Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2000 12:52:28 -0500
From: Ian Sinclair
I hope I haven't missed something, but I would like to comment about the
Winter Gathering of the Clan Sinclair Ass. of Canada held last Sunday in
Organized by our
Association Sec./Tres., piper, and all-around charismatic
leader, Rory, this event has became a staple of our Clan Sinclair life and
this year, forty-six of us, the largest group to date, enjoyed the fine
luncheon and the opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones. Most
notable, of course, among those in attendance was our
Clan Chief, Malcolm,
who spoke about his plans, through the
to save and restore
the development of the
Research Centre at Noss Head
and about the
Gathering 2000 this Summer.
What an amazing time to be a
Sinclair! How fortunate we are to have a Chief who is willing to spend his
time and energy on such exciting Clan affairs!
It was also wonderful to meet
Mary Selver, representing our U. S. Clan
John and Gretchen Quarterman,
to whom we owe so much for
facilitating our communication through
Clan President, W. E. (Bill) Sinclair of Halifax, brought us greetings
and news of events in Nova Scotia, and we saw a video presentation of
All in all, it was an inspiring day, and many thanks are due to Rory, and
photographer-and-right-hand Mary, for their efforts to make it happen.
Richmond Hill, Ont.
From: "Neil Sinclair/Peggy Rintoul"
Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2000 10:12:49 -0500
Greetings to the extended clan;
I note that Ian has already done a splendid job of sharing the wonderful
event of last Sunday, namely our clan gathering in Ontario! He has done
so in an elegant and timely manner. What I want to do is perhaps add a
bit of my perceptions and appreciations of individuals that go the extra
mile 'litterally' for others and in sharing fellowship, heritage,
friendship and family fun. I would like to convey here, a thank you to
our extended family that works so hard to share the values of being part
of something that spans time and geography, and nurtures relationships
It is always a treat to see
Rory who is such a gentle host and also
dynamic driver of clan fellowship; standing in the hall to greet members
in one of his full "Sinclair Dress regalias." But there was far more
surprises in the offing. The most special was meeting many of our "list
friends" in person. Email addresses have faces and voices!
was greeting and helping out on Sunday as if she were a Torontonian all
her life. It was special she was there. Then
John Quarterman and
Gretchen we found were not "cyber bots" (we really knew better) but warm
brilliant communicatiors and they had come a piece. Austin is not
exactly around the corner. Then we had the pleasure of meeting the
cousins, Bill Sinclair and our direct cousin Roger, (Clan
Sinclair Canada/ Nova Scotia, both in Sinclair dress). What a pleasure.
And Halifax is not exactly around the corner either.
Then we had more surprises when Rory suggested that this day was hard to
top when we had an opportunity to meet our
as an individual that had a lot to share and offer and a mission to preserve
our heritage. I came away very impressed with the commitment energy and
drive to preserving and passing on the Sinclair culture and tradition
for generations to come for an extended family around the globe. Then
there were PEI cousins, Toni and Sandy of the
Argyll net, and Wanda of
the Toronto Archives, and Heather from Durham College and how the list
goes on and on! What a fine opportunity it was to meet such a splendid
gathering of fine individuals of all ages and to salute the volunteers
of our Ontario association.
So Rory your gathering was a home run clear out of our Toronto Skydome!
Peggy my better half, and myself, as attendees of such a fine event,
want to thank you publically for the efforts you made. Events do not
just happen they take a lot of work! I also personally thank, those that
came from such great distances and from our community and shared of
themselves the fellowship, rewards of common heritage we can take pride
in. We look forward to sharing the rewards of that friendship in times
But perhaps most importantly we are again reminded of the continuing
human energy that is now networked around the world. To those friends in
the rewards ahead of you are many. To those
participants on the list, thank you for keeping your posts coming. As
"Sinclair's" something special is developing in an ongoing fashion,
through time and over distance which is special. It is as Rob might
venture ours is "a unique song among the chorus of human voices" and it
plays well. Thanks to all those that came, and to all you that read and
participate on this list. In deepest appreciation you have our
Neil Sinclair & Peggy Rintoul
Toronto/PEI/Argyll and Ontario/Perthshire
Attendees at the Clan Sinclair Ontario 2000 gathering.