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Saturday
Aug042012

Elizabeth Games

Less than an hour southeast of Denver lies the small farming community of Elizabeth Colorado. On the third full weekend in July it hosts The Elizabeth Celtic Festival. Hordes of athletes, dancers,  musicians, revelers,  performers and clansmen descended on Casey Jones Park for the party. Clan Douglas was proud to be a part of the festival again this year. There were plenty of activities for everyone, from the children’s glen, staffed by Fairies, to the Roman Legion camped on the hillside. There were living history reenactments from the fur trapper era and a renaissance Scot village straight out of the 1500s. Festivals like this are a great value for family fun. Of course there were the athletes throwing all sorts of heavy things around, and the ever popular pipers as well. Parades, banners, food, dancers and sword fighting...what could be more fun?

Adam Lovell and Chuck Mirabile set up the clan tent smack dab in the middle of the Clan Row. Since it’s grown to 30 feet, it made quite an impression. We’re happy to report that the increased size allowed for a greater display while still providing room for Family and friends to relax.  We had many visitors, and were able to send a few off with a new found excitement about their Clan along with a membership application.

New for this year, Clan Douglas sponsored one of the trophies for the Scottish dancers.  We were proud to present the award for the nine years old and under category. We plan for this to be a tradition going forward, and encourage the other Regents to do the same at their games.
On a lighter note Chuck came in second in the Bonnie Knees contest. (The fix was in) These events are always a real blast and everyone has a great time.

All in all, despite the heat, it was a great time and we look forward to next year’s festivities.

 

--Chuck Mirabile

Tuesday
Jun122012

Annual General Meeting & Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

AGM and Gathering Banquet

When: July 13th, 2012

Where: Banner Elk Winery

Venue Website: http://www.bannerelkwinery.com

Time: AGM at 5:30pm and Dinner at 6:30pm

Reserve your place at this event today by sending your check made out to Clan Douglas for $18.00 per person (this price includes an 18% gratuity).

Send it to:
Diana Kay Stell
Clan Douglas Vice President
149 Cedar Valley Road
Fairfield Bay, Arkansas 72088
This must be paid in advance.
The Annual General Meeting and Gathering banquet is your once a year chance to have your voice
heard, to speak out and vote on the things that are important to you in our organization. And most
importantly, get to know your fellow clan members. I certainly hope that all of you will be able to attend.
This is an election year and you all have a vote to cast. If it is impossible for you to be there, then you
should fill out the proxy ballot form designating your choice of the officer who will be attending the
meeting, President Jim Jacobs, Vice President Diana Stell, Secretary Jim Morton, or Treasurer Shirley
Douglas that you would like to give the right to cast your vote for you. Then be sure to mail the proxy
form to Jim Morton. To all you talented members, we would love to have you entertain us with Scottish 
music, song, poetry, speech or presentation on Clan Douglas history. We need you. Call me, we will be
so happy to make time for your talent.
This Annual General Meeting will begin at 5:30 PM on Friday evening at the Barrel Room of the
Banner Elk Winery in Banner Elk, North Carolina. I tried to schedule it on Saturday evening so that the
whole group could be in attendance at the Fire Ceremony on the Games field of the Grandfather
Mountain Games, but found this impossible, for this year. At 6:30, the meal will be served.
The menu is listed below:
House Salad
Roast Beef
Potatoes
Green Beans
Dinner Rolls
Fruit Cobbler
Tea and Lemonade
Wine will be available from the Winery at five dollars per glass. No other alcohol will be allowed on the premises.

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

When: July 12th - 15th, 2012

Where: MacRae Meadows on the slopes of Grandfather Mountain

Official Event Website: http://www.gmhg.org/

The 2012 Scottish Games and Festival Season is now in full swing and I am sure that many of you have had the pleasure of attending several events. Our regents are hard at work representing our Douglas family at these festivals. I am so proud of the regents who so unselfishly give of their time and money in order to accomplish this. They can never be given enough praise and honor for the great job they do, without any compensation other than the $75.00 reimbursement fee which is all that is paid for any of the games with the exception of Grandfather Mountain, Stone Mountain, Loch Norman and Long's Peak which are reimbursed at a higher rate by our Clan Treasurer. At each of the other games across the country, the cost to our regents is almost always several hundred dollars and a terrible amount of work. They do this for the love of our family group. At the board meeting in Kansas City last year, your President, Jim Jacobs, and I asked that a Distinguished Service Award of Life Membership be given to each regent who had gathered over one hundred new members, considering that they would have had to spend many thousands of dollars in games representation to have reached this many new members. When you go to these festivals and games, remember this, and be sure to let them know how very much they are appreciated. Every Regent who is able to attend the 2012 Annual General Meeting and Gathering Banquet at the Banner Elk Winery on July 13 will be announced, and if you wish, you can make a short speech. You are our most important asset.
-Diana Kay Stell, CDSNA Vice President
Wednesday
Apr112012

WANTED: REGENTS for CDSNA  

The following regions are in need of a Regent to represent CDSNA at local Highland/Scottish/Celtic Games and Festivals:

Alaska

Florida (South)

Hawaii

Iowa

Maryland

New Mexico

 

Duties of a Regent (as described in the 2009 CDSNA Bylaws):

 

Section 1. Regents are appointed by the Vice President/Coordinator of regents to

supervise members and activities in specific geographical areas.

Duties of Regents include public relations, promotion of Clan Douglas activities

and recruitment of members. Represent the Society at Games within the area and

maintain contact with members.

 

If you live in any of the regions without a Regent and have a desire to serve the members of Clan Douglas, please contact our CDSNA Vice-President and make your desire known.  After all, how will anyone find our Douglas Family, if we aren’t where they are?