Bermuda Day Grand Marshal 2018 – What We Share: Honouring Contributions to the Caledonian Society of Bermuda
The Bermuda Caledonian Society was first formed in Bermuda in 1936 and its annual events have given Bermudians and Bermuda residents alike the opportunity to participate in Scotland’s traditions of music, dance, literature, games and cuisine. Events include fundraisers such as the St. Andrew’s Day Ball, the Hogmanay Ball, and the Burns Supper, celebrating respectively: Scotland’s patron saint, New Year’s Eve and the work and life of Scotland’s best known poet, Robert “Rabbie” Burns. More recently the Bermuda Annual Highland Games have also been held twice, offering Scottish games, food, dancing and pipe band music.
The Caledonian Society of Bermuda, a non-profit, charitable organisation is an excellent example of the “What We Share” theme celebrated in this year’s Heritage Day. Not only does it share its culture but also from the beginning it has always been committed to the people of Bermuda. It has supported a variety of local charities, institutions and individuals through cash donations and volunteer support. Its annual Educational Scholarship is awarded to Bermuda-based students who wish to pursue their post high school studies in Scottish universities. The Society also sponsors the Bermuda Islands Pipe Band and Dance Division, while supporting Highland Dance, Sports and Pipes/Drums initiatives in general. Membership is by no means restricted to Scots, its only condition being a shared love of fun, community, Celtic culture and, of course, Bermuda. Funds are raised through member donations and events, which in addition to the Balls include various ceilidhs, golf tournaments, quiz nights, and other Scottish-themed entertainments held throughout the year.
Business owner Mrs Elizabeth (Liz) Adderley, currently once again President of the Society, has been a member of the Caledonian Society since 1987, holding the positions of Committee Member, Secretary, Vice President and President. Mr. Peter Profit, well known for his passion for music and his nineteen years as a drummer for the Bermuda Isles Pipe Band, has been Vice President for two years and a member for ten.