Slideshow of
Annual Meeting 2017
We'll Keep a Welcome

Far away a voice is calling,
Bells from memory chime
Come home again, come home again,
They call through the oceans of time.
We'll keep a welcome in the hillside.
We'll keep a welcome in the Vales
This land you knew will still be singing
When you come home again to Wales.
This land of song will keep a welcome
And with a love that never fails,
Well kiss away each hour of hiraeth
When you come home again to Wales.
Black Mountains
Performed by Bryn Terfel
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January 21, 2017
Annual Meeting and Gymanfa Ganu
The Garrison Family
Our Gymanfa Ganu and Annual Meeting have proved to be a great
success and this year was no exception.  Attended by almost 50
people comprising of members, guests and children, it was a
delightful event which is growing from strength to strength each year.  
A full account, with photographs, will be posted shortly so keep
visiting this site for more information.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
St David's Day Banquet
March 1st was a beautiful evening in a lovely venue with delicious food and good spirits.  Our music led by
Susan Lewis accompanied by Karen Buckwalter on harp and piano was professional and enthusiastic.  
Karen even taught us about the harp.  It had such a lovely sound!

What a delight it was to honor Rhianon and Pat Hardy for their 32 years of faithful membership in our
Welsh Society, including for many years hosting meetings and parties in their home, and Rhianon's 18
years as our Corresponding Secretary!  David Rees was our Master of Ceremonies.  He and Don Hughes
together reminded all of us about the Hardys' years of dedication and enthusiasm and the honors Rhianon
has received.  It was fun seeing photos from her childhood, their early years together, and from receiving
those honors in Wales as part of the slide show Bill Fell prepared and ran.

Long time Sarasota Welsh members and participants Bruce MacGregor, Arleen Williams, Bernie Walker,
Marvin Whitley, Melvin Pugh and Beverly Dunham were memorialized and remembered with their photos
and names and dates in our prayers and printed program.

To those of you who were not able to attend our celebration on that special evening, you were missed.  
Let Amy know if you would like a copy of the program.

We extend warm congratulations to our sister Welsh Society to the north:  The Suncoast St. David's
Welsh Society, St. Petersburg/Clearwater is celebrating its 90th year!  That's right, they were founded in
1927! Amy Ferrell, Meryl and Bill Fell joined their celebration on Sunday at their St. David's dinner party
and extended greetings and congratulations to them from all of us.
The Meadows Country Club
Events 2016
The Glenridge
Spring Theater Party
Booker High School
Booker High School Campus
This year's production by the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Booker was
Fiddler on the Roof
About 20 members and guests from our Society attended this first rate
performance by these talented young people.  Before the show, we enjoyed a light,
early evening meal catered by Carrabbas of Sarasota.
If this sort of event appeals to you, please let us know by emailing
April 20, 2017
Savannah Grand
Beneva Road

Monday, April 17,
6.30 pm
Click on the link below to view the
slideshow of our luncheon and
meeting, then scroll down to see
all the photographs.
Some of the topics to be

St David's Day Banquet, 2018
Annual Autumn Picnic
Summer Social Events
Committee Meeting
Members are welcome to attend our Committee
Meetings.  It's your Society so we would value your input
and any suggestions for up and coming events which
might appeal to you.

If you plan to attend, please contact
Honoring Pat and Rhianon Hardy
This is always a fun event.  

As well as tasty and reasonably priced
food, we enjoy the company of our
members and guests which is typical of
our Welsh meetings.
MAY 21, 2017
1.00 pm
Turtles on Little Sarasota Bay
8875 Midnight Pass Road

To reserve your place at this event, contact:
Meryl or Bill

(Reservation deadline: Friday, May 19, 2017)
During the month of February, Amy and Don worked extensively on
our By-Laws.  Updates to this important document will ensure that
our Society will continue to grow, reflecting current needs and times.
Proprietors: Dennis Tyson & Bruce Neveau
Mary Margaret's Tea Room
Embry-Riddle developed two air fields, Carlstrom and Dorr, near Arcadia, Florida to train pilots
before the United States 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.  They 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.

It's a good idea to bring along an umbrella (for the sun) and a folding chair.  There is covered seating
available but on a first come first served basis.  This is always a particularly beautiful service with
many British Societies taking part.

After the service, join us at Mary Margaret's Tea and Biscuit Restaurant at 10 South Polk Avenue in
downtown Arcadia.  If you loved Downton Abbey then you will enjoy the ambience of this restaurant
with it's antique decor and being greeted by gentlemen in top hat and tails.  All in all, a moving
service and an enjoyable after service event.


We are located in the historic downtown
district of Arcadia, Florida, in the Arcade Building.
We are in the center of the shopping district, where
you can find a variety of local businesses ranging
from antiques, books, coffee, flowers, teas, gifts
and many others.  Our Mary Margaret's Tea and
Biscuit is a delightful step back in time; as it is
decorated with the grandeur of the Victorian era.