Membership Meeting – Sep 7th, 2022

Reminder… (First Wednesday)… Our September Membership Meeting will be held on September 7th, 2022, at La Madeleine Restaurant on 290 in their private meeting room. 

  • The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.  The address is 19710 Northwest Freeway (near the crossing of FM 1960).

Current HHGA Board of Directors – as of August 31, 2022

  • Ron Ammons (Chairman/President 2022-2024)
  • -vacant – (Vice-chairman 2021-2023) – to be filled by the Advisory Council ((Past-presidents, Life members)
  • -vacant – (Vice-President for Site Coordination 2021-2023) – to be filled by the Board
  • Jean Pirtle (Vice President for Ways & Means 2021-2023)
  • Heather Smith Vacker (Vice-President Competitive Events 2022-2024)
  • Robin McCord  (Recording Secretary 2022-2024)
  • Jeanette Douglass  (Membership Secretary 2021-2023)
  • Michelle Belanger  (Treasurer 2021-2023)
  • Max Triola (Director-at-Large, Position #1 2021-2023
  • Joseph Carroll – (Director-at-Large, Position #2 2022-2024)
  • Sara Maberry – (Director-at-Large, Position #3 2022-2024)

Calendar event reminders:


This email cites the last payment date of your HHGA membership  (if any) right after your name in the To: header.

Please consider renewing or updating your membership as a Patron for $75

Memberships may be renewed online at https://houstonhighlandgames.com/join/joinrenew/


Enjoy a wonderful Labor Day Holiday Weekend!  Stay well!

– Ron Ammons

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HHGA AGM and Elections – July 13th

Greetings from HHGA. Our Annual General Membership Meeting and Elections will take place on Wednesday, July 13th, 2022, online via Zoom.

The meeting will start promptly at 7 pm.  Voting will be enabled while online.  A Meeting Registration Link will be sent separately to current members.
  

Our Nominating Committee offers the slate of nominees as listed below.  HHGA Bylaws allow for additional nominations to be made from the floor at the meeting with prior approval from the nominee. To vote in the election, you must be a current HHGA member for at least 24 hours prior to the beginning of the meeting.  This notice satisfies the 15-day advance notice of the nominees.

HHGA Board positions nominated for 2022-2024:
President – Ron Ammons
Vice President for Competitive Events – Heather Smith Vacker (incumbent)
Recording Secretary – Robin Spraggins McCord (incumbent)
Director-at-Large, Position #2 – Joseph Carroll
Director-at-Large, Position #3 – Sara Maberry

HHGA Board positions that will expire on 31 July 2023:
Vice President for Site Coordination – vacancy to be filled by the Board
Vice President for Ways and Means – vacancy to be filled by the Board
Membership Secretary – Jeanette McBee Douglass
Treasurer – Michelle Belanger
Director-at-Large, Position #1 – Max Triola
Vice-chairman – vacancy to be filled by the Advisory Council (Past-presidents, Life members)

Discussion Items:
Report on June 10-12 –  Tyler Celtic Fest
Report on June 11 – Midsummer Meltdown – Kemah Highland Games
Volunteers for upcoming Meet & Greet opportunities
Calendar event reminders2023 Games – 2nd weekend of October (Oct 14th)
5-year Strategic Planning – open discussion, volunteer opportunities to support key committees, etc 

Note:  This email cites the last payment date of your HHGA membership  (if any) right after your name in the To: header.  (Please consider renewing or updating your membership as a Patron for $75)

Memberships may be renewed online at https://houstonhighlandgames.com/join/joinrenew/

Enjoy a wonderful Independence Day Holiday Weekend!  Stay well!
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HHGA June 1st Membership Meeting – Friends Welcome!

Reminder… (First Wednesday)… Our June Membership Meeting will be held on June 1st, 2022, at La Madeleine Restaurant on 290 in their private meeting room.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm. The address is 19710 Northwest Freeway (near the crossing of FM 1960).

Business Meeting will be brief, followed by a “5-year Strategic Planning Meeting” hosted by Ron Ammons. Key items will include the following:

  • Status of accounts (Bank & PayPal)
  • Status of membership, including 3 new/renewed for May
  • Status of Nominating Committee (Draft Report due June 1st – Final Report due June 27th) to fill the following Board positions:

President

VP-Competitive Events

Recording Secretary

Director-at-Large Position #2

Director-at-Large Position #3

  • Volunteers for upcoming Meet & Greet opportunities
  • 2023 Games – 2nd weekend of October
  • 5-year Strategic Planning – open discussion, volunteer opportunities to support key committees, etc 

Calendar event reminders:

June 10-12 –  Tyler Celtic Fest
June 11 – Midsummer Meltdown – Kemah Highland Games
July 4th – Independence Day!
July 13th – HHGA AGM and Elections


This email cites the last payment date of your HHGA membership  (if any) right after your name in the To: header. Please consider renewing or updating your membership as a Patron for $75. Memberships may be renewed online at https://houstonhighlandgames.com/join/joinrenew/


Enjoy a wonderful Memorial Day Holiday Weekend!  Stay well!

– Melvyn Douglass

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HHGA Monthly Membership Meeting – May 4th – Friends Welcome!

Reminder… (First Wednesday)… Our May Membership Meeting will be held on May 4th, 2022, virtually, via Zoom.   The virtual meeting will start promptly at 7:00 pm.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vd-mprjIqHNxcK-pk-nS5EtkZFawdPMQr 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Key discussions will include the following:

  • Recap highlights from our April 9th Games
  • Volunteers for upcoming Meet & Greet opportunities
  • 2023 Games – 2nd weekend of October

Activation of the Nominating Committee to fill the following Board positions:
(Draft Report due June 1st – Final Report due June 27th)

  • President
  • VP-Competitive Events
  • Recording Secretary
  • Director-at-Large Position #2
  • Director-at-Large Position #3

Calendar event reminders:

May 6-8th-  Texas Scottish Festival – Decatur
May 7th-30th (weekends) – Scarborough RenFest – Waxahachie
June 8th – HHGA Monthly Meeting
July 13th – HHGA AGM and Elections


This email cites the last payment date of your HHGA membership  (if any) right after your name in the To: header.

Please consider renewing or updating your membership as a Patron for $75

Memberships may be renewed online at https://houstonhighlandgames.com/join/joinrenew/

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National Tartan Day Gathering (informal – but wear your tartan!)

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 6:00 PM
Red Lion British Pub
2316 South Shepherd Drive – Houston, TX 77019

Get Tickets

An informal Tartan Day get-together at the Red Lion’s Fireplace room. Order meals off-menu.
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April 9th – Meet the Houston Horde!

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March 2nd Membership Meeting via Zoom

Reminder… (First Wednesday)…  Our March Membership Meeting will be held on March 2nd, 2022, virtually, via Zoom.

The virtual meeting will start promptly at 7:00 pm. 

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEucu-gqT8pHNfJ0gF4WSSLeGZxnQl2sXQE

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Key discussions will highlight plans and fundraising, and the quest for committee volunteers, for our 2022  Games/Festival.  HHGA has contracted to hold an HHGA Games/Festival on Saturday, April 9th, 2022, at the Humble Civic Center, located at 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy, Humble, TX 77338.  This is the same location where the HHGA 2019 Games/Festival was held.  The 2020 Games were canceled due to pending Covid issues.

There are several Volunteer opportunities open…both for pre-planning and onsite.  Upcoming on the calendar:

Mar 12th (Sat) St. Patrick’s Parade
HHGA Co-ordinator Kelly Elliott  
We will assemble at 11:30 am with banners and Celtic attire to march in the parade.

Mar 26th (Sat) Kemah Boardwalk Celtic Festival
HHGA Co-ordinator Jean Pirtle  
We will have a 10×10 booth space to set up a tent, tables, chairs, banners, to provide promotional materials (from 3 pm-7 pm)’

Apr 6th (Wed) Tartan Day
HHGA Co-ordinator – open!  Suggestions invited!

Apr 9th (Sat) HHGA Games & Festival
Many volunteer opportunities!  Come join us via Zoom to discuss and get involved!

This email cites the last payment date of your HHGA membership  (if any) right after your name in the To: header.

Please consider renewing or updating your membership as a Patron for $75

Memberships may be renewed online at https://houstonhighlandgames.com/join/joinrenew/

Stay well!
Melvyn Douglass

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February 2nd Membership Meeting via Zoom

Reminder… (First Wednesday)…  Our February Membership Meeting will be held on February 2nd, 2022, virtually, via Zoom.

The virtual meeting will start promptly at 7:00 pm. 

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtc-quqzgtG9XJzHzAuGed3K8-laGYBPNp 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.Key discussions will highlight plans and fundraising, and the quest for committee volunteers, for our 2022  Games/Festival.  HHGA has contracted to hold an HHGA Games/Festival on Saturday, April 9th, 2022, at the Humble Civic Center, located at 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy, Humble, TX 77338.  This is the same location where the HHGA 2019 Games/Festival was held.  The 2020 Games were canceled due to pending Covid issues.

There are many Volunteer opportunities open…both for pre-planning and onsite.  Upcoming on the calendar:

Feb 5th (Sat) 
Houston Irish Stew Cook-off and Music Festival!
HHGA Co-ordinator Jean Pirtle  We will share space in the Fine Arts Foundation tent to provide flyers and related HHGA info.

Mar 12th (Sat) St. Patrick’s Parade
HHGA Co-ordinator Kelly Elliott  
We will assemble at 11:30 am with banners and Celtic attire to march in the parade.

Mar 26th (Sat) Kemah Boardwalk Celtic Festival
HHGA Co-ordinator Jean Pirtle  
We will have a 10×10 booth space to set up a tent, tables, chairs, banners, to provide promotional materials (from 3 pm-7 pm)’

Apr 6th (Wed) Tartan Day
HHGA Co-ordinator – open!  Suggestions invited!

Apr 9th (Sat) HHGA Games & Festival
Many volunteer opportunities!  Come join us via Zoom to discuss and get involved!This email cites the last payment date of your HHGA membership  (if any) right after your name in the To: header.
Memberships may be renewed online at https://houstonhighlandgames.com/join/joinrenew/

Stay well!
Melvyn Douglass
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Robert Burns Birthday Gathering (informal)

Saturday, January 29th, 2022

An informal “Burns Night” get-together has been reserved at 6:00 pm Saturday, January 29th, 2022, at the Red Lion’s Fireplace Room, 2316 South Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX 77019

No charge for admission tickets.  However, because of space limitations, confirmations will be needed from those able to attend.
Order Free Tickets at THIS LINK.

Haggis and meat pies will be available. Meals can be ordered off the menu.

Bring along your favorite Burn’s poem for sharing.   A song list is being assembled list for a sing-a-long.

Come and join us!  As always, kilts are highly encouraged.

For any questions, contact Heather Vacker at heathersv1@gmail.com
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HHGA Monthly Meeting for January

Reminder… 1st Wednesday… Our January Membership Meeting will be held on January 5th, 2022, virtually, via Zoom.

The virtual meeting will start promptly at 7:00 pm. 

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsdeirrj4pHtZ5_Qvcd-XxlX9U9xgqTgRL 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Our previous venue, Lyndon’s Pit Bar-B-Q, recently changed its hours to now close at 7 pm.  

Key discussions will highlight plans and fundraising, and the quest for committee volunteers, for our 2022  Games/Festival.  HHGA has contracted to hold an HHGA Games/Festival on Saturday, April 9th, 2022, at the Humble Civic Center, located at 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy, Humble, TX 77338.

This is the same location where the HHGA 2019 Games/Festival was held.  The 2020 Games were canceled due to pending Covid issues.

There are many Volunteer opportunities open…both for pre-planning and onsite.  Come join us to discuss and get involved!

HHGA Memberships may be renewed online at https://houstonhighlandgames.com/join/joinrenew/

Stay well!
Melvyn Douglass

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