I like to take a moment to thank the officer’s and deputy officer’s in the Shire. These people do the yeoman’s work in making the practices and gatherings in the Shire happen, and without them we would all be in a lesser place in terms of what we get out of the SCA. Vivat!
A listing of the current officers and their deputies can be found here. The Shire is large and active as can be seen on the practice listing page. and it is due in large part to these folks making the Shire function. Saying that we do have some open positions and/or officers who are in a current position that need to step back. If you are interested in any of the open / looking for replacement positions, or want to ask what the office entails please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. We also have an archive of all the business meeting minutes for the last few years, that is also a good place to learn more about what the various offices entail.
Meeting is 3/11 starting at 11am in the Camelot Common House (69 Village Ct Berlin MA)
In addition to the event items, we are looking for a volunteer to put together information for a shire display at EK 50y. We also have elections for the following positions. Exchequer, MoaS, Chancellor Minor, and Dance. Also we are looking for replacement officers for Chamberlain and Chatelaine as those folks need to step back from the position. On the job training offered :)
Welcome to March, everyone! We have one dance practice before the Black Rose Ball, so you know you want to come to this one 🙂 Practice runs 7:30-9:30pm, in the Camelot Common House.
(By the way, the results of the survey indicated that there wasn’t another day, time, or frequency that was better than the current schedule, so we’re sticking with this for now. Thanks to everyone who responded, we may run it again in a few months to see if things change.)
There is a dinner (not part of the practice, but folks are welcome to come) being prepared beforehand by Matthias starting at 6:00pm.
Dinner is $5.
3 Meat Crock Pot Dishes (pulled pork, chicken, beef) (Vegetarian/Vegan available on request)
Link to the signup form (signups close Monday 4pm)
The next business meeting will be march 11th at 69 Village court, berlin ma (in the upstairs large common room)
We will be wrapping up the very successful embroidery schola as well as talking up coronation and possible a bid for EK fencing champs.
In addition it is election times
The following offices are up for elections
Exchequer – March 2018
Lord Mikjáll bogmaðr (running for a second term)
Minister of Arts and Sciences – March 2018
Baroness Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir (aka Feilinn)
Chancellor Minor – March 2018 (Looking for replacement officer)
Madame Perronnelle de Croy
Minister of Lists – March 2018
Lady Simona bat Leon (running for another term)
Dance Mistress – March 2018
Duchess Thyra Eiriksdottir (running but if there is interest in running dance Thyra encourages you to run)
The current officers and schedule for elections can be seen here.
If you are interested in running please send me a letter of intent. Which can simply be 1 paragraph on what you would like to do with the office.
EK 50 Year is up coming and there are two opportunities to show off the history of the shire, please let me know of your interest. The first is the EK Yearbook, and the second is a history booth at the hall of history. I’ve includes information for both below.
My name is Lady Emma Wakefield, and I am putting together the site book/group “yearbook” for the upcoming East Kingdom 50 Year event. Each group has a full page of the site book to tell a little about who they are, their history, and definitely include a picture or two.
Please send me submissions by March 30. I can take either raw informaion as text & images and I will lay them out in a manner that I think looks good, or you may send me a pdf of your page in the format you prefer. Please keep in mind that the book will be in black & white and the page size is 8 1/2″ x 11″.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!
Lady Emma Wakefield
Hall of History
We ask all booths to have the following:
- A banner or sign displaying the name of the Barony or Shire
- A large Baronial/Shire device displaying the arms of the Barony/Shire
- Baronial Lineage
- Pictures or items that are a part of the Barony’s/Shire’s history (example: coronets, gowns, casting molds from important items, mantles, old armor, new armor etc.)
- Information on the history and traditions of the Barony/Shire
Recommended but not required:
- Any written Barony/Shire histories
- Displays of Barony/Shire traditions
- Lists and depictions of Baronial/Shire level awards
- All the things that make your Barony/Shire unique!
We are using the standard Kingdom divisions and each section has a contact person. For the present time, however, we ask that all communications regarding the Halls of History and Memorial Garden (information to come) be sent to the entire team at EK50thSCA@gmail.com.
Camelot Co-Housing 69 Village Ct. Berlin, MA. (Directions)
Berlin’s own teen belly dance troupe, Baklava, welcomes newcomers to a six week series of beginner classes!
Monday, March 26
Here are the details:
- Class is open to teens ages 13-17. Students 12 or younger, please check with the teacher.
- Class is gender-neutral. Current membership is half boys and half girls, and we welcome all gender expressions.
- No prior dance experience is required.
- Class is free of charge.
- Class takes place from 7 to 8 pm at the Camelot Common House, 69 Village Court, Berlin, MA.
- Class is taught by Anne Rookey and Susan Dunphy. Anne and Susan together have over forty years of belly dance teaching experience, and are CORI certified.
- Wear comfortable clothes you can move in, such as yoga or sweat pants and tee shirts.
Happy new year!
Everyone is coordinately invited to the January business meeting. What plans do folks have? What events have we signed up for now? Come and find out!
Location is currently 69 Village court Berlin, Ma, in the gaming room (downstairs room) but that change to the mosaic common house. If it does I’ll post again.
PS Will Beers Seanmas make an appearance? Come and find out.
Next business meeting is December 10th at 11:00am at the MEMEC site . Bring a chair as the building is getting cleared out so I don’t know if there will be enough chairs
Shire Yule is is December 30th 12 to 4pm. Come join us for potluck festivities, Keeper awards, and Viking swap!
Please join us for the November business meeting at the Camelot site (69 village court, berlin, ma) from 11:00am to 1:00pm
We have officer elections, plus other shenigans like the shire yule gathering to plan.
For the current elections , Seneschal — Matthias Grunwald Currently running unopposed,
Captain of the Archers, Thrya Eiriksdottir currently running unopposed,
Webmister Perronnelle de Croy currently running unopposed.
TW Marshal is also up, and I have someone I’ve been talking to but that hasn’t fully been sorted out yet, so we’ll likely have special election in the winter to fill that position. Anyone is welcome to run for any position, please send a short letter of intent to email@example.com and I’ll add you to the list.
The SCA is a volunteer organization and work best when people are recognized for the good work that they do. The heart of that recognition is the Kingdom (and baronial) award system. But for people to be brought to the royals attention they need to be written in. I was going to post some thoughts on writing people in for awards but it turns out someone has already posted a very comprehensive guide on the eastkingdom wiki.
Please check it out if you haven’t done so already.
The awards form can be found here http://surveys.eastkingdom.org/index.php/945932/lang-en (it is linked on the main page of the EK website).
One tip that I like that isn’t covered in the wiki article is I save all of my award recommendations, as with any writing style it helps to practice it. So having an archive of recommendations to look over when I’m written people in helps make the next one better.
Between the Award of Arms, AOA level “silver” awards, grant level awards and peerages, there is a large range of awards focusing on people’s progression as they put more time and energy and skill in.
The OP database page as a nice listing of the awards and handy way of searching if some has an award already.