ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ---2017
The Annual General Meeting consists of four basic events:
*Our gathering as a clan at the Games itself.
*The Clan dinner on Saturday Evening at the hotel.
*The Clan Annual Meeting for ALL members on Saturday afternoon at the Games.
*The Clan Council Business Meeting on Friday Afternoon for officers , regional representatives.
The 2017 Murray Clan Society of North America AGM will be September 22-24 at the Ligonier Highland Games outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. More than just a meeting, it will be an entire weekend to meet and enjoy the company of your fellow clanfolk!
The Ramada Ligonier Hotel has set aside a block of rooms for us under “Clan Murray”. Standard rooms (1 queen, 2 doubles) are $117+tax/night. Deluxe rooms (1 king or 2 queens) are $137+tax/night. Call them NOW at 724-238-9545 or go to RamadaLigonier.com to reserve yours. Look for Saturday night’s Clan dinner reservation form in the Spring Aitionn.
AGM weekend events will start Friday afternoon with a Council Meeting and Commissioner’s Round Table. We are hoping to offer a short seminar on the history of Clan Murray or the castles of Clan Murray to those interested. You may also want to explore historic downtown Ligonier and Fort Ligonier. Friday evening we will dine at a local restaurant and then cap off the day with a get-together at our hospitality suite. It has been rumored that impromptu music and merry-making could occur!
Saturday’s games are held at Idlewild Park. Those without cars will be accommodated. The events include all the athletics, piping, fiddling and dancing you would want, plus food and merchandise vendors. A tent (or two) will set up with plenty of room in the shaded clan area, providing food and drink and lots of conviviality. At noon we will take part in the Parade of the Clans and then have our membership meeting in the afternoon in the tent.
There will be plenty of time after all of this to get back to the hotel to change and get to the Clan Dinner, which is always a grand affair. We will be piping in the haggis – a very regal display complete with piper and a recitation of Robert Burns’ “Address to the Haggis”. After the meal, we will have the ceremony for the Installation of Officers, a raffle, and some other entertainment. Those still finding the energy can meet again at the hospitality suite for more celebrating.
Sunday we are hoping to be able to conduct a wreath-laying ceremony at the Flight 93 National Memorial which is nearby. Then it will be time to say our good-byes until we meet again.