Welcome to Clan MacFarlane Worldwide!
If you're like the rest of us you have no doubt found yourself pondering your heritage. Maybe your interest was nurtured as a child or maybe it was just discovered. Either way, we're glad your interest has led you here and we invite you to become part of our worldwide, yet tight, community. Our goals are to educate, share, and take pride in our heritage.
We are MacFarlanes of all spelling variations, McGaws, Spruells, Robbs, Millers, Websters, Weavers, Blacks and many others. Together we form a organization that's kept by the strongest of bonds... family. We answer to the call Loch Sloy, we carry the arms of our forefathers, we preserve the heritage that is so uniquely yours and ours.
It is with your support that the heritage of Clan MacFarlane will continue to thrive for another 800 years. Please join today.
How's the Weather?
I sit here on our farm in Kansas, with the wind blowing - again, and the snow falling - again, and wonder what the weather is like in Scotland? After all, we hear it isn't so pleasant. But after a very long winter in Kansas, I wonder if it is any better in Scotland? (My friend Barb Duff thinks I am a wuss... she and her husband, John, live in Ontario, Canada where the winters are unspeakable.)
So here's a photo from the news today in Kansas:
And what of the weather in Scotland? Well, if traveling, you might check out this great page that will give you all the information you need to know about the weather: https://www.visitscotland.com/about/practical-information/weather/
But know that the page starts off with the following information: "We've all heard plenty of jokes about the Scottish weather - but most of them aren't true! Scotland's climate is actually quite moderate and very changeable, although on occasion we get really hot or really cold weather. As the old Scottish saying goes, 'there's no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes!'
The website even has a great section of Did you Know!
DID YOU KNOW?
- In Scotland, we have an old proverb that goes, 'today's rain is tomorrow's whisky.'
- * Strong winds driving in from the Atlantic and North Sea make the Outer Hebrides and Sutherland a paradise for windsurfers.
- * The eastern part of the country, from Inverness across to Aberdeenshire and down to Angus, Fife and the Lothians, enjoys an annual rainfall that is actually similar to (or less than) New York, Barcelona, Rome or even Rabat in Morocco.
- * The long daylight hours means that you could play a round of golf in the middle of the night on Orkney and Shetland.
- * Long dark winter nights are the best time to see amazing constellations of stars at Scotland's designated Dark Sky areas.
- * The Gulf Stream brings warm winds to Scotland's west coast. You can find palm trees in the Highland coastal town of Plockton.
- * Dundee is Scotland's sunniest city, with an average of 1,523 hours of sunshine per year.
Thank you to the VisitScotland.com website for their information!
Happy Valentine's Day! My husband made me heart-shaped pancakes for. breakfast. I bought him a burial plot (cheap... true story)! Well, I really didn't buy it as a Valentine's Day gift, it just happened to be purchased on this day. But there you have it. We are both very thoughtful. Right?
Just about time to kick off Elections for the annual Clan MacFarlane Worldwide, INC. Board of Directors. So if you are considering running for the Board, we will be kicking it off very soon. In the meantime, the Board of Directors met last night, and the Elections committee put forth a recommended change to the CMW Bylaws. It was quite simple, really. The Bylaws had a pen and ink error, and the Committee asked for a simple change to correct the information.
Section 8.1.7 (8) Election Committee Currently reads:
“E-mail ballots to each eligible voting member on August11, and close the voting at 11:59 p.m., Central Standard Time September 12.”
Motion to change the wording should read:
“E-mail ballots to each eligible voting member on August11, and close the voting at 12:00 p.m. Central Daylight Savings Time on September 11.”
The Board discussed and approved the motion. The Bylaws will now reflect what the Committee has done every year.
So now, you might ask yourself why you did not vote on this measure? Well, if it is a simple pen and ink change, the Board does what it is tasked to do, conduct the business for CMW. However, if it is a major addition or change to how CMW conducts business, then a vote is taken to the voting members.
CMW is an all-volunteer 501c3 corporation. Please consider volunteering your time. Elections will kick off with nominations very soon!
12 February 2019 - This is a new addition to our Clan MacFarlane Worldwide website. We've decided that there is so much to share about CMW, our shared heritage, and more, then why not a blog? So why not?
First - what shall we call it? Well... because CMW is truly a global group, I've decided the Diaspora is appropriate. Why? Because the Scots have scattered around the globe. If you visit our CMW facebook page, you will find that we have members on our page from just about every reach of the globe. So the Diaspora reflects our differences as well as shared heritage. It is my hope that our blog will do this too.
If you research the Scottish Diaspora, and you open the Wikipedia link about the Diaspora, it lists the countries where our Scots are now concentrated: United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, England, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile and Brazil. However, there is also a long-standing history of Scots in Poland I happen to be of the opinion that the Scots are absolutely everywhere.
During the celebration of the 2014 Homecoming, a project was sponsored where over 300 panels were brought together from Scottish communities from around the world, to create one large beautiful tapestry exhibit. If you want to gather more information about the Diaspora, the 2014 Homecoming tapestry project, you can find it here:
http://www.scottishdiasporatapestry.org. And with that, we have our very first blog entry!
The January 2019 Loch Sloy! is now digitally available. Just click the attachment to download.
Free Access to Celtic Life for CMW Members
Thank you to Barb and John Duff, Canada, who have sent the following on to CMW voting (paying) members. Just another reason to maintain your membership with CMW, free access to Celtic Life.
To enjoy the January/February issue, use this link: https://celticlife.com/february-2019/