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Club Background

Scottish American Society

Our Charter

Our group doesn't have one.  We are very informal and hope to remain so.  We don't have a charter, but we do have a core group of members who signed on from the start.  We now have a constitution and are filed as a non-profit with the State of Ohio, currently working on 501(c)(3) status with the IRS.  We do have officers and we do have membership requirements.  Our primary goal is to remain congenial, to have fun, fellowship, and to enjoy our cultural heritage.  Our secondary goal is to be a functioning part of our community, to raise awareness of our heritage and to support charitable objectives.
Our Club Officers:
Chairmen:  Margaret Frost
Vice Chairman: Gene Marcus.
Asst. Vice Chairman:  Alex Murray
Treasurer:  Liz Belvin
Asst. Treasurer: Julie McElhiney 
Secretary: Jim Frost
Corresponding Secretary:  Dave Allison
Hospitality: Betty Marcus
Membership Chairman: Dave Allison
Genealogy: Nancy Haggard Davis
Historian: Julie McElhinney
Official Sas'y Piper:  Brian McElhinney
Event Chairmen:
Celtic Beltane Festival:  Alex Murray
Tartan Day: Betty Marcus
St. Andrews Dinner: Alex Murray, Frances Acar, Margaret & Jim Frost, Betty & Gene Marcus

History of Our Club

We are an informal group of folks who like to get together to share our love of Scotland, her heritage and her culture. We are open to suggestions from any of the members for programs or activities they deem suitable.  We try to offer a variety of activities throughout the year so that hopefully everyone can find something that sounds appealing.  Participation is not limited to those who are of Scottish descent, only to those who think whatever we are doing sounds interesting. There are no mandatory dues, but we do request a voluntary contribution to support our cultural and charitable efforts. But if you can't afford it, don't let that keep you away.  The important thing is to enjoy the activity, enjoy each other's company, and support the culture and history of Scotland.

The Legend of the Thistle

The thistle is the symbol of our organization because it is the symbol of Scotland. But why was this thorny flower (some might even call it a weed) chosen as the symbol of a tenacious people? It is at least partially because of an incident that occurred many years ago when the Scottish army was fending off Viking invaders on a regular basis.

It is said that one night a group of Scottish fighting men was fast asleep in a field encampment. A raiding party of Vikings was sneaking up on them, barefoot, as was the custom. As they approached in the darkness, they trod upon the wild thistles. The thorns dug deep into the soles of their feet. Unable to control their afflicted surprise, the invaders cried out in pain, rousing the sleeping Scots. The Scottish soldiers leapt to their feet, grabbing their swords, and quickly vanquished their foes.

Thus it was that the thistle became the emblem of Scotland, bearing the motto "Nemo me impune lacessit" meaning "No-one provokes me with impunity" or as we loosely translate it: "If you tread on us we will give you pain."

Scottish American Society Logo


Our motto is: 
"If you tread on us we will give you pain."