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Clan Carmichael USA Annual Meeting 2002


Clan Carmichael USA met at the Stone Mountain Highland Games in Georgia for the annual meeting on Saturday, October 19, 2002. Under the tall pine trees and at the edge of the woods, the board of directors met in the morning in a tent provided by the games officials for clan meetings. That tent was not large enough for our annual meeting as we had a good number of members present for these games. That afternoon the annual meeting was held under the Carmichael tent with the members spreading out to picnic tables and lawn chairs around the edges.

Clan Meeting Clan Tent
Clan Meeting Clan Tent

The meeting was called to order by president William "Billy Mac" Carmichael and a moment of silence was observed for departed members. Alana Nigro gave the financial report then each committee chairperson gave a report. Our Chief, Richard Carmichael of Carmichael, was present and spoke to us about the happenings on the Carmichael Estate in Scotland. He also announced that our next International Gathering will be held in Scotland in late June of 2004.

Next year’s annual meeting will be held at the games in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the first weekend in October.

After the meeting was adjourned, we took a group picture in front of the tent.

Some of our members were camping at the campgrounds in the park. That evening the clan gathered around the campfire for chili and salad, fellowship and a few spirits. Slides of the 1990 Gathering in Scotland were shown.

Some of our members, along with our Chief and his Lady, Patricia, attended the Kirkin’ of the Tartans on Sunday morning. Our Chief and his Lady along with several clan members ran the kilted mile. Clan Carmichael sponsors the trophy for best clan participation in the kilted mile. This year we won the trophy for the first time. We marched as a Clan in the Parade of Tartans on Sunday afternoon then began to disband to our various homes throughout the country.

Reported by Jeanette Simpson