by Patrice May
The "Scottish Highland Games", sponsored by the Caledonian Club of San Francisco, and held at the Alameda Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA, are reputed to be the largest games in California, and perhaps in the world. In recent years there have been 30,000 to 40,000 attendees per year. We (Robert "Bob" Rose and Patrice May) feel privileged to have been asked by longtime Western Commissioner Monte Patterson to continue the Clan Rose tent tradition at these games, which we have done since Monte passed the mantle in 2006. We miss you, Monte!!
We have noticed an increase in visitors this year. Over 45 people stopped by, many of whom signed in. Several expressed interest in joining the CRSA and took membership application forms with them.
Some visitors were interested in identifying their family lineage, others were interested in connecting with their Scottish/Rose heritage (there is a difference!), and all enjoyed the camaraderie that can arise in the company of those that share a common ancestor, no matter how far back you have to go to find that common ancestor!
We sold twenty Clan Rose T-shirts this year, a record for us.
The Guest Register table, with a Rose lineage chart, a biography: "Alexander Rose of Person County, N.C.", by Ben Lacey Rose, and a copy of "The Rose Family o f Kilravock, 1290-1847"ot;
Among our returning visitors was Christopher (Chris) Rose from Elk Grove, CA. Chris was an Individual Competitor on the bagpipes this year. He is currently a member of the White Hackle Pipe Band, based in Roseville, CA., which has performed at many Northern California Scottish games and events. His brother, Nicholas, competes and performs as well. Chris likes to spend time at the Clan Rose tent, and we enjoy his support!
Christopher Rose, Piper, wearing his band's plaid Joyce Anderson in background
Sharon Rose, Mary Rose (held by Joyce Anderson) & Christopher Rose
Joyce Anderson (Patrice May's mother) is a longtime supporter of the Clan Rose tent at the Pleasanton games. She appears in a photo, along with Bob Rose & Monte Patterson in the Winter 2004 CRSA Newsletter.
Rick Novasad (whose mother is a Rose) and his wife Donna Dabeck, of Fairfield, CA, marched
with us under the Clan Rose banner during the Parade and Gathering of the Clans.
Rick Novasad, Bob Rose, & Donna Dabeck
Clan Rose youth preparing to march in the parade
Eric W. Anderson, of Walnut Creek, CA, was cheered on by his wife Sally and children Madeline, Emma, & Mitchell, as well as various other family members, while representing Clan Rose as a contestant in the Kilted Mile race, coming in a strong 2nd. He wore his Rose hunting plaid, and was the only contestant to run in his wool socks! (He did shed his sporran while running, however.)
Eric W. Anderson before running the Kilted Mile
Eric W. & David C. Anderson, from Irvine, CA, both helped set up and "tear down" the Clan Rose tent this year, as they have in previous years.
Bob Rose & David C. Anderson at end of games
We wish to express appreciation to all of our family members who help us year after year, and to our Clan Rose visitors. We Roses truly are a worldwide family, who value the tradition of Kilravock!