Welcome to the Online Clann Tartan Newsletter for February 2014

Board Minutes Board & Staff Directory Guilds
Calendar of Events Maps Announcements
 Event Schedule Event Maps and Notification


Annual Meeting/Board Election Results;

Good friends,

Congratulations to Elizabeth Erickson on her election to Camp Rep--welcome to the Board! Additionally, congratulations to Marty Byers and Bruce Yoder on their successful re-election campaigns! We are still in search of a Head Camp Follower. As of now, the position will be filled on a per event basis. If you are interested in filling this role (either at an event or as the HCF for the run of the season) please let the staff know.

Thank you very much,

Betsy Bolton
Board Secretary


Reasonably priced, accurate 17th century shoes, boots, and other leather items, are available from member Pegeen Rozeske. 218-491-5036

Want to quit smoking? Lose weight? Sleep better? Deal with other issues? Your good Auntie/Cousin Mairi has opened her hypnotism clinic! For more information or to schedule a session, contact me at Mairi2 at juno dot com, or via cell at 651-307-2977.

I look forward to working with you!

Mary McKinley


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 at 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 may be broken in multiple parts.

Deadline for articles to go in the March newsletter will be February 15.

Board Minutes

Board Meeting, December 17, 2013

Board Meeting: December 17, 2013

In attendance: President: Marty Byers, Vice President: Karen Bastien, Treasurer: Bruce Yoder, Secretary: Betsy Bolton, Quartermaster: Mike McCarty, Company Rep: David Vavreck. 

I)  Minutes: There was no November meeting.
II) Reports:
	a) Vice President: No report.
	b) Treasurer: Gave financial report. There was no income in November. In December, outstanding income was deposited. 
	c) Secretary: We have transitioned to a different newsletter team.
	d) Quartermaster: Requested what equipment was needed for first footing.  
	e) Camp Rep: Position vacant. 
	f) Company Rep: The issue from Big Island resolved itself.
	g) Contracts: Dates were provided for events. 

III) Guild Reports:
	a) Music: No meeting in December. They expect an increase in membership attendance in January.
	b) Dance: No dance on December 24, but practice has occurred for the last 3 biweekly scheduled meetings. 
	c) Fiber: Nothing to report
	d) Sword: No report
	e) Historic Site: Nothing to report--except for lots of snow.
IV) Events:
	a) Big Island Trade Fair: February 8 and 9.
	b) Scottish Ramble: February 16.
c) Fargo-Moorehead:
d) Tartan Day: early April
e) Siege of Woodville: May--potentially May 23 or 30. Board preference is May 30.
f) Scottish Fair & Highland Games: July 12. May be closer in 2014.
g) Ft. William: in July. Jason was contacted but was out for extended vacation. 
h) Big Island: Oct 2-5.
i) Mankato: Oct 8-11.
j) Other shows: MN Irish Fair to pursue. Bagpipes and Bonfires to pursue. Aberdeen to pursue--or ask Staff about interest levels? Perham--has this become a shooting-only event?

V) Old Business:
	a) Members’ Meeting: February 1 at 11 am. The HCF situation will be raised again.

VI) New Business:
	a) Who is up for election in February? President, Treasurer, Camp Rep. Marty and Bruce are both running again.
	b) We received a thank you card from Pegeen--this should be noted in the January newsletter.

Next Meeting: January 21, 2014 at 7 pm

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 at clanntartan dot org

Board Members

President Marty Byers 651-261-5815 orthodoxdruid at gmail dot com 2/12 - 2/14
Vice President Karen Bastien 651-399-3505 kybastien at gmail dot com 2/13 - 2/15
Secretary Betsy Bolton 612-619-6406 basil80 at hotmail dot com 2/13 - 2/15
Treasurer Bruce Yoder 612-825-4519 bruceyoder at juno dot com 2/12 - 2/14
Quartermaster Mike McCarty 651-497-5324 mccartym149 at gmail dot com 2/13 - 2/15
Camp Rep. Elizabeth Erickson 651-437-2262 elizabeth dot erickson at icloud dot com 2/14 - 2/16
Company Rep. David Vavreck 612-353-1237 baethan1630 at yahoo dot com  2/13 - 2/15

Board meetings are currently held at:

737 Pelham Boulevard
St Paul, MN 55114

The doors lock at 7 pm on Tuesdays so members who are interested in attending the meeting should contact Karen Bastien. 


Chief of Staff Sarah Shaftman  612-371-4425  smuzikant at visi dot com   
Assistant Chief of Staff vacant      
Captain Marty Byers 651-261-5815 orthodoxdruid at gmail dot com  
Lieutenant Rich Mueller 651-583-4264   dragon_musk at yahoo dot com   
Corporal David Vavreck 612-353-1237 baethan1630 at yahoo dot com   
Head Camp Follower vacant  
Assistant HCF vacant  
Goodwife Ann Peters 612-333-0605 annedyth at aol dot com  
Goodwife Laura Swenson 651-204-1778 (home) or 715-497-9792 (mobile) mommyco at baldwin-telecom dot net  
Goodwife Margaret KirkPatrick 612-722-6485 mlkirkpatrick at usiwireless dot com  

Our garage is located at 4352 Nicollet Ave S in Minneapolis. Access is in the alley on the west side of Nicollet. South bay of the double garage. Minor problems or issues should be reported to Bruce. In the event of an emergency, the landlord is Brad at 763-670-9200


Sword Guild:

Come out and learn the ways of Highland defense.

Join the Sword Guild and feel the raw power of the sword.

If you are interested, contact Marty Byers (Email orthodoxdruid@gmail.com), with days of the week and times that work for you. I will then get back to you.


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 1st Thursday of each month.

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

To contact your Music Chair, call David at 612-353-1237 or email to baethan1630 at yahoo dot com

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


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 at juno dot com.


The Dance Guild gathers twice a month from 7PM-9PM to learn and practice historic Scottish country dances.

Dance will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at Saint Christopher's Episcopal Church, 2300 N Hamline Ave. in Roseville.

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. You may have heard of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Think of this as St. Christopher's-in-the-Cloverleaf :-)>

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 June.

It is currently under quite a bit of snow but we endeavor to have regular work weekends throughout the summer months.

Contact David Vavreck at 612-353-1237 or baethan1630 at yahoo dot com for further information, or to volunteer to help.

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 at clanntartan.org.

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 the HCF 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 staff regarding this matter

Your Staff

Jan 1-2014 1st Footing Finished
Feb 8-9, 2014 Big Island Trade Fair, Albert Lea, MN Pending
Feb 16, 2014 A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/ Pending
March 8, 2014 Fargo Celtic Festival http://www.fargoparks.com/events/celtic-festival/ Pending
TBA MN Tartan Day Pending
May 30, 2014 Siege of Woodville Pending
June 21, 2014 Tactical Pending
TBD Muster Pending
July 12, 2014 Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games Pending
Cancelled Fort William - Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada Cancelled
August 8-10, 2014 Irish Fair Tentative
September 13, 2014 Bagpipes and Bonfires Tentative
October 2-5, 2014 Big Island Rendezvous Pending
October 8-11, 2014 Mankato History Festival Pending


Bruce and Julie Yoder's Home
Music Meetings
February Members' Meeting

4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis 55407