Location: Vernon, BC
Camp No. & Name: 166 Kildonnan
Meeting Night: Every 4th Monday
Meeting Place: Vernon Rec. Centre
3310 – 37th Ave.
Warm greetings from all the members of Kildonnan Camp #166 in beautiful British Columbia to all other members across Canada. Thus far, 2016 has been a very busy year for #166 camp members, with activities and fun enjoyed by all.
Some of theSpring/Summer 2016 highlights include our May Past Chiefs and Birthday night, June’s Sunshine Festival, August’s annual Barbeque and fun evening, and September’s new event, a Scotch Whiskey tasting evening. May 2016 saw our annual Past Chiefs and Birthday Night celebration held with great celebration. Not only did we have a wonderful visit from District Officials, we also had yet another initiation! Kildonnan Camp members warmly welcomed Terry Frame into the Sons of Scotland organization. To make the evening more special, District Chief Anne Beel, District Treasurer Tilda Stewart, and Grand Chieftain Murray Stewart, plus other visiting members were in attendance, and participated in the meeting and social gathering afterwards. Members always enjoy this evening, complete with a delicious huge cake! June brings members together at the annual Vernon Sunshine Festival. The Camp colours are displayed as members mingle with the local community to bring awareness to Sons of Scotland, and our camp. One entire downtown Avenue (multiple blocks) is cordoned off, and the sights and smells of an amazing day are available for everyone to participate and enjoy. Both local Pipe Bands visit our Sons of Scotland informational booth and provide added colour and fabulous music.
Kildonnan Camp #166 had its usual presentation to the bursary winners, who were lucky enough to participate in Piping Hot Summer Drummers Camp up at Silver Star Mountain Resort. These four lucky young people are: Megan Glasser (Highland Dancing), Leah Grieve (Highland dancing), Allison Anderson (drumming), and Cole Aarestad (Piping).
Also of note is the wonderful participation of various Kildonnan Camp members in two local parades held in May and June. May long weekend is the annual Falkland Stampede parade, and members of Kildonnan Camp through their work with the Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band are always part of that event. This year brought heavy rain, but the Pipes played on! Lumby Days are held in early June, and again Kildonnan Camp members pipeand drum their hearts out with the Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band. It is always wonderful to see the vast array of the community, young and old, cheer the Pipe Bands on, as they march and perform! As well, Kildonnan Camp #166 members traveled to Trail, BC to participate in Silver City Days with the Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band.
Sons of Scotland Kildonnan Camp #166 celebrates its 67th birthday!
May 21st, 1949 is the founding date of this branch of Sons of Scotland, located here in the beautiful Vernon area of the Okanagan Valley.
For more information, interested members of the public may contact Terry Muir at 250-542-0437.
Silver City Days in Trail, BC
Kildonnan Camp #166 is pleased to announce that several of its members who are also members of the Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band from Vernon, BC will be attending “Silver City Days” in Trail, BC on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7th. These Pipers, and Drummers will be marching in the Silver City Days parade on Saturday, and then attending a “Spring Fling” competition with other local Pipe Bands.
Re-open the Manor House at Fintry Provincial Park
On Sunday, May 8th several members of Kildonnan Camp #166 will be in hand to re-open the Manor House at Fintry Provincial Park’s Spring Fair on Westside Rd, near Vernon, BC. These Kildonnan Camp members, also members of the Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band will perform several tunes as a celebration to the “Laird of Fintry”, Captain James Cameron Dun-Waters. Captain Dun-Waters came from Scotland, and arrived in the Fintry area in 1908, where he settled in to become a gentleman farmer, taming the rugged landscape and creating an amazingly productive farm that used all the agricultural advantages of the era. His legacy still stands today, as his octogonal dairy barn, hay shed, Manor House and waterfall aqueduct systems are available to tour on site at the Provincial Park.
Falkland Stampede Parade
Kildonnan Camp #166 members, also members of the Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band will be on hand at the Falkland Stampede parade on Sunday, May 22nd, 2016.
Kildonnan Camp #166 members will also be attending Lumby Days on June 11, 2016.