At the 1982 meeting, the founders of the Clan Sinclair
Association of Canada, Eddie and Roselma Sinclair of Norwood Ontario, retired
as president and secretary to be succeeded by R. Malcolm "Mac" Sinclair
of Kingston Ontario and his daughter Nancy E. Sinclair Staveley.
These minutes were kept by Roselma Sinclair - to see her photo album,
The piper for the 1982 meeting was Col. John Sinclair, first Clan Piper, who
was a descendant of Iain Dall Mackay, great piper of the 1650s.
MINUTES OF THE DINNER MEETING OF THE
CLAN SINCLAIR ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
FEBRUARY 20, 1982
In response to the questionnaire, the preponderance of replies
indicated Kingston was the most suitable venue.
We were most fortunate that R.M. (Mac) Sinclair was able to secure
the Donald Gordon Centre, Queen's University - a beautiful old home built
in 1841, refurbished with furnishings of that period. The Clan Sinclair
flags, tartan and artifacts added to the atmosphere of the Ceilidh.
There was a turn-out of twenty from Ottawa, Kingston, Norwood and
Newmarket. Toronto was conspicuous by its absence. The gourmet dinner
was served complete with Haggis which was suitably piped in by
Col. John Sinclair and greeted by Burn's Ode proclaimed by
Mac Sinclair. A short slide presentation of Sinclair country, Rosslyn
and Caithness, followed.
Those present were: Dr. E.G. Sinclair & Mrs. Sinclair, Mr. Sandy Sinclair,
Col. John Sinclair & Mrs. Sinclair, Dr. Duncan Sinclair & Mrs. Sinclair
& Colin Sinclair, Mr. David Sinclair & Mrs. Sinclair, Mr. Gordon Sinclair,
Mr. R.M. Sinclair & Mrs. Sinclair, Mr. Douglas Sinclair, Mrs. Jean Tollola,
Miss Bessie Gourley, Mr. R.M. Sinclair & Mrs. Sinclair, Mr. Howard Staveley
& Mrs. Staveley.
The meeting was called to Order by the President. E.G. Sinclair who gave
a short resumé of the formation and history of the Clan Sinclair Ass.
The Sec. Treas, Roselma Sinclair noted that while the present membership
appears on the books as 102 that many of the members recruited in the 1970s
may now belong to the Clan Sinclair Ass. (USA). One persisting problem is
the lack of response to the numerous notices, reports and questionnaires
sent out from the Clan Sinclair office. This makes it difficult to ascertain
how effective our organization is as a Clan Association.
The Bank Balance as of February 20th, 1982 is $ 26.86 . The funds
are very limited due to the difficulty in getting members to renew their
memberships on a yearly basis.
The Sec. Treas' Report was adopted on a MOTION by Douglas Sinclair -
2nd. by Nancy Staveley - CARRIED
MOVED by Nancy Staveley, "that a vote of thanks be given to the
Sec.Treas for her work over the years." CARRIED
Some preliminary discussion took place but it was MOVED by Sandy Sinclair
"that the Constitution be discussed after the election of Officers".
It was the feeling of those present that the Fee Structure should
be discussed by the new Executive.
MOVED by Duncan Sinclair - 2nd. by Sandy Sinclair,
"that the Association have Area Vice-Presidents." CARRIED
ELECTION OF OFFICERS:
PRES. On a motion from the floor
it was MOVED by Duncan Sinclair - 2nd. by David Sinclair "that Mac Sinclair
stand for President of the Clan Sinclair Ass." MOVED by David Sinclair
"That Nominations be Closed."
SEC.TREAS. MOVED by Douglas Sinclair -
2nd. by Barbara Sinclair "that Nancy Staveley be the new SEC.TREAS."
MOVED by Sandy Sinclair "that Nominations Cease." CARRIED
Nancy Staveley agreed to accept the office for a period of one year.
GATHERING OF THE CLANS 1983:
Mac Sinclair the incoming President suggested that the Clan Sinclair Ass.
be involved at some time in 1983; and that the Maritime Command be contacted
to forward a programme of the events.
MOVED by Douglas Sinclair - 2nd. by Roselma Sinclair "That the
time frame for a Sinclair Ceilidh be left to the Maritime group to find out
just what can be arranged." CARRIED
It was decided to LEAVE the appointment of Area Vice-Presidents
with the new Executive.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned on a MOTION by
the Past President, Eddie Sinclair.
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