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February 2014 CBS Broadcast: Burns Broadcast InformationSince our 2013 Cyber AGM was a success, we've decided to do a regular series of broadcasts throughout the year for our members. On February 15, 2014 we will present our second broadcast to our members making various presentations in celebration of the Scottish Bard, Robert Burns. One of our own will present 'Ode to a Haggis' recorded at a Robert Burns dinner event at the Colorado home of our President Jim Blair. Shawn Blair, Maine will give a presentation on the historical Robert Burns, and we'll also present a taste of the DVD video 'The History of Blair House' by Caroline Borwick. Be sure to attend. Details for attending the WEbEx presentation will be on the Members Only site the week of February 10th.
Annual General Meeting of 2013: Every year, we hold an Annual General Meeting, which is specified in our by-laws, for our members. Prior to the AGM, the board meets for the annual board meeting and reporting, which we report at the AGM. Typically, we have held our AGM at a Scottish event somewhere around the country (once in Scotland). It has become more difficult for our members to travel and participate these past few years, so this past year we did something different. In September, 2013 we held a 'Cyber' AGM. This Cyber AGM was held online so all members could sign in and listen as well as join in. The video recording of this event is available for our members to view on our Members Only site. Visit Clan Blair Society Members Only, log in, and go to the video section to view our 2013 AGM.
2013 Elections: Every three years, the Clan Blair Society holds elections for officers. 2013 was our latest election year. Members were notified of the Ballots or received a paper ballot in their printed newsletter. The voting period ended April 30th and ballots are being counted. We want to thank all of our members that either wnet online to submit their votes or sent in their printed ballot. The results will be announced in the next newsletter.
Members - Dues Payment Notice: For our members, dues are due on January 1st. If you haven't paid your dues yet please do so right now. We will be removing any unpaid members from the newsletter and email lists and will also be changing the Members Only area password. The easiest way to pay is through our PayPal processing. Find links to pay at Join CBS or log into the Members Only site. We recently sent our reminder email notices with more detail. You can also find more information on the Join CBS page.
Clan Blair Photo Gallery:We have another feature for our members and friends! The Clan Blair Society Photo Gallery is a place for us to display our photos from our clan events or other Scottish events to share with everybody. To create your own album, just register for an account and login. Go to Gallery.ClanBlair.net to visit the gallery.
CBS Discussion Forums:Clan Blair Society now has its own Discussion Forums for clan and genealogy discussions and chat. The forums is a place for our members to visit and chat about all sorts of Clan Blair, genealogy, and Scottish heritage topics. Our members can create the discussions as they need them and everybody can join in. To learn how to get started, visit the CBS Forums introduction page on this site. To go directly to the forums, just go to http://forums.clanblair.org. Join us and jump right into the discussions!
BLAIR DNA Project: There is a very interesting genealogical project happening for Blair descendants right now. John A. Blair, owner of the BlairGenealogy.com domain has taken on administration of a Family Tree DNA project for the BLAIRs. To date there are 73 direct male Blair descendants that have submitted test kits of their DNA for analysis. The results are very interesting and for some, surprising! I won't give it away here, but I suggest that if you are a direct descendant (Surname Blair) of the Blairs, and male, that you investigate this project. If you are a female researcher, Family Tree DNA is working on the other side of the chromosones for you. In the meantime, if you know of a direct male descendant, encourage them to participate. Already there are several lines that now know, through this project, that they have a direct connection to the Blair of Blair line in Scotland. Other submitter lines have found new cousins! Both the Clan Blair Society and Blair Society for Genealogical Research endorse this project. BLAIR DNA Project
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