Flower of the Forest

Sad news: Jimmy Fraser died this morning. He had been a member of Saint Andrew's Society of the City of Milwaukee for over 60 years. More details to come.

Tulip Saltire

The tulips are blooming at the Robert Burns statue. And they form a saltire!


President's Dinner May 8

The 2015 President's Dinner is coming up: May 8th at the Wisconsin Club's Country Club. Members, see our Upcoming Events page for more information, and check your email for details on how to RSVP.

It's Sold Out, for Peat's Sake!

All 100 seats for our April 13, 2015, whisky tasting are now spoken for. Any new reservation requests will be added to our waiting list with no guarantee of attendance.

April Elections

It's time to vote. At our April 13, 2015, member meeting we'll be voting on our slate of officers, managers and trustees.

Our nominating committee has proposed the following slate for your consideration. (Unless noted otherwise, these candidates are incumbents.) Nominations are also welcome from the floor at this meeting.

NOTE: your membership must be current—that is, paid up at least through the end of 2015—to be able to vote in this election.

Officers—one-year terms

President: Dale Larson
1st Vice President: Harold Hansen
2nd Vice President: Bill Reid
Recording Secretary: Larry Kascht
Assistant Secretary: Bruce Seeds
Corresponding Secretary: Jody Allen (new to this position)
Activities Secretary: Brenden McDaniel
Treasurer: Tom Westgaard

Managers—two-year terms

Laxson Boyd
Earl Lemon
Steve Perrigo (new to this position)
Peggy Ruetz

Craig Jordan (new to this position, one-year to fill vacated seat)
(Dan Bell, Vince Milewski, and Jack Schafer were voted in last year and continue to serve their two-year terms.)

Trustees—one-year terms

Bob McWilliam
Ian Day
Tom Cooper

Your Challenge Coin

Every new member of this Saint Andrew's Society receives a challenge coin. (More information here.) The podcast "99% Invisible" just posted an episode about challenge coins called "Coin Check." It's really good! You should listen to it.

The 2015 Burns Banquet

It was a wonderful evening.

Kilt Pin Found

Did you lose a kilt pin at the Burns Banquet Saturday night? We found one. Please email us at with a clear description of it, and we'll find a way to get it back to you.

2015 Robert Burns Banquet Tickets Now Available

Please join us January 24, 2015 at the Wisconsin Club, 900 West Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee for the Robert Burns Banquet.

Cocktails from 5:30PM to 6:30PM
Banquet begins at 6:30PM with opening ceremonies 

Free valet parking will be available.

$65.00 per person 

Tickets available only by advance purchase prior to January 19, 2015. 

Entertainment: Billy Mitchell Pipe Band, Caledonian Scottish Dancers, Milwaukee Scottish Pipe and Drums.

To reserve seating contact Tom Westgaard at 

And then send your check (payable to Saint Andrew’s Society of Milwaukee) to:

Tom Westgaard, Treasurer 
P.O. Box 210288
Milwaukee, WI 53221-8005 

Please note with your payment any special meal requirements you may have, e.g. gluten free.

You will receive a receipt in the mail upon payment.


Thanks to members who helped ring bells for the Salvation Army. And big thanks to all those who helped fill the bucket!

Auction Results

Many, many thanks to those who contributed items for our fall auction, and even more thanks to those who bid on those items. The money raised will allow us to continue our long-term mission of helping others, or as we put it: Relieving the Distressed.

December Meeting - Usual Place, Day and Time.

Just a note: the next member meeting of Saint Andrew's Society will be at our usual location—The Wisconsin Club—on our usual day—the second Monday of the month. So: December 8, 2014. 7:30pm. See you there!

Focus on Finishes

Our fall whisky tasting was fun, informative and very tasty. We paid special attention to the finishes of the whiskies. The six on offer were:

Bruichladdich—Scottish barley finish
Edradour 13 year 2000—Sauternes finish
Tullibardine 228—Burgundy finish
Tomintoul 12 year—Olorosso sherry finish
Arran—Port finish
Balvenie 14 year—Caribbean rum finish

And for reference, we also had small samples of four of the finish casks' original contents: Sauternes, Burgundy, Sherry and Port.

Many thanks to our fine whisky masters Larry Kascht, Harold Hansen and Kevin Hansen.

Don't Miss Out!

There are still seats available at our November 10th whisky tasting, but they're going fast. You don't want to miss out! 

Click here

Fall Whisky Tasting

Our fall whisky tasting is coming up on November 10, 2014. This event's theme: "Focusing on Finishes." 

Click here for more information and to learn how to make your reservation.

Seeing Stars

We list a variety of interesting activities on our Upcoming Events page, but not all of them are hosted by us. So: we will mark with an asterisk* items that are official Saint Andrew's Society events.