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Board Minutes

Clann Tartan Board Meeting
January 5, 2004

In Attendance: Marty Byers, Cindy Lanphear, Rob Portinga, Rudy Borrman, Brenda Bartel, Glenn McDavid, Herb Lindorf, Jaimie Zaugg, David Vavreck, Maeve Kane

The Minutes of the December Board Meeting were approved as corrected.
Old Business:
Cindy has the description of Staff responsibilities for the manual.

Trailer Storage: Nothing suitable has been found yet. Rental figures quoted are $150-300 month, much higher than expected. It may be possible to find something cheaper in the suburbs than in the cities.

Reports from Board Members were tabled because of the budget discussion.

Rob presented the proposed budget. Several points:

The Discretionary expenses (Tartan Day and the new Scottish Country Faire) are very subject to change.

Additional shows (Caledonia, Deer River) may provide more income.

The Camp expenses include estimates for events that are only tentatively scheduled. No new equipment expenditures, but new ropes are needed.

Company expenses will need to include accessories for the new artillery, and the greater use of gunpowder thereby. The bandolier and cartridge box are required to safely use the equipment. The artillery bucket is desirable, but less urgent.

There was considerable concern about the overall deficit in the budget. There is some hope that it can be made up by new shows, but that is far from certain--remember Rosenthorne. Furthermore, every show means additional expenses. We may be able to increase our fee at some of the shows. On the other side, the estimated insurance figure may be too low.

A motion to present the Company and Camp budgets to the membership was made, seconded and passed.

There was some discussion of instituting a purchase order system in order to better manage expenses. This will be discussed at the February meeting.

We also need new ideas for Fund Raising. This will be discussed with the Membership at the February General Meeting.

Respectfully Submitted,
Glenn McDavid
Clann Tartan Secretary

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Board & Staff

If you need to contact someone associated with Clann Tartan, here is where you find out how. If you are unsure who to contact, you can always email us at: info@clanntartan.org

Board Members

President Mary McKinley 651-699-6853 mairi2@juno.com
Vice President Bruce Yoder 651-698-8375 bruceyoder@juno.com
Secretary Glenn McDavid 651-490-1842 gmcdavid@comcast.net
Treasurer Rob Portinga 651-486-6200 rob@portinga.org
Quarter Master Herb Lindorff 612-827-4440 deeptinker@hotmail.com
Camp Rep. -Interim Diane Stebben 651-489-2881  
Company Rep. Brenda Bartel 651-335-5097 socks142@aol.com

Staff

Captain David Vavreck 612.378.1973 baethan1630@yahoo.com
Lieutenant Eric Ferguson 612.726.6364  
Head Campfollower Marty Byers 651.483.1173  
Assistant Head Campfollower Heidi Johnson 612.702.4269  
Corporal Rob Johnson 612.702.4274 roguerpj@mn.rr.com
Corporal Annie Breese 507.280.8679  
Corporal Hellen Ferguson 612.726.6364 hellen@sparkyferguson.net
Goodwife Julie Yoder 651.698.8375 julieyoder@juno.com
Goodwife Maeve Kane 952.461.4666  
Goodwife Judy Byers 651.483.1173  

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Gaffney's Fife and Drum

Fifers will henceforth be meeting at Maeve's house every 2nd & 4th Monday of each month from 7pm to 9pm. Contact David for directions.

Drummers continue to meet at 11am the third Saturday of each month at Eric and Hellen's, followed by Regimental Drill at Noon. The Regiment owns two drums, but drummers are requested to get their own drumsticks.

Interest is high; I am well pleased.

A note for soldiers - according to the articles of war, it is a crime punishable by death not to learn the drum calls. Be forewarned.

We have set up a yahoo group for the Corps at http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/clannfifeanddrum/ so we can communicate without clogging up non corps folks' e-mail.

Again, drummers will work primarily on period military music for the time being, and fifers will be working on that as well as dance music.

All are welcome - no experience neccessary.

Anyone interested in joining up contact Clann's Music Chair at:

David Vavreck
baethan1630@yahoo.com
612-378-1973

Dance

1st & 3rd Wednesdays
One Grenoble Ave, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

The community center for Skyline Village, on the east side of Concord St. at 75th St in Inver Grove Heights. About 2.5 miles south of I494

2nd & 4th Tuesdays
Saint Christopher's Episcopal Church, 2300 N Hamline Ave. in St. Paul.

It is at the northeast corner of Highway 36 and Hamline Avenue (Hamline is between Snelling and Lexington). The church is actually encircled by the highway entrance ramp.
The Dance Guild gathers weekly from 7PM-9PM to learn and practice historic Scottish country dances.
For more information call:

Mary at 651-699-6853 or Julie at 651-698-8375

It's a great place to meet people !

Other Guilds

Want to learn about wool spinning, weaving, or dying? Kali Pederson (651-730-5437 ) and Sandy Borrmann (651-489-2881) organize the Fiber Guild.

We are lucky to have two very qualified "Sword-Masters" in our group who can teach you our sword drills as well as how to handle other weapons. Contact Jen McDermott or Rudy Borrman (651-489-2881) for more information.

Clann Tartan has our own historic site near Duluth MN. Dun Gowan is an ongoing project, which is the site of Gaffneyis Annual Tactical in July. We are finishing the fort and beginning the construction of a village this year. Contact David Vavreck at 612-378-1973 or baethan1630@yahoo.com for further information, or to volunteer to help.

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Good People

Apart from Julie's tumble, Ramble was a success. For those who have not heard, she broke her leg there. She is home recuperating.

Not to be outdone, her sister Mary is in the hospital as well. She ought to be home by the time you get this newsletter. Bloody sibling rivalry.

We appear to have a busy season coming up, with two or three events being added to our already busy schedule. This will mean roughly thirty five days worth of events. Should keep us out of trouble…

We also have big plans for Dun Gowan. For those of you who do not know, Gaffneyis Regiment has built a garrison fort on Don Chesney's property near Duluth. It consists of a blockhouse, palisade, ditch and rampart, facines, and so on.

We host a Tactical - an unscripted battle - every Summer at Dun Gowan. This year it will be July 15-18. We are expecting record turnout this year, with even a few folks from out east joining us. You can see pictures of our fort, including battle pics from past tacticals, at www.dungowan.com

We have planned a number of work weekends in order to make the site more complete. Amongst our top priorities this year are finishing repairs to the palisade, completing the roof of the blockhouse, building a bridge over the creek, and beginning construction of the village that the fort was built to protect.

The village will include a number of houses of various types, workshops, a tavern and a church. The first non-military structure will be a croft built into the side of the hill, with a fair amount of earthen insulation.

The idea is to have various architectural styles, to make it look a village should.

Yes, it is a lot of work. And we need help. Many hands make light work, after all. Everyone willing to work is most welcome to do so. No experience is necessary. We will teach and learn as we go. If you want to help out, but wielding an axe and such does not sound like your cup of tea, we also could certainly use a cook. If someone cooks for the other workers, we get a lot more done.

The next work weekend is this month. We are heading up Friday the 12th of March after school/work.

We are going to have a big bonfire. We are burning the ends of the new palisade uprights to retard rot. Weenie roast or s'mores, anyone? Also, we will be cutting timbers for that first croft.

If you are interested in going, please contact your Captain at either 612-378-1973 or baethan1630@yahoo.com.

We can carpool or whatever. And just like any other Clann event, we need to know how much food to bring.

Personally, I find it exciting that we have our very own permanent site.

Come help make history - literally.

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Good People,

A number of years ago, several members of Gaffneyis Regiment took part in a documentary on behalf of the Pequots of Massachusetts. That film was about the 1637 Pequot War, between them and those Puritan savages of Massachusetts Bay Colony.

This Spring, there is a documentary of the New Sweden Colony being made by the New Sweden Centre in Wilmington, DE.

The New World colony of New Sweden was the brainchild of good old Uncle Gus, although the first settlers did not set sail until late 1637, five years after Gustavus' death. It was established to generate tobacco and to gain a foothold into the American fur trade, bypassing English and Dutch merchants.

Incidently, it was also here that the first log cabins in America were built.

Filming in Wilmington has been scheduled for the weekend of May 22-23 (the weekend before Memorial Day).

A call has gone out for reenactors to pitch in. As of now, there are no Clann events scheduled that weekend.

They will want Swedish impersonations - obviously no kilts or plaid, but greys should be fine. They want women and children, too.

A stipend will be given to help with travel expenses, and lunch will be provided each day.

Filming will be at several historic sites, including the Kalmar Nyckel, replica of the ship that brought the first Swedish settlers to the New World.

If there are any members who would would like to take part, please contact me. It would be grand to be a part of this worthy endeavour.

I will need to know if you intend to take part by April 15th, in order to minimize travel expenses and so on.

David Vavreck
Captain,
Gaffneyis Regiment

Drill

Clann's monthly drill will be held on the third Saturday of the month at Bossen Field by Lievtenant Eric and Hellen's home (5732 Bossen Terrace Apt#2), unless there is a scheduled Clann Event that weekend.
The time is NOON.
For directions, Lievtenant Eric can be contacted at: 612-726-6364 or eric@celticfringe.net

Wanted!

Submissions for the Newsletter!
Items you can submit include research articles, character sketches, and other items pertaining to living history and Scottish Culture. Email your items in either plain text, or MS Word format to newsletter@clanntartan.org or snail mail to our postal address.
Items must be received by the 15th of each month to be considered for inclusion for the upcoming months issue. Mailed submissions will not be returned unless requested. All pertinent submissions will be considered as space permits. All research articles must reference at least three sources. Submissions are NOT edited for spelling or grammar, but may be broken in multiple parts.

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Special

WANTED: ISO Nice small family or couple for outgrown 4 year old "Panther" Wall Tent. Babies, playpens, dogs and teenagers are busting the seams of a 10' x 14', 13 oz sunforger wall tent with 4' walls, double doors, 5 in stove pipe hole, 8''sod cloth. Have found new means to restrain teenagers so we will include tent poles and ropes, the 2 patches are included for free! $ 450.00.
Kali Pederson 651-730-5437


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Calendar of Events

Be sure to contact your staff
if you plan on attending a show event. Try to give at least a seven day notice when possible. This allows proper planning for the feeding of our members, and in some cases is required by event organizers to allow entry as a participant.
You can call any of the staff members listed, or send an email to staff@clanntartan.org.

March 2004

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
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Clann Tartan
Board Meeting

Boltt Corporation
Conference Room
, 7PM
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Dance
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Dance
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Work Weekend
Don Chesney's
DunGowan
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Work Weekend
Don Chesney's
DunGowan
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Fife
Maeve's home
16
Night at the Pub
Molly Quinns,
330 E Lake street
Minneapolis
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Dance
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Drill
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Dance
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April 2004

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
 
 
 
 
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Clann Tartan
Board Meeting

Boltt Corporation
Conference Room
, 7PM
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TARTAN DAY
MN State Capitol
11:30 AM
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Dance
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EASTER
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Fife
Maeve's home
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Dance

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Drill
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Dance
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Fife
Maeve's home
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Dance
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Maps

Map to Inver Grove Heights location- Dance Map to St. Paul location St. Christopher's- Dance
Map to Board Meetings
Boltt Corporation, 509 Sibley Street Suite 200
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Map to Board/Quarterly/Annual Meetings
Corcoran Park, Minneapolis

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