Note: this is a prototype ACMS web page, currently undergoing review by the people who will use it.
How to use this page
This page has been created to support the work of the various newsletter writers and editors in the Clan MacLeod national and regional societies. The information posted here can be used freely and by anyone, subject to any copyright or other restrictions that may be noted with each source. The sections available on this page are:
Many of our publications are well established, and may not necessarily need some of the information on this page. But hopefully this will give those more experienced among us the opportunity to mentor and encourage other efforts.
If you are thinking about starting a newsletter, make sure that you contact your National or regional Society officers so that your work will be recognised as part of our Clan activities. It is also prudent to consider what you would be ADDING to the information already available to our members, as simply repeating information already available may not yield the most from your effort. Localizing news, and making MacLeods in your immediate area feel more engaged with the Clan, is always a big plus. Finally, when you consider how frequently you might publish, remember that Clan MacLeod magazine is mailed out in April and October of each year, ideally followed by national newsletters. If you are contemplating a third, more intimate newsletter for your area, you might want to choose a publication date that compliments these other periodicals.
All individuals below are pleased to be on your newsletter distribution list, and in return for receiving yours will send you theirs.
|ACMS-wide news contacts
17 Parkside Avenue
Mt. Pleasant, WA 6153
|"Linking the Clans" column in the Clan MacLeod Magazine
||Contact Ruth for current deadlines for submissions.
|Editor, Clan MacLeod Magazine
1F1 - 67 Brunswick Street
Edinburgh EH7 5HT
|Andrea is the Editor of the Magazine.
||Deadlines are end of February for April issue, end of August for October issue. Contact Andrea for further information.
|ACMS Youth Membership Coordinator
||Coordinates use of ad hoc newsgroups and social networking sites, and reports on Youth activities to ACMS.
||Contact Christy for further information.
Rose de Wynter
|Contacts for ACMS website.
||ACMS website will post major news articles, of interest to MacLeods world-wide.
Note: the absense of information for a particular nation or region in the table below does not imply that there is no news activity in that area, only that the person working on this page has not personally contacted the news people there yet.
News content suggestions
Sources in your own backyard
If you are searching for things to put in your newsletter, here are some ideas:
||Family events of MacLeods, including marriages, graduations, birthdays
||First person reports from people who have made a trip to Scotland, or general travel advice or recommendations from your members
||Books and movie reviews, where Scotland is involved
||Reprints of older articles from other MacLeod publications (things that are interesting to your particular readership)
||Recipes! Poems! Humor!
||Genealogy information, or stories about memorable family members
Scottish press sources
Your readers may appreciate occasional articles reprinted from Scottish news sources (properly credited!) with timely, whimsical, or practical information. Click on a logo below to load the home page of the newspaper illustrated.
The following publications are interested in receiving news from MacLeods. When you report, please make sure you are reporting YOUR news - meaning, if you are Clan MacLeod Narnia, please report news of Clan MacLeod Narnia and not the news of another country, or the ACMS. Thanks.
Documents and clip art to share
The following publications and clip art are available for your use in promoting MacLeod and Scottish interests. Please note carefully any copyrights or restrictions in these materials, which must be followed and/or acknowledged.
||I have been using an HP Officejet 5400 printer to produce the NE MacLeod and MacAskill sept newsletters. It costs about $150 and has been a joy to use (most notably, it almost meets the advertised "blazing" print speeds of 35ppm color). I'd recommend it for anyone thinking about starting a newsletter. If you use the "bookfold" option in Microsoft Word and keep your photos small you can print an 8.5x11 inch (~A4) sheet of paper color on both sides for about 18 cents USD. Contact me for more information, templates, etc.
UPDATE: This is the printer, an additional one I puchased in Scotland, that we used to print all the Parliament 2010 booklets!
||After 3+ years and printing over 55,000 pages, my HP5400 has been retired. I have replaced it with the HP Offject Pro 8000 A809 series, which is functionally identical except that it uses different ink cartridges and includes a duplexer. The cost of ink seems to be higher, but still less than 20 cents for colour on both sides of a full sized sheet. And the sheet feeder - on my unit at least - works much more reliably than the HP5400 (which used to grab multiple sheets when it reached the bottom of the feeder). IMPORTANT: the duplexer (the thingy that prints two-sided) apparently needs a larger "footprint" on the page than when you print single-sided. When you use two-sided printing your image will not go all the way out to the 1/4 inch border from the edge of the page. Your image will be shrunk (not cropped) on the long side of the paper, and there will be a 1/2 inch border on both the top and bottom of a portrait-oriented page.
||The Clan MacLeod USA is experimenting with offering for sale a premium copy of its newsletter, in full colour, through the publish-on-demand website http://www.magcloud.com. If you are unfamiliar with a “publish on demand” service, this is the way MagCloud works:
- We upload the electronic copy of our newsletter (at no charge) to the service’s website, and it becomes available for sale at http://clanmacleodusa.magcloud.com. You do not have to give up your copyright to the contents of the newsletter when you use this service.
- Then, anyone who wishes to order a copy of the newsletter does so through the web pages at that location. Purchasers are asked to provide their mailing address (visible only to us), and pay securely by credit card or PayPal.
- The copy or copies that are ordered are printed (one at a time, hence “print on demand”) and mailed to the purchaser. You may order just one copy, or as many as you want.
- MagCloud collects 20 cents per (one side) page, which must be included in the price of the item you sell. You can sell your item at this cost, or add in a "profit" that will be paid into your PayPal account monthly.
Please contact Dorna Caskie if you have any information that you would like to add to this page.
||Click here to download Adobe reader, if needed.