"At the 1976 meeting a brochure was approved and duly printed
along with membership cards. This meeting was graced by the Cleveland
branch of the family - Leah Stroth Kennedy and her husband George."
SINCLAIR CLAN MEETING
A meeting of the Clan Sinclair Association was held at 26 Alma St.,
Norwood, August 16, 1976 at 2000 hours. Present¹:
||Dr, E.G. Sinclair|
|Heather Sinclair Dwyer|
|Leah Stroth Kennedy|
||Roselma Lake Sinclair|
As the first order of Business the Chevalier requested E.J.A. Sinclair
to be Chairman. E.J.A. Sinclair accepted. All in Favour.
The Secretary Roselma Sinclair read the Minutes and Moved their
Adoption. There was unanimous approval.
Public Relations Officer Heather Dwyer reported
she had succeeded in bringing Leah Stroth Kennedy and her husband George
back to 26 Alma St. and had produced a new member Jennifer Dwyer.
The Treasurer, Great-Grandmother Lake reported
there was the same money in the treasuery, namely $55.82 as in
Sept. 14th., 1974.
It was Moved by Leah Stroth Kennedy and 2ND. by
Heather Dwyer; "that the Treasurer's Report be adopted."
The Chairman & Vice-President welcomed the Kennedys (the Cleveland
Branch of the family²) on behalf of the Clan
Society to Norwood.
The Chairman was about to propose the question of membership when
the Chevalier interrupted, rudely, as usual with an Amendment which
turned out to be a Motion since no one had an opportunity to Move
a Motion for Membership for the Guest George Kennedy. Leah Stroth
Kennedy pointed out the error of procedure to his Worthiness, the Chevalier,
which should have humbled him, but instead brought forth quite
a startling "raspberry"!
The Secretary was writing busily, and slightly distraught, asked
the blustering Chevalier to repeat the Motion he had properly "buggered"
up to which His Worthiness retorted "You damn well didn't listen the
first time." This retort caused the Secretary to start reading her
notes out loud and to call Leah Stroth instead of her full married name
It was finally Moved by the Chevalier-
2nd, by Roselma Sinclair "That no application for Membership
should be necessary for George Kennedy since if he is good enough for Leah
he certainly is "bloody" well good enough for the Society.
The Chairman welcomed the newest Member Jennifer Robin Dwyer to the Society.
Great-Grandma Lake's Motion: "That Leah and George come up to Canada
at this same time next year to attend the Annual Meeting without bringing their
own meals " was unanimously accepted by the Members; and the Chevalier 2nd,
The youngest member, Jennifer Dwyer departed with her mother at this time
for a bath.
The Clan Sinclair Society is affiliated with the
Scottish Clans and Societies of Canada. The Chevalier reported he had
paid the affiliation Fee of $20.00. The Chevalier also reported that
the Scottish Clans Organization had now a meeting room in Old St Andrew's
Church, King St. Toronto. The Clans Ass. will have a booth at the C.N.E.
from which information will be distributed on the various Clans.
This year the Chevalier and the Secretary mapped out a pamphlet for
distribution on the Sinclair Clan. These pamphlets are now being printed
and should be ready for the opening of the C.N.E. on August 18th.
2000 copies were ordered at $125.00 from John Davidse, Printer,
King City, Ontario.
The Chairman thanked the Chevalier and Secretary for the effort
put into the pamphlet.
Moved by Roselma Sinclair
2nd. by Leah Kennedy "That $50.00 of the Treasury money
be given to the Chevalier to offset the expense of printing the pamphlets
until such time as further money is collected."
Discussion took place on whether money should be used for entertainment
for the Society. Leah Kennedy pointed out that until the Treasury is in
better state that money should be used only for expenses. This was accepted
by the members and the Treasurer therefore will use the money left only
for stamps and incidentals.
Letters from Earl Sinclair of Burbank California
and Patricia Sinclair were read. Earl is a son of Tom Sinclair.
Delayed because of call from Printer that he was
arriving on the morrow with finished pamphlets. Question then came up
as to Membership cards. Also Discussion as to whether the $2.00
membership fee quoted on the pamphlet is applicable to founding members.
Recessed for Brandy and Coffee.
Great-Grandma left as she was tired and very angry
because we wouldn't get the dinner dishes washed. Heather, Jennifer
and Daddy Robert Dwyer who had been absent from meeting because of
track interests also departed for their summer cottage.
Meeting reconvened with remaining members. Question of cards
was left in abeyance until Printer arrived.
MOTION by R. Sinclair. 2nd, by Leah Kennedy; "That all members
pay the $2.00 Fee with the exception of Gordon Sinclair and the
Earl of Caithness.³ Adopted Unanimously.
COOK BOOK: Leah Kennedy offered
to investigate the membership in Cleveland for recipes. 26 Alma would
be the clearing house. Next year after the material which has been
acquired has been reviewed it will be decided whether the Project
can be assembled and if it is "GO" we "GO".
This could be distributed at the net year's C.N.E. booth.
George Thomas Francis Aloysius Alexander Kennedy
spoke on his aceptance into the Clan Society through his wife Leah.
He is interested in getting his own Clan Coat-of-Arms. Clan Kennedy.
He said, "He was most appreciative." The members were all
delighted with his well-chosen words.
The Chairman brought up the idea of a need for a representative
in Cleveland. Even though Miss Patricia Sinclair of Trenton N.J. is
starting a Clan Sinclair Society in the U.S.A. The Chevalier pointed
out that the Sinclairs as of old when like reivers they crossed the
Borders to claim their Own could in the same sense lay claim to the
progeny of Henrietta Van Kuren and Aleander Sinclair and that since
the oldest member, Gertrude had died five days before her 80th. Birthday
that "Leah Henrietta Stroth Kennedy be asked to assume the position
of Representative of the Association in Cleveland area."
2nd. by R. Sinclair APPROVED.
ADJOURNMENT 22.00 hrs.
AUGUST 17/76. Meeting Re-convened.
21.00 hours .
Pamphlet arrived. Chevalier reported that membership
cards (200) have been ordered from the Printer at approximately
Printer reported that the pamphlets had been delivered to the Miss Mcphee
who will see they get to the booth at C.N.E. The Kennedys will take 15
pamphlets to Cleveland.
George Kennedy spoke feelingly of the honour conveyed
upon by the society by the participation in the short and interesting
ceremony of the Ram's Horn during which the essence of "snuff"
was passed around. The Secretary at this moment asked for assistance in
recording the ceremony and was told by the Chevalier, "to not interrupt
and to do her job!" The Secretary told him to, "Shut Up"
which the Chevalier didn't of course. Leah Kennedy who is slightly
mouthy (refer to the number of Motions she has Moved) rose to great heights
and said, "Anything I can't stand is a smart-ass." At this the
Secretary cheered loudly as she wiped her moist brow. and buried her noisy
mutterings in her notes. The Treasurer at this time asked haughtily if
"The Secretary was writing a book instead of Minutes." For a moment
there appeared to be warfare brewing in the eye of the Secretary ; then
the Chairman requested the Secretary to "keep herself under control!"
George Kennedy asked permission to offer to the Chevalier on behalf
of his wife and himself a small token of his appreciation of the hospitality
and fine comradeship at 26 Alma Street. A Toast was also proposed by George
to the Secretary for her magnificent ability in coping with the dissertations
and interruptions of the members. The Secretary in fine good humour thanked
A Motion by the Chevalier to make Patricia Sinclair an honourary member
was defeated by the Membership.
ADJOURNMENT 2145 hrs.
¹ This meeting was held
in the Norwood, Ontario home of the association's founders, Eddie and
Roselma Sinclair. To see Roselma's photo album, click here.
Roselma's minutes refer to Eddie, who was the association president,
as "Chevalier" because Dr. Edward Gladstone Sinclair KCLJ DDS LDS,
was a Knight Chevalier in the Military and Hospitaller Order
of Saint Lazarus
Of the other association officers attending, the vice president
and meeting chairman, E.J.A. "Sandy" Sinclair, was Eddie and
Roselma's eldest son; and the public relations officer, Heather Sinclair Dwyer,
was their daughter, attending with her own baby daughter Jennifer.
The treasurer, "Great Grandmother Lake" was Roselma's mother,
Mrs. Ida M. Lake.
² Leah Stroh Kennedy was
a Sinclair cousin from Cleveland. For Roselma and Eddie, the beginning of
the Clan Sinclair Association of Canada was a 1960 family reunion in Cleveland;
it was the first reunion of the descendants of Alexander Sinclair (1827-1890),
Eddie's great-grandfather, who emigrated to Canada in the late 1840s from
Kincardine-on-Forth, Scotland. Prior to the founding of Clan Sinclair USA,
American Sinclairs joined the Canada-based association.
³ The well-known Canadian
writer and broadcaster Gordon Sinclair
(1900-1984) was an honourary member of the Clan Sinclair Association
of Canada [the association's name printed on brochures and membership
cards], and the first Honourary President. The Earl of Caithness is the hereditary
Chief of Clan Sinclair.
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