House of Gordon USA
Welcome to the
House of Gordon USA!
We are the families of the Scottish Clan Gordon in the United States of America. Our mission is to preserve
and promote our unique heritage and Celtic culture, as we enjoy the fellowship and support of family and
friends. Come Join Us at the Gordon Tent!
The Gordon name is synonymous with the rich history of Scotland and dates back to the 11th Century. It is a
name to be proud of and deserves your interest and support. The Board of Directors of House of Gordon USA
invites you to join our Clan Society.
WHAT WE DO
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to create, stimulate and sustain an interest in
Scotland, its history, traditions and culture; to bring together people of Gordon heritage; to
promote goodwill and understanding among its members and the general public; and to perform
charitable works. The “Charles O. Gordon Memorial Scholarship Fund” provides scholarships to aid our
youth in further studies of the Scottish arts and education. Our Scotland charity is the Gordon Highlander
Museum in Aberdeen, Scotland which tells the history of "the finest regiment that ever was." We honor the
men and women of Clan Gordon who are serving or have served in the defence of our nation with the Wall Of
Honor. We promote genealogical research, and the Gordon DNA project, host tents at various Celtic Festivals
& Highland Games across the USA and many other worthy projects which encompass our Clan Gordon history
and cultural heritage as well as providing community service.
Welcome Alabama Convener! 10/31/15
The House of Gordon USA is pleased to announce that Sheila Mills Bedsole is our new convener
for Alabama! Sheila will be hosting the Gordon Tent at the inaugural Southeast Alabama Highland
Games (aka Wiregrass Highland Games) in Dothan on 3/19/16. Come join her at the Gordon Tent!
Welcome Texas Convener! 07/02/15
The House of Gordon USA is please to announce that we have a new Convener for Texas! Katy
Richards (Laurie) is a vibrant proud young Gordon Goddess who will be tackling Texas with all the
verve you have come to expect from a Gordon! We are excited to have her and hope that our
Texas Gordons will come out and give her some support and join in the fun at the Gordon Tent!
Check out the AGM Page with THIS year's AGM Info!
We will be kicking off our Christmas in a
Box & Care Box campaign supporting a
Marine Corps Battalion with Christmas in
July at our AGM at Grandfather Mountain
as well as at games in July in Oregon,
Colorado, Arizona and Michigan! Come
join us at the Gordon tent, sign the
banner to show your support and,if you
wish, drop off a donation to the care
Welcome Oregon Convener! 04/18/15
We are pleased to announce that we have a new convener for Oregon in Shane Milne! Shane is
really excited to be part of building the House of Gordon in Oregon and we hope to see many of
you out at the Gordon tent this July at Portland where we are currently planning on having Shane
debut as the host of the Gordon tent in Oregon!
Congratulations to the 2015 Recipients of the Charles O. Gordon Memorial
Scholarship for the Celtic Arts! 03/29/15
Gemma Briggs of Clearwater, Florida is a 16-year-old high
school junior in the International Baccalaureate program and
Grade 3 piper with the Tampa Bay Pipe Band. This is a girl with
lofty goals and the drive and ability to go forth and achieve
them. We are happy to be able to give her a little help along the
way and award Gemma $450.00 toward her expenses to attend
the North American Academy of Piping and Drumming at Valle
Crusis, NC (near Grandfather Mountain!) this year. Good luck
Gemma and we look forward to seeing great things from you in
Megan Watson of Thousand Oaks, California is a 15-year-old
Highland Dancer who has been a consistent winner in her age
group and has also qualified and competed in the World
Championships in 2012-2014 and will again be competing in
Scotland this year. We are happy to be able to award her $300.00
toward her goals. We send our best wishes for a successful
competition year for Megan and hope to hear of her
accomplishments as she moves forward
Congratulations to Cynthia & the Florida Gordons! 03/29/15
Congrats to Cynthia Gordon Patrick, our convener in
Florida, and her crew on bringing home the BEST CLAN
Award at Dunedin on 3/28/15! WHOO HOO!
Welcome New Conveners! 01/13/15
Welcome to Kenn Gordon, new convener for Louisiana and Arkansas! Kenn and his family are
looking forward to the upcoming season and representing! He'll be at Minden in March, Lyon
College in April and Monroe in October! Marcia will be helping Kenn to get into the swing of things
and Minden so come out and welcome Kenn and give Marcia a fond farewell as our convener!
Marcia has been a fabulous Gordon representative and we wish to extend our most hearty thanks!
Welcome also to Kaine Aitken, new convener for Michigan! Kaine is excited to connect with other
Gordons in Michigan, and we all know that the Michigordons were a very active group at one time.
We are hoping to get a large number of Gordons out at the events this year to enjoy the fun at the
Gordon Tent. Garth Gordon will be assisting Kaine at the first couple of events. Thank you Garth
for all your hard work over the years and for giving Kaine the benefit of your experience! Garth
has long been our convener in MI and IN and we couldn't have asked for a better representative,
and anyone who has ever been to the Gordon Tent in MI will tell you that Garth is well known for
giving kisses to all the comely young lasses... Hershey's kisses that is!
BYLAWS CHANGE REMINDER AFFECTING MEMBERSHIP STATUS 9/8/2014
As published in the May newsletter and adopted formally at our AGM this past July there have
been changes to the Bylaws (available here online) which will affect some of our members' status.
SECTION 3. DUESThis means members who have not paid their 2015 dues by December 31st will NOT receive the
Membership dues shall be in the amount approved from time to time by the Directors.
A member shall pay the required dues no later than 30 June of each year to remain in good
standing. Membership is automatically changed to “inactive status” by failure to pay annual
dues by 31 December unless a written request for extension of time to pay is approved by
the Directors. Inactive members are not entitled to Society Literature.
May mailing of In The House and the proxy ballot until their dues are brought up to date. Please
keep that in mind.
CONGRATULATIONS EMMA SCHIFF! 9/6/2014
We would like to congratulate Emma Schiff, one of our 2014 Scholarship
recipients, on her fabulous competition results this year. As you heard
previously we were able to make it possible for her to get an early start on
her competition year with a major competition, the ECHD Championship in
Toronto Canada, she otherwise would not have been able to attend where
she came away as champion! This set the stage reinforcing her confidence
in her abilities and spurring her resolve to work hard and achieve those
goals she had set for herself for this year, mainly to rank in the top six
juvenile Highland dancers in the world.
AND SHE HAS IN SPLENDID FASHION!
Western Regional Championships, Costa Mesa - Champion
Interprov (Canadian Open Championships), Vancouver - Champion 2 days
out of 3, 1st RU on 3rd day
2014/15 U.S. Championships, Texas - Champion
Rothesay Open Championships, Isle of Bute, Scotland - 1st RU
Commonwealth Open Championships, Stirling, Scotland - Champion
Open Scottish Championships and World Finals Qualifier, Dunoon, Scotland - Champion
Cowal World Championship Finals - 2nd RU, Juvenile Division*
Her placing at Cowal officially ranks her as 3rd in the World/Juvenile Division! WELL DONE EMMA! We
are very proud to have been able to assist you in reaching your goals and hope to see more
wonderful accomplishments from you in the future.
Eventful 2014 AGM at Grandfather 7/15/2014
The 2014 AGM at Grandfather Mountain brought us several opportunities for celebration on many
levels. Wednesday we had the joy of celebrating an engagement when Allison "Cat" Baker said
yes at the top of the mountain! Back in Gordonville we passed the quaich and toasted the happy
couple welcoming Randy Rezurex White into the clan with the Cock of the North.
We started the festival weekend with a tribute to Lu at the Torchlight Ceremony, remembering her
and her father's legacy in the clan and passing the torch on to the next generation with our
newest member Seamus Baker. It was a very poignant tribute given by our secretary, David
Gauthier. We received news on Friday morning of the passing of Art Wilson and received this
news with great sadness as we were finishing the set-up of the clan tent from his long-time great
friend, Douglass Talley. It was a joy to be able to share remembrances of both Art and Lu over the
weekend and to celebrate their lives in the Scottish tradition (and Southern tradition) of sharing
stories of them, their lives and all that they had given to us over the years. This keeping of their
memory near and dear to our hearts and passing down that memory in our younger generation not
only eases our loss, but keeps them alive among us and sets the younger generation on the path
to follow in their footsteps.
Friday saw a lot of activity in the clan tent and we had cards on hand all weekend for our members
and friends to sign for Cpl Aaron Todd who is deployed overseas with his Marine Corps Unit. We
also had several donations toward a care package for him.
On Saturday we presented the final scholarship of the year to the Grade 4 Junior Piper of the Day,
Tyler Destremps of Pennsylvania. Tyler and his family were very warmly welcomed at the Gordon
tent for not
only the presentation of the scholarship, but also to join us in a celebration of his
accomplishments by sharing lunch with us in our hospitality tent. His grandmother said that we not
only made their day, but their whole week! (It was a good spread with BBQ and bacon wrapped
chicken bites in two different kinds of sauce as well as several sides and deserts.) We were able
to share our hospitality with many Gordons and friends of
Gordons both Saturday and Sunday. Not long after we had presented the piper of the day trophy
we were visited by two of the board members of the games who presented us with the BEST CLAN
TENT AWARD!!! We were all so surprised and excited and you should have been there to see the
celebration as the Gordons literally danced in clan row and the mountain reverberated to shouts
of "A GORDON! A GORDON!" We all knew that Lu was just on the other side dancing and rejoicing
with us too! She must have been pleased indeed! It was a true group effort with many hands
helping with the set-up & take down of the tent each day Thursday- Sunday! Our relay team came in
3rd and Brandie came in 2nd in the Women's Kilted Mile.
WELL DONE GORDONS!
Gordon Highlander's Museum Donation 07/02/2014
our Curator, Jesper Ericsson. They were visiiting us to donate a wonderful cheque to the museum
We are very happy to have the opportunity to support the
Gordon Highlander's Museum and to be part of keeping the
legacy of the Finest Regiment in the World alive. It is an integral
part of the House of Gordon's heritage and an association we
are proud to sustain. Board member and former president of the
House of Gordon USA, John Lowry hand delivered $2000.00
donation to the museum while on a family trip to Scotland. The
museum described their visit on their site as follows:
"A very busy week here at the Gordon Highlanders Museum has
seen it culminate in a wonderful visit from our brethren across
the pond from the House of Gordon USA Representatives, led
by John Lowry of the House of Gordon USA, visited the museum
yesterday and were recived by our Executive Chairman, Col
(Ret'd) Charles Sloan OBE and Executive Director Bryan Snelling
and were given a personal tour by
which is their chosen charity here in Scotland. John Lowry of the House of Gordon USA can be
seen presenting the cheque to Col (Ret'd) Charles Sloan OBE in the photos below. It was great to
see so many of them make the trip across to Scotland and the museum would like to thank both
them and the wider House of Gordon USA for the very generous donation that they gave us. We
look to welcoming more of them back in the very near future. — at The Gordon Highlanders
YOU TUBE VIDEOS!
Emma Schiff competitng at the World
Highland Dance Championships at the
Cowal Highland Games
|Gemma Briggs pipes at the Gordon
Tent at Dunedin March 28, 2015 after
receiving her scholarship award!