Nina Ford's Florida Commissioners Report - Winter 2018

Greetings to all from your Florida Commissioner and welcome to a great New Year! Although most of 2017 has been quiet due to moving and of course Hurricane season we were able to manage a Clan tent at Mt. Dora the third weekend in November. Mt. Dora is growing this event with the City of Mt. Dora announcing their creation and sponsorship of their own pipe band. The City of Mt. Dora’s sister city is Forres, Scotland which I find fascinating as I have come across the name-place on ancient maps in my research on Forresters et all. Our next big event was the Central Florida Highland Games January 13 and 14 in Winter Springs, Fl. A special thanks to my husband Rusty  Ford who made coming to this event possible.  Also a special thanks to Stevie Forrester who traveled to and worked this event.  Next year, weather permitting we hope to bring live music to our tent. We were able to showcase our DNA milestones on our updated displays. This would not be possible without the hard work of our DNA coordinator Nathan Forrister. We were able to reach the 500 likes and following milestones on our Facebook page so please continue to share and get the word out Clan Forrester is alive and well.

We are scoping out two new events which we hope to add in 2019. One is the Celtic festival in  Ormond Beach.

The second is the Southeast Regional Games in Ft. Lauderdale/Plantation Fl.  If you are interested in helping out, competing, or have suggestions for other events that you could possibly work please contact me at runlady22@gmail.com. Please put Clan Forrester in the subject line or contact clanforrester.org directly.  A heartfelt thank-you to all who returned and the new friends we made. We encourage you to become a member where your support helps bring us to games, continue to operate and update our website, and promote our DNA research. In closing, I cannot even begin to describe the feeling that I had when my sister surprised me and joined me this year marching under our family banner. My mom who started me on this journey so long ago I know is smiling from above. Come join us  and capture that feeling!