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Diaspora - 18 March 2020 Elections Kickoff

CMW Elections Kick off - 2020


It is that time of year again when the Election Committee reaches out to voting members for nominations of names to serve on the Board of Directors.  Please expect an email via survey monkey, April 1st, asking for a maximum of 3 nominations to serve.

When CMW was started, it was suggested that we have a rotating Board of Directors.  We adopted this idea because it keeps fresh ideas coming in to CMW, and won't allow any one individual or group of individuals to have control of our organization.  Since inception, this has worked extremely well.  As the process goes, nominations are opened on 1 April of every year, and then the nomination period closes on 11 April. This will be true for this year again.

We are an all-volunteer group, so we rely upon those who are willing to serve.  Terms are for 3 years.  A Board member may run again for an additional 3 years, but then they must sit out at least a year before serving again.  Once the Board has been selected, the new members will convene in January of the following year to start the next term.  And in January, the Board votes from among the 9 members to place the Executive: the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  And there you have it.

If you are a voting member (yes - this is one advantage of being a paying member, you are a voting member), please consider running for the Board of Directors, or nominate another voting member to serve on the Board of Directors.

CMW is a 501(c)3 corporation, and we are very proud of our ability to provide to our members ongoing information about archaeological discoveries we sponsor, game highlights, geneaology assistance, FtDNA participation, athletic/dance sponsorships, group trips to MacFarlane heritage sites in Scotland (2020), and more.  Please consider sharing your time and MacFarlane interest with all of us.  

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Announcement - Cowboy Boots and Kilts Event Cancelled

San Antonio, Texas

Cowboy Boots and Kilts, March 4, 2020


This event was to be held within the San Antonio Highland Games and Festival Music Festival. However, the current coronavirus, Covid-19, has threatened all public events where people will congregate. The expert advice suggests that such events should be avoided if possible, despite the fact that there are minimal cases in the USA.


The organizers of the Cowboy Boots and Kilts event have decided to err on the side of caution and have, with considerable reluctance, cancelled this event. We think it wise to assist in limiting any further spread of this virus. 


Any monies paid to the organizers by you to attend the event will be refunded in full.

Bruce MacGregor Whyte, MD

Michael Lloyd-Sterns

Laurie MacFarlane

Diaspora - 16 February 2020



Mother used to almost draw a breath whenever she would say to me: "Oh, but it is a really nice tweed jacket."  As an adult, I now understand why she loved tweed so much.  A tough fabric, it does come in a variety of colors, albeit what I would deem muted in brilliance.  To date, I have never personally owned anything tweed.  But I know it when I see it.  It exudes quality and endurance.  It also usually comes with a higher price tag than I have felt my cheap old bones willing to pay.  But in all honesty, I have to also remember another statement from my Mother.  She would say that you get what you pay for.  "A $100 coat will likely last you 10 or more years.  At the cost of $10 per year, it is well worth the investment."

So, after yet another visit through a department store where I longingly ran my hands across a beautiful tweed jacket for myself, I've decided to educate myself on tweed.  I guess we can take that ride together.

There is a wonderful website that provides expert education in the simplest of manner (of which I am MOST appreciative), on a variety of topics.  So when I went looking for something on the internet, a Master class all about tweed, was something I just did not want to overlook.  The class about tweed is taught by Marc Jacobs, a well-known fashion designer.  You can review his succint lesson here:  TWEED.

So, in a nutshell, tweed appeared in the mid-eighteenth century.  We all know it comes from Ireland and Scotland.  But it was originally called "tweel."  Twell is the Scottish word for twill.  There appears to be a story that a bumbling Englishman misinterpreted "tweel" for "tweed" and the rest is... history.

Farmers were the first to wear tweed, but as usual, give a nobleman an idea, and they will run with it.  So after 1848, Prince Albertt purchased Balmoral Castle and designed a Balmoral tweed.  From there, it was fashionable for each estate to have their own tweed design.

Yes, tweed is really warm.  This is why we have actually purchased one for Steve.  We were in Scotland, and it was terribly cold.  He always insists on having his tweed jacket with us if we are going to the mountains.  But beyond a jacket or coat, you have likely seen the use of tweed in hats, bags, and of course, full suits for men and women.

Many years ago, I an certain that I saw a program discussing tweed, the weave of tweed, and a discussion about how the tweed is a match to the countryside and used as a sort of hunting camoflauge.  I've never seen that expressed anywhere again, so although I trust my PBS, I do have to wonder if this wasn't a convenient explanation.  The truth is, there are several recognizable tweed patterns.

1.  Harris tweed - legally protected and made in the outer Hebrides off the northern coast of Scotland.  There is a Harris Tweed Act of 1993:  “Handwoven by the islanders at their homes in the Outer Hebrides, finished in the Outer Hebrides, and made from pure virgin wool dyed and spunin the Outer Hebrides.”

2.  Donegal tweed - From Donegal, Ireland, this is deemed the most popular tweed with colorful specks and a knobby surface.

3.  Saxony tweed - Originally made in Saxony, Germany, it is a very soft tweed.  The wool comes from merino sheep.

4.  Herringbone tweed - The familiar weave with a pattern of V's.  It does look like fish bones, this the name.

5.  Shetland tweed - This tweed is from the Shetland Island sheep.  The Shetland Islands are off the northeast coast of Scotland.  This wool is lighter in color and weight, producing what is considered a casual tweed.

6.  Barleycorn tweed - (Never heard of it!). The weave has the appearance of barleycorn kernels on the surface of the fabric.  Slightly bumpy, the pattern is, per Marc Jacobs, "a dynamic pattern."

7.  Cheviot tweed - From the Cheviot sheep of the Scottish borders, this produces a rough and heavy tweed.

8.  Overcheck tweed - a plain fabric with a large checked design with contrasting colors.

(Thank you Marc Jacbos!)

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