Greetings Gregors and welcome to the New Year!
This past summer Gregors from all over the world converged on Loch Awe at the head of the three glens traditionally occupied by our Clan for centuries. Here we, the diaspora of our beleaguered ancestors, gathered to experience firsthand the land, the history, the people and the stories of MacGregor. Six months out it still raises the hair on the back of my neck to think that I stood on the very same ground, felt the same breezes, climbed some of the same steps and experienced for myself the stark beauty, tragedy and majesty of the Highlands as did my forebears centuries before.
This connection is visceral and powerful. Seeking for it is what initiates questions about who we are and where we come from. This search is what first brings us to the Clan Gregor Society for answers. For those fortunate enough to attend the Gatherings, these connections become real, very real as an increasing understanding of our history and heritage grows and close connections with distant relatives are formed through both common backgrounds and shared experiences during our week together. Forging and cementing these ties are what we, the Society, do best!
And so my fervent wish for all members is that you, too, experience the magic of a Clan Gregor Gathering. Mark your calendars for 2022 when we next gather as Gregorach in Scotland!
As you read though this issue of the Maple Leaf MacGregor there are a few things I would like to draw your attention to. Most notably, it is with a great deal of pleasure that I introduce our new Editors William Petrie and his wife Sylvie. Bill has been a member for several years and we finally met at the Lochernhead Games this past summer in Scotland! Bill and Sylvie later joined me at the Fergus Games back in Ontario and have since agreed to head up our periodic Newsletter. Please join me in welcoming them as our editorial team. Many thanks to both for sharing their time and talents with us.
There are other changes to your Chapter Council. One of our founding members and our first Councilor, Annie McGregor Stadden is stepping down after 7 years on Council. Annie, a staunch Gregor through and through is a real treasure and an active and solid supporter, attending Games and meetings in addition to providing genealogical assistance to members of the Society. She has also been instrumental in bringing many new members to the Chapter. I have appreciated her counsel and while she will be missed on Council, she will no doubt remain active and passionate about her interests in Clan Gregor. Thank you Annie!
In the last issue we announced that June MacGregor Jain was joining Council to fill the vacancy left by the passing of Judy Hoensbroek. In his capacity as Editor, as provided in our by-laws, Bill will also be joining Council. With Bill rounding out our Council of three, I thought it would be appropriate to have June, Bill and Sylvie introduce themselves in this issue. A big Thank you friends for your contribution to the Canadian Chapter!
Lastly, if you have not already done so, please send along your membership renewal (for those due this year). Your prompt attention to this will be much appreciated.
I leave you to enjoy this fresh new Maple Leaf MacGregor. As you do, be proud to be a part of the many Gregors worldwide that are engaged in a growing interest in our proud history and heritage. These are visceral, even palpable connections and you have joined the conversation!