Clan Donald Magazine No13 (1995) Online
Clan Donald World-Wide
Clan Donald USA Inc.
Greetings from Clan Donald, U.S.A. Ever
since Norman asked me to submit an article for the Society's next
issue I have been trying to decide what would be of interest to you.
I finally decided that perhaps you would like to know about our
Clan Donald, U.S.A. is a not for profit
corporation whose purpose is to preserve and promote the customs,
traditions, and heritage of Clan Donald. The business and affairs of
CDUSA are governed and controlled by a Board of Directors composed
of the High Commissioner, Deputy High Commissioner, and the Regional
Commissioners (there are 13 at present). The High Commissioner and
Deputy are appointed by the High Chief of Clan Donald. The High
Commissioner in turn appoints the Regional Commissioners. The
Regional Commissioners appoint the State Commissioners.
Once a year we hold a general meeting to
which all members are invited to attend. The Board of Directors
conducts all of it's business at this time.
CDUSA presently has 3040 members of
which 370 are life members. The annual dues are $20 per family.
Three dollars of the dues arc given to the Clan Donald Foundation, a
separate not for profit corporation which can receive tax deductable
contributions. The Foundation has made grants to many projects
overseas and three in the US. However, most of the grants are made
to the Clan Donald Visitor Center on Skye.
Colonel Jack E. MacDonald High
Clan Donald Canada
"To all my
Clansmen and Clanswomen in Canada
The recent sad loss of Judge Ian
MacDonell, High Commissioner of Clan Donald in Canada and a
great Clansman, left the Clan in Canada, without its leader. I
have therefore had to take action to correct this situation and
I am pleased to announce, that on this day, I have appointed Mr.
E. Brundage MacDonald of Nova Scotia to serve as the new High
Commissioner for Clan Donald in Canada. I have also approved the
appointment of Mr. John H. Macdonald of Toronto, as Deputy High
Commissioner and Mr. Duncan MacDonald of Brockville, as Honorary
In making these appointments, I give Mr. E. Brundage MacDonald,
full responsibility and authority for Clan Donald in Canada and
to act as my sole representative in that great country.
The Clan Donald movement in Canada,
is poised for a great future under this new leadership and 1
will watch with great interest, the efforts of this initiative
and look forward to learning of its success. I urge every
Clansman and Clanswoman in Canada, to get behind this team of
dedicated Clansmen and to offer their total support in an effort
to fulfil the potential of Clan Donald in Canada."
With the above declaration, Lord
Macdonald, High Chief of the name and Arms of Macdonald, Clan Donald
Canada came into being to be a uniting body for the existing Clan
Donald organizations in Canada, to move into all other areas of this
great country establishing branches of the Clan, where our people
can come together and keep alive our Scottish heritage, music,
dance, dress, history and genealogy.
To justify the trust that has been
placed in us we have made contacts all across Canada. The results to
date are, members in nine provinces, two branches in Ontario, which
are Kingston and the Isles, and Glengarry / Stormont. In Nova Scotia
there have been five established branches for some years; they are
Annapolis Valley, Antigonish County, Donald / Angus in Cape Breton,
Halifax County and Pictou County. In the other provinces of Canada
our people are gathering members so that branches can be established
in their areas. The prospects look good that at least two more
branches will be in operation by the end of 1994.
We would be glad to exchange information
and ideas with other Clan Donald organisations from any part of the
E. Brundage MacDonald High Commissioner
Clan Donald New South Wales and in
As I have only been High Commissioner
for Clan Donald in Australia for a short period, and as I am a
resident of New South Wales, I will firstly deal with activities to
date concerning my new appointment and then follow with the Clan
Donald State details.
My first official action was to visit
The Australian Capital Territory in September, 1994 and establish a
Clan Donald Society under the capable Presidency of Miss Esther E.
In October, November and December my
wife and I will travel to Victoria, across the Tasman Sea to the
Island of Tasmania (where we will spend several weeks), return to
Victoria and finally visit South Australia.
Our aim will be to assist already
established Clan Donald Societies wherever possible in Victoria and
Tasmania and, hopefully, form a Clan Society in Adelaide, South
Australia. In this vast continent of Australia, distances between
capital cities preclude frequent visits but if we hasten slowly,
doubtless in this fast-emerging multi-cultural nation of ours, Clan
Donald will have firmly established foundations.
Our State membership is increasing and
our entertainment is varied and interesting, always with the
underlying desire to spread Scottish culture. We have a wealth of
Clan Pipers and draw from a wide-range of interesting Guest Speakers
at our various Cultural Evenings. Our Official Dinners, of which
there are two, are well attended and we have a hard-working Council
which regulates the pace and function of CD. NSW. At highland
gatherings in various parts of the State, "The Macdonalds" are
always very much in evidence with their large and well defined "Clan
Marquee". Additionally, Clan Members participate in the various Clan
Marches, resplendent in their colourful Clan Blazers which have been
the subject of many complimentary remarks from members of other
Clan Donald in NSW is really alive and
improving month by month.
We send greetings and best wishes to all
Clansfolk, in whatever part of the world, and express the fervent
hope that Clan Donald will ever reign supreme.
James McConnell, High Commissioner for
Clan Donald in Australia.
Clan Donald Society of New Zealand
It gives me considerable pleasure to be
able to convey the warmest of greetings personally, and on behalf of
Clan Donald Society members in the South Island of New Zealand, to
our kin in Scotland and throughout the world.
That members of our great clan in New
Zealand are proud to keep the history and traditions of the clan,
you will read of in the article on the restoration of the Glengarry
grave in Dunedin's Southern Cemetery. We are also happy to say that
the 13th day of February each year is also marked by services of
remembrance, and we are pleased to have the privilege in 1995 of
providing the Glencoe wreath.
Although we are the furthest members of
Clan Donald from the homeland of our fathers, yet still we treasure
I am grateful therefore, for this
opportunity afforded me by the Editor, to greet my kin wherever they
W.A. (Bill) McDonald, South Island
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