United Kingdom (UK) branch of the Clan Grant Society initiated
the substantial effort to acquire and renovate the kirk. They
have through hard work and dedication achieved this goal for the
benefit of the worldwide Clan Grant Societies and indeed for all
Grants and septs who look back to Strathspey for their heritage.
H. Grant, our Convenor-Emeritus, quickly raised the banner here
in the U.S., calling us to support the newly acquired kirk. George
believed and said that each contributor should receive a memento
certificate. On September 3, 1997 certificates of acknowledgment
from The U.S. branch of the Clan Grant Society were sent to the
contributors who answered Georges call. By the time you
read this, all contributors who sent donations to the Duthil Kirk
Fund Treasurer should have received their certificates.
Clan Grant Centre Needs
the cause is not won. We, the Clan Grant Society of the U. S.
as a whole, with a few notable exceptions have been slow to realize
the huge need for support required to renovate Duthil Kirk and
its grounds. Since October 1986 when the Stones of Clearwater
Florida sent the first check to the newly established Duthil Kirk
Fund of the U.S. Clan Grant Society, there have been 102 contributors
donating $6,345. One contributor has given $1500 over eleven years,
another $700, ten between $100 and $300, and the majority below
$100. The vision for the kirk is a Clan Grant Centre of which
Grants worldwide can be proud. Sir Patrick Grant of Dalvey is
the current Chair of the UK Society and of the effort to bring
the kirk up to National Historic Trust standards and develop it
as a museum and centre for us, for you, for Clan Grant.
U.S. contributions over the last eleven years have helped to make
the kirk a possibility as our Clan Grant Centre. But, it needs
continuous support from
us, the U.S. Society, as well as all Clan Grant Societies. The
UK Society, as hard as they are trying, can not and should not
be expected to do it all for all of us. Soon, I hope to see a
renewed, coordinated appeal from Sir Patrick to establish a continuing
means of support for our centre. But until that time, the U.S.s
Duthil Kirk Fund still needs your contributions. Our U.S. goal
must be to provide continuous, substantial support for the centre,
if it is to have a future.