Clan Cameron NSW President’s Annual Report 2019

Clan Cameron NSW President’s Annual Report 2019

Alistair Cameron, President Clan Cameron NSW Inc.

After the excitement and energy of the 2018 Clan Cameron Gathering in Australia held on the Gold Coast, I anticipated that 2019 would be a year of consolidation. While that has been the case, to a point, it is very satisfying to see that momentum has continued and we have had a busy and fruitful year during which we have made progress on a number of initiatives arising out of the gathering as well as attending and convening a number of successful activities.

In Sydney we again participated in the Scottish Act of Remembrance March in Sydney on Anzac Day and held an enjoyable clan lunch in the Blue Mountains. We have also attended a number of other Scottish flavoured gatherings and events including the Bundanoon Highland Gathering, Australian Celtic Festival, at Glen Innes and the Aberdeen Highland Games. My appreciation to those who travelled to these locations and so ably represented the clan with our tent being a prominent feature.

Our Queensland cluster attended the International Tartan Day in Brisbane and the three-day ‘Scots in the Bush’ event which takes place annually at the heritage listed Boondooma Homestead site about a 4 hour drive north-west of Brisbane, Queensland.

With appreciation to Chris Cameron, our treasurer, we have made great progress on improvements to the web page including incorporation of new features and payment systems. We have found that at recent events, prospective members and others have been keen to join the clan but have declining amounts of cash on hand. Hence the implementation of electronic payment facilities using a hand-held device at gatherings or via a few clicks on the web page will enable us to be much more user-friendly and responsive to the pending cashless age in which we are finding ourselves.

Dr. Bob Cameron has also been working on aligning the genealogies with current practices and expectations regarding access and privacy. In some cases this unfortunately means that there are some restrictions relating to accessibility of information regarding living people but the aim is to try to make the genealogies as accessible and as useful as possible for those undertaking genealogical research while complying with privacy in the internet age. I am sure you will all appreciate that this is a delicate balancing act.

The quarterly Clan Cameron Australia News continues to be a mainstay of the organisation and I would like to thank our Commissioner James Lachlan Cameron for the significant time and effort he has put into its production this year.  The Clan Cameron NSW Facebook page continues to expand its reach and we now regularly interact with the Facebook activities of some of the other Clan Cameron organisations overseas.

These outlets enable us to keep in touch with members and share news and information. We receive many positive comments and I has been pleasing to see an increasing number of contributions from our members.

Our previous strategic plan for the years 2012 to 2016 has now become a historical record. We are in the final stages of refreshing the plan for the period to 2025 and are incorporating a number of the ideas we received from the 2018 forum. Updating the plan has been one of our focus areas for 2019 and I am grateful for the work put into this by Terry Cameron and other clan members.

As a clan organisation, as can be seen from the financial report, we remain financially solvent and I would like thank Chris Cameron for taking on the treasurer’s position with diligence and efficiency. Thanks also to Ross Catterall for his assistance with compiling our financial affairs report for 2019.

I would like to thank Vice Presidents Jim Cameron and John Cameron for their ongoing support, Terry Cameron, Chris Cameron and John Ray and all members who have helped out in various ways including transporting and staffing the tent representing Clan Cameron at various gatherings throughout NSW and Queensland during the year. Thanks also to Commissioner James Cameron for his active participation and support of all of our activities and his sage advice.

I look forward to a year of great interest with the highlight being the International Gathering in July/August 2020 and it is good to hear that there are a good number of members planning to make the journey to Achnacarry for this great occasion. Closer to home we have a number of activities in the planning stage and will also be attending several gatherings around the country.

Alistair Cameron

President Clan Cameron NSW Inc.

October 2019