Fonds - Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association, Lord of the Isles Camp #191 fonds

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Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association, Lord of the Isles Camp #191 fonds

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  • 1899-1993 (Creation)
    Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association, Lord of the Isles Camp #191

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65 cm of textual records;10 photographs

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The Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association (S.O.S.B.A.) originated in 1876 and is a fraternal association for Scottish people and their descendants. The goals of the association are to preserve and promote Scottish heritage and culture in Canada by keeping alive the traditions of history, literature and the music of Scotland. As a fraternal benefit association S.O.S.B.A. are committed to providing members with mutual help and support including insurance coverage. Support for higher education in the form of bursaries, sponsorship of Highland Games and broader contributions to charities like The Kidney Foundation are procured by fund raising. Well attended social gatherings were arranged providing entertainment such as Robbie Burn's concerts, picnics and dances.;S.O.S.B.A. is a strictly Canadian association consisting of branches (known as camps) which stretch from Montreal to Vancouver Island with Head Office located in Toronto. Becoming a member of any one camp entitles membership to all camps. Lord of the Isles Camp # 191 (L.I.C.191) is the oldest camp in British Columbia, presently there are nine camps in British Columbia: three in Vancouver as well as one in North Vancouver, New Westminster, Victoria, Chilliwack, Prince George and Vernon.;The meetings of L.I.C.191 were conducted every month and were first held in the Knights of Phythias Hall then in the Canadian Legion Hall, the International Order of Odd Fellows Hall, the Eagles Hall, the Nordic Centre, Fraternal Centre and Masonic Hall. In addition, every three years Grand Camps are held in a different city.;The S.O.S.B.A. constitution is used as part of a ritual which is kept private until a new member is initiated. In the past, every month initiation took place after successful applicants seeking membership had passed a medical examination and character investigation.

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The records were donated to the Archives in the year 2000 by Mr. Angus Macdonald, a long time member of the S.O.S.B.A.L.I.C.191.

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The records of the S.O.S.B.A.L.I.C.191 were compiled during the period of their regular business meetings. Apart from the bound minute books which span the years continuously from 1899 to 1993, the records were in no apparent order upon arrival at the archives.;The fonds also include a trophy signature record book dated 1976-1983 and two cloth badges. In addition, there are photographs that were taken in the 1960's. Please note that four postcard photographs contained in the photograph collection with accession no's. IHP730504/5and IHP801045/7 under the archival headings of Excursions and Groups are also available for viewing.;A wooden laser printed plaque with an inscription to William Robertson celebrating his one hundredth birthday is also in this fonds.;In total there are three series: minutes, trophy signature records and photographs. All material has been arranged chronologically to reflect the natural record accumulation over time and to facilitate easy access.

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BCAUL control number: NWM-3770

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