The St. Andrew's Society of the City of Albany
Organized November 10,1803

General News of the Society


Burns Celebration -  January 24

Our annual “Robbie” Burns Night Celebration was held at the Hampton Inn at Yono’s on January 24. Forty-nine members and their guests were treated to a fun-filled evening. The feast including appetizers was fabulous.  Richard Powell II serenaded us with the pipes during the cocktail hour and led the parade of the Haggis. James McPhee and his illustrious team presented the steaming haggis. We thank Vice President Dr. Richard MacDowell and Barb who organized this wonderful event.  A great time was had by all. The Silent Auction was the best ever with so many fine contributions. Thanks to all for your generosity.


St. Andrew’s Nicht Celebration - December 1

Society Members and honored guests celebrated the Feast Day of Scotland’s Patron Saint Andrew in glamorous style. After a fine reception in our beautiful “Rooms” we marched to the sound of the pipes down the street to the warmth of the Fort Orange Club. President Foy opened the celebration by extending a warm welcome to all and a word honoring St. Andrew on Scotland’s National Day held on November 30.  After the introductions, greetings read from other St. Andrew’s Societies, many toasts, and “Ode to the Haggis” by Andrew Patterson, a fine feast was then presented.  We were then entertained by the talented Scottish born soprano, Lesley Cragie who sang many wonderful Scottish songs and ballads. Officers for 2014-2015 were installed.   It truly was a night to remember. Thanks to 1st VP Bruce Newell for his wonderful planning and for Past President’s Peter McLetchie and Reverend Joseph Shook for their assistance.

Leslier Cragie
Lesley Cragie
St. Andrews Day Invitation 2014

Annual Officers Sponsored BBQ and Meeting

The Society held a historic and delightful gathering in the “Rooms” attended by members and guests.  Following a delicious BBQ prepared by the Officers, a debate on the Scottish referendum for independence slated for vote in Scotland on September 18, 2014 was held.  The moderator, member Andrew Patterson introduced the subject and the two debaters, members James Sinkins for Independence and James McPhee for Union. Both gentlemen presented their side with conviction and humor and then offered their rebuttal. After questions from the audience and a vote members and guests retired to the wee kitchen for steaming haggis and tasty neeps with tatties.  

The following links are articles written by writer Paul Grondahl.for the Albany Times Union.

James Sinkins, James McPhee and Andrew PattersonJames Sinkins, James McPhee
and Andrew Patterson (photo courtesy of Charles Brown)

2014 Scottish Highland Games – August 30

The Games were announced by Past President James Sinkins. The parade was led by our Society before a crowd of thousands filling the grand stands and route lined with hundreds more. It was a wonderful warm, sunny day with the sound of the pipes and drums in the air and the smells of wonderful foods. Competitions of dancers, border collies herding sheep, falconry, caber tossing, and so much more made for an exciting event. Thanks to all of the members and guests who stopped at our tent. Many thanks to Games Committee Chairman Frank Alguire for his organizing the event for us. Here is our group leading the parade. Bruce Newell – Color Guard, Members Dick MacDowell with Emma and Sam, Charles Brown with Andy and Teddy, Rich Hixon, Frank Alquire, Jay Higle, Pat Foy, Dan Graves, John Breeze and Ward Breeze.  (Submitted by President Foy)

Scottish Festival at the Altamont Fairgrounds 2014 

First Annual Garden Gala – June 13, 2014

The first annual St. Andrew’s Society of Albany Garden Gala, sponsored by the Garden Committee, was held Friday June 13th in the garden at the Rooms.  Many fine port wines and appetizers were sampled by the members of the Society and their guests. The plant and garden book-swap was very successful thanks to the many contributors. Our Society Secretary and Piper, Gordon Peters, a master gardener, spoke and answered many question about the various kinds of gardening.  We thank the Garden Committee members for their many hours of work this spring preparing the garden and hosting this wonderful event. The Garden is spectacular this year!

The First Annual Garden Gala
Members and their guests enjoy
an evening in the garden
The Garden of the Society in bloom
The Garden of the Society in Bloom

Annual Past Presidents Dinner – June 10, 2014

The St. Andrew’s Society of Albany honored its Past Presidents at the annual dinner held at the Albany Country Club on June 10. President Foy toasted the Past Presidents for playing continued roles in the Society as mentor, consultant, ambassador, guardian and active members of committees. Special honors went to Past President Roger Creighton who has moved to California. Entertainment was the third annual Tunnicliffe Foundation Award recipient Allyson Crowley-Duncan whose performance was most memorable.   President Foy thanked Past President James McPhee and the Tunnicliffe Foundation members for their selection and entertainment for the evening and 1st Vice President Bruce Newell for his organization and planning of the event.

Officers of the Society
The Officers and Past Presidents of the Society with Tunnicliffe Award Recipient
Allyson Crowley-Duncan

Tartan Day Parade – New York City - April 5

President Patrick Foy and members Frank Alquire, Rich Hixon, Bill Burke and Jay Higle were honored to represent the Society by carrying our banner with the Saint Andrew's Society of the State of New York in the front of a mile long parade consisting of many pipe bands, Celtic dancers, other Scottish societies to include members of the Scottish Parliament, Scotty dogs and much more. In the evening we attended the spectacular three-hour New York Tattoo. Master of ceremonies was SAS NY President Samuel F. Abernethy.

President Patrick Foy with members of the U. S. Navy Pipe Band directed by Navy Commander Corey Barker
  President Patrick Foywith members of the U. S. Navy Pipe Band directed by Navy Commander CoreyBarker

Ladies Night was held on March 13

Members welcomed guests to the general meeting of the Society that featured Mr. Will Martin as the speaker of the evening.  Mr. Martin is the author of What If Benedict Arnold Wasn't Actually a Traitor?  Following the program members and guests adjourned to the library for a buffet prepared by the Stewards of the Society.


Burns Nicht Celebration

Our annual Burns Nicht Celebration was held in the Rooms on January 18. Fifty-seven members and their guests were treated to a fun evening. We were delighted to have our own Richard Powell II serenade us with the pipes during the cocktail hour and the parade of the Haggis. Andrew Patterson gave us a very colorful “Ode to a Haggis.” James Hare, Executive Director of the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA was presented a check for $10,000.00 by the Society and in memory of member James A. Clark, Jr. who passed away in June 2013. Second Vice President Dr. Richard MacDowell and Barb organized the event and a great time was had by all. The Silent Auction netted over $900. Thanks to all for your generosity.

At the Burns Dinner
Past President Peter McLetchie,
James Hare, President Patrick Foy

St. Andrew's Nicht Celebration

Members of the Society and their guests gathered for the observance and celebration of the day of Scotland's Patron Saint, Andrew, first at The Rooms followed by the traditional march led by the pipes and flags to the Fort Orange Club.  The Haggis was presented with the usual ritual of the recitation of Burns' "To a Haggis."  Toasts were made to the President of the United States, Her Majesty the Queen, Men and Women in Uniform and to the Society.  Greetings received from other Societies were read and then a Time of Remembrance was held to name departed members that included long-time members and a Past President.  Dinner was followed by guest speaker Mr. Paul Grondahl, author, lecturer, and writer for the "Times Union" newspaper of Albany.  Officers for 2013-2014 were installed and then everyone stood to sing "Auld Lang Syne."  It was a memorable evening. 

October - November 2013

The Society met for its stated meeting in November. The House Committee and Garden Committee were commended for their work during the year. The restroom on the second floor was redecorated and the historic light on the front of the building was repaired. The Garden Committee has put the garden to sleep for the winter. The President reported that the work with the architect is continuing and it is expected that a plan for the work on the ground floor will be submitted to the full membership for its consideration in January, 2014. The Robert Tunnicliffe Heritage Foundation reported that it is receiving applications for the 2013 award. The Book Club will meet in early December to view the new film, "The Book Thief" and will return to the Rooms for a discussion of the book. The election of officers was held and their installation will take place at the close of the St. Andrew's Nicht observance. The speaker for the annual observance of St. Andrew's Nicht will feature Mr. Paul Grohdahl, staff writer at the Times Union newspaper and the author of several books. The President reviewed the work of his term as President and thanked the many members who served on committees and volunteered to lend a hand to help during his term.

Remembrance Day Observed on October 20

Members of the Society gathered in front of the St. Andrew's monument in Albany Rural Cemetery on Sunday afternoon to observe Remembrance Day. The monument was designed by late member David Lithgow and dedicated in 1948. It is in the center of the St. Andrew's Society's section of the cemetery. The Service of Remembrance was conducted by Society Chaplain, the Rev. John Nixon McMillan. President Shook welcomed those gathered and introduced member James Burns, Chairman of the Society's Cemetery Committee. Mr. Burns explained the long tradition of the Society's involvement at the Cemetery where a number of our past presidents are interred. Willard Bruce, a member of the Society and a member of the Board of Directors of the Cemetery led a tour of the Cemetery visiting some of the grave sites with historical significance to the Society. The tour ended at the Cemetery Chapel where a reception prepared by Society Steward John Scott was enjoyed.

James Burns, President Shook, Chaplain McMillan
  James Burns, President Shook,
Chaplain McMillan
  Piper, Richard Powell, II
  Piper, Richard Powell, II

Society's Book Club Welcomes Author, Joseph Persico

On October 14, the Book Club of the Society hosted three other community book clubs to The Rooms to hear local author Joseph Persico discuss his recent book, "Roosevelt's Centurions: FDR and the Commanders He Led to Victory in World War II." Mr. Persico has written extensively on President Roosevelt and has been interviewed on national talk-shows about his works.   The Book Club, organized in 2012, meets every six weeks.

Pictured above are Mr. Persico, President Joseph Shook and Claudia Shook.


Society members and their guests enjoyed the annual Officers Barbeque that preceded the first meeting of the fall in September.  The summer activities included the Past Presidents' Dinner and President's Tea held during June and July.

At the May meeting, the architect presented a preliminary report on the condition of the building and some possible changes to the ground floor that would make the area more usable.  We are expecting a more complete report in the next month.  We will then fine-tune it before it is submitted to the membership. 

The Highland Games were held August 31 and September 1 at the Altamont Fair Grounds.  It was well attended by members of the Society who maintained our tent and stood ready to answer questions about the Society and its activities. 

We enjoyed a malt-tasting on July 13.  We appreciated our neighbor, the Fort Orange Club, for inviting us to use its space for the evening.  We are currently working on our malt-tasting schedule for the fall and winter months.

We were well represented at the Kirkin' o' the Tartan at Westminster Presbyterian Church on September 8.  We thank the Session and Staff of Westminster for holding the service and including us.  Of course, we acknowedged that several of the Society members are also members at Westminster.

Our Book Club continues to enjoy its evenings of book discussions and are looking forward to an evening with Mr. Joseph Persico, a local author who has written several books on Franklin Roosevelt, the latest being, Roosevelt's Centurions, published in May.  

The Society received as a Non-Resident member the grandson of one of our Past Presidents at the September meeting. 

The fall is promising to be a busy season as always, with the Remembrance Day Observance in October and the election of officers in November followed by their installation to office in early December.


Culloden Pathway

Our Society contributed to the Culloden Pathway on the grounds of the Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Center. Our stone is shown installed in the pathway.

The St. Andrews Society of Albany's Culloden stone in place

Charles Emery MacCulloch

We were saddened to learn of the death ofCharles Emery MacCulloch, member of the St. Andrew'sSociety since 1996.The following obituary was carried in the Times-Unionnewspaper.

Charles Emery MacCulloch a longtime resident of Albany County, passed away on July 21, 2013 at St. Peter's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.He was born on July 1, 1921, the son of the late Charles H. and AngelineMacCulloch of Albany.Charles graduated from MilneHigh School and Syracuse University with a bachelor's degree in art.He worked for 36 years in the offset printing business in pre-press and management positions in Deposit, Syracuse, Middletown, and Poughkeepsie before retiring in1986.Mr. MacCulloch served in the Coast Guard during World War II.In later years, he belonged to the Rotary Club, Free Masons and American Legion.He was a longtime memberof the St. Andrew's Society of Albany and an elder at the Presbyterian Church in New Scotland.Charles married the late Frances Helen Eddy in 1943.They enjoyed 65 years of marriage together and shared many traveladventures.Charlesenjoyed camping, fishing, golfing and genealogy.Charles is survied by a daugther, Helen (William) Delman of Hyde Park and a daughter-in-law, Cheryl (Patrick) Foy of Cohoes. Also surviving are several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and his wife, Charles was also predeceased by his son, John and his sister, Betty Mattox. Funeral services are private and will-be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the Bay Street Cemetery in Glens Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in his memory to the Presbyterian Church in New Scotland, 2010 New Scotland Road,Slingerlands, NY, 12159 and Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Road,Albany, NY, 12205.

ANNUAL DINNER - June 7, 2013

The St. Andrew's Society honored its Past Presidents at the annual dinner at the Albany Country Club on June 7. Entertainment was provided by Maureen McMullan, award-winning professional musician, educator and arts consultant.  Born and raised in Coatbridge, Scotland, Ms. McMullan works as Artist-in-Residence and Music Archivist for the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA and as a member of the musical ensemble Atlantic Seaway.  She was a lead vocalist in the PBS TV music special “Highland Heartbeat” and recently made her debut singing lead vocals with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall for Joseph Sohm’s, “Vision of America.” Piper to the Society, Gordon Peters
Piper to the Society, Gordon Peters
welcomed guests to the dinner
First Vice-President Patrick Foy, member J. Spencer Ryan, and Past President James McPhee
First Vice-President Patrick Foy, member J. Spencer Ryan,
and Past President James McPhee
Member David Hasso and President Shook
Member David Hasso and President Shook
Board of Managers Chairman Peter McKee and wife Lynn with member William Burke
Board of Managers Chairman Peter McKee
and wife Lynn with member William Burke
Past President Roger Creighton and Ms. Valerie Shanley, daughter of Past President John Willison
Past President Roger Creighton and
Ms. Valerie Shanley, daughter of
Past President John Willison
Robie Booth and guest, Norma Colasessano
Robie Booth and guest, Norma Colasessano
Past Presidents Richard Hixon and Roger Creighton with Armourer to the Society, James Burns
Past Presidents Richard Hixon and
Roger Creighton with Armourer to the
Society, James Burns
Armourer to the Society James Burns and wife, Jean
Armourer to the Society James Burns and wife, Jean
First Vice-President Patrick Foy and Brian McCandless, member of the Board of Managers
First Vice-President Patrick Foy and
Brian McCandless, member
of the Board of Managers
Past President Timothy Thornton and wife, Karen
Past President Timothy Thornton and wife, Karen
Past President James McPhee presented the Ode to the Haggis assisted by Piper Gordon Peters,  Armourer James Burns and Past President Richard Hixon.
Past President James McPhee presented the Ode to
the Haggis assisted by Piper Gordon Peters,
Armourer James Burns and Past President
Richard Hixon

JUNE 2013

We were saddened to learn of the death of James A. Clark, Jr., a member of the St. Andrew’s Society since 1957.  The following obituary was carried in the Times-Union newspaper.

James A. Clark Jr., son of the late James A. Clark, and Dolores Sanderson Clark passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. Born on August 14, 1931, Jim attended School 16, the Milne School and graduated from Amherst College, class of 1953 where he recently attended his 60th class reunion. At Amherst, he was a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity and was the senior class marshall. After graduating from Amherst, Jim was commissioned by the Officers Candidate School in Newport, R.I. as a Lt. j.g. in the United States Navy from which he was honorably discharged. Jim was a gifted musician. He was proud of his association with the Amherst College Delta 5. He later organized and played in the Capital Region with the Will Clark Trio, the Jazz Cellar Six, and finally with the Jazz Cellar Six +1. They were popular entertainers in Albany during the 60's and 70's. He was a member of the Musicians Local #14. A life-long car enthusiast, he served for over 50 years as the executive vice president of Armory Automotive. He considered his customers his friends, loved appraising cars and enjoyed his morning walks through the dealership greeting the employees. He never missed a Thursday auction at Northway Auto Exchange and more recently the Monday auctions at Armory. Jim loved his lunches at the Gateway diner with Bob Metzner and valued his partnership and friendship with Stanley and Donald Metzner and the late Anthony Metzner. He owned stock cars, classic automobiles and harness horses. He loved to play cards with his nieces, his grandchildren and his friends. He was a director of the Central Savings and Loan Association. Jim was president of the St. Peter's Hospital Foundation, a member of the Maria College Board of Trustees, the LaSalle School for Boys, and The Evangelist. He was a former president and trustee of the Fort Orange Club, a member of the Wolferts Roost Country Club, the Berlin Mountain Fish & Game Club, the Dorset Field Club and was a former member of the University Club. He was a communicant of St. Pius X parish for over 43 years. In 1966, Jim married the former Rhea Ellen Picotte and together they had four children, Kathleen (Kacy), James III, Elizabeth (Betsy) and Jeffrey. In addition to his loving and devoted wife and children, Jim is survived by his two daughters-in-law, Grace and Ann; his nine grandchildren, Clark and Henry McNaull, Grace, James A. IV and Kathleen Clark, James and Kieran O'Haire and Hudson and Sage Clark; his sister, Joan C. Walsh and her daughters, Lisa, Wendy (Tom) Meyer, and Nancy (Arthur) Splaine; his brothers-in-law, John (Maggie) and Michael (Margi) Picotte; his sister-in-law, Marcia (Fred) Floyd along with many nieces, nephews and a host of wonderful friends. Jim was predeceased by his brother-in-law and friend, Jack Walsh. The family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses who cared for Pop over the course of his illness. A Mass of Christian Burial was Celebrated at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Loudonville.  Interment followed in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.


Keeping with tradition, the stated meeting of the Society in March was Ladies Night.  The program for the evening was the presentation of the Robert Tunnicliffe Heritage Foundation award to Fiona Beaton.  You may read more about Fiona in the Foundation section of our website.  Our Stewards prepared and presented a wonderful buffet that was enjoyed by all at the adjournment of the meeting. 

The third floor project is now mainly completed with a few additions to the area to be made in the next few months.  The Stewards have already put the kitchen to good use since it was made available for the general use of the Society.  The report of the architect who has been evaluating the ground floor area will be presented to the membership in May. 

On the social scene, we enjoyed the St. Patrick's Day parade that passed by the Rooms on March 16.  Our members rose to the occasion and prepared tasty refreshments for the event.  A Malt Tasting was held in the Wee Kitchen on April 16.  Members and guests were introduced to two new malts. 

We continue to work on the library project with the goal of making our historic library available to the public as a research library.  News of our progress will be posted as we move ahead. 

The program for our Past Presidents' dinner will be the award-winning musician, educator and arts consultant, Ms. Maureen McMullan.  Ms. McMullan, born in Coatbridge, Scotland, works as an Artist-in-Residence and Music Archivist for the National Trust for Scotland USA and as a member of the musical ensemble Atlantic Seaway.  She was a lead vocalist in the hit PBS-TV music special "Highland Heartbeat" and recently made her acclaimed debut singing lead vocals with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall for Joseph Sohm's "Vision of America."

Our House Committee and Garden Committee are busy at work after a long winter.  We are looking forward to many pleasant events in the garden this summer.



G. Carroll Lindsay, President of the St. Andrew’s Society of the City of Albany from 1983-1985We were saddened to learn of the death of G. Carroll Lindsay, President of the St. Andrew’s Society of the City of Albany from 1983-1985.  The following obituary was carried in the “Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era.”

G. Carroll Lindsay, 84, of Strasburg, died on Saturday, January 19, 2013 while under the care of Hospice & Community Care. He was the husband of the late Edythe (Welbourne) Lindsay, who died in 2010.

Born in Coatesville, Carroll was the son of the late George and Elizabeth (Copeland) Lindsay. He is survived by a sister, Jacqueline L. Wilson of Manheim and two nephews, Ken Wilson of Christiana, PA, and Walter Wilson of Lewes, De, and six grand nieces and nephews.

Carroll and Edythe moved to Strasburg from Albany, New York, where they had resided for 20 years.

Carroll was graduated from West Fallowfield High School, Franklin & Marshall College and the University of Delaware. He was an assistant Curator of Ethnology and as assistant Curator of Cultural History at Winterthur Museum.

Carroll served as Director of Museum Services of the Smithsonian Institute and as Director of Museum Services for the New York State Museum. Upon retirement from there, he served as an Executive Director of the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, Long Island, New York.

After retiring to Strasburg, he enjoyed membership in the Strasburg Heritage Society. He was former President of Strasburg Borough Council. Carroll also enjoyed serving as a Trustee of the Octorara Covenanter Presbyterian Church.

Carroll was a member and Clerk of Session of the Fallowfield Society of Friends.

A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 in Strasburg, PA



The Society membership contributed to provide a memorial paver in the National Scottish Immigrants Memorial monument which was unveiled on October 8, 2011 in a small park near Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia.  Our paver has now been installed .  The monument consists of four life-size figures standing on a 6x6x4 foot granite base and depicts a Scottish family preparing for life in the New World.  The memorial pavers are in a brick walkway that leads to the monument.  The statue is sponsored by the St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia founded in 1747. 

Our paver was designed by our Society member, Dr. Brian McCandless.

Row of pavers in Philadelphia

Paver set in place in Philadelphia



It has been busy around The Rooms since the beginning of the new year. The third floor project has been moving forward and will be completed by the time of the March meeting.& Thanks to all for their help in choosing paint and carpet designs. Our Burns' Night was a great success thanks to the planning and work of our Vice Presidents. We enjoyed a delicious dinner, honored Burns with readings, and raised a good sum for the general fund by the silent auction. We enjoyed the usual Scottish conviviality at our January malt tasting. Thanks to the presenters who shared stories and the taste of two interesting malts. On February 2, along with the National Trust for Scotland (USA) and the Albany Institute of History and Art, we sponsored a presentation at the Institute on Jewels of Scandal and Country Houses by Curt DiCamillo, former executive director of the National Trust. A group attended a performance of the Black Watch Pipe Band at Proctor's in Schenectady on February 1 and gathered for dinner prior to the performance.

A generous gift has made it possible for us to contract with an architect to evaulate the ground floor to determine how the space might be used. The gift was designated for that purpose. The results of the study will be presented to the membership.

There has been a discussion about the 8:00 o'clock beginning time of our stated meetings. While the Constitution specifies the dates of the meetings, the time is at the convenience of the membership. That discussion will be added to the agenda of the May meeting.

The March stated meeting is traditionally Ladies Night. We have a very special program lined up for the evening. The recipient of the Tunnicliffe Foundation award will receive the award and present a program of Scottish Dance.  Our Stewards are planning very special refreshments for the evening. Highland dress is encouraged.



Our new St. Andrew’s Society book club has had a successful year. We have met six times since last March and the number of participants has grown.

St. Andrew’s Nicht was an especially fine event in the life of the Society On behalf of those who attended, I thank all those who participated in the program and to First VP Pat for his attention to details and planning. It was a great evening beginning with social hour at the Rooms and then our traditional parade with pipes and flags to the Fort Orange Club for our celebration of St. Andrew with toasts, the presentation of the Haggis and dinner. (The pictures are from the evening.)

The third floor refurbishing project is well underway. The walls have been repaired, will soon be painted, and carpet will be laid.  At the same time, we are meeting with an architect who will make proposals for the ground floor. That will be a much more complicated and expensive project so we will be holding hearings to help make the decision about the use of the space.

The President appointed Jim Burns Armourer to the Society and the membership ratified that appointment at the November stated meeting. We raised our glasses to Jim at the St. Andrew’s Nicht celebration for his years of service on the Board of Managers and as the bearer of the claymore for so many years.

Our First Vice President was appointed by the President to serve as our liaison with the National Trust for Scotland USA. We also voted to accept the invitation from the National Trust for us to be the first member of the Circle of St. Andrew. Every member of our Society will have access to the properties in Scotland managed by the National Trust.

We are developing a way to make our library accessible to researchers in the community. At this time, we are in the process of transferring the card catalogue onto a computer as the first step towards placing it onto our website. Eventually we hope that researchers will want to come to the Rooms to use our collection in their research.

May this be a great Hogmanay for one and all

At the St. Andrews Society of Albany

Members of the St. Andrews Society

At a St. Andrew's Society event in November

At the St. Andrews Society

November 2012



The fall season began with a flurry of activities.  We enjoyed the Officers’ BBQ headed up by our Second Vice President who was helped by all of your Officers, making it a memorable evening. Thanks to all who helped in a variety of ways.

The September meeting was especially interesting with important business conducted.

- We voted to receive a Resident Member and an Honorary Member. 

- Thanks to a very generous gift of a Society Member, we now have among our art collection 19 framed prints of Scottish Officers in Full Regimental Dress.  These beautiful color prints represent various Scottish Regiments dating from the early seventeen hundreds up and through the mid-nineteen hundreds. Painted by the late Col. P. H. Smitherman (1910 – 1982) who, in addition to a distinguished military career in the British Army, became famous during his lifetime for his depiction, in painstaking detail, of British military uniforms. On the back of each print is a brief history of each regiment and lists many of the famous battles these regiments fought. This gift is a wonderful addition to the Society’s art collection. Two of the prints are shown here.

- We heard a preliminary report from the Special Committee on the Comprehensive Plan of the Society. The report has now been forwarded to the Board of Managers for review and implementation of the recommendations.

- We approved an increase of dues for Resident Members from $125 to $250 per year and Resident Members under 35 years of age to $150 per year. There is no change in the Non-Resident dues. The increase is effective for the 2013 dues which are payable on November 1, 2012.

- We approved the recommendation of the Board of Managers to discontinue the position of Resident Manager and to use volunteers to fill those responsibilities.  

Other important work is progressing.

    -In response to the recommendation of the Special Committee, the Board of Managers voted to proceed with the renovation of the third floor. The project will include repair, painting, and carpet installation on the stairway and throughout the third floor. The cost of the project is less than $13,000.

The November meeting agenda will include the election of officers and a further update on recommended amendments to our Society’s Constitution.

Planned Giving – You should also know that we are working on a planned-giving program for the Society. As you remember other non-profits in your will, trusts, and other advanced and planned-giving programs, please start thinking about our Society. There will be more about this after the first of the year.

Year-End Gifts – All of us receive solicitations for year-end gifts from a variety of entities.  Make your St. Andrew’s Society one of those non-profit entities on your list to receive year-end gifts. This year is particularly important as the Board of Managers approved the expenditure for the work on the third floor.  Please consider making that gift so that we will not have to dip into our endowment.


The Tontin Coffee House
St. Andrew's Society Banner, 1825, front side.
Julius Ruben Ames (1801-1850)
Banner of the St. Andrew's Society of the
City of Albany, oil on silk, c. 1828.
Albany Institute of History and Art, gift of the
St. Andrew's Society of the City of Albany.
Military Print - 1959, Officer, The King's Own Scottish Borderers

Military Print Gift
Officer, The King's Own Scottish BorderersMilitary Print - 1939, The Black Watch
Military Print Gift
Officer, The Black Watch


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