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2014 CBS Annual General Meeting: The Clan Blair Society's Annual General Meeting for 2014 will once again be done electronically, using a FUZE Meeting webinar functionality. This year's AGM will occur at 10:00AM Mountain time on September 27th. This year we have John A. Blair, project manager for the Blair DNA Project. He will present the work and successes of the Blair DNA Project and describe how to get involved yourself. Our Genealogy Chair, Coy Blair will make a presentation on how to get started with your own genealogy research. President, Jim Blair will present the annual report of the society and the state of our projects and committees as is usual for our AGMs. In addition, we'll hear a presentation of proposed national anthems if Scotland votes for independence.

If you don't make the Annual General Meeting presentation, not to worry. Members will have access to a full replay of the session in the Members Only area once it has been downloaded, edited, and loaded into our members' site. Members should be sure to check out all the videos that have been loaded into our Video section of the Members' Only site.

May 2014 CBS Broadcast: The Clan Blair Society's second membership broadcast will take place on Saturday, May 31st at 10:00AM Mountain time. This time we'll be playing a special interview with past president Dr. William Campbell Blair on his experiences with the Clan Blair Society and Scottish Heritage. We will also present the final portion of 'The History of Blair House' by Caroline Borwick. So, don't miss it. Members will receive final information for joining the call by Friday, May 30th. Members will also be able to find login information on the Members' Only site. Final link updates will be made sometime Friday, May 30th.

We have been working out the kinks in the broadcast system since we started these with our 2013 Cyber AGM, so please be patient. We're hoping that this time will have worked most of the kinks out as we're even moving to a new system.

February 2014 CBS Broadcast:On February 15th, we conducted our second internet broadcast for Clan Blair Society members. Due to technical difficulties, only a few people were allowed in. Not to fear, the broadcast has been published on the Clan Blair Society members site. For members, just log into Members.ClanBlair.Org and look for the video section. There, you'll find a link to the Burns Broadcast. The Burns Broadcast included one of our own presenting 'Ode to a Haggis' recorded at a Robert Burns dinner event at the Colorado home of our President Jim Blair. Shawn Blair, Maine gave a presentation on the historical Robert Burns, and we also presented the first half of 'The History of Blair House' by Caroline Borwick.

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!

Change in Leadership:Clan Blair Society regrets to announce that current President, Helen Blair has resigned from her office due to health issues. As provided for in the society's by-laws, Vice President Jim Blair, CO, will step in as President of Clan Blair Society. We would like to wish the best to Helen for a rapid and full recovery. Helen will continue to take orders for the Clan Blair Store and her Arizona team will continue to host the Clan Blair tent at local games. Please join us in prayers and warm thoughts for Helen and Bob Blair, her husband and also formerly active CBS leader. We also want to express our greatest gratitude for the years of service that Helen has provided through her passion for Clan Blair Society and her Scottish heritage.

2012 Annual General Meeting:The 2012 Annual Meeting was held in conjuction with the Colorado Scottish Festival and Rocky Mountain Highland Games in Highland Ranch, Colorado on August 3-5. For members, see the recent newsletter for a full report. See the 2012 AGM page for more details on the event.

Muniments Committee Call to Action:The Blair House is auctioning off several lots of historical Blair documents in the coming week (March 13-14). CBS has activated the Muniments Committee to pursue the acquisition of those that would hold value for Clan Blair Society and Blairs. We are calling for Donations from members (or friends) who would like to support this goal. See more and choose to Donate on the Muniments Committee page. Note: the auction for the Blair House items is over. We were unable to acquire any pieces due to the high prices that they sold for. We will continue to accept contributions to the Muniments Fund for future potential materials acquisition and publication.

2011 Annual General Meeting:The 2011 Annual Meeting in Boise, ID took place on September 16-17 in conjuction with the Treasure Valley Celtic Festival and Highland Games in Boise. See the 2011 AGM page for more details on the events.

Blair Bruidhinn Newsletter Changes:Clan Blair Society welcomes a new editor/publisher staff for the Blair Bruidhinn. Adoree and Jim Blair have taken on filling big shoes for our quarterly clan newsletter. A great big Thank You goes out to Allen Rountree, our editor of more than 10 years. Allen has published an excellent Blair Bruidhinn throughout his term. Now, he gets a deserved rest from the monumental task. Thank you, Allen.

The transition has taken some time, so our next issue will be published in November. The quarterly schedule will resume in February of 2011. See more on our newsletter on our clan newsletter page.

2010 Annual General Meeting:The 2010 Annual Meeting in Greenville, SC occurred on May 28-29th at the annual Greenville Games. Watch the newsletter and the AGM page for more details on the events. Get more information on the Greenville Scottish Games and the CBS 2010 AGM.

Clan Blair Scotland Trip:The Clan Blair Scotland Trip has been cancelled for 2011 and indefinitely. Due to the large costs and early deposits required, we feel there wouldn't be enough members able to afford the organized trip. Check the scotland trip page, above, for more details.

News From AGM - Watch This Page! !As the AGM happens this weekend, news and information from the clan will be announced as we return to our homes. Watch this page and the Members' Only section of our web site for the latest news and events of the Society. Also be sure to read your newsletter, due out after the 15th of November for all the latest clan information. Allen, our Blair Bruidhinn editor, is already working hard at producing this next issue. He awaits our news of the AGM activities as this is written. So, Stay Tuned!

Clan Blair Elections:The Clan Blair Society elections have been completed for another term. The results will be announced at the AGM in May and the new officers will take office. Reports of the elections and the AGM will be included in our next newsletter, which will be released shortly after our AGM.

If you're not paid up on your dues, please send in your check or contact Helen Blair ASAP. The member mailing list has been cleared of non-paid members and a new password has been set on the Members' Only site. In addition, the next newsletter goes out after the AGM and you mill miss that.

2010 Annual General Meeting:Clan Blair announces that our next AGM will happen at the Greenville Scottish Games the weekend of May 28-29th. See the 2010 AGM page link for all the details. So, make your reservations and plans to join us. Get all the updates at CBS 2010 AGM.

CBS Games Page Updates:The games page has been updated with information available on games we've attended or plan to attend. If you have any updates on festivals and games that you attend or host a tent, be sure to send a note to the weblaird from our games page.

Blair Bruidhinn now Electronic:CBS has now moved to an electronic version of our newsletter for our members that are capable. We've had an outstanding response from the first issue released electronically in February. This will save the society significantly in the printing and postage expense, allowing us to continue to work to keep the dues at its low cost. To be added to the electronic delivery list, contact the Membership Chair or subscribe from our Members Only section. See the Members Only area for more information.

CBS Site Moved:If you are reading this news message on the Clan Blair home page, then you are now browsing the clanblair.org pages on a new hosting server. We recently moved the hosting to a new server and will be updating the CBS email list shortly.

BLAIR DNA Project:Recently, the administrator of the Blair DNA Project announced that the project web pages are being moved to a new domain, BlairDNA.com. All information regarding this project will now reside at BlairDNA.com. If you are a male Blair descendant and haven't submitted your DNA, be sure to join this project. All results are confidential and only shared with your permission. There have been some amazing results!

Clan Blair Photo Gallery:We have another new feature for our members and friends! Recently launched is our Clan Blair Society Photo Gallery. The 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:Announcing the newly launched Discussion Forums for the Clan Blair Society. Recently we created a new 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!

2008 AGM Announced:As the 2007 AGM wraps up, we have confirmed the location of the 2008 AGM. This will take place the weekend of August 3, 2008 in Livonia, Michigan at the 159th Highland Festival of Detroit. As the details of the next event roll out, you will be able to find them here on Clan Blair online. So, block out your schedule now for the 2008 AGM weekend, beginning Friday afternoon for the CBS board meeting and Friday evening activities.

2009 Scotland Trip: Have you always wanted to visit Scotland to see the ancient homes of your Blair ancestors? Would you like to personally visit the Blair estate owners and have tea, dinner, or even stay overnight? We have begun the planning for our 2009 Clan trip to Scotland and will soon be asking for feedback and commitments from our participants. This trip may require earlier commitments as we are looking at coordinating it with a history making Scottish Clans event in July, 2009, The Gathering 2009. Visit our Scotland 2009 trip page for more information and to tell us you are interested in joining us. Members and non-Members are welcome.

2007 AGM Now Happening!If you are in the Tucson, AZ area, be sure to join us at the Clan Blair tent at the Tucson Celtic Festival at the race track. Saturday evening, we are holding our Clan Dinner at the Hotel Arizona. IF you would like to join us and don't yet have reservations, then visit us at the Clan Tent at the festival. We may have room for a few more seats. The event is rolling out to be yet another grand Clan Blair event. We also have a few surprises for our attending members!

2009 Scotland Trip Planning for our tri-ennial Clan trip to Scotland is just beginning to get under way. If you are interested in participating in our 2009 Scotland Trip, please let us know early. No commitment is necessary at this time. Trip destinations and early planning will begin this year, then an itinerary will be developed in 2008. Commitments and deposits will be requested in late 2008. Begin planning now! The trip usually occurs in the mid to late August timeframe. Members and non-Members are welcome.

2007 AGM ReminderThe 2007 Annual General Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Tucson, Arizona Highland Festival on November 2-4. Details are available either in our newsletter or on our AGM page. Please plan to join us in this election year as we induct our new officers. Other activities are also planned for our members. Plan to join us for a great time and Blair comraderie!

2006 Scotland Trip: Members and non-members alike had a grand time abroad in Scotland in 2006. Dinners at historic Blair homes, tours of Scotland's great spots, and a ton of fun. The photos are already circulating and talk of the next trip in 2009 is about. Be sure to watch for our announcements. Planning for 2009 will begin in only a year or so.

2006 AGM ReminderThe 2006 Annual General Meeting just shy of three weeks away. If you haven't made your reservations yet, you should do so immediately. Also, please advise John of your Clan Dinner reservations and send him your check. Planning is complete and we all await your company and participation. We're looking forward to a strong turnout in Richmond. Be sure to join us!

2006 Scotland Trip: Just a thought as we look at the calendar... The group that has gone on our Scotland trip would be halfway through right now. I hope the weather has been wonderful and I'm sure they have been having a Grand! time! Today, August 30th, I believe they are round about Oban. Let's all send warm thoughts for their enjoyment and safe travels! If you missed it this time, then mark your calendars for August/September of 2009 for the next Clan Blair Scotland Trip!

2006 AGM: The rescheduled 2006 Annual General Meeting is under way! Many thanks to John and Judy Blair, our Virginia commissioners, for hosting our 2006 Annual General Meeting. This year's AGM will be held at the Richmond Highland Games & Celtic Festival which takes place from October 28-29th. A very good hotel rate has been obtained for a short time so if you need lodging, be sure to make your reservations early.. The Board Meeting will take place on Friday evening, the general meeting on Saturday afternoon, and the annual Clan Blair Dinner on Saturday evening. Learn more and Join Us!

2006 Scotland Clan Trip: The 2006 Clan Blair Society Scotland trip has been finalized and is filling fast! Reports from our trip organizer, Dr. Bill Blair, indicate that this is going to be another fantastic Clan Blair trip. Visits to the grand Blair estates and other wonderful spots in Scotland are on the itinerary. This trip is always worth it, and unique to Clan Blair. We meet the current owners of these grand properties, visit the great historic locations around Scotland, and usually are not ready to leave after these two weeks! Check with Dr. Bill now if you'd like to try to get in on this trip. Scotland Trip 2006 page.

2005 AGM: The 2005 Annual General Meeting was a great success! Many thanks to Helen and Bob Blair, our Arizona commissioners, for putting together a very enjoyable and memorable event. A Grand! tent for two days, a very enjoyable dinner on Saturday evening with an Arms and Armor presentation, and terrific hospitality! Everybody who attended enjoyed themselves. The weather was dry and fine! Warning Helen & Bob - we will probably be back! Watch for the news of our next AGM in 2006. Start planning now to attend. Hint: we're hoping its going to be warm in February again. Be sure to check the clan newsletter for stories of the 2005 AGM.

New CBS Email List !: Clan Blair Society now has its own email list for its special news to its members. It is a members only list to distribute news between Blair Bruidhinn issues. Read how to subscribe to this list on the CBS Members' page. If you don't have the information to sign into our Members' page, send an email to for assistance. Be sure to include your full name and CBS membership number. Join the list now so you don't miss any news from the Clan Blair Society! Another benefit of your membership in CBS.

2005 Scotland Trip Changes: The 2005 Clan Blair Society Scotland Trip has been postponed until 2006. The planning has come along well, but economics and events have forced us to reconsider the trip for 2005. Planning will continue throughout 2005 for an August, 2006 trip. Go to our Scotland Trip page to see the exciting itinerary. For two weeks in August, 2006 the Clan Blair trip will visit exciting, historic Blair and other spots in Scotland. Blair House, Dunskey House, ArdBlair Castle, Balthyock, Blairqhuan, the Borders, Isle of Arran are just a short list of the stops on the itinerary. Send a note to to reserve a seat. This is a rare opportunity for Blair descendants to visit with so many of the private homes of our family name. Scotland is always wonderful and this makes it extra special.

New CBS Email List !: Clan Blair Society now has its own email list for its special news to its members. It is a members only list to distribute news between Blair Bruidhinn issues. Read how to subscribe to this list on the CBS Members' page. If you don't have the information to sign into our Members' page, send an email to for assistance. Be sure to include your full name and CBS membership number. Join the list now so you don't miss any news from the Clan Blair Society! Another benefit of your membership in CBS.

2005 Scotland Trip Changes: The 2005 Clan Blair Society Scotland Trip has been postponed until 2006. The planning has come along well, but economics and events have forced us to reconsider the trip for 2005. Planning will continue throughout 2005 for an August, 2006 trip. Go to our Scotland Trip page to see the exciting itinerary. For two weeks in August, 2006 the Clan Blair trip will visit exciting, historic Blair and other spots in Scotland. Blair House, Dunskey House, ArdBlair Castle, Balthyock, Blairqhuan, the Borders, Isle of Arran are just a short list of the stops on the itinerary. Send a note to to reserve a seat. This is a rare opportunity for Blair descendants to visit with so many of the private homes of our family name. Scotland is always wonderful and this makes it extra special.

2005 AGM: The 2005 Annual General Meeting is on its way! Helen Blair, our Arizona commissioner, has been working hard at making arrangements for our next Annual General Meeting (AGM). To be held in Mesa, AZ in conjunction with the 41st Annual Arizona Scottish Gathering & Highland Games on February 26, 2005, our next AGM is ready for our members. Be sure to review the details on the 2005 AGM page. Make your reservations now and let Helen know you'll be joining us ! Be sure to join us at our next AGM !

ALERT! Genealogists!: October 25: This email message was just received regarding a threat to the access of genealogical type records in the United States. In the furor of terrorist threat and political aspirations, our representatives in our government are moving to prohibit access to genealogical records. We are all behind protecting our country and its citizens from terrorist activity, but we need to be seriously concerned about our rapidly diminishing rights as citizens. Hard earned access to records could be lost in poorly thought out legislation! If you are reading this, then you probably have an interest in genealogy. Even if not, then you should be concerned about rapidly diminishing rights due to the Patriot Act. YOU MUST ACT, NOW!! Pass this along to friends, family, and others. Read this message and take action! This is the way of Democracy that our forebearers have died for! VOTE on November 4th for those representatives that share your belief in Freedom. AT HOME! and abroad!

Election of Officers - 2004: The 2004 elections have been completed and the results are posted on the CBS Elections page. If you don't have the password for our restricted members only area, send an email to the with your CBS membership number and name. Just send your name and address if you can't find your membership number. Sorry, only current members will be sent the sign in information.

2004 AGM: The 2004 Annual General Meeting was highly successful. Great thanks go to Stuart and Bernadine Blair who worked hard to make it a success. Blairs came from Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, California, Arizona, Texas, and Maine only to name a few. The annual Board meeting had strong attendance and spirited discussions on our present and future activities. Watch for a complete report on our members pages soon. Also, MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Next Year! February 26-27, 2005 in Mesa, Arizona. See the AGM 2005 page that will be coming soon here.

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

Scotland Trip: The 2002 Clan Blair Society Scotland trip is history now ! What a Fantastic trip through historic Blair country, ancient Blair manors and castles, and wonderful Scotland! The trip was a resounding success and all 24 travellers, plus our driver and guide, had a wonderful time. There are lots of stories and lots of pictures to share. Watch these pages in the coming weeks for details of the 2002 Scotland trip. Read about the itinerary on the Scotland Trip page. If you wished you had joined us, then know that the next Clan Blair Society trip will be going in 2005. Three years from now, we'll plan to do this again. Only we'll be adding new destinations and adventures. Start saving your pound sterling (or US $) now. It is certainly a unique tour with our Scottish friends and well worth the wait and money.

The Blair Estate: The Blair Estate, outside Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland has gone through a restoration/renovation to open its doors to corporate events and other visitors. Luke and Caroline Borwick have done a grand job on the ancient Blair home, assisted by their children. View the Blair Estate by visiting their web page at BlairEstate.com. If you know of anybody looking for a unique corporate experience in Scotland, pass on this link. They would be glad you did!

Check out the page for pictures from the 2001 Annual General Meeting. If you have photos, especially scanned or digital, from a Blair event or game that you attended, send it to the and we'll put it up on our Clan Blair web site. Enjoy!



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