May Business Meeting, 5/3/16

Officer’s Reports:

Seneschal (The Honorable Lady Genevieve de Saint-Malo):

The Seneschal let us know that the Kingdom Seneschal had communicated that we are to abstain from using the word “mundane” when referring to modern-day things.  There is an effort to change some of the wording around to impart the same meaning with a different method of delivery.  For example, when at events we call the extra $5.00 surcharge for those not registered in the SCA a “non-member surcharge,” we could now give the total amount with the $5.00 added on, and for registered SCA members, call their cost (minus the $5.00) as an “SCA Member Discount.”  Same end result, but actually sounds better, and not so much that people are being penalized for not being a member. THL Genevieve also announced that The Honorable Lord Rickard de Als, our Thrown Weapons Lieutenant and Demo Coordinator, has been appointed to the post of Regional Seneschal for our region, Northern Oaken.  The Seneschal noted that the recording of the minutes of the monthly Business Meeting were to resume, and asked for volunteers to assist the Chronicler in this task as needed.  She also noted that the attendance list was being passed for signature by all present. 

Exchequer (Lydia Wynne):

The Exchequer reported that things were going well, as we currently had a balance in our Treasury of $2,048.56.  There was a loss of $40.00 reported on the Spring Training Feast, due to lack of registrations

Herald (Lord Frøkn mac Cainnaig):

Lord Frøkn mentioned that there was nothing new to report, although there are several devices up for approval.  OSCAR is being watched.  Lord Hakon Hrafnsson added to the report that there has been a conflict noted for our Shire’s crest.  He explained that the best way to get our crest approved would be to drop the two stars on the top of the device and just go with the Laurel wreath.  A motion was passed to that extent which was unanimously approved vocally by all present.  A written approval sheet was placed and all were asked to sign it to submit as a request to change the device in that manner.

Web Minister (Lord Hakon Hrafnsson):

Lord Hakon noted there were several changes to our Shire’s website.  He put out a Shire-wide email today (May 3rd) to detail those changes.  For the convenience of the record, here is his post in its entirety (copied from the email):

We have made some changes on the shire’s website. Everything relating to meetings, activities, and pretty much any scheduled anything is now under the “Events & Activities” tab, where we also have a Google Calendar embedded. All of our meeting details are on the calendar for each week. Just click on the meeting or event to find out more about it. We also have easy links to maps for directions, links to event websites, etc. Overall, this will make our meetings info easier to maintain, will allow us to see past activities on the calendar, which have been lost up to now, and will help coordinate everything that’s scheduled, including events in neighboring groups. Please take a look as you have time.

Chatelain (Lady Katherine Coscombe):

We are always welcoming of new people, everyone is welcome at any of our events or meetings.  If interested in learning more about our shire and activities, contact Lady Katherine for more information (

Thrown Weapons Lieutenant (The Honorable Lord Rickard de Als):

THL Rickard noted that at our next meeting on May 10th we will be having thrown weapons.

Archery Lieutenant (Lord Frøkn mac Cainnaig):

We will be having Archery at Saxon Summer.  Lord Frøkn is still trying to contact Lord Greybar to see about visiting his archery shop.  More info to follow on this.  Also, Lord Frøkn noted that at our May 31st meeting, Archery is on the agenda.

Minister of Arts & Sciences (Lady Beatrix Beeman):

There was nothing specific to pass on, but please see our event page for our upcoming Saxon Summer event Sep 10 – 11th.  On Saturday, September 10th, our Shire’s Annual A & S Competition will be held.  It is open to all.  Documentation is a plus but not required. Competition is by populace vote, and results will be announced at feast.  More information will be promulgated as we get closer, or watch the Saxon Summer event page on our website.

Chronicler (Lady Áine ingen Uí Briain):

The next issue of “The Rivenvale Review” shall be published during the first week of July.  Lady Áine is always accepting any and all submissions, writings, pictures, poems, stories to include in the next issue.  Lady Áine noted that she is currently accepting volunteers for a Deputy Chronicler.

Event Updates:

The next event we are focusing on at this time is the demo we are providing at the Mid-Summer Knight’s Medieval Faire June 18th and 19th.  Our Demo Coordinator, The Honorable Lord Rickard de Als, is busy assembling the schedule for the event.  He is always welcoming of more volunteers to help out and participate.  Of note, our Shire in the past has provided a “Guard Escort” and participates in the parade.  He is specifically looking for people to sign up for those positions.  There was some discussion about what events we are helping with and/or hosting, and the camping.  For more details, please refer to our website.  More details will be posted as we get closer to the date.  It was also noted that there is a Facebook Event listed for the Faire.

Other Upcoming:

Our schedule was set for July.  View the new Google calendar on our website.  A reminder that even if the subject matter is not something someone is specifically interested, all are allowed to bring personal projects to work on.

Next month’s business meeting will be on Tuesday, June 7th.

In Closing:

If there are any corrections and/or additions that need to be recorded in the official Shire minutes, please contact Lady Áine.

Please note that these minutes will be linked on our shire website.

Respectfully submitted in service,
Lady Áine ingen Uí Briain

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