Friday, October 21, 2016

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of former Phoenix Sister Cities Ennis Committee chairman Wil Gaughan who passed away at the age of 91 on March 18, 2016. Wil was a longtime member of the Ennis Committee and served as Ennis Committee chairman for a number of years.  He was a dedicated Phoenix Sister Cities volunteer and was a member of several Phoenix Sister Cities delegation visits to Ennis.  Wil was born in Centralia, Kansas, the last of 11 kids, on September 8, 1924. Wil was raised on a farm and rode a blind horse to school every day with his twin brother Victor. He enjoyed school and was Student Body President. In 1944 he joined the Navy and trained to be a Gunner, Bombardier, and Pilot. After the Navy he earned a Civil Engineering degree at Kansas State University in 1950. He was a Lifetime Member of Phi Kappa Catholic Fraternity. Wil was always busy in clubs, Junior Chamber of Commerce and was President of the Kansas State Boosters. In addition to his work with the Phoenix Sister Cities Ennis Committee, Wil was a Founding Member and very instrumental in the growth of the Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix. He loved Irish music and was able to enjoy it as he was in great health all the way until the end. In 1953 he married DeEtte and had four children. They came to Phoenix in 1965. He was involved in his children’s activities to include Boy Scouts and coaching. For 25 years he and DeEtte were very involved in the Desert Dance Club. He worked for 25 years for Salt River Project and was responsible for the Navajo Generating Plant. Wil was an active parishioner of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church for 50 years.   He is survived by his brother Robert, sister Rita, children, Charles of Phoenix, AZ, Rebecca of Seattle, WA, Charlotte (Daniel) Taylor of Hot Springs, AR, Victor (Margie) of Phoenix, AZ, grandchildren, Regina Gutierrez, Garth Gaughan, Daniel Gaughan and Allison Gerke, great grandchildren, Lorelai Gutierrez and Genevieve Gaughan. He was preceded in death by his wife DeEtte, parents, and eight brothers and sisters. 

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Senator John McCain Among Honorees for Anam Cara Awards in Phoenix on
Friday, October 17

The Phoenix-based Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Irish Library award three distinguished business and civic leaders with highest community service honor.

Who: Persons of Irish or Celtic descent, or anyone who wants to be Irish, are welcome to join the celebration dinner to honor three accomplished individuals during the annual Anam Cara “Soul Friend” Awards Gala, hosted by the nonprofit Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation in downtown Phoenix. Ticket are available for advance or event day purchase. Guests will be welcomed by an official Pipe band, enjoy a grand Irish feast, Irish music and dancers; all in the authentic surrounds of the Irish Cultural Center and castle that holds the McClelland Irish Library.

What: “Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity,” said the great Irish poet, Sean O’Casey. The annual Anam Cara Awards are celebrated to recognize individuals of Irish or Celtic heritage that have lived their life with outstanding service to their community. The 2014 slate of accomplished honorees include:

Senator John McCain, Senior United States Senator from Arizona
Janice Ryan Bryson, Historian and Author of Irish Arizona
John Harnett, Founder and President of the Irish Technology Leadership Group, Silicone Valley

Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation Board of Trustee President, Jim Daugherty, is proud to recognize these outstanding individuals for their contributions to the mission of Celtic cultures on a regional and global scale. “I am ecstatic that we are honoring this esteemed group of leaders that have made such a meaningful contribution to our mission, which can be summarized in Gaelic as ‘caithfimid as gaelige a roint,’ we must pass the Irish on,” said Daugherty.
Tickets are available by calling 602-258-0109 or visiting Awards Gala dinner tickets are available for $125 per person and benefit the local Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation. Media interviews are available with Anam Cara Award recipients.
When: Friday, October 17 at 6 pm
Where: Irish Cultural Center
1106 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004

About the Irish Cultural Center
The nonprofit Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Irish Library provide educational and cultural programming through classes, festivals, exhibits and special events. The history, music, art, dance, literature, drama, crafts, language, travel, sports, genealogy and traditions of the Emerald Isle and other Celtic cultures are presented year-round by the Academy of Irish and Celtic studies housed at the Irish Cultural Center in downtown Phoenix.

(The Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Irish Library, The Heart Of The Celtic Community, are Divisions of the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation a 501 (c) (3) Not For Profit Corporation, and are owned and maintained by the City Of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department.)

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Caledonian Society of Arizona

Please Join Us for the Robert Burns Supper


Robert Burns Supper

Phoenix Country Club

2901 N. 7th Street

Phoenix, AZ   

Men are encouraged to wear kilts & jackets, tuxedos, suits or blazers with a tartan tie, while women don evening dresses with tartan sashes or shawls; tartan skirts with blouse or sweater.    

The evening's program includes:

Attendees follow the Colours, Pipes and Drums into the Ballroom 
Glenmorangie™ Single Malt Tasting                                     
The toast to, and proper service of, the Haggis
A traditional Scottish menu of the highest quality is served:
Cup of Cock-a-leekie Soup 
Garden Green Salad with Walnuts, Cherry Tomatoes and Hazelnut Vinaigrette
Stout Steak Pie with Garlic Carrot Pea Conundrum
Mashed local source Organic Turnip
Haggis, done "Old World Style"
Barley, Carrot, Turnip Medley
Served with rolls & butter
Sticky toffee pudding with a whiskey crème anglaise  
Imported fine Scottish beer with full bar and wine available

Live band - Scottish tunes, songs and Auld Lang Syne
Lovely country club setting, cocktail reception overlooking the golf course
Raffle and live auction


Tickets available at : Brown Paper Tickets


Everyone is welcome! We hope you'll join us! 



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