March 29, 2014
In 2013 The Northeast
Branch had 112 members. Over the summer we accumulated 14 Games Special
members and one full new member. At this time, 66 members have
renewed, 7 of 2013’s Games Special members have joined as regular
members, and we already have 2 new members. From a total of 74
members, 35 have joined both our Branch and the International
The Council has met
twice – April 20th and November 9th. The minutes were published in
our newsletter, Donnachaidh Doings, so I will summarize the highlights
here. At the April meeting just before the Annual Meeting, the council
was asked for input regarding the possible raising the amount of the
International dues. Some unexpected expenses arose including roof repair
and a new alarm system at the Clan Center in Bruar that houses our
museum where Donnachaidh history and artifacts are on display. The
consensus was that raising the dues more that $5 would reduce
International membership. A scholarship committee was named to
decide how scholarship funds would be dispersed and at which
Games. A date was chosen for the 2014 Annual meeting and Dinner
and entertainment suggestions were made. It was decided to ask a
Vermont member to become the Vermont representative, for the Northeast
Branch. The Games schedule was solidified. As no members
could take out tent to any Games in Canada, we removed them from the
list. Council members volunteered to man the tent at the various
Games. Scott showed us the Banners he designed for our tents –one
for each of our three tents and they looked great for the 2013 season!
At the November 9th
meeting at Beverly Duncan’s home, the council voted Cindy Robertson as
our new VT representative. A nominating committee was appointed to
prepare for the 2014 vote. Representatives for NY/LI, NY,
NH and MA are up for renewal or replacement. This year’s Games
were discussed and the successful sales – especially the T-shirts!
Scott is working on another design, too. Entertainment for the
2014 dinner was decided, with only the confirmation with the artists to
complete. Because of the increase in the cost of the meals at the
Inn, the council voted to raise the price for the Annual Meeting and
Dinner $5 from $35 to $40. It was announced that the International
dues will remain $25.
Scholarships were discussed and it was
voted to award one for $150 to Ally Crowley-Duncan. It was also
voted to pay $250 to purchase a bronze plaque with the Clan Donnachaidh
name for the Scottish Standing Stone at Loon Mountain.
2013 Annual Dinner:
At our 2013 Annual
Dinner, Michael Reid presented a talk about his experience with the Clan
Donnachaidh DNA project; then Clan Piper Ally Duncan recounted her trip
to Scotland to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships, where her
Band won first place! She also played some tunes for us. At
dinner time, Ally piped us into the dining room for Guy Sheldon’s
exuberant Address to a Haggis. After enjoying a delicious meal, we were
entertained by guest auctioneers, Beverly Duncan and Scott Duncan and
our evening ended with the music of Susie Petrov and Dan Houghton,
members of The Parcel of Rogues.
The Northeast Branch was represented at 11 Games as well as at the Tartan Day Parade in New York City.
Flowers of the Forest:
Barbara Cash Sept 3013
Phil Collier June 13, 2013
Andy Mcintosh September 25, 2013
Robert Thompson October 18, 2013
Thank you to everyone who has donated
their time, energy and monetary support. Although our membership
slowly declines, we continue to be one of the larger and more active
Clan Donnachaidh branches, thanks to you!
Susan P. Newton, Secretary
Spring Council Meeting
March 29, 2014
President Doug Newton opened
the meeting at noon with a welcome to our new New York representative,
Ryan Liddell. Ryan introduced himself and gave us a synopsis of
his Scottish background.
Secretary Sue Newton read the minutes of the
previous Council meeting, then we discussed the treasurer’s report
provided by Treasurer Mary Ann Dobbins. Both reports were accepted as
The Scholarship Program past was explained
and some ideas for 2014 were presented. Beverly has contacted
someone from Clan Munro who has a successful scholarship program.
She will be getting more information for us. It was unanimously
voted to allot $450 for scholarships in 2014 – three $100 scholarships
and one $150 award for Clan Piper Ally Crowley-Duncan who will be
starting college in the Fall. The Scholarship Committee includes
Meg Richardson-Duncan, Beverly Duncan and Herb Dobbins.
The choices of dates for our 2015 Annual
Meeting and Dinner were April 18th or April 25th. After confirming
with the Wachusett Inn, the 18th was chosen, only to be changed to the
25th after anticipating a possible conflict.
The entertainment for 2015 was discussed and
it was decided that if the dancing goes well this year, we might try it
again next year. Also suggested was another Scottish cooking
The council went over the 2014 Games list
and signed up to be tentmasters where they could. Ryan explained
that Clan tents at Games in western New York cannot sell
merchandise. If they wish to sell items they are considered
vendors and must set up in the vending area and need a vending license.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:30pm.
Those present: Doug and Sue Newton, Scott
Duncan, Ryan Liddell, Cindy Robertson, Diana and Michael Taylor, Bob
Duncan, Michael Reid and Beverly Duncan.
CLAN DONNACHAIDH SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
by Douglas Newton
The second year of our scholarship program
has proven to be an unprecedented success. At the Annual Meeting last
April, the membership gave its unanimous approval for a second year of
scholarship awards to foster and promote the study of the Scottish Arts
among our young people. The program was expanded slightly to include not
only the $500 in scholarships to be awarded at the New Hampshire
Highland Games, but to add an another $100 scholarship to be rotated
amongst the smaller Scottish festivals around our region.
This yearís $100 scholarship was awarded at
the Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival, held in Northampton, MA. Beverly
Duncan, Massachusetts Representative and Tent Master for the event
presented the scholarship to Madelynne "Maddie" Cable, 11, from Shelton,
CT. Maddie competed in the Highland Dancing competition. Because of
Clan Donnachaidhís support, she is able to attend the Braemar Summer
School of Highland Dancing in Connecticut.
Our good start to the year continued at the
New Hampshire Highland Games. Last year scholarships were given in the
Highland Dance Competition. This year awards rotated to the Piping and
Drumming Competitions. A $250 scholarship was awarded to Cameron
McIntosh, 12, from Pittsburgh, PA as Junior Piper of the Games. Cameron
is the son of James and Joyce McIntosh, attends the Jimmy McIntosh
School of Piping and performs with the Balmoral Highlanders Pipe Band.
Campbell Webster, Junior Drummer of the
Games, was awarded the second $250 scholarship. Campbell is the son of
Gordon and Leslie Webster and attends the New Hampshire School of
Scottish Arts. His drumming instructor is Bob Kells and Campbell
performs with the New Hampshire Pipes and Drums.
Our Branch President, Herb Dobbins, made the
presentations at the closing ceremonies expressing to the audience the
support of Clan Donnachaidh for the efforts of our young people.
Much gratitude is extended to the membership
of the Northeast Branch of Clan Donnachaidh for their enthusiastic
encouragement to the young people studying Scottish Arts and particular
thanks goes to the members who made a specific donation to the
If you would like to support this wonderful
program, please note on your membership renewal form that there is a
place to indicate your support. You may include your donation in your
check sent with your membership renewal or you may send a check to the
Branch Secretary. Thanks again for a successful games season.
Junior Piper of the Games, Cameron McIntosh from Pittsburgh, PA,
receiving scholarship certificate from Branch President Herb Dobbins
Junior Drummer of the Games, Campbell Webster, who studies at
the New Hampshire School of Scottish Arts at the Clan tent with Herb