Welcome to the Online Clann Tartan Newsletter for November 2013

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


Members' Meeting and Staff Elections

Good friends,

In addition to general board items that will be brought to the membership at the meeting, the following items were sent to me for consideration before the members meeting on Saturday, November 2 at 11 am.

Please remember, at this meeting, we will be electing several important rolls within our organization, including the captain (Marty has indicated a willingness to run again), head camp follower (Anthea will not accept a nomination to nor will she run again) and junior staff. We will also be electing a new camp representative for the board and will be looking for additional volunteers to assist with board tasks including but not limited to the newsletter, website, event contacts and sunshine committee.

Thank you all very much and I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming meeting.

Betsy Bolton
Board Secretary


Reasonably priced, accurate 17th century shoes, boots, and other leather items, are available from member Pegeen Rozeske. 320-493-6163

Want to quit smoking? Lose weight? Sleep better? Deal with other issues? Your good Auntie/Cousin Mairi is opening 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 December newsletter will be November 15.

Board Minutes

Board Meeting, August 20, 2013 (Amended)

In attendance:
Board members present: President: Marty Byers, Vice President: Karen Bastien, Secretary: Betsy Bolton, Treasurer: Bruce Yoder, 
                       Quartermaster: Mike McCarty, Camp Rep: Laura Swenson. Also in attendance: Contract Rep: Mia McDavid

I)  Minutes: Approved as amended.
II) Reports:
	a) Vice President: No report.
	b) Treasurer: Presented at the Members’ Meeting.
	c) Secretary: Need to do Welcome Cards still. Roster updates need to be verified. November meeting is set for Yoders’. 
	  Time is set at 11 am. Also needs to be updated in the CT calendar. Members’ Meeting should at least be reported, 
	  but technical meeting minutes were not required. 
	d) Quartermaster: An inventory was completed. Tent 5 is missing as unaccounted for. Marty also has 4 practice swords 
	   in his possession. The tensioners and ropes for the tents were also wound wet and need to be bleached and dried. 
	   The inventory was just the equipment at the garage--not the library. The wooden buckets have been sealed with beeswax
	   and pine pitch. A discussion about the library was raised--the Monroe hardcover book is missing. There was a 
	   copy that was paperback. Some sections of the library are housed with Yoders, most is with Margaret. The question of 
	   a tracking system was raised by the secretary. She will price out the amount it would cost for the 
	   low-tech version (although it would be easier if she had an idea of how many items were housed there). 
	   Adding book reviews from members of library items would be nice for the newsletter. Wash basin has been made useable 
	   and returned to storage. 
	e) Camp Rep: There is an issue that she is working to address.
	f) Company Rep: No report (not present). 
III) Guild Reports:
	a) Music: Meeting the first Wednesday in September. No meeting in October because of Big Island.
	b) Dance: Waiting to hear about the space in the church. The price for rental of the space is a bit high given normal 
	   turnout numbers. Outside is another option.
	c) Fiber: Nothing to report
	d) Sword: Nothing to report. Most interest is at events. Looking to get skits ready earlier for Ramble and Farmington.
	e) Historic Site: They are under a heat advisory. There are some work weekends coming up still, too.
IV) Events:
	a) Big Island: We are a go for five stations.
	b) Mankato: Also still on.
	c) Tactical: The idea that the show was boycotted was raised. Marty and Don had a conversation at Muster, 
	   discussed membership numbers and the next date was set for June 21, 2014.
	d) Irish Fair: Was discussed.
V) Old Business:
	a) Flag Silk: no change
	b) Cauldron: The copper cauldron had the price for tinning doubled. The vendor will be going to Turkey and will attempt 
	   to get one that has been retinned in Turkey before she comes back.
	c) Muster committee needs to meet to update the quizzes. 
	d) Group gunpowder purchases: There may be a rule against ordering for a group. There was a statement to that effect
	   at the end of the release. Do they have information on their website (FAQ?) about purchases by something like shooting clubs.
VI) New Business:

Next Meeting: September 17, 2013 at 7 pm.

Board Meeting, September 17, 2013

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

I)  Minutes: Not presented—the secretary will send them out via email for approval within 48 hours of this meeting.

II) Reports:
       	a) Vice President: No report.
       	b) Treasurer: Reviewed the transactions for the month of August. Still waiting for some pieces of income. 
       	   Also reviewed the cost of the year’s insurance.
       	c) Secretary: Nothing to report.
       	d) Quartermaster: Has the ash to do the tillers for the hail shot. The musket with the loose serpentine will be repaired, 
       	   likely with phosphor bronze washer-shims; may still need to be replaced.
       	e) Camp Rep: Resigned from the Board effective at the end of the day.
       	f) Company Rep: No report.

III) Guild Reports:
       	a) Dance: The church is done with their repairs, so dance can return there.
       	b) Music: Did not meet in September and will not meet in October.
       	c) Fiber: Nothing to report
       	d) Sword: Nothing to report. No one has expressed interest in it.
       	e) Historic Site: Nothing to report. October work weekend is dependent on weather.

IV) Events:
       	a) Big Island: Staff is on top of this.
       	b) Mankato: Staff is on top of this.

V) Old Business:
       	a) Flag Silk: no change
       	b) Muster committee: no change
       	c) Missing Library Book: no change
       	d) Ropes: Quartermaster is on top of them, they have been dried and is waiting to soak the tensioners in linseed oil
       	   to reseal them.

VI) New Business:
a)    September newsletter: set to go out shortly.

Next Meeting: October 15, 2013 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. Laura Swenson 651-204-1778 or on my cell at 715-497-9792 mommyco at baldwin-telecom dot net 2/12 - 2/14
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. 


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   
Head Camp Follower Anthea Potter 763-257-7038 anthea at winternet dot com  
Assistant HCF Betsy Bolton 612-619-6406 basil80 at hotmail dot com  
Other Staff Ann Peters 612-333-0605 AnnEdyth at aol dot com  
Other Staff Glenn McDavid 651-490-1842 gmcdavid at comcast dot net  
Other Staff Judy Byers 651-261-3933  
Other Staff John Debnam 952-492-5536 mage_ironwolf at yahoo 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.

Fiber Guild

Those who would like instruction, inspiration, or just to come out and play should contact Mia McDavid, 651-490-1842. email miamcdavid at gmail dot com .

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. We are finishing the fort and beginning the construction of a village this year. The work weekends for this year will be May 18 & 19 (weather permitting), June 1 and 2, June 29 and 30, September 7 and 8 with October 19 and 20 being our last weekend to work (weather permitting).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 1-2012 1st Footing Finished
Feb 9-10, 20123 Big Island Trade Fair, Albert Lea, MN Finished
Feb 16-17, 2013 A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/ Finished
March 9, 2013 Fargo Celtic Festival http://www.fargoparks.com/events/celtic-festival/ Finished
April 6, 2013 MN Tartan Day Finished
April 27-28, 2013 Muster - Jack McGowan's, Mankato Finished
May 4, 2013 Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games Finished
May 24, 2013 Siege of Woodville Finished
June 13-16, 2013 Tactical - Dun Gowan, Duluth Finished
July 19-21, 2013 Fort William - Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada Finished
August 9-11, 2013 Irish Fair, St. Paul Cancelled
October 3-6, 2013 Big Island Rendezvous Finished
October 9-12, 2013 Mankato History Festival Finished


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

4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis 55407