The Caledonian Club was formed to promote Scottish Heritage in western Florida and to provide a social venue for anyone with Scottish Heritage or is interested in things Scottish


 The Caledonian Club of  Florida West

Welcome to our Website!

Allan M

If you haven’t heard of us before, we’re glad you found us on line. If you’re already a member, browse through our site to see what’s happening, visit our past event page to see what we have been doing, or  follow the past newsletters link to view more information regarding our events and activities.

The Club also contributes greatly to Sarasota County by providing our unique collection of Scottish Tartans at a variety of functions. Our charitable Foundation also contributes funds for the preservation our community’s Scottish Heritage.

If you’re interested in things Scottish, the preservation of Sarasota’s Scottish heritage and good fun. I hope you’ll join us for our festivities and fellowship. Feel free to contact us directly anytime.

President, Allan McIlraith



May 9, 2015

Make your reservations now!

The Annual General Meeting will be held at Stonybrook Country Club on Saturday May 9, 2015.  Cocktails will begin at 11:30 and lunch will be served at 12:25.

We will be serving a family style Scottish Lunch Buffet consisting of Braised Beef Brisket, Grilled Scottish Salmon with Citrus Vinaigrette, Leek and Butter Rice, Roasted Root Vegetables, Peas and Mushrooms, and Steamed Green Beans with Red Bell Peppers.  The desert is Turtle Ice Cream Pie.  Hot, or Cold Tea and Coffee is also included.

Also, don’t forget we will have our traditional “Year in Review” slideshow by Dr. Mary Thompson.  Time for a Trip Down Memory Lane!

See the EVENTS page for details


Cup of TeaThe New Members Tea was held on Saturday April 11th at the home of Phyllis and Al McIlraith.  Everyone had a great time eating, drinking and visiting.
It was so interesting when everyone introduced themselves and gave a short little bio…. what a great and diverse group of people  …  from a retired upstate New York dairy farmer to a retired Aer Lingus pilot, spouses who met in the airport in Iceland to spouses who met ballroom dancing.  We are so happy to welcome these great new additions to our club.

Bios and Photos of the new members will be available soon.


Sunday April 12, 2015

Blue Tartan Rosette


Tartan Day was recognized jointly by the Caledonian Club and the St. Andrews Society with a Kirkin of the Tartans at the 11:00 AM church service at Church of the Palms.  Piper Kevin Wiegard will piped the tartan bearers into the service along with members of “The Sarasota Military Academy Pipe Band” providing a memorable morning for all who attended.


Thistle Ball 2015 small

The 2015 Thistle Ball is now a distant memory, but what a great memory.

A slide show of  photos from “The Ball” are on the “Past Events Page“.

We also have a message from Maureen Ogilvie regarding the photos she took at the ball. If you are interested in ordering photos from her, they will only be available until the end of the month.  Instructions for viewing and/or ordering are also on the Past Events Page.