratic family from afar, and placed on her uncle's doorstep. The opera concludes with a joyous celebration of love and marriage.

Sep
16
11:30 am11:30

BABC Chicago Speaker Series Presents: Mayor Khan of London

  • Northern Trust Conference Center

BABC Chicago Speaker Series Presents:

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

"London is Open"

And the Opportunities for Business are Great

Friday, September 16, 2016

Northern Trust Conference Center (50 S. LaSalle St. Chicago, IL)

Lunch will be provided

 

About Mayor Khan:

The Mayor's role as the executive of London's strategic authority is to promote economic development and wealth creation, social development, and improvement of the environment. The Mayor also has various other duties in relation to culture and tourism, including responsibility for Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square. Sadiq Khan was born in London and has lived here all his life. His parents moved to London from Pakistan in the 1960s. He was state-school educated in Tooting before studying Law at the University of North London. Sadiq and his wife have two daughters.

Sadiq became a solicitor specializing in human rights and was a Councillor in the London Borough of Wandsworth from 1994 to 2006.

In 2005 Sadiq was elected MP for Tooting. He was appointed Minister of State for Communities in 2008 and later became Minister of State for Transport, becoming the first Muslim and first Asian to attend Cabinet. He was also Crossrail Minister.

In 2013 Sadiq was appointed Shadow Minister for London, and in 2015 he led the Labour Party campaign in London in the General Election.

Sadiq is a big sports fan, especially football, boxing and cricket. He ran the 2014 London Marathon, raising money for the Evening Standard's Dispossessed Fund.

Sep
8
6:30 pm18:30

Scottish Folk Night

  • The Scottish Home
  • Thomas Alaan (Voice)
  • Brandi Berry (Violin)
  • Tim Macdonald (Violin)
  • Jeremy Ward (Bass Violin)

The CHICAGO SCOTS is proud to host the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble (BBE) here at the Scottish Home and we invite you to join them for an evening of Scottish music, food, poetry, and culture. The BBE is preparing for an historic North American performance of The Gentle Shepherd, Scotland's first opera based entirely on Scottish folk and fiddle music, and you don't want to miss out!

What can you Expect?

  • Food & Drinks
  • A toast to all "the laddies and lassies"
  • The address and sharing of the haggis
  • Poetry by Scotland's greatest poets
  • Traditional ceilidh ("key-lee") dance
  • A LIVE BBE PERFORMANCE

The evening will feature some of Chicago's top musicians performing the folk and fiddle music of Scotland. Some of the music will come from the BBE's production of The Gentle Shepherd, which will be the first time the show will be produced this side of the Atlantic Ocean since 1798.

Pricing:

  • $25 (General Admission)
  • $20 (CHICAGO SCOTS Promo) (enter: chicagoscots at check-out)
  • $20 (BBE Donor Promo)
Scottish Folk Night
Aug
25
6:30 pm18:30

Scottish Folk Night

  • Big Bricks

You love Scotland, Scottish culture, folk music, classical music, food, poetry, socializing, history, sheep, or any combination of these things.

The Bach and Beethoven Ensemble (BBE) wants you to join this evening of Scottish music, food, poetry, and culture. Why? The BBE is preparing for an historic North American performance of The Gentle Shepherd, Scotland's first opera based entirely on Scottish folk and fiddle music, and we want you to be part of that.

What can you expect?

  • Great food and drinks from Big Bricks!
  • A toast to all "the laddies and lassies"
  • The address and sharing of the haggis
  • Poetry by Scotland's greatest poets
  • Traditional ceilidh ("key-lee") dance
  • A LIVE BBE PERFORMANCE

#6 is really what this event is all about - live music! The evening will feature some of Chicago's top musicians performing the folk and fiddle music of Scotland. Some of the music will come from the BBE's production of The Gentle Shepherd, which will be the first time the show will be produced this side of the Atlantic Ocean since 1798.

  • Thomas Alaan (Voice)
  • Brandi Berry (Violin)
  • Tim Macdonald (Violin)
  • Jeremy Ward (Bass Violin)

Pricing:

  • $25 (General Admission)
  • $20 (CHICAGO SCOTS Promo) (enter: chicagoscots at check-out)
  • $20 (BBE Donor Promo)
SKERRYVORE & JOHN BALLANTYNE'S CRAZY HEART
Aug
16
7:00 pm19:00

SKERRYVORE & JOHN BALLANTYNE'S CRAZY HEART

  • Martyrs'

CHICAGO SCOTS is delighted that our pals Skerryvore are back in Chicago to perform a show as a Fundraiser for our Caledonian House. John Ballantyne's Crazy Heart Band will be performing as well, featuring our own President - Gus Noble.

The Caledonian House is a new home for people living with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Our philosophy of holistic, personalized, one-on-one care is inspired by the Scottish spirit of kith and kin, the comfort of home and the warmth of family. In this unique home residents will feel valued, loved and purposeful. Consistent resident-caregiver interaction will build the familiarity and the trust that will encourage residents to remain active, engaged and fulfilled.

 

Sponsorship opportunities and special packages are available, please contact Carie Lovstad at carielovstad@chicagoscots.org or 773.426.7144 for details.

100th Annual Scottish Home Picnic
Aug
6
10:00 am10:00

100th Annual Scottish Home Picnic

  • The Scottish Home

Join us for the 100th Annual Scottish Home Picnic.

Enjoy live music, food vendors, raffles, children's games and more!

ADMISSION IS FREE!

If you would like to volunteer or bake something delicious for the bake sale, please contact Chris Cortez at chriscortez@thescottishhome.org or 708.447.5092

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, August 6 and celebrating the centennial.

BABC Luncheon_Brexit: a Bridge or a Break
Jul
28
11:30 am11:30

BABC Luncheon_Brexit: a Bridge or a Break

Brexit: a Bridge or a Break?

A panel discussion featuring:

  • HM Consul General Stephen Bridges, LVO
  • Stephen Potter, President, Northern Trust Asset Management

Date: Thursday, July 28, 2016

Location: Maggiano's (Banquet Entrance) (Chicago, IL) (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

$45 per ticket (members and non-members)

ABOUT:

As we near the second week post-Brexit, we have been struck by how quickly our members have redirected their focus from the ever-changing political atmosphere in London and Brussels - and how the US business community and economy adapts and responds.

 

After the initial shock of events, the engagements we have had with you have progressively shifted gear, even though uncertainty is clearly an abiding factor as to how, when and even if Britain will leave the EU.

 

The prevailing mood now appears to be how businesses are moving on. This may include: triggering long established contingency plans; following through on future business and customer needs; and talent reconfigurations and challenges.  For example, this may mean the relocation of services to the EU for passporting purposes.

 

The exciting part of this whole situation is that business is forcing itself to look for a silver lining and new opportunities that Brexit can provide. In some cases, this is to meet predicted downsides or as a catalyst for innovative thinking.

 

There is no better platform to re-imagine business than the transatlantic economy. This starts with the US-UK relationship: $1.1 trillion in combined Foreign Direct Investment (FDI); $250 billion in trade and 1.2 million jobs linked to US investment in the UK. We know that this relationship is a vital source of strength and opportunity, and a point of stability in challenging times.

 

The BABC will continue to stand at the heart of that relationship by supporting our member companies and driving their growth and opportunities.

 

 

 

The Caledonian House Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Jul
13
11:30 am11:30

The Caledonian House Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

  • The Scottish Home

The Illinois Saint Andrew Society's Board of Governors cordially invites you and a guest to celebrate the completion of the Caledonian House and the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the history of our Scottish Home.

Join us as we raise a toast to the many donors whose generosity and support have made our dream of the Caledonian House become a reality.

The Caledonian House is a new home for people living with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Our philosophy of holistic, personalized, one-on-one care is inspired by the Scottish spirit of kith and kin, the comfort of home and the warmth of family. In this unique home residents will feel valued, loved and purposeful. Consistent resident-caregiver interaction will build the familiarity and the trust that will encourage residents to remain active, engaged and fulfilled.

RSVP to Carie Lovstad, carielovstad@chicagoscots.org or 708.426.7144

 

2016 Speakers Series featuring Jay Porter, President, Edelman Chicago
Jun
14
11:30 am11:30

2016 Speakers Series featuring Jay Porter, President, Edelman Chicago

  • Maggiano's

2016 Speakers Series

Messages Transcending Industry, Capitalization, & Geography

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon at Maggiano's (516 N. Clark Street - Banquet Entrance)

Jay Porter, President, Edelman, Chicago

"2016 Edelman Trust Barometer: The Global Inversion of Influence"

 

 

The 2016 Edelman Trust Barometer revealed a large and growing trust gap between the informed public and mass population, with a clear link to income inequality and divergent expectations of the future. With an unpredictable election season underway in the United States, the potential presidential impeachment in Brazil and the debate over the Brexit in the United Kingdom, this inequality in trust is happening globally.

Join us to hear Jay Porter discuss this global phenomenon and the steps business leaders can take to earn the license to lead.

REGISTER HERE

The British-American Business Council of Chicago is kind enough to offer our CHICAGO SCOTS members and friends the opportunity to purchase a ticket or table at their member price.

About Jay Porter, President, Edelman, Chicago

Jay Porter leads Edelman's Chicago office, home to 650 staff delivering award-winning work for clients in the food and beverage, CPG, health, industrial, tech and financial sectors. Jay's diverse background and oversight of Chicago's dynamic client portfolio situates him at the center of the rapid convergence of consumer brand, corporate reputation and digital marketing.

Previously, Jay served as Global Client Relationship Manager for Edelman's Starbucks account, overseeing work in more than 20 Edelman offices around the world. In this role he provided C-Level counsel on market entries in India and Vietnam; multiple product launches; issues related to food safety, global tax and gun control; and the acquisition and integration of Teavana. He also led in-depth strategic planning efforts around the company's presence in China, its wellness platform and its approach to in-store marketing.

Prior to his work on Starbucks, Jay led Edelman's San Francisco office and its highly integrated PR and digital work for clients including Charles Schwab, Levi's, eBay and Norton. Jay originally joined Edelman in 2005 as the head of the Edelman Seattle consumer team, where he co-led the launch of Windows Vista and led engagements with Expedia, Washington Tourism, Getty Images and Brooks Running. During this time he also worked with Edelman Chicago as lead on the agency's PR and social media work for Unilever's Axe brand.

Prior to joining Edelman, Jay was West Coast head of planning for NY-based integrated marketing firm SS+K and a brand strategist at design consultancy Landor Associates, working for clients including Xbox, Nike and Isilon Systems. Jay's communications career began in his hometown of Oklahoma City at the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and Planned Parenthood.

Jay holds a B.A. in English from Yale University. He serves on the boards of directors of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and the Fund for the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Jay is a member of Economics Club of Chicago.

About the Edelman Trust Barometer:

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The Hermit of Skerryvore
Jun
8
7:30 pm19:30

The Hermit of Skerryvore

  • Celtic Knot Public House

The Phantom Collective Presents:

Before Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Jekyll and Hyde, he was.....

The Hermit of Skerryvore

A Dramatic Reading with Music

Celtic Knot Public House - June 8, 2016 (626 Church Street, Evanston, IL)

By June Sawyers

Directed by Tony Dobrowolski

Based on the life of Robert Louis Stevenson, featuring Jesse Dornan & Amy Montgomery, with Kathy Cowan, vocalist & Sean Cleland, fiddler Donations accepted at the door. For more information contact skinsaw@aol.com or (312) 435.9736

Naperville Gathering
Jun
5
3:00 pm15:00

Naperville Gathering

  • White Eagle Homeowners Club

Over the years, the Illinois Saint Andrew Society has been dedicated to keeping members and friends informed about our initiatives, events, and long-term plans for the organization. We are grateful for your ongoing commitment and support and want to offer even more opportunities for Society members to gather, exchange ideas and, of course, nourish Scottish identity.

At one time, the Society held quarterly get-togethers in various locations around this vast Chicagoland area. We are pleased to share that we are reinstating this form of engagement and are busy organizing a series of meetings to be held across the city of Chicago and throughout the surrounding suburbs. The first such gathering will be held in Naperville and we hope you will join us for an afternoon of Society news, fun, food and refreshments.

Society Board Chairman Allan Garraway, Campaign Chair Jim Bell and other members of our Board of Governors will bring you up to date on a number of our efforts including progress against our Strategic Plan, the new and signature events planned for 2016, our own Scottish Home and the newest addition to our North Riverside Campus, the Caledonian House. This state of the art memory care residence has been under construction since last spring and will welcome residents this summer. This completion of the Caledonian House is one of the more important milestones in our Society's 170 year history and we are excited about its potential and its ability to move us on to the next chapter in the Society's life.

For more information or to RSVP please contact, Carie Lovstad at carielovstad@chicagoscots.org or 708.426.7144

RSVP required

Sunset Song
May
27
Jun 2

Sunset Song

  • Music Box

Sunset Song

A film by: Terence Davies Starring: Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan, Kevin Guthrie

Terence Davies' intimate epic of hope, tragedy and love at the dawning of the Great War. A young women's endurance against the hardships of rural Scottish life, based on the novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, told with gritty poetic realism by Britain's greatest living auteur.

The film takes place during the early years of the twentieth century, with the conflicts and choices a young woman experiences reflecting the struggle between tradition and change; a struggle that continues to resonate today. Set in a rural community, Sunset Song is driven by the young heroine Chris and her intense passion for life, for the unsettling Ewan and for the unforgiving land. The First World War reaches out from afar, bringing the modern world to bear on the community in the harshest possible way, yet in a final moment of grace, Chris endures, now a woman of remarkable strength who is able to draw from the ancient land in looking to the future. Sunset Song is at once epic in emotional scale and deeply romantic at its core, given power by Terence Davies' unflinching poetic realism.

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2016 British Consul General Awards Dinner
May
20
6:00 pm18:00

2016 British Consul General Awards Dinner

  • The Waldorf Astoria

The British Consul General Awards Dinner (2016)

Celebrating Excellence in Thought Leadership

Honoring Established Company, Innovative Company, & Individual

The CHICAGO SCOTS is honored to share that The Caledonian House is one of six nominees for the 2016 British Consul General Awards.

Now it's up to you to vote for The Caledonian House for the winner of the Innovative Company Award! There is no limit to how many times you can vote!

Take a moment to watch videos about the nominees. The winner will be announced at the awards dinner on Friday, May 20, 2016.

BABC Innovation Award Nominees 2016

 

The Caledonian House is a bold innovation where infrastructure and operations are designed to enhance the care we provide to those with Alzheimer's disease and other kinds of dementia. As well as being architecturally innovative, the Caledonian House is operationally innovative. Whereas, in institutional models of care, three different workers provide care-giving, food services and housekeeping - the Caledonian House, each caregiver will be trained to provide all three services. This holistic approach will increase meaningful interaction between resident and caregiver and, in turn, increase the bonds of familiarity that are so important to person-centered memory care.

RSVP to attend the 2016 British Consul General Awards Dinner

Friday, May 20, 2016

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria Chicago (seated, three-course dinner with a selection of wines)