You may pay your dues @
$10 per adult at any time to:
Gulf Coast St David's Welsh Society
PO Box 19343
Sarasota, FL 34276
Treasurer
Checks should be made payable to:
Sarasota Welsh Society
Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi,
Gwlad beirdd a chantorion, enwogion o fri;
Ei gwrol ryfelwyr,
gwladgarwyr tra mâd,
Dros ryddid collasant eu gwaed.
Gwlad, gwlad, pleidiol wyf i'm gwlad,
Tra mor yn fur i'r bur hoff bau,
O budded i'r hen iaith barhau.
GULF COAST WELSH SOCIETY
CROESO -  WELCOME!
SCROLL DOWN FOR WELSH AND ENGLISH LYRICS TO 'THE NATIONAL ANTHEM'
Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau
Land of My Fathers
The land in which poets and minstrels rejoice;
The land whose stern warriors were true to the core,
While bleeding for freedom of yore.
Wales, Wales, favorite land of Wales!
While sea her wall, may naught befall
To mar the old language of Wales.
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Performed by Cardiff Arms Park Male Choir
The Gulf Coast Welsh Society
(Sarasota Welsh) is a not for profit
corporation
dedicated to the preservation of Welsh
heritage and culture.
Site Updated
April
9, 2019
Click on the 'Scholarship Fund'
button to see how many
students have benefited from
the fund.

SCHOLARSHIP FUND - 2020

Is there someone in your family attending or applying
for college or university?

If so, applications are now being accepted for
consideration for a Scholarship from this Society.

To find out more information and the criteria required to
apply, click on the 'Scholarship Fund' link on this site.
Click on 'Events' to
see everything we've
been up to in 2017!
Correspondence to:
PO Box 19343
Gulf Gate Post Office
Sarasota, FL 34276
or e-mail:
sarasotawelsh@yahoo.com
To be born Welsh
is to be born privileged,
Not with a silver spoon in your mouth,
But music in your blood
and poetry in your soul ...
"
sarasotawelsh@yahoo.com
Look at the 'Board
Members' Page to find
contact numbers for our
Officers
Road Sign as you enter Wales
Old photograph of women in traditional
Welsh costume.  Is that a loaf of Bara
Brith I spot with their tea?
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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

January 12, 2019 - Memorial Service for Jane P
January 26, 2019- Annual Meeting & Luncheon which is
Preceded by Gymanfa Ganu
March 1, 2019 - St David's Day Banquet
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

March 18, 2019 - Post Banquet Committee Meeting
April 11, 2019 - Booker High School Musical 'Children of Eden'
May 27, 2019 - Memorial Day Service, Arcadia
August 29 - September 1, 2019 - North American Festival of Wales
to be held in Milwaukee, WI
A young, adorable, Dorothy McDaniel in Welsh
Costume.  
Do you have a photograph of yourself, someone
in your family or a friend in Welsh Costume?  If
so, send it either to sarasotawelsh@yahoo.com
or merylfell@hotmail.com
for it to be included on our site.
Booker High School
Performing Arts
Spring Production
'Children of Eden'

April 11, 2019
Dinner 5.30 pm  :  Show 7 pm
Tickets:  $18
Catered Dinner:  $10
(Advance purchase only)
Tickets are limited so please respond ASAP
Please
check for availability with
Amy on 941-349-6069.
Please send your check to:
The Gulf Coast St David's Welsh Society
PO Box 19343, Sarasota FL 34276
Please specify if you need seats in the
wheelchair area1
St David's Day
More than 70 guests attended the St David's Day Banquet at the Laurel Oaks
Country Club in Sarasota.  The Social Hour before dinner gave people the
opportunity to mingle and rekindle friendships while welcoming new guests to
the event.

David Rees was the MC for the evening, which he did with his usual good
humour and kept the evening 'ticking over'.

After dinner, guests enjoyed joining in with some Welsh singing and listening
the 38 Welsh school children visiting from Aberdare, South Wales.  Their
leader, Kevin Davies, explained about schools run through the medium of
Welsh before the teens enjoyed homemade cookies.

Megan Williams gave an interesting talk about the Welsh newspaper Ninnau
and about the North American Festival which is heald over the Labor Day
weekend each year.

The new Board of Officers was announced and Pam presented Amy with a
beautiful loveknot pendant on her retirement as Present, a position she has
held since 2013.
.Guests and students singing
Megan meeting Rhianon and Pat with
Renny, far right, celebrating her
birthday on this Special Day
Alex, Anne, Bob, David, Colin, Kate & Carol
John leading the singing
Bob preparing to give the
Benediction
Mr Kevin Davies
Students enjoying cookies
ALSO ...
You may pay your dues when attending any
event or by contacting one of our Officers

Click on the Board Member tab to find out
who's who.
Megan Williams
Guest Speaker
Pam, right, presenting
Amy with pendant
Pat & Rhianon's
Wedding Day 1961
Rhianon (right) with her cousin
Rhian, aged 4, with
Mother & Father
Aged 98 years
Aged 99 years
Board of Officers 1993
Rhianon (front row, 2nd from left)
Can anyone else spot themselves here
August 6, 1999
Rhianon with husband Pat
Rhianon -
Always smiling
Such an elegant couple
Rhianon (left) with Muriel (centre) and
the late Clara Edmunds
Best friends forever
The Early Years
Bardd Rhianon Plas Ucha
 
Rhianon Hardy
Aged 100 Years
April 6th, 2019
To view our handy BROCHURE
Click Here
Feel free to print and pass on to
anyone you think may be
interested in knowing more about
our wonderful Society
Rhianon was born in 1919 in the little village of Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr, North Wales.  She was brought up on Botegir Farm by her
parents, Edward Evans Jones and Margaret Jones where she enjoyed a loving childhood.  After leaving Botegir, the family lived for
many years at Plas Ucha Farm, Whitford, Flintshire.  They were faithful members of the Calvinistic Methodist Mostyn Chapel.  
Rhianon attended Howells Girls School in Denbigh before commencing her nursing training at the Chester Royal Infirmary.  During
the second World War, Rhianon used her nursing expertise as a volunteer for the British Red Cross.

She moved to London in 1953 to take up employment as a Midwife at the City of London Maternity Hospital in Charing Cross.  
While working there she met a young man, Patrick Hardy, who worked as a Physical Therapist at St Alphege’s Hospital,
Greenwich.  Love blossomed and she and Pat married in the Catholic Church in Denbigh in 1961.  The walls of the church adjoin
Denbigh Castle as well as the home of a gentleman, John Rowlands.  Mr Rowlands later changed his name to Stanley and you will
recognise the famous statement uttered by Henry Morton Stanley –
Dr Livingstone, I presume!

As a couple Pat and Rhianon travelled widely, firstly to Ghana, West Africa where Rhianon worked as a Clinical Nurse for the United
Africa Company, Accra.  Next they moved to Califonia then Canada for 6 years before finally settling down at Siesta Key Florida in
1969 where they have remained, spending the past 42 years at the same home.

Wherever Rhianon and Pat lived, they have always been avid supporters of Wales and the Welsh language.  In acknowledgement of
Rhianon’s continued contribution to Wales, she was initiated in 1999 into the Bardic Circle at the Eisteddfod in Llangefni, Anglesey.  
Her Bardic name is
RHIANON PLAS UCHA.  Prior to that, in 1991 she was honoured as Leader of the society 'Wales and the
World
' (Cymru a'r Byd) on the stage at the National Eisteddfod in Mold (Yr Wyddgrug).   In 1974 she was a founding member of the
St Petersburg Welsh Society, Florida which prompted her, and several others, to form a Welsh Society in Sarasota.  Thus, the Gulf
Coast St David’s Welsh Society was born and Rhianon has remained active since its beginnings, holding the position of
Corresponding Secretary for 18 years.

In 2017 Rhianon donated a silver cup to the Cerrigydrudion Community Centre, Corwen, Denbighshire.  The cup was won by
Rhianon’s father in 1919 for his award winning cattle.  Both Pat and Rhianon take pleasure in that the cup has
‘travelled the world
but is now back home’
!

Rhianon is a remarkable woman who has lead an exceptional life but has remained modest and unpretentious throughout.  She is
always eager to advise and help those following in her footsteps and we feel blessed to have her sharing her wealth of knowledge
with us.  Mostly, Rhianon is our friend.

Happy 100th Birthday Rhianon
St David's Day Banquet 1996
2011 Banquet.  
Bryn Yemm made
Rhianon Queen
for the evening
 
Surprise! Surprise!
Rhianon's 99th Birthday
Last Saturday, many members and friends, including
two from Wales who made the journey especially for
Rhianon's birthday, gathered at the Red Lobster
Restaurant to enjoy a wonderful celebration marking 100
years of her remarkable life.

Rhianon was delighted to receive a birthday greeting
from HRH Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace
as well as a video poem created especially for her by
the Archdruid in Wales in honour of her Bardic status.  
This was organised by Renny, Vice President.  Pam
was able to get the birthday cake decorated with an
edible copy of a photograph of the Welsh flag and the
room was beautifully decorated with lots of balloons.

The effort made by everyone to make this such a
memorable occasion shows what high esteem in which
Rhianon is held.  She is so well loved amongst
members of this society as well as by other friends and
neighbours and her popularity is evident by the many
flowers, cards and gifts she received.

Congratulations, Rhianon, on 100 years of a life well led.
Truly an example to us all
Renny raising a toast to Rhianon
Pam, President, far left
Pat and Rhianon (foreground)
Cathy, Brian and Clive (background)
I spy Don in the back (far left)
Amy, Pat & Rhianon
100th Birthday