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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - June/July 2005
Tartan Day Award 2005

         On April 3, 2005 Bob Murdoch, National Chairman for Tartan Day, presented the Tartan Day Award for 2005 to Ethyl Kennedy Ray at her home in Barrington, Illinois.  The Award which is sponsored by the Scottish Coalition was designed by Denis Mann at North Lands Creative Glass located in Lybster, Caithness, which is known throughout the world for it unique work with glass as an art form.

          Mrs. Ray was chosen as recipient by the award committee of the Coalition.  Predating the formation of Tartan Day and continuing up to the present Mrs. Ray has championed the strengthening the relationships among Scottish-Americans and those Scottish traditions all Scots hold dear to their hearts.  Whether it was her involvement with individuals or groups in the states, or in dealing directly with friends in Scotland, Mrs. Ray has been a true ambassador in strengthening these ties.  Her leadership as Publisher and Editor of the magazine  the Highlander, together with  her late husband Angus, has helped to commemorate the countless contributions that Scots and Scottish-Americans have made throughout the world.

         Mrs. Ray has been a long time benefactor and friend of the Illinois St. Andrews Society's Scottish Home in North Riverside.  It was only fitting that Gus Noble, the President of the Scottish Home and his assistant Apryl Niksch were involved in the planning of the award ceremony and were present for the presentation.  Gus supplied the transportation to Mrs. Ray's home from the Scottish Home.  The Award was presented to Mrs. Ray in the living room of her home and the Award itself, a beautiful curved piece of blue glass, that had an inscription and a map of Scotland engraved on it, was placed on her mantle. Mrs. Ray was very gracious in her acceptance of the Award.  Prior to leaving her home Mrs. Ray served a very nice lunch which gave everyone a chance to discuss many things Scottish.

        The help of Gus Noble and Apryl was very much appreciated in the award presentation.  The Scottish Coalition is very proud to follow its formation of Tartan Day with its annual award to person such as Ethyl Kennedy Ray, who so much and for so long has espoused the contributions and traditions of Scots and Scottish-Americans.

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