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HGA 2013 - 2014 Events Calendar

 

 2014 Events Schedule

January 14  BABC Breakfast British American Business Council Will be having a breakfast January 14, 2014. The speaker will be the British Ambassador Peter Westmacott. Houston/Grampian will be supporting this; details to follow.

Feb 12  Annual General Meeting  luncheon at the Braeburn Country Club at 12 noon with details to be announced. We will conduct our normal business of reviewing the year and electing new directors and officers. Invitations will be sent to our membership soon with a request to RSVP for your attendance.

April 2   Networking Event  Houston Grampian Association will be hosting a Networking event on Wednesday 2nd April from 6pm to 8pm at Sherlock’s Pub on Westheimer. Please save the date and join us for some drinks and nibbles.

May 3   Offshore Technology Conference Scottish breakfast, 9:00 am at the Hilton Post Oak Hotel at 2001 Post Oak Blvd., presented again by Houston/Grampian with The British-American Business Council.
Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the programs of the two organizations. Our speaker will be Mr. Ben Hur, Jr., Manager, Specialties and Business Development for Phillips 66. He recently joined the company in January 2014, and prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Hur was a senior research analyst at SAC Capital Advisors in New York focusing on global energy for two years. Prior to SAC, he was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley in equity research covering Integrated Oil and Refiners for four years as well as serving as an investment banking Associate in Morgan Stanley’s Global Natural Resource group in London and New York. Mr. Hur began his career as a United States Marine for six years with an occupational specialty as an Infantry Officer serving during the Global War on Terrorism. He is a combat Veteran of the Iraq War. Assignments include Rifle Platoon Commander Battalion Landing Team 1/5, Weapons Platoon Commander Battalion Landing Team 1/5, Company Executive Officer Battalion Landing Team Reinforced 2/1 and Head of Reserve Officer Programs Marine Corps Recruiting Command. A native of Olympia, Washington he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1999, earning a Bachelor of Science. He subsequently received his Master of Business Administration from MIT Sloan School of Management in 2007.

Prices for members $35, Non-Members $45, Corporate Sponsors $699, Corporate Underwriters $999. (At the Door: $40 members; $50 non members) To make reservations now, use the drop-down box arrow to select your status (member, non-member, etc.) and click the "Buy Now" button to initiate payment process on our Pay Pal system. If you want more than one ticket/table, you can indicate that after you're taken to the "order summary" page. When you check out, you will either log into your own Pay Pal account, or click "Don't Have a Pay Pal Account?" and you will be prompted to pay with your credit card. Note: Using Pay Pal will benefit HGA so, if you do have an account, we hope you will choose to use it.

OTC Breakfast
      

For more information, contact our President, John Lee - Houston/Grampian Association, 11527 Aucuba Lane, Houston, Texas, 77095. Email: john_a_lee@mac.com Phone : +1 281 256 1920

May 17 - June   We will celtbrate the 20th anniversary of our Student Nurse Exchange program this year. The HBU nursing exchange students for this year are Melanie Honeycutt and Isha Patel. They will depart Houston for Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen to initiate our annual student nurse exchange visit and they will join us for the OTC Breakfast May 3, so our members can meet them there. Student nurses from Roert Gordon University in Aberdeen will visit us in September 13 - 28. The Wood Group is again generously sponsoring our costs for the HBU students' visit to Scotland.

June 21  Her Majesty's Birthday Tea - in the large ballroom of the Braeburn Country Club. The British Consul General's office will be represented at the Tea. It will again be our great pleasure to have Alistair Donkin to entertain us at the event, and those of you who have been with us in recent years know what a delight he is. Last year, he unleashed his delightful talent on our group of appreciative members and guests. Alistair was with the Original D'Oyly Carte Opera Company which was formed to produce Gilbert and Sullivan Comic Operas. As a performer he has appeared with the London Savoyards and the Magic of Gilbert & Sullivan. He has sung with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, the BBC Concert Orchestra (broadcast on BBC Radio 2) and the English Philharmonic Orchestra, appearing at all the major concert venues, including the Barbican Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and the new Birmingham Symphony Hall. He loves to walk amongst us and sing directly to us and his performance is not to be missed.

Sep 24 21  Student Nurse Dinner will be held at HBU and we will hear presentations from the student nurses from Aberdeen and Houston.

Sep 26  The 20th anniversary dinner for our student nurse exchange program will be held at the Brae Burn Country Club, and we will host a delegation of Grampian/Houston members from Aberdeen to celebrate with us. The group will arrive in Houston September 23rd and leave the 27th. The GHA members who are confirmed to join us are: Eric and Barbara Duncan(Eric is a founding member and past GHA president), Jimmy Hay, MBE(past GHA Chairman), George Duncan(founding GHA member), Ian and Marlene McLeod(Marlene is a GHA board member and former student nursing coordinator) and Christine and Bill Neish(Bill is a GHA board member and PR Coordinator). Among the events that we are scheduling during the visit of our Aberdeen visitors, will be a tour of the downtown tunnels in Houston. More details will be forthcoming as our planning process continues.

 

Completed 2013 Events

May 11 - 26   Student Nurse Exchange Program The HBU nursing exchange students for this year are Noelle Deaton and Lauren Limb and they will depart Houston for Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen to initiate our annual student nurse exchange visit on May 11, and will return to Houston on the 26th. They have also been invited to join us for the OTC Breakfast May 3 so our members can meet them there. The student nurses for the exchange visit from Robert Gordon University to HBU have also been selected and they are Kirsty Brown and Jennifer Cruikshanks. Their visit to Houston will be September 13 - 28. Once again, the Wood Group has agreed to underwrite the exchange program and we are most grateful for their generosity.


June 22  Her Majesty's Birthday Tea - Houston Grampian Association invites you to attend Her Majesty’s official Birthday Tea at the Braeburn Country Club from 2 - 4 PM.
We're pleased to announce that Alistair Donkin will join us again to entertain and share his talents with us. Alistair was with the Original D'Oyly Carte Opera Company which was formed to produce Gilbert and Sullivan Comic Operas. As a performer he has appeared with the London Savoyards and the Magic of Gilbert & Sullivan. He has sung with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, the BBC Concert Orchestra (broadcast on BBC Radio 2) and the English Philharmonic Orchestra, appearing at all the major concert venues, including the Barbican Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and the new Birmingham Symphony Hall. He will walk amongst us and sing directly to us and his performance is not to be missed. Ladies, bring your husbands - they will enjoy the tea and programme.

You can make reservations now by filling out the reservation form HERE and sending it and a check to Mary Metz at 11806 Spruce Hill, Houston, TX 77077. You can also make reservations using Pay Pal or a credit card by clicking the "Buy Now" link below. The cost this year is the same for members and non-members but please indicate which category is appropriate for you when you elect this option.

QUEEN'S TEA

Sep 13 - 28   Student nurses Kirsty Brown and Jennifer Cruikshanks from Robert Gordon University School of Nursing will be in Houston for their exchange visit with Houston Baptist University. At the conclusion of their visit, tentatively on September 25, we will have a dinner at HBU honoring the student nurses from both Houston and Aberdeen with discussion of their experiences. Location is the Dillon Room II in the Hinton Center at 7 PM. The student nurses will make a Power Point presentation of their two exchange visits, and this has proven most interesting in the last two years and stimulated much discussion. There will be a Q & A session after their presentation.

Feb 21  Annual General Meeting  luncheon at the Braeburn Country Club at 12 noon. We will conduct our normal business of reviewing the year and electing new directors and officers. Invitations will be sent to our membership soon with a request to RSVP for your attendance.

April 27-28   Houston Celtic Festival and Highland Games Houston Farm and Ranch Club - 1 Abercrombie, HOUSTON 77084. SW Regional Highland Dance Championship, Scottish Heavy Athletics, Piping and Drumming Competition, Celtic Vendors and Eateries, Celtic Animals, Children's activities, historical exhibits . . . and more! Music headliners - Brian McNeill, Ed Miller, Jiggernaut, JIL Chambless & Scooter Muse, and Clandestine. Presented by Houston Highland Games, British School of Houston and Clan MacIntyre Society. For more information, visit WWW.HOUSTONHIGHLANDGAMES.COM. **


May 4   Offshore Technology Conference Scottish breakfast, 9:00 am at the Hilton Post Oak Hotel, presented again by Houston/Grampian with The British-American Business Council. Our guest speaker will be Ed Rawle, Chief Economist at Wood Mackenzie, discussing energy trends in the US, Europe and Asia in a speech entitled, "The Global Economy: Around the world in 80 minutes". Ed joined Wood Mackenzie in March, 2009 and heads up their Economics Team. Based in Houston, the team is responsible for developing and maintaining Wood Mack's global macroeconomic outlook. Prior to Wood Mack, Ed was Head of Econometrics at CRU Group in London, where his team developed price forcecasting econometric models for base metals and steel. Before moving into commodities, Ed held Senior Economist positions at HM Treasury and the UK Debt Management Office. He also served as an Economist at the Home Office in London, and the European Central Bank in Frankfurt where he focused on Latin America. Ed graduated with an MSc in Economics from Southhampton University and a BSc in Economics from the University of Birmingham. He is also an alumnus of the London School of Economics.

Prices for members $35, Non-Members $45, Corporate Sponsors (previously called "Table Sponsors") $699, Corporate Underwriters (previously called "Corporate Sponsors") $999. To make reservations now, use the drop-down box arrow to select your status (member, non-member, etc.) and click the "Buy Now" button to initiate payment process on our Pay Pal system. If you want more than one ticket/table, you can indicate that after you're taken to the "order summary" page. When you check out, you will either log into your own Pay Pal account, or click "Don't Have a Pay Pal Account?" and you will be prompted to pay with your credit card. Note: Using Pay Pal will benefit HGA so, if you do have an account, we hope you will choose to use it.

OTC Breakfast
      

We are grateful to the organizations who are sponsoring the breakfast this year and appreciate very much their enabling our successful accomplishment. Thus far our sponsors are as follows:

Corporate Underwriters
(previously called "Corporate Sponsors")


Corporate Sponsors
(previously called "Table Sponsors")

MAXWELL DRUMMOND

PHILLIPS 66

ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND

SCOTTISH DEVELOPMENT INTERNATIONAL

WOOD MACKENZIE

 

Oct 23  Networking Event Join us for a glass of wine and some nibbles, while meeting other professionals at The Tasting Room Wine Cafe, City Centre, 818 Town & Country Blvd, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77024 on Wednesday, October 23 6 to 8 pm sponsored by the Houston Grampian Association. HGA provides an opportunity for the exchange of business, cultural, social and educational interests between Houston and its sister city of Aberdeen, Scotland, both oil capitols of their respective countries.

** indicates events not sponsored by HGA, but which are of interest to our members.

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