With our continued push to 'digitise' the Society so as to reduce costs and improve service, we have changed the format of our annual report, the "Shoulder to Shoulder" to an A4 colour document that members can now download! This will save in the order of $4,500 per annum which can be better directed to furthering the aims of the Society as opposed to 'wasted' on printing and distribution costs.
The preparation of this year's document has already started and we will have it ready for adoption at the AGM and published soon thereafter.
The Sunshine Coast Branch of the Society invites members and their guests to "Scots in the Afternoon" on 1 September.
The day will feature afternoon tea and entertainment by members of the Sunshine Coast Caledonian Pipes & Drums; Accordionist - Bruce Mitchell and others. Admission is $12 pp and bookings are essential.
Contact Rob 5442 6252, Peter 5491 8436 A/H or Latte Da Café 5439 9555. Come along and bring a friend - Latte Da Cafe, 19 Caloundra St, Landsborough from 2pm to 4pm.
The Society recently held our annual Scottish Dinner Dance at Emmanuel College at The University of Queensland.
The night was a great success with just on 90 people treated to a night of great entertainment, food and dancing.
The date has already been set for next year - be sure to note 19 July 2013 in your diaries.
The Society and Emmanuel College are offering a piping scholarship at the College within the The University of Queensland.
The scholarship recipient(s) will be awarded a scholarship of part relief of fees and will be a student who has been accepted into any discipline at the University, shows sound academic ability and superior talent as a piper.
The Society and the College will jointly provide a scholarship of $4,000 for part relief of residence fees.
The band, currently numbering around 25 male and female members, regularly represents the University and College at events and competitions, achieving fourth place in its grade at the 2012 Australian Pipe Band Championships.
The Society is extremely proud to offer this scholarship, promoting Scottish culture and awareness in our region.
With the worst of winter behind us (hopefully!), there is still plenty of time to get in a hearty meal.
Scotch broth is a cheap, filling, easy to make soup. It is also rumoured to have healing properties. It is a slow cooker and great the next day.
Ingredients (serves 6 - 8)
1kg neck of lamb (or shanks or cut of your choice)
125g of split peas (soaked overnight)
125g of lentils (soaked overnight)
125g pearl barley (soaked overnight)
250g diced carrots
250g diced turnips
1 leek (the white) sliced
1 diced stalk of celery
2 diced potatoes
2 litres of water
salt and white pepper (to taste)
chopped parsley and bread to serve
1. Put the water and lamb in a large stock pot and bring to the boil.
2. Once boiling, skim off excess fat that should be floating to the top.
3. Add the lentils, split peas and barley while continuing to skim. Return to the boil.
4. After an hour, add remaining ingredients and continue to simmer for another 90 minutes.
5. with 30 minutes remaining, remove the meat from the pot and shred it, putting back all the good bits.
When serving, add some chopped parsley. Have some fresh crusty bread on the side.