It is my sincere hope that our Society can continue to provide interesting and relevant information regarding our heritage. We hope that you will find this information useful and will decide to join our society and be a part of a great organization.
On behalf of our Clan Chief, Robin Neill Lochnell Malcolm, I would like to welcome you to the Clan MacCallum/Malcolm Society of North America Inc. website. It is with great honor that I have been selected to represent the Clan in North America. My Scottish heritage runs deep within our family and I am very proud to be able to share my heritage and traditions with all visitors to our site.
Fred McCallum Jr., President
2017 Annual General Meeting at Stone Mountain Highland Games – Official Minutes of the Meeting
- With a quorum Present, the meeting was called to order by President Fred McCallum
- Reading of the Previous year’s Minutes – As the minutes have been published, a motion was made & seconded to dispense with the reading and accept as written, passed unanimously.
- Reports and Statements from Committees:
Treasurers Report (as of 1 October 2017): Cash on hand: $5531.31. This value is typical for the Society over the years. Our largest expenditure is the publishing and distribution of the Argent Castle. Our income and expenses this year are within our budget projections. Active members: 221. This is within the range of previous years. Always room for more! Annual Dues: $25.00. Remains unchanged from previous years. PayPal invoicing/payments have been very successful. Each month, PayPal invoices are sent out for memberships coming due in the next month. About 75% of our invoices are paid through PayPal.
Scholarship: Balance on hand: $52.25. In conjunction with Clan Gunn, we awarded 2.5 Scholarships this summer. The number of applicants were not as great this year. This is a very successful program. All contributions are welcome!
Clan Store (Lands End): Since July of 16, the “Store” has had over 27 orders. Land’s End provides wonderful products with our embroidered crest. Our Society does not make any money from the sales.
Amazon Smile: Amazon Foundation supports charitable organizations. When you order through Amazon “Smile”, contributions are made to our Society. So far this year, $21.61 has been credited to the DNA Project fund ($56.61 balance).
Family History/Genealogy: Each month we receive 3 to 4 inquiries regarding family ancestry. Most inquiries come through our website. Pete McCollum maintains access to the Database and all inquiries are run through him. Through our project we have obtained 7 new members this year.
DNA Project: Our Project is through Family Tree DNA (208 total members). We currently have over 125 participating in various DNA projects. The most conclusive ancestry test (Male) is the Y Test, (154 Members). Family Finder tracks both sides of the family (52 total members). When there is a close match, I encourage participants to join our Society.
- Unfinished Business: Fred McCallum stated that there was no unfinished business from the previous AGM.
- Election: There was no election of officers this year.
- New Business:
Modification of By Laws Article 3 Membership and Membership Policy: The intent of this modification is to bring the By Laws in agreement with our Articles of Incorporation and to make our membership open to all who are interested in our common Scottish Heritage. Concern raised from the attendees that the statement was too broad as stated, but they agreed to the concept as long as the language is changed. The three officers have agreed on the following modification to the By Laws and Membership Policy:
Membership shall be open to all persons/organizations who have a genuine interest in Clan MacCallum-Malcolm and will seek to uphold Scottish tradition and MacCallum-Malcolm heritage. Qualified individuals or organizations shall obtain membership upon paying membership dues. Individuals, spouses, and children under 18 living at the same residence shall be included in a single membership.
Greetings from Stoat Pipe Band Society: Bob McCallum extended the greeting from our members in France.
7. Awarding of the Order of the Rowan Tree: Two awards were made this year. Don Malcolm and Fred McCallum.
- Fred McCallum called for a motion to close the meeting, moved, seconded and passed.
Fred McCallum, Garnett McCallum, Neil McCallum
Nov. 20, 2017
Clan Store: Our Society has teamed with Lands’ End Business Outfitters to provide quality apparel with our name and clan crest. The cost of adding the embroidered crest logo is only $8.50. Delivery time is approximately 2 weeks. Please find a link to the website on the sidebar to the left. A very special “Thank you” goes out to Robert & Ruth De Clute as well as Brown & Righton McCallum for their support of the Clan Store.
Amazon Smile: “Amazon Smile” is a program established by Amazon to support not for profit organizations like us! By purchasing through Amazon Smile, 0.5% of the cost of eligible purchases is rebated to our Society. You shop on “Amazon Smile” just like you would on Amazon! Just go to the “Amazon Smile” link in the sidebar. You will be supporting your Society with every purchase. It does not cost you anything additional.
We thank Amazon for their generosity in supporting our Clan Society Activities.
Purpose of our Clan Society: Clan MacCallum Malcolm has a rich history in America since its establishment by Andrew McCallum at Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in 1971. With its roots in the Carolinas, interest grew and we now have members across the country and Canada. The goal of this society is best stated within our Incorporation papers, that is:
Objectives of this nonprofit Society shall be:
a. to promote the preservation and study of Scottish history, culture and heritage;
b. the acquisition, compilation, preservation and distribution of information of historical, cultural and genealogical interest to those of the surname, MacCallum, McCallum, McCollum, Malcolm and its families, regardless of spelling;
c. to provide for the public a forum for discussion groups, lectures, musical programs, entertainment and instruction on our Scottish Cultural Heritage;
d. to cooperate with other Scottish Clan and Celtic organizations that have like interests;
e. to disseminate information of an advisory and educational nature which will be of value to its members and the general public.
Where can you find us? Through the volunteer efforts of many conveners, we are represented at Highland Games across the East and the Midwest. We hope to have representation on the West Coast…Are you interested in helping? Please see the link to our Calendar of Events.
Scottish Liaisons: We are very fortunate to have a number of members in Scotland that have agreed to assist in providing relevant information to our leadership and our Newsletter, The Argent Castle
Clan MacCallum Malcolm Society of Australia and New Zealand. Over the years, MacCallum and Malcolms have traveled far and wide. Our Sister Society in Australia and New Zealand is very active and we share information concerning our common history and heritage.
Website: This website has been established to communicate with the public with regard to our stated purpose. Please contact the webmaster with regard to any comments or corrections that may be required. Many thanks to Doug McCallum, Neil McCallum, Fred McCallum Jr., & Shirley Carrier for their efforts in assisting with the development of this website.
History of the Society: Andrew Burton McCallum founded the Clan MacCallum/Malcolm Society in 1971 with the guidance and approval of Lt. Colonel George Malcolm of Poltalloch, the 18th Chief of the name MacCallum and Malcolm.
Not for Profit Corporation: In 2010, our Society became incorporated in the State of Florida and obtained “not for profit” 501 (c) (3) status with the US Internal Revenue Service.