08 Gathering Refunds,
Donations and Payments Due
Along with all the wonderful
experiences there were times at the beginning when there was insufficient
information and miscommunications that resulted in missing buses and
pre-paid scheduled events. For those miscues, I can only apologize and offer
a full refund of the payment.
Refunds will be provided if
the event was cancelled (e.g. the Aileach Galley) or you missed the event
through no fault of your own. Please send the name(s) and event(s) with the
amount for each person and the method used to make the payment (check or
Because Iíve received far
fewer requests for refunds than I think are warranted, I assume that many
have not checked the web site or found this notice. Iíve made this into a
separate REFUND link which can be found at each of the web address. Iíve
also extended the date for making a request to Monday, 1st September. The
only event that was cancelled was the Galley Aileach ride which only was
able to go out on a few occasions due to bad weather. Unless I hear from
you, I have no way of knowing how many didnít get to ride. If I donít hear I
will apportion the fund equally between the Galley Aileach Trust and the
Gathering and/or the Clan MacIntyre Trust. Except for extenuating
circumstances, the books will be considered closed after September 1st for
the following reasons:
a. Memories fade,
b. I have Jury Duty on September 2nd, and
c. I have to concentrate fully on completing the 2nd edition of the History
of Clan MacIntyre.
There are three choices you
can make to refund all or part of what you are due.
1. Have all the refund sent
directly to you by the method you originally paid i.e. check or PayPal.
2. Designate the refunds to defray the additional costs of the Gathering.
3. Designate the refunds as a donation to the newly-formed The Clan
MacIntyre Trust (a Scottish Charity).
I cannot have a final accounting until all expenses (including refunds) have
been paid. You can be assured that no one will profit from the Gathering.
Rosemary and I have gladly made two trips to Scotland to arrange this
adventure. The sense of joy and fulfillment that the Gathering provided has
been our reward. Of course, we donít want to have to pay for any costs
beyond what was collected (losses) if it can be avoided.
Donations to the Clan MacIntyre Trust will go to maintaining our heritage
e.g., plaques at the Glen Noe cairn and the Stone of the Fatted Calf, a
covering of Duncan (I)ís grave site at Ardchattan Priory, restoration of the
water-stained wooden surface of the MacIntyre Coat of Arms at the St.
Conanís kirk choir stall, and completion of the Trust website where clan
pipe tunes, poetry and tartanís can be displayed. The Trust has been duly
incorporated in Scotland and we are now awaiting our Scottish Charity
There were a number of individuals who made deposits and then werenít able
to attend. Some of them generously asked that their deposits be used to
defray the costs of the Gathering. They will receive a copy of the souvenir
program and, if there are sufficient copies, a Taynuilt Games program.
There were a few individuals
who made last minute decisions to attend an event but didnít get the
opportunity to pay. I have incomplete records so would appreciate it if you
would let me know what you owe and make the necessary payment via PayPal or