Good evening HHGA Community. Our Annual Membership Meeting was held last night and new officers were elected. Your new officers for the year 2018-2020 are as followed:
- President: Melvyn Douglass
- VP of Competitive Events: Heather Smith Vacker
- Recording Secretary: Kelly Elliott
- Director at Large #2: H. Beverly Taylor Jr
- Director at Large #3: Alex Laverock
The role of Membership Secretary was vacant, and members voted on HHGA’s replacement. Sara Mayberry will serve the rest of the term as membership secretary, which is until 2019.
HHGA’s next Board and Member will be held on August 8th beginning at 6:30. We will meet at Saltgrass in Meyerland, located at 520 Meyerland Plaza.
We look forward to seeing you there.
We will meet at SaltGrass Steak House-Meyerland, on July 11th, 2018 from 6:30-8:30. We will be in their private room and a limited menu will be available. The board meeting will start at 6:30 P.M., with the Annual Membership Meeting beginning at 7:00 P.M.
You will be able to nominate from the floor during the annual meeting, with prior approval from the person you are nominating. You must be a member 24 hours prior to the meeting. Here are a list of the positions that are up for election:
- Vice President of Competitive Events
- Recording Secretary
- Director-at-Large Position #2
- Director-at-Large Position #3
A description of each position is located in the HHGA By Laws Article 5, which starts on page 8. A copy of the By Laws can be found on our website, https://houstonhighlandgames.com/hhga-bylaws/
To be eligible to vote, you must have paid your membership dues 24 hours before the meeting (July 10th, at 6:30 P.M.)
We hope to see you all there!
Come join HHGA for another one of our Kilted Afternoons on Saturday June 9th. HHGA will gather at Lucky’s Pub west, located at 17754 Katy Fwy, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
We would love to see you all there. Admission is free and there will be a cash bar. Invite your friends!
And as always, kilts are encouraged
As we all know, areas of Houston were devastated by Hurricane Harvey this year. St. Thomas Episcopal School located in Bellaire area was hit especially hard as the entire first floor of their facility and church was flooded.
St. Thomas has always been the star of the Scottish-American community in Houston and a great friend to HHGA. Their Scottish arts programme has done Houston proud on a global level.
The board of the Houston Highland Games Association was pleased to donate $1,000 to the Scottish arts programme to help replace what was lost. We encourage you to make individual donations as you are able to make sure this programme continues to be the force it is.
A poster on a kilt Facebook page asked a question on how often he should dry clean his kilt, an interesting question with a complicated answer. That answer always begins with “it depends”. How often do you wear it? What are you doing when you wear it; competing in heavy athletics, attending a Burns Supper, participating in a festival?
Dry cleaning chemicals can take a toll on wool or any other fabric for that matter. So, you want to do it as seldom as possible with a reputable dry cleaner. Another deterrent to dry cleaning kilts often is it can be expensive because of the pleats. Ladies have known this for years. Get used to it, guys.
Generally, the rule of thumb is to take your kilt to the dry cleaner when you can’t spot clean or press (pleats, ugh), or when airing out the garment doesn’t freshen. That’s right, don’t put your kilt directly back in the closet when you get home. Give it an airing before you put it away. This is a really a good idea for all your clothes if you’re not going to clean them before the next wearing.
A valet stand is a posh answer for airing your clothes or use a hanging rack on the outside of your closet door. Someone told me they use a treadmill. So be it. No matter what your wife says, bedrooms are for living in, not waiting for Southern Living Magazine to knock on the door for a photo shoot of your house. If you’re really, really posh and likely to have a photo shoot you will already have a separate room sized closet complete with valet stand, shoe racks and drawers for all your bits and bobs. Now, back to the real world…. You’re the one who has to live with your wife, so use your best judgement when airing your clothes. And, try not to use the excuse of “it’s airing” when it’s still hanging on the back of the closet two weeks later.
It’s also a good idea to store your kilt in an airtight clothing bag to keep the moths away. This does not mean the plastic bag from the dry cleaners, folks. The chemicals in those bags (butylated hydroxyl tolune) produce a yellow pigment when exposed to moisture which can transfer to your clothes and weaken the fabric threads. Plus, these bags can choke children. It’s right there on the bag. Throw them away.
Your kilt is an investment. Take good care of it and it can give you many years of wear and pleasure. What are your kilt hacks for extending the longevity of your kilt?
Author: Becci Himes
UPDATE: STA Pipe Band placed third in Grade 2 of the World Championship Bagpipe Competition! You can watch their winning performance here.
Houston, TX based St. Thomas Alumni Pipe Band has been in Scotland competing in various Highland Games. Now, they face the prestigious World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow. HHGA wishes them much success and will be cheering them on from Houston.
Here is the link for the BBC online stream of the Grade 1 and 2 finals along with the march past/awards ceremony:
You’ll find a stream schedule there as well.
For our friends in the Central time zone:
Grade 1 MSR – 4:00 to 6:00 AM
Grade 1 Medley – 7:15 to 9:15 AM
**Grade 2 Final – 9:35 to 11:23 AM
**Should STA qualify for the final, they will be playing at approximately 10:29 AM Central.
Join HHGA for another in our series of Kilted Afternoons. August 26 we will be commemorating the birthday of one of the most iconic Scots, Sir Sean Connery. HHGA will be celebrating at Lucky’s Pub West 4 m to 6 pm with lots of fun activities, like a Sean Connery voice-a-like contest (start rehearsing!), a Sean Connery pub quiz and door prizes. No birthday celebration is complete without birthday cake.
Admission is free and open to the public. A cash bar and menu will be available.
Click here for more details and to RSVP.