The Kern County Scottish Society was established in July 1971. The Society is a non-profit organization formed to promote the rich Scottish heritage and cultural traditions in Kern County. Some of these traditions include: The Highland Games and Gathering (including the Ceilidh), The Celtic Music Festival, Highland and Scottish Country Dancing, Genealogy, Piping and Drumming, Tartans, Highland Dress, High Tea, Robbie Burns' Supper, Gaelic, the native language of the Highland and Islands.
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Become a member today! You don't have to be Scottish to join the Society; all that is asked of you is to share an interest in things Scottish. The Society was formed to promote Scottish heritage and cultural traditions in Kern County, and gather for social functions. The Kern County Scottish Society is a member of the Arts Council of Kern, the Downtown Business Association, the Tehachapi Arts Coalition, and we serve as advisors for the Scottish Club at Cal State University Bakersfield (CSUB).
Our activities throughout the year include the Robert Burns Night (Jan.); the Bakersfield Scottish Gathering & Games (March/Apr.); a Banger Booth at the Street Fair (April-June); Ice Cream Social at Dewar's (July/Aug), an Annual Members Barbecue (Sept); the Bakersfield Celtic Music Festival (Oct); Guy Fawkes Night, Kirkin' o' the Tartan (Nov), Marching in the Christmas Parade; and our Annual Christmas Party. In 1998, the Society became a non-profit, educational corporation.
If you are interested in joining the Kern County Scottish Society Inc, or just finding out more about it, you are invited to attend any of our general meetings. The General Meetings are on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Each meeting brings something new for our members, from Scottish Trivia Night, Celtic Karaoke, Movie Screenings, Kilted Bowling, Scottish Clan History, and much more. You can also call KCSS at 661-865-8890 or email for more information.
Your membership enables us to educate the community with numerous events throughout the year. In addition, you will receive our monthly newsletter, advance notice of upcoming events, and the opportunity to ensure that our rich Scottish heritage is continued for generations to come.
To Join Us or to Renew Your Membership, please download ad completed out the below Membership Form (pdf).
You can either mail it to our PO Box listed on the form or send your completed form to us via email. memberrenew1.docx
Individual Membership $25
Family Membership $40
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Kern County Scottish Society, Inc., PO Box 41202, Bakersfield, CA 93384-1202
2013 Kern County Scottish Society Board of Directors Chieftain - Tony Urzanqui
Immediate Past Chieftain - Gary Lockhart
1st Vice Chieftain - Bruce Marshall
2nd Vice Chieftain - Marty Brownfield
3rd Vice Chieftain & Treasurer - Karen Abercrombie
4th Vice Chieftain - David Stroud
Secretary - Kristi Wood
Board Members: Jan Lockhart, Lisa Stroud, Thomas Turner, Tim Ryan, Ron Palmer, Dixie Vaughan, Tommy Vaughan
Kern County Scottish Society, Inc. a non-profit 501 (c)3 educational organization dedicated to preserving the American Scottish cultural heritage. Established July 1971. Serving Bakersfield, Kern County and the great San Joaquin Valley of Central California.
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