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Announcements

Board Elections

The positions open are:

Vice President: Marty Byers, nominee
Secretary: Glenn McDavid, nominee
Quartermaster: No nominations received
Company Representative: no nominations recieved

The duties of each board position are as follows:

a. The President shall see that all Clann Council members, camp, or company officers and committee chairs carry out their duties and responsibilities as described in the Bylaws and General Regulations, ensure that they make and distribute plans for Clann activities that carry out the purpose, function, and responsibilities of the regiment, and preside over regimental elections.

b. The Vice President shall coordinate recruitment for the corporation and companies of the Clann regiment, see that members receive guidance and assistance through their mustering, and keep appropriate records of the membership status. The Vice President shall also serve as President in the President's absence.

c. The Secretary shall keep the Clann census up-to-date, publish the Clann newsletter and keep regimental records. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of Clann meetings

d. The Treasurer shall receive funds collected as activity payments, expense fees, grants, donations and all other moneys given to, or received by the corporation, and shall disburse funds for activity, or project expenses as budgeted and approved.

e. The Quartermaster shall recommend and approve equipment, vendors, sources or materials for corporate use and issue corporate stores, and shall inspect the "unsworn" for compliance with requirements for mustering.

f. The At Large Camp Representative shall represent camp concerns to the Board of Directors.

g. The At Large Company Representative shall represent company concerns to the Board of Directors.

Respectfully Submitted by

Mary McKinley
President, Clann Tartan until February of 2008

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VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE


Saturday, February 3 at noon we will be holding the Annual Members
Meeting. This is your chance to vote for your new Board Members. 
The positions that will be open are:

Vice President
Secretary
Quartermaster
Company Representative

If you're interested in any of these positions but have questions on the duties and responsibilities, please contact a current Board Member for more information. It's not too early to get your nomination in! Ballot for the Board Elections; Offices open: Vice President: Secretary: Marty Byers _________________ Glenn McDavid ______________ Other _________________ Other _________________ Other _________________ Company Representative: Quartermaster: Other _______________ Julie Yoder ______________ Other ______________________ Other ________________ Please make sure that votes are emailed to Mary McKinley mairi2@juno.com, by Feb. 2.

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STAFF ANNOUNCEMENT

Camp drills: There has been some misinformation and/or changes in upcoming camp drills, so please rely on this instead of prior newsletters. The February camp drill will be yeast and starter swap hosted by Mia.

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Stand to your . . . kettles?????

The expanding role of camp drill.

As you may have noticed, we have been gradually expanding the focus of camp drills. They started as sewing bees, and have been helpful and successful in that regard. However, we have found other things to play with as well. We have had two very successful cooking drills taught by Renee, emphasizing less-known recipies from our cookbook. We will have other special drills coming up.

February will be yeast in all its forms at the McDavids; please see Renee's write-up in this newsletter. See Notes From the Camp

March will be stitching again, with visits to spinning, weaving, and dyeing for those who might be interested. More on this as it comes together.

April will be a Very Special Camp Drill:

We will be assembling with our canvas, lumber, and quantities of period, milk-based paints to color-code our camp. We will paint the lumber for each tent a different color, along with the tensioners for the ropes where appropriate, and we will also put a dab of paint on each tent. This will help us set up camp quickly and efficiently, even if some of us can't glance at a pole and say, "Oh, yeah, that's Trooper Three--I recognize the chip in the end."

Our goal for April camp drill is to end up with a camp that is durable, colorful, and easy to set up and take down. We will be looking at everything for soundness and durability. It is our last chance to make repairs.

THIS DRILL WILL BE APRIL 14! Unlike other Camp Drills, it will be held on the /second /Saturday instead of the fourth, just so we can get it done before our first event of the season at Charles City. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THIS EVENT! Many hands make light work, and we hope to improve the quality of our camping all year long by doing this work in advance.

Your staff thanks you.

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Clann Tartan is pleased to announce Colonel Gaffneis Official Sutlery!

Currently we offer tee shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, mugs, mouse pads, bumper stickers, bibs, infant creepers, steins and totes with a variety of designs.

The online store can be found at www.cafepress.com/clanntartan.

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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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Notes from the Camp

Camp Cauldron:

For camp drill in Feb, we are doing a yeast drill and starter swap.

Ideally this would be a show-n-tell kind of deal. Anyone with research on the bread thing is invited to come and pitch your bit about breads, rising agents and starters (like beer, mead, sour dough or wine).

Samples are a good thing. Be prepared to have your research handy as we might be able to put together a bit of a research project based on what you bring to this session. Include recipes and your improvement notes.

Even if you don't have any research, show-n-tell or starter to swap, come anyway. All are welcome!

Those wanting to swap starters, bring your starter and something to put your new collection in. I am bringing jelly jars.

Garden guild notes:

Attending: Mia, Mary, Lauri & Renee

We came up with an extensive list of veggies, fruits and herbs to be planted over 3-4 separate plots in member's yards. The current plan is to put stuff in and then have members assist with planting, tending and harvesting. Produce to land on Clann tables near you, assistance will be needed in this.

As we go in this season of planting, we will keep you apprised of what is ready and what needs to happen.

We also had a thought that some of our produce (fresh, canned or dried) would end up with McGowan's since they have been so fabulous to us.

Next newsletter I will include a detailed list of items some have chosen to grow. Anyone wishing to take up some of the items we haven't room for is welcome to it. I just don't have enought time to type it up just now.

Oh and I will be done with student teaching on 19 Jan. Hopefully I finish with all paper and work presentation by 26 Jan.

Peace to all
HCF ^2
Renee

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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 Cate Hesser 651-917-2327 bear@cybervalkyrie.com 
Secretary Glenn McDavid 651-490-1842 gmcdavid@comcast.net
Treasurer Bruce Yoder 612-825-4519 bruceyoder@juno.com
Quarter Master Herb Lindorff 612-827-4440 deeptinker@hotmail.com
Camp Rep. Diana Steben 612-728-1189 Rillaspins@aol.com
Company Rep. Sean McCanna 952-926-1279 macbaird@lycos.com

Staff

Chief of Staff Mia McDavid 651-490-1842 mia_mcdavid@comcast.net 
Head Campfollower Betsy Bolton / Renee Petersen 763-561-4368 Betsy /
952-895-5487 Renee
basil80@hotmail.com / mydogharpo@juno.com
Captain Maeve Kane 651-696-7498 or 952-461-4666 mollmccaine@aol.com 
Henchman Eric Ferguson 612.726.6364 eric@celticfringe.net
Henchman David Vavreck 612-378-1973 baethan1630@yahoo.com
Henchman Tony Rogers   anthony.j.rogers@gmail.com
Henchman Glenn McDavid 651-490-1842 gmcdavid@comcast.net
Henchwoman Julie Yoder 612-825-4519 Julieyoder@juno.com
Henchwoman Heidi Vair 715-379-9055 Mapleaf11@yahoo.com
Henchwoman Laurie Ford 952-924-9128 laurie.ford@gmail.com

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Guilds

Sword Guild:

The Sword Guild meets at 7:00, on the 3rd Thursday of the month, location to be announced. If interested, contact Marty Byers, 651-483-1173 / 651-261-5815 / orthodoxdruid@gmail.com. I would be happy to bring new people into the Guild and hope that our numbers will soon swell.
P.S. Don't worry if you do not have a sword yet, some are available for classes.

Marty L. Byers
orthodoxdruid@gmail.com
651-483-1173



Dance

1st & 3rd Wednesdays
Dance will meet at Minneapolis Community and Technical College - 1501 Hennepin Ave in Minneapolis. We will meet in room T (for technical building, the big main building,) 5500. this is also the PSOM and ENDT lab. It's on the 5th floor - follow the signs to the room. There is free on street parking after 6 PM, but it's interesting to find spots due to evening classes. There is a parking ramp that (I believe) is $5 to park in. We back onto Loring Park, so there may be parking over there too - I don't recommend walking thru the park alone in the dark, however. http://www.minneapolis.edu/directions.cfm will get you to the campus, http://www.minneapolis.edu/campusmaps/index.html will get you to the right building. I'll be in my office - 612-659-6000 x 4090 until at least 5 PM.


Questions? call Mary at 651-699-6853 or Julie at 651-698-8375

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? Diana Steben (651-489-2881) and Kali Pederson (651-385-9006 ) organize the Fiber Guild.

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.

Drill

Company Drill for the next two months will be Saturday, December 16, and Saturday, January 20. Both will be at Mattocks Park, 451 Macalester Street in Saint Paul at 11 am. Food and hot drinks provided, bring your own mug.



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Captains Corner

We're about to begin the active season, and I realize that my election raises some interesting questions, Clann never having had a female Captain before.

I've been asked how I should be addressed in camp. The first answer is: As Captain Keane (spelled different, pronounced Kane). Social and military formality should always apply during public hours, with me or any other designate military officer, like corporals, or acting lieutenants. Sir is also appropriate. Soldiers calling me ma'am repeatedly in military drill will be dealt with severely at public events. It may be funny, but it detracts from what we're there to do.

Also try to pay attention to the social cues of the people around you and about yourself: we should dress our station, act our station, and react to others' station. Better clothes reflect a higher station in life. Is your clothing appropriate to the social level you portray, and are your actions appropriate for your own station and others'?

To emphasize this distinction, I will be having a Captain's Table at dinner at all events. This doesn't mean I don't like eating with everyone; in fact, I'd like the seats at the Captain's Table to rotate, to reflect those people who win contests for Captain's Wife and who serve the camp and company in some exemplary way at the show. There won't be a formal wait staff like the Gaffney Memorial Dinner or anything like that; just a nicely set table with a table cloth and civilized people around it.

The second answer has a lot to do with clothing: I will be dressing as both male and female during this upcoming season (not at the same time, though!). Please try to pay attention to that distinction during public hours. When I'm not dressed male, I would like to be addressed as Maeve or Mistress/Missus Kane when in front of the public. Addressing me as Captain Kane in those circumstances would be inappropriate in a historical sense, but I won't chop anyone's head off for it.

I want to emphasize, though, that although I don't want to be called Captain when I'm dressed female, I will still be performing those duties. I will still make and enforce guard schedules and I will appoint a corporal or acting lieutenant to administer military functions. However, no other officer should be addressed as Captain, even if I ask them to take charge of military drills for a day or an event. They will be acting lieutenants at most.

The point I want to make with this distinction is this: I am Captain, even when I'm not portraying a male soldier. There is nothing in our bylaws which state the Captain must be male or portray a man. Any other officer, so long as I am within my term of election, will receive their authority at my discretion. I don't do this because I'm a control freak or because I'm trying to be bitchy: this is because I want to emphasize that the Captain need not be male, and that clothes don't make the officer.

I don't anticipate that this semantic distinction will make much of a difference in anything we do during the show season. I have had questions in the past from patrons about the accuracy of having women cross dressing as men, and there may be a few more of those questions this season, since I'll be a little more vocal and prominent to the public than formerly. If there are any questions about that when you're interpreting to public, the short answer is that while there weren't many women who got caught, there were a few.

Operative word there being caught. There may have been many women who did it and got away with it, but those ones don't show up in the historical record. Catalina de Erauso lived as a man for nearly twenty years, almost married several women, and when found out, got a papal pardon for her valor in service to the Spanish colonization effort and was allowed to live out her life as a man.

Her situation was a little different, because she led a good deal of the conquest efforts in Spanish South America (and she later did a grand tour of the courts of Europe, talkshow-circuit style), but similar to rumors of other women and fictionalized ballads about them. Most women who dressed as men and joined military service, if found out, were given their fifteen minutes of fame, and went on to marry and live their lives as women, no consequences. So cross dressing happened, it just wasn't found out very often.

At February Company Drill, we will be working on executing commands in unison, and working out singing on the march. At the Captain's Tea for February we will be discussing how to find and use primary documents, and building and using a character in a military context.

Your Captain,

Maeve Kane

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Articles

Captain's Authoris Award

Best How-to Article

The award for Best How-to Article will be awarded to a non-research article that clarifies how to do or make something, or how some part of our organization works. Topics can include anything from how to cook a period dish, documentation of a personal project, how to belt and wear a plaid, or anything else. Articles in this category may use primary and secondary sources, but the primary purpose of these articles should be original writing of the how-to sort.

Best New Writer

As I mentioned above, we've had a number of good articles in the past few years. To encourage newer members or older members who've never written for the newsletter before to put out new work, this category will give an award to a writer who has never before been published in the newsletter. The winning article can be about anything, and be research or how-to, so long as the author has never before published an article in the Clann newsletter.

To be eligible to win, the article must be submitted to the Clann newsletter editors by October 15, 2007, so that they may appear in the November newsletter. Articles may be submitted at any time between now and then. At the heading of each competing article, the author should state whether they are submitting it for the Research Article category or the How-to Article category. All articles by new writers will be automatically considered for that category.

After all articles have been submitted, everyone who submitted an article will be invited to the Captain's Award Banquet, which our VP Cate Hesser has graciously volunteered to be in charge of cooking for. Date, time and location to be determined, but good food, good company and good conversation are guaranteed. All winners will be announced at the banquet.

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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 ten 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.

FEBRUARY 2007

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
 
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2
 
3
Board & Membership meeting/Board Elections
NOON@ Corcoran Park 
4

Staff Meeting @
Yoder's - 4PM 
5
 
6
 
7
 
Dance
MCTC
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9
 
10
Scottish Ramble,
MN Landmark Center St. Paul, MN 
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Scottish Ramble,
MN Landmark Center St. Paul, MN 
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13
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
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15
Sword Drill 
16
Night at the Pub 
17
Company Drill 
18
 
19
 
20
21
 Dance
MCTC 
22
 
23
 
24
CAMP DRILL
noon at Yoders' 
25
 
26
 
27
 
Dance
Saint Christopher's
28
 

 

MARCH 2007

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
Staff Meeting @
Yoder's - 4PM 
5
 
6
 
7
 
Dance
MCTC
8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
13
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
14
 
15
Sword Drill 
16
Night at the Pub 
17
Company Drill 
18
 
19
 
20
Board Meeting
Tuesday, 7:00
at Yoders' 
21
 Dance
MCTC 
22
 
23
 
24
CAMP DRILL
noon at McDavids' 
25
 
26
 
27
 
Dance
Saint Christopher's
28
 
29
 
30
 
31
 

Event Schedule for the 2007 Season:

Hello all,

The following is a list of the dates of the events that are currently on the schedule for this year. The staff has met and decided to keep this running list of events in the newsletter to give you a chance to get an idea of what is going on this season as well as keep you updated to changes in the schedule.

The column titled status will include the following information.

Tentative- this means that an event organizer or Clann has expressed a strong enough interest in doing this event that it warrants reserving space on the calendar for the event.

Pending- this is the next stage of an event. This means that Maeve has entered serious discussion about Clann doing an event but we are still not committed to the event. You should however if possible think about wether or not you may be able to attend this event.

Scheduled- this level means that the board and staff have approve the event and we are committed to providing manpower to making the event happen. When an event is assigned this level please let Julie know as soon as possible if you can or can not attend this event.

Canceled- This means that for various reasons an scheduled event has been removed from the current season. We will try and give as much notice as we can prior to canceling an event.

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact me regarding this matter

Thanks,
Maeve Kane.

DATE EVENT STATUS
1/1/2007 Airing of the Tartans
1st Footing
Finished
Feb 10-11 2007 Scottish Ramble Scheduled
Apr 28-29 2007 Charles City Military History Days http://hometown.aol.com/daveww2/CHARLESCITYclub.html Pending
May 19 2007 MN Scottish Fair and HG - http://www.mnscottishfair.org/ Scheduled
June 9-10 2007 Olde World Renaissance Faire (Twig) http://www.owrenaissancefaire.com/ Pending
Jun 23-24 2007 7/15/2006 Col. Gaffneyis Muster Scheduled
July 12-14, 2007 Dun Gowan Tactical www.dungowan.com Scheduled
Aug 3-5 2007 White Oak Rendezvous Deer River www.whiteoak.org Pending
Sept 1-2 2007 WI Scottish Fair and HG Tentative
Sept 8-9 2007 Des Moines Ren Faire Pending
Oct 4-7 2007 Big Island Rendezvous Pending
Oct 11-13 2007 Mankato History Fest Pending
Oct 17-21 2007 Big Muddy River Rendezvous Tentative

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Maps

 
Map to Board Meetings
Bruce and Julie Yoder's Home
4736 12th Av S, Minneapolis, 55407 
Map to St. Paul location St. Christopher's- Dance
 
Map to /Quarterly/Annual Meetings
Corcoran Neighborhood Center,
3334 20th Av South, Minneapolis, MN 
Map to the Mpls Comm & Tech College
1st & 3rd Wednesdays dance location  
 
Map to Marty & Judy Byers home
Location for for Sword Drill

2821 Churchill, Roseville MN 
 

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Event Maps and Notification

February 10-11 2007 10 am - 5 pm Scottish Ramble Minnesota Landmark Center

75 West 5th Street Saint Paul

Once again, Clann Tartan is participating in the Scottish Ramble, the Upper Midwest's largest indoor Scottish event. This will take place on Saturday, February 10th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Sunday, February 11th from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM.

Clann has done this for years and it is always great fun! There's lots to see and do. Our Head Campfollowers will be providing lunch both days and a light breakfast on Saturday. We will be doing pike drill both days on the main stage, and dancing twice each day. We will also be doing two presentations on period military life, and will be open for visitors all day long both days. There is something for everybody! Last year worked out really well and we had a great time. We hope everybody can come! The preliminary schedule is at http://www.scottishramble.org/performance%20schedule.htm .

Scottish Ramble is at the Landmark Center, just east of RiverCentre, across from Rice Park, in downtown Saint Paul, MN. Here are driving and parking directions from the Landmark Center website.

If you're coming by car:

* From I-94 going east: Exit Fifth Street, proceed approx. 2 blocks
* From I-94 going west: Exit Sixth Street, proceed approx. 8 blocks
* From I-35E going north: Exit Kellogg Blvd. and turn right. At second stop light (Seventh Street), turn left, then veer right onto Fifth Street and continue 1 long block.
* From 1-35E going south: Exit Wacouta Street, proceed to Sixth Street and turn right (east). proceed approx. 8 blocks.

Ramp Parking (within one block)

* The Landmark Towers/St. Paul Hotel Ramp: Enter on Market Street between 4th and 5th Streets
* Lawson Ramp: Enter on 5th Street between St. Peter & Wabasha Streets

Ramp Parking (within three blocks)

* RiverCentre Ramp: enter on Kellogg Blvd.
* Science Museum of Minnesota ramp: enter on Kellogg Blvd
* Marshall Field's ramp: Enter on Wabasha St. (one-way, north) between 6th and 7th Streets or you may enter on 6th street between Cedar and Wabasha
* The Victory Ramp: enter on St. Peter St. (one-way, south) between 6th & 7th Streets
* The Minnesota World Trade Center: enter on Cedar St. (one-way, south) between 6th & 7th Streets.

Please advise Mia McDavid if you plan to attend.

Your staff thanks you.

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