The Caledonia (MN) Scottish Heritage Committee selected Kermit McRae as Scot of the Year and presented the award in March 2006 at the Committees twelfth annual Scottish Heritage Dinner.
Kermit was recognized for his many contributions to preserving the history and Scottish heritage of the Caledonia area and for his involvement in numerous civic activities. According to the citation, He is not afraid to take on a task when asked
he is always willing to help.
A retired civil engineer and former District Engineer for the Minnesota Highway Department, Kermit is active in everything from the National Wild Turkey Federation to the Houston County Economic Development Association. A couple of years ago, Kermit had designed the commemorative badge for Caledonias sesquicentennial celebration. Kermit also had the privilege of presenting Tartan Day Proclamations on the steps of Minnesotas Capitol, one from the Governor of Minnesota, the other from the Mayor of St. Paul.
The latter reads, Whereas, a fiercely independent spirit remains the hallmark of members of the Scottish community worldwide
Kermit writes that the affair was grand: Some 600 people attended, complete with color guards, seven pipe bands, jigs and reels!
Congratulations to Kermit well done!