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Honors & Awards

Page Contents

  1. Clansman of the Year Awards
  2. Awards for Meritorious Service
  3. Literary Awards
  4. Clan Tent Awards
  5. Scholarship Awards

CLANSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS


What is the A.J. Marshall Clansman of the Year Award?

In 1988 the Clan Keith Society decided to honor the passing of an influential clan member; Aquila Jackson ‘Bud’ Marshall in a way that reflected respect for all his work in the society. The award has two physical parts, the plaque, which holds the names of those honored as recipients of the award by the Clan Keith Society USA since 1988, and the “cup” (medallion) which is passed on to and worn by the honoree at all events for the full year after receiving the award.

When selecting an awardee, the clan is looking for a member who is judged to have made significant contributions in the advancement of the society’s objectives of educational assistance, perpetuation of Scottish traditions and culture and in providing genealogical assistance. The honoree must typify the Clan traditions of fraternal assistance, hospitality and good cheer toward fellow Keiths and all Scots and has fostered the same in all whom he/she has come into contact.


The A.J. Marshall Memorial Clansman of the Year Award
2012

Elizabeth S. Keith is our 2012 Clansman of the Year. She received the award just after having been notified of her election as Secretary of the Clan Keith Society USA at the AGM at Loch Norman. Elizabeth was awarded this honor for making significant contributions in the advancement of the Society’s objective of educational assistance. She has spent many years working with our scholarship program and on the perpetuation of Scottish traditions/culture. She is the Convener for the stats of Mississippi and Kentucky and has hosted Clan tents at many other locations such as the Stone Mountain Highland Games and Grandfather Mountain Games. She has won many Best Clan Tent Awards with her combination of outstanding displays and great hospitality. Elizabeth organized the 2011 gathering of the clan for the AGM at the Glasgow, Kentucky Highland Game. In addition to all of these accomplishments Elizabeth has contributed many hours, personal funds and has assisted the BOD in the establishment of the William Burnam Keith PhD Award for Meritorious Service. Please join in and congratulate Elizabeth for this well-earned recognition!

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The A.J. Marshall Memorial Clansman of the Year Award
2011

The Clan Keith Society USA, Inc’s Clansman of the Year 2011 is Bradley D. Marshall of Hewitt, TX. This award was presented at the Annual General Meeting at the Glasgow Highland Games. Bradley D. Marshall or “B.D” as we affectionately refer to him has worked, for over a decade, in many different activities of our Society. He supported Texas Conveners David Slack and Doug Keith, and then became a local Convener for the Houston, TX games. Later he became the Texas Convener and as such, B.D. has not only worked three to four games per year but also represented Clan Keith at other functions throughout Texas. He has also served as our Quartermaster for over five years. Bradley D. Marshall has not only distinguished himself in these areas of service for The Clan Keith Society USA, Inc but this year he took on the additional duties as Chairman of the Nominations Committee. His performance has been exceptional in all of the activities listed above, and therefore has been selected as our Clansman of the Year.

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The A.J. Marshall Memorial Clansman of the Year Award
2010

The Clan Keith Society USA, Inc’s Clansman of the Year 2010 is Jonathon Austin of Madison, GA. (Pictured left to right are Vicie Motz, winner of the award in 2009, Jonathon Austin, winner 2010, and Clan President James Keith.) Vicie participated in passing the award Medallion to Jonathon as James presided over the ceremony at Founder’s Day during the Stone Mountain Games. Jonathon has been a great asset to the clan thru his hard work and as President Keith stated, “is truly deserving of the highest honor that we bestow.” Jonathon has excelled in the position of Convener for Georgia for just over five years and currently also serves as the Assistant Vice President coordinating activities with all clan Conveners nationwide. Jonathon was born in a small Scottish village and moved to the USA at the age of five where he has served in the military as a helicopter pilot among many interesting career points. We hope you will read all about Jonathon in the Winter Issue of the Keith and Kin found in the members section. According to President James Keith, it has been a pleasure to work with Jonathon and the entire clan congratulates him on this well-deserved honor.


The A.J. Marshall Memorial Clansman of the Year Award
2009

The Clan Keith Society USA, Inc’s Clansman of the Year 2009 is Vicie Motz of Greeneville, TN. This award was presented at the Annual General Meeting at the Gatlinburg Scottish Festival and Games. At this special ceremony, many previous recipients of the award were also gathered to witness the presentation and give thanks for Vicie’s sixteen years of dedicated service to Clan Keith.


The A.J. Marshall Memorial Clansman of the Year Award
2008

The Clan Keith Society USA, Inc's Clansman of the Year award for 2008 was awarded to Stephen J. Cribari of Minneapolis, MN


A. J. MARSHALL MEMORIAL CLANSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

Clan Keith Society USA, Inc's Clansman of the Year 2007

Paul & Zachary Taylor
Canton, NC

"Throughout the past year, several members have conducted themselves and their activities in an exemplary manner. Their activities have been a great asset to the growth of Clan Keith and the promotion of our organization. Based on this criterion, it is my pleasure to award, for the 22nd time . . . Clansman of the Year Medallion. . . The 2007 medal winner is Paul & Zachary Taylor of NC. Founders of the Youth Chapter of The Clan Keith Society, USA, Inc," stated President Hattenbrün.

"Thank you for your kind words and your great support. When I called Zachary and told him, he was speechless. It took a couple of seconds, but all he could say was 'Cool!' He was very surprised as I was. We are very humbled with this honor. We also will strive to continue and do better next year."


The A.J. Marshall Memorial Clansman of the Year Award
2006

The Clan Keith Society USA, Inc's Clansman of the Year 2006 was awarded to Alton L. Cooke of Virginia, VA.


The A.J. Marshall Memorial Clansman of the Year Award
2005

The Clan Keith Society USA, Inc's Clansman of the Year 2005 was awarded to

Marian K. Smith of Kernersville, NC.


Clan Keith Society USA, Inc's Clansman of the Year 2004

James Keith
Huntsville, AL

James Keith has actively served our Society since joining in 1999. For the past two and a half years he has been Editor-in-Chief of our award-winning newsletter, Keith & Kin. This was his first real experience in publishing, but he readily accepted the task when it was vacated.

For his hard work and dedication to building our Society, James C. Keith of Huntsville, Alabama was recognized as Clansman of the Year 2004 during the Annual General Meeting at Loch Norman, NC.


The A.J. Marshall Memorial Clansman of the Year Award
2003

The Clan Keith Society USA, Inc's Clansman of the Year 2003 was awarded to

Carl D. Pritchett of DeSoto, TX.


The A.J. Marshall Memorial Clansman of the Year Award
2002

The Clan Keith Society USA, Inc's Clansman of the Year 2002 was awarded to

Sandra K. Glasscock of Mesa, AZ.


The A.J. Marshall Memorial Clansman of the Year Award
2001

The Clan Keith Society USA, Inc's Clansman of the Year 2001 was awarded to

Connie & Larry Keith of Hamburg, PA


The A.J. Marshall Memorial Clansman of the Year Award
2000

The Clan Keith Society USA, Inc's Clansman of the Year 2000 was awarded to

William S. Latimore of Lookout Mtn., GA.


Previous winners of the The A.J. Marshall Memorial Clansman of the Year Award Presented by The Clan Keith Society USA, Inc.
  • 1999, Rick Hancock, Seattle, WA
  • 1998, Lynne & Tom Latimore, Ringgold, GA
  • 1997, William B. Keith, WaterValley, MS
  • 1996, Jerry & Allan Keeth, Sanford, FL
  • 1995, Charles E. Austin, Virginia Beach, VA
  • 1994, Robert J. Keith, Dartmouth, MA
  • 1993, Laurence A. Keith, Houston, TX,
  • 1992, Linda & Steve Maynard, Ashville, NC
  • 1991, Robert M. Keith, St. Petersburg, FL
  • 1990, Marjorie M. Abbott, San Jose, CA
  • 1989, John A. Marshall, Jacksonville, FL
  • 1988, J. L. "Dewey" Jones, Meriden, NH
  • 1987, H.M. "Red" Austin, Vancouver, WA
  • 1986, Greg Haxton, Zephyrhills, FL

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AWARDS FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE

What is the William Burnam Keith, Ph. D. Award for Meritorious Service?

In 2010 the Board of Directors established this honor which will be presented every other year to a member who has provided five or more years of meritorious service to the Society. The recipient of this award is granted a Life Membership thru funds provided by the family of William Burnam Keith, PH.D. Call for nominations are published in Keith & Kin, and can be made by any Society Member. Selection of the awardee is made by a committee comprised of a member of the William Burnam Keith family, the President of the Society and one other member from the Board of Directors.


William Burnam Keith, Ph. D. Award for Meritorious Service
2011

Charles Austin, FSA Scot was selected as the first winner of the William Burnam Keith, Ph. D. Award for Meritorious Service.

Charlie has served the Clan Keith Society USA as a previous Director and Vice-President of the Society as well the Convener for Virginia for many years where he represents the Society at multiple games annually. In 1995, he was host to the 13th Earl and Countess of Kintore during his first visit to the United States and the Virginia Highland Games. Charlie, who is always known as the life of the party donning his famous red wig at social events is not only a staunch supporter of Clan Keith but has also been active in and devoted to the Scottish community in many other ways. He is a member of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSA Scot), past President of the St. Andrews Society of Tidewater and the Scottish Society of Tidewater. He has been Tenor Drummer of Canadian Legion Pipes & Drums and Portsmouth Sheriffs Pipes & Drums. He has served as the scholarship Fundraiser for Burns Nite St Andrews Society of Tidewater and as the Alexandria, VA Coordinator for the Clan Keith Christmas Walk.”

Members of Dr. William “Bill” Keith’s family - son Dr. John Keith, daughter Dr. Margaret Keith and wife Dr. Elizabeth Keith with President James Keith - displaying the certificate that goes to Charles Austin. He will receive a Life Membership paid by the family.

Photo by Woody Williams.

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LITERARY AWARDS

THE 2010 HARVEY LITERARY PRIZE WINNERS

1st Place
Founder and Director George Newberry (GA) for
"Early Days of Clan Keith Society"
in
Spring Issue 2010
and "Some Notes on the Keith and Austin Tartans”
in
Winter Issue 2010

2nd Place
Dr. George W. Keith (FL) for
"Panhandle Boy" (article, music, and lyrics)
in
Summer Issue 2010


THE 2009 HARVEY LITERARY PRIZE WINNERS

1st Place
Robert J. Keith for “Ackergill”
in
Winter Issue 2009

2nd Place
Mary Malmborg for “Report on the 2009 Dunedin Highland Games”
in
Summer Issue 2009


THE 2008 HARVEY LITERARY PRIZE WINNERS

1st Place
Abbey Shoaf for “Trip to Scotland”
2nd Place
Erin Draper for “Turakima Highland Games 2008”


THE 2007 HARVEY LITERARY PRIZE WINNERS

1st Place
Alan Keith for “Alan Keith’s Notes from Scotland”
2nd Place
Allene Houghland for “Convener’s Report”


THE 2006 HARVEY LITERARY PRIZES

By Professor Stephen Cribari University of Minnesota Law School

Congratulations to . . .

Ann Marshall
First Place Winner!

"The 2006 Harvey Prizes, given for the best writing in Keith and Kin, were awarded at the Annual General Meeting held on October 27 during the Richmond Highland Games.

The prize of $100 went to Ann Marshall for "Walking the West Highland Way" (summer 2006). Ann wrote with stylistic grace and polish, and drew the reader into a multi-day all-weather trek along this historic highland route."

AYE, BUT WAIT! There's more . . .

Let's Also Congratulate . . .

Darrell Keith FSA Scot & Lieutenant to the Chief Second Place Winner!

"The $50 prize was given to Darrell Keith, FSA Scot and Lieutenant to the Chief, for 'For they shall soar on wings of eagles . . .' (Fall 2006). Darrell's eloquent and sensitive account of a sad, yet beautiful occasion, allowed all of us to celebrate the life of Mary Keith, the late Dowager Countess of Kintore and our Clan Matriarch."


THE 2005 HARVEY LITERARY PRIZE WINNERS

1st Place
George Newberry for “Ghost Piper”

2nd Place
Ian Dickson for “Letter from New Zealand”


THE 2004 HARVEY LITERARY PRIZE WINNERS

Winner
Col. Charlie East for “A Wee Bit of History#1”

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CLAN TENT AWARDS

2011 Ocala Scottish Highland Games and Celtic Festival, FL

WINNER - BEST TENT

Winner of the "Best Clan Tent Award"

Congratulations to Anita Davis our current Web-manager and roving Convenor for receiving the Best Clan Tent Award on behalf of Clan Keith at Silver Springs Nature Park on October 8, 2011.

In spite of some truly Scottish liquid weather, the games were generally well attended.

The judges said that they were well impressed with the friendly atmosphere, the amount of visitor traffic to the Clan Keith tent and the fact that there were activities at the tent to interest the children as well as the adults.

The Clan name will be added to the permanent games trophy and the prize is a full clan space with tent, tables and chairs included for next year’s event.


2011 - 8th Annual Dixon Scottish Games & Gathering, Dixon, CA

WINNER - BEST TENT

Winner of the "Best Clan Tent Award"

Congratulations !! Best Clan Tent won Sept 24th 2011 by Randy Keith at the Dixon Scottish Cultural Association Scottish Games and Gathering in Dixon, CA.

The games were better than ever with all the pageantry we have come to expect, but we had the most fun when our tent, which was located next to Clan Gunn's, won Best Clan Tent!


2004 AGM - Loch Norman, NC

WINNER - BEST TENT

Winner of the "Best and Most Creative Clan Tent Award"

Congratulations Mimi Smith, Co-Commissioner and Convenor for North Carolina. Below is what the judges had to say:

The Clan Keith Society, USA, Inc., was awesome. It was attractive, well-thought out...with a place for genealogical discussions or business...and a place for fun and lunch.

The most creative thing that The Clan Keith has done...is to put real carpet on the floor of the tent...and on that carpet...to place a "throne" for honored members of the group - such as James Keith who was awarded the Clansman of the Year Award on Saturday night.

Brand new members are ceremoniously seated upon the throne to fill out their membership papers!

They had books and flowers and horse armor...and art and pictures and displays of Keith lands in Scotland. Everything was arranged artistically and beautifully.

The people were friendly and having a wonderful time with friends old and new. They were also active in the Loch Norman Games - as they were in charge of the Ladies Athletic Events - the tossing of the broom, the haggis toss...and tattie race, etc.

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SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

The Kintore Academic Scholarship
2010

Our clan scholarship committee, headed by Elizabeth Keith, PhD selected Victoria Webster, granddaughter of Carol Faulkner Peck and student of Elon University Greensboro, NC as the 2010 recipient of the Kintore Academic Scholarship.


The William S. Latimore Award in Performing Celtic Arts Scholarship

2010

There were no applications received for this scholarship and therefore no awards for 2010.

Please note: This is an unrestricted $250.00 cash prize which will be presented to a member, or child (grandchild) of a current society member who is between 10 and 21 years of age and has shown outstanding skill or promise in Scottish dance or music. 2011 Applications can be found under the Celtic Arts Scholarship tab under the Society heading on this website.

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