ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING --- 2018

The Annual General Meeting consists of four basic events:

*Our gathering as a clan at the Games itself.

*The Clan dinner on Saturday Evening at the hotel.

*The Clan Annual Meeting for ALL members on Saturday afternoon at the Games.

*The Clan Council Business Meeting on Friday Afternoon for officers , regional representatives.

The 2018 Murray Clan Society of North America AGM will be May 25-27 at the Scottish Fest Highland Games sponsored by the United Scottish Society of Los Angeles and held at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa California. More than just a meeting, it will be an entire weekend to meet and enjoy the company of your fellow clan folk!

The Ayres Hotel & Suites, 325 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 has set aside a block of rooms under “Murray Clan Society”. More information about the hotel can be found at https://www.ayreshotels.com/ayres-hotel-costa-mesa-newport-beach). For those flying into John Wayne Airport (SNA), it is just 2½ miles from the hotel which provides complimentary airport shuttle service for their guests. The hotel is 1½ miles from the Orange County Fairgrounds; the Scottish Fest Highland Games venue. The hotel provides a shuttle service to and from the Games on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Double occupancy rate for one king or two queen beds is $139+tax per room per night. To get this rate ask for Murray Clan Society or Event No.11845. Reservations must be made by 4 May 2018 to ensure group rate and availability. Reservations made after this cut-off date will be accepted based on availability at prevailing rates. These rates are good from May 21st to June 1st, for those who might like to come early or stay after the AGM.
  • Make reservations by calling the hotel at either 800-322-9992 or 714-549-0300.

Look for Saturday night’s Clan dinner reservation form in the Spring Aitionn.

AGM weekend events will start Friday afternoon with a Council Meeting and Commissioner’s Round Table. We are hoping to offer a short seminar on the history of Clan Murray badges. Newport Beach is just 5 miles from the hotel if you would like to explore the harbor and all it has to offer. Friday evening at 6 pm we will dine at Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub (3 tenths of a mile walking distance from the hotel) and then cap off the day with a get-together at our hospitality suite.

The Scottish Fest Highland Games are held at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, which is just 1 and ½ miles away from the hotel. Those without cars may take the hotel shuttle to and from the Games. The events include all the athletics, piping, fiddling and dancing you would want, plus food and merchandise vendors. Two or more tents will set up with plenty of room in the shaded Avenue of the Clans area, providing food and drink and lots of conviviality. At 10:30 am on Saturday and 11:15 am on Sunday we will take part in the Parade of the Clans/Memorial Day ceremony and salute to our veterans. Immediately following, we will have lunch and the official Murray Clan Society annual meeting at a place to be determined. Scottish Fest Games tickets may be ordered ahead of time beginning in March 2018 for a discounted price. As our thank you to all Military, Police, Sheriff, Fire and First Responders and all that they do to keep us safe, the Scottish Fest organizers offer free admission to Scottish Fest to those who serve.*Must bring valid ID or proof of service (Badges, discharge papers, military ID etc). They offer free admission to person with ID.

There will be plenty of time after all of this to get back to the hotel to change and get to the Clan Dinner, which is always a grand affair. We will be piping in the haggis – a very regal display complete with piper and a recitation of Robert Burns’ “Address to the Haggis”. After the meal, we will have the ceremony for the Installation of Officers, and some other entertainment. Those still finding the energy can meet again at the hospitality suite for more celebrating.

Helpful links:
http://www.scottishfest.com
http://www.visitcalifornia.com
https://www.travelcostamesa.com/costa-mesa-visitor-guide

Fr. Ron Murray,
Region 6 Representative
Southern California Commissioner