Welcome to Clan MacFarlane Worldwide!
If you're like the rest of us you have no doubt found yourself pondering your heritage. Maybe your interest was nurtured as a child or maybe it was just discovered. Either way, we're glad your interest has led you here and we invite you to become part of our worldwide, yet tight, community. Our goals are to educate, share, and take pride in our heritage.
We are MacFarlanes of all spelling variations, McGaws, Spruells, Robbs, Millers, Websters, Weavers, Blacks and many others. Together we form a organization that's kept by the strongest of bonds... family. We answer to the call Loch Sloy, we carry the arms of our forefathers, we preserve the heritage that is so uniquely yours and ours.
It is with your support that the heritage of Clan MacFarlane will continue to thrive for another 800 years. Please join today.
Digital Annual Members' Meeting
It is September 11. Although we were all affected by events from this date 19 years ago, we have continued to move forward. The world is different today than it was in 2001. And here it is 2020, and we are all affected again, but by a different event; COVID-19.
One trait that even the Lord Lyon believes those of us with Scottish heritage have in common, is our ingenuity which leads to our ability to overcome obstacles. So although the CMW trip to Scotland for 2020 was postponed to 2021, which affected our ability to hold our annual meeting in Scotland, we put our heads together and found a way to fulfill our corporate obligations to our members.
With the help of Emilia Mack, Laurie Jackson, Sandy Morgan, Barb Duff, Mary Helen Haines, Andrea MacFarlane-Grieve, Ryan MacFarland, Bill Lennox, and yours truly, we have fulfilled our corporate duties to our members and reported on the status of Clan MacFarlane Worldwide. We continue our steadfast commitment to be open in our reporting to members. To that end, we have just completed our Annual Members' Meeting.
So how did we hold our meeting? Just moments ago, our AMM was completed via our Clan MacFarlane YouTube (tm) channel.
So grab your choice of beverage and plug in. Tune in to the annual reports by finding us posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMhQAiBFsD4&feature=youtu.be
And stay tuned! We are working on our next online project. There is always something more to look forward to with CMW!
TWIGS TO TREES #40, SEPT. 2020
Twigs to Trees
Mary Helen Haines
Hello everyone. It is such a shame we were not able to travel to Scotland this year. I hope the next year proves better and things will start going back to normal. For genealogy purposes, research can only be done on-line right now. We are fortunate that so many records are available on-line, but I really miss our Dallas Public Library genealogy section, where I could always turn for in-depth research. The library has been closed since March.
I have used this time period to explore further my Family Finder connections at FTDNA and Ancestry. Both sites have unique programs you can use to discover your connections, but for the test to be beneficial, you should upload a family tree to both sites and tie it to your test results. Ancestry will show your matches, and if you have an extensive family tree matched to your results, their program will search the other persons’ trees to see if they can find a common ancestor and predict your relationship through “Thru Lines.”
Elections. 11 August 2020 - 11 September 2020
As a voting member, one of your rights is to vote in the annual Board of Directors' election. This year, we have 2 Board Directors who are currently serving and who are asking you to vote them in for a second term: Doug McGaw, and Ryan McFarland. We also have a former Board member, Mary Helen Haines, who would like to serve again. Then we have 3 new eligible members who would like to serve for the first time: John Duff, Robert McAllister, and John McFarland.
Each of them are terrific candidates who deserve your time to review their biographies as they have submitted for your consideration. The winners from this election will serve terms from January 2021 through 2023.
If you are not familiar with our Board of Directors voting, we set our corporation up to ensure that each year our members would vote for 3 Directors. A Director serves for 3 years and may serve a second term, but no more than 2 terms. It seems to work for us. But we need you to consider each applicant carefully and cast your vote.
In addition to voting for Directors, the current Board of Directors has put forth 3 suggestions for our voting members to choose from as our location for the 2022 Annual Members' Meeting. This is normally discussed and voted on during the current Annual Meeting, but in light of this years' lack of in-person events, we have opted to provide a ballot with information to allow you time to choose.
Each location is given a short description with a link to the current year's Game. But should you wish to prepare in advance of receiving the ballot, the 3 locations are:
Salado, Texas. Held in mid-November
Lyon College in Batesville Arkansas
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Thank you for voting and your participation!
Diaspora - 4 August Digital Celtic Life
The latest issue of Celtic Life is now available for our paying members at the Clan MacFarlane Worldwide website. Beautiful issue, as always!
Not a paying member? Then consider spending $20 US for a single annual membership or $30 US for a family annual membership. You can find membership information here: MEMBERSHIP
And to read the latest issue, just select the link for Publications from the tool bar at the top of our website, then select Diaspora, scroll down to find this same issue, and select the link to the attached document and enjoy!