August 16, 2016 – Business Meeting

Officer’s Reports:

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

The Seneschal passed around the attendance sheets and opened up the floor for the officer reports.

Exchequer (Lydia Wynne):

The Exchequer reported that we have balance in the Shire Treasury of $2,065.33, and that the quarterly report has been sent out.  Additionally, she noted that the monthly reports had been completed.

Herald (Lady Katherine Coscombe):

Lady Katherine noted that several names and devices had been submitted to the Society for approval.  It was noted that the device for Lydia Wynne had been approved.  For the benefit of the new people and visitors, she provided a brief background on the heraldry process.  She noted that submissions may take a little longer to approve as normal as there were numerous submissions from Pennsic to the Society.  It was noted that there had been a very slight discrepancy for the submission of the Shire device, and it was being corrected.  Lady Katherine also noted that the Herald’s report had been submitted.

Chatelain (Lady Katherine Coscombe):

Lady Katherine welcomed five new people to our group.  They were introduced as Mona, Ed, Brian, Mike and Rachel.    It was explained why we were having our August Business Meeting and Quarterly Revel at this time (due to Pennsic.)  The regular business meeting schedule will resume with September’s meeting being on September 6th, but will be in the Library, as will all of our meetings for the next several meetings (reason explained in Saxon Summer section later in these minutes.)  Additionally, Lady Katherine mentioned that there had been a change for the Society Chatelain – it had been moved to becoming a “Great Office.”  This basically means that the office of the Chatelain has been given increased recognition as a main area of SCA, the same as the Herald and other offices.  The Society Chatelain is now equal in stature as the others, where previously it was not.

Mistress of Arts & Sciences (Lady Beatrix Beeman): Lady Beatrix noted that the last report had been submitted on time.  She spoke about our local Shire A & S competition, and that this one would be decided by a populace vote.  Full documentation will not be required, however an index card with a little bit of background information on it is needed.  More details, including when it will be held and the possibility of a prize, will be forthcoming.  This was originally planned for Saxon Summer, but will be changed (see Saxon Summer notes below – at this time no info on when it will be).

Chronicler (Lady Áine ingen Uí Briain):

Lady Áine had nothing to report.

Archery Lieutenant (Lord Frøkn mac Cainnaig):  Lord Frøkn is looking into the possibility of having a Shire archery competition.  More information will be forthcoming.

Web Minister (Lord Hakon Hrafnsson): Lord Hakon has been busy keeping our new and improved website up to date.  You may access it at www.rivenvale.org  Check the calendar for meeting topics and also note that event details are posted to update events as they become available. Suggestions for content and/or improvements are always welcomed.

Demo Coordinator (The Honorable Lord Rickard de Als):

THL Rickard noted that the final profit for the church on the Medieval Faire was approximately $200.  He again thanked everyone who participated.  THL Rickard noted that suggestions for next year’s fair are always welcomed.

As we have previously learned, THL Rickard has been working on Knights Marshall for Heavy Combat activities, including heavy combat fighting, which he attends on Thursday nights in Talmadge with Brendoken.  Anyone interested in participating please contact THL Rickard for more details.

Meeting News:

Our schedule was set for October.  View the new Google calendar on our website for all the details.  Please note that if the subject matter set for a meeting is not something someone is specifically interested, all are allowed to bring personal projects to work on.

Events:

Saxon Summer, September 10 & 11:

As noted previously in these minutes, we met in the library of the church and will continue to do so for the next several weeks.  The church has undertaken a new construction/roofing project in the Great Hall area, and as a result we will not be back in there for our meetings and activities for a while.  The Great Hall would be unavailable during Saxon Summer, and we have activities in there, not to mention feast, dancing and an alternative area in case of rain.  A discussion ensued amongst the meeting attendees and it was decided to forgo having Saxon Summer this year as we would not be able to provide the quality event that we are known for.  We plan to definitely have Saxon Summer as usual in 2017.  A few of the events originally slated for Saxon Summer will be moved to our next couple of events, Fall Bransle and Winter Wassail.  (Please review the next sections for clarification.)

Fall Bransle, Saturday November 5th:

The venue for our event has changed this year to Firestone Park in Columbiana.  It will be a one day event with no camping, and the focus is on leisure activities.   There will also be a Bardic competition for our Shire.  The winner will represent our Shire at the North Oaken War Maneuvers competition. There will also be a Shire Rummage Sale, A & S activities (stations), feast and more.  Please refer the event page at http://rivenvale.org/activities/fall-bransle/

Winter Wassail, Saturday January 14, 2017:

Details will be posted to http://rivenvale.org/activities/winter-wassail/ 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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