St. Andrews Society of the Inland Northwest
First formed as the St. Andrews Society of the Inland Empire in 1955, the St. Andrews Society adheres to the original purposes set out in the Bylaws:
In 1936, John “Scotty” Cameron spearheaded an effort on the part of many Scots in the Inland Empire to sponsor an all-Scottish picnic at Kellogg, Idaho. Many folk from Washington, Idaho, and Canada traveled by buses and cars to gather with their friends.
Out of this effort was born the Scottish Picnic Association, which annually sponsored a large picnic on the last Sunday of July. The perfect setting for this much-anticipated event was Lake Coeur d’Alene City Park. Piping, dancing, singing and talks on things Scottish were the order of the day for the hundreds who attended.
Through the years, the pipe band from Kimberly, BC attended and played an important part in the success of the picnics. Spokane’s own Angus Scott Pipe Band, whose name honors the Pipe Major of that band and who have for many years performed at the Spokane Fall Folk Festival, was also involved in the early years of the Scottish Picnic.
Following the gathering of 1955, a number of the Scots in the Scottish Picnic Association decided to organize a St. Andrews Society in this area.
Who we are
We are society dedicated to promoting Scottish heritage and cultural preservation in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. We are a non-profit, non-sectarian organization open to all, without bias to race, color or gender, to anyone of Scottish descent, or any other person who has a strong interest in Scottish heritage or culture.
The St. Andrews Society is supported through funds raising events, such as our annual Robert Burns Night Dinner & Dance, and through individual contributions. Our affiliate members, which are other regional Scottish groups that focus on specific areas of our culture, assist our Society and support our mission. Each of our affiliates is independent of each other, but all interact with each other and with the St. Andrews Society to organize events that benefit members and the Spokane area community.
For more information about the society, please visit our website, www.inlandnwscots.org/