Now, we’re Electric Family Tree on
My doctor has just been adamant about
my taking “stress” from my life. I have really been trying. I even
bought a book that promised a quick “fix” for stress. The book said
“move to Colorado” to remove stress. (It forgot to say how you would
afford such - or how you would eat once you were there...)
I’m afraid - and most of you who know
me, know it - that The Family Tree is the largest source of stress that
I have...and in my own self I know it was a financial crisis involving
the paper that set off my heart attack last October.
I can’t do that again, friends.
So, I have put all of this in the
hands of a Higher Power and also put it in your hands. I am glad to do
the publication so long as I am physically and mentally able to do so.
The trick is...we have to have the money to print and mail. I simply
cannot literally kill myself begging for money and worrying about the
future of this publication.
When the half way time came this
time...we did not have half the money. We had no choice. The Family
Tree will now be on the Internet only - and if you're reading this,
you've found us!
So many of you have been so incredibly
generous for so long. I really and truly cry as I am so touched at how
kind you are. Thank you.
We'll start with the most recent
crisis (the last issue) and our heroes...most of whom have asked for
anonymity. There was a wonderful gentleman in Delaware who sent a check
for $3000 - no questions asked. There was another wonderful gentleman
in New York who sent $2,000 - no questions asked. Another anonymous
donor had made a gift sometime ago that we were able to use...and we had
some advertisers who paid their overdue bills...and some normal
contributions that arrived in the nick of time. We made it one more
I’ve had to realize I simply cannot
help it that gasoline has become so very expensive nor that our nation’s
economy has been through a really bad time. Those things affect our
smaller donors most of all...and without them, we are toast.
Someone said, “Well, Beth, why don’t
you just tell everyone you need money?” I had to laugh as I think I
have done everything but BLEED on this page! (Come to think of it, I
have bled on the pages thanks to sharp mat knives...)
I must thank The Clan Hamilton
Society, Oliver W. Hamilton, Jr., KCTJ, FSA Scot, president, who sent a
wonderfully kind gift to The Family Tree. Thank you to Mr. Hamilton and
to all of the Clan Hamilton members.
The Clan MacLeod Society, USA, Inc.,
South Central Region from Houston, Texas has made a most generous gift
to the publication.
Scott and Treena Trimble of
Burlington, Kentucky and the Clan Turnbull made a $100 contribution to
The Family Tree and have issued a “Clan Challenge” to other Clan
organizations who have not yet made a contribution.
The Sovereign Military Order of the
Temple of Jerusalem - Priory of the Holy Rood - has made a marvelously
generous contribution to this publication.
The MacPherson Charitable Trust has
made a wonderful contribution to our publication and library as well.
Thank you all so much.
In Moultrie, Mrs. Mitchell Smith made
a contribution that was very, very generous. We thank you so much!
We’ve had Super Postage Heroes this
time...Anne M. Wood of Ben Wheeler, Texas; June McLaren of Louisville,
Tennessee; Nan C. Jeffries of Raleigh, North Carolina, The Rev. Dr. Hugh
Ward of Moultrie, Georgia; Donna La Rocca of Issaquah, Washington; Alta
and Chuck Bearman of Valdosta, Georgia; Chuck Hotchkiss of
Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Gloria McLeod of Houston, Texas; Robert
E. MacLeod, Northeast Regional Vice President of the Clan MacLeod
Society, USA, Inc., Joyce M. Krimminger of Charlotte, North Carolina;
Parley Lamar and Elva Ray Egbert of Thomasville, Georgia and Mr. & Mrs.
Wayne Gibson of Hendersonville, North Carolina.
More Super Postage Heroes this time
include: Liz Curtis Higgs of Louisville, Kentucky; Sally Cottrell of
Tucker, Georgia; Mr. John L. Scott of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania; Sir
Francis McGowin of Andalusia, Alabama; S.R. & Anne Armstrong of
Knoxville, Tennessee; Bobby & Melinda Gilbert of Huntsville, Alabama;
Jacquelyn Delong of Butler, Georgia; Helen Cameron of Manheim,
Pennsylvania; Tom Daniel of Albany, Georgia; Marcia & Russell Harper of
Lewisville, North Carolina; Maureen H. Wolff of Woodstock, Georgia;
William A. Cunningham of Annapolis, Maryland and Mr. Norman Walters of
Ramona and Burton Higgins of
Statesboro, Georgia have made a most kind contribution in memory of our
mutual friend, the Reverend Dr. Quinn Pugh. The Scottish Heritage
Society of Southeast Georgia continues to grow with Dr. Jack Proctor,
former vice-president, now elected president of the society upon the
death of Dr. Pugh.
Our Super Dooper Postage Heroes
include Scots Heritage Magazine of Boswal, Australia; Barbara Henderson
via Internet PayPal, an anonymous donor in Moultrie, Georgia; Mr.
Charles M. East of Sun City, Florida; Doris Louise Buckner Davidson of
Llano, Texas; Dr. James Lee Sturrock of Longview, Texas; Raymond A. and
Joan C. Rushton of Rochester, New York and The Scottish Heritage Society
of Rochester, New York; Dr. & Mrs. William Keith of Water Valley,
Mississippi and Mr. and Mrs. Houston Lowry of Madisonville, Tennessee.
Super Dooper Postage Heroes include
Don & Jane Boney of Chamblee, Georgia; my dear friend and traveling
buddy, John D. Pringle of Puyallup, Washington; Annie Monroe Wigent of
Pontiac, Michigan; and Bennie L. Miller of Fort Pierce, Florida.
No matter what the future holds, I
will always believe that The Family Tree readers are the kindest and
most generous people on earth.