August 19, 2000, President Robert Crabtree called the 133rd Kalloch Family Reunion annual business meeting to order with 38 in attendance at the John Street Methodist Church in Camden. He welcomed the attendees to this event and to the start of a new century. Peter Richardson led the prayer.
A moment of silence was observed for this year's deceased: Naomi Kearns, Vivian Brown Vetra, Hazel Hills, Mrs. James Whitaker, and Margaret Flint.
The treasurer's report was given by Evelyn Kalloch. As of August 19, 2000, there is a checkbook balance of $93.74, with no accounts receivable. Donations this year included $438 mailed to treasurer and $82.25 from the coffee pot. There are two sets of genealogies promised under accounts payable, with the value unknown at this time. The value of the Certificates of Deposit is $3099.90. Treasurer's report was accepted.
Evelyn Kalloch also displayed a quilt square sent by the Hazel Hills family. This square depicted Hazel as a young woman and her siblings. It will be added to the Association's quilt.
Revisiting the topic of a Kalloch web site was a subject of old business. Again, Peter Richardson, historian, stressed the necessity of a web site and the need of a web master for this task. Peter also asked for volunteers to help research different branches of the family and to correct any errors that exist.
Under new business, Robert Crabtree reminded the attendees that next year's meeting will be held on August 18, 2001. Discussion included a location for next year's reunion and how to encourage more attendance. A motion was made and accepted to hold next year's reunion again at John Street Methodist Church, Camden. Another motion was made to form a committee for the upcoming 135th reunion to determine the site and design the entertainment. It is planned that the 135th will be a more elaborate reunion. The motion was accepted and the following committee members volunteered: Peter Richardson, Jeanine Lawrence, Anita Fernald, Gerry Kearns, Victoria Levesque and Evelyn Kalloch.
A nominating committee for election of officers was formed: Fred Kalloch, Margaret Carlton, and Barbara Sanborn. Voted to office was Jeanine Lawrence, President, Gerry Kerns, Elinor Johnson, and Margaret Carlton, Vice Presidents, Victoria Levesque, Recording Secretary, and Evelyn Kalloch, Treasurer and Corresponding Secretary.
Awards were presented by Gerry Kearns: Early Bird, Herb and Alma Tilley, Oldest, Frances Hjerpe at 97 years old, Youngest, Cassidy Mayhew at 5 years old, Farthest Traveled, Pat Stephens from Nebraska, and Longest Married, Robert and Agnes Crabtree at 60+ years. Frances Hjerpe won the door prize.
The business meeting concluded at noon. Lunch was served by the ladies of the John Street Methodist Church.
The afternoon program consisted of three speakers. Dean Mayhew regaled the audience with a story about our immigrant ancestor. New research brought to light that John I left the island of Uist (part of the Hebrides) to serve as part of the Scottish Mercenaries under Capt. Thomas Phillips in France. From there Phillips came to Ulster to command troops and eventually acquired property, always taking John. This information will be more accurately told in the next newsletter.
Douglas MacDonald, high commissioner of Clan Donald, was the guest speaker. Clan Donald, from whom all Kalloch's descend, is the greatest and largest of the Highland clans, beginning its recorded history in 1156. Mr. MacDonald explained how Clan Donald USA is the largest clan organization in America, with over 5000 members. Materials and applications were available for the attendees of the reunion to peruse.
Historian Peter Richardson discussed how Kalloch families named their children. For example, there were not any children named Robert or Alan for five generations. It appears that there was a clear rift between the families when 14-year old Finley, son of Robert Killough, married 25-year old Mary Young and moved to the Waldo area with his in-laws. The rest of Finley's family went south. Another example of names show how Finley's children each named their first sons David. Other frequent names include John, Alexander and Matthew.
The reunion adjourned at 3:00 p.m.
Victoria Kalloch Levesque
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