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COME ONE, COME ALL, TO FIRST FOOTING!

In Scotland, New Year's, or Hogmanay, was one of the most significant occasions of the year. People celebrated by visiting friends and neighbors after the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. Today we in Clann celebrate the idea of First Footing with a progressive dinner on January 1st.

The day will begin with the Airing of the the Tartans, which is held at Augsburg Park. This traditionally was a time to lay out all your woolens in the snow to clean them. This would allow all the oils, grease, fats, and assorted critters to freeze out of the wools and you would have "fresh" plaids. We like to have everyone bring all their plaid and see how much we can lay out. Let's go for a record! We also have a short drill (length depends a lot on the weather,) and sometimes shoot off the muskets.

Following the Airing, we descend upon our members houses for a progressive dinner, or "First Footing". It is considered good luck if the first person to enter your house on New Years Day is a dark haired male stranger. Well, they don't get much stranger than we do…

The Airing of the Tartans will be at noon on the First.

The four courses for the dinner are:

1:00 Appetizers at Mary McKinley's
3:00 Soups at Cate Hesser's
5:00 Main course at McDavids'
7:00 Desserts at Byers'.

Come to as much of this event as you can! Please call or email Julie Yoder to let her know what you will be coming to and what dishes you will bring.

ST. PAUL WINTER CARNIVAL PARADES!

Once again Clann will be participating in the St. Paul Winter carnival. We will be marching in the King Boreas Grande Day Parade on 01/28/2006, from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm and in the Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade on 02/04/2006, from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.

We encourage our brave and hardy members to join in these events. Do we need to tell you to dress warmly?

If you wish to participate, please let Julie Yoder know. We will not know about our assigned time and place for lineup until about a week before the parades. Julie will see to it that participants are advised of this essential information.

If you are even entertaining a hint of a thought that you might participate, you must fill out a waiver. Waivers will not be accepted on parade day. Waivers will be available at all First Footing events, or see Bruce or Julie Yoder.

Board Elections


Saturday, February 4 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 (Special election to fill vacancy for the remainder of position term-1 year)
President
Treasurer
Camp 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: Treasurer: (No one has been nominated) Other _________________ Bruce Yoder ______________ Other _________________ Other _________________ Camp Representative: President: Diana Steben _______________ Mary McKinley ______________ Other ______________________ Other _____________________ Please make sure that votes are emailed to Glenn McDavid, at gmcdavid@comcast.net by Feb. 2.
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Clann Tartan is pleased to announce the opening of 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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Still looking for thoughts on Why We Do What We Do

—and what will make it more fun for you.

What are you looking for in Clann? What can we do better? What are we doing well? Please let us know—we all want this to be a fun, fulfilling experience for everyone.

Send info to Mary McKinley at the previously posted info—snail mail:
Mary McKinley
1363 Jefferson Ave
St Paul, MN 55105-2410

Drill

Clann's monthly drill will be held on the third Saturday of the month at Bossen Field by 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, 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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Board Minutes


Minutes of Clann Tartan Board and Membership Meeting
November 5, 2005

In attendance:  (Board) Herb Lindorff, Bruce Yoder, Mary McKinley, 
Glenn McDavid, David Vavreck

(Staff) Julie Yoder, Marty Byers

Judy Byers, Betsy Bolton, Mia McDavid, Laurie Ford, Nick Nelson,
Mercedes Tuma-Hansen, Jonathan Palmer, Jaimie Zaugg


Minutes of the October Meeting were approved as corrected.

OLD BUSINESS
============
MANUAL REVISION: Maeve has the new manual on disk.

PAPER DOLLS: Still waiting for a report from the full committee.


REPORTS
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DANCE GUILD:  Still looking for a Wednesday site.  Betsy and Marty both
suggested possibilities.  The Guild will follow up on these leads.

SWORD GUILD:  Doing OK.  Needs a Winter Site.  Applying to use Corcoran on
Thursday nights.

FIBER GUILD: No report
MUSIC GUILD: No report

PUB NIGHT: Molly Quinn's is now closed on Tuesday.  So we need a new
site or a new night.  The membership responded with many suggestions,
and there was considerable discussion of these, including some broader
issues (St. Paul/Minneapolis, smoking policy, availability of
parking/access by Public Transit) The issue was referred back to Bruce.

TREASURER: A Treasurer's report was submitted and discussed.  A couple
checks have not yet been deposited.  We are still trying to get some
information from the previous Treasurer.

SECRETARY/COMMUNICATIONS: The Newsletter is going out in both electronic
and hard copy forms.  Another request for hard copy was noted.

QUARTERMASTER:  Welding repairs on the trailer are to be done in
December at Herb's place.

Tent Repairs:  Looking to have fabric repairs done professionally.
The Cook's Tent in particular needs work.  The Quartermaster will
meet with the Staff and determine the extent of the necessary work.  
We will get an estimate for the work from a local vendor (Harris).

There are also issues with tent poles.  All of the uprights for the
Cook's fly should be replaced, along with the ridge pole.

Pots and Lids:  We need to inventory these.

CAMP REP: No report
COMPANY REP: No report

HISTORIC SITE: Tactical next year will conflict with the Minnesota
Scottish Fair and Highland Games.  We have dealt with such schedule
conflicts in the past and should be able to manage this one.

STRALSUND:  Six people are definite, and two maybes.  The van will leave
Thursday morning and return late Monday.  The event was strongly
recommended by those who had been there in 2003.

FUTURE TRIPS:  Our next trip year will be 2007.  That year the
Quadricentennial of the founding of Jamestown will be celebrated.
Events are being scheduled for March through October.

UPCOMING EVENTS
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Jan. 1: First Footing -- New and old staff will work together for this.

St. Paul Winter Carnival Parades -- Looks OK.  Maeve is tracking this.

Annual Meeting (Feb. 4) -- Same day as Torchlight Parade above.  Board
Elections.  President, Vice President (see below), Treasurer, and Camp
Rep positions will be open.

NEW BUSINESS
============
David resigned as Treasurer.  Consideration of the By-Laws indicated
that an election was necessary if the position was to be filled.  Bruce
resigned as VP, ran for Treasurer, and was elected to serve until the
Annual Meeting on Feb. 4.

This left the position of VP vacant.  No nominations were made, so this
position will remain vacant until the Annual Meeting.

STAFF REORGANIZATION
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It was generally agreed that the Staff organization needed to change.
There was some question about whether the Bylaws permitted this at this
meeting, but the current staff positions are defined in the General
Regulations, not in the ByLaws themselves, so we were able to proceed.

The proposal Mary presented in recent Newsletters was taken as a
starting point, and three variants emerged during the discussion and
were put to a vote.  The New structure is

1) Chief of Staff
2) Captain and HCF (one of each)
3) Understaff -- the terms "Henchmen" and "Henchwomen" quickly emerged
for this level.  

We would eventually like staggered terms for the staff positions, but
for now these will all be filled for one year.  We may wish to alter
this organization in 2006.

It was noted that staff duties fell into two distinct categories:  Pre-
show planning and at-show execution.  Communication among the staff
members was seen as critical to the success of our shows.

STAFF ELECTIONS
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Rob Johnson was elected Chief of Staff
Marty Byers was elected Captain
Julie Yoder was elected HCF
Eric Ferguson, Maeve Kane, David Vavreck, Betsy Bolton, and Mia McDavid
were all willing to serve as understaff, and the newly elected Senior
Staff (Rob, Marty, and Julie) invited them all to serve,


OTHER BUSINESS
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Jaimie announced that he had a copy of Jeff Nordin's bonnet pattern.

Marty presented the Captain's Clann achievement award to Diana Steben,
with loud applause from all.

Jaimie passed on the happy news that Mark Hansen was doing very well
after just having gall bladder surgery

Next Board Meeting Monday, December 5, 7 PM at the Yoder's.  A Staff
meeting will follow immediately.






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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 Position vacant
Secretary Glenn McDavid 651-490-1842 gmcdavid@comcast.net
Treasurer Bruce Yoder 651-698-8375 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 Rob Johnson 612.702.4274  roguerpj@mn.rr.com
Head Campfollower Julie Yoder 651.698.8375 julieyoder@juno.com
Captain Marty Byers 651.483.1173 twolodge@yahoo.com
Henchman Eric Ferguson 612.726.6364 eric@celticfringe.net
Henchman David Vavreck 612-378-1973 baethan1630@yahoo.com
Henchwoman Mia McDavid 651-490-1842 mia_mcdavid@comcast.net 
Henchwoman Maeve Kane 952.461.4666 mollmccaine@aol.com 
Henchwoman Betsy Bolton 612-359-1089  basil80@hotmail.com 

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Guilds

Sword Guild:

I am now taking names of MEMBERS, who are interested in learning the period correct way to wield the blades we would have used. The methods will be totally Scottish and /or common to the Scottish Island.

But, first I need your name, mailing address, phone number and what type of sword you are interested in...and, do you have such a sword. When I have this information, we will set up a date and time to get together for our first exercise.

I hope to use some of what we learn in a skit or two during the coming years. The more blades we have to be used correctly the better we will be for the public.

So, get me this information soon and let's get started.

Sword Drill meets the THIRD Thursday of Every month, LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED. In January, it will be on the 19th.

Marty L. Byers
twolodge@yahoo.com
651-483-1173


Dance

1st & 3rd Wednesdays
Mpls Comm & Tech College
Dance practice is at the Helleand Building on the campus of Minneapolis Community and Technical College. The college address is 1501 S Hennepin Avenue but the Helleand building is near the corner of Spruce and Harmon Place. Dance location is on the 4th floor. 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 (651-730-5437 ) 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.

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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.

JANUARY 2006

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
1
Airing of the Tartans &
FIRST FOOTING 
2
Board Meeting
7PM @Bruce and Julie's  
3
 
4
Dance
@ MCTC 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8
STAFF MEETING @
YODER'S 
9
 
10
Dance @ St.Christophers 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15
 
16
 
17

 
18
Dance
@ MCTC  
19
Sword Drill
LOCATION TBA
Call Marty 651.483.1173
twolodge@yahoo.com
 
20
 
21
 
22
 
23
 
24
Dance @ St.Christophers 
25
 
26

 
27
 
28
Grande Day Parade
from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Call Julie Yoder @ 651.698.8375
details on where to meet.
 
29
 
30
 
31
 

 

CLANN TARTAN SCHEDULE
FOR JANUARY 2006

Date

Event

Status

January 1

First Footing

Scheduled

January 2

Board meeting—Yoder’s

Scheduled

January 4

Dance Practice—MCTC

Scheduled

January 8

Staff Meeting—Yoder’s

Scheduled

January 10

Dance Practice—St. Christopher’s

Scheduled

January 18

Dance Practice—MCTC

Scheduled

January 24

Dance Practice—St. Christopher’s

Scheduled

January 28

Winter Carnival Grande Day Parade

Scheduled

FEBRUARY 2006

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
  1
 
2
 
3
 
4
Annual Meeting/Board Elections
Corcoran Park Hall
Minneapolis

Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Call your staff for details
on where to meet.
 
5
 
6
 
7
Dance 
8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
13
 
14

 
15
 
16
Sword Drill
LOCATION TBA
Call Marty 651.483.1173
twolodge@yahoo.com
 
17
 
18
 
Scottish Ramble Minnesota Landmark Center
Saint Paul, MN
19
 
Scottish Ramble Minnesota Landmark Center
Saint Paul, MN
20
 
21
Dance 
22
 
23

 
24
 
25
CAMP DRILL
10AM to 4PM
Please call a staff
member for location 
26
 
27
 
28
 

 

Event Schedule for the 2006 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 weather 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,
Rob Johnson.

DATE EVENT STATUS
1/1/2006 Airing of the Tartans
1st Footing
Scheduled
1/28/2006 Grand Day Parade Scheduled
2/4/2006 Torchlight Parade Scheduled
2/18-19/2006 Scottish Ramble Scheduled
4/28-30/2006 Charles City Military History Days http://hometown.aol.com/daveww2/CHARLESCITYclub.html Pending
6/3-5/2006 Wisconsin Renaissance Fair (This fair runs all weekends in June) www.wirenfaire.com Tentative
6/10-12/2006 Wisconsin Renaissance Fair (This fair runs all weekends in June) www.wirenfaire.com Tentative
6/10-11/2006 Olde World Renaissance Faire (Twig) http://www.owrenaissancefaire.com/ Pending
6/17-19/2006 Wisconsin Renaissance Fair (This fair runs all weekends in June) www.wirenfaire.com Tentative
6/24-26/2006 Wisconsin Renaissance Fair (This fair runs all weekends in June) www.wirenfaire.com Tentative
7/15/2006 MN Scottish Fair and Highland Games http://www.mnscottishfair.org/ Scheduled
7/15/2005 Dun Gowan Tactical www.dungowan.com Tentative
8/5-6/2005 Deer River Rendezvous www.whiteoak.org Pending
8/19/2006-10/1/2006 MN Renaissance Festival (This fair runs weekends typically we only do one of them) Tentative
8/2-4/2006 Wisconsin Scottish Highland Games http://www.wisconsinscottish.org/ Tentative
10/5-6/2006 Big Island Rendezvous (education days) Pending
10/7-8/2006 Big Island Rendezvous (public days) Pending
10/12-14/2006 Mankato History Fest Pending
10/17-22/2006 Big Muddy River Rendezvous Pending

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Maps

 
Map to Board Meetings
Bruce and Julie Yoder's Home
 
Map to St. Paul location St. Christopher's- Dance
Map to Board/Quarterly/Annual Meetings
Corcoran Park, Minneapolis 
Map to the Mpls Comm & Tech College
1st & 3rd Wednesdays dance location
Helleand Building

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Event Maps and Notification

Augsburg Park- Airing of the Tartans, January 1st, 2006

NOON–1:00 Airing of the Tartan and Drills
Augsburg Park 70th and Nicollet - Richfield, MN

From the North, take the Portland Ave exit south from Crosstown/ Hwy62 to 70th. Turn right and go to Nicollet Ave.

From the South, take the Nicollet Ave exit North from 494 about 1/2 mile to 70th St

FIRST FOOTING NOTICE
1:00 Appetizers at Mary McKinley's
651-699-6853
1363 Jefferson Ave St Paul
From Augsburg Park
Go out to Nicollet Ave. Turn Right (South)
South on Nicollet to 494 E
494 E to Hwy 5/St. Paul exit
Hwy 5 to the Edgcumbe Rd exit
Follw Edgcumbe Rd to the top of a hill at which you'd take the left fork
which is Fairview Ave.
Follow Fairview to Jefferson Ave
Take Right on Jefferson(East) and follow one mile to Mary's
House is on Left(North) side.
3:00 Soups at Cate Hesser's
(651)917-2327
1239 Charles Ave - Saint Paul, MN
From Mary's
Go East to Hamline Ave. Take Hamline Left(North) To Charles Ave
Turn Right on Charles Ave
Go 1 and 1/2 Blocks and the house is on the Left(North) side of Charles Ave.
5:00 Main course at McDavids'
651-490-1842
340 Brooks Ave West, Roseville
From Cate's
Head East on Charles to Dale St. Then
Go north on Dale (left) to County Rd. B2.
Go East on B2 to Western.
Go north (left)again on Western to Brooks, which is 2 blocks down. The street sign may be obscured by a tree branch, but have faith!
Turn right on Brooks. 340 is about one block in, on the right. There are large white numbers on the garage.
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OR
Take Highway 36 East to Dale St. in Roseville.
Go north on Dale to County Rd. B2.
Go east on B2 to Western.
Go north again on Western to Brooks, which is 2 blocks down. The street sign may be obscured by a tree branch, but have faith!
Turn right on Brooks. 340 is about one block in, on the right. There are large white numbers on the garage.
7:00 Desserts at Byers'.
651-483-1173
2821 Churchill St, Roseville
From Mia and Glenn's
Take Western Ave N to Co Rd. C
Left to Lexington Ave
Right on Lexington to Woodhill Ave.
Right on Woodhill, take 1st Left which is Churchill St.
House will be on the left (west) side when you're facing North.
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Or
Hwy 36 to Lexington Ave
At bottom of ramp, take Left if coming from West, Right if coming from East (go North)
Follow Lexington North to Woodhill Ave, and Make Right (East)
Right on Woodhill, take 1st Left which is Churchill St. (North)
House will be on the left (west) side when you're facing North.

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Grande Day Parade - St. Paul, MN
Saturday, Jan 28 2006
1.30 pm

Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade - St. Paul, MN
Saturday, Feb 4 2006
6.00pm

Call Julie Yoder for details on where to meet.

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