As a frequent visitor to the United States, it is not uncommon when visiting with fellow Canadian snowbirds down south, for the topic to arise (particularly at “Happy Hour “) about the rules relating to our extended visit to the United States and the potential pitfalls for failure to comply with these so-called “rules”. More often than not, one hears about someone’s misadventure in dealing with the American border patrol authorities and the “things” that should be done in order to preserve one’s right to re-enter the U.S. and to avoid having to pay American taxes. The advice at times appears conflicting and to say the least, confusing. This is my effort to bring some clarity to the situation.READ ON
Many motivational speakers often recite an life altering event or a personal circumstance or tragedy which defined their life and which motivated them to do what they do, which is to spread what they believe is an important message to others. Although I am not inclined to become a motivational speaker and travel the world to enrich people’s lives with my thoughts, my own “life-altering event”, I think is worth sharing and hopefully it can be an inspiration to others to find the time and have the courage to change and to develop a plan for the future, as I did.READ ON
Effective Board Governance and the Role of Committees
The structure of a Board and the planning of the Board’s work are key elements to effective governance. Establishing committees is perceived to be one way of better managing the work of the Board, thereby strengthening and enhancing the Board’s governance role.
Historically, it has been common practice for Boards, using a traditional governance model, to strike various standing committees to deal with major functional areas of the organization. Each Board committee would work closely with the management team or staff member responsible for this functional area. They would work together in addressing issues, solving problems, developing internal policies and establishing plans to monitor performance and compliance within each functional area.
For example, it was commonplace for a Board to establish a human resource or staffing committee, who would work with the HR manager to develop HR policies including hiring, conduct, discipline, compensation and performance. It was expected that the work of the committee would “filter” up to the Board and from time to time the Board would be asked to approve some high level policies. For the most part, however, the establishment of work related policies was left to the committee to approve and for management to implement and the work of the committee was largely unseen by the board, except for approving perfunctory minutes from the committee meetings and receiving a brief verbal report from the chair of the committee at the Board meeting.READ ON
The amateur genealogist searching the Medlicott family tree will find a treasure trove of information on the website created by Phil Medlicott found at www.fam.medlicott.uk.com
One of the most interesting and useful tools on any enquiry is the “ARMS” pedigree found on the website, which was one of the earliest recorded efforts to document the Medlicott family.(see below)
I have referenced this family tree on many occasions, as I have endeavored to catalogue the ancestors of my wife, Joan Elaine Medlicott. I have written several articles which I have posted on my own personal website wjanhorn.ca and as a result have had several enquiries from overseas regarding their own connection to our branch of the Medlicott family. It is of some interest to note in reviewing the “ARMS” pedigree that standing out almost alone in the third line is reference to “Isaac? Of Pulverbatch Salop”. In response to a recent enquiry regarding the ancestors of a current Shropshire resident (John David William Chilton) and his relationship to this branch of the Medlicott family, I have had occasion to research this incongruity, which has taken me on another genealogical adventure.
A Canadian entering the United States of America as a visitor/tourist by air must present a valid Canadian passport or Nexus card when departing from a designated Canadian airport in order to gain legal entry into the country. Canadian citizens travelling to the U.S. by land or sea through a port of entry are required to present either a valid Canadian passport, Enhanced Driver’s License/Enhanced Identification card, NEXUS, FAST/EXPRES or SENTRI enrollment card. Most Canadians travelling frequently to the U.S. present their passport. The passport is typically scanned by the CPB agent and the usual perfunctory questions asked, “Where are you from? How long will you be in the U.S.? What is the purpose of your visit? Do you have any fruits or vegetables? Any cash or negotiable instruments in excess of $10,000?” Occasionally, the unsuspecting Canadian may be asked a surprise question, which happened to me on my last visit. “Have you ever been arrested or fingerprinted for any reason?” GULP…NO… I REPLIED! Satisfied with my responses to her questions, I was handed back my passport and pleasantly welcomed to the United States of America.
My earliest of memory of my grandfather, William John McIvor (after whom I was named) and grandmother Catherine Brady McIvor (nee McCann) were their brogue Scottish accents, particularly that of my grandfather. Both were born in Glasgow, Scotland. My mother was extremely proud of her Scottish heritage and until most recently prominently displayed the Campbell Clan tartan and plaque on her wall. From very early in my life when asked about my heritage, I was quick to identify myself as German (Anhorn) and Scottish (McIvor).
Most recently, while conducting genealogy research concerning our McIvor family tree, I discovered, much to my surprise, that my family originated not from Scotland but rather Ireland and that my ancestry is not Scottish but Irish! Read more by clicking on the link below
Establishing a Family Relationship between Two Family Members and a Common Ancestor-Who is in Your Family Tree?
Part of the fascination with genealogy and creating a family tree is discovering various family relationships, which you didn’t know you had. Even more fascinating is discovering a distant relationship with a famous person or perhaps, if you are lucky even royalty! Establishing and identifying these relationships can be confusing, especially when it comes to cousins and more distant relations. People typically have confused ideas about what constitutes a second or third cousin, and when somebody throws in the phrase, “times removed,” the task becomes even more overwhelming leading to much frustration.
Lady Diana is the daughter of John Spencer, 8th Earl of Spencer and Frances Ruth Roche and the mother of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales. She was born July 1st, 1961 in Park House Sandringham, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom. Often referred to as “Lady Di”, “Princess Di” or simply “Diana” her popularity has given rise to intense scrutiny of her life and her ancestry has become subject matter of close examination by genealogists around the world. The Internet has numerous sites endeavoring to document her royal heritage and great effort has been made in documenting her distant relationship with famous people.
One of the most interesting facts, which I discovered in researching the Medlicott family history, which is particularly relevant for those family members who were born in North America, is that the family origins can clearly be traced to a certain place. A place where the surname was derived from those who lived on or owned the lands and more importantly, which place can still be identified today. Few families in England can lay claim to such a distinction. Having owned lands at the place from which they took their name, which name has been perpetuated through multiple generations and which can be found throughout the world, including Australia, the United States and Canada and which place continues to exist, is quite remarkable.