A modern embodiment of the ancient Curtin sept took form at the turn of the century in Burlington, Massachusetts, USA. The brainchild of Neal Curtin of Seattle, Washington, a U.S. Air Force retiree, his brothers and some Curtin friends he had contacted, the Curtin Clan Association held its first Gathering in Burlington in 1999, at which time the first officers and board of directors were confirmed.
A nucleus membership of about 60 selected the following officers and board members:
Chief of Clan – Curtin Winsor of Pennsylvania, descended from a Curtin of County Clare
Vice Chief – Daniel M. Curtin of California,
Secretary/Treasurer – Neal Curtin of Washington
Clan Genealogist – Margaret Curtain of Queensland, Australia
Board of Directors:
Hugh Curtin of New Mexico,
Lawrence Curtin of New Hampshire,
Ted Curtin of Massachusetts,
Paul Curtin of Texas,
Anne Emperor of New York, descended from a Curtin of County Cork.
Hugh Curtin, Ted Curtin, Larry Curtin, Dan M. Curtin, Anne Emperor, Curtin Winsor, Margaret Curtain, Neal Curtin
The post of Genealogist was soon made permanent, at Margaret’s discretion. A constitution was proposed and distributed, to be ratified through electronic and postal means. It was agreed to hold a Gathering every two years, at which officers and board members would be elected. It was further agreed that Gatherings would be alternated between North America and Ireland. The site chosen for the next Gathering was Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, Ireland, close to the ancestral seat of the McCruitins of Thomond.
Clan business between Gatherings was to be conducted by the officers and the board by mail and e-mail or telephone. Neal Curtin established a journal, available to members by mail or e-mail, and an internet web site. These have been modified and updated from time to time. Later, “members-only” message board was set up for the board and general membership by Dan Curtin of California, when he became Chief.
In addition, Neal Curtin incorporated the group as the Curtin Clan Association in the State of Washington and had it recognized as a non profit organization for the United States Internal Revenue Service.
The new Clan Association adopted as its symbol the arms of the distinguished County Clare sept, the MacCruitins, who, in olden days, were the hereditary bards/historians to the great O’Brien family of Thomond, (present-day Clare.) The lands of the MacCruitins were around Ennistymon, thus it was appropriate that the first Gathering of the modern Clan in Ireland was held in that neighborhood, where many Curtins reside to this day.
In 2001 at Lisdoonvarna in County Clare, ireland, the original slate of officers and board were reconfirmed, and two new members added to the board: Peter Curtin of County Clare, the organizer of this Gathering, and Frank Curtin of County Cork.
Peter Curtin of Lisdoonvarna, the Gathering host, shows Peter Curtin of Rochester, NY how to pull a pint.
In 2003, at the third Gathering, organized by Anne Emperor and her cousin Peter Curtin, held in Skaneateles, NY, in the Finger Lakes region, the sitting officers and board members were again confirmed, and Dan Murphy, of Massachusetts, descended from a County Cork Curtin, was added to the board. Peter Curtin of New York was made Assistant Genealogist. Unfortunately, Peter died suddenly within a year.
Top row - Ted Curtin, Dan M. Curtin, Curtin Winsor, Neal Curtin, Dan Murphy, Peter Curtin, Bottom row - Larry Curtin, Frank Curtin, Anne Emperor, Margaret Curtain, Hugh Curtin
The Curtin Clan returned to Ireland in 2005, holding its fourth Gathering at Mallow, County Cork.
Newly elected officers are:
Chief of Clan – Daniel M. Curtin of California
Vice Chief – Ted Curtin of Massachusetts
Sec./Treas. – Neal Curtin of Washington
Curtin Musicians at the Hooley in Rockchapel
Frank Curtin of County Cork, organizer for this Gathering, and Hugh Curtin of New Mexico stepped down from the board, and Barbara Fageol, descended from a Curtin of County Kerry, and Dan Curtin of New York were appointed to the board. Barb was also named Editor of the Clan’s newsletter. Sadly, shortly after returning from Mallow, Larry Curtin of New Hampshire, died. His wife, Carole, was named to fill his place on the board. Neal resigned in September as secretary/treasurer and Dan Curtin was selected by the board to replace him.
For its fifth Gathering, in 2007, the Clan went to Canada, assembling at Peterborough, Ontario, which is central to the area inhabited by a large number of Curtins descended from families who arrived in the early 19th century, in a group organized by a Peter Robinson.
Changes to the board were in store, as Ted Curtin stepped down from his position as Vice Chief, Carole Curtin, Dan Murphy and Peter Curtin of County Clare left the board, and Lisa Wylie agreed to stand for Secretary.
Chief – Dan M. Curtin of California
Vice Chief – David J. Curtain of Queensland, Australia
Treasurer – Dan J. Curtin of New York
Secretary – Lisa Wylie of New York, descended from a Curtin of County Kerry
Gerard Curtin, Jo-Ann Wylie, Lisa Wylie , Richard Curtin, Dan J. Curtin, Dan M. Curtin, Margaret Curtain, David Curtain, Anne Emperor, Frank Curtin, Barb Fageol, Peg Curtin, George Thompson
Frank Curtin of County Cork returned to the board, joined by new members Peg Curtin of Connecticut, Richard Curtin of California, Gerard Curtin of Ontario, who, with his wife, André, organized this Gathering, George Thompson of Washington, England, and Jo-Anne Wylie, sister of Lisa.
At the Gathering, the Clan recognized Neal Curtin, the Clan’s founder, as “Founder Emeritus”. He was presented a plaque in recognition of this endeavor.
In 2009, the Clan traveled back to Ireland, to the little town of Templeglantine, in County Limerick, which is near “Curtin Corner” where many Curtin families dwell, the corner where Counties Cork, Kerry and Limerick meet. Joanne Curtin Linehan and her father Liam Curtin were the organizers of this Gathering.
David Curtain stepped down as Vice Chief, and Frank Curtin of County Cork was elected to replace him. Barb Fageol stepped down from the board and as newsletter editor. She was replaced on the board by Joanne Curtin Linehan of County Kerry; and Anne Emperor assumed the duties of editor. Changes to the Constitution were approved to aid in the designation of the Clan as an educational institution, and to revise the structure of the board.
Jo-Anne Wylie, Joanne Curtin Linehan, Margaret Curtain, Dan M. Curtin, Anne Emperor, Dan J. Curtin, Gerard Curtin, Lisa Wylie
In 2010, The Clan was re-incorporated in New York as the Curtin Clan, Inc. to facilitate annual renewal. New By-Laws were adapted. Request for non profit status was submitted to the United States Internal Revenue Service. In April 2012, the request was granted retoactive to November 2010.
The Clan returned in style to the US in 2011 for its seventh Gathering in the famed “Windy City” of Chicago. The many Irish families in the city have set up a fine Irish Cultural Center that served as a hub of the doings of the Clan. Chief Dan Curtin stepped down, to be succeeded by Anne Emperor of New York, descended from a Curtin of County Cork. Lisa Wylie also stepped down as Secretary, and was replaced by Heidi Welch of New Hampshire, descended from a Curtin of County Cork. Jo-Anne Wylie, Peg Curtin and Rich Curtin also left the board, to be replaced by Gerry Curtin of North Carolina, Lisa Curtin of California and Pat (PJ) Curtin of County Cork. The new Chief relinquished the reins of the newsletter to Joan Curtin and her husband, Neal, of Virginia.
A high point for the Clan was the recognition of the work of our hard-working and very knowledgeable Genealogist, Margaret Curtain, and her induction as a Companion of the Order of the Clans of Ireland. She was presented with her regalia at the Gathering by the Vice Consul of Ireland, the Honorable Tim Reilly.
The new organization and format seem to be working smoothly, as the Clan makes plans for its return to the ancestral home for the next Gathering, in 2013.
CURTIN CLAN, INC.
Curtin Clan, Inc. (hereafter the Clan) is incorporated under the laws of the
State of New York for cultural purposes, to
discuss the genealogy and culture of individuals with the surname Curtin and
descendents of the MacCurtin and Curtin families of Ireland as defined in the
Certificate of Incorporation.
ARTICLE I – OFFICES
principal offices of the Corporation shall be in the County
of Columbia, State of New York. The Corporation may also have offices at such
other places within the State of New
York as the Board may from time to time determine or
the business of the Corporation may require.
ARTICLE II – MEMBERSHIP
Membership shall be open to the following
without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, or presence of a handicap:
individual with the surname of Curtin or any variation.
individual married to or descended, in any form, from a Curtin.
c. Any individual using DNA results who is identified as a descendent of a
shall be ratified upon payment to the Clan of annual dues.
members may be appointed from time to time by action of the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE III – DIRECTORS
to any provisions in the Certificate of Incorporation the business of the
Corporation shall be managed by its Board of Directors, each of whom shall be
at least 18 years of age and a member of the Clan. The Board of Directors shall consist of six
to eight elected directors, the Newsletter Editor and the immediate past Chief
of the Clan.
elected directors shall be elected by the Association membership at the
periodic Clan gathering held every other year.
A simple majority of the votes cast shall be required for election.
Board of Directors shall appoint a Newsletter Editor. The editor must be a member of the Clan and
be willing to accept the designated responsibilities.
and Term of Directors
for the elected directors shall be made by a nominating committee appointed by
term of office shall be from election at the periodic Clan gathering until the
next subsequent Clan gathering, generally every two years.
Chief and Vice Chief shall not serve in the same office for more than three
director shall hold office until the expiration of the term for which elected
and until a successor has been elected and qualified, or until resignation or
vacancy occurring on the Board for any reason may be filled by a majority of
the remaining directors then in office, although less than a quorum may exist. A director elected to fill a vacancy of an
elected director shall serve for the unexpired term of that director.
individual director may be removed with or without cause by a majority vote of
the Board of Directors of the Clan. When
a resolution to remove a director for cause is made, the director must be given
notice and an opportunity to be heard before the final vote is taken.
director may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Board, the Clan
Chief, or the Secretary of the Corporation.
Unless otherwise specified in the notice, the resignation shall take
effect upon receipt thereof by the Board or such officer, and the acceptance of
the resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.
Conflicts of Interests
time to time conflicts of interest may arise due to personal or financial relationships
or other types of temporary conflicts of interest. The director shall be required to announce
the conflict and abstain from voting on any motion where the conflict would be
in place. Failure to abide by this rule
could be grounds for removal of a director.
directors shall serve the Corporation without compensation. Reasonable business related expenses which
have prior approval of the Board may be reimbursed.
otherwise provided in the Certificate of Incorporation, a majority of the
entire Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business or of
any specified item of business.
of the Board
otherwise required by law, the vote of a majority of the directors present at
the time of the vote, if a quorum is present at such time shall be an act of
the Board. Each director present shall
have one vote.
and Time of Board Meeting
Board may hold its meeting at the offices of the Corporation in New York, at the
periodic Gathering, or at such other places, as it may from time to time
meetings may be held via telecommunications or over the internet.
regular meeting of the Board shall be held at every Gathering of the Clan.
of Meeting of the Board, Adjournment
scheduled meetings of the Board may be held without notice at such time and
place as it shall from time to time determine.
Special meetings of the Board shall be held upon notice to the directors
and may be called by the Chief upon seven day notice to each director either
personally, by email, or by mail, or called by the Secretary in like manner on
written request of two directors. Notice
of a meeting need not be given to any director who submits a Waiver of Notice
whether before or after the meeting or who attend the meeting without
protesting prior thereto or at its commencement, the lack of notice to
him. At special meetings only the
business specified in the notice may be transacted.
majority of the directors present, whether or not a quorum is present, may
adjourn any meeting to another time and place.
Notice of Adjournment shall be given to all directors.
meetings of the Board, the Chief, Vice Chief, or in their absence, a
Chairperson chosen by the Board shall preside.
The Board by
Resolution adopted by a majority of the entire Board, may designate from among
its members other committees, each consisting of three or more directors, each
committee shall serve at the pleasure of the Board.
The Clan genealogist is a permanent officer of the Clan. The Clan genealogist shall be appointed by the Board of Directors and is an ex officio non voting member of the Board of Directors. The Clan genealogist appointed at the founding of the Clan may remain in office at her pleasure.
The Board may appoint advisory members who may not vote but may attend meetings and provide advice as requested by the Board.
Absenteeism from Meetings
Any director who is absent from three consecutive meetings may be removed from the Board. The director shall be notified by mail that he or she has been terminated from the Board.
ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS
Offices, Election, Term
Unless otherwise provided for in the Certificate of Incorporation, the Board may elect
or appoint a Clan Chief, a Vice Clan Chief, a Secretary and Treasurer, and such
other officers as it may determine who shall have the duties, powers and
functions as hereinafter provided.
All officers shall be elected or appointed by the Board at the periodic Clan Gathering and hold office until the next Gathering or until their resignation or removal by the Board.
All officers shall hold office from one Clan Gathering to the subsequent Clan Gathering or until their successor has been appointed and qualified.
All officers shall be members of the Board.
The Clan Chief and Vice Clan Chief shall not serve in the same office for more than three consecutive terms.
No more than one officer position shall be held by one person at any time.
appointed by the Board may be removed by the Board with or without cause.
In the event
of death, resignation or removal of an officer, the Board at its discretion may
elect or appoint a successor to fill the unexpired term.
All officers shall
serve the Corporation without compensation. Reasonable business related expenses
which have prior approval of the Board may be reimbursed.
shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation; the Chief shall
preside at all meetings of the Corporation and of the Board. The Chief shall have the responsibility for
directing the management of the business of the Corporation and see that all
the orders and resolutions of the Board are carried into effect. The Chief may sign corporate checks.
Vice Clan Chief
absence or disability of the Clan Chief, the Vice Clan Chief shall have the
powers and functions of the Chief. The
Vice Clan Chief shall perform such other duties as the Board shall prescribe.
meetings of the Board and the Corporation.
meeting attendance, all votes and minutes of all proceedings.
Give or cause
to be given notice of all meetings of the Corporation and special meetings of the
Keep in safe
custody the Seal of the Corporation.
Use of the
Corporate Seal is to be specifically authorized by the Board before each use.
required, prepare or cause to be prepared and available at each meeting of the
Corporation, a certified list in alphabetical order of the names of persons
eligible to vote thereat.
documents and records of the Corporation as required by law and otherwise in a
proper and safe manner.
duties as may be prescribed by the Board.
responsibility for the Corporate Funds and Securities.
Keep or cause
to be kept, a full and accurate account of receipts and disbursements.
cause to be deposited, all money and other valuables in the name of the
Corporation in such depositories as may be designated by the Board.
cause to be disbursed, the funds of the Corporation as may be ordered or
authorized by the Board insuring preservation of proper documentation for such
cause to be rendered to the Board at their request an account of all
transactions as Treasurer and of the financial condition of the Corporation.
report to the Board of Directors periodically.
all Corporate Officers and agents, upon their request, with such reports and
statements as may be required to fully disclose all financial transactions of
other duties as are given by these By-Laws or as assigned by the Board or the Chief.
ARTICLE V – SURETIES, BONDS &
In case the
Board shall require, any officer or agent of the Corporation shall execute to
the Corporation a bond in such sum and with such surety or sureties as the
Board may direct, conditioned upon the faithful performance of duties to the
Corporation and including responsibility for negligence and for all property,
funds or securities of the Corporation which may come into his or her hands.
ARTICLE VI – CORPORATE SEAL
The seal of
the Corporation shall be circular in form and bear the name of the Corporation,
the year of its organization and the words “Corporate Seal, New York”. The seal may be used by causing it to be
impressed directly on the instrument or writing to be sealed, or upon adhesive
substance affixed thereto. The seal of
the Certificate for shares or on any Corporate obligation for the payment of
money may be facsimile, engraved or printed.
ARTICLE VII – EXECUTION OF INSTRUMENTS
instruments shall be signed or countersigned, executed, verified or
acknowledged by an officer or officers or other person or persons as the Board
may from time to time designate.
ARTICLE VIII – FISCAL YEAR
year shall begin the first day of January in each year.
ARTICLE IX – REFERENCES TO CERTIFICATE
the Certificate of Incorporation by these By-Laws shall include all amendments
thereto or changes thereof unless specifically excepted.
ARTICLE X – BY-LAWS CHANGES
otherwise provided in the Certificate of Incorporation, these By-Laws may be
amended, repealed or adopted by the Board.
ARTICLE XI – MISCELLANEOUS
The Board of
Directors may adopt policies and procedures for the operation of the Corporation
which do not conflict with these By-Laws, the Certificate of Incorporation or
the Laws of the state of New York and the United States of America.