Scottish Society expands into new territory
10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, August 15, 2007
By MONIQUE H. HENDERSON
Special to The Press-Enterprise
A kilted golf tournament, Scottish dances and a tea are among the events planned for the newly formed Scottish Society of the Inland Empire.
The group, which got its start in early March, now has about 125 members. Organizers plan to have at least six events each year. Members also periodically travel together to other Southern California Scottish events, including some held in Los Angeles and Vista.
Both people of Scottish descent and those with a strong interest in Scottish culture are welcome to join, according to the group's secretary, Bob Leeton.
(Bob Leeton and wife LaVonne Leeton get ready for a Scottish Society event by dressing in traditional attire. )
"There are certain places in the world that Americans have a strong attraction to," Leeton said. "Scotland is definitely one of them.
"It's a nation that has been friendly to Americans. They are a friendly people with a culture that many people seem to enjoy. Just about everyone has heard bagpipe music and had some exposure to Scottish culture in one way or another."
The group is sponsored in part by Blandford and Son's Scottish Imports store in Redlands. The store sells a variety of Scottish merchandise, including clothing. Information about the club has been spread primarily through the store and its patrons, Leeton said.
Some club members wear kilts and other traditional Scottish garb to meetings, but the clothing is not required, Leeton said.
Membership dues are $15 for adults or $25 for couples. A family membership of $30 also is available for those with children.
Call Leeton at 909-425-8427 for more information.