Billy J. Ferguson
Greetings Fellow Clansmen and Clanswomen:
The CFSNA has been very active during the first three months of 2013. For example, and not in any particular order:
Steve Butler, Region 5 RVP, has continued his work with the St. Louis Scottish Games (SLSG) in naming the CFSNA as the honored Clan during the SLSG (a process that Steve began on his own initiative during 2012). (Additional information about the SLSG is shown below in this message and elsewhere in this edition of The Bee Line.)
It recently came to the attention of the Society that we are very privileged to have a Medal of Honor recipient as one of our distinguished members. To quote from his MOH citation, Frederick Edgar Ferguson, a Life Member of the CFSNA, received the MOH “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty…”. Fred’s entire MOH citation and his biography will be featured in a future issue of The Bee Line, and on our website and Facebook pages. In the meantime, more information about Fred is available on-line (for example: Frederick Edgar Ferguson on Wikipedia). Fred currently makes his home in Arizona. We are indeed privileged to have Fred as a CFSNA member!
Jock Ferguson, who resides in Dysart, Scotland, was made an Honorary Member of the CFSNA last month, in April. Jock is an accomplished Scottish actor who has produced numerous videos concerning historical and current Scottish events, including an extremely inspiring one featuring himself presenting the Declaration of Arbroath (to see this on YouTube, go to http://goo.gl/yFSLN). In his autobiography, which will be featured soon in another edition of The Bee Line, and on our website and Facebook pages, Jock says of himself that he is the “Johnny Appleseed for Scottish culture and it is immensely satisfying seeing the responses it can bring”. Please join with me in welcoming Jock to Clan Fergusson/North America!
Carol Tackett, of Costa Mesa, California, and Eric Ferguson, of Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania, both agreed to become CFSNA Regional Vice Presidents; Carol for Region 11, which includes the states of AZ, CA, HI, and NV; and Eric for Region 3, which encompasses the states of DE, KY, MD, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV, and Washington, DC. Both Carol and Eric were subsequently appointed to their new positions by the CFSNA Executive Committee; and both will appear on the ballot for election as RVPs for their respective Regions at the AGM in September. In addition, Eric has also done much research about all things “Fergusson” and has written a number of articles on this subject, many of which will appear in either this, or future issues of The Bee Line.
Irvin “Irv” Ferguson, who lives in Coolige, Arizona, graciously offered to become the Society’s representative (aka Convener) in that state, and he has been taken up on his offer.
Lisa Ferguson Cady, of Van Buren, Arkansas, volunteered to assist the Society as a member of the CFSNA Publication Committee and also went “above and beyond” in representing the Society on her own initiative, and by herself, at the Batesville Scottish Festival in Arkansas.
Thomas Hougas, from Villa Rica, Georgia, Convener for Region 4 (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico) and his wife, Amanda Hougas, both of whom are heavily involved in representing the Society at many Scottish functions in their Region (e.g. Savannah, Blairsville, Ringgold, et. al.).
Dwight Farris, the Society’s Senior Vice President, who resides in Wetumpka, Alabama, has reached out to many CFSNA members to encourage and support them in their various leadership roles, and continues in his efforts to recruit new leadership. (It should also be noted that Dwight is doing all this while himself suffering from a number of painful and debilitating illnesses. I understand that his wife, Lee Anne Farris, is also unwell. Please keep them both in your prayers.)
The CFSNA website (www.cfsna.net) has been extensively updated with many more changes to be made soon. Also, as mentioned in the Spring 2013 issue of The Bee Line, the presence of the Society on Facebook has been expanded. Whereas before we had only one site, we now have two: a CFSNA Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cfsna) which is designed primarily to give information about the Society to the public; and a CFSNA Facebook Members Area (www.facebook.com/groups/cfsna.group) which, being more informal, serves as a “chat” room for members of the Society.
Flowers of the Forest: Our sympathies and prayers go out to the survivors of the following recently deceased: CFSNA member Ann Ferguson Hunt Williams (and mother of member Sandra Smith, and grandmother of member Alexa Smith); Elizabeth Ferguson (daughter of CFSNA member and past president Sam Ferguson); CFSNA member Richard E. Ferguson; CFSNA member Kenneth M. Ferguson; and CFSNA member George J. Kidd, Jr. On behalf of the Society, survivors have been contacted and condolences extended by CFSNA Canadian Chaplain, Rev. Biff Jarvis (for the deceased who resided in Canada), and by CFSNA U.S. Chaplain, Rev. Millie Slack (for the deceased who resided in the U.S.).
Now, a few words about the Society’s annual meetings: the Board of Director’s Meeting, and the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
Both of these meetings will be held this year in St. Louis on September 27, 2013 at a location to be announced.
All AGMs are proceeded by a separate CFSNA Board of Director’s Meeting (this year, beginning at 10:00 A.M.) The BOD consists of as many of the following who can attend: the President, Senior VP, Secretary, Treasurer, Immediate Past President, and the twelve Regional Vice Presidents. Although the BOD meeting is “required” for BOD members, it is not a closed meeting, and all members of the Society who wish to do so are invited to attend. The BOD Meeting focuses on items that are primarily of interest to the Society’s leadership, and the agenda of the AGM, proper.
The CFSNA Annual General Meeting begins this year at 1:00 P.M. During AGMs, the business of the Society is conducted. In brief, this consists of the discussion of “old” and “new business - Secretary, Treasurer, RVP, and Committee reports; the election of Officers of the Society; the presentation of, discussion, and actions on “motions” concerning Society matters; and the remembrance of deceased members of the Society. The AGM is conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.
In conjunction with this year’s AGM, as in most past years, a CFSNA “fun and fellowship” Social Activity will be held. During this event everyone, who wishes to do so, dresses up in all of their Scottish finery to have a formal dinner; eat some Haggis (don’t worry, this too is optional!); meet again old friends and make new ones; swap “war” stories; hold a Flowers of the Forest ceremony; and conduct a Toast to the Haggis. Last year, RVP 5 Steve Butler did a magnificent job performing the Toast to the Haggis, and I hope that we can talk him into doing the honors again this year! Anyone who can participate in this social event will definitely have a splendid time!
The St. Louis Scottish Games (www.stlouis-games.com and www.facebook/STLScotGames) will be held during the evening on Friday, and all day Saturday, September 27-28, 2013). As previously mentioned, Clan Fergusson is the honored clan at this year’s games, and to assist us in fulfilling this role, we are privileged to have the CFSNA tent placed in a prominent location; to have announced in the media that the CFSNA is the Honored Clan for the SLSG; to have the President of the CFSNA to speak during the SLSG opening ceremony; and to have noted in the SLSG program that the location of the CFSNA website (www.cfsna.net). Considering the prominence of Clan Fergusson at this years SLSG, it is of utmost importance that we have the best CFSNA membership turn-out that we possibly can. All members of the Society – and their families - who can possibly attend are very strongly encouraged to do so! We will receive an enormous amount of publicity, and I know that you will want to be a part of this.
Fearghuis gu bràth!
Clan Fergusson Society of North America