2020 Board of Directors
We have four candidates running for three open positions on the Board of Directors of Clan MacKinnon Society. Each is for a four-year term. Please read each candidate's biography and reasons for running, in their own words, below. Click on each individual's name to expand their information. Voting will take place directly after the upcoming virtual General Meeting (GM) on June 20, 2020 (which will utilize Zoom) and will be open to all members who were present at the GM. Information about the GM and voting will be emailed out to all members by June 1. If you do not receive an email, please contact us to verify we have a current email address for you on file.
I am a retired Professor of Education and former Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. I am a relatively new member of the Clan MacKinnon Society, joining in 2018 during the AGM in Halifax and assuming the role of Commissioner for the Province of Nova Scotia at that time. While my interest in Scottish history and MacKinnon family heritage is deep and longstanding, my desire to join the Board of Directors also connects with my career as a university professor and researcher.
A component of my former research portfolio involved an investigation into the structure and function of governing boards, especially those of educational organizations. As an academic administrator, I served on the Board of Governors of Acadia University and on boards of professional organizations within my discipline, including a term as President of the Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration. This board experience, both as a researcher and as a participant, combined with my enduring interest in our clan’s history, informs my decision to offer my name as a Board candidate. In no way is this meant to imply that I would bring an expertise to the Board that is missing, but solely as a comment that my interest is twofold, as a student of MacKinnon history and as a student of governance.
In addition to this, I note that while the Clan MacKinnon Society is based in the United States, its membership is international. Given this diversity, I modestly suggest that it could be advantageous for the Society to have international representation on its Board of Directors. As a Canadian, and if elected, I would serve the Society conscientiously in all its aims, but with attention to the growth and service of our international membership.
I always viewed my role in any organization as member of a team when it came to boards or committees. I have served on 5 non-salaried non-profit organizations. My goal was always to serve the greater good of an organization, including CMS.
I was first elected to the Board of Clan MacKinnon Society in 2008 at Grandfather Mt. Highland Games (NC). During the first 2 years while on the board, no meetings were held and only a few emails and phone conversations occurred.
In 2010 I was named Chairman of the Board at our GM in Chicago. I have continued to serve in that position through our GM’s in the following locations every 2 years: Seattle, Chicago, Stone Mt. Georgia, and Halifax Nova Scotia CA.
In 2010 I initiated the use of teleconference.com to conduct monthly board meetings. As board member, I was instrumental in drafting a formal set of by-laws, re-established a non-profit legal entity status, developed a Commissioner handbook, and clan tent manual. Over the past 8 years I reached out to recruit board candidates, officers and commissioners who have provided outstanding contributions with their unique skills and dedication to bring the Clan MacKinnon Society to the forefront on an international scale.
During my tenure, CMS Membership enrollment rose from roughly 60-80 to more than 375 in 11 countries, 4 Canadian Provinces, and 30+ States in the U.S.
We also established a professional website and Facebook site administered by our leadership team. I cannot heap enough praise on our leadership team consisting of our board and officers whose dedication and commitment has made these accomplishments possible and my job easier. The leadership team is one of the main reasons I continue to seek a position on the board, to promote our mission statement for Clan MacKinnon Society.
I, Malcolm Lachlan McKinnon, was born a McKinnon and I will die a McKinnon. I am the 6th and my son is the 7th Malcolm McKinnon in a row. Since my youth I have been imbued with “listening to bagpipe music”, been advised of the plaid and have tried and failed to get past the smell of scotch, yet Drambuie passes muster.
I spent years looking for the Clan McKinnon Society, which has undergone several incarnations during my lifetime. I have traced my family lineage back nine generations.
When I found the CMS tent in Alma, I took a deep dive into the Clan MacKinnon Society. Since then I have performed several functions behind the scenes for CMS. I have submitted articles and information for publishing in the Shankbone and I have made “anonymous” donations.
Working on the premise of preserving and promoting MacKinnon History and Heritage, I placed CMS at the forefront of the setup of the Clan Collection at the St. Andrew's Society of Detroit's Library and made sure that the Odom Library has a complete and updated set of all issues of the "Shank Bone".
My goal is to work on the Board for the benefit of the Society membership, as a whole, and continue to build the Society's reputation and prominence throughout the world. This will require making sure the house is in order to effectuate a smooth transition, which must include:
Publishing a directory of CMS members. One of the primary reasons for joining a group is to interact with the other members.
Total transparency by the Board on its meetings and financial matters, accountings, agendas and minutes regularly shared with membership.
Work to reconnect with Scotland, its people, our MacKinnon/McKinnon roots, heritage, and brethren around the world.
My name is Steve Mills, and I am running for an open Board of Director position for the Clan MacKinnon Society. Born and raised near Seattle, Washington, I am an eight year veteran of the US Navy. Before settling in Arizona, my family lived in Colorado for over a decade…you could say we like variety. I am passionate about our Clan and our Society, having grown up listening to stories of my great-great-grandmother, Catherine MacKinnon, who was born in a crofting township on Skye before emigrating to the United States in 1905.
I am currently serving as the Clan MacKinnon Society commissioner for Arizona, and I also sit on the communication and commissioner committees. These roles have given me the opportunity to help shape the future of our society by increasing outreach, transparency, and visibility of Society efforts. While challenging, these experiences have also been rewarding - I am proud to be part of an organization founded and led by energetic, caring, and ardent volunteers, and if elected I will help build on the amazing foundation of membership we have today.
As a member of the Clan MacKinnon Society Board of Directors, my goals would be: to engage with the board and our amazing commissioners to help grow our membership through fun and rewarding events; use technology to increase outreach efforts further, and bring greater value to our Society's members; and drive fundraising, to provide even more grant and project opportunities. Our clan is truly a kinship, a tie which binds many of us together, and I believe the future of the Clan MacKinnon Society lies in the next generation working - and having fun - together.
Tapadh leat, agus slàinte mhath…thank you, and good health!