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Welcome from the President

Welcome to the Clan Donald Society of the Highlands and Islands, which has now been in existence for more than 6 years.

Greetings from your new President!

Somehow or other I find myself in the lofty position of being elected ‘President’ at the recent Annual General Meeting. It’s a privilege but part of me is very sad the way it came about. As many of us already know our President Ian Macdonald had a courageous battle with cancer last year and sadly succumbed earlier this year. We all miss him. He brought to CDSHI a phenomenal memory, a love of history and was utterly dependable. He also had a lovely dry sense of humour.

Late last year he had asked me if I would be happy to preside at the odd meeting if he was away on holiday or something and in effect be ‘Vice-President’. But none of us dreamt he might be going away like this and leaving us permanently. Our thoughts and prayers go with his family and friends.

Our AGM this year also saw some other changes, in particular our Secretary Lois MacDonell leaving the council, though still continuing with her excellent job of editing the magazine. We all know that Lois has done a magnificent job as a founder-member and brilliant organiser of all sorts of activities and fun events for Clan Donald.

 She has given herself whole-heartedly and we are all very grateful. However she has come to the end of her term of office after a good six years and has decided to stand down and be a bit freer for other important work such as grannie-duties!

How the council is managing without her is a good question, but we make a good team and we are moving on! I am particularly grateful for the wealth and diversity of experience and knowledge on the council and as you can see from elsewhere on this web-site there is plenty going on.

We look forward to many occasions of meeting up with you, sharing and having fun as ‘kinsfolk’ with Clan Donald of the Highlands and Islands! Yours ever, William Mather

There are a number of events, which the Society organises each year: the Academic Lecture in January, the Annual General Meeting in May, the Annual Outing in September, and the Annual Ceilidh in December.

The Society also participates in other events: the commemoration of the Massacre of Glencoe in February, the Inverness Highland Games in July, and the Glenfinnan Gathering in August. It is also well represented at the commemoration of the Battle of Culloden in April, where, following the ceremony at the Main Cairn, there is wreath laying at the Clan Donald stones and then the Culloden Lunch, all organised by Lois MacDonell of Glengarry.

The Society produces two hard-copy Newsletters - illustrated in colour - each year, which contain articles of historical interest, reports of events, and news items, as well as future diary dates. Contributions from members are most welcome. The Society sends the Newsletters out to members in twelve countries world-wide. So, even if you can't participate in events, you will be kept informed of what is happening. The Newsletters do not go on the website until they have been superseded by the next edition. Other information which comes through in between can be found on the Society's website.

We, in the Society, invite Macdonalds and people of Macdonald ancestry to join the Society and participate in as many of these events as possible.

We look forward to meeting as many of you as possible during the year.