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2003 Glasgow Kentucky Highland Games

CTI Glasgow Best Tent

Glasgow Highland Games, June 2003, lt. to rt. Chief of Clan McLeod, unknown in the white shirt and cap, Treena accepting the award, Scott Trimble, and James Trumble in the white hat.

At the Glasgow Kentucky Highland Games May 30, 2003, Clan Turnbull International received the Best Clan Tent award over a field of more than 80 clan tents for the most, informative, educational and attractive display. A big Turnbull congratulations to Scott and Treena Trimble and James Trumble.

2004 St. Louis Scottish Games & Heritage Festival

Every year, the second weekend of October finds many laddies in kilts and lassies in tartan sashes at Forest Park-St. Louis, for the Scottish Games. This year the rain held off, but the presidential debates at Washington University interfered with traffic and parking, making the Friday Calling of the Clans smaller than usual. However, Saturday was full of athletics, band and pipe competition and Clan Tent hospitality!

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2004 Missouri Tartan Day Celebration

Turnbull Clan Honored

The Turnbull clan was honored at the 2004 Missouri Tartan Day celebration with its President, Wally Turnbull, being chosen to lead the "Rathad Breacan," (Tartan Trail) parade as Grand Marshall.

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Parade Grand Marshal TCA President Wally Turnbull

The parade marched through historic St. Charles on Saturday April 3rd when Tartan Day, officially April 6th, which honors the United States' Scots heritage, was observed in Missouri.

Keith and Therese Turnbull, who live in St. Louis and serve as regional TCA Coordinators, worked with Judie Chaboude, president of Missouri Tartan Day Festivities, to promote Missouri’s Scottish heritage and the Turnbull Clan. Missouri is primarily a state of German and French ancestry so the few Scottish descendants have had to work tirelessly to promote their heritage.

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2004 Dunedin Florida Games

dunedin flWell this April after many many years of wanting to go to the Dunedin Games they turned out to be somewhat disappointing. For a 38th year event it was a rather a small venue. Also arriving I found no tent at our spot. So had to "find" the information booth to see what was up. Pretty disorganized. The Trimbles showed up mid morning and Claudia had packed some snacks and drinks which was very nice. They also brought "Turnbull" items to help with the display. The weather was picture perfect.

2005 Orlando, Florida Games

John Vitsur, Vanessa Turnbull, Bob Turnbull at the January 2005 Orlando Highland Games

Bob Turnbull hosted the Clan Turnbull tent at the Orlando, Florida games this year. Bob an active member of TCA is the son of Robert F. Turnbull, one of the founding fathers of the organization. Bob lives in Florida and has a son, Robert Scott II and daughter, Vanessa (seen in the above photo). Bob was born and raised in Norfolk, Va. He attended the University of Maryland. He is an engineer working as a Manager of Technical Operations with Lockheed Martin. He began working for LM in Baltimore and later transferred to Florida where he continued working for the company for 10 years.

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2005 Pacific Northwest Highland Games

July 29-31, 2005 in Enumclaw, Washington

Hello, my name is Dylan Drettwan. Sleeping to my right is my twin brother Kasey. We are 10 months old and the sons of Rich and Robyn Drettwan and grandsons of Pat and Bill Trimble. Two years ago, our cousin, Mason Epperly, introduced you to the 2003 Tri-Cities Scottish Highland Games. Now it’s our turn to introduce you to the 2005 Pacific Northwest Highland Games, which were held July 29-31, 2005 in Enumclaw, Washington.

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2006 Orlando, Florida Games

Bob Turnbull with daughter, Vanessa, hosting the Turnbull tent at the Orlando, Florida games.

Bob Turnbull of Ocala, FL reports on the Orlando Highland Games, where he and his daughter, Vanessa hosted a Turnbull Tent. The weather this year was very beautiful, unlike the games of last year. Lots of wonderful sunshine and 80 degrees made for a great time. I want to present some of the people that are of the Turnbull family who passed by the tent. I mentioned the Orlando games to a gal I met at a convention in December who saw my name tag and indicated that her mother was a Turnbull. I told her she should come. She, her husband and son, along with her uncle on her mom's side drove up from Melbourne, Florida to enjoy a great day at the games. Her name is Elizabeth Cook. Her husband is David Cook and their son is Maxwell Cook. Her uncle is Robert W. Turnbull (another Bob!) from Clearwater, Florida. Bob was familiar with TCA as he indicated that he has been a member.

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2007 Games with TCA Representation

Mesa, Arizona Scottish Gathering and Highland Games

By Bill and Claudia Trimble

 Left to right: Katheryn Dollar, Sharon Naughton, Bill Trimble, Mason Bazala, Dorothy Trimble, Russell Trimble Left to right: Katheryn Dollar, Sharon Naughton, Bill Trimble, Mason Bazala, Dorothy Trimble, Russell Trimble

How important is sponsoring a clan tent at your area Scottish Highland Games? As we found out at the 43rd annual Mesa Arizona Scottish Gathering & Highland Games, it can be very important! This was the second year that we sponsored a Turnbull Clan Tent. On Saturday afternoon, Feb. 24, we met Donna Sullivan and her family. She told us about her deceased sister, Dolores (Dee) Springer, who had been active in the New Hampshire Highland Games and Clan Turnbull. Dolores was well known for artistic cake making, including a Turnbull Clan Crest cake she made for the AGM in 2002. Claudia and I remembered visiting with Dee at the NH games in 2002. Dee shared with Claudia (a nurse) about her illness.

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2008 Highland Games with TCA Participation

Scottish Gathering and Highland Games, Phoenix, Arizona

Russell Trimble, Bill and Claudia Trimble sponsor the Turnbull tent at the 44th annual Scottish Gathering in Phoenix, AZ.

Together with father, Russell, Bill and Claudia Trimble once again represented the Turnbull Clan at the 44th annual Scottish Gathering and Highland Games in Phoenix, Arizona. Bill reports that this year’s games were held in a different venue from previous games.

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2009 Arizona Highland Games

Caledonian Society of Arizona Highland Games

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Tent hosts Bill and Claudia Trimble with co-hosts Jack Trimble, daughter Terry Trimble Zepeda & grandson Cory.

The 45th annual Caledonian Society of Arizona Highland Games were held in Phoenix February 21-22, 2009. With temperatures in the mid 70’s and clear blue skies, the game attendants enjoyed a variety of Scottish music, food, venders, dancers, athletics and other events one would expect at highland games. Bill and Claudia Trimble hosted a new tent this year. Terry Trimble Zepeda and son Cory co-hosted the tent with us. Several new Turnbulls, Trimbles visited the tent this year including Curtis Trimble, a competition piper. Many other people stopped by to enquire about the Turnbull Clan. Enthusiasm seems to be building for this summers Gathering in Scotland. We are looking forward to seeing many of you there.

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2010 Orlando Games

2010 Orlando Games Represented
by Bob Turnbull

orlando tentThis was the first time I have attended a two day event. The Orlando Highland Games just started last year doing both Saturdays and Sundays.
When I arrived on Saturday morning its was coolish and very foggy which kinda set the mood. The clan tents are located in a woodsy part of the park a bit away from most activities. The weather forecast for Saturday was mostly cloudy with a good chance of rain, thunderstorms mainly in the afternoon. Luckily it held off until after the event had ended for Saturday. There were about 31 Clans being represented this year.
Sunday started off nice and sunny in the low 70’s. As the day progressed the winds became a major factor with gusts well over 25 mph the rest of the day and that made it difficult to keep things on the tables and not being blown off. By late afternoon the winds were so strong that many of the vendor canopies were blown off and the beer wagons canopy collapsed onto the table full of poured beer.
bob  vanessaMy daughter Vanessa was able to join me on Sunday and we enjoyed lots of great conversation with the “Scotts” in the adjoining tent. We also really enjoyed their sharing their “Apple
Pie” drink with us as well!
We had a few inquires from people who knew someone that was a Turnbull and took information with them. A returning couple from the past several years was David & Wendi Turnbull from Sorrento, Florida. I was please to have David with me during the March of the Tartans. I hope to see them again next year.
At the end of the day we packed up and were able to view the closing ceremonies, always a special event. I heard that there were around 20,000 people on Saturday and much lesson Sunday but still a nice turnout. Looking forward to next year.

2010 Arizona Scottish Gathering

TCA Represented at the 46th Annual

Arizona Scottish Gathering

by William Trimble

Claudia (AZ), Bill (WA), Bill (AZ) and Pat (WA) Trimble co-host the Arizona games.

The 46th Annual Arizona Scottish Gathering and Highland Games were held in Phoenix on February 27th. The Games were to continue through the 28th, but were rained out. (An unusual event for Phoenix) The Turnbull Clan Tent was again hosted by Bill and Claudia Trimble and this year Bill and Pat Trimble from Richland, Washington came to co-host. The Games were held at a new venue this year, the Steele Indian School Park. Saturday was overcast, but
pleasant with temperatures in the low 70’s. The attendance was very good in spite of the brewing storm clouds. There was a great social atmosphere among the clans and much sharing of stories and, of course, our favorite beverage.

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Polly Trimble Pace and family pose with Bill.

Billy J. Trimble, a retired policeman from Flagstaff, joined the Turnbull Clan. Polly Trimble Pace took a membership form and was very excited to know there was an organization
she could join that was like family.
Unfortunately, the storm clouds gave way to a torrential rain event on Saturday night. The Park was turned into a soggy, muddy field. Many tents were damaged and their contents
soaked. The call to cancel the day’s events was made early. Many were disappointed including our special guest, Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s State Historian.

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Bill, Claudia and Bill get ready for the Tartan parade.
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Even a soggy Sunday and winds can’t dampen Bill and Claudia’s spirits.

Claudia and I have found the Highland Games to be more than just a social gathering. Many people are interested in their family and look to the Games to help connect with their heritage. Many people came to the Turnbull Clan Tent who were not Turnbulls, but looking for their clan. Some were disappointed their clan was not represented. We encouraged them to start their own clan tent next year as we did five years ago. I would encourage other Turnbulls to do the same. While we have found it to be a lot of work, it is well worth it and very rewarding.


2010 Washington Scottish Fest & Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Games And More Games

marykay  dale hilding  bill trimble - prosser 2010tca teddy  scotch - prosser games - june 19 2010Tis the season around the country for Highland Games and Festivals. And what’s more, Turnbull Tents! Left, Mary Kay and Dale Hilding hosted at the Prosser, Washington Scottish Fest, on June 19. Bill (right) and Pat Trimble attended the games and were happy to help man the tent. Even Callie, Hildings’ Cairn Terrior dressed up for the occasion!

group gfm borderTurnbulls gather at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games at the tent hosted by Scott and Diana Turnbull. The weather was perfect and the games, as always, full of activity.


2010 Loon Mountain

Loon Mountain 2010

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Among the tent displays were tributes to Dorothy Berk Turnbull (above left), founder TCA USA and Myra Turnbull (above right), co-founder with husband John of TCA.

This year’s TCA Annual General Meeting took place at Loon Mountain part of the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. Perfect fall weather contributed to the fun atmosphere and wonderful success of the games.
Tent Hosts Mark Turnbull and Lee Turnbull were assisted by TCA members Karen Torrey (NH), Bill and Claudia Trimble
(AZ). Special guests included, Turnbull Clan High Shenachie, Norman Turnbull (Hawick, Scotland), President Rhet Turnbull (NE), TCA Honorary Chief, Wally Turnbull (NC), Bullseye editor Betty Turnbull (NC), and historian Tao Blake (VA).

The AGM was held at Fratello’s Restaurant in Lincoln, NH. Presiding over the meeting was President Rhet Turnbull, assisted by Vice-President Bill Trimble. Orders of business included
a discussion on membership numbers. It was noted that while membership is down from 2009, interest in the Clan continues to increase. Rhet pointed out that social networking is on the
rise with close to 1000 members participating in the facebook Turnbull Clan forum and the Bullpen. The officers are looking for ways to encourage participation in TCA through these


2010 Turnbull Clan Representation - Northwest, USA

Enumclaw, Washington

by Bill and Pat Trimble

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Bob Harris, Rochester, NY poses with TCA Tent hosts, Dale Hilding, “Angus Turnbull,” Mary Kay Hilding, Kim Trimble, Pat & Bill Trimble, and Kim’s daughter & granddaughter, Lynn & Emma Lenz.

On July 31st, as the fog lifted around the Enumclaw Expo Center and the sound of bagpipes filled the air, the 64th Annual Seattle Scottish Highland Games began.
The hosts of the Turnbull Clan tent were Bill & Pat Trimble, Kim Trimble, and Dale and Mary Kay Hilding. Our special guest was Robert Harris of Rochester, New York, who we met in July 2009--when we were in Hawick, Scotland for the Turnbull Monument Dedication. Bob had never been to Washington State, so Bill and Dale invited him to come out for a visit and join us at our Turnbull tent at the Seattle Games! He did, and we made sure he had a great time!
Several people stopped by the TCA tent to look at and take pictures of our unique “guardian”: a tall, good-looking mannequin named Angus Turnbull. who came with Dale and Mary Kay. People wanted to know about him, his costume and his armor! In fact, several thought Angus was a Mime!
The weekend weather was perfect: slightly overcast in the morning, then sunny and warm in the afternoon! We had a great time talking to dozens of visitors, as well as relatives, friends, other Clan tent hosts, and several vendors and performers. Since our tent was directly across from the south stage, we enjoyed performances by the Wicked Tinkers (from California) and Needfire (from Texas).
rick van meeter of seattle knightsFollowing the Massing of the Bands (30 bands participated this year) on Saturday, the youngest Turnbulls--Dylan and Kasey Drettwan (Pat and Bill’s grandsons) and Emma Lenz (Kim’s
grand-daughter) proudly carried the Turnbull Clan banner as we marched in the Parade of Clans.
Sunday afternoon, we were visited by Rick Van Meeter, a member of The Seattle Knights (a medieval reenactment company). Rick was wearing his costume-- a breacan an fheilidh ( a Great Kilt)--yards and yards of Turnbull Hunting Tartan. The kilt was a Birthday gift from his Grandmother whose maiden name was Turnbull.

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Bill and Pat Trimble’s grandsons Dylan and Kasey Drettwan and Kim Trimble’s granddaughter, Emma Lenz carry the Turnbull banner and lead the Turnbull Coalition in the Parade of Clans!

Because of that family connection, he spent several minutes talking to Bill about Turnbull Clan’s history, the Clan Association, and what we do at the Scottish Games we attend. He was fascinated with everything and took several pamphlets for himself, his family, and Grandmother!

Athena, Oregon

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2nd place ribbon
Dale Hilding and Bill Trimble, along with “Angus Turnbull” man the award winning tent at the Athena, Oregon, Caledonian Games. Above left: ”Angus” proudly display the 2nd place ribbon for Best Tent. Congratulations!

Bill Trimble, with his wife, Pat, and brother, Kim, traveled to Athena, Oregon, to spend the day with Dale and May Kay Hilding, tent hosts at the Caledonian Games.
People of all ages stopped by the tent throughout the day. They loved the interesting items displayed including Dale’s chain mail, hauberk, helmet and gloves. (And, yes, he does wear them!) Many enjoyed “Angus Turnbull,” the official life-size greeter to the tent.

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