Steven M. Forsythe
I am currently the Lead Pastor of the First Free Methodist Church in East Liverpool, Ohio. I am also the director of new church planting and church revitalization for the Pittsburgh Conference of the Free Methodist Church, as well as running my own consulting business. I also oversee a network of drug recovery homes that provide long-term rehabilitation to those addicted to opiod drugs. A 1981 graduate of Toccoa Falls College; I have been married to my wife Carol for 39 years; have 3 adult daughters, and 4 grandchildren. When not engaged in church work I enjoy hiking, writing, reading, and of course, attending Highland Games. I frequently teach at several local high schools and greatly enjoy this interaction with the youth of the community. As your newly elected president I look forward to connecting with as many of you as possible to share our common Scottish heritage.
Western Vice President:
Robert W. Forsyth
I previously served in the Society as secretary for four years, and have been the Western Vice President for ten years. I am also the Pacific Coast Regional Director and the State Representative for Central California. I’ve hosted the Clan Forsyth booth at numerous Scottish Games across the western USA, and have attended the Annual General Meetings at Grandfather Mountain, N.C.
I am retired from a career in architecture and planning, and live with my wife, Rita, and cat, Rocky, in Novato, CA, in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Eastern Vice President:
Carolyn Forsythe Smith
I retired from 30 years of teaching in 2013 and became involved with Clan Forsyth Society by volunteering to index past newsletters. I soon accepted an appointment as Ohio Representative and have hosted several events in Ohio and Kentucky. To break down a brick wall in my research, I started learning about DNA and jumped in with both feet. I am now the Administrator of the Forsythe DNA Tree R-BY 39913 Facebook group which is my bloodline haplogroup. I also recently became one of the Administrators of the Y-DNA Forsythe Surname Project on FTDNA. I have met many wonderful people since becoming involved with Clan Forsyth Society USA and look forward to serving the society as Eastern Vice President.
I have been a member of Clan Forsyth Society USA since 2003 and have been a writer and proofreader for "The Griffin" since 2016. I reside in southwestern Pennsylvania, as did five generations of my family before me. (My Forsythe ancestor immigrated here and purchased a tract of land in this area in the late 1700's.) I am a retired educator, having worked for 36 years as a speech/language therapist in the public schools.I am now continuing my own learning experiences by taking classes at the University of Pittsburgh. I also play the hammer dulcimer in a string band that has performed at various events in the area, including Pittsburgh's Tartan Day and the Ligonier Highland Games where we played at the Clan Forsyth tent. I am honored to be serving as secretary for Clan Forsyth USA and hope to meet many of you at upcoming events.
Chief's Commissioner for the USA & Treasurer:
CWO4 Dale M. Forsyth Sandusky – retired Navy
I have served as your Society president for 23 years. I had no idea after attending the 1st National meeting of Clan Forsyth Society USA , at the July Grandfather Mountain Games at Linville, North Carolina that I would soon become your leader. Back In 2003, Chief Alistair C.W. Forsyth of that ILK, appointed me as the First ever, USA Commissioner for Life. I am proud to continue as such and will continue to oversee the workings of the USA Society. Since my wife, Tanya, contacted GBS 4 years ago, I became her care-giver. I decided not to run again for the Office of President. When my wife, Tanya, contacted GBS and was unable to continue serving as Society Treasurer, I assumed those duties as I was unable to find a member willing to step in. Since I had been serving in that position, I decided to run in the 2018 election for Treasurer. Now legally elected, I will continue to fill this position for the next two years and feel most comfortable with these duties and with the membership records.
Newsletter Editor & Genealogist:
Marsha Ellen Cain Richardson
I joined the Clan Forsyth Society USA in 1995 and my mother and I hosted our first Clan Forsyth Society tent at the Dunedin Florida Highland Games that same year. I’ve enjoyed hosting, or co-hosting many tents since, in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. When our long time Clan Genealogist, Eddie Forsyth, decided to slow down a little, he passed his years of research on to me, along with the title of Clan Genealogist, but thankfully he is never far away, if I have questions. Working on the newsletter, assisting others in their research and hosting booths has given me the opportunity to meet many wonderful people and make some special friends. I've also enjoyed working with Charei Mace in developing our new website. Suggestions are always appreciated from our members for additions to this website.