Seneschal (The Honorable Lady Genevieve de Saint-Malo):
THL Genevieve opened up the meeting and passed around the attendance sheets. She mentioned the dates for the Officer’s reports, noting which ones received and which ones were due. THL Genevieve reported on some items that came from the Kingdom’s Seneschal group, specifically about insurance issues with the Society. To sum it up, it was noted that the SCA insurance for events does not cover personal injuries participants may receive at events, or stolen property claims. Additionally, the insurance does not cover any intentional damage that may have been made to any sites or any property of the site. She noted that when it comes to SCA events and meetings, we are ALL bound to ensure that everything is handled responsibly, safely and with the thought of taking care of our Society by not creating any liability issues for it. This includes taking care of items at the meeting and event sites that we use, whether we are hosting or not, and ensuring that facilities are properly cleaned up and secured when we are finished with them. THL Genevieve then opened up the floor for the officer reports.
Exchequer (Lydia Wynne):
The Exchequer reported that she had submitted her report, and that we currently had a balance of $2,012.33. This was after last month’s payment of the equestrian insurance that we had incurred for Saxon Summer before we knew we were cancelling it, and also for the bank fee.
Herald (Lady Katherine Coscombe):
Lady Katherine was unable to attend the meeting, but left a message that THL Rickard and Lady Beatrix had their letters moved on to Laurel level. It was also mentioned that Johannes’ device was at Kingdom level, ant that Lord Hakon’s badge had been submitted.
Chatelain (Lady Katherine Coscombe):
THL Genevieve noted for Lady Coscombe that we would be distributing a voluntary new people’s survey to the new visitors to our meeting to get a feeling of what types of classes/information they would like to see covered.
Mistress of Arts & Sciences (Lady Beatrix Beeman): Lady Beatrix said that the paper for the A & S projects that THL Genevieve passed around last time helped her to complete her report and it was absolutely wonderful with the amount of classes and projects we have done as Shire members. She noted that we had taken a combined total of over 100 classes at Pennsic. (Chronicler’s note: We would love it if you could share some of the class info you learned, either in a meeting topic or note/article for the Rivenvale Review.)
Chronicler (Lady Áine ingen Uí Briain):
Lady Áine mentioned that she is working on the October issue of the Rivenvale Review and it will be out soon. She is still looking for some volunteers to help take meeting minutes and also to help out taking pictures, etc. at events as she is not always available to be everywhere, especially if she is helping to cook feast or teach a class. While a volunteer deputy Chronicler would be fantastic, she is happy with any help available.
Archery Lieutenant (Lord Frøkn mac Cainnaig): Lord Frøkn submitted his report on time, and he noted that he would still take people who wanted to become Marshalls-in-Training
Thrown Weapons Lieutenant (Lord Frøkn mac Cainnaig): Lord Frøkn had nothing additional to report.
Web Minister (Lord Hakon Hrafnsson): Lord Hakon noted that he is busy keeping our new and improved website up to date. You may access it at www.rivenvale.org Suggestions for content and/or improvements are always welcomed.
Demo Coordinator (The Honorable Lord Rickard de Als):
THL Rickard stated that if anyone was interested in going to the Green Eagle Winery in Cortland, as discussed at last month’s business meeting, please contact him and note interest.
Acting Knight’s Marshall (The Honorable Lord Rickard de Als):
As we have previously learned, THL Rickard has been working on Knight’s 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.
The next meeting is set for October 18, after the regular meeting. Location TBD.
Our schedule was set for December. View the new Google calendar on our website for all the details. Of note is the Holiday Revel and Business Meeting on December 6th. Feast gear and garb requested. Loaner garb is available for newcomers. There will also be a Christmas Cookie exchange. More details as we get closer. 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: Of note, decided at this meeting, is that we are going to put in a bid to host the regional A & S Competition in Spring 2017. (More to follow in the future.)
Shire Project Day, Saturday October 15, 2016:
Will be held at Lord Frøkn & Lady Áine’s house in Niles. The address is 424 Seneca Street, Niles. If you need directions please call Lady Áine. She will also try and get a post out. It starts at 10:00 am and goes until whenever. Come and go as you like! We are working on a day shade/market stall and a bocce court. There will also be tables set up inside the house for those that wish to work on other things.
Officer’s Meeting: Tuesday, October 18th after the meeting. Location to be announced.
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 be “Special Interest Stations” where attendees can visit, work on the applicable craft, try their hand at something new. These will be listed on the event page. If you have an interest to share, please contact the event steward, Lord Hakon. Additionally, we will be having an “Artisan’s Auction & Competition.” There will also be a Bardic competition for our Shire, and the winner will represent our Shire at the North Oaken War Maneuvers competition next Spring. We will be having a feast, the cost will be $6.00 and MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED FOR in order to partake. The pre-registration deadline is September 25th. The menu is posted on the event page. After feast, we will have dancing, led by our Dance Minister, Lord Hakon. The site is ADA accessible and the event is FREE. This is a good time to bring friends and relatives who want to see what we are about and have a great time! Period garb and feast gear is required, and loaner garb is available. For up-to-the-date information and changes, please refer to the event page at http://rivenvale.org/activities/fall-bransle/
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A DRY SITE, DO NOT BRING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ON SITE.
Winter Wassail, Saturday January 14, 2017:
Held again at Pioneer Pavilion in Mill Creek Park in Youngstown, it is one of our favorite and most beautiful event settings. We are having a rummage sale, with items donated that are of interest to SCA folks. (Start cleaning out those closets NOW!) And we will also be having our famous Mead, Beer & Ale Exchange. Details will be posted to http://rivenvale.org/activities/winter-wassail/
Spring Training, April 23 & 24, 2017: Stay tuned and watch the website for more information.
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