Wee meeting Monday 
 
Lads and Lassies, please join us Monday January 25th for our second annual Scottish themed "Robert Burns" meeting.  PLEASE invite others to participate online.  Speaking will be a member of the Edmonton Burns Club plus if technology works, a live bag piper.   Scottish door prizes to be given out. Can't miss it. Join in at 11:45 am Monday.
 
 
Alex Thomson is a Robert Burns aficionado who will tell us about the influence of famous Scots such as Burns and the many Scottish immigrants who helped in the formation of Alberta and Canada as we know it today. 
 
In keeping with the theme of the day, feel free to wear Scottish tartan socks, a tartan tie or scarf and celebrate the occasion! 
 
Speaker: Alex Thomson
Although Alex Thomson was born in Aylesbury, England, he was only a "wee one" when his Scottish father moved the family back to Ayrshire, just south of Edinburgh. His early schooling was taken in West Kilbride and Ardrossan Scotland. After high school, he attended University of the West of Scotland in Paisley near Glasgow, acquiring credentials which qualified him for a career in the real estate industry. But he chose first to volunteer for an international youth organization from 1997 through 2003 where he travelled and worked in countries such as Japan and Hawaii. Alex immigrated to Canada in 2005 and began a successful career in commercial real estate with Avison Young. In 2009, he was admitted to membership in the Edmonton Burns Club and in 2012 became the youngest member ever elected as President of the Club. He was also the first President to ever read his inaugural address from an iPhone! As a long-time admirer of Robert Burns and his many acclaimed works, Alex enjoys speaking to audiences about Scotland's "favorite poet" and his native homeland. Because he too has a gift for writing poetry, Alex has become the "Bard" of the Edmonton Burns Club. His soft Scottish brogue has delivered narrative and dramatic works to many audiences including Edmonton Burns Club meetings and the Club's annual, sold-out Burns Night banquet. 
 
Don't forget to purchase a raffle ticket for contributions to the Edmonton Food Bank.
 
Scott Montgomery
 
Edmonton's Robert Burns statue