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St. Andrew's Society, Lisbon
The St. Andrew's Society of Lisbon was founded in 1934, making it one of the longest-established societies in Portugal.
It is a non-profit making organization whose aims and objectives as stated in the Constitution are:
- To promote, maintain and extend interest in Scotland and the Scottish Culture and heritage
- To celebrate the anniversary of the Patron Saint of Scotland
- To organize social functions to further these ends.
In addition, the society has, on occasions, sponsored non-Scottish events in order to raise funds for particular projects.One in recent years was the 2005 Charity Golf Tournament and Midsummer Masked Ball.This was in aid of the victims of the catastrophic events of the December 26th, 2004 Tsunami in Thailand.
Instead of donating to a general fund, the Society contacted the Bangkok Patana School, the British International School in Thailand and a centre of excellence in education, which was involved in a school project to help with the rebuilding of houses and boats in the village of Pak Weep in southern Thailand.
The Society is run by a small committee of volunteers comprising a Chieftain, Secretary, Treasurer and committee members. The committee meets regularly throughout the year (with a long "summer" break between March and September!) and holds its AGM in March. Anyone of Scottish descent is eligible to sit on the committee.