The Ulster-Scots Society Of
America is primarily an educational and social
organization committed to the promotion of the
Ulster-Scots history and heritage, especially as
it pertains to the nearly quarter of a million
immigrants who left the north of Ireland (Ulster)
during the 18th century and settled in America
(often referred to as: The Great Migration). The
majority of these immigrants were the descendants
of Lowland and Border Scots as well as Northern
English who had settled in Ulster four generations
earlier. They sought to carve out of the American
wilderness a better life for themselves and their
families. In the process, they helped establish
and build our great American republic. Once in
America, these immigrants came to be known as Scotch-Irish.
In the British Isles they are known also as Ulstermen
or Ulster-Scots. Today nearly 22 million Americans
can trace the roots of at least one family member
to these hardy settlers from the North of Ireland.
The Society is a not-for-profit,
non-sectarian, non-political organization. It encourages
its' members across the country, in each particular
locale, to gather together on a regular basis to
collectively puruse the goals of the organization
through active participation in family oriented
social activities as well as educational and special
cultural events. When sufficient numbers are present
in a particular locale, an Area Convener from among
their number will be recruited to help coordinate
those efforts. If desired the Area Convener can
apply for approval to form a local chapter of the
Society. The Area Convener Reports to the Region
Commissioner when that position is filled, otherwise
they will report diretly to the national council
of the Society."
The current national leadership
council of the Society is located in North Carolina.
The Area Convener for the greater Raleigh, North
Carolina area conducts local membership meetings
on the first Monday of every month. All Society
members regardless of their location are encouraged
to represent the Society at local cultural events
such as Scottish Highland games, Celtic Festivals,
Irish and Scotch-Irish Festivals, parades, etc.
Membership is open to anyone
interested in establishing and promoting the Society.
Membership dues are as follows: Individual: $15
and family: $20. Upon the initial dues payment,
dues are paid in January of each year.
applications and dues can be mailed to:
Ulster-Scots Society of America
Attn: Glen Pratt
P.O. Box 3969
Amarillo, TX 79116
Glen Pratt (President) at email: email@example.com.
receive a quarterly newsletter, updates
on local events and happenings
as well as contact info for the nearest