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EMAIL SECURITY CHANGE
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A thank you received

I got a card today from Betsy Bolton's mother. As many of you know, her (the mother's) sweetheart died unexpectedly this winter. The Regiment sent flowers and also permitted Betsy to borrow the mortar for the funeral.

The card says:

Thank you for the lovely flowers. They were appreciated. And thanks, also, for allowing Betsy and Mike to borrow the mortar. The mortar blasts made things very memorable. Ric would have *loved* it.

Respectfully submitted,

Mia McDavid

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Annual dues,

Most members' dues expire on March 31, 2010. If you have not already submitted your renewal, please try to do so while it is fresh in your mind. Adult or family, $20; student $10. You can pay at a meeting or event or mail me a check.

Bruce

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As your newly elected Camp Rep, I'd like to introduce myself to you all. My name is Laura Swenson. I've been a member of Clann Tartan for three years, and love it. I want to let you all know that I am here to help in case you've any concerns or conflicts on the camp side of things. You can contact me via email at mommyco at baldwin-telecom dot net or give me a call at 651-204-1778 or on my cell at 715-497-9792. Thanks very much!

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COME FROLIC AT THE CELTIC FESTIVAL IN MARCH

Once again the Regiment is invited to the Fargo Celtic Festival, celebrating the seven Celtic nations. This will be on March 13 in Moorhead MN Hours are 10 AM to 4PM at the Hjemkomst Center, 202 First Ave N Moorhead.

Featured performers besides us are Ross Sutter, Dick Hensold, Laura MacKenzie, and The GreenMan Band. It's an easy event; no tents, no pikes. People get a hotel room or stay with friends. The show even provides us with hot lunches!

It's a fun event; please let Margaret Kirkpatrick (mlkirkpatrick at usiwireless dot com) know if you are coming.

http://www.hjemkomst-center.com/

*Directions*

*From I-94:*

Exit 1 North (or north on HWY 75)
Turn /*left*/ onto First Avenue North
Turn /*right*/* *after the second stoplight

*Located in the:*

Hjemkomst Center
202 First Avenue North
Moorhead, Minnesota 56560

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GAFFNEYIS REGIMENT GOING TO SAINT AUGUSTINE

The first weekend in March we are travelling to Saint Augustine, which was the capitol of La Florida in the 17th century.

We will be reenacting Searle's Raid of 1668.

The event hosts are providing the following:

tents for us to stay in
pikes
muskets
powder
cooking gear

We also may have the opportunity to man the guns.

In other words, pretty much all we need to bring is bedrolls and attire. This will be the easiest pack for a long trip we have ever done.

We will be encamped at Fountain of Youth Park, which marks the spot where Ponce de Leon landed in 1512.

We will not know until we get there whether we will be Spanish settlers or English privateers. Either way, if you bring your plaid, it is best to use it as a blanket rather than clothing. There may have been Scottish sailors with Searle, but the kilt is not at all useful aboard ship.

The organizers are keen on having civilian craft portrayals.

Saint Augustine, America's oldest city, was founded in 1565, over forty years before Jamestown.

The fighting will occur in the streets of the modern city, almost exactly where it took place 342 years ago.

The result of this privateer raid was that the Spaniards replaced the wooden fortifications with Castllo de San Marcos, the only surviving 17th century fortifications in the US.

Travel options have appeared for several months in the newsletter; depending on how many people go, we could conceivably take a car. The board has authorized $100 per person towards travel expenses.

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Road Trip Update

The potential road trip to St Augustine FL was approved along with financial aid by the members in attendance at the November 7th members meeting. The trip is in March and transport can be via air, train or van.

Airfare quoted in early November was $356 round trip. Three nights lodging assuming quad occupancy is approx $94 and estimated $25 for shuttle service between Jacksonville and St Augustine brings total to $475 per person for transport and lodging. Trip would last four days and food would be extra.

Train would be $390 plus two nights lodging at $62 plus above shuttle service would total $477 per person. Trip would last seven days and food would be extra. Downside to train, four night would be spent in train lounge cars. A plus to the train is layovers in Washington and Chicago give opportunity for added excursions.

Van would be about $445 per person for transport and four nights lodging. Trip would last six days and assumes eight people to get the van share down. Costs go up if fewer than eight share the cost. Also assumes two nights in the van while driving straight through.

All of the possibilities have some plus and minuses. Food would vary greatly and is not included in any of the proposals. I estimate that food would be from $25 to $50 per person per day.

At its December 15th meeting, the board authorized a reimbursement of $100 per person for each member who makes the trip to help underwrite expenses.

Bruce

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Gaffneyis Got Talent

When I first joined Gaffneyis, every year or so the newsletter came with a list of what different members make - clothing, leather goods, whatever.

We are putting together such a list of in-house talent. If you wish take advantage of this free advertising, please let David know that you want to be on the list, along with what you make or can help others make.

Thanks.

David
baethan1630 at yahoo dot com or 612-378-1973

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Discover the Manual

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

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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 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 are NOT edited for spelling or grammar, but may be broken in multiple parts.

Deadline for articles to go in April's newsletter will be the 15th of March.

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Board Minutes

Board meeting, January 19, 2010
Yoder's house, 4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis

Board members attending: Bruce Yoder, David Vavreck, Julie Yoder, Heidi Johnson, Margaret Kirkpatrick
Other members in attendance: Mia McDavid, Brittany Johnson

I. In the Secretary's absence, notes of the board meeting on December 15th were taken by the President. Prior to publication the notes were lost.

II. Officer Reports
The Vice-President has resigned due to work commitments. A special election will be held at the members' meeting in February to replace him.
The Treasurer recorded two small transactions in December. After nine months, the deficit is -1,122. Over the next three months the revenue is expected to exceed expenses. The projected fiscal year deficit is 900-1000 total as opposed to an initially projected 2200. Had we not lost the revenue for several budgeted shows this year, we would have ended at a net profit for the year. Our current total assets on hand are just over $7000.
The Secretary has nothing new to report.
The Quartermaster reports that the singlesticks still have not been made. David will give Jackie a deadline of March 31st as the end of our fiscal year. There has been no word on the work being done on the musket. The quartermaster suggests that we add the address of the garage to the newsletter. David will continue to touch base with John on a regular basis.
The Camp Rep was not present.
The Company Rep was not present.

III. Guild Reports
Music - nothing new
Dance - nothing new
Fiber - well attended this month
Sword - waiting on singlesticks
Historic Site David would like to have a photographic record made of the finishing of the first building.
Garden - dormant

IV. Events
A. Drill
The captain will set more drills for the future. The January newsletter lists drill as taking place on the 23rd this month. David will make sure the pikes get to drill. Bruce will send out an e-mail announcing the upcoming drill. Camp drill will follow at the Yoders' at 1:30. Staff will work on topics for future drills.
B. Ramble
Financial terms are the same as last year. Mia is waiting to hear details regarding advertising. We are in the Hamm foyer this year. Margaret has put out the first call for RSVPs. Staff will make sure that recruitment materials make it to the show. Bruce believes that he has some in his garage.
C. Big Island Festival
This is an unpaid show for us. Clann will provide a stipend of $6 per member for lunch, unless attendance exceeds 6 people, in which case an acting HCF will organize food for the group.
D. Fargo
No news.
E. Other
David will write Perry and ask about Charles City.
Siege of Woodville is planned no details yet.
MSFHG scheduled, no details yet.
Trek? May or June
Muster staff will need to find a date.
TWIG is planned.
Pioneer Village is questionable Mia will get in touch with the organizers.
CONvergence we will be needing room party hosts and panel members.
Tactical no change from previous years.

V. Old Business
A. Florida trip
The organizers are providing tents, pikes, and powder, as well as muskets if we choose not to bring our own. They will also provide cooking gear. This makes renting a car instead of a van feasible. Margaret will investigate options
B. Secretary position
The board discussed the decision made at the December meeting to ask the current secretary to resign. The secretary explained various personal circumstances of recent months, and it was decided that no further action would be taken at this time.
C. Vice President's resignation
The vice president has resigned due to work commitments. The board discussed possible candidates we could approach to fill the remainder of his term. The election will take place at the February members' meeting.
D. Members' meeting
The positions up for election are: President, Treasurer, VP, Camp Rep, and previously unfilled staff positions. Bruce will write an e-mail to the members regarding the candidates.

VI. New business
A. Budget.
FY 2010 has projected expenses of $5210 in company and camp expenses, in addition to $3600 in administrative expenses. Our current projected deficit using these figures is approximately $4000. The board approved presenting this budget to the members at the upcoming meeting.

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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 at clanntartan dot org

Board Members

President Julie Yoder 612-825-4519 julieyoder at juno dot com 2/10-2/12
Vice President Karen Bastien 651-399-3505 kybastien at gmail dot com 2/10-2/11 
Secretary Heidi Johnson 612-600-4768  kassia1213 at yahoo dot com  2-09 thru 2-11 
Treasurer Bruce Yoder 612-825-4519 bruceyoder at juno dot com 2/10-2/12
Quarter Master David Vavreck 612.378.1973 baethan1630 at yahoo dot com 2-09 thru 2-11 
Camp Rep. Laura Swenson 651-204-1778 or on my cell at 715-497-9792 mommyco@baldwin-telecom.net 2/10-2/12
Company Rep. Anthea Cross 763-257-7038   2-09 thru 2-11 

Staff

Chief of Staff Mia McDavid 651-490-1842 mia_mcdavid at comcast dot net   
Assistant Chief of Staff vacant      
Captain David Vavreck 612.378.1973 baethan1630 at yahoo dot com  
Lieutenant vacant      
Corporal Eric Ferguson {612}726-6364 eric at celticfringe dot com  
Corporal Mike McCarty 651-497-5324  mccarty149 at gmail dot com   
Corporal Rich Mueller 952-217-2622   dragon_musk at yahoo dot com   
Corporal Betsy's handsome cousin 612-619-6406 basil80 at hotmail dot com  
Head Camp Follower Margaret Kirkpatrick 612-722-6485 mlkirkpatric at earthlink dot net  
Assistant HCF Anthea Cross 763-257-7038     
Goodwife Ann Peters 612-333-0605 AnnEdyth at aol dot com  
Goodwife Betsy Bolton 612-619-6406 basil80 at hotmail dot com   
Goodwife Sarah Shaftman  612-371-4425  smuzikant at visi dot com   
Goodwife Cindy Schaufenbuel 952-693-3755   cindy at schaufenbuel dot com   
Goodwife Glenn McDavid {651-490-1842 gmcdavid at comcast dot net  

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Guilds

Sword Guild:

Meeting and time TBA

Contact:
David Vavreck
baethan1630 at 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 at juno dot com.

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

Gaffneyis Glee Club

Good People
We are in the process of forming a more advanced song gathering. The focus will be on catches, rounds, and freeman's songs. These types of part songs were tremendously popular across class lines in our period.

Please contact your music chair, me, to express your interest, and to let me know what evenings would work best for you. And if you can host.

I am thinking maybe twice a month, but you can vote on that, too.

I will set it up for the day(s) with the most votes.

And if you have a better name for it than Gaffneyis Glee Club, I am all ears. It does have a nice ring to it, though.

David Vavreck
612-378-1973
baethan1630 at yahoo dot com

Gaffneyis Recorder Consort

We hereby announce that Gaffneyis recorder consort has started meeting again, the FIRST AND THIRD MONDAY of each month.

We have seven members already, and are working on a bit more refined style of music than we do in our regular music meetings.

Contact your music chair (David) if you are interested in joining up.

baethan1630 at yahoo dot com or 612-378-1973

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 at juno dot com.

Fiber Guild

Those who would like instruction, inspiration, or just to come out and play are welcome at the Ellis O'Rourke's on the Second Sunday of the month at 2:00 PM, provided there is no conflict with other Clann events. Call Ellis (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 at yahoo dot com for further information, or to volunteer to help.

Drill

Drill location is Minnehaha parkway green, 12th Av S at Minnehaha Parkway.

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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 at clanntartan.org.

MARCH 2010

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

 
1
Recorder consort
2636 17th Ave So. Minneapolis 
2
 
3
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
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5
 
6
Sack of St Augustine 
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Dance
Saint Christopher's 
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Fargo Celtic Festival
Moorehead, MN
www.fargoparks.com/se_celticfest.html 
14
Fiber Guild
@ Jen O'Rourke's
2:00PM 
15
Recorder consort
2636 17th Ave So. Minneapolis/
Deadline for articles
for April's newsletter 
16
Board Meeting
Tuesday, 7:00
at Yoders' 
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Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
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19
Night at the Pub
7 PM at Merlin's Rest
3601 E. Lake St. Minneapolis 
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21
 
22
Music
7PM at
Yoder's home 
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Dance
Saint Christopher's 
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25
 
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27
Drill 
28
 
29
 
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31
 

 

APRIL 2010

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
 
1  2
 
3
 
4
 
5
Recorder consort
2636 17th Ave So. Minneapolis 
6
 
7
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
8
 
9
 
10
 
11
Fiber Guild
@ Jen O'Rourke's
2:00PM
 
12
 
13
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
14
 
15
Deadline for articles
for May's newsletter 
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Night at the Pub
7 PM@ Merlin's Rest
3601 E. Lake St. Minneapolis 
17
 
18
 
19
Recorder consort
2636 17th Ave So. Minneapolis 
20
Board Meeting
Tuesday, 7:00
at Yoders' 
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Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
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23
 
24
Drill 
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26
Music@7PM Yoder's Home 
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Dance
Saint Christopher's
 
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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 staff regarding this matter

Thanks,
Your Staff

DATE EVENT STATUS
Jan 1-2010 Airing of the Tartans
1st Footing
Finished
Feb 13-14, 2010 A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/ Finished
Feb 13-14, 2010 Big Island Trade Fair, Albert Lea, MN Finished
March 6, 2010 Sack of St Augustine Pending
March 13, 2010 Fargo Celtic Festival www.fargoparks.com/se_celticfest.html Scheduled
May 7-8, 2010 Siege of Woodville, Woodville WI Scheduled
May 22, 2010 MN Scottish Fair and HG - http://www.mnscottishfair.org/ Pending
Jun 12-13, 2010 Olde World Renaissance Faire (Twig) http://www.owrenaissancefaire.com/ Pending
July 16-18, 2010 DunGowan Tactical Scheduled
Sep 30-Oct 3, 2010 Big Island Rendezvous, Albert Lea MN Pending
Oct 7-9, 2010 Mankato History Fair, Mankato MN Pending

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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 55407
Map to Glenn & Mia's home
Hosts for staff meetings

340 Brooks Ave Roseville, MN 
 
Ellis O'Rourke
Host for Fiber Guild

1638 Arlington Ave Saint Paul, MN 55106