THE RYAN CLAN ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER
Volume 2, No. 3 – February 2000
The Ryan Clan Association, U.S. Sept
P. O. Box 13241, Tallahassee, FL 32317
President: J. Terry Ryan
Treasurer: RADM Jim Carey
Secretary & Newsletter: Sharon Healey Bartholomew
Web Design: Jim Carigan
How sweetly lies old Ireland, emerald green beyond the foam
Awakening sweet memories, calling the heart back home
THE GATHERING OF THE CLAN
Ryan Rally 2000 – September 2000 – Tipperary Ireland
Brendan Tours will be the tour guide for our trip to Ireland and will make all arrangements via Astro Travel in Tallahassee. Some basic information:
Air Travel via Aer Lingus
$549 + $65 departure tax from JFK/NYC
Land Arrangements (hotels, transportation, certain meals, entry fees to all sightseeing locations indicated in our itinerary, and round trip airport transfers*):
$1216.00 + $245 single supplement for
anyone traveling alone or wishing a single
*Those arriving separately will have additional transfer fees.
Deposits needed NOW:
Air Travel/Aer Lingus $100
Land Arrangements $100
Deposits needed 90-days prior to departure:
Land Arrangements $100
Insurance if desired $ 89
Insurance covers trip cancellation, interruption or delay, travel accident or medical situations and baggage loss or damage.
Final payments are due 45-days prior to departure for both land and air arrangements.
Please contact Wendy at Astro Travel immediately at 800-331-6001 to arrange your deposit of $200 or $100 depending on whether you wish the full air and land packages or just the land package, respectively.
Wendy will be happy to answer any questions you may have and will contact Terry Ryan if she can’t answer them!.
We’re moving along - before you know it, we’ll be in Ireland!!
MINUTES OF THE
QUARTERLY ON-LINE MEETING
HELD DECEMBER 16, 1999
The minutes of the last meeting were approved.
Beginning Balance: $1,284.19
Eight New Memberships 200.00
Ten Membership Renewals 275.00
Three Month’s Web Hosting - 59.85
Web Hosting Application - 144.03
Paper, Envelopes & Ink for
625 Letters to Irish/American orgs - 393.78
The treasurer’s report was approved.
It was further approved that $198.00 be reimbursed to J. Terry Ryan for postage.
Work on the Ryan database has been postponed until after the first of the year; the programmer has other projects to finish first.
Terry asked Evon Rion Kochey to form a calling tree/e-mail tree to encourage participation in the quarterly on-line meetings. Terry will send the member e-mail list to Evan who will contact five people and ask that they contact others. Sharon Healey Bartholomew and Jim Carigan volunteered to help with this project.
Jim Ryan presented a tentative itinerary for Ryan Rally 2000:
September 3 Depart U.S.
September 4 Arrive Dublin
September 5 Free Day
September 6 Bus tour to include Trim,
Tara and Newgrange
September 7 Bus tour to Waterford,
Powerscourt Gardens &
September 8 Waterford Crystal Factory,
Jerpoint Abbey, Kells Priory,
Ahenny, High Crosses.
September 9 Cashel, Hore Abbey,
Athassel Abbey, Cahir,
Holycross Abey, Inch House,
Borrisleigh, Sologhead and
September 10th Mass, brunch and the
Ring of Kerry
September 11th Cliffs of Moher, Killaloe,
Cragg Castle, Thorgrim’s
Stone, Heritage Centre,
September 12 Free Day/Dundrum
September 13 Return to U.S.
Again, this is a tentative itinerary!
The Wearing of the Green
By Dion Boucicault (1820-1890)
(Contributed by Jim Carigan)
O Paddy dear, and did you hear the news that’s going round?
The shamrock is forbid by law to grow on Irish ground;
St. Patrick’s Day no more we’ll keep, his colours can’t been seen,
For there’s a bloody law against the wearing of the green.
I met with Napper Tandy and he took me by the hand,
And he said, "How’s poor old Ireland, and how does she stand?
She’s the most distressful counterie that ever yet was seen,
And they’re hanging men and women for the wearing of the green."
Then since the colour we must wear is England’s cruel red,
Sure Ireland’s sons will ne’er forget the blood that they have shed.
You may take a shamrock from your hat and cast it on the sod,
It will take root and flourish there though underfoot it’s trod.
When law can stop the blades of grass from growing as they grow,
And when the leaves in summer-time their vendure date not show,
Then I will change the colour that I wear in my caubeen
But ‘til that day, please God, I’ll stick to wearing of the green.
But if at last our colour should be torn from Ireland’s heart,
Our sons with shame and sorrow from this dear old isle will part;
I’ve heard a whisper of a land that lies beyond the sea
Where rich and poor stand equal in the light of freedom’s day.
O Erin, must we leave you driven by a tyrant’s hand?
Must we ask a mother’s blessing from a strange and distant land?
Where the cruel cross of England shall nevermore be seen,
And where, please God, we’ll live and die still wearing of the green!
The following is paraphrased from comments by Maurice H. Franks.
Dion Boucicault was an Irishman born, in Dublin. Inspired by America’s successful revolution against British rule, many Irish thought the time was ripe for independence. The color green became a symbol of sympathy for Irish independence, and the British began executing people found wearing the color green.
This powerful poem was a response to the British atrocities. Napper Tandy, mentioned in the poem, was a shopkeeper in Dublin who had been identified by the British as a freedom fighter and had fled to France. Boucicault also fled the country – for New York. He didn’t stop writing poetry and music and, over a century ago, wrote the well-known song, Sidewalks of New York, also known as Bicycle Built for Two.
HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!!
May the lilt of Irish laughter
Lighten every load,
May the mist of Irish magic
Shorten every road,
May you taste the sweetest pleasures
That fortune ere bestowed,
And may all your friends remember.
An old Gaelic Prayer:
Deep peace of the running waves to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the smiling stars to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the watching shepherds to you.
Deep peace of the Son of Peace
March 17th – Time for the wearin’ of the green…
Revised Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws
Since formation of the Association in July 1998, we’ve been researching obtaining an IRS 501(3)(c) exemption and a corporate nonprofit tax exemption. Unfortunately, our research found that we do not qualify as an IRS 501(3)(c) organization due to the limited nature of our Association; i.e., limited only to the research of the Ryan name and relatives.
After much research by volunteers, it was concluded that our Articles of Incorporation and by-laws need to be changed in order to get received tax-exempt status from the IRS. If granted, we wouldn’t have to pay corporate taxes!
A lawyer familiar with nonprofit organizations has developed revised Articles of Incorporation for our members to review and vote on; these documents are being sent to you via e-mail and U.S. mail for those without e-mail.
The new Articles call for a board of directors to be established. The board will then vote on the Association’s by-laws. The following is the proposed slate of directors:
J. Terry Ryan
Jim Carey, RADM (Retired)
Sharon Healey Bartholomew
Current Secretary & Newsletter Editor
We would like to have two more directors, and we solicit volunteers. Please let Terry Ryan know as soon as possible if you would be interested, so your name can be submitted to the voting members.
VOTING DAY WILL BE THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2000 – ALL DAY!! Members will be asked to send in their vote on the Articles of Incorporation via e-mail. Those without e-mail will be notified by mail and asked to respond via mail. NOTE: The by-laws are actually voted on by the Directors, but they are being sent to you for your review and comments.
See J. Terry Ryan’s e-mail of February 22, 2000, for more information.
Subj: Revised Articles of Incorporation
Date: 2/22/00 4:00:20 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (trakker)
MEMBERSHIP RESOLUTION ADOPTING
RESTATED ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF THE
RYAN CLAN ASSOCIATION, U. S. SEPT, Inc.
The following are restated articles of incorporation of the Association, adopted by the members of the Association in accordance with the provision therefor in the initial articles of incorporation, and in accordance with applicable law, to supercede completely those initial articles of incorporation filed with the Florida Department of State, division of Corporations, December 17, 1998:
ARTICLE I. NAME AND LOCATION
The name of the corporation is the RYAN CLAN ASSOCIATION, U. S. SEPT, Inc. hereafter referred to as the Association. The principal address of the Association is: 3231 Fred George Road, Suite 102, Tallahassee, Florida 32303. The mailing address of the Association is Post Office Box 13241, Tallahassee, FL 32317. The Board of Directors may from time to time redesignate the principal office, and may establish other offices within or without the State of Florida, as the activities of the Association indicate are advisable.
ARTICLE II. PURPOSES
The purposes for which the Association is organized are:
1. To promote among members, knowledge of the history and genealogy of Ryans in the United States of America, to trace and discover links to the Ryans of Ireland, and to discover the heritage and genealogy of the latter back to the origin of the name Ryan.
2. To encourage association and interaction of Ryans and persons interested in the heritage of Ryans wherever found, and to encourage interaction and good will among those persons.
3. To establish relationships with other organizations of similar purpose in order to mutually facilitate the fulfillment of the purposes of all.
4. To utilize electronic technology in the operation and administration of the Association and the furtherance of its purposes.
5. To undertake the foregoing within the meaning of Section 501(c)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future provision of United States Internal Revenue law).
Within these purposes, the Association may solicit membership dues, and accept other sources of income as authorized by law, to provide funding for the accomplishment of these lawful purposes.
The Association may do all acts and things requisite, necessary, proper and desirable to carry out and further the purposes for which it is formed; and, in general, may have all the rights, privileges and immunities, and enjoy all the benefits of the laws of the State of Florida and the United States of America applicable to corporations of this character including, but not limited to, the powers described in Chapter 617, Florida Statutes.
All of the above and foregoing are to be construed both as objects and powers, and it is expressly provided that the specific objects and powers enumerated herein shall not be held to limit or restrict in any manner the general powers of the Association. Each and all of the objects, purposes and powers of the Association, however, shall be exercised, construed and limited in their application to accomplish the purposes for which this Association is formed.
ARTICLE III. TERM OF EXISTENCE
The term of existence of this corporation shall be perpetual.
ARTICLE IV. MEMBERSHIP
Membership in the Association shall be available to natural persons whose surname is Ryan, persons descended from any such person, persons related to such a person by affinity or consanguinity, and persons who have interest in the history and culture of persons so named. The Board of Directors shall establish a schedule of membership classes and dues, and may adopt procedures for the establishment of assessments of special dues; provided, that no assessment of special dues shall be established except upon the affirmative votes of a majority of voting members. No more than thirty-five percent (35%) of the gross receipts of the Association shall be derived from sources outside the membership. Membership may be denied or terminated for cause which is detrimental to the purposes of the Association, or for cause related to the ability of the Association to reasonably carry on its activities.
ARTICLE V. MANAGEMENT
The affairs of the Association shall be managed by a Board of Directors elected by the members at the annual meeting of the Association, consisting of not fewer than five (5) and not more than fifteen (15) persons. The number of directors and the terms thereof shall be provided for in the By-Laws. No person may serve as a director who is not a member of the Association in good standing, as that term is defined in the By-Laws. The officers of the Association, to wit: president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and membership shall be elected by the Board of Directors from among their number. Additional officers may be provided for in the By-Laws.
ARTICLE VI. AFFILIATE LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS
The Board of Directors may authorize and establish guidelines for the creation of affiliate organizations within municipalities, counties, states or regions, composed of members of the Association who, because of their geographic proximity, desire to associate in the furtherance of the purposes of the Association.
ARTICLE VII. AMENDMENTS
An amendment to the Articles of Incorporation may be made when proposed by petition of not less than ten (10) voting members, or by resolution of the Board of Directors, and if approved at any regular or special membership meeting by two-thirds (2/3) of the voting members in attendance, provided a quorum is present. Not less than thirty (30) days written notice setting forth the proposed amendment and its purpose shall have been given to all the voting members by U. S. or electronic mail, addressed to their respective addresses as shown in the records of the Association.
ARTICLE VIII. OTHER PROVISIONS
In furtherance, but not in limitation, of the powers conferred by statute, the following provisions are made for the regulation of the business and conduct of the affairs of the Association:
1. The Association shall neither have nor exercise any power, nor shall it engage directly or indirectly in any activity, that would invalidate its status as a corporation exempt from Federal income taxation as an organization described in Section 501(c)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code.
2. No part of the net earnings of the Association shall inure to the benefit of any member, whether during the Association's period of duration or upon its dissolution, and no officer, director or member of the Association shall, as such, at any time have or receive or be entitled to have or receive, any proprietary interest in or part of the Association's property or assets or any pecuniary profit or particular benefit from the Association; provided, however, that compensation may be paid for any services rendered to, and reimbursement may be made for any expenses incurred on behalf of the Association by any officer, director, member, agent, or employee, or any other person or corporation, pursuant to and upon prior authorization of the Board of Directors.
3. The Association shall not operate for the primary purpose of carrying on a trade or business for profit or engage in any prohibited transactions as described in Section 503 of the Internal Revenue Code.
4. No director, officer or member may, without prior consent of the Board of Directors, enter into any obligation on behalf of the Association, use or dispose of any asset of the Association, communicate any statement or attribution as that of the Association, or otherwise do or suffer to be done any act or omission which may be detrimental to the best interests or purposes of the Association.
ARTICLE IX. DISPOSITION OF ASSETS UPON DISSOLUTION
In the event of the dissolution of the Association, all of its assets and property of every nature and description whatsoever remaining after the payment of liabilities and obligations of the Association, but not including assets held by the Association under condition requiring return, transfer or conveyance which occurs by reason of the dissolution of the Association, shall be paid over and transferred to another entity selected by the Association's Board of Directors exempt from tax as a charitable or educational organization under Section 501(c)(3), or as an entity under Section 501(c)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code (or corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) having substantially similar purposes, and no portion of said assets and property shall inure to the benefit of any member of the Association or any enterprise organized for profit.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned Secretary of the Association hereby certifies that the foregoing restatement of the Articles of Incorporation of the Association were published at the regularly scheduled meeting of members of the Association on February _____, 2000, and was approved, in accordance with the then existing provision of the articles of incorporation of the Association, by the affirmative vote of not less than three-fourths of the members in good standing in attendance at the regularly scheduled internet meeting of members on ___________________, 2000.