Come see us at the San Antonio Games!

sagamesCome show us that you’re proud to be MacLeod at the San Antonio Highland Games this weekend!

Clan representatives will be at the games to recruit new members and accept membership renewals. Stop by the tent to say hello, or join us in the parade of clans on Saturday morning.

Hold Fast!

Come see us in Midland this weekend!

bgheaderClan representatives will be at the Midland Scottish-Irish Faire & Highland Games this weekend! If you are in the area be sure to stop by.

In addition to signing up new members, we are also looking for clan members interested in being conveners for this event (and others) around the region. For more information on becoming a convener for the clan click here.

Scottish Texans

Eilean DonanI was looking at an article about Scottish Texans, published by the Institute of Texan Cultures, today and saw that McLennon County, TX was named after a man from the Isle of Skye, the heart of Clan MacLeod country!

While Neil McLennon wasn’t a MacLeod, Clan MacLennan has historic ties to the Loch Duirch area, very near the Isle of Skye…so he may well have been a distant MacLeod cousin of some sort. You may know Loch Durich best as the home of Eilean Donan Castle, which has been featured in movies like: Highlander, Made of Honor, James Bond – The World is Not Enough, and many others. And if you are ever driving up to Skye from Glasgow or Edinburgh, it makes a nice photo opportunity…with restrooms and a gift shop. 🙂

The Clan needs YOU!

After many years of faithful service, our South-Central Regional Vice President for Clan MacLeod has asked for relief- Be sure to attend the US Annual General Meeting taking place at the North American Gathering in Merritt BC this July to cast your vote to elect a new RVP! In the meantime, the South-Central region (TX, LA, OK, AR) has need for CMS members to take on the following duties:

Arkansas State Commissioner
Duties:
1) Serve as Primary Convener for Arkansas Scottish Games – Batesville
2) Serve as Primary Convener for other Games TBD within AR
2) Lead for Clan MacLeod activities in the state (Recruiting, Social, Representative)
Term: Request minimum 1 year commitment, desired 3 years

Louisiana State Commissioner
Duties:
1) Serve as Primary Convener for Tartan Festival – Minden
2) Serve as Primary Convener for NE Louisiana Celtic
3) Lead for Clan MacLeod activities in the state (Recruiting, Social, Representative)
Term: Request minimum 1 year commitment, desired 3 years

Oklahoma State Commissioner
Duties:
1) Serve as Primary Convener for Oklahoma Scottish – Tulsa
2) Serve as Primary Convener for Iron Thistle – Yukon
3) Lead for Clan MacLeod activities in the state (Recruiting, Social, Representative)
Term: Request minimum 1 year commitment, desired 3 years

North Texas Area Convener
Duties:
1) Serve as Primary Convener for Texas Scottish Games
2) Serve as Convener for North Texas Irish Festival (Optional)
Term: Request minimum 1 year commitment, desired 3 years

West Texas Area Convener
Duties:
1) Serve as Primary Convener for Midland Highland Games
Term: Request minimum 1 year commitment, desired 3 years

Central Texas Area Convener
Duties:
1) Serve as Primary Convener for Salado Highland Games
2) Serve as Convener for Sherwood Forest Celtic Festival (Optional)
Term: Request minimum 1 year commitment, desired 3 years

To Apply for any of the above, send email to texasmacleods@gmail.com with:
1) Position of interest to you
2) Commitment you can make at this time (this year only, 3 years, open ended etc.)
3) Length of membership in CMS USA-New members are welcome to apply, this is a tie-breaker to see who goes first.

If you are not ready to commit, email for further details–Request responses by 31 Mar 2016

Salado Highland Games

Last weekend was the Salado TX Highland games, held back on the original park location for the first time in several years. Due to some untimely illness, the MacLeod participation was lighter than usual, but a win by Scott MacLeod in the pro piping division and a visit from the CMS USA President Weedon Nichols were highlights of the games that were otherwise overcast with questionable weather.

In viewing some of the attire and heraldry on display at some other tents, I thought it might be useful to link the scots view of such things: http://www.clans2014.com/clan-heraldry-what-you-can-and-cant-wear-and-display/

Come see us at the Salado Scottish Clan Gathering & Highland Games

If you want to see the clans, watch some Highland athletics and hear some great music be sure to stop by the Salado Scottish Clan Gathering & Highland Games! Representatives from the Clan MacLeod Society, USA will be at the festival November 13th-15th to meet our members and recruit new MacLeods. Be sure to stop by the tent to say hello and get your membership information.

Hope to see you soon. Hold Fast!