HHGA Membership Meeting Wednesday, Sept. 7th, 7:00 pm St. Thomas Episcopal School, 4900 Jackwood, 77096

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Election Results of July 13th

HHGA’s Annual General Membership Meeting was held 13 July 2006 at 7 pm.  There were 22 in attendance: 17 members and 5 non/lapsed members.  The latter being only temporarily lapsed, of course!  The following actions were taken at the meeting:

Election Results for the 2016-2018 Term

  • President – Timothy Sanders
  • Vice President Competitive Events – Kelly Jamison
  • Recording Secretary – Courtney Burns Wyatt
  • Director at Large Position #2 – Norman Crawford
  • Director at Large Position #3 – Heather Smith Vacker

Resolutions submitted for vote consideration:

  1. Dissolve HHGA by Fiscal Year ending 31 July 2016 and dispose of assets per Article XI Section 5 –Motion FAILED
  2. Continue HHGA with a revised operational format focusing on creating/supporting smaller events and gatherings throughout the year (e.g. highlighting St Andrew’s Day, Robert Burns birthday, Tartan Day, whisky/whiskey tastings).- Motion PASSED
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Update: Slate of officer nominations 2016-2018 – Elections on July 13th 2016

  • President – Timothy Sanders
    • Joined HHGA in 2005 and assisted in Men’s Athletics. Elected Athletic Coordinator for the 2006 and 2007 Festivals. Elected VP-Site for the 2008 thru 2010 Festivals. Employed as staff chemist for the EPA since 1987. Resides Fondren Southwest Houston.
  • Vice President Competitive Events – open
  • Recording Secretary – Courtney Burns Wyatt
    • First heard about HHGA in 2013 and attended the 2014 games. Family believes in learning about their English and Scots-Irish heritage and instilling its values in their children. Resides in Katy with husband Kyle and three children.
  • Director at Large Position #2 – Norman Crawford
    • Formerly Construction Manager at GSA which included Federal, State and Local Government projects,  Member of Clan Crawford Assoc, currently serving as Asst Executive Secretary.  Has attended many Celtic related events over the years throughout the U.S. (games, festivals, dinners, etc). Resides in Porter, Tx.
  • Director at Large Position #3 – Joseph Spencer
    • General Manager of Barks 5th Avenue, LLC (FM-1960).  Member of the Board of Directors for the DAWG Foundation (provides companion canines for US military veterans).  Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of California-San Diego. Military veteran (1998-2004). Resides in Tomball, Tx.
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Update: Candidates as of 30 July 2016

Candidates for the 2016-2018 term, updated as of 30 July 2016:

  • President – Timothy Sanders
  • Vice President Competitive Events – open
  • Recording Secretary – Courtney Burns Wyatt
  • Director at Large Position #2 – Norman Crawford
  • Director at Large Position #3 – Joseph Spencer
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HHGA Annual General Membership Meeting – July 13th

Houston Highland Games Association extends an invitation to attend its annual General Membership Meeting on Wednesday 13 July 2016.  Current members, past members, prospective members are all invited to join us for a friendly, informative meeting!

This meeting will be held at 7:00 pm in the Ingram Room of St. Thomas’ Episcopal School, 4900 Jackwood, Houston 77096  (the conference room is situated along the North side of an open patio area)

Agenda items include:

  1. Receiving annual reports from the officers and/or standing committees
  2. Resolutions for vote consideration:
      1. Dissolve HHGA by Fiscal Year ending 31 July 2016 and dispose of assets per Article XI Section 5
      2. Continue HHGA with a revised operational format focusing on creating/supporting smaller events and gatherings throughout the year (e.g. highlighting St Andrew’s Day, Robert Burns birthday, Tartan Day, whisky/whiskey tastings).
      3. Elect officers of the association for the 2016-2018 term.

Nominated officers (as of 28 July 2016) for the 2016-2018 term are:

  • President – Timothy Sanders
  • Vice President Competitive Events – open
  • Recording Secretary – open
  • Director at Large Position #2 – Norman Crawford
  • Director at Large Position #3 – Joseph Spencer

There are no known changes to officers continuing to serve their 2015-2017 terms:

  • Vice President Site – Christopher Graham
  • Vice President Ways/Means – Guinness Collins
  • Membership Secretary – Jeanette McBee Douglass
  • Treasurer – Melvyn Douglass
  • Director at Large Position #1 – Joan Hunter

Note #1 – Additional nominations from the floor, with prior approval of the candidate, are permitted.

Note #2 – Members desiring to vote must have their dues current at least 24 hours prior to this meeting.  Payment may be processed at houstonhighlandgames.com

Note #3 – Please contact me for corrections or addendums to agenda items or to the proposed slate of officers.

Melvyn Douglass, FSA Scot – HHGA vice-Chairman
(713) 871-0061 ofc
(832) 305-6044 voice or text

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Candidates needed!

The email message below was sent on June 3rd.  As of today, candidates for the following five (5) HHGA officer positions are still needed:

(1) President, (2) VP-Competitive Events, (3) Recording Secretary, (4) Director at Large Position #2, (5) Director at Large Position #3.

To be included on the Ballot, names of candidates need to be received prior to June 29th (15 days prior to the Annual Meeting).  Although nominations from the floor are allowed, prior notice demonstrates a statement of courtesy to the voting members.

Send names to treasurer@houstonhighlandgames.com

Melvyn Douglass, vice-Chairman


This email is being sent to all current members of HHGA (42)

Wednesday July 13th 2016 is the designated date for the HHGA annual General Membership meeting.  Agenda items are expected to include reports of officers and the election of officers for 2016-2018. Five (5) positions are expiring; the new term being for 2016-2018:

  • President
  • VP-Competitive Events
  • Recording Secretary
  • Director at Large Position #2
  • Director at Large Position #3 (still vacant the entire year).

Current Board Members are:

  1. Page Periman (as Recording Secretary 2014-2016)
  2. Jeanette McBee Douglass (as Membership Secretary 2015-2017)
  3. Christopher Graham (as VP Site 2015-2017)
  4. Guinness Collins (as VP Ways/Means 2015-2017)
  5. Heather Smith Vacker (as VP Competitive Events 2014-2016)
  6. Joan Hunter (as Director at Large Position #1 2015-2017)
  7. Fran Woodruff (as Director at Large Position #2 2014-2016)
  8. Melvyn Douglass (as Treasurer 2015-2017) (also Vice Chairman as of 6/23/2016)
  9. Daniel Lester Smith (as Life Member prior to July 1996)
Note: at this time the following board positions are vacant:
  1. President 2014-2016
  2. Vice-Chairman 2015-2017
  3. Director at Large Position #3 2014-2016
Since the Nominating Committee has not been activated, the Board will directly solicit (and vet) prospective candidates.  Please respond with recommendation (s) for prospective candidates.  If currently serving, please indicate if willing to continue (or not).
HHGA’s fiscal year ends July 31st.  Additional correspondence will be sent in preparation for membership vote:
  • should HHGA dissolve
  • should HHGA continue into 2016-2017. If membership consensus favors continuing, a revised operational focus would include creating/supporting smaller events and gatherings throughout the year (e.g. highlighting St Andrew’s Day, Robert Burns birthday, Tartan Day, whisky/whiskey tastings).
  • In addition, should HHGA continue with a revised format, it has been proposed that non-officer Board position titles be converted to simply “Director”.
 This email is being sent to you in the capacity of “acting facilitator” and as Registered Agent for HHGA.
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2016 Events

Although HHGA is not able to hold its annual Games/Festival this year, there are always opportunities for local gatherings. Share your thoughts and ideas: Which events/occasions in the Houston Area will you volunteer with HHGA to support Scottish/Celtic culture? At which locations?

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