From Litir à Clann (Family Newsletter),
a report by the Association President,
R. Malcolm "Mac" Sinclair, that appeared
in the June 1984 issue (Bulletin No 8), followed by
a letter from the CSSNS Secretary,
December 1984 (Bulletin No 10).
At the founding General Meeting of the Clan Sinclair Society of
Nova Scotia held on 6 April 1984, the following Executive officers
were duly elected:
- President: Mr. John G. Sinclair, Halifax
- Vice-President: Dr. Alisdair Sinclair, Halifax
- Treasurer: Miss Mary Sinclair, Thorburn
- Secretary: LCol. John M. Sinclair, New Glasgow
- Directors: Mr. Harold M. Sinclair, Goshen; Mrs. Jane Williams,
Windsor Jct.; Mr. Donald Sinclair, Dartmough.
We are fortunate that this branch of the Sinclair Clan is organizing
to become a strong association in Nova Scotia and the Maritime region and
will be able to organize for continuity in Clan Association matters and
to be a strong, active participating unit for the now traditional
"Gathering of the Clans" promoted by Nova Scotia Scots at
four year intervals (1979 - 1983, etc.).
Discussions and communications were carried on during the months of
this year by Jack and Mac, all in a spirit of co-operation and a desire
that the Clan Sinclair Association Canada would welcome this initiative
in Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia "Society" would want to
continue a close and family-like affiliation with the National
We are happy to report that this intent has been clearly defined and
we are jointly promoting a "dual membership" for Nova Scotia
members with a division of fees which will, hopefully, ensure financial
assistance to both groups for their communication costs. The annual fees
for memberships will be:
|Clan Sinclair Association Canada (only)
|Nova Scotia Society (only)
|Canadian & Nova Scotia
|(*divided equally between the two Associations)
This arrangement was given a great "blessing" and mutually
enthusiastic approval at dinner in Halifax during Easter week when
Mac and Eileen "stopped over" at Halifax and enjoyed dinner
at the home of Jack and Glady and the company, later, of Alisdair and
carol Sinclair as well as Jane and Glen Williams. We all recommend the
dual membership for all Sinclair (St Clairs) and the families which
are septs, in Nova Scotia.
Letter from John M. Sinclair of Melmerby Beach near New
Glasgow . . . some extracts:
Dear Mac and Eileen:
You will have had notices, I am sure, of the Founding General Meeting
of the Clan Sinclair Society of Nova Scotia, held at the Faculty Club,
Dalhousie University, on April 8, 1984. Sixteen members were present.
The meeting adopted a constitution, elected a slate of officers,
decided on a fee structure.
The long hot drought experienced in Northern Nova Scotia during the
summer of 1984 ended at precisely seven minutes after twelve noon on
Saturday, August 11th. The heavens opened at that moment and thoroughly
drenched the membership of the Nova Scotia Branch of your Association who
had assembled at Melmerby Beach for an informal Gathering and picnic.
There were several more heavy showers during the afternoon, and the
Executive Committee congratulated itself on its prudence in holding the
event close enough to a couple of Sinclair homes to allow some shelter.
There were 39 persons (20 adults and 10 children) present, from Glace Bay,
Goshen, New Glasgow, Eureka, Halifax and Saint John N.B. The report on the
event concludes with the comment that the adverse weather hampered the
holding of games and sports but a number of hardy souls did manage
to get in a swim between downpours. The heroine of the day was Heather,
daughter of our President Jack, who kept the young ones fully engaged with
indoor games and projects.
We send both personal best wishes, and as secretary of the Nova Scotia
Society, greetings to National Headquarters.
P.S. Our Florida address is ... [Bradenton, Florida]
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