July 5, 2016 Business Meeting

Officer’s Reports:

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

The Seneschal informed us that we now have pre-printed attendance sheets with our Society names on it. It will continue to be sent around at each business meeting.  If the person does not see their name on it, please write it in.

Another note of interest is that we are still seeking registered members to volunteer for several vacant officer positions.  A vacancy exists for Youth Minister, and various deputy positions also, including Deputy Chronicler, Web Minister, and Archery Lieutenant.  If anyone wishes to qualify for Archery Lieutenant, and is going to Pennsic Wars, that would be the perfect opportunity to get their training/qualification completed.

Exchequer (Lydia Wynne):

The Exchequer reported that we had a balance in the Shire Treasury of $2, 071.33, and that money has been put down for Fall Bransle.  The reports and statements are up-to-date.

Herald (Lady Katherine Coscombe):

Lady Katherine was unable to attend the meeting.    The Deputy Herald, Lord Hakon, noted that the devices for Lord Frøkn and Lady Áine were at the level of the Kingdom Dragon Herald.

Web Minister (Lord Hakon Hrafnsson):

Lord Hakon announced that he was creating a Heraldry resources page on the website, with many links to assist people with selecting names, devices, etc.   (There was later discussion at the meeting in regards to an “Active Member” listing on the website.  See the discussion section later in these minutes.) It is recommended that all people get into our email group, to get the news and official information on happenings in the Shire.  If you need assistance in signing up to receive the emails, contact Lord Hakon for assistance.

Chatelain (Lady Katherine Coscombe):

Lady Katherine was unable to attend the meeting.  It was noted, however, that approximately 6 people have visited us since the Mid-Summer Knight’s Medieval Faire held on June 18 & 19.  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 (catnik@gmail.com).

Mistress of Arts & Sciences (Lady Beatrix Beeman):

Lady Beatrix stated that it has been a very busy quarter, as many people have been working on their personal A & S projects.  The demos that were held at the Faire were done very well, and a big “thank you” goes out to all of the demonstrators.  There will be a listing of A & S projects published in the upcoming Rivenvale Review.

Archery Lieutenant (Lord Frøkn mac Cainnaig):

Lord Frøkn was unable to attend the meeting.

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

THL Rickard talked about the thrown weapons practice that was held at our Tuesday night meeting on June 28th, and about 12 people participated.  There was an informal tournament held which was won by Lord Hakon.  There will be more throwing scheduled for July, hopefully we will have 4 targets so there will be more throwing time per person.

Chronicler (Lady Áine ingen Uí Briain):

Lady Áine stated that she was busy working on the upcoming issue of the Rivenvale Review.  She is still looking for a Deputy Chronicler.

Demo Coordinator (The Honorable Lord Rickard de Als):

THL Richard thanked everyone who participated in the Mid-Summer Knight’s Medieval Faire.  The demo went very smoothly and everyone did a wonderful job – not just participating in the demo but also assisting with set-up and tear down also.  He did not have news yet on how successful the event was for the Church yet, but they were very pleased with us and made a $250.00 donation to the Shire.

THL Rickard noted that if anyone has any ideas for possible future demos in addition to Medieval Faire (such as festivals, parades, etc), to email him with ideas and suggestions.

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 Akron.  If anyone is interested in joining with him on this, email him for more info.

Meeting News:

Our schedule was set for September.  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.

Please note that there will NOT be meetings on August 2nd & 9th due to Pennsic.  Out August business meeting will be held on August 16th

Upcoming Events:

Saxon Summer, September 10 & 1:

The feast menu has not been finalized yet.  We are anticipating an event similar to last year, including the A & S competition (populace vote).  New this year will be an Archery Tournament.  More details to come.

Fall Bransle, 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.  Since it is a dry site the annual Beer/Mead exchange has been moved to Saxon Summer.  There will also be Bardic time, with our Shire’s Bardic competition.  The winner will represent our Shire at the North Oaken War Maneuvers competition. More details to come.

As always, our most current information on events is listed on the Shire website under “Events & Activities.”

Discussion:

Discussion centered around the “Order of Precedence” page on our website.  It was noted that several of the people listed on there had not been seen at Shire meetings or events in quite some time.  After much discussion, it was decided that we would have an “active members” and “inactive members” section on the webpage, in the “Awards” section.  The criteria determining between which category someone belonged on is summed up as those that we have or have not seen at any events or meetings in a “year-and-a-day.”  After reviewing the listings on the webpage, if you note any errors regarding yourself, please email Lord Hakon.

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

June Business Meeting 6/7/16

June Business Meeting, 6/7/16 Officer’s Reports:

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

The Seneschal let us know that there are some officer changes in our Shire.  THL Rickard will be stepping down as our Thrown Weapons Lieutenant, as he has accepted the position of Regional Seneschal.  The Thrown Weapons Lieutenant office will be assumed by Lord Frøkn. As a result, Lord Frøkn will be stepping down from Herald to the position of Deputy Herald.  Lady Katherine will be changing from Deputy Herald to Herald.  Along this same line, THL Rickard is working on his qualification to become our Knights Marshall for Heavy Combat, as we are working on including Heavy Combat for interested persons in our Shire.  (More on this later in the minutes.)

Please note the following deadlines for Officer Reports:

June 30 – Herald; July 1 – A & S and Chronicler; July 31 – Exchequer

THL Genevieve noted that the attendance list was being passed for signature by all present.

Exchequer (Lydia Wynne):

The Exchequer reported that things were going well with the Treasury.

Out-Going Herald (Lord Frøkn mac Cainnaig):

Lord Frøkn endorsed Lady Katherine’s new position as Herald.  He said that she was very knowledgeable and motivated and he believed she will make a fine Herald.

Herald (Lady Katherine Coscombe):

Lady Katherine announced that at Northern Oaken War Maneuvers, Lord Hakon Hrafnsson was presented with the Companion to the Order of the Willow.  His extensive work that he has been doing with dance, both the leading and teaching of dances, and also his design of new dances in a period feel & style, was what earned him this award.  Hearty congratulations to Lord Hakon!

Lady Katherine also mentioned that she has been watching OSCAR and it appears that the devices for Lord Frøkn and Lady Áine will be approved.

Chatelain (Lady Katherine Coscombe):

First of all, a hearty welcome is extended to Kent!

It was noted that next weekend, at the Mid-Summer Knight’s Medieval Faire, will be a great opportunity to receive new people into our Shire.  (Please note that the Tuesday after the event, June 21st, has been designated a welcome meeting for new people.  Dessert will be served and introductions made.  You are encouraged to bring a dessert to share for that meeting.  Lady Katherine noted that she will be working side-by-side with her deputy, Lady Beatrix, to welcome new faces!

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 (catnik@gmail.com).

Mistress of Arts & Sciences (Lady Beatrix Beeman):

Lady Beatrix has been busy getting our A & S tent schedule aligned.  To this point, there will be a Game demo by Johannes, a Metal Work demo by Lady Rochildes, a Heraldry demo by Lady Katherine, a Period Cooking demo by The Honorable Lady Genevieve, an Herbs demo by Lady Beatrix, and an Illumination Demo by Lady Áine. There will also be a need to have people available to sit in the tent at all times to answer general questions and attend to our possessions.  A paper is being sent around, and people are requested to note the A & S projects that they have been working on.

Web Minister (Lord Hakon Hrafnsson):

Lord Hakon noted there were several improvements to our Shire’s website, and he is always welcoming of feedback.  (Please see May’s Business Meeting Minutes for details of the changed.)  The calendar is a Google calendar and will reflect all scheduling of meetings and events.  There will also be events of interest from neighboring areas.  The website has a responsive theme, with is arranged slightly differently depending if you view it on a phone or tablet, or a PC.

Archery Lieutenant (Lord Frøkn mac Cainnaig):

Lord Frøkn noted that we will be working on a cart which will be used to haul our archery supplies, targets, etc. to the field.  He has contacted Lord Greybar and Lord Greybar replied that he had flexible hours for anyone interested in coming out to his shop.  Lord Frøkn said that a weekend visit will be arranged for all interested persons.  You do not have to be in the Archer’s Group to go.  The shop is approximately a 45 minute drive from here.

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

THL Rickard noted that there will be a Thrown Weapons demo at the Mid-Summer Knight’s Medieval Faire.

Chronicler (Lady Áine ingen Uí Briain):

Lady Áine reminded us that the next issue of “The Rivenvale Review” shall be published during the first week of July.  Lady Áine is looking for submissions at this time, and is wanting to also start an A & S Corner in the newsletter, publishing projects as permission is given, and pictures of the same.  Additionally, Lady Áine also mentioned that she is considering adding a “Getting to Know You” column to the newsletter, where a Shire member is highlighted (with their permission, of course), and asked questions in an interview format and possibly adding their picture.

Demo Coordinator (The Honorable Lord Rickard de Als):

As a side bar, THL Rickard first mentioned in response to the earlier mention of his working towards being the Shire’s Knights Marshall for Heavy Combat, that his goal is to see us getting our Heavy Combat program off the ground within 6 months to a year.  Practice is being held at the Akron Turner’s Club and he welcomes all who are interested to contact him for more information.

In regards to our next event, our demo at the Mid-Summer Knight’s Medieval Faire, June 17 through 19, the gate will be opening at 10:00 am on Saturday, and 12:00 noon on Sunday.  There are many activities, too many to mention all in these minutes.  A complete schedule is located on our website at http://rivenvale.org/demos/ There will be a myriad of activities, entertainment, vendors and food.  Please visit the demo page to see it all.  If interested in signing up for activities such as greeters, camp/tent watchers, etc, please contact THL Rickard directly at rickard.de.als @ gmail.com.  It was also noted that there is a Facebook Event listed for the Faire.

Other Upcoming:

Our schedule was set for August.  In addition to our regular Tuesday night meetings, our next Shire project will be on July 2nd, Sewing projects.  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.

Next month’s business meeting will be on Tuesday, July 5th.

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

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 (catnik@gmail.com).

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

August Business Meeting, 8/11/15

Officer’s Reports:

Exchequer (al-Sayyid Abu Shadi Da’ud ibn Zahir):
Things are going well, we have a balance of $1,725.55 in the treasury.  The report due at the end of last month has been submitted.  The insurance for the equestrian activities for our upcoming Saxon Summer has been paid.  Also, we have bought two shire archery bows at Pennsic, at the cost of $30.00 apiece.  This is a modern type bow, and set up so that it can be used by someone who is either right or left handed.  It has a 25 pound draw.  The reason we purchased these is so that people can try archery without having to invest in equipment up front, to determine if it is something that they would be interested in pursuing.  We will also be getting two dozen arrows to go along with the shire bows.

Chatelain (Katherine Coscombe):
Katherine is now our new Chatelain.  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 Katherine for more information (catnik@gmail.com).

Herald (Frøkn McCoinneach):
Lord Frøkn wanted to remind anyone that even though there may not be specific Heraldry sessions scheduled on the Shire schedule, he is available at any time to assist with the selection of names, and device development/submission.  Please contact him at any meeting or any day until 9:00 pm at his home telephone listed on the officer page.

Minister of Arts & Sciences (Lady Beatrix):
There was nothing specific to pass on, but please see our event page for our upcoming Saxon Summer event Sep 4 – 7th.  On Saturday, September 5th, our Shire Annual A & S Competition will be held.  It is open to all.  Documentation is a plus but not required. Competition is by populace vote.  Contact Lady Beatrix if you are planning to enter something into the competition.

Web Minister (Lord Hakon Hrafnsson):
Our website is current with the information for Saxon Summer.  Our Shire website is located at www.Rivenvale.org. If you have any questions on any of the web content, or wish to make any suggestions for additions, feel free to contact Lord Hrafnsson or any officer at any time.

Thrown Weapons Lieutenant (The Honorable Lord Rickard de Als):
Lord Frøkn completed his course and exam at Pennsic and is now a warranted Thrown Weapons Marshall in addition to Honorable Lord Rickard and Lord Hakon.  With three marshals in our Shire, it will open up more staffing options for Thrown Weapons for our events and meetings.  (Please see the meeting schedule to see when we are having this set up at our meetings.) If you are planning on getting your own equipment, THL Rickard will be happy to help you select the appropriate equipment.

Seneschal (The Honorable Lady Genevieve de Saint-Malo):
The Seneschal passed around an attendance list which all who are present were invited to sign.

Chronicler
(Áine ingen Uí Briain):
The next issue of “The Rivenvale Review” shall be published on October 1st.  Lady Áine is looking for any and all submissions, writings, musings, pictures, poems, stories to include in the next issue.  Submissions will be welcome from all.  The next issue will have a focus section on Pennsic and Saxon Summer, but we are still looking for other submissions also!  Any questions, please feel free to contact Lady Áine.  She requests that if you send her an email, due to the volume of email she receives, please text her at her phone number on the contact page, and let her know you sent an email.

Event Updates:
Upcoming Event:

SAXON SUMMER!!!!! September 4th through September 7th (Friday through Monday, Labor Day weekend.)
There is so many wonderful things associated with this event!  Camping, classes, equestrian, thrown weapons, archery, A & S competition, feast, games, bardic, a demo, and lots of other things not specifically mentioned here!  We are always looking for more volunteers to teach classes and share their knowledge, or lead a round table discussion so we can pool our knowledge! Go over to our website under “Events” to see everything.  It is a fairly inexpensive event that promises a great time!  This event is a great opportunity for your friends who have been thinking about checking us out to come and see why we love it so much! There will be loaner garb available.

Other Upcoming:
Next month’s business meeting will be on Tuesday, September 1st.

Our next event will be Fall Bransle III on Saturday, November 14th.  Information about the event has already been posted and more will be added as things develop.

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

May Business Meeting, 5/5/15

Officer’s Reports:

Exchequer (al-Sayyid Abu Shadi Da’ud ibn Zahir):

Everything is currently in balance, nothing new to report at this time.

Chatelain (The Honorable Lord Rickard de Als):

We welcome a new face at our meetings, he is known as BA.  We are always welcoming of new people, everyone is welcome at any of our events or meetings.  If interested contact the Chatelain for more information (Rickard.de.als.@gmail.com)

Herald (Frøkn McCoinneach):

Anyone may check with him at any time if needing guidance on name or device submissions.

Minister of Arts & Sciences (Lady Beatrix):

There was a visit made since the last meeting to another A & S Fair, and our Minister believes that based on what she saw many of us have the talents and skills that could match much of what was seen.  Feel free to contact the minister if wishing to work on any A & S project.

Web Minister (Lord Hakon Hrafnsson):

It is noted that on our Shire website, there are now individual pages for each officer.  They are accessed by going to the heading “officers” and selecting the applicable office.  The page for each officer lists who is filling that position, their contact information, a job description, and the dates that reports are due.  There are even other links there to visit other sites pertaining to that area.  Our Shire website is located at www.Rivenvale.org. If you have any questions on any of the web content, or wish to make any suggestions for additions, feel free to contact Lord Hrafnsson or any officer at any time.

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

Thrown Weapons will be offered at Spring Training.  We will be having thrown weapons practice at various times over the next couple of months, see our meeting schedule on the website.

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

The Seneschal passed around an attendance list which all who are present are invited to sign.  was unable to attend this Business Meeting.  Her role of conducting the meeting was assumed for this night by Lady Beatrix, the Minister of Arts & Sciences.

Archery Marshall-in-Training (Frøkn McCoinneach):

There will be Archery available at Spring Training. Frøkn will be contacting the Regional Archery Marshall at War Manuevers to confirm.

Chronicler (Áine ingen Uí Briain):

Áine attended Chronicler’s Training and is on the way to being warranted.  In order to be warranted, a periodic Shire publication/newsletter is required to be completed.  It was discussed and decided upon that the newsletter would be published quarterly with the next one to be published on July 1st.  The newsletter will have the name that it formerly did when it was being actively published in the Shire, and will herewith be known as “The Rivenvale Review.” Submissions will be welcome from all.

Event Updates:

Past Events:

Our last Shire event was Spring Training on April 18th.

Future Events:

Medieval Festival:

Spring Training at the Church on June 20th.  This event is held by the Christ Episcopal Church, where we meet, and this is a great opportunity for us to “give back” to the Church for all allowing to use their site rent-free for our meetings and many of our events.  The event steward is The Honorable Lord Rickard de Als.  We will be having a medieval encampment, with demos including cooking.  We will be doing a dance demo, which will even get some audience participation!  There will be thrown weapons, archery, and many other activities for people of all ages.  There will be on-site camping that weekend, both a medieval area and an area for mundane tents.  We are still looking to sign up volunteers to help, if able to pitch in for this worthy and noble cause, contact THL Rickard.

Other Upcoming:

Next month’s business meeting on Tuesday, Jun 2nd is our Revel.  Garb and feast-gear is required for our potluck.

In Closing:

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

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

Respectfully submitted in service,
Áine ingen Uí Briain

Dance List for Summer Demo

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, we will be doing our annual demo for Christ Church’s Medieval Festival. A couple different times during the day, we will be doing a dance demo. If you want to participate but don’t know all the dances, you can watch the videos on our website and attend any dance practices we have between now and then. Here is the list of dances in order.

Earl of Essex Measure (processional in) (2:48)
Montarde Bransle (2:24)
Gathering Peascods (2:30)
Washerwoman’s Bransle (2:35)
Hole in the Wall (6:55)
Rufty Tufty (1:47)
Single Bransle (processional out) (2:04)