You may pay your dues @
$10 per adult at any time to:
Gulf Coast St David's Welsh Society
PO Box 19343
Sarasota, FL 34276
Checks should be made payable to:
Sarasota Welsh Society
Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi,
Gwlad beirdd a chantorion, enwogion o fri;
Ei gwrol ryfelwyr,
gwladgarwyr tra mâd,
Dros ryddid collasant eu gwaed.
Gwlad, gwlad, pleidiol wyf i'm gwlad,
Tra mor yn fur i'r bur hoff bau,
O budded i'r hen iaith barhau.
Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau
Land of My Fathers
The land in which poets and minstrels rejoice;
The land whose stern warriors were true to the core,
While bleeding for freedom of yore.
Wales, Wales, favorite land of Wales!
While sea her wall, may naught befall
To mar the old language of Wales.
Performed by Cardiff Arms Park Male Choir
The Gulf Coast Welsh Society
(Sarasota Welsh) is a not for profit
dedicated to the preservation of Welsh
heritage and culture.
Site Updated
25, 2019
Click on the 'Scholarship Fund'
button to see how many
students have benefited from
the fund.


Is there someone in your family attending or applying
for college or university?

If so, applications are now being accepted for
consideration for a Scholarship from this Society.

To find out more information and the criteria required to
apply, click on the 'Scholarship Fund' link on this site.
Click on 'Events' to
see everything we've
been up to in 2017!
Correspondence to:
PO Box 19343
Gulf Gate Post Office
Sarasota, FL 34276
or e-mail:
To be born Welsh
is to be born privileged,
Not with a silver spoon in your mouth,
But music in your blood
and poetry in your soul ...
Look at the 'Board
Members' Page to find
contact numbers for our
Road Sign as you enter Wales
Old photograph of women in traditional
Welsh costume.  Is that a loaf of Bara
Brith I spot with their tea?
Sarasota Welsh Society

May 27, 2019 - Memorial Day Service, Arcadia
August 29 - September 1, 2019 - North American Festival of Wales
to be held in Milwaukee, WI
Check back often for future Sunday Brunch dates
A young, adorable, Dorothy McDaniel in
Welsh Costume.  
Do you have a photograph of yourself, someone
in your family or a friend in Welsh Costume?  

If so, send it either to
for it to be included on our site.
St David's Day
More than 70 guests attended the St David's Day Banquet at the Laurel Oaks
Country Club in Sarasota.  The Social Hour before dinner gave people the
opportunity to mingle and rekindle friendships while welcoming new guests to
the event.

David Rees was the MC for the evening, which he did with his usual good
humour and kept the evening 'ticking over'.

After dinner, guests enjoyed joining in with some Welsh singing and listening
the 38 Welsh school children visiting from Aberdare, South Wales.  Their
leader, Kevin Davies, explained about schools run through the medium of
Welsh before the teens enjoyed homemade cookies.

Megan Williams gave an interesting talk about the Welsh newspaper Ninnau
and about the North American Festival which is heald over the Labor Day
weekend each year.

The new Board of Officers was announced and Pam presented Amy with a
beautiful loveknot pendant on her retirement as Present, a position she has
held since 2013.
.Guests and students singing
Megan meeting Rhianon and Pat with
Renny, far right, celebrating her
birthday on this Special Day
Alex, Anne, Bob, David, Colin, Kate & Carol
John leading the singing
Bob preparing to give the
Mr Kevin Davies
Students enjoying cookies
ALSO ...
You may pay your dues when attending any
event or by contacting one of our Officers

Click on the Board Member tab to find out
who's who.
Megan Williams
Guest Speaker
Pam, right, presenting
Amy with pendant
To view our handy BROCHURE
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Feel free to print and pass on to
anyone you think may be
interested in knowing more about
our wonderful Society
May 27, 2019
Join us to honour these young
cadets, two of whom were
Embry-Riddle developed two air fields - Carlstrom and Dorr - near
Arcadia, Florida to train pilots before the US entered World War II.
Many Royal Air Force cadets attended basic training at these two
facilities as well as more advanced training at the air field in Clewiston.
Twenty-three cadets died during training - some in flight and others in
vehicular accidents and are buried at Arcadia's Oak Ridge Cemetery
along with a monument for John Paul Riddle in a plot purchased by the
British government. Every year since 1957, the Arcadia Rotary Club
holds a commemoration ceremony on Memorial Day.
Thomas Parry -
Leading Aircraftman, 1653096. Royal
Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 20.
Son of Henry William and Gwladys M.
Parry, of Blaengarw, Glamorgan, Wales.
Lot 13. Block U. Grave 5.

British Cadet training at Riddle Field,
Clewiston, killed when his plane
crashed near Buckingham Field
(northeast of Fort Myers, near Tice).

Funeral held on January 16 1944 with
Rev. Milton H. Wyatt officiating.
Alfred Lloyd -
Leading Aircraftman, 1418101.
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Age 19. Son of Mr. and Mrs. James
Lloyd, of New Radnor, Radnorshire,
Wales. Lot 11. Block U. Grave 3.

He was a British Cadet at Carlstrom
Field who drowned in a "dunking
escapade" in a swimming pool.
"Dunking" was the accepted
procedure in swimming pools after a
cadet "soloed" by four of his
classmates. The four classmates are
said to have decided that Lloyd
should be thrown into the pool in
recognition of his having reached
"solo" status. The four boys
recovered Lloyd when he failed to
return to the surface and
administered artificial respiration
without success.
Civil and Military rites were
administered by Rev. Brunton of the
Episcopal Church of Bradenton.
After the service (time to be announced), take a step back in
time and join us at Mary Margaret's Tea & Biscuit Restaurant
for a snack or meal.  Later, why not browse Historic Arcadia
Town with its quaint antique shops and soak up the
atmosphere of this unique old Florida town
Laying our wreaths
Lunch at Mary Margaret's
2019 Schedule of Events

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WNAA Celebrates 90 years, 1929–2019

Hosted by the Welsh Gymanfa
Ganu Association of Wisconsin

Funded in part by the
Women’s Welsh Clubs of America

North America’s Largest Gathering
of the Welsh and Friends

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North American Festival of Wales
presented by the Welsh North American Association

August 29–September 1, 2019

Hilton Milwaukee City Center, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave.,
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Olwen Hughes-Pool, OBE
It is with great sadness we inform you of Olwen's passing
yesterday (May 24), a dear friend and member of this society.  
She had suffered greatly over the past couple of years but had
been caringly looked after by her devoted husband, Geoffrey.

Olwen was not only an extremely talented fine artist and painter
but a truly remarkable and caring human being.  Her loss will be
greatly felt amongst all her friends but she will remain a shining
star in our hearts forever.

Condolences to Geoffrey at this sad time.
(A formal Obituary and funeral details will be published when
they are available)