Proposed CHS Heritage and History
Corporate Resolution No. 2020 - ____
Corporate Resolution by the Executive Board of the Clan Henderson Society, Inc.
WHEREAS the historical record of the Clan and important milestones in the formation of the Society combine to create a unique identity and heritage, and
WHEREAS it is important to preserve the heritage and history of the Henderson Clan to understand the origins of the Clan Henderson Society and the reasons for its formation and continuing existence and activities, and
WHEREAS to forever memorialize the heritage and history of the Henderson Clan and the Clan Henderson Society it is vital that a record of key events and actions during the formative years be preserved, and
WHEREAS this record of the Clan and Society should be maintained, extended, and kept up as the Clan and Society move forward creating their history,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Executive Board of the Clan Henderson Society, Inc., that
The heritage and history of the Henderson Clan and the Clan Henderson Society be preserved, memorialized, maintained, extended, and kept current by the Clan Historian, and include the following record of the creation, organization, and validation of the Society.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT
This record shall be known as and referred to as the Henderson Clan and Clan Henderson Society Heritage and History, which original record is as follows:
HENDERSON CLAN AND CLAN HENDERSON SOCIETY HERITAGE AND HISTORY
Overview: MacEanruig is Scotts Gaelic for proud sons of Henry. Hendersons are descendants of a King of the Picts and are a collection of five family bloodlines that took hold in Caithness, Glencoe, Fordell, Liddesdale, having migrated from the Shetlands, and Ulster. Our ancestors are as old a family as any clan in the Highlands. However, until the decision by the Lyon Court in 1986, to establish the Henderson surname as an independent clan, the Henderson surname was often associated with the Clans MacDonald, Gunn, and MacNaughton.
The Authority: The Right Honorable the Lord Lyon, King of Arms and the head of Lyon Court, is the official with responsibility for regulating Scottish heraldry, issuing new grants of arms, and serving as the judge of the Court of the Lord Lyon, the oldest heraldic court in the world that is still in daily operation. In 1986 he recognized and so designated the title of Chief of the Name and Arms of Henderson of Fordell, to Dr. John William Philip Henderson, residing at Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.
Origins of the Clan Henderson Society: Fordell gave his permission to form a Clan Henderson Society in the United States on 22 September 1986 with The Chief of Clan Henderson being recognized as the patron of the Society. Upon receiving this permission, members of the family Henderson petitioned the Council of Scottish Clans and Associations for membership as the Clan Henderson Society. This membership was granted on 1 April 1988.
Henderson family members met again at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in July 1988 for the purpose of establishing the Clan Henderson Society of the United States. A subsequent letter from Fordell to the President of the Clan Henderson Society, Walter “Toby” Parrish of Nashville, Tennessee, suggested extending the Society’s membership to include Canada. This request was approved, and in 1991 the name of the organization was established as the “CLAN HENDERSON SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA, INC.”.
In 2002, at the annual general meeting of the Society, the organization was changed to reflect the establishment of an autonomous society by both the US and Canadian memberships. Approval for a name change by both organizations was received from Fordell, and approved by the Society. The American arm of the Society became the “CLAN HENDERSON SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES, INC.”.
In 2004, following the passing of The Chief of the Name and Arms of Henderson, Dr. John W.P. Henderson, Lord Lyon transferred the title to Alistair Donald Henderson of Brisbane, Australia. Iain Henderson, his son, became the Tanist with the title “Henderson, Younger of Fordell.”
In 2009, a name change was requested by Fordell to change the name of the Clan Henderson Society of the United States, Inc., to “CLAN HENDERSON SOCIETY, INC.”. This request was approved by the Society. Fordell designated the Society as the administrative arm of Clan Henderson.
The Passing of the first Chief: Dr. John W.P. Henderson of Fordell, Chief of the Name and Arms of Henderson, died on 27 September 2004 in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. The following announcement was made to the Clan.
Funeral services for Dr. John W.P. Henderson will be held Monday, 4 October in Toowoomba. The Clan Henderson Society of the USA will have a floral display delivered to the Henderson residence in Toowoomba on Monday morning. In observance of this solemn occasion, it is requested that each family observe a thirty second period of silence to honor our fallen Chief at 6.00 PM EST Sunday, October 3rd. Additionally, a period of mourning will exist within the Clan Henderson Society of the USA from Monday, October 4 until the end of the current calendar year. All crests currently held by Commissioners and conveners will be draped with a black covering cross the top and down the sides, when used for display. A black streamer may be attached at the top of all tartan flags that are used for public display, the streamer to be no longer than eighteen inches when attached to the flagpole on which the tartan flag is mounted. Individuals may wear a black ribbon on their nametag or an armband on the left arm, on which the clan crest should be displayed. Our Chaplain will provide a short memorial service during the annual general meeting held at the Stone Mountain Highland Games. This is an especially hard time for many of us, but we shall persevere, being proud of our heritage and the knowledge that our great leader has joined his ancestors, to live in peace forevermore.
Aye, the Chief is dead - long live the Chief!
High Commissioner for North America and Chieftain: Fordell has seen fit to designate a Clan member as his representative in North America and has designated this person as the High Commissioner for North America and Chieftain. The position of High Commissioner for North America and Chieftain holds no office in the Clan Henderson Society; however, his or her counsel is normally sought. Furthermore, the High Commissioner for North America and Chieftain expresses Fordell’s views, suggestions, and requests to the Society. By tradition, this individual is entitled to wear two eagle feathers (or legal substitute) and may exhibit his or her personal pencel. The following have held the position of High Commissioner for North America and
Claude A. Henderson, Manassas, VA, USA 1991-2001
David S. Henderson, New Bern, NC, USA 2001-2017
Rex Maddox, Alexandria, VA, USA, 2018
David R. Henderson, Wake Forest, NC, USA 2019-Present
Counselor to the Chief: Fordell has seen fit to designate some Clan members as Counselors to the Chief. This position holds no office in the Clan Henderson Society; however, these individuals are selected for their long and distinguished service to the Society and their counsel is normally sought:
Rex Maddox, Alexandria, VA USA 2009-2017
Russell L. Henderson, Alexandria, VA USA 2009-2018
Fred Sanford, Statesville, NC, USA 2019-Present
President of the Society: The President ensures the perpetuation of the Clan Henderson Society and the active accomplishment of the Society’s objectives and purposes. The following have served the Society in the capacity of President.
1989-1990 Walter M. “Toby” Parrish
1991-1995 Claude A. Henderson
1996-1999 Russell L. Henderson
2000-2001 Dr. Horace Loftin
2002-2004 Rex Maddox
2005-2008 Billy J. Henderson
2009-2010 Rex Maddox
2011-2014 Larry J. Henderson
2015-2018 Tom Hendricks
2019-Present Leon Hicks
Record Keeping: The Historian will maintain the information included in this resolution and shall periodically recommend to the Executive Board amendments to this resolution to keep the information correct and current. DATED AND EXECUTED in the State of ________________________, on the _________ of _______________, 20__.