100 Years in Jakarta

Chieftain's Message

Published on January 30th, 2020


Chieftain’s Message

Dear Members, Friends and Sponsors of the Society

Last Saturday we gathered at the MO Bar in the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta for an intimate and sophisticated celebration of the 261st anniversary of the birth of Scotland’s most famous and popular Bard, Robert Burns. Between the excellent venue set up, passionate speeches and toasts and the excellent renditions of Burns’ most famous works by our guest performer, we had a wonderful evening which went on well past Auld Lang Syne into the wee hours of the morning.

A write-up and some pictures of the evening are posted to both our website and Facebook pages for you to read at your leisure. Also updated to the website is the latest information on our planning of events for 2020/21; although being still early in the year, the details are still to be locked down and will be revised as they are more clearly fixed.

Most immediate and as shared in my last message, is the return after a hiatus of 5 years of the Jakarta Highland Games. In addition to the Gathering planned for 20th June 2020, there are a series of supporting events including a golf competition on 18th June and Scotland in Concert on 19th June.

Naturally, an event of this magnitude requires significant support, both financially and with volunteers. If you are willing and able to help out, the Chairman of the Jakarta Highland Games Committee, Alistair Speirs OBE, would be very happy to hear from you to discuss further. Please contact him directly at speirs@phoenix.co.id.

Before then, we will hold our AGM towards the end of March. The date will be announced shortly but one of the main items on the agenda will be the election of the Chieftain for 2020/21. Candidates must be Scottish or of recent Scottish decent (Grandparent born in Scotland) and if anyone is interested in being considered for this auspicious role, please send me a message via the chieftain’s email: chieftain@thejavastandrewsociety.com.

Thank you all for your continued patronage and support of the Society.

Kind regards

Roger Finnie

Chieftain Java St Andrew Society

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