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FROM THE PRESIDENT

After about eighteen months of asking how to make Clann better, what people want, and where we’re going, I finally had some good, coherent thoughts and ideas presented to me. We all agree that we want to continue with teaching the historical aspects and having fun while doing so, but what frequently gets overlooked or forgotten is that we are now a small group – smaller than we have been in a very long time. We are also a volunteer group – none of us get paid. We also don’t have too many long time, experienced members that haven’t been burned out by being the only ones to step forward to cover Board and Staff positions.

It’s time to look at some changes to the system to prevent or reduce burnout, get more members involved, especially the new folk, and get back to having fun and imparting our knowledge.

One change that has been brought up more than once and by more than one person is to put less emphasis on the military. Deer River will have approximately 3 men going, and maybe 5 women. (I’m writing this before it takes place, and as we all know, numbers change.) With this spread, we can’t do effective military drills, even with the women (Thanks Maeve!) who are willing to dress and act as men. We do have an active camp life with spinners, lace makers, knitters, weavers, cooks, etc. We also have men (Thanks David!) who have a wonderful craft demo. So perhaps it’s time we rethought our military demos and drills and replaced them "domestic" demos.

Another change involves the structure of Clann Tartan as an organization. Since I joined about 10 years ago, there has been a division between Camp and Company. Sometimes the two groups have worked well together; sometimes they have never spoken to each other. Given our size, it may be time to do away with the division and unify staff.

What has been presented is to eliminate the Camp and Company divisions and simply have "Staff". These positions would be elected, as they are now. There would be a "Chief of Staff" and 3 other "Understaff" positions. The terms would run for two years, with staggered election dates so there is never a complete turnover of staff from year to year. The Staff would be responsible for coordinating with the Contractor in planning events, including but not limited to food, equipment, and transport of food and equipment to events. They would appoint a "Captain" and "Head Campfollower" for each event to run that portion of the events, to make sure that we are all fed, housed, and meet our contractual obligations.

The Board must review their performance upon complaint from other members of the staff, board or other members, and the Board can remove them from office for nonperformance, and appoint replacements between elections if someone is removed or resigns.

We will discuss these at the November Quarterly meetings and elections, and if the membership finds the change favorable we will vote for Staff in November. We will also be discussing the change in Clann direction.

One item that may have slipped by people if you don’t read the minutes – this current board has decided that to vote on any issues or positions, all you need to do is SHOW UP at the quarterly and annual meetings and be recognized by a staff and board member, and be current in your dues. If you don’t vote, you have no say in the decision.

We can’t do this without all of our members. Please show up for the discussion and vote in November.

If you have any questions or comments on these issues, please feel free to send them to me at Mairi2@juno.com
Mary McKinley
1363 Jefferson Ave
St Paul, MN 55105-2410

Thank you!

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STAFF ELECTIONS - NOMINEES WANTED

We will be electing new staff at the November meeting, either with the current positions (Captain/Lieutenant/Corporals/HCF/AHCF/ Goodwives) or the proposed new positions (Chief of Staff/Understaff--see above). A member may be nominated for either or both. Please contact any Board Member with your nominations.

The vote on the reorganization of Staff will take place before the election of new Staff.

Due to due to the nature of this election and the discussion, that absentee ballots will NOT be accepted - if you want to discuss and vote on this, you will need to attend the meeting. Also, a reminder that to vote, you need to be recognized by a staff and board member. That's all - no active/supporting division.

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MANUAL REVISION

This is a reminder that for articles to be included in the new and revised members' manual, they need to be sent to me either at mkane@macalester.edu or at 26586 Woodcrest Circle Elko MN 55020. Articles can be of any length and should list all sources used. Some of the topics which can be covered by articles include womens' issues, Scottish homes and home life, trades, the place of religion and ministers in Scotland and Scottish military life, contemporary descriptions of Scottish life, and our pike drill.

Maeve Kane
mkane@macalester.edu
26586 Woodcrest Circle
Elko MN 55020

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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 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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Board Minutes

Minutes of Clann Tartan Board Meeting
September 12, 2005

In attendance:  (Board) Sean McCanna, Bruce Yoder, Mary McKinley, 
Diana Steben, Glenn McDavid, Herb Lindorff

(Staff) Julie Yoder, Marty Byers, Eric Ferguson 

Hellen Ferguson

Minutes of the August Meeting were approved.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Big Island -- 9/28 - 10/2 -- Format for Demos is still not clear

Mankato -- Seems OK, but no contract yet.

Winona -- Same.

Stralsund -- No deposits yet.  Herb's Bus (see July and August
minutes-http://www.clanntartan.org/newsletter/clannnewsletter-september2005.html#board July, & 
http://www.clanntartan.org/newsletter/clannnewsletter-october2005.html#board August.) 
is unlikely to be ready in time, and probably would not be cost
effective anyway.  Bruce said this is a really great event.  However, we
have no commitments to go so far.  The Stralsund trip was tabled until
we get more information. 

VP REPORT
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Annual Report for the Secretary of State filed, using the old trailer
address (see August minutes). -http://www.clanntartan.org/newsletter/clannnewsletter-october2005.html#board 
If this works, we will file a change of address form to bring us up to date.

TREASURER
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No report.  The Treasurer was not present.  Bruce checked the Web Site
and found that 4 membership payments (2 checks, 2 cash)  had not been
deposited.  The members have been added to the roster--the problem is
simply with the deposits.

There was considerable concern about the absence of a Treasurer's
report.  Bruce will follow up with David.

QUARTERMASTER
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Tabs are on the trailer.  No welding has been done because there was no
electricity in the garage.  Extension cords are not an option because of
the high power load.

The Bus probably will not be ready in time for Stralsund (see above).

CAMP REP
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Camp Drill on Saturday, September 24.  Marty will be taking the trailer
down to Big Island for setup the same day, so members have a choice of
activities.

COMPANY REP
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Sean had received a serious complaint after Tactical.  He has talked
with and e-mailed those involved.  He reported on his findings.

The initial complaint used some very strong words.  Some of the facts
are still in question.

Sean found that some mistakes were made, but they were honest and
sincere.  There was no malice.

One practical suggestion is that the Clann powder be moved from the
Ferguson residence to a more accessible location.  This was agreeable to
everybody, including the Fergusons.

The Company Rep believes that other problems can be solved using
existing protocols.  In particular the Chain of Command should be
followed, so Company issues should go to Marty.  Staff needs to organize
and communicate better.

Those named in the Report have accepted Sean's findings.  He still needs
to communicate them to those who filed it.

The Board accepted Sean's report and thanked him for his handling of a
difficult situation.  The sense of the Board is that while there were
some real issues, the language of the report was inappropriate and that
an apology is due to those accused in it.

GUILDS
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DRUM - No report

DANCE - We have lost our Wednesday site and are looking for an
alternative.  There are a couple possibilities in Minneapolis.  Marty
suggested the Roseville VFW Hall (He is a member).  Bruce feels that
having two sites, and meeting on different days, provides more options
for members and gives us a cushion for precisely the current case of
losing a location suddenly.

FIBER - Camp Drill on Sept. 24

HISTORIC SITE - Tactical next year (2006) will be the same weekend as
the Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games.

MUSIC - No report.

SWORD - August meeting went well.

OTHER REPORTS
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COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE - We have lost the use of the Paypal account,
but it was no longer being used for memberships and we were able to
rescue the records.  Eric suggested that it would be good to open
another account.  Glenn agreed in principle, but thought it should wait
until we are confident it can be managed correctly.  No action was
taken.

PRESIDENT - Received a letter from Michael McKenzie, who had some 
comments and suggestions on how things were done.  She has replied to
him.

MANUAL REVISION - Running slow.

PAPER DOLLS - No report, no committee members present.  No reply has
been received to the question about printing costs raised last month.

Meeting Adjourned at 8 PM.


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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 David Vavreck 612-378-1973 baethan1630@yahoo.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

Captain Marty Byers 651.483.1173 mjlbyers@msn.com
Lieutenant Eric Ferguson 612.726.6364 eric@celticfringe.net
Head Campfollower Rob Johnson 612.702.4274  roguerpj@mn.rr.com
Assistant Head Campfollower Julie Yoder 651.698.8375 julieyoder@juno.com
Goodwife Judy Byers 651.483.1173 mjlbyers@msn.com
Goodwife Maeve Kane 952.461.4666  

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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, at the home of Marty and Judy Byers. In November, it will be on the 17th.

Marty L. Byers
651-483-1173


Dance

1st & 3rd Wednesdays
DANCE FOR WEDNESDAYS IS LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME. PLEASE NOTIFY JULIE OR MARY IF YOU HAVE ANY LEADS. TBA, Contact the Dancemistress' 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.

NOVEMBER 2005

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

 
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2
 
3  4
 
5
Board /Quarterly
Meeting and Elections

12NOON
Corcoran Park Hall 
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7
 
8
Dance 
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10
 
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12
 
13
 
14
 
15

 
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17
Sword Drill at
Marty and Judy's
651.483.1173
mjlbyers@msn.com
Siege of Stralsund  
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Siege of Stralsund 
19
Siege of Stralsund 
20
Siege of Stralsund 
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22
Dance 
23
 
24

 
25
 
26
CAMP DRILL
10AM to 4PM
Please call a staff
member for location 
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28
 
29
 
30
 
 

DECEMBER 2005

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

 
1  2
 
3
 
4
 
5
Board Meeting
7PM @Bruce and Julie's  
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8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
13
Dance
 
14
 
15
Sword Drill at
Marty and Judy's
651.483.1173
mjlbyers@msn.com
 
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17
 
18
 
19
 
20
Night at the Pub
TBA for location 
21
 
22

 
23
 
24
CAMP DRILL
10AM to 4PM
Please call a staff
member for location 
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27
Dance 
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29
 
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Upcoming Events:

Siege of Stralsund--November 17-20--Philadelphia PA

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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 

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