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October 2020 Baronial Business Meeting Minutes

Baronial business meeting 7 October 2020

Lucien opened the meeting at 7:32pm

Our seneschal, Juliane, read the bullying statement into the meeting

Herald THL Lucien
Get report

Armored – Lady Mairghread
Marshal activities are still on hold, pending reevaluation in January
Set up/logged into official email
Passed along her updated membership for other marshals – her membership now expires 31 Oct 2021

Rapier – Captain Brendan
Yesterday, I submitted my quarterly report to the Kingdom Rapier Marshallate. One function of Group Rapier Marshals is the maintenance of a roster of authorized and not-yet authorized rapier and cut-and-thrust fighters in our Barony. I don’t have direct access to the Kingdom authorization database, so that report is generated by who I’ve actually seen at practices and the information people share with me. The official instruction is that when someone has not been at practice for 6 months, we drop them from the roster. Since we have not had an in-person practice in over 6 months… Seriously, much of the information I have is out of date, so if you feel like you should be on our Baronial rapier/C&T roster, please go ahead and send me the info on your authorization card(s). If you are not yet authorized but may be interested in rapier or cut-and-thrust combat after the Glorious Day When We All Get Back Together (GDWWAGBT), drop me a line. By the way, this includes potential youth rapier combatants, theoretically as young as six years old. Also, my very rough draft of guidelines for holding practices in the first phases of our return have been sent to the Kingdom Rapier Marshal (aka Deputy Earl Marshal, Rapier) for some review and (I hope) integration with suggestions from other sources in preparation for GDWWAGBT. In case you wondered what a Group Rapier Marshal obsesses over during quarantine, you are invited to view my very rough draft here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RN5G1eBodJEUxzbTKn0EgL18e95veZH9iIc9f6smqmY/edit?usp=sharing
Feel free to send me your commentary. Possibly the best on-line resource for SCA Rapier is the Facebook group “Virtual Academy of the Rapier.” Round-table discussions and classes (including some actual lessons) abound via Zoom, Google Meeting, and Facebook Live. Event notices and recordings of those events already passed are posted there.
email: rapier@atlantasca.org or rm.southdowns@meridies.org facebook: Benjamin Hay
Peace, love, and chocolate.

Live Weapons – Mistress Mara
No report

Reeve – Mistress Alessandra
No report
We probably have money 🙂

Quartermaster – THL Lucien
Haven’t seen any of our stuff for 6 months, but he’s assuming we still have our stuff

Chatelaine – Lord Nikon
No report – we probably have people
Bú – we had some new people come in and get garb from Gold Key, even though we still can’t meet in person
Raven – mentioned that Brendan picked up a bunch of garb being donated to Gold Key, is working on getting it to Nikon. Master Ximon offered to help get it to Nikon, as he works near him.

Arts and Sciences – THL Alisandre
We have arts and sciences! Q4 has just begun, so it’s time to put together the 3Q report for Kingdom. Please add your projects to the online form by Midnight on 11 October. Alisandre reminded everyone that you can add any project you’ve been working on – not just the big projects – everything counts
Baronial largesse challenge – 6 items, for more info, go to the events page in the baronial FB group
Baron/Baroness challenge with prizes!
If you are interested in sponsoring a category for the largesse challenge, please let Alisandre know asap so she can advertise it.
Since no one is going anywhere for the holidays, do we want to have a class in Nov and Dec?
Virtual holiday party? Will post on FB group to get feedback
Pondering doing a secular secret Santa event – the idea was well received by the populace. Alisandre will put a poll up on the baronial FB group to get feedback and ideas.

Chronicler – Signora Aelia Bassina
The quarterly newsletter was sent out on October 1st.
The fundraiser for the barony is going well. Once the money is transferred (they only do it once a month), I will get with Mistress Alessandra to get some money going into the Barony’s accounts.

Social Media
We have social media
Not much going on, a few more people following us on our social media accounts
Scribal guild is doing scribetober, check it out!

Diversity
We have a couple of things going on
Next Wednesday the corporate DEI is hosting a roundtable with kingdom officers discussing what each kingdom is up to. Margavati will post a link
Classes every Wednesday – the following week she’ll be hosting a class on extra-European research (Ouyang, Stella, and a few others)

Webminister
Changed Michael Stagge’s page to Ælfric Hort’s page and added his award.
Updated Brendan’s page with pronouns, classes, and interests.
Changed marshal, rapier, baron emails to forward to kingdom officer email address.
On the evening of 9/29, the web site started being reported by browsers as a potentially malicious web site. Having several officers report the web site as being good seemed to remedy the problem by the morning of 9/30.
Deleted an intruder account reported by Kingdom Webminister as having appeared on multiple WordPress sites.  Cleaned up unused plugins, updated the 5 remaining plugins.
Added Nikoslav as deputy seneschal, Wistric as baron

Minister of Children
No report

Their Excellencies
Y’all are awesome and continue to be awesome
The pandemic has been awful, but you have been fab
HerE held a brunch at the pageantry event, it went so well she’s doing it again on the 25th
HisE – the populace award committee has been working on updating the Heart of SD and Chivalry awards, figuring out a single award, what will we call it, what the description will be, how will we select the recipients, etc. Welcomes feedback

Seneschal
Still looking for a provost – liaison schedule classes, etc., reports to A+S minister and organize classes, fill out sheet for RUM so everyone can get credit
Castle wars – Juliane has been really busy so she hasn’t been able to work on it as much as she’s wanted to. She wants it to be innovative and different, its own event not just an online version of a regular event.
Getting a team together: Juliane is heading up competitions, Alisandre is doing A+S, Kal is handling classes, ??? is doing social media, Andreva is doing auctions, (get list from Juliane). Demos! More active than just Zoom classes and Zoom presentations.
Duct tape armor contest?
Competitions that will require some lead time… She will post tomorrow a call for volunteers
Date: same dates as Castle Wars
Auction will be held as a fundraiser during the event – contact THL Andreva for more info

SCA Business
None

Non-SCA Business
Margavati mentioned she got a great spiced soap at Target, Acorn Spice by Mrs Myers

After Nik’s and Pietro’s kitties joined the meeting, Their Excellencies decreed that everyone should show their kitties

Izzy (Juliane and Lucien’s pup) says the meeting is now over. 8:10pm

September 2020 BARONIAL BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES

02 September 2020, 1931

Notes submitted by Signora Aelia Bassina, South Downs Chronicler.

THL Lucien d’Artois called the July meeting to order. Our Seneschal, THL Juliane de Vivonne, greeted the populace joining the Zoom meeting. Juliane read the Kingdom Anti-Bullying statement.

Officers Reports

Herald (THL Lucien d’Artois)

  • Two new award recipients at the last court, Lilly and Aelfric.. 

Knight Marshal (Lady Mairghread Wilson)

  • Quarterly reports have been done.
  • Zero practices. And we will continue to not have practices until the end of January.

Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)

  • Nothing new.

Live Weapons (Mistress Mara Palmer)

  • Nothing new to report

Reeve (Mistress Alessandra Giovanna Fioravanti)

  • Nothing new to report

Quartermaster (THL Lucien d’Artois)

  • We have stuff.

Chatelaine (Lord Nikon Dawidowicz), Finnvarr mac Branain reporting

  • One person has expressed interest. I will be reaching out to the MoC because she has a small child. 

Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • Nothing new to report.

Arts & Sciences (THL Alisandre de la Chapelle)

  • We have A&S
  • We had people that entered into the largess challenge for Foxes.
  • There will be a barony Largess challenge coming up
  • There are classes coming up this month, 
    • We have a DEI class this month
    • Our monthly class is Magic and Superstition.

Chronicler (Signora Aelia Bassina)

  • First issue of the newsletter will be 1 October.
  • I am still looking for articles to be included. 
  • Barony decals are still available. Please support the barony, they are only $5 each!

Social Media Minister (HE Emelina le Nourreys)

  • We have interest in Social Media.
    • We are going to change the approval process for FB.

Webminister (Captain Pietro di Conti)

  • Received request from Lord Freybjorn (a Kingdom Webminister Deputy) for officer information to set up email addresses on a new kingdom email server; he has asked for Seneschal to be single point-of-contact.  Kingdom Webminister’s office has indicated they will eventually want all officer emails to be on their server.  Freybjorn has followed up by sending meridies.org login information to seneschal.  He is providing email accounts for officers but not deputies.  These will be email accounts, not email forwarders to personal accounts.
    • All officers will have a new email address that they will need to check as the emails will not be forwarded to personal emails.
    • This is to keep the historical documents available for officers that follow the current officers.
  • Sent quarterly report to kingdom webminister.
  • Added a new profile page and award for Lily of South Downs.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer (DEI), (Vidushi Mewadi Margavati Bai)

  • Not much to report
  • We did a class last month with the corporate DEI officer. It went well.
  • We would like to see new people come in.

Her Excellency, (Mistress Sunneva de Cleia)

  • Wistric is back as the Baron of South Downs!
  • We want to thank everyone for their support and patience.
  • We are committed in moving forward with the SCA Core Values.
  • Passions are high online, but the barony has been amazing at conducting themselves.
  • Please remember these de-escalation techniques:
    • As questions
    • Practice radical acceptance of other people’s feelings
    • Think about separating the action from the person.
  • Keep up with the radical accountability!

His Excellency, (Master Wistric Oftun)

  • I have always thought of the barony as my people.
  • You all have made us proud these last few months.
  • THank you to everyone that has been participating in the virtual activities.
  • It’s good to be back!

Minister of Children (Lady Una Ulfrdottir)

  • Nothing to report.

Seneschal, (THL Juliane de Vivonne)

  • There are still things going on, even in these unprecedented times
  • I have a deputy! His name is Nikolslov!
  • I still don’t have a provost. It’s a great way to dip your toe into becoming an officer. Please contact me if you’re interested.
  • There are two things I want to run. I want to start making announcements within the next week and a half.
  • South Downs is the innovative barony. 
  • Start thinking about Midwinter and if we want to do it online. I want this event to stand out.
  • I am really proud of everyone!

Recent Events

  • 15 August 2020 – Virtual Meridies Kingdom A&S
  • 22 August 2020 – Foxes 2020: Plague-Con

Upcoming Events

SCA Business

  • Raven: Back on the 15th of August, we had Artsy Crown. Several people from South Downs assisted. It went really well. We had 6 or 7 classes. Everything was zoom meetings. We had a really good turnout. Stella earned a perfect score and was recognized in Court.
  • Lily: I was wondering about the DEI office. Is it structured like the other offices? Is there a future plan?
    • Margavati: Right now, there isn’t. My thinking is that there would be some kind of change over the office. There are a lot of enthusiastic people in the barony that I think would do well in the position. If you’re interested, please message me.
    • Juliane: The way it works is there’s usually a two year tenure. Except in extenuating circumstances. Generally speaking, it’s a two year gig. When you sign up as a deputy, please remember that you are making that commitment for two years.
    • Margavati: Regardless, I could still use functionally deputies. I welcome the assistance. This is a new thing for local groups. I welcome all ideas. I’m really here to help educate people and advise the barony as a group.
    • Juliane: there was a misunderstanding on what the kingdom DEI office does. Please come to me if you have any questions.
  • Kalbardr: We are in week one of the mystery box phase. If you have one, please take a photo of your box and send it to me. 
  • Lyk: I would like to see event tokens for Castle Wars. Juliane agreed.
  • Margavati: I am purely tech support for a Grave finds video thing. If you want to, it’s basically you would have everything around you that would be taking with you to the afterlife. The deadline is September 18.
    • There was the suggestion for putting a trigger warning on the video since some people have lost loved ones during this pandemic.

Business meeting was closed at 2033.

Next business meeting will be held 07 October 2020, 1930, Zoom Meeting.

AUGUST 2020 Baronial Business Meeting Minutes

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

05 August 2020, 1931

Notes submitted by Lady Aelia Bassina, South Downs Chronicler.

THL Lucien d’Artois called the August meeting to order. Our Seneschal, THL Juliane de Vivonne, greeted the populace joining the Zoom meeting. Juliane read the SCA Anti-Bullying statement and stated the meeting is being recorded.

Officers Reports

Herald (THL Lucien d’Artois)

  • We only had one award recipient this month, that would be Piers(Queen’s Rapier Champion).
  • We’ve had one name registrations.

Knight Marshal (Lady Mairghread Wilson)

  • Our Earl Marshal had put a notice on the kingdom page stating that there’s no in person events until the end of January 2021.
  • He also addressed unofficial fighter practice. Please be aware the SCA does not cover that so it would be on your own insurance.
  • Masks: just be prepared for when we come back together that we may have a mask mandate. It would be recommended to start practicing with a mask on.
  • New armored combat rules have been posted. No determinations have been made and probably will not be made for a while.

Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)

  • Nothing new to add.
  • Echo what the Knight marshal said.
  • There is a virtual fighter practice Facebook group. Virtual academy of the rapier is another Facebook group that is available.

Live Weapons (Mistress Mara Palmer)

  • No report.

Reeve (Mistress Alessandra Giovanna Fioravanti)

  • We have money, we spent it on the storage unit.
    • We spend about 287 a month on the storage unit, paid through October.
    • If Midwinter doesn’t happen, we may need to think about alternatives. If it doesn’t, we run into the situation where we don’t have money for events.
    • We are not at panic level yet.
    • Red Tower is completely paid for.
    • I need a deputy!

Lady Mairghread suggested that we have a budget to see where all the money needs to be spent.

Quartermaster (THL Lucien d’Artois)

  • Fortunately, we have stuff!
  • Nothing else to add

Chatelaine (Lord Nikon Dawidowicz)

  • There hasn’t been any movement as far as new members. I haven’t heard from anyone that someone approached them.

Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • No report

Arts & Sciences (THL Alisandre de la Chapelle)

  • We have A&S!
    • There is an A&S exchange that was suggested.
    • Kingdom A&S coming up this month.
    • We have a couple of classes coming up this month.
    • Think about ideas for largess, it will be a competition with a prize.

Chronicler (Lady Aelia Bassina)

  • First issue of the newsletter will be 1 October.
    • I am still looking for articles to be included. 

Social Media Minister (HE Emelina le Nourreys)

  • Our numbers are up.

Webminister (Captain Pietro di Conti) – (Includes work done by both Zhelana and Pietro)

  • Added pronouns for Piers, Mairghread, Alisandre, Aelia, Wistric, Iastreb, Lorenzo, Zhelana, Raven.  Note: we will only add pronouns for people who ask.
  • Updated the picture for Sunneva on the Baroness page and her personal page.
  • Updated Aelia to be official chronicler, gave her access to the chronicler login.  Set up a temp login for Raven to post old minutes.
  • Added device, title, link to blog to Aelia’s page
  • New pages created for Danielle de Lyon, Anna Felice Tavestoche, Michael Stagge, Sara Wandrownyczka
  • Added classes taught to Zhelana’s page
  • Updated Google form to add pronouns to the question list, and to forward email notifications to Zhelana
  • Established succession plans for the Webminister office to hand over the office to Zhelana (the current Deputy) at Midwinter A&S 2021.  Had several discussions on the succession plan with Baroness and Seneschal.
  • Prepared Westminster job description.
  • Added Mark to the order of the Red Raven.
  • Added Finnbarr as deputy chatelaine.
  • Updated device on Mairghread’s page
  • Added Queen’s Rapier Champion to Piers’ page.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer (DEI), (Vidushi Mewadi Margavati Bai)

  • Class went really well last month. There were a bunch of conversations that happened after. WE are looking forward to the next class. I am trying to give people opportunities to talk as much as I can.
    • The Society DEI officer will be doing a Q&A, I will try to promote it in more places than just the barony. 
    • If you hear of things happening, please let me know.
    • Thank you to everyone that’s been so open and understanding.

Her Excellency, Mistress Sunneva de Cleia

  • Tonight would be midnight madness at Pennsic. Just like with what happened at Gulf Wars, there are merchants that are out there and posted. If you have coin, they have wares.
  • Earlier this week was SCA Social Media Appreciation Day. I want to give thanks for both Emelina and Isabella. Thank you to everyone that has been keeping the SCA virtual. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed.
  • Award recommendations. Please send them. I would love to recognize people. There is an award recommendation page on our site. Sending in the recommendations really helps me and the scribes.
  • Discussion Point:
    • The Heart of South Downs and the Chivalry Awards. A couple of people have reached out to me regarding this. There will be a committee. If you would like to be on that committee, please let me or Wistric. All opinions are valid.
    • I like mailing stuff. If you need a care package or a friendly note, please PM me your address.
  • Remember to lean on your SCA family if you need to. Also, if you need to step back, it’s okay. We will see you when you get back. Keep the people impacted by this virus in your thoughts.

Minister of Children (Lady Una Ulfrdottir)

  • No report.

Seneschal, (THL Juliane de Vivonne)

  • We’ve lost two people recently. They passed very suddenly.
  • In the last two days, we have heard of 3 people that have tested positive for COVID, one being our King. Please wear masks and be safe.
  • I had announced at the last meeting that we were reinstating the Provost position. It’s basically organizing classes, making sure registration is sent to RUM. Lord Kal has been wonderful in doing that for us. I would love it if someone would reach out to me in their interest. It’s a great position for someone new to the Barony.
  • The BOD has canceled events until the 31st of January. That is for anything in person. If you do anything outside the SCA, you cannot post it on any official SCA page.
  • For Midwinter, it is close to when they allow in-person again. However, I do not believe that Midwinter will be allowed to happen. It wouldn’t fit with the rollout plan for the Kingdom/Society.
  • The Law Committee. They are accepting new members. It will be a rotating people. They are accepting nominations and self-nominations. One from each peerage and two from the populace. If that’s something that interests you or if you know someone that would do a really good job (get their permission first), please let them know. They have been meeting Tuesday nights. 
    • Iazzie stated that most Kingdom positions are for 2 years.

Recent Events

Upcoming Events

  • 10 August 2020 – LGBTQ+ 101 with Lykania and Cellach
  • 12 August 2020 – Project Night
  • 15 August 2020 – Virtual Meridies Kingdom A&S
  • 19 August 2020 – Intro to DEI with Society DEI Officer Q&A to follow
  • 22 August 2020 – Foxes 2020: Plague-Con
  • 26 August 2020 – Class Night – Maedeup: Korean Knots with Myeong Su

SCA Business

  • Margavati: I taught a class over the weekend for Pennsic for the Courtesans. It was neat because each kingdom has a day. It’s a great way to learn stuff. Justina hosted Meridies for the whole day. They are going all war week. Kal has been provosting. Yay, Barony of South Downs! We rock!
  • Jay: Do we have any more info on Castle Wars?
    • Juliane: Sunneva and I need to get together to sort things out. We will get that rolled out sometime soon.
  • Margavati: My husband had a big bucket of bone black. He has more. If you need bone black for pigment, please let him know.
  • Margavati: Countess Gwen is doing a project. It’s a grave finds recreation thing. It’s a glow up focus on grave finds. I only know what I need to know. If you’re interested, she’s doing that. Information is on the Kingdom page.

Business meeting was closed at 2021.

Next business meeting will be held 02 September 2020, 1900, Zoom Meeting.

JULY 2020 Baronial Business Meeting Minutes

01 July 2020, Time: 1932

Notes submitted by Lady Aelia Bassina, South Downs Chronicler.

THL Lucien d’Artois called the July meeting to order. Our Seneschal, THL Juliane de Vivonne, greeted the populace joining the Zoom meeting. Juliane read the Kingdom Anti-Bullying statement.

Officers Reports

Herald (THL Lucien d’Artois)

  • We had 3 awards given out at court on 27 June.
    • HE Emelina received her court Barony
    • HE Mark received his Red Raven
    • Lord Ogata Tarō Hiroyuki received his AoA
  • Juliane’s badge was passed
  • Sara’s name and device were passed.

Knight Marshal (Lady Mairghread Wilson)

  • Fighter practice is on hold until at least 30 August.
    • With the COVID-19 cases on the rise, but it is expected to be extended
  • Mask experiments were done to wear with armor
    • Cloth Masks
      • Tends to slip down from nose to mouth while fighting
      • Created a heat pocket (generated a lot of heat)
      • Sports style mask
        • Designed for sports
        • Breathability was less
        • Visibility was better than cloth
        • Interfered with putting helmet on with it sliding down
      • Please keep your safety in mind while wearing

Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)

  • Practice is on hold for now
  • I have looked into masks for rapier practice
  • I have a draft of guidelines for what we may be looking at for “Glorious day for when we can get back together”.

Live Weapons (Mistress Mara Palmer)

  • Live weapons will have the easiest transition since we do not wear armor
  • We would not be able to provide loaner gear due to transmission concerns
  • Will need to have hand sanitation stations for practice
  • Have been discussing masks for practices.
  • Masks with vents on the sides do not protect for droplets
  • A filter will still need needed 

Reeve (Mistress Alessandra Giovanna Fioravanti)

  • We have money!
  • About to submit the quarterly report, open invitation for anyone to join in and watch how it goes.
  • While we are good with money now, if things don’t improve, we will not have money in the bank for future events and expenses.
  • If COVID continues, we will need ongoing fundraising
    • Question: Can people donate to the Barony?
      • Yes, but fundraising is better.

Quartermaster (THL Lucien d’Artois)

  • We have stuff!
  • The storage unit still needs to be paid for.

Question: How big is the storage shed?
Answer (Lucien): It is big, it is two units due to the number of things we need to store. 20×30, or something like that.

Chatelaine (Lord Nikon Dawidowicz), Finnvarr mac Branain reporting

  • Nothing new, no one has approached Nikon or Finnvarr mac Branain.

Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • No report was made.

Arts & Sciences (THL Alisandre de la Chapelle)

  • We have A&S!
  • It’s time to go to the spreadsheet so it can be reported to Kingdom
    • Please have it returned by the 15th
    • Class this month is Wistric – The 16th Century through the Lens of Princess Bride
    • There are a lot of virtual classes taught by various classes
    • RUM this year will be completely virtual
    • Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium is the weekend after 4 July. It will be held in Australia
  • Raven: Kingdom A&S online on 15 Aug. Trying to make it just a one-day event.

Chronicler (Lady Aelia Bassina)

  • Work for the newsletter design has begun.
  • First issue of the newsletter will be 1 October.
  • I am accepting articles to be included in the newsletter.
    • Articles topics can be anything, so long as it follows the conduct guidelines.
    • Suggested topics can be anything from Event experiences, Opinion pieces, how-to’s, etc.
    • Deadline for the articles will be 15 September to allow time to be included in the newsletter.
    • Photos with the articles are encouraged but not required.
    • I will be getting with HE Emelina to determine what waivers need to be signed and submitted.

Social Media Minister (HE Emelina le Nourreys)

  • There’s a new social media policy, Juliane will be addressing.
  • Followers: 90 on Instagram, 15 on Twitter, FB Group has 15 new people.
  • There have been a lot of contentious things posted online, but the Barony page has been clear.

Webminister (Captain Pietro di Conti)

  • Linked Wistric’s profile page to his new facebook page and to his training videos on YouTube.
  • Updated spam filters to allow emails from Brendan’s email address.
  • Updated Nikon’s page with a new device.
  • Updated Charlie SCA name to Ogata Tarō Hiroyuki on profile page, linked profile page to his blog, added AoA.
  • Added a new badge to Juliane’s page.
  • Added court Barony to Emelina’s page.
  • Added a new officer page for Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer (Margavati), set up dei AT atlantasca DOT com email.
  • Updated Margavati’s page with link to officer page, updated title.
  • Updated Baron & Baroness pages to refer solely to Sunneva.
  • Added Aelia to chronicler email list.
  • Added Ambrosius as an alternate name for Justina.
  • Added pronouns for Margavati, Nikon, Justina, Ambrosius, Pietro. Note: I will only add pronouns for people who ask me to.

Question (Emelina) How would you like us to submit the request?
Answer (Pietro) Please use the form that is on the page.

  • Will update Aelia’s title as Chronicler and Finn’s as deputy Chatelaine

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer (DEI), (Vidushi Mewadi Margavati Bai)

  • We’ve done a few things of the things we’ve planned to do
  • One of the most exciting things has been we have instituted a once a week DEI discussion.
    • The first one should be 15 July, Kalbardr is teaching a class on titles (Gender titles, regional titles, etc.)
      • It will be a YouTube streaming discussion.
      • After will be a Zoom Meeting
    • The second one will be Lykania.
      • This class has been done before for the Courtesans Guild for Castle Worlds
      • It will include gender, sex, and sexual identities.
  • At some point we will be doing them on alternate nights.
  • An August date has not been set.
  • Kingdome DEI has a DEI class and has agreed to teach it to the Barony.
  • Thanked everyone for their help with support
  • We are creating a space on the baronial page for requested pronouns. They are optional but encouraged.
  • The section can be found on the atlantasca DOT org page.

Her Excellency, Mistress Sunneva de Cleia

  • When I stepped up over a year ago, I was 8 months pregnant. I thought that would be one of the hardest things to do. I didn’t have any allusions that it wouldn’t be difficult. I did not have a global pandemic on my card. This is all extremely new to me and everyone else. It was never my intention to lead this Barony alone. I want to reiterate that I am here, and I will carry out my tenure as Barony. Wistric is still here, but he will be in the background. People reaching out has been helpful. The last month I have been brought to tears by both kindness and injustices. We appreciate the support that has been shown to us. I am committed to remain steadfast and will be moving forward with the SCA core values. Please be good stewards for the Barony and the SCA. It has been helpful to determine your driving principles. Mine are always on the forefront of my mind. Let these principles be what guide you. Passions are high, higher than they have been since my time in the SCA. We often get into situations online where words get away from us. We need to find de-escalation tactics. Learn to ask questions, ask where they are coming from and why they feel that way. Even though we may not agree, I know what feeling hurt is like. I can empathize. Come to it from that point of view. You don’t need to agree. Nothing will be resolved in a day. Respecting other people is important. Separate the action from the person. Practice radical acceptance of other people’s feelings.
  • Before all this started, I had created job descriptions for the officers in the Barony, this was for the newcomers to see what we do and if they were interested. I will be doing this again. We need to start thinking about The Heart of South Downs and The Cavalry award. Please start thinking of people you would like to nominate.

Question: (Margavati) Before the pandemic, after the last Heart of South Downs and Cavalry award, we had discussed how to incorporate non-binary people into those award structures.
Answer: (Sunneva) If you are interested in being part of a discussion group, please message me and we can all talk about it. I want your opinion. This is not something I will decide unilaterally.

  • Please continue to be amazing!
  • Keep Chuck in your thoughts. He is having surgery tomorrow (2 July 2020).

Minister of Children (Lady Una Ulfrdottir)

  • We have children and they are wonderful!
  • I have been thinking of what we would like to have classes after the pandemic. I would like to include them in the DEI integrations.
  • The children are very accepting and wonderful.
  • I don’t know how we would have classes to address those topics

Margavati: Message me and we can talk about it. There is a kingdom chat and I can bring that up. I think it’s a great idea.
Mara: we have a list of items and we can forward those to you.

Seneschal, (THL Juliane de Vivonne)

  • I want to create a new staff member. Many years ago, I was provost of South Downs. My job was solely focused on classes. I focused on classes, sending things to RUM. Because we are doing so many things online. I think that would be something that would be great. I have talked to Alisandre and HE Sunneva. If you are interested, please email me or text me to let me know you are interested. I would like to have someone by the next meeting.
  • There is a new policy for the kingdom. We have not had any problems on the Barony’s page, but I would like to institute the same policy. That is if someone is coming on and is inappropriate. The first would be a warning, second would be a 7-day silencing, the next would be 30-day. Screen shots would be sent to me and Mistress Anorra. This may add a bit of work for the Social Media office. If they become too overwhelmed, we will have the deputy assist,
  • This was something that I talked to the autocrats for Red Tower and HE Sunneva, but we wanted to wait for everything to calm down. We have decided to cancel Red Tower. This is because MGT has been canceled the week before and confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been on the rise. I would rather cancel this event than put anyone in danger. I will make an announcement on the Kingdom and Barony FB pages.
  • I have wanted to put in a bid for Castle Wars. I am not sure how we can do this. Mara is here as a member of the CDC. I don’t know how we can make this event world with the social distancing

Discussion

  • Mara: I don’t have anything prepared, but I am open for questions. Disclaimer: I am not here officially from the CDC. If the CDC lowers the restrictions, treat merchants like mundane shops, treat camps as private residences. Treat things as you would in the mundane life. Treat anything from the governor as a political statement and an official CDC says as a health statement. The SCA is going to keep to what the CDC recommends. It is a variable situation. Unfortunately, we can’t plan for November.
  • Juliana: A recent governor’s post stated the state of emergency until 11 August. SCA is restricted until 30 Aug. Mistress Annora has recommended to start with small events. We don’t want to start with events, and probably start with business meetings, fighter practice, etc.
  • Mara: If you want to look at optimistic projections, November may be possible. I do not believe that optimistic and think November is still in the “grey” area. 
  • Alessandra: WE just found out that our schools (Gwinnett County) will be opening in August. Their plan is looking good. But I don’t have hope that it won’t get bad. There are guidelines, but I think more people will go to school instead of staying home.
  • Lykania: Even if things stay on track, we start opening in what, September? I’m thinking that November is probably not going to be good. Also, November is Flu season. There’s no telling where we will be at that time.
  • Mara: Even if people start doing 50 person things, we need to wait a month for information. That would make it October. I don’t see us being able to do things in November. Even if we can open back up to a couple hundred people, would that be enough for Castle wars?
  • Majda: What would happen if we weren’t able to have Castel Wars? What’s the worst-case scenario?
  • Mara: That’s a question for the Reve.
  • Alessandra: If we don’t have Castle Wars or Red Tower, we will need to have a fundraiser because those are our big events. The only expense we have is the storage.
  • Juliane: We should make a group to discuss.
  • Justina: How much is the storage?
  • Alessandra: The Storage is $267 a month. We are paid up through next quarter. It would be good if we could raise $600.

Many suggestions for fundraisers were discussed. Auctions, donations, yard sales, personal instructions from heavy fighters, subscription boxes, etc.

  • Sunneva: Technically, for Castle Wars, because we haven’t had a bid at least 5 months prior, we need to have approval from the populace to cancel the event.
  • Juliane: We can have a vote right now.
    • Motion was made and seconded.
    • Motion for canceling Castle Wars, approved.
  • Lykania: I did not believe in a virtual event until this last event, coronation. There were so many things that pulled people in. Can we do an online event?
  • Andreva: We won’t need to have a bid because no Barony funds would be used.
  • Alessandra: if we did an online fundraiser, that would be the time.
  • Raven: By that time, we would have already had many events done online.
  • Piers: Can we call it online Red Tower instead of Castle wars? That way it can still be a continuous event
  • Juliane: it’s been 46/47 years. I don’t think we could stop that. We will talk offline.

Recent Events

Upcoming Events

SCA Business

  • Justina: This is the perfect time to talk about online stuff. Pennsic is happen online. Courtesans will be hosting a track of classes and are interested in teachers that are interested in Medieval sexuality. There are several people here that have volunteered to teach. We have a courtesan FB group that discusses class topics. Online stuff is happening. Thank you all so much for supporting this aspect of SCA persona research.
  • Iazzie: I wanted to bring something up. Eventually, we will be able to fight again. Right now, we are practicing in a parking lot. The inside area is no longer available. The stance on masks is problematic. I think we will need to look somewhere else. The hard parking lot is painful. Somewhere with grass would be preferred. Where we are is not beneficial.
    • Juliana: I think when we started going there, it was a big open place.
    • Mara: The inside has been completed and there’s no longer a big open area.
    • Iazzie: I would like to create a motion to find another place for practice
      • Motion passed
    • Justina: In response to Iazzie, as a non-fighter, I enjoyed going to the fighter locations. I enjoyed going because there was a place for me to sit indoors. I completely understand your reasons for wanting to go somewhere else. But, for those of us that would like to sit, and chat was nice. I would like to recommend finding a place for those of us to use.
    • Mara: I like having people that come and chill at practice. Where archery is held at doesn’t really have a lot of area for people not there for practice. We need to think of a safe place for social distancing. This all depends on the 6 ft vs. 3 ft rule.
  • Emilia: This past weekend we had our first digital court. Even though Red Tower was canceled. I wanted to know if we should be submitting people for Baronial awards.
    • Answer: Yes

Question (Andreva): Is there something that could be made to show the Baronial awards.
Answer: Yes

  • Alessandra: With all the events being canceled the SCA merchants have lost a lot of income. In the SCA merchant relief, there are subscription boxes. Please look over there. I’m fine but other merchants are having a hard time. If you can, please look at it. A lot of people with cool stuff.
  • Iazzie: I want to really impress upon you about the DEI officer. It is always preferable to handle any conflict inside a group. Please refer to the DEI officer first so we can have it “in house”. Once it goes up to the Kingdom. Once it reaches there will not be a good solution. If it goes to the BOD, it’s a “nuclear” option. If you have something you can work out with Margi, please work with her before you go outside the Barony. Even if you go out of the Barony, please come to me. Please be very sure that what you are sending up the pipe is what needs to be sent.
    • Margavati: just today, another thing came up on FB. Between me, Sunneva, and Nikon, we were able to work it out. I would much rather that be the result of conflict. I feel like adults and super cool people should be able to handle things. I would like to help de-escalate. You can always come to me if you don’t know if it’s something that escalates to Iazzie.
      • Juliane: I came across something the other day about Boogaloo. It wasn’t someone from Meridies. I was horrified. I went to Locke.
    • Margavati: Even if we say that it’s not within our purview, it’s useful for us to have a record of it. If it does need to be escalated, we will have that information. Please do not be a watchdog.
    • Lykania: as a member of a group that has been attacked, it has been detrimental for you to engage in a negative manner. It’s better to change the dialog. When something blows up, when people show their support by changing things, it helps. 
      • Finbarr: I wanted to add on to what Lykania said. When something happens, like what we have seen happen, when you post outrage about what you have seen, it says to use is that you are a safe person for us to go to. When I joined about a year ago, when this was happening then, I don’t know what my reaction would have been. But the one thing that made me say “no, I’m going to stay.” was that for one person being a jerk online, i saw 20 people from the Barony/kingdom standing up. If you think that we don’t see it, we do see it.
    • Juliane: We are past 9 PM. It was my understanding that the only reason we went to this time is because of the time limit that we paid for.
    • Mara: If you have any concerns or public gatherings, please reach out to me in PMs. If I don’t get back to you within 24 hours, please ping me again. I have no problems answering questions. If you have questions, please ask me. I don’t keep up with the government restrictions. I am very familiar with the state and CDC guidelines.
    • Margavati: This is why I wanted to do Q&A chats. It might not always be on Wednesdays, but we will have a dedicated time where you can talk about DEI things. Thank you everyone for being open and chatting.
    • Justina: Isabella and I are now doing the unofficial revels. If you want to see when we do revels, please like our page. It’s “Meridies Virtual Revel- Unofficial“. We do Zoom meetings like this. Moving forward, we will not be putting the link in the message on FB due to trolls. Also, if someone that is going to be joining the meeting, please have a name that I can recognize as SCA.
Business meeting was closed at 2123.
Next business meeting will be held 5 August 2020 @ 1900 via Zoom.

March 2020 Baronial Business Meeting Minutes

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

4 March 2020, 7:30pm

Notes submitted by Lady Raven Helmsplitter, South Downs Chronicler.

THL Lucien d’Artois called the meeting to order. Our new Seneschal, THL Juliane de Vivonne, sez “Welcome! If you did not sign in, please sign in!”

Before the officers began giving their reports, THL Piers asked to speak before the populace. He offered an apology for how he handled the coronation bid he submitted.

Officers Reports

  • Herald (THL Lucien d’Artois)
    • Nothing to report
    • Lucien is also the kingdom submissions deputy; if you want to submit something, please let him take a look at it before you submit it officially. It will save you time and money to do so, and he’s more than happy to help. Just contact him via Facebook or text him directly.
    • Sir Iazzie offered a PSA: a lot of people like to do their heraldic consultations at Gulf Wars, but it’s always better to work locally and wrap things up (if needed) at Gulf Wars. It usually adds time to processing your submission if you don’t work locally first – the heralds at Gulf Wars get slammed with consultations
    • Mistress Alessandra mentioned that another reason to not have your consultations done at Gulf Wars is that alcohol might be involved there, and you might end up with strange results 😀
  • Knight Marshal (Lady Mairghread Wilson), Lord Jürgen reporting
    • Mairghread will be out of town for a couple of weeks for training for her new business, so Lord Jürgen will cover Tuesday evening practices in her absence
    • Practices are going well – Sunday practice continues at the incipient Viking Alchemist Meadery site (3080 Jonquil Dr., Smyrna, GA 30080). Everyone is very happy with the site! We have gone back to holding joint practices on Tuesday evenings with the rapier fighters at Brook Run Park, 4770 N Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338, near the Veterans’ Memorial.
  • Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)
    • Levetan Park may be getting too dark for Tuesday evening practices. So far, so good, but suggestions for alternate locations are welcome.
    • Thanks, as always, to our collection of rapier marshals who make it possible for practice to happen without me. Efforts to get a couple more people warranted are under way.
  • Live Weapons (Mistress Mara Palmer), THL Juliane reporting
    • People have been shooting stuff! Yay!
    • We have equipment! Yay!
    • There have been some issues with the Royal Rankings – we are working through them, just be patient
    • Upcoming practices are, as always, posted on the South Downs/Owl’s Nest Live Weapons Practice group, so come check us out!
  • Reeve (Mistress Alessandra Fioravanti)
    • We have money! yay!
    • She finished the report for Midwinter – we made a profit of $1,272 from the event. Yay!
  • Quartermaster (THL Lucien d’Artois)
    • We have stuff! Yay!
    • He is planning to do another inventory before the spring event season gets too far underway, but it will likely be after Gulf Wars
  • Chatelaine (Lord Nikon Dawidowicz)
    • Tom has accepted the deputy chatelaine position. Yay!
    • Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)
      • Our next demo will be on 9 May at the Alpharetta Library; they are looking in particular for people to demonstrate calligraphy and embroidery inside the Library and fighters outside. The indoor demos will be very hands-on.
  • Arts & Sciences (THL Alisandre de la Chapelle)
    • We have A&S in the Barony, and it is good! Yay!
    • It’s time for the quarterly report – post what you’ve done the past three months on the baronial A+S spreadsheet so we can document it.
    • This month’s A&S class will be about silkworms taught by Erin Neko Hennessy (what is your SCA name?)
    • April’s A&S class will be on weaving with gold thread, taught by Mistress Alessandra
    • Speaking of A&S classes in the new year… are you interested in teaching a Baronial Arts & Sciences class in 2020? Submit your class idea on this form, or contact Alisandre directly.
    • There was a good turnout at the A&S/group visit to Fine Fabrics. Everyone first met up at the food court at the Global Mall for delicious Indian food, then we headed over to Fine Fabrics for a guided tour (for those like your Chronicler who gets easily overwhelmed there).
    • It is also gift basket season! Their Excellencies will need largesse for event season gifts. They’ll give Alisandre a list of largesse they already have – if you are considering making something for this effort, please contact Alisandre first so she can coordinate if necessary
  • Keeper of the Baronial Memes (Social Media Minister) (THL Emelina le Nourreys)
    • We have social media! Yay!
    • Yay! We have 20 new followers on Instagram!
    • Emelina has set up the Instagram account to automatically crosspost to Facebook
    • Social media posts from MCA got picked up by Society
  • Webminister (Captain Pietro di Conti)
    • We have a website! yay!
    • Cleaned up website menus, removing obsolete links
    • Replaced the 2019 A&S baronial class schedule with a link to THL Alisandre’s 2020 A&S spreadsheet
    • Updated baronial meetings page with the new Freeside Atlanta project night location
    • Added profile for Erikr and added him as a deputy on the Knight Marshal page
    • Added Lady Aelia as deputy on the Chronicler page
    • Submitted quarterly report to the kingdom webminster
  • Their Excellencies, Master Wistric and Mistress Sunneva
    • Thanked everyone who worked on Midwinter A&S last month
    • Reminded everyone who is planning to go to Gulf Wars that if you are considering volunteering, make sure you get your volunteer hours logged and (if so), consider applying those hours to South Downs.
  • Seneschal (THL Juliane de Vivonne)
    • Red Tower will actually start in September; not sure how this will impact the PopChiv event requirements
    • We have unofficially had our Artsy Crown bid approved; the event flyer is being published in PopChiv
    • Kingdom was notified that Coronation’s feastcrat is looking for middle and high school aged children to serve feast, and there will be a teen hafla afterwards.
    • Juliane described a plan for the next five years – she was going to take it easy and not autocrat any events in 2019, but would look at autocratting Castle Wars in 2020 before she stepped up as seneschal as she isn’t comfortable with the idea of autocratting while serving as seneschal.
      • However, she had already been making plans to autocrat this year’s Castle Wars and has asked THL Isabetta to co-autocrat Castle Wars with her so she can recuse herself from any financial issues for the event
      • Iazzie had concerns since this would remove a layer of responsibility for the barony that would be problematic.
      • THL Andreva pointed out that the legal paperwork related to submitting a bid requires three signatures: the seneschal, the reeve, and the autocrat.
      • His Excellency asked if the kingdom seneschal had any thoughts about the situation.

Recent and Upcoming Events

  • Meridian Challenge of Arms (MCA), 28 February – 1 March 2020, Dalwhinnie Fields
    • 96 people attended
    • We had fencers come in as far away as Glenn Abhann (10 hours drive!)
    • This was the first time that MCA was held as a weekend event
    • Lex was really excited to host the event there
    • Everyone had a great time, and not having a hard departure deadline on Sunday was really helpful
    • Chickens!
    • There was a brick oven onsite, and fundraiser lunch was made-to-order woodfired pizzas – so great!
    • Funny moment – the Barony of Iron Mountain was assumed by the heralds to host the event (MCA, like Meridian Grand Tournament, are hosted by the kingdom, not by any local group). Shenanigans ensued.
    • THL Isabetta was tasked to make the site full of pageantry, and had everyone bring their banners. This created a beautiful scene with the banners fluttering in the breeze around the lyst field.
    • House Excelsior made several kingdom pennons to add to the pageantry. It rocked!
  • Artsy Crown (22-25 May 2020, Camp Benjamin Hawkins, Byron GA)
    • Countess Gwynhwyfar offered a donation of a linen tunic from Linen Garb as a raffle for everyone who volunteers at troll. Thank you!
    • There will be a signup sheet for setup and teardown
    • There is a potential handfasting to be scheduled Friday night of Artsy Crown – this, however, will not be part of the official schedule, they’re just letting people know it will happen.

SCA Business

  • Lady Isabella has been asked to spearhead our baronial beautification project; she would love some help to make general signs for parking, etc., at an upcoming project night.
  • Freeside Atlanta is moving to another location and is looking for large cardboard packing boxes and help packing
  • We now have bardic meetings in our barony! For more info, please contact Master Mathias

Non-SCA Business

  • Andreva has a spring concert the weekend of 19 April at Northside Church; the theme is motets (a 16th century music form). If interested, please contact her for ticket info
  • THL Justina brought a bunch of fabric and other stuff, free to a good home. Anything not taken after the meeting will be donated to Goodwill.
  • THL Stella said we are a go for the DragonCon parade! Yay!

 
Business meeting is closed.

Next business meeting will be held Wednesday, 1 April 2020, at the Doraville Civic Center.

Thanks!

–Raven

February 2020 Mini-Business Meeting Minutes

19 February 2020, 7:30pm

Notes submitted by Lady Aelia Bassina of Veii, South Downs Deputy Chronicler.

THL Lucien d’Artois called the meeting to order. “Welcome! If you did not sign in, please sign in!”

Tonight’s meeting covers two specific issues for discussion and one for voting: the bid for this year’s Artsy Crown and the post-mortem from Midwinter Arts & Sciences.

Spring Crown List and Kingdom Arts & Sciences (Artsy Crown) 2020 Bid (22-25 May, 2020)
There had been previous discussion about submitting a bid for RUM as our required kingdom-level event bid; however, it has come to our attention that no one had submitted a bid for Artsy Crown, so we’ve put together a bid in the hopes of preserving the event. Copies of the bid were passed out to any of the populace who wanted them.

  • Co-Autocrats: Lady Raven Helmsplitter and THL Lucien d’Artois
  • Site: Camp Benjamin Hawkins, Byron GA. This is the same site where Castle Wars and Coronation were held. We realize it is not an ideal site for Artsy Crown due to the lack of air-conditioned classroom space, but everything has already been booked for Memorial Day weekend. We will look at having A&S classes in the pavilions and bring fans to help keep things cool(ish).
  • Cost to attend: $20 adult weekend and $15 adult daytrip, including a $5 discount for members ($30 members, $20 non-members
  • There will be two feasts, one Saturday and a fighters’ feast on Sunday; each feast will be $8.
  • Minimal marshal costs; the only martial activities will be Crown List on Sunday, and the Kingdom Earl Marshal will be coordinating that.
  • Some details are still being put together, as a bid needs to be entered as soon as we can.
  • PayPal will be set up as soon as we get the go-ahead
  • Other staff:
    • Field Steward: Captain Brendan de Hay, with THL Piers Simmons serving as deputy
    • Event booklet and flyer: Lady Agnes Halydaye
    • Memes and Social Media: THL Emelina and Lady Isabella
    • Marshal in charge: Master Edward Yarborough (as Kingdom Earl Marshal)
    • Event Website: Captain Pietro di Conti
    • Youth Activities: Lady Una Ulfrdottir
    • Mentor: THL Juliane de Vivonne
    • We will need many volunteers to help make this happen; once we get the bid approved by Crown, we will need to hit the ground running.
  • There will be 3 days of breakfast, travelers’ fare on Friday night, and 2 fundraiser lunches
  • Questions from the populace:
    • Will there be childrens’ activities? Yes
    • Do we feel the amount set aside for travelers’ fare ($75) is enough? Baron Mark mentioned he spent more than $100 when he provided travelers’ fare. It was agreed that the amount would be increased.
    • Seeing as we have been using the site for a year or so now, would it be possible to do a survey to see if the attendees like or don’t like the site, and what they do or don’t like about it? Comments from the populace included that most of the complaints are about things we cannot control, such as the site not being level, etc.
    • Lady Agnes expressed interest in working troll, but she wanted assurances that she wouldn’t actually have to handle money. Yes – there’s a lot to do at troll that doesn’t include directly handling money (putting together tokens and site booklets, answering questions, helping attendees fill out paperwork, etc.). With Artsy Crown being 4 days, we will definitely need lots of volunteers at troll to cover all the shifts.
    • The discussion ended, and a motion to vote was made and seconded. The bid was approved. Since it is a long weekend (Friday through Monday of Memorial Day weekend), the suggestion was made to increase the weekend adult fee to $25. A vote to increase the adult weekend fee was made and passed; the bid will be revised to reflect this.

Midwinter Arts & Sciences and Regional Fighter Practice post-mortem
Lady Raven thanked everyone who came out to Midwinter. Everyone had a lot of fun and a good time. Not everything went perfectly, but it was a new site and overall things went well.

  • A couple of things happened:
    • The site loved us. The parish coordinator said we were the easiest outside group she’d ever worked with, and we now have Exalted Status with the parish. They would love to have us back!
    • When we host an event, it is so important for people to step and volunteer; we had a few instances of volunteers being locked into their jobs for the entire event. With enough volunteers, everyone can help *and* enjoy the event.
    • More signage is needed for the indoor areas because it was very confusing. Perhaps a signpost outside the elevators to help direct people inside?
    • There was a lack of trashcans. Perhaps as a Barony, we could invest in some pop-up trashcans to supplement what a site has available
    • Could we have a white board or tack board where event changes (room changes, class cancellations, etc) could be posted in a central location? We do have a sandwich whiteboard in our storage unit that can be brought out for this purpose.
    • While we were there, someone from another group came up and suggested having a handout for people who aren’t there for the event to explain what we do so there is no misunderstanding. We shared the space with a women’s bible study group in the morning and a Nicotine Anonymous meeting in another part of the building in the afternoon.
    • The classes were well attended, and because some of the classrooms were small, class attendees spilled out into the hallway. Class size management might be needed for next time.
  • Questions from the populace:
    • If we do this again, can we use signage instead of having a person direct parking? There was signage but because it was a new site, we wanted to have someone there to help direct people. More signage is definitely needed, and it would also reduce the number of volunteers needed on parking staff.
    • Lady Raven asked if we would like to have an event there again? Yes!
    • THL Emelina mentioned that the area for the scriptorium was awesome – it was quiet and perfect.
    • Mistress Alessandra reported we had 272 people attend, 21 of those were children
    • Lady Agnes said that Lady Raven did an awesome job!

Business meeting is closed.

Next business meeting will be held Wednesday, 4 March 2020, at the Doraville Civic Center.

Thanks!

–Raven

February 2020 Baronial Business Meeting Minutes

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

5 February 2020, 7:30pm

Notes submitted by Lady Raven Helmsplitter, South Downs Chronicler.

THL Lucien d’Artois called the meeting to order. Our new Seneschal, THL Juliane de Vivonne, sez “Welcome! If you did not sign in, please sign in!”

Juliane announced we had special guests to the Barony attending our meeting tonight: The Honorable Lady Saruca bint Lazari from the East Kingdom, one of the Society’s Ombudsmen, and Her Exuberance, Baroness Anna, of late from the Kingdom of Lochac and newly arrived to our fair Barony. The populace greeted them warmly.

Officers Reports

  • Herald (THL Lucien d’Artois)
    • Nothing of note happened at Midwinter A&S (lol)
    • Submissions
      • No new submissions, no change in status for submissions in progress.
    • Awards
      • Midwinter Arts & Sciences, 1 February 2020
        • His Excellency, Master Wistric Oftun – Pelican
        • Lady Aelia Bassina – Meridian Cross
        • THL Juliane de Vivonne – Meridian Cross
        • Lady Mairghread Wilson – Cygnet’s Nest
        • Mistress Marianna Cristina Tirado de Aragon – Court Barony
        • Sir Iastreb Desislavich – Court Barony
        • THL Justina di Silvestri – Red Raven
        • THL Stella di Silvestri – Red Raven
  • Knight Marshal (Lady Mairghread Wilson)
    • Lady Mairghread thanked everyone who came out to the regional fighter practice last Sunday (2 February); we had more than 40 armored fighters come out, and the weather was (uncharacteristically) awesome
    • Mairghread will be out of town for a couple of weeks for training for her new business, so Lord Jürgen will cover Tuesday evening practices in her absence
    • Mairghread would like to add Lord Eirikr Pálsson as her deputy marshal – as there were no objections, she will move forward with getting him set up.
    • Practices are going well – Sunday practice continues at the incipient Viking Alchemist Meadery site (3080 Jonquil Dr., Smyrna, GA 30080). Everyone is very happy with the site! We have gone back to holding joint practices on Tuesday evenings with the rapier fighters at Brook Run Park, 4770 N Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338, near the Veterans’ Memorial.
  • Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)
    • Captain Brendan echoed what Mairghread said about the regional practice – we had 10 fencers attend practice
    • We have new fighters (yay!), including one crossing over from armored fighting Brendan reminded the populace that *anyone* can cross over, and fight both forms – one day armored, one day rapier (for example)
    • Mairghread mentioned that we will have a youth rapier fighter who will try to authorize on Sunday
    • Master Ximon thanked the barony for supplying the food for the cookout at the regional practice – everyone ate well
    • Ximon also thanked everyone who signed His Excellency Wistric’s birthday card at the practice, who was also very well surprised at the birthday cake.
    • Levetan Park may be getting too dark for Tuesday evening practices. So far, so good, but suggestions for alternate locations are welcome.
    • Thanks, as always, to our collection of rapier marshals who make it possible for practice to happen without me. Efforts to get a couple more people warranted are under way.
  • Live Weapons (Mistress Mara Palmer), THL Juliane reporting
    • Master Mathias and Conor have been covering practices for Mara in her absence.
    • We have equipment! Yay!
    • Upcoming practices are, as always, posted on the South Downs/Owl’s Nest Live Weapons Practice group, so come check us out!
  • Quartermaster (THL Lucien d’Artois)
    • We have stuff! Yay!
    • He is planning to do another inventory before the spring event season gets too far underway, but it will likely be after Gulf Wars
  • Chatelaine (Lord Nikon Dawidowicz)
    • Lord Nikon was welcomed as our new Chatelaine, and THL Justina was thanked for all her hard work as the outgoing Chatelaine
    • Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)
      • Our next demo will be on 9 May at the Alpharetta Library; they are looking in particular for people to demonstrate calligraphy and embroidery inside the Library and fighters outside. The indoor demos will be very hands-on.
        • It was pointed out that this is the same weekend as the Meridian heralds’ retreat, so some of our regular demo participants will not be able to make this demo
        • The barony has many leftover embroidery hoops from Red Tower that we can use for the demo, and Sir Iazzie has some blank practice scrolls he can donate
        • THL Saruca mentioned that her barony does an “armor petting zoo” at their demos, allowing visitors to handle some of the armor the fighters use, and that it’s very popular
        • THL Justina and THL Emelina suggested setting up some photo ops at the demo, that we can then post on our Instagram site
        • Next Wednesday (12 February) will be project night at the maker space (the old location); Bú will be making a photo backdrop for demos.
  • Arts & Sciences (THL Alisandre de la Chapelle)
    • We have A&S in the Barony, and it is good! Yay!
    • Alisandre thanked everyone who came out to take a class or teach a class at Midwinter A&S! If you didn’t teach, consider teaching at a future event!
    • It’s time for the quarterly report – post what you’ve done the past three months on the baronial A+S spreadsheet so we can document it.
    • This month’s A&S class will be “How to Submit an Event Bid,” taught by Juliane
    • March’s A&S class will be on weaving with gold thread, taught by Mistress Alessandra
    • Speaking of A&S classes in the new year… are you interested in teaching a Baronial Arts & Sciences class in 2020? Submit your class idea on this form, or contact Alisandre directly.
    • Alisandre is looking at starting up A&S weekend sessions; the first/next one is a trip to Fine Fabrics, just before MCA later this month.
    • It is also gift basket season! Their Excellencies will need largesse for event season gifts. They’ll give Alisandre a list of largesse they already have – if you are considering making something for this effort, please contact Alisandre first so she can coordinate if necessary
  • Chronicler (Lady Raven Helmsplitter)
    • We have a deputy! Yay! Lady Aelia Bassina of Veii has graciously volunteered.
  • Keeper of the Baronial Memes (Social Media Minister) (THL Emelina le Nourreys)
    • We have social media! Yay!
    • Yay! We have more than 200 followers on Instagram!
    • Emelina thanked Lady Isabella in particular for helping cover while she was focused on scrolls for Midwinter
  • Webminister (Captain Pietro di Conti)
    • We have a website! yay!
    • Changed copyright to Year 2020
    • Communicated with Kingdom Webminister about kingdom web policy issues – they want all web sites to have a meridies.org domain, but this might be hard for us. I emailed Kingdom Webminister on 25 January 2020 asking if having meridies.org redirect to the existing web site would be acceptable. I hadn’t received any reply as of 5 February so I sent another email to follow up. If they won’t allow this, we need to either migrate content to their site (a large effort) or figure out how to change our domain name to use theirs. We would also need to reprint promotional materials.
    • Updated Seneschal’s email and web page to go to THL Juliane
    • Updated Reeve’s email and web page to go to Mistress Alessandra
    • Updated Chatelaine’s emails and web pages to go to Lord Nikon and Lady Bú
    • Updated Minister of Children’s email and web page to go to Lady Una
    • Added Lady Isabella to social media email
    • Added Midwinter A&S kingdom-level awards for His Excellency Master Wistric, Lady Aelia, THL Juliane, Lady Mairghread, Mistress Marianna, Sir Iastreb
    • Added January and Midwinter A&S barony-level awards for THL Wenyeva, THL Juliane, Lady Aelia, Lady Isabella, THL Justina, and THL Stella
  • Minister of Children (Lady Una Ulfrdottir)
    • Discussed children’s activities at Midwinter – the kids had a lot of fun!
  • Seneschal (THL Juliane de Vivonne)
    • The populace welcomed Juliane as our new Seneschal, adn thanked THL Mark for all his hard work as the outgoing Seneschal
    • Juliane pointed out that the kingdom calendar has Castle Wars 2020 listed incorrectly – it should be 4 days (Thursday, 19 November – Sunday, 22 November)
    • RUM (the Royal University of Meridies): as a Barony, we are required to submit a bid for a Kingdom-level event; there is interest in autocratting, but we need a site! If you have any ideas, please text Juliane directly. In the meantime, she’ll find out when the bid is due – they’re not calling for it yet, so we ahve some time.
    • She is looking for a deputy for finding sites

SCA Business

  • Midwinter post-mortem will take place later this month, due to several key absences at tonight’s meeting
  • Next week is project night, and Emelina will start publicizing. Please feel free to share her FB posts to help get the word out (so she doesn’t feel like she’s spamming everyone)
  • MCA (Meridian Challenge of Arms) – if you are planning to attend, please pre-register! Registration deadline is 14 February There are feast spots left! There will also be a bonfire and Master Geoffrey’s tavern, The Cock and Feather, will be there. It will be epic!
  • The kingdom newsletter, Popular Chivalry (PopChiv), needs to have some info updated. Juliane has reached out to its editor, Lord Einarr knytir – he said that he needs to receive the request by email and will take care of it once he’s recovered from the flu.
  • Alisandre shared a post about pronoun pins; she’s putting together a group order that she’ll pick up at Gulf Wars, if anyone is interested in adding to her order. Please post requests on the Barony FB page so she can keep track of orders.
  • Sir Iazzie is the current ombudsman for our region, and is looking for a successor. Please contact him directly if interested.

Non-SCA Business

  • Juliane mentioned the deadline for signing up the Barony for the DragonCon parade is coming up (15 February), and we need someone to volunteer to coordinate our presence at the parade. Ximon volunteered. Stella has made Meridian and South Downs ribbons for your badges if you march in the parade.
  • Saruca wanted to take a selfie with everyone before the meeting ended.
  • Iazzie recognized Brendan for being on top of things at Midwinter, and Juliane seconded.

 
Business meeting is closed.

Next business meeting will be held Wednesday, 4 March 2020, at the Doraville Civic Center.

Thanks!

–Raven

January 2020 Baronial Business Meeting

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

8 January 2020, 7:30pm

Notes submitted by Lady Raven Helmsplitter, South Downs Chronicler.

THL Lucien d’Artois called the meeting to order. Our Seneschal, THL Mark de Wytteney, sez “Welcome! If you did not sign in, please sign in!”

Officers Reports

  • Herald (THL Lucien d’Artois)
    • Submissions
      • THL Juliane de Vivonne – new badge
      • Sara Wandrownyczka – new name and device
      • Mistress Mara Palmer – badge registered on October 2019 LOAR
    • Awards
      • None – THL Lucien reminded everyone to write award recommendation letters, and to double-check the dramatis personae page on the baronial website or the kingdom Order of Precedence page to see if the person you wish to write a recommendation for already has the award.
  • Knight Marshal (Lady Mairghread Wilson)
    • We had an injury report that needed to be submitted.
    • Lord Jürgen is away on military training, so Lady Mairghread is looking for backup marshals for practices.
    • Practices are going well – Sunday practice continues at the incipient Viking Alchemist Meadery site (3080 Jonquil Dr., Smyrna, GA 30080) starting 13 October 2019. Everyone is very happy with the site! As of this past Tuesday (6 January 2020), we went back to holding joint practices on Tuesday evenings with the rapier fighters at Brook Run Park, 4770 N Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338, near the Veterans’ Memorial.
  • Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)
    • Practices at the Meadery are awesome. Huge thanks to those making this happen.
    • Levetan Park may be getting too dark for Tuesday evening practices. So far, so good, but suggestions for alternate locations are welcome.
    • Thanks, as always, to our collection of rapier marshals who make it possible for practice to happen without me. Efforts to get a couple more people warranted are under way.
  • Live Weapons (Mistress Mara Palmer)
    • Master Mathias and Conor have been covering practices for Mara in her absence.
    • We have equipment! Yay!
    • Upcoming practices are, as always, posted on the South Downs/Owl’s Nest Live Weapons Practice group, so come check us out!
  • Chatelaine (THL Justina di Silvestri)
    • She seconded the comments of others so far that the Sunday practices at the Meadery are AWESOME! It’s also a great place to bring newcomers.
    • Collegium Vulcani, hosted by the shire of Des Forges in December, was also awesome! This year’s event featured classes particularly useful to newcomers to the SCA.
    • If you have anything you’d like to contribute to Gold Key, please get to Justina by the end of January so she can finalize inventory before Lord Nikon steps up as Chatelaine in February.
    • She reminded the populace that we all are chatelaines, in practice.
    • Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)
      • We have a possibility of several library demos in the next couple of months, and they’d like to pay us for it. The payments would be set up as donations to the Barony, so we would not violate any rules regarding non-profits or the Society.
      • Potential dates are 8 February or 7 March, so attendance would need to work around Knight’s Gambit and Gulf Wars (respectively). They’re also interested in having us come out in April (4 or 11 April) to demo fighting and crafting.
      • Second Wednesday project nights continue at Freecyle. They are moving to a new location in March or April, and it would be great if we could come out to help with their move since they’ve been really good to us.
  • Arts & Sciences (THL Alisandre de la Chapelle)
    • We have A&S in the Barony, and it is good! Yay!
    • It’s time for the quarterly report – post what you’ve done the past three months on the baronial A+S spreadsheet so we can document it.
    • Baron Mark will be teaching this month’s class on period dice games. He is putting together swag bags of dice and antique coins in a bag for purchase by those taking the class – he will determine the final costs for this and will let everyone know in advance of the class.
    • We are still looking for teachers for Midwinter Arts & Sciences, to be held in Decatur on 1 February. If you’re interested in teaching, please sign up on the baronial page. Alisandre was asked if time slots could be requested – this is not really possible, due to all the moving pieces involved in the scheduling puzzle.
    • Speaking of A&S classes in the new year… are you interested in teaching a Baronial Arts & Sciences class in 2020? Submit your class idea on this form, or contact Alisandre directly.
  • Reeve (THL Andreva Rigaldi)
    • We have money! yay!
    • End of year report is done, pending Seneschal’s signature.
      • Balance: $12,113.13
      • Outstanding checks: $11,XXX
      • We are up $1,401.19 from last year, which is really good given that our expenses have increased ($100 for first two meetings, $25 for each meeting after that per month)
    • This is Andreva’s last business meeting as Reeve – she’ll hand off the position to Mistress Alessandra in February.
  • Webminister (Captain Pietro di Conti)
    • We have a website! yay!
    • Many, many Castle Wars web page updates
    • Submitted quarterly report to the Kingdom Webminister
    • Lady Zhelana did several updates to add content to Midwinter A&S event page.
    • Removed temperature restrictions from Fighter Practice page; added “warranted marshal required”.
    • Disk cleanup: reduced number of backups retained from 4 to 3 for sake of disk space.
    • Posted the dates of Jan-May live weapons practices.
  • Keeper of the Baronial Memes (Social Media Minister) (THL Emelina le Nourreys)
    • We have social media! Yay!
    • Working on memes and signage for Midwinter A&S.
    • Yay! We have almost 200 followers on Instagram!
  • Minister of Children (Lady Melusine of South Downs, THL Mark de Wytteney reporting)
    • Lady Melusine (Myndee) is stepping down, and Lady Una will serve as our Minister of Children – her background check has been done, and everything is good to go!
    • Everyone thanked Myndee for all the work she’s done to really establish children’s activities both in the barony and in the Kingdom.
  • Chronicler (Lady Raven Helmsplitter)
    • Looking for a deputy to whom she can eventually hand over the office’s responsibilities.
  • Their Excellencies, Master Wistric and Mistress Sunneva
    • Thank you all for coming out for the baronial holiday party! We had a great turnout, everyone had a great time, and it went on until the wee hours of the morning.
    • We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.
    • Once again, we are looking for retainers for Midwinter A&S – it’s fun and easy! If interested, please contact Juliane.
    • Their Excellencies then called over Andreva, who opened the Court of Their Excellencies South Downs.
      • THL Wenyeva atte grene was called into court and awarded The Phoenix Spark for having “become (an) integral member of the Barony after moving from another Kingdom or returning to the Society from a long hiatus.” And there was much rejoicing from the populace.
      • With Their business being done, the court of Their Excellencies was closed.
  • Seneschal (THL Mark de Wytteney)
    • This is also Mark’s last business meeting as seneschal, and Juliane will be taking over. Mark was thanked for all the work he’s done as seneschal.
    • If you haven’t already done so, please sign in!

Upcoming Events

  • Midwinter Arts & Sciences (1 February 2020), Lady Raven Helmsplitter and Master Ximon Martillo de Córdoba reporting
    • Event to be held at Holy Trinity Parish Episcopal Church in downtown Decatur – new site, 3 blocks to Decatur MARTA station, 5 blocks to Avondale MARTA station, so it’s intown and easily accessible.
    • Everything is moving apace – the insurance application has been submitted and we should have the documents back in plenty of time for the event.
    • The Meridian Order of the Blade will offer a fundraiser lunch of chili and stews.
    • Event staffing has been completed.
    • Andreva asked about what we have in inventory for power cords and adapters for PayPal, and if we needed to purchase more – financial committee approved, will be added to troll box.
    • We will go to the site in a week or two (depending on parish coordinator’s schedule) to do a final walkthrough and drop off deposit and insurance paperwork.
  • Jour d’Amour (24-26 January 2020)
    • THL Justina announced that the Courtesans of Meridies will be hosting a symposium and salon at the event.

Non-SCA Business

  • Mistress Margavati brought a bunch of books to the meeting, free to a good home (or homes).
  • Mistress Mara announced that she will be hosting a baby shower for Gwyneth (Morgan) at Midwinter A&S – if interested in attending, please stay tuned fro details (or contact Mara directly).

 
Business meeting is closed.

Next business meeting will be held Wednesday, 8 February 2020, at the Doraville Civic Center.

Thanks!

–Raven

December 2019 Baronial Mini-Business Meeting

11 December 2019, 7:30pm

Notes submitted by Lady Raven Helmsplitter, South Downs Chronicler.

THL Lucien d’Artois called the meeting to order. “Welcome! If you did not sign in, please sign in!”

Tonight’s meeting includes a review and consideration of a bid for Spring Coronation, submitted by THL Piers Simmons. Usually, the local group where the new heirs reside hosts Coronation, but in this case, Tir Briste is already hosting Fools’ War the week following Coronation, so they have requested that other groups who might be interested in hosting should submit a bid (by 15 December).

Piers could not make the meeting tonight and therefore was unable to present his bid himself, so our illustrious Seneschal, THL Mark de Wytteney, presented it to the populace on his behalf.

Spring Coronation 2020 Bid (9-12 April, 2020)

  • Co-Autocrats: THL Piers Simmons and Lord Jürgen der Vielfrass; Piers noted that he had not yet found a co-autocrat, and Jürgen volunteered
  • Site: Al Sihah Shrine Temple, Macon GA
  • Cost to attend: $40 weekend, with a $5 discount for members ($35 members, $40 non-members)
  • There were many questions from the populace, which mostly fell into three categories:
    • The site itself is no longer usable
      • THL Juliane considered the site a hard no. In explanation, she reminded everyone that, as we discovered at Castle Wars last year (2018), there are now outside people permanently RV camping within our usual camping area. The location of their encampment is impossible to keep separate from our event
      • Some tents were broken into last year
      • We had problems with the RV residents following around young women who *were* attending Castle Wars, especially those who had been drinking
      • THL Lucien noticed that $300 was budgeted for ant killer treatment. He and others pointed out that based on past events there, this will not be sufficient to get rid of the fire ants before the event
      • We really don’t need to run into liability issues
    • THL Mark mentioned that we have had serious problems with the site staff
      • There have been problems with the site staff not fulfilling contract requirements
      • The site becomes a swamp when it rains
      • If it does rain, would we be able to fit everyone in the hall?
      • His Excellency pointed out that there have been problems with the site staff not mowing the campsite as we needed it to be mowed
    • The attendance fee is very expensive, especially for newcomers ($40 for the weekend for non-members)
      • Juliane pointed out that Coronation does not usually have much structured to do, especially for newcomers; mostly ceremonies, meetings, and a couple of tournaments
      • Ximon considered that price point to be unacceptable – there was discussion about how this compared to pricing of other events.
        • Castle Wars this year was $25/$30 for the weekend
        • Magna Faire is $15/$20 for the weekend (plus cabin or lodge space)
        • Red Tower was $20/$25 for the weekend (including cabin space)
  • Other questions that were raised in the discussion included:
    • Ximon pointed out that hosting Coronation is a lot to do so soon after Midwinter (beginning of February) and Gulf Wars (mid-March). Everyone will be volunteered-out
    • Sir Iastreb (Iazzie) mentioned that as a Barony, we do need to submit a bid for a KLE (Kingdom Level Event)
      • Lady Raven acknowledged that that is true, but what if we *get* the event?
      • Lucien said that he had heard there were two other groups who were also working on bids – Shire of Phoenix Glade and Barony of The Osprey
  • The discussion ended, and a motion to vote was made and seconded. The bid was rejected unanimously (an official count was not made, but the estimate was approximately 20 people voted)

With the vote completed, the business meeting time was closed and we returned to the night’s regularly-scheduled monthly dance practice.

The next business meeting will be held Wednesday, 8 January 2020, at the Doraville Civic Center REMINDER – There will be no meeting on 1 January 2020, in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday.

Thanks!

–Raven