New Year's Message from the Interim President
Updated: Aug 31
Saturday, January 01, 2022
Dear Friends and Family,
We have passed by another year under the sunshine, the rain, and in some cases the snow of our beautiful world. The past year, like the one before, has shown itself to be another one of challenges for the Society as some of our goals were again thwarted temporarily by the global reaction to the COVID-19 virus.
Before I get to my New Year’s message, I received news over the weekend that one of our longest-serving members has passed away. The Society has been very proud to have Carol Whiffen Tackett as a member, nearly since its inception by the late President Vernon Logan. Carol was passionate about genealogy, and hosted hospitality tents at Highland games in California - at one time hosting three tents at the same Highland game! She and President James C. Logan became good friends, sharing a love for the Clan Logan and hosting alongside each other at these games. Carol will be deeply missed by all who knew her, and she leaves quite the legacy of service, which all of us should strive to achieve.
As we move forward into the new year, keeping recent news in mind, I cannot help but think of how quickly life can change - how even well-formed plans can be sent askew by happenings that are completely out of our control. However, we cannot allow these setbacks, as awful as they can sometimes be, to cause us to lose focus on our goals.
Since my earliest days as a member of the Clan Logan Society International, we have focused a great deal on identifying and locating our hereditary Chief of Name and Arms of the Clan Logan. Through the diligent and skilled efforts of John Marjoribanks, our Hereditary Officer, and the persistence of our President James C. Logan, we are much closer to this goal than ever before. Their efforts have resulted in disproving many theories of succession of the chief’s line and have narrowed the scope of research. Once the National Archives of Scotland are again open to the public, I have no doubt that this goal will be achieved in fairly short order. However, this is only one area of focus for the Clan Logan Society International. From our founding documents, we also have as stated goals:
* To foster the Clan Logan sentiment & spirit; to cultivate & develop a sense of clanship & thereby promote sociability & friendly discourse between members
* To collect & preserve History, Traditions, Music, Poetry, Relics, etc., connected with the Clan Logan; to be documented & disseminated via newsletter & website
* To encourage the wearing of the Clan tartan and Highland dress; and also the display & wearing of the Clan crest
* To establish & give prizes for competition in the History, Traditions, & Legends of the Clan Logan
These goals were often pursued through the annual Highland Festivals and Games. The Festivals had historically been a large part of our growth and a great deal of efforts were expended in hosting Clan Logan hospitality tents at festivals across the USA and Canada. In 2020 and 2021 we were faced with the challenge of not being able to attend Highland Festivals and Games however. In consultation with CLS Board Members for 2021, James and I developed quarterly online presentations to make up for the loss of the Games. We sought out speakers who were experts on topics of interest to the broad membership of the CLS. James and I were both quite pleased with the quality of the presenters, their materials, and the feedback we received from the membership. Going forward into 2022 the members may expect to have more opportunities like this - in addition to what we are hoping will be a return to regularly scheduled Highland Festivals and Games.
Acting as your interim President, I can assure you that we will continue to provide our best efforts at quality opportunities to meet, if not exceed, the goals of the Clan Logan Society International. I am working to put together more of the quarterly online presentations. And I have a few other ideas of ways we can all come together, socialize, have friendly discourses, and preserve the sentiment and spirit of the Clan Logan.
Please keep in touch, and feel free to reach out any time - even if it’s just to chat. We are family, after all.
Bliadhna Mhath Ùr
Happy New Year
J. Kevin Logan
Detroit, MI, USA