The mid 1990's
The Grand Rapids Scottish Society was founded in 1991 by a group of people that have a love of Scotland and all things Scottish, its history, customs and traditions. This group gathers on a monthly basis to enjoy this focus on one of the world’s greatest countries. A country that is seeped in tradition and has given so much to the rest of the world. Its gifts are so varied that one cannot begin to name them all. This is what brings this group of people together.
We have kept busy promoting Scottish culture and working with charities and other local Celtic groups throughout the West Michigan area for over 30+ years!
The original logo was designed by GRSS member Mike Gunn. The Gunn family were founding members.
GRSS members sitting at our table at the Alma Highland Games (early 2000's)
Sword Detail and Highland Dancers at the Burns Supper in 2017
Music at the Burns Supper in 2022
Charity is important to our organization
Over the years the GRSS has volunteered at or donated funds to various charities including scholarships to Alma College students, Angel Tree Christmas Gifts, Kids Food Basket, the Grand Rapids Veterans Home, and other local organizations too numerous to name! We also try and donate to a charity each year located in Scotland. For example, past recipients include the Glasgow Children's Hospital and the Erskine Veterans Home.
For decades the GRSS has donated Christmas toys to the Salvation Army's "Angel Tree"
GRSS members volunteering at Kids Food Basket in October 2023