Ken McDonald

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 Honorary Member of ‘Let it Blaw’

Honorary Vice President

2018,  2019,  2020,  2021,  2022

President

2010,  2011,  2012

Vice-President

2007,  2008  2009

Treasurer

1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Proposer of the Toast  “The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns”  1982, 2005, 2019

Proposer of the Toast  “New Members”  1984

Proposer of the Toast  “The Artistes”  1989

Proposer of the Toast  “Let it Blaw – the Balerno Burns Club”  1993

Recited  “Tam o’ Shanter”  1996,  2000,  2003,  2014,  2021

Recited the Address  “To a Haggis”   2013

Ken became a member of ‘Let it Blaw’ in 1978 and was first mentioned in the Toast List/Programme 1982.

Ken’s 15 years as Club Treasurer is the second longest anyone has held that office in the long history of ‘Let it Blaw’. However, for all the administration work that he has devoted to the Club, he’s probably best known for his word-perfect recitations from a memory that seems to have no limit. In a Club where the norm is members knowing one or two poems which they repeat periodically, Ken’s most notable recitations, in addition to Tam o’ Shanter on four occasions, are :

Address to the Deil

2004,  2013

Holy Willie’s Prayer

2006

Epistle to a Young Friend

2007

To William Stewart

2008

The Inventory – In answer to a mandate by the Surveyor of the Taxes

2009,  2015

The Ronalds of the Bennals

2017

To the Guidwife of Wauchope House

2018

Address to the Unco Guid

2020

This list will no doubt continue to grow.