Board of Directors
Patrick J. Curtin
Patrick is the grandson of John D. Curtin, born May 21, 1873 in Rockhill West, near Rockchapel in County Cork. He lives in the Chicago area with his partner, Armand Iaia. Patrick works in the morning as a business analyst and in the afternoon as a hospice chaplain.
Marion Quinlan Curtin
Marian Quinlan Curtin is from County Tipperary, Ireland. She married David Curtin in 1976. They have a son and two daughters and are blessed with two grandchildren.
She writes wonderful songs and poetry. She teaches people that want to learn, fund raises for local causes, and loves hiistory, sports and nature. She has been involved in the Curtin Clan since Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare Gathering, She enjoys meeting Curtins from all over the world.
New York USA
Dan splits his time between his home in the Adirondack Mountains and Kinderhook, New York near Albany USA with his wife Anne. He retired from New York State Government in 2002. In addition to genealogy, he enjoys running, hiking and snowshoeing. He has 2 sons and 3 granddaughters.
Dan's great-grandparents settled in Lafayette, New York, near Syracuse, New York . Thomas Curtin was from Brosna, County Kerry, and about 1855 he married Johanna Curtin the daughter of James Curtin and Johanna Casey of Newmarket, County Cork. Thomas and Johannah brought their 8 children to Lafayette in 1880.
Dan currently coordinates the Clan's DNA Project and is the webmaster.
Sarah is married to Robert Charles Curtin. She is a retired English teacher who loves to read. She also plays the piano and sings.
Bob and Sarah attended the Clan Gatherings in Buffalo in 2015, Ennis in 2017, and in Williamsburg in 2019.
Gerard and his wife Andrée hosted and chaired the 2007 Gathering in Peterborough, Ontario. Gerard is a semi-retired farmer and a descendant of one of the two Curtin families that emigrated from Cork, Ireland in 1825 to Ennismore, Ontario. He enjoys fraternal work with the Knights of Columbus and traveling with his wife Andrée.
Joan Bentley Curtin
Joan discovered the Curtin Clan in 2007 at the beginning of her genealogical research of her husband Neal’s family. Participating in the Clan’s DNA Project, Neal learned that his ancestors are from “Curtin Corner”. Neal's great grandfather Cornelius emigrated to Niagara County, New York in 1850, before settling in Sterling, Illinois in 1862. Before becoming the family genealogist, Joan worked as a school secretary and at a large bank. In addition to genealogical research, she enjoys golfing and gardening.
Margaret lives in Queensland, Australia, with husband David, on a small beef cattle property, 10 miles from Gympie. Margaret has been researching Curtin lines worldwide since 1978, when she began the paternal line for her children. Margaret has researched all surnames within her children's ancestry back as far as possible. She travels to Ireland at every opportunity (usually 2 yearly when Clan Gatherings are on), to collect and find more early data on Curtin families. She has also collected a wealth of information from buying up thousands of documents for Curtin families worldwide. She is a founding member of the Clan, and became the official Clan Genealogist at the first Gathering in 1999. Margaret has self published over 15 Curtin related books and is working on a 18th book at the moment. Her books are listed here.
Margaret was presented the insignia appointing her as a Companion of the Order of Clans of Ireland (CIOM) by the Irish vice counsel at the Chicago Gathering in June 2011.
Nick's grandparents emigrated to the U.S. from a dairy farm in Templeglantine, County Limerick, in 1921 and he has always had an interest in collecting the family history. Through the Curtin Clan he found out that his grandmother's maternal grandfather was also a Curtin from Rockchapel, County Cork, thus he has 2 branches of Curtin in his family tree, though he reassures us the branches are far apart!
Nick has a successful career in sales and marketing, and currently works assisting corporations who are relocating their employees from abroad to work in the U.S. He has been a member of the Curtin Clan since its early start and has attended 3 gatherings, including the first gathering in Burlington, MA. Nick lives with his wife Peggy, their 3 sons and a dog in southern California.
Willie Joe Curtin
Willie Joe is married to Eileen they have three daughters .He lives in Ballycommane Tournafulla, County Limerick. He farms the same lands that have been in the family since the late 1700's. Willie Joe loves cycling and gets a buzz from taking part in sportives.
Katherine is a native of Newmarket in County Cork and the eldest of eight children of Ben Walsh and Elsie Curtin. She has been involved in researching her family tree for almost three decades and has Curtin connections on both sides of her family that originate in the nearby areas of Meelin, Brosna and Rockchapel. Katherine is married to Charles O’Connor and they have two sons, Cathal and Turlough.
Working for Irish Water, the national utility for water services in Ireland, Katherine is currently Head of Asset Operations having joined Irish Water at its establishment in October 2013. Prior to that, she worked as a Director of Services in Cork County Council in areas including: Water Services; Public Service Reform for Local Government; Housing; Waste Management; Organisational Development; Community and Enterprise; and Environmental Protection. She has also worked with Local Authorities in Kerry, Limerick and Waterford and in the private sector.
Katherine graduated as a Civil Engineer from University College Cork in 1984 and holds an MBA from Dublin City University. In her spare time, she likes to take up her fiddle and play some of her favourite Irish tunes.
Neal is Founder Emeritus of the Clan, serving as Secretary-Treasurer from 1997 - 2005, the first eight year's of the Clan's existence. He is retired from the Boeing Corporation. Neal Curtin, was born in Massachusetts to Theodore Curtin and Josephine McManus. His grandfather Lawrence was born in 1874 in Beenaskehy, County Cork and emigrated to Massachusetts. Lawrence married Elizabeth Gainey. Neal’s great-grandparents were Timothy Curtin and Elizabeth Cremin. Timothy Curtin, son of Lawrence Curtin and Hanora Curtin of Beensaskehy, County Cork was born about 1832.
CURTIN CLAN, INC.
The Curtin Clan, Inc. (hereafter the Clan) is incorporated under the laws of the State of New York for cultural purposes, to discuss the genealogy and culture of individuals with the surname Curtin and descendents of the MacCurtin and Curtin families of Ireland as defined in the Certificate of Incorporation.
ARTICLE I – OFFICES
The principal offices of the Corporation shall be in the County of Columbia, State of New York. The Corporation may also have offices at such other places within the State of New York as the Board may from time to time determine or the business of the Corporation may require.
ARTICLE II – MEMBERSHIP
Membership shall be open to the following without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, or presence of a handicap:
a. Any individual with the surname of Curtin or any variation.
b. Any individual married to or descended, in any form, from a Curtin.
c. Any individual using DNA results who is identified as a descendent of a Curtin.
Membership shall be ratified upon payment to the Clan of annual dues.
Honorary members may be appointed from time to time by action of the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE III – DIRECTORS
Board of Directors
Subject to any provisions in the Certificate of Incorporation the business of the Corporation shall be managed by its Board of Directors, each of whom shall be at least 18 years of age and a member of the Clan. The Board of Directors shall consist of six to eight elected directors, the Newsletter Editor and the immediate past Chief of the Clan.
The elected directors shall be elected by the Association membership at the periodic Clan gathering held every other year. A simple majority of the votes cast shall be required for election.
The Board of Directors shall appoint a Newsletter Editor. The editor must be a member of the Clan and be willing to accept the designated responsibilities.
Election and Term of Directors
Nominations for the elected directors shall be made by a nominating committee appointed by the Chief.
The term of office shall be from election at the periodic Clan gathering until the next subsequent Clan gathering, generally every two years.
The Chief and Vice Chief shall not serve in the same office for more than three consecutive terms.
Each director shall hold office until the expiration of the term for which elected and until a successor has been elected and qualified, or until resignation or removal.
A vacancy occurring on the Board for any reason may be filled by a majority of the remaining directors then in office, although less than a quorum may exist. A director elected to fill a vacancy of an elected director shall serve for the unexpired term of that director.
Removal of Director
Any individual director may be removed with or without cause by a majority vote of the Board of Directors of the Clan. When a resolution to remove a director for cause is made, the director must be given notice and an opportunity to be heard before the final vote is taken.
A director may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Board, the Clan Chief, or the Secretary of the Corporation. Unless otherwise specified in the notice, the resignation shall take effect upon receipt thereof by the Board or such officer, and the acceptance of the resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.
Temporary Conflicts of Interests
From time to time conflicts of interest may arise due to personal or financial relationships or other types of temporary conflicts of interest. The director shall be required to announce the conflict and abstain from voting on any motion where the conflict would be in place. Failure to abide by this rule could be grounds for removal of a director.
All directors shall serve the Corporation without compensation. Reasonable business related expenses which have prior approval of the Board may be reimbursed.
Quorum of Directors
Unless otherwise provided in the Certificate of Incorporation, a majority of the entire Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business or of any specified item of business.
Action of the Board
Unless otherwise required by law, the vote of a majority of the directors present at the time of the vote, if a quorum is present at such time shall be an act of the Board. Each director present shall have one vote.
Place and Time of Board Meeting
The Board may hold its meeting at the offices of the Corporation in New York, at the periodic Gathering, or at such other places, as it may from time to time determine.
Board meetings may be held via telecommunications or over the internet.
A regular meeting of the Board shall be held at every Gathering of the Clan.
Notice of Meeting of the Board, Adjournment
Regularly scheduled meetings of the Board may be held without notice at such time and place as it shall from time to time determine. Special meetings of the Board shall be held upon notice to the directors and may be called by the Chief upon seven day notice to each director either personally, by email, or by mail, or called by the Secretary in like manner on written request of two directors. Notice of a meeting need not be given to any director who submits a Waiver of Notice whether before or after the meeting or who attend the meeting without protesting prior thereto or at its commencement, the lack of notice to him. At special meetings only the business specified in the notice may be transacted.
A majority of the directors present, whether or not a quorum is present, may adjourn any meeting to another time and place. Notice of Adjournment shall be given to all directors.
At all meetings of the Board, the Chief, Vice Chief, or in their absence, a Chairperson chosen by the Board shall preside.
The Board by Resolution adopted by a majority of the entire Board, may designate from among its members other committees, each consisting of three or more directors, each committee shall serve at the pleasure of the Board.
The Clan genealogist is a permanent officer of the Clan. The Clan genealogist shall be appointed by the Board of Directors and is an ex officio non voting member of the Board of Directors. The Clan genealogist appointed at the founding of the Clan may remain in office at her pleasure.
The Board may appoint advisory members who may not vote but may attend meetings and provide advice as requested by the Board.
Absenteeism from Meetings
Any director who is absent from three consecutive meetings may be removed from the Board. The director shall be notified by mail that he or she has been terminated from the Board.
ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS
Offices, Election, Term
Unless otherwise provided for in the Certificate of Incorporation, the Board may elect or appoint a Clan Chief, a Vice Clan Chief, a Secretary and Treasurer, and such other officers as it may determine who shall have the duties, powers and functions as hereinafter provided.
All officers shall be elected or appointed by the Board at the periodic Clan Gathering and hold office until the next Gathering or until their resignation or removal by the Board.
All officers shall hold office from one Clan Gathering to the subsequent Clan Gathering or until their successor has been appointed and qualified.
All officers shall be members of the Board.
The Clan Chief and Vice Clan Chief shall not serve in the same office for more than three consecutive terms.
No more than one officer position shall be held by one person at any time.
Removal, Resignation, Compensation, etc.
Any officers appointed by the Board may be removed by the Board with or without cause.
In the event of death, resignation or removal of an officer, the Board at its discretion may elect or appoint a successor to fill the unexpired term.
All officers shall serve the Corporation without compensation. Reasonable business related expenses which have prior approval of the Board may be reimbursed.
The Chief shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation; the Chief shall preside at all meetings of the Corporation and of the Board. The Chief shall have the responsibility for directing the management of the business of the Corporation and see that all the orders and resolutions of the Board are carried into effect. The Chief may sign corporate checks.
Vice Clan Chief
During the absence or disability of the Clan Chief, the Vice Clan Chief shall have the powers and functions of the Chief. The Vice Clan Chief shall perform such other duties as the Board shall prescribe.
The Secretary shall:
Attend all meetings of the Board and the Corporation.
Record meeting attendance, all votes and minutes of all proceedings.
Give or cause to be given notice of all meetings of the Corporation and special meetings of the Board.
Keep in safe custody the Seal of the Corporation.
Use of the Corporate Seal is to be specifically authorized by the Board before each use.
When required, prepare or cause to be prepared and available at each meeting of the Corporation, a certified list in alphabetical order of the names of persons eligible to vote thereat.
Keep all documents and records of the Corporation as required by law and otherwise in a proper and safe manner.
Perform other duties as may be prescribed by the Board.
The Treasurer shall:
Have the responsibility for the Corporate Funds an
Keep or cause to be kept, a full and accurate account of receipts and disbursements.
Deposit or cause to be deposited, all money and other valuables in the name of the Corporation in such depositories as may be designated by the Board.
Disburse or cause to be disbursed, the funds of the Corporation as may be ordered or authorized by the Board insuring preservation of proper documentation for such disbursements.
Sign corporate checks.
Render or cause to be rendered to the Board at their request an account of all transactions as Treasurer and of the financial condition of the Corporation.
Render a report to the Board of Directors periodically.
Furnish to all Corporate Officers and agents, upon their request, with such reports and statements as may be required to fully disclose all financial transactions of the Corporation.
Perform such other duties as are given by these By-Laws or as assigned by the Board or the Chief.
ARTICLE V – SURETIES, BONDS & INSURANCE
Sureties and Bonds
In case the Board shall require, any officer or agent of the Corporation shall execute to the Corporation a bond in such sum and with such surety or sureties as the Board may direct, conditioned upon the faithful performance of duties to the Corporation and including responsibility for negligence and for all property, funds or securities of the Corporation which may come into his or her hands.
ARTICLE VI – CORPORATE SEAL
The seal of the Corporation shall be circular in form and bear the name of the Corporation, the year of its organization and the words “Corporate Seal, New York”. The seal may be used by causing it to be impressed directly on the instrument or writing to be sealed, or upon adhesive substance affixed thereto. The seal of the Certificate for shares or on any Corporate obligation for the payment of money may be facsimile, engraved or printed.
ARTICLE VII – EXECUTION OF INSTRUMENTS
All Corporate instruments shall be signed or countersigned, executed, verified or acknowledged by an officer or officers or other person or persons as the Board may from time to time designate.
ARTICLE VIII – FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year shall begin the first day of January in each year.
ARTICLE IX – REFERENCES TO CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION
Reference to the Certificate of Incorporation by these By-Laws shall include all amendments thereto or changes thereof unless specifically excepted.
ARTICLE X – BY-LAWS CHANGES
Amendment, Repeal, Adoption
Except as otherwise provided in the Certificate of Incorporation, these By-Laws may be amended, repealed or adopted by the Board.
ARTICLE XI – MISCELLANEOUS
The Board of Directors may adopt policies and procedures for the operation of the Corporation which do not conflict with these By-Laws, the Certificate of Incorporation or the Laws of the state of New York and the United States of America.