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Announcements

Tartan Day!!!

Every year we join with the Minnesota Coalition of Scottish Clans to celebrate our Scottish heritage. We march in the parade and fire a musket salute.

Tartan Day is being held Saturday April 4. We will gather at 2:30 at the foot of the capitol mall and march up to the capitol steps for a program starting at 3:00. The inclement weather backup plan is to gather in the rotunda. We will be firing our muskets as part of the program, though not in the rotunda.

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2009 Muster

ALL members are invited to Jack McGowan's place in Mankato for Col. Gaffney's Muster. This will be the weekend of April 24-26, the same time that the late lamented Charles City event would have happened. Besides camping privileges, Jack has given us the use of his wonderful log house, so we will have a warming-up and drying-off place, no matter the weather. This will be way better than last time!

We have NEW THINGS to teach and learn. Knitting! Hail shot! Cursing! EVERYONE can benefit from this weekend.

We will set up on Friday, grab some supper in town, then begin teaching at 7:00 PM on Fri; if you can't come for setup, try to arrive by them. We have a busy weekend full of activities. We want to shoot off, and teach, every kind of ordnance we own. We want to teach a list of stock Gaelic phrases; greetings, please, thankyou, curses, etc. Since everyone was used to knit, we will teach knitting!

If you want to muster in Being in Charge of a Meal (level 3, I think?), please let Julie Yoder know (julieyoder@juno.com) so she can leave the planning and shopping for that meal to you! If you feel insecure, you can talk with either Julie or Mia (mia_mcdavid@comcast.net) about how to do this. Remember to save receipts so the Col. can pay you for the groceries!

Mark your calendars!

Yours in service,

Mia

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Road Trip

Clann has an on-again, off-again tradition of biennial major trips. Two years ago, the planned trip to Philadelphia got cancelled. But four years ago, ten members went to Philadelphia for a Seige of Stralsund reenactment. They participated with many other groups from up and down the east coast. The event was staged in Fort Mifflin, a French and Indian era fort that is walled similarly to a 17th c European town. The participants also took in some sightseeing in historic Philadelphia. In prior years the group has gone to Maryland and Virginia for other battle reenactments.

One proposal for a future trip was to head south to meet with a group from Texas. Lisa Gillstrom McCanna has the details on the Texas group. This is only one possibility, if you know of other likely events that should be considered, please get the details, including dates and location to staff. staff@clanntartan.org Staff needs to get any proposals so they can decide on feasibility and worth before bringing it to the board. The board then needs to decide on the financial aspect. Please get any ideas to staff as soon as possible, be sure to include as much pertinent information as is available.

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Discover the Manual

A lot of valuable information is in the current Clann Tartan Manual.

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GAFFNEY'S SUTLER SEEKS WARES

Our sutler, Heidi Viar, is looking for items made by members to sell at her table. We hope that, by offering a variety of interesting wares, we can encourage the public to stop, peruse, and purchase. If you are interesting in selling your spinning, knit caps or stockings, beadwork, bonework, woodwork, we will display them, watch them, accept money for them, and accept a 10% cut for Clann.

You can either bring your goods to Heidi at events, or entrust them to her beforehand. We ask that items be small and not terribly fragile if Heidi is to transport them.

Thank you for your support of Clann Tartan.

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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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Board Minutes

Clann Tartan Board and Annual Membership Meeting, February 7, 2009

Board Members Present: Julie Yoder, Bruce Yoder, Glenn McDavid, Cate Hesser, Sean McCanna, Betsy Bolton

Staff Present: Mia McDavid, Margaret Kirkpatrick, David Vavreck, Laura Swenson, Lisa Gillstrom McCanna, Mike Eastling, Bryce Eno, Anthea Cross

Other members present: Sarah Shaftman, Heidi Johnson, Laurine Ford, Mary McKinley, Rich Mueller, Faith Eastling, Karen Bastien, Mark Hansen

Minutes of the January Board meeting accepted as amended.

Reports

VP: Absent.

Secretary:Nothing new.

Treasurer: Presented report for the 10 months of the fiscal year ending January 31. The year-to-date deficit is $789. We had a budgeted $1400 deficit for the entire fis abocal year, so we are doing much better than planned. Our total cash on hand is about $7600.

Quartermaster: We have the new tire for the trailer. Sean will get it mounted when the weather warms up. Bruce suggested that since we now have a spare tire for the trailer, we should make sure we have a suitable jack. This is clearly a good idea and we will look for a cheap one.

Camp and Company Reps: Nothing to report.

Music Guild: Thanks to Laura for printing the broadsides and to David for bringing his guitar. The guild is going well, but it needs more men. This is a Clann-wide problem.

Dance Guild: Going well. Needs more men (see above).

Fiber Guild: We have an arisaid for waulking at the 2009 MSF&HG. Mia has received a request to weave another one to be waulked in 2010. She is reading an excellent book on spinning and will write a review for the newsletter.

Sword Guild: Looking at singlesticks for training. They are in the proposed budget. Sites and dates for meetings are still TBD.

Historic Site: Under snow, obviously. Plans for the 1st house have been prepared. Laura will contact Don about scheduling work weekends for 2009. Laura has pictures from the plans and will write an article about them for the newsletter. David gave some background about the site for the newer members.

Garden guild: Laurie Ford is growing things. She will need help at harvest time.

Upcoming events

Scottish Ramble: Feb. 14-15. Plans are set. We will have about 30 people on each day. .

Albert Lea Fair: Also Feb. 14-15. The McCannas will be there with the Baldwin boys. Also John Debnam. Don Newsome will also be there and will deliver the bucket we ordered. He will be expecting a check.

Moorhead: March 14. Indoor event. Members will need to find local lodging. We will be getting coupons for lunch. This was a good show last year. We were appreciated.

Charles City: Late April. No information yet, even about whether the show will happen.

Woodville: Friday, May 1 (school day) is definite. Saturday, May 2, is uncertain. There is an issue about facilities being available. This is becoming something of a tradition at the school.

Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games: Saturday, May 9. Setup Friday night. We will be further away from the bagpipes this year.

Old Business

Dispute Resolution Process: The proposal as described in recent newsletters was presented. After some discussion a motion was presented that any such issue can be dealt with by the existing mechanisms in the bylaws: If someone has a problem they should go to the Camp and/or Company Reps. If the issue is not settled there the Board will get involved. No additional legislation is needed. This motion was carried with one abstention.

New Business

Publicity: Lisa suggested that we get listed in the Highlander. It is free. We will do it. Lisa will take care of it.

Budget: Bruce presented the proposed budget. There are some shows which we are not sure we can count on. The proposal includes revenue from Aberdeen but not from Hudson or the MN Ren Faire.

There was some discussion of the need to have adequate attendance at shows which we have contracted, with particular reference to White Oak last year. We need to make every effort, including contacting members individually, to get people for shows. Only after such effort has failed to yield the necessary 6 members will we cancel. We need to make sure all members are aware of our obligations at every show.

The membership voted to increase the budgeted garage expense from $600 to $1200.

The necessity of the budgeted expenditure for a new trooper tent to replace an existing worn tent was challenged. After discussion, the members voted to retain the item in the budget.

The proposed budget was approved with the change to the garage expense as noted above.

Board Elections: These four members were all elected by acclamation to terms ending in Feb 2011.

Membership dues: Bruce announced that he is collecting dues for the new fiscal year.

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STAFF MINUTES


Date:  March 2 2009
Location:  McDavid's house
Attending:  Anthea, Margaret, Betsy, Annie, David, Mia, Mike, Julie

Newsletter --  We need to get necessary articles written, and get them in
the newsletter in a timely manner.  Articles needed every month are as
follows: upcoming shows (Julie), drill (Betsy), next members meeting
(Julie).  Article needed in March or April and in September is "What is
Expected of Members at Shows" which Mia will write and see that it gets
in at the appropriate times.

Bowls, etc. -- we're OK now, thanks to Laura.

Calling cards -- we need to get the new website's address on them..
Anthea will contact John about the website to make sure it will have the
same address  Then Mike will have cards made.

Events -- Moorhead -- what Clann equipment do we need?  A pike or two
would be nice, a musket, and the little men.  Contact Sean about the
weapons.  Julie will bring the little men.

Tartan Day -- will need muskets

Woodville -- Laura was to work on publicity and Scout troops,
Lisa on the potty situation.  Julie will check with them.

Muster -- Date confirmed with Jack for his place, April 25-26.
Muster committee will meet next week.  Mia will write an email and
newsletter article.

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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 Julie Yoder 612-825-4519 julieyoder@juno.com 2/08-2/10
Vice President Mike Eastling 763-439-9084 & 763-218-0556 Kentairi@gmail.com 2-09 thru 2-11 
Secretary Heidi Johnson 612-600-4768  kassia1213@yahoo.com  2-09 thru 2-11 
Treasurer Bruce Yoder 612-825-4519 bruceyoder@juno.com 2/08 - 2/10
Quarter Master David Vavreck 612.378.1973 baethan1630@yahoo.com 2-09 thru 2-11 
Camp Rep. Betsy Bolton 612-619-6406 basil80@hotmail.com 2/08-2/10
Company Rep. Anthea Cross 763-257-7038   2-09 thru 2-11 

Staff

Chief of Staff Mia McDavid 651-490-1842 mia_mcdavid@comcast.net   
Assistant Chief of Staff Lisa Gilstrom 612-986-8511 anstice_demalkuth@yahoo.com  
Captain Betsy Bolton 612-619-6406 basil80@hotmail.com   
Lieutenant Sean McCanna 952-926-1279 macbaird@lycos.com  
Corporal David Vavreck 612.378.1973 baethan1630@yahoo.com  
Corporal Bryce Eno (715)410-5347 riescenu-golanodel@Hotmail.com  
Corporal Mike Eastling 763-439-9084 & 763-218-0556 Kentairi@gmail.com  
Head Camp Follower Julie Yoder 612-825-4519 julieyoder@juno.com  
Assistant HCF Laura Swenson 715-684-4221 mommyco@baldwin-telecom.net  
Goodwife Ann Peters 612-333-0605 & 612-339-3076 AnnEdyth@aol.com  
Goodwife Margaret Kirkpatrick 612-722-6485 mlkirkpatric@earthlink.net  
Goodwife Anthea Cross 763-257-7038    

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Guilds

Sword Guild:

Meeting and time TBA

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



Music

We will sing and play music of many styles and places from our period. Bring your voice and/or your instrument(s). Neither need be period correct.

The Yoders have graciously offered to host music once a month. We will meet at their house at 4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis, from 7 - 9pm the 4th Monday of each month.

To contact the Yoders, call 612-825-4519 or email to Julieyoder@juno.com.

To contact your Music Chair, call David at 612-378-1973 or email to baethan1630@yahoo.com

Thanks, and I look forward to making some noise with y'all!

David

We have a yahoo groups email list for the guild that we use for reminders about the meetings and topical discussions. If you want to be on the email list, request an invitation to join from Bruce at bruceyoder@juno.com.

Dance

1st & 3rd Wednesdays
Dance will meet at Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Center, 2701 E 44th St Minneapolis.

It is at the corner of 27th Av S and E 44th Street. Both streets are one way. That block of 44th between 28th and 27th Avenues is one way westbound and that block of 27th Av between 44th and 43rd Streets is one way northbound. You must enter turning west onto 44th St from 28th Av and exit from 27th Av onto 43rd St.

Questions? call Mary at 651-699-6853 or Julie at 612-825-4519

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 612-825-4519

It's a great place to meet people!

We have a yahoo groups email list for the guild that we use for reminders about the meetings and topical discussions. If you want to be on the email list, request an invitation to join from Bruce at bruceyoder@juno.com.

Fiber Guild

Those who would like instruction, inspiration, or just to come out and play are welcome at the Jen McDermotts' on the Second Sunday of the month at 2:00 PM, provided there is no conflict with other Clann events. Call Jen (651-238-5427 ), Diana Steben (651-489-2881), and Mia McDavid (651-490-1842) for more information about Fiber Guild activities, including wool spinning, weaving, and dying. Cloth, clothing and sewing as well as things like tatting, lace, knitting and embroidery will also be discussed and worked on. Feel free to bring your projects!
Please RSVP 24 hours or more in advance, to allow for planning, thanks!

Historic Site

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

Please join us for our April Drill (third Saturday of every month) at a one-time location of Muster! Please see the Muster announcement in this month's newsletter for directions, or contact your staff with questions.

Drill will be held at the Fort Snelling location that Mr. Mike Eastling has requested for us, starting promptly at 12:05 pm and continuing for 1.5 hours on the fourth Saturday of the month. If you have not been able to make a drill yet, please endeavor to do so, as practice makes us all better--especially your Captain.

After this we drive back to the Yoders' to work on costume, character, history, leather work, or whatever else needs doing. Tea, hot chocolate, good company and shared skills. Drill will conclude at 4:00.

How to find the Millitary Drill Location:

Address: 6400 Bloomington road St Paul MN 55111-4002.

From the north, take 35E south to 110 west, merging onto 55 and taking the exit for Bloomington road (keep to right lane and you'll hit it easy enough) there's a stop sign at the end of the exit, the historic site straight take a right at the stop sign, golf course will be to the left as you go to the last building on the right.

From the west, take 494 (or 62, depending on preference) from 494 keep to the right following the signs for Bloomington road, keep to the right following 5, and you'll reach the same exit as from 110 to Bloomington road. Google Maps is one way to get very good, accurate directions.

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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.

APRIL 2009

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

 
1
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
2
 
3
 
4
Tartan day State Capitol
Grounds
St. Paul MN 
5
 
6
Staff meeting
Glenn & Mia's 
7
 
8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
Easter, NO fiber guild 
13
 
14
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
15
 
16
 
17
Night at the Pub 
18
 
19
 
20
 
21
Board Meeting
7:00 at Yoders 
22
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
23
 
24
Jack McGowan's Mankato
Col. Gaffney's Muster 
25
Jack McGowan's Mankato
Col. Gaffney's Muster 
26
Jack McGowan's Mankato
Col. Gaffney's Muster 
27
Music
7PM @
Yoder's home 
28
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
29
 
30
 

 

MAY 2009

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

 
1
Siege of Woodville 
2
Siege of Woodville 
3
 
4
Staff meeting
Glenn & Mia's 
5
 
6
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
7
 
8
 
9
MN Scottish Fair and HG
http://www.mnscottishfair.org/
 
10
Fiber guild 
11
 
12
Dance
Saint Christopher's
 
13
 
14
 
15
Night at the Pub 
16
 
17
 
18
 
19
BOARD MEETING
7PM @ Yoder's Home 
20
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
21
 
22
 
23
Drill 
24
 
25
Music
7PM Yoder's Home 
26
Dance
Saint Christopher's
 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30
 
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Event Schedule:

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 the Contracts Administrator 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 whether 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,
Lisa Gillstrom McCanna

DATE EVENT STATUS
1/1/2009 Airing of the Tartans
1st Footing
Finished
2/14-15/2009 Albert Lea Historical Faire Finished
2/14-15/2009 A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/ Finished
3/14/2009 Fargo Parks Celtic Festival, Moorhead MN Finished
April 4th 2009 Tartan Day, MN State Capitol, St. Paul Scheduled
April or May 2009 Charles City Military Hist. Days Cancelled
May 1-2 2009 Siege of Woodville Scheduled
May 9 2009 MN Scottish Fair and HG - http://www.mnscottishfair.org/ Scheduled
June 13-14 2009 Olde World Renaissance Faire (Twig) http://www.owrenaissancefaire.com/ Tentative
8/7-9 2009 White Oak Rendezvous, Deer River MN Tentative
8/15-16 2009 Perham Heritage Festival, Perham MN Tentative
9/12 2009 Scottish Day at Hudson Presbyterian Church Tentative
9/19-20 2009 Northeast South Dakota Celtic Fair, Aberdeen SD Tentative
10/1-4 2009 Big Island Rendezvous, Albert Lea MN Tentative
10/8-10 2009 Mankato History Fair, Mankato MN Tentative

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Maps

1st and 3rd Wednesday Dance
Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Center
2701 E 44th St., Minneapolis
Map to St. Paul location St. Christopher's- Dance
 
Map to Bruce and Julie Yoder's Home
Music and Board & Staff Meetings

4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis
Map to Glenn & Mia's home
Hosts for staff meetings

340 Brooks Ave Roseville, MN 
 
Jen McDermott
Host for Fiber Guild

1638 Arlington Ave Saint Paul, MN 55106 

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Event Maps and Notification

MAP TO MUSTER APRIL 24-26 2009

Hwy 169 into Mankato;
Left at the Hillcrest Health Care Center ( if you go past the flashing lights at Co Road 68 you've gone too far);
Left onto Shamrock Lane(Hawkeye Lane);
follow this to it's end (Jack McGowan's on the map)

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SIEGE OF WOODVILLE, Woodville WI May 1-2 2009

The address is Viking Middle School: 500 Southside Dr Woodville, WI 54028

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Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games - Dakota County fairgrounds, Farmington, MN, May 9, 2009

Mark your calendars! Saturday, May 9, Clann will be participating in the Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games. Here's the website: http://www.mnscottishfair.org/.
We can camp Friday and Saturday nights, although the fair is at the Dakota County fairgrounds in Farmington, only about a half-hour drive from the center of the cities, so it's also very easy to day-trip. There are flush toilets and showers on the grounds and lots of free parking. This was a really great event last year, and this year promises to be even better!

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