Thank you to everyone who attended the St Andrew Society of Sarasota’s very first virtual Burns Supper on January 23, to celebrate the 262th birthday of Scotland’s Bard: Robert Burns.  Despite some early technical difficulties the Supper was an great success: it was opened with the Pipes and Drums of the Scots Guards playing O Flower of Scotland and our President, Carl Morris, welcomed all to the Supper with hilarious Scottish stories, and went on to give a warm welcome to all the new members of our Society. Carl followed with an In Memoriam to those who have sadly departed, courtesy of the Scots Guards playing a moving rendition of The Flowers of the Forest. 

May Crawley, an Honorary President of the Robert Burns World Federation (RBWF), gave a wonderful greeting from the Federation and we went on to listen to a selection of Robert Burns’ poems, expertly recited by both May and Alex Crawley and our ‘Saltire’ editor, David Shaddock. Phyl Smith offered an Immortal Memory which can be read on our ‘Alba’ page. There you can also read the second installment of Notable Scots - The Classic Writers of Scotland by Phyl Smith. Read about the incredible writers Scotland has produced down through the years, in particular...our favourite son: Robert Burns.  Enjoy!  Posted January 31, 2021

The Saint Andrew Society of Sarasota (SASS) was formed in 1979 to provide social and cultural activities relating to Scottish heritage and to give emphasis to Sarasota's settlement by Scots (in 1885).  Our 501 c 3, St. Andrew Scottish Society Scholarship Fund, Inc. (SASSF), since 1990, has given $146,000 in scholarships to 135 qualified college-bound high school seniors from 18 high schools in Manatee and Sarasota Counties and Lemon Bay in Charlotte County.

SASS sponsors and participates in area Scottish social and cultural events including:

Burn's Club lunch and poetry readings, held monthly (in season)
Annual Scottish Christmas Luncheon, held in December
Annual Robert Burn's Supper, held near the anniversary of the Scottish bards birth (25 January)
Scottish Highland Games
Annual Kirkin' o' the Tartans, held in conjunction with an area worship service
Annual Scholarship Luncheon, held March or April to recognize the scholarship winners

Through social and civic involvement, SASS enhances awareness of Sarasota's significant Scottish heritage, thereby attracting funding to our 501 c 3 St. Andrew Scottish Society Scholarship Fund.  Working with area guidance counselors, and students we have provided financial support to 126 qualified high school seniors since 1990.

Burns Supper January 2022, 
Highland Fling - October 23, 2021,

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P.O. Box 2592 Sarasota, FL 34230