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2008 World Gathering of MacIntyres Taynuilt, Scotland
A fourth Post Gathering Report from Martin MacIntyre


27 October 2008

Dear Friends,

Here is the fourth post-gathering report that includes the promised financial accounting plus information on The Clan MacIntyre Trust.

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

The accounts for the 2008 Gathering are officially closed.

Below is a final accounting of the income and expenditures for the 2008 World Gathering with a breakdown by budget categories.  There were obligations that we had to pay regardless of the attendance levels (e.g. boats, buses, printing, ceilidh band, Taynuilt ceilidhs, communication and administrative assistance).   We waited as long as possible for attendees to make refund requests for events they missed through no fault of their own.  A detailed accounting has been reviewed and approved by our volunteer Gathering Treasurer, Stuart MacIntire.  The good news is that from a total income of $57,447 the deficit is less than $500 (< 1%) when we feared it might have been ten times that amount.  The income includes donations from individuals who couldn’t attend at all or missed events but didn’t request refunds.     

We’re glad the Gathering was successful.   Hopefully, there will be another one for those who couldn’t attend this time.  That will be left for others to decide and carry out.

Account Summary
$57,447.05   Net Income
$57,906.33   Net Expenditures
$    (459.28)  Net Loss

Expenditures by Budget Categories
$ 14,240   Banquet (Argyllshire Hall, food, service, decorations, non-MacIntyre entertainers and the Faery Pipes)                           
$ 13,730   Land Transport (buses, drivers, petrol)
$   5,460   Hog Roast (food, drink, and service)
$   5,240   Glen Noe Gathering (boats, boatman, loos)
$   4,890   Taynuilt Highland Games (admissions, tent, village hall, chairs, tables, banners)
$   2,850   MacIntyre Ceilidh (Corran Hall, ceilidh band)
$   2,280   Administration (non-MacIntyre personnel – management, staff, refreshments)
$   2,230   Printing/Supplies/Equipment
$   2,020   Donations to historic sites that were visited or used ( e.g., Ardchattan Priory and Aileach Galley)
$   1,140   MacIntyre Triathlon (fees and prizes for golf, fly casting and dart tournaments)
$   1,010   Communication (cell phones and computer internet access fees)
$      960   Taynuilt Ceilidhs (admissions for Wed. and Thurs. nights)
$      880   Miscellaneous
$      820   Finance Fees (PayPal, ATM, bank transfers less $90 in earned interest)
$      170   ‘Thank you’ gifts for volunteers
$ 0   Fees for amateur and professional MacIntyre entertainers
$57,900

POST GATHERING REQUEST

There are many photos at www.electricscotland.com/webclans/m/macintyre/2008post.htm.  I know there are many more that could be posted.  Please send them to:

alastairi@electricscotland.com   and    w.mateer@btopenworld.com

Keep checking www.electricscotland.com/webclans/m/macintyre/2008post.htm for post-gathering updates.

Please send me questions or thoughts about the 2008 Gathering.

THE CLAN MACINTYRE TRUST

Those who didn’t attend the final Gathering at Glen Noe, or couldn’t hear my non-amplified voice, may not know that I announced the formation of The Clan MacIntyre Trust in Scotland.  After the hog roast, the incorporation papers were signed at Glen Noe by the five founding Trustees (see below).  The Trust is now an official Scottish Charity and has been approved as a charity by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (UK taxing authority).  On Saturday 4th October / Sunday, 5th October in Australia, the first official meeting of the Board of Trustees was held via the free Internet service (SKYPE®).  The officers were elected and have started to create this new organization, which, along with other MacIntyre organisations, will help maintain our MacIntyre identity and cultural heritage.  See an outline of the Trust below.

Sincerely,

Martin MacIntyre, Gathering Convenor
martin.macintyre@juno.com

THE CLAN MACINTYRE TRUST

PURPOSE AND GOALS

 

To strengthen the ties of kinship among MacIntyres of the world, through:

1. Locating, safeguarding, and memorialising historical MacIntyre sites and antiquities. 

2. Supporting MacIntyre historical, genealogical and cultural research and non-profit publications.

3. Sponsorship of MacIntyre world gatherings

4. Acquiring legal title to a symbolic portion of Glen Noe, the ancestral home of Clan MacIntyre.

5. Obtaining grants and donations to fulfil the above goals.

FORMATION

The incorporation documents of The Clan MacIntyre Trust were signed by five founding members on 20th July 2008 at Glen Noe.  Their signatures were witnessed by Chieftain Ian Malcolm MacIntyre, 17th of Camus-na-h-Eire, one of two honorary trustees. The other honorary trustee is Chief Donald Russell MacIntyre, 10th of Glenoe.  

On 5th August 2008, in accord with the Memorandum and Articles of Association of The Clan Macintyre Trust, the Trust [Company] was incorporated as No. 346619 described as,  “A company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital.”

The Clan MacIntyre Trust was granted charitable status No. SC03980 by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (“OSCR”). The Trust has been registered as a charity with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, which makes the Trust free from taxation. Contributions to the Trust may be tax deductible according to the laws of the donor’s country of residence.

PARTICIPATION

There are two types of basic participation – Friends and Members.  All meetings are held via the Internet and there are no membership dues.

Friends are individuals who in writing subscribe to the purposes and goals of the Trust and are approved by the Board of Trustees.  Friends do not have voting privileges but are encouraged to fully participate in Trust activities.   There is no limit to the number of Friends of The Clan MacIntyre Trust.

Members are individuals who apply in writing to accept direct responsibility for maintaining the Trust and if selected, are prepared to be a Director and/or actively serve on a committee. Their applications are approved by the Board of Trustees.  Members have voting privileges. According to the Articles of Association (constitution), selection of Members is limited by the location of their residence and by the maximum number of Members for whom it is practicable to hold an annual general meeting via the Internet.   

Once the basic organisation is established, there will be no more than twenty-one nor less than fourteen Members.

Between annual general meetings, The Clan MacIntyre Trust’s business will be conducted by Directors/Trustees who are selected from the Membership. In turn, the Trustees select the Officers.

To become a Friend or Member of The Clan MacIntye Trust, please send an e-mail to martin.macintyre@juno.com.  Indicate in your application your reason(s) for wanting to join and any special interest, experience or skills you can offer.  The full Memorandum and Articles of Association (Constitution and By-laws) can be sent to you upon request and will be posted when a website is established.  

TRUSTEES/DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

As required by Scottish laws for Incorporation, the present membership consists of the five founding members who also are the Board of Trustees and the Officers.  Trustees are not paid for their services and only represent themselves and their location of residence.  The areas, trustees and officers are as follows:

1. Scotland – Colin McIntyre – Edinburgh, Scotland, (Treasurer)

2. Canada – Mary Thow, Trenton, Ontario, Canada, (Secretary)

3. United States – Martin MacIntyre, San Francisco, California, USA, (Chairman)

4. Australia – John Sinclair McIntyre, Yackandandah, Victoria, Australia (Vice Chairman)

5. United Kingdom - Archibald McIntyre, Ardchattan, Lorn, Argyll, Scotland (Gentleman Piper)

6. At Large, anywhere in the world

The Board of Trustees makes decisions within the mandate of the Trust and meets as often as necessary. 

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Operations and projects depend on voluntary donations of time and money.  Monetary donations will be used for:

  1. Establishing the Trust.
  2. Annual cost for an independent review as required by laws covering Scottish charity corporations.
  3. Communications (mailing, phone, website)
  4. Projects approved by the Board of Trustees or, if required, by the full membership.

Funds will be held in a Treasurer’s Bank Account.  A PayPal® account will be established for accepting donations in any currency.  An independent executor will make a quarterly report to the Board and the report will be posted on the website, clanmacintyretrust.org, when it goes online. As soon as practicable, on-going expenses will be drawn from income generated by donations.  An alphabetical list of donors will be published annually without identifying the amount of the donation.  The legal cost of establishing the Trust has been advanced by anonymous donors to facilitate establishment of the Trust. To the extent that the law permits, the expense of establishing the Trust will be reimbursed upon availability of funds and approval by the Board of Trustees.

POSSIBLE PROJECTS

Here are projects already proposed and you are encouraged to suggest others.

  1. Representation of the Trust and Clan MacIntyre at The Homecoming to be held in Edinburgh on 25th & 26th July 2009. The Homecoming is sponsored by The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs and the Scottish government’s tourist organizations. 
  2. A listing of MacIntyre sites, antiquities, documents and items of interest to future generations.
  3. Identification of the Stone of the Fatted Calf on the official Ordinance Survey Map.  The recently enlarged Cairn at Glen Noe is already on the Ordinance Survey Map.
  4. Placement of suitable plaques at the Cairn, Stone of the Fatted Calf, and the Glenoe family grave site at Ardchattan Priory.
  5. Maintenance of those sites and physical items that need protection from deterioration, e.g., grave of Duncan I at Ardchattan Priory and the MacIntyre choir stall at St. Conan’s Kirk.
  6. Establishment of a repository for genealogical research by clan members.
  7. Recognition of MacIntyres who have honourably contributed to society.

If you were considering making a donation, please wait until we have bank and PayPal® accounts.


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