FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions, and our Answers!

What is the Scottish St. Andrew Society? 

We are a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote Scottish heritage and culture in the St. Louis region through educational, philanthropic, social projects, and public events. Founded in 1973, the society is dedicated to strengthening the Scottish-American community and preserving our heritage for future generations.

What kinds of events does the society hold?

The society sponsors a variety of social and educational events aimed at deepening our knowledge of our ancestry, Scottish history, culture, and its relevance in the United States. We emphasize the importance of passing on our traditions to the younger generations and sharing our mission with the public. The society hosts monthly socials and formal events periodically, including the Burns Dinner, Tartan Day, and St. Andrews Day. Everyone is welcome to attend any event and we encourage you to bring your friends and family too. Visit our Events page and follow us on Facebook to see what's coming up and join us at our next gathering!

What kind of community projects does the society sponsor?

Education and cultural work are priorities in our organization; so we take the time to volunteer at schools, host public educational events, and sponsor issues that promote the importance of Scots and their Scottish-American descendants. Some future ongoing work we're focused on currently is sponsoring bills in the Missouri State Legislature establishing a state tartan for Missouri and planning a speaker series encompassing the role of Scots in St. Louis and the wider Midwest. If you'd like to volunteer with us or have a project idea, contact us and we'll get in touch!

How do I become a member?

We offer four (4) types of memberships: single, family, senior-single, and senior-family. These types fit everyone's budget, whether you're a college student, a family with three children, or a retired couple. Every membership is good for one year and now with our new website, you can choose to auto-renew so you won't lose track of your membership status.  Visit the Membership page to sign up today!

Do I have to be Scottish to join?

Even though we're a Scottish organization, you don't have to be Scottish to join; an applicant must be someone of good moral character who shares our mission.

Who do I contact for more information?

For any kind of inquiry, visit our Contact page, submit a message, and our Communications Director, Thomas Richardson will reply to whatever questions you have. For questions about our society newsletter, the Thistle Times, email us at ssas.thistle.times@gmail.com. If you're savvy with social media, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.