Ranald MacDonnell of Glengarry, Sir Ian Macdonald of Sleat, Lord Macdonald of Macdonald, High Chief of ClanDonald, Ranald Macdonald of Clanranald, The Earl of Antrim, Chief of the McDonnell’s of Antrim
On behalf of the High Commissioner Clan Donald Australia, State Commissioners, Presidents, executive committees and the members of the affiliated societies under the banner of the Clan Donald Australia I extend greetings.
We extend an invitation to all to attend the 2016 Forum for Clan Donald Australasia. The Forum will be held in the Geelong Bellarine area in Victoria, holding, as its centre piece, the Highland Gathering in Geelong on Sunday March 20th 2016.
During the weekend, starting on Thursday 17th March, with buses collecting attendees travelling into Tullamarine or Avalon, our host societies in Victoria will fire up the barbie for an introduction to Aussie culture “getting to know you” at 5.00pm. Then on Friday 18th we will take the buses down the Great Ocean Road to Port Campbell, Colac, Timboon and Camperdown, with stops on the way to indulge in morning and afternoon tea, lunch, and finally dinner at Camperdown. On the way we will call into Timboon Whisky distillery, and the ice cream factory over the road, of course.
Saturday, will see the buses taking people to the meeting at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club, lunch and morning and afternoon tea provided. Later on at the Marcus Hill Community Hall the Clan Donald Victoria annual Skye Social with all the Scottish trimmings.
Sunday will see us at the Geelong Gathering, breakfast being provided by the Clans Donald Victoria and Macdonald Yarraville. Following the Gathering we will indulge in a meal at one of the local establishments, and on Monday a farewell bbq will close off the weekend.
Clan Donald Australia
Registration form available from Jan Macdonald through our conact us page
ATTENDANCE (number please)
# OF DAYS REQUIRED
BREAKFAST – BREAD, CEREAL, MILK SPREADS, TEA AND COFFEE
# OF DAYS REQUIRED
BUS USAGE, PICK UP AND DROP OFF ETC $24.00 PER DAY PP PLUS FUEL
GET TO KNOW YOU BBQ - salads, meat, bread and light desserts
BIG 4 QUEENSCLIFF
BUS TRIP(stops include Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. With a stop for dinner in Camperdown)
Port Campbell, Timboon, Camperdown
FORUM MEETING (includes Light lunch, morning and afternoon tea)
You may stay at the club for an evening meal however this not included in the quoted cost.
OCEAN GROVE BOWLING CLUB
SKYE SOCIAL (includes a light supper, THIS WILL BE HOSTED BY Clan Donald Victoria with invitations going out to members of Ocean Grove/Geelong Scottish Country and Clan MacLeod, and will include performances by Geelong Scottish Dance, and Glenbrae Celtic Dancers. With a possible visit from one of the local Pipe Bands)
MARCUS HILL COMMUNITY HALL
GEELONG HIGHLAND GATHERING(Clan Macdonald Yarraville and Clan Donald Vic will be hosting breakfast at the Gathering)
GEELONG (cost is determined by the Gathering committee)
DINNER (cost will be determined by the cost of your own meal)
PUB (a casual meal at a local establishment)
FAREWELL BBQ LUNCH
BIG 4 Queenscliff
ALL IN ONE*
VARIABLE WILL BE BUS USAGE ADD $30 PER DAY PER PERSON TO COVER EG 2 PEOPLE FOR 5 DAYS $300
$130.00 + BUS COSTS
COST OF BUS INCLUDED IN TOTAL COST OF FORUM, MEALS WILL BE AT PORT CAMPBELL AND CAMPERDOWN COST WILL BE DETERMINED BY YOUR MEAL, HOWEVER CLAN DONALD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO NEGOTIATE THE COST OF THE MEAL IN CAMPERDOWN – MEAL WILL BE SERVED AT CAMPERDOWN UNITING CHURCH AND CATERED BY CAMPERDOWN ROTARY. COST WILL BE $15.00 PER PERSON. TEA AND COFFEE SUPPLIED.
Those people using their own cars will be encouraged to take the bus at a cost which will be exclusive to those locals not normally utilising the bus. Price on application.
PLEASE LIST ANY FOOD ALLERGIES, AND FOR SAFETY PLEASE INFORM THE ORGANISERS ON ARRIVAL OF ANY MEDICATION REQUIRED IN AN EMERGENCY.
PLEASE LODGE YOUR TRAVELLING DETAILS WITH CONFERENCE ORGANISERS WHEN BOOKING FOR THE FORUM TO ENSURE YOUR ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES ARE MONITORED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE.
Cost of the hire of the buses at this time will be determined by the number of people using for the duration of the Forum weekend. Your drivers will be Mr Stewart Williamson, Mr Norman Macdonald and Mrs Jan Macdonald.
Breakfast will be supplied by Clan Donald Victoria and Clan Macdonald Yarraville, and will include bread for toasting, butter/margarine, cereal, spreads on request, tea, coffee, milk and sugar. These will be replenished on request utilising the forms supplied in the units. Requests will be addressed to the clan secretary or the clan representative rostered for that day. Cost will be $20.00 per person for the duration of the Forum. Please indicate your preferences for breakfast menu when registering for the Forum.
PAYMENT FOR THE FORUM : FOR EASE OF OPERATION OF THE FORUM
PLEASE USE THE ATTACHED COPY OF DEPOSIT FORM EITHER BY DIRECT TRANSFER OR CHEQUE TO CLAN MACDONALD YARRAVILLE INC
MARK YOUR PAYMENT CLAN DONALD AUSTRALASIA FORM 2016 AND PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME. SEND A COPY OF THE COMPLETED REGISTRATION TO firstname.lastname@example.org ALONG WITH YOUR PAYMENT DETAILS.
Have you booked your accommodation – Beacon Resort Big 4 Point Lonsdale.
Clan Donald Australia recognises the valuable assistance provided to our societies through DSS, OMAC, along with affiliations with Victorian Scottish Union, Scots of Victoria CoOrdinating Group, Scottish Heritage Group, Celtic Council