Unlike many organizations that come into existence, grow
and go in to sponsor a special event in their community, The
Oregon Scottish Society, instead grew out of the incredible
interest uncovered by a community event.
In early 1990, a few
friends gathered around their love for Scotland. They
planned a small celebration of Scottish culture and pride; it
was a chance to share their interest with others in the region.
financial support of the Commercial Bank and the hospitality and
sponsorship of Chemeketa Community College, the First
Mid-Willamette Scottish Heritage Festival convened on a sunny
Saturday afternoon in March of that year. More than 300 people
attended. The overwhelming consensus was that another
celebration was in order for the following year. That
growing group of friends went on to stage progressively larger
festivals in the coming hears.
On April 23,
1992, thirty-one people gathered to adopt a Declaration of
Purpose. The name has changed to The Oregon Scottish Society (tOSS),
but only to broaden its purpose to include all.
Our Structure. . .
The Oregon Scottish Society is governed by its members, who
elect nine of their own to serve as the Board of Directors.
They include the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Recording
Secretary, Membership Secretary, s well as the immediate Past
President, and three Trustees who serve alternating three year
Our members come
from a broad geographical region, therefore, meetings and
gatherings of the Society are scheduled throughout the
Willamette Valley. This "decentralized" approach gives
members the opportunity to hold Society functions in their own
particular area, and gives ownership of the Society to its