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   Reunions - Past and Future



With the advent of the MacIain Chiefs genealogy a great deal of interest
was expressed in bringing together family members and those who had contributed
to the project. To date, the gatherings have been held where  MacIain Chiefs 
had its genesis, in Guysborough Co, Nova Scotia. The following is a brief record
of past gatherings, and what is planned for the future.

First Gathering 1990 
The first gathering of the MacKean descendants was held in Sherbrooke, Guysborough Co, Nova Scotia. The event was chaired by Wilma (MacKeen) Powell and was successful in bringing together approximately 200 members of the family. At this gathering it was decided to attempt a reunion every five years. Reunion 1995
Family members were invited to this family reunion at Melrose, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia on July 29-30, 1995. The agenda was as follows. Saturday, July 29th 9:00 am Greenfield Sports Centre Visitor registration All Day Greenfield Sports Centre Canteen available. Fun and games for all ages, ball games and other outdoor sports, weather permitting. 6:00 pm Greenfield Sports Centre Supper - Nova Scotia lobster or cold meats with salad, strawberry shortcake. Price $10.00 each Evening Greenfield Sports Centre Social evening, sing-song, games, cash bar, and dance. Photographer on hand for individual or group pictures. Sunday, July 30th 11:00 am Kirk Memorial United Church Ecumenical church service 12:00 am Greenfield Sports Center Social hour and lunch Afternoon Around and About Conducted tours of three cemetaries which hold a great number of MacKeen ancestors
Wilma (MacKeen) Powell chaired the gathering and approximately 250 family members attended.

Reunion 2000
Family members were invited to gather at Melrose, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia on July 29-30, 2000. The agenda was as follows. Saturday, July 29th 9:00 am Greenfield Sports Centre Registration 11:00am -3:00pm Greenfield Sports Centre Canteen available 1:00 pm Greenfield Sports Centre Photo/video session 3:00pm-5:00pm Greenfield Sports Centre Social time 6:00 pm East River Fire Hall Dinner. Keynote Speaker: Mr. John MacKeen 9:00 pm Greenfield Sports Centre Social Time, bar open,Ceilidh with music and other entertainment. Sunday July 30th 11:00 am Kirk Memorial United Church Church Service, Kirkin' of the Tartan and dedication of Family Crest. Rev. Jim Forbes and St. Mary's Male choir. 12:30 pm Greenfield Sports Centre Canteen 1:30 pm Greenfield Sports Centre Slide Presentation, by Aleaha Lomas 3:00 pm Around and About Cemetery Tours, with Alice Sutherland Wilma (MacKeen) Powell again chaired the gathering which saw approximately 325 family members attending. At this event Harold 'Sandy' McKeen presented a stained glass window in the design of the MacIain Crest, which was dedicated at Kirk Memorial. In addition, a Memorial Book for recording the names of deceased family members was installed. Reunion 2005
Family members gathered at Aspen, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia on July 30-31, 2005. Two days of fellowship were enjoyed at the Kirk Memorial church, built by Benjamin McKeen in 1878, which welcomed visitors from as far away as South Carolina, Texas, and Hawaii. Linda McKeen of Aspen, Guysborough County, chaired the gathering. More information about the event, and the participants, can be found at the meeting website Reunion 2010
A reunion was held in 2010 and took place at Kirk Memorial Church in Aspen, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, on July 17th and 18th. The activities can be viewed at Reunion Website . The organisers can be contacted at mackeenreunion2010.gmail.com.

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