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June 2021 Baronial Business Meeting

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

02 June 2021, Time: 1940

Notes submitted by Signora Aelia Bassina, South Downs Chronicler.

Lady Bú Feiyan called the May meeting to order. Our Seneschal, Master Nikoslav Mikolaevich , greeted the populace joining the Zoom meeting. Nikoslav read the Kingdom Anti-Bullying statement.

Officers Reports

Seneschal, (Master Nikoslav Mikolaevich)

  • Reminder to check official emails
  • Went over the Society Covid Reopening plan update. Please check the full text of the update on the SCA web page or Facebook group. 
  • Discussed Red Tower and Castle War Bids. Please send bids asap for Red Tower

Herald (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • We have heraldry going on.
  • No one has contacted me for anything new.
  • If you’re interested, hit me up.
  • If you would like to learn something about heraldry, please let me know.

Knight Marshal (Lady Mairghread Wilson)

  • 2 June 2021 – Crown List in Hartsell, AL
    • 15 total competitors
    • 2 competitors will be representing South Downs, Sir Iastreb & myself
  • Created zip code boundary map and overlapping counties for South Downs to better help with COVID tracking for the Barony
    • Currently 4 counties within tolerance (Gwinnett, Fayette, DeKalb, Fulton)
    • 4 counties NOT in tolerance (Cobb, Clayton, Henry, Spalding)
  • Phase 1 potentially by 1 Jul if trend continues – will work w/other SD Marshal’s & Kingdom Earl Marshal on reopening plan for martial activities
  • We will be required to keep lists of people that attend activities.
  • We still have a lot of unanswered questions
  • The Marshals will be meeting again to hash out some of the questions

Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)

  • Same as above.
  • My take on a lot of the unknowns is that they are known. We have guidelines we have to adhere to.

Live Weapons (Mistress Mara Palmer)

  • I need to spend $90-110 + S&H for new loaner arrows. This would get us 36 arrows (3 full quivers, 6 sets for Royal Rounds), & is a great price for them.
  • We need to build new target stands but have no idea yet how much they’ll cost because lumber is so expensive. 
  • We need to figure out the parameters for phasing archery back in since it’s a combined practice for both SD and ON (and takes place on ON land). Also mine & Ben’s zip code is for Bryn Madoc; my Deputy Shawn/Conner has a Sol Haven zip code; how does this affect restarting archery practice?

Reeve (La Onesta Signore Justina di Silvestri)

  • We have money.
  • No new business.

Quartermaster (Master Ximon Martillo de Cordoba

  • We have stuff.
  • I’m going to be going to the storage facility on the 12th to straighten up and count. I haven’t been there for about a month.
  • I’ll be getting with Wistric and find out the inventory list.
  • Lindsey offered to be my deputy so I wanted to run that by the officers to see what they thought. I hate paperwork so if she could do that it would be cool. (She’s willing to do it)

Chatelaine (Lord Nikon Dawidowicz)

  • We don’t have a ton of new people
  • One or two people have posted in the FB group in the last month.
  • Walter has stepped down as my deputy. Cellach will be taking over as my deputy. She’s got a lot of ideas.
    • Thank you, Lily, for the financial acceptability class. It was amazing.
    • I would like to talk about transportation for new people. I would like to work on a “I need transportation help” form. This could be for meetings or events. We have talked about having people that have been background checked to be in the carpool list. I need some feedback on if it should be online (Google Form) or on paper (potential for getting lost).
      • There was a long discussion about background checks. It will be looked at further.
    • Moving forwards, I would like to create videos for newcomers.

Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • I get to finally start preparing for demos again.
  • I’ve emailed a few places.
  • Atlanta Pride is going to be the last weekend of Gulf Wars. Do we still want to try to do a demo?
  • I am looking for local festivals that I can contact about getting us tables.
  • Before the meeting today, we were discussing contacts at colleges. If anyone has contacts in colleges, please let me know. We would like to get things going in colleges again. I’m going to be looking to do a day-long demo for schools in the Fall or Winter.
  • I’m always interested in any diversity events you can think of. I am looking for more makers events.

Arts & Sciences (THL Alisandre de la Chapelle)

  • We have A&S
  • We need teachers for RUM. 
  • There are some interesting events coming up.

Provost (Daegam Soong Myeong-Su)

  • We have classes for the rest of the year. 
  • I may need an alternate class for October but we have time to plan that.

Chronicler (Signora Aelia Bassina)

  • We have words.
  • I would like to request that the Barony officers email me their updates for the meeting. I don’t think a lot of people don’t realize how fast you talk and how hard it is to keep up. There’s also spelling of certain names and such. It would really help me a lot to have it in advance.
  • I am looking for a deputy. If anyone is interested, please let me know.

Social Media Minister (Lady Isabella Parr

  • We have social media- we’ve gained about a dozen followers on IG, 7 on Twitter, and had several new people join our Facebook group.  
  • You might have noticed we changed our FB group to private per society recommendations that seems to have gone over well.  
  • And finally, in collaboration with Margavati- we’re celebrating pride month! I’ve changed over some of our photos and graphics in honor of this month.  We will begin doing some more celebration posts as well!

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

  • Hello! Happy Pride Month!
  • We were supposed to have a class on female fighters, but it’s pride month!
  • We have an out of kingdom teacher that’s teaching trans 101. I’m super bad with names though. There’s a graphic that’s been posted. We will be talking about what it means to be transgendered and trans in the SCA.
  • I would love to feature more pride content. If you have a really cool period story about a figure that we could feature, that would be great. We would love to show off what our barony knows.
  • I still do not have any patterns for our beginner garb project. Please send it to the DEI email.

Webminister (Lady Zhelana Vovkivna & HE Piers Simmons)

  • Updated Nikoslav’s profile: Added Senechal

  • Updated Juliane’s profile: removed Senechal
  • Updated the Seneschal’s page: added Nikoslav as Seneschal. 
  • Removed THL Juliane de Vivonne from the People of South Downs per her request.
  • Fixed the Official Email address for Lady Mairghread and Captain Brendan’s Pages. 
  • Added Burning Trumpet to the honors section of Master Lorenzo’s page. 
  • Added all of Kál-Bárðr’s Awards to the honors section of his page. 
  • Added Corona Graita to the honors section of Her Excellency’s page. 
  • Requested email address from kingdom for the Demo deputy. 
  • Updated the Chatelaine’s page: to add the demo deputy’s email address. 
  • The fowaders for @Atlantasca.org to the new email addresses were shot down by Kingdom. Would everyone look at the website and see if I missed any of the @Atlantasca.org so we are up to date. 
  • Created a Social Media Officer Author account on the website. Helped Isabella get logged in. 
  • His Excellency Wistric setup the redirect from Atlantasca.org to southdowns.meridies.org.
  • Kingdom is giving us a new website URL southdowns.meridies.org 
  • I would like to ask for approval from the Barony to keep the site redirected from Atlantasca.org to southdowns.meridies.org until July 1 2022 our other option is July 1 2021.
  • All website content was copied to the new website on 5/19/2021
  • Removed Emelina’s access from the website.

Minister of Children (Lady Una Ulfrdottir)

  • Nothing to report

Their Excellencies, (Master Wistric Oftun & Mistress Sunneva de Cleia)

  • We don’t have much.
  • We are looking forward to getting together.
  • Please put in your bids for Red Tower.

SCA Business

  • None

The business meeting was closed @ 2040.

The next business meeting will be held on 02 June 2021, 1930, Zoom Meeting.

May 2021 Baronial Business Meeting

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

05 May 2021, Time: 1933

Notes submitted by Signora Aelia Bassina, South Downs Chronicler.

Lady Bú Feiyan called the May 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 (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • I know that people have been announced, but I do not have a list.
  • I am still looking for a deputy herald.

Knight Marshal (Lady Mairghread Wilson)

  • Crown is still accepting letters of intent for June 12th.
    • They should be accepting them until the end of the month.
    • You would need to fight with a mask.
    • Fighters, consorts, and event staff only.
  • Please keep in mind our opening policy. We are still a long way off from reopening. They are looking at possibly reevaluating the requirements.

Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)

  • Same as above.
  • Neither the BOD nor the Kingdom are looking at vaccinations as a factor in reopening.
  • As vaccination rates get higher, we should see a dramatic drop in new cases.

Live Weapons (Mistress Mara Palmer)

  • This month I have something to say!
  • We retrieved the archery stuff.
  • The target stands were already <insert unhappy noise here>
  • At some point, I will be stepping down. My official deputy is not able to step up, but Mathias will step up if the barony wants him.
  • I will be at events to help set up.

Reeve (La Onesta Signore Justina di Silvestri)

  • We have money.
  • I have Justina and we are just waiting for her warrant.
  • The storage unit is paid for.

Quartermaster (Master Ximon Martillo de Cordoba

  • We have stuff.
  • I have not checked the storage last month.
  • Sometime in June I will head over there and take inventory. It will be on a Saturday. I wouldn’t mind some help.

Chatelaine (Lord Nikon Dawidowicz)

  • Nothing new to report.

Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • I am still looking at places.
  • I’m slowly planning and my thoughts are going in those directions.
  • Conventions are happening this year. Hopefully, next year I can get us tables at those conventions.

Arts & Sciences (THL Alisandre de la Chapelle)

  • We have A&S.
  • The registration for KA&S is up on the Kingdom FB group and there is a tri-kingdom university happening in June   
    • I will post the link to the FB event.  Good opportunity for both students and teachers

Provost (Daegam Soong Myeong-Su)

  • Class this week is by Majda.
  • Yay Classes!
  • We have a full calendar for the rest of the year.
    • I am taking alternates in case someone can’t teach.

Chronicler (Signora Aelia Bassina)

  • We have words.
  • I am looking for a deputy. If anyone is interested, please let me know.

Social Media Minister (Lady Isabella Parr

  • We have social media.
  • The Society Social sent out a recommendation that groups be private but visible.
  • We’ve added followers for all our social media.

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

  • I just finished taking a DEI in the workplace and I will soon be certified!
  • This month, May 19, is SCA on a Budget.

Webminister (Lady Zhelana Vovkivna & HE Piers Simmons)

  • Updated Ximon’s profile: Added Quartermaster.
  • Updated Lucien’s profile: removed Deputy Herald and Quartermaster.
  • Updated  Isabella Parr: added Social media officer.
  • Updated Emelina’s profile: removed Social Media Officer
  • Moved the BODs Announcement to the top of the home page.
  • Updated the plugins
  • Removed THL Lucien d’Artois People of South Downs per his request.

Minister of Children (Lady Una Ulfrdottir)

  • We have children but they aren’t doing anything right now.
  • Nothing to report

Seneschal, (THL Juliane de Vivonne & Nikoslav Mikolaevich)

  • The first this is the field 
    • The autocrat for Crown asked me (the Trumpet Herald), to use the eric for Crown. I will take it there and bring it back.
    • Motion carried.
  • I used to work for Emory. At that time, I was getting my Master’s. When I left, they couldn’t get me the discount. I’m going to be stepping down so I can continue my education. Nick will be stepping up. Once I stop the recording, Nick will take over.
    • Someone will have to figure out the zoom situation
    • Nick needs to be added to the Baronial FB as an admin and I need to be removed.
    • We will get together soon to pass on the keys.

Their Excellencies, (Master Wistric Oftun & Mistress Sunneva de Cleia)

  • It’s good to see you all.
  • As we get closer to the magic phase 1 in the next upcoming months, we are looking forward to seeing people in person.
  • What that means for us as a barony is actually planning for events.
    • Please put in bids!
  • I’m going to make a questionnaire (voluntary!).
    • What do we want to keep from virtual SCA?
    • What don’t we want to keep?

SCA Business

  • Sunneva
    • I want to thank Juliane for her service.

The business meeting was closed @ 2006.

The next business meeting will be held on 02 June 2021, 1930, Zoom Meeting.

 

April 2021 Baronial Business Meeting

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

07 April 2021, Time: 193

 

Notes submitted by Signora Aelia Bassina, South Downs Chronicler.

 

Lady Bú Feiyan called the April 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 (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • Nothing new to report
  • I have an opening for a deputy. Let me know if you’re interested

Knight Marshal (Lady Mairghread Wilson)

  • Bryce has taken over as the new Kingdom Earl Marshal.
  • They are planning on having a marshal’s meeting at Iris Faire.
    • Should be heavy marshals only
    • Should be discussing opening strategies

Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)

  • Pretty much in the same spot as Heavy Combat.
    • Marshals
      • Reports are still due.
      • check the expiration dates of your warrants. 
      • If you’re warranted, please check your emails to make sure your warrant gets renewed.
    • I’ve worked on guidelines for when we can get together. I will re-publish that with a comment link. 

Live Weapons (Mistress Mara Palmer)

  • Nothing new to report

Reeve (Mistress Alessandra Giovanna Fioravanti)

  • We have money.
  • We haven’t had any events to bring in new money.
  • Justina has agreed to be my deputy and will be stepping up as soon as her warrant is approved.

Quartermaster (THL Lucien d’Artois & Master Ximon Martillo de Cordoba

  • Effective immediately, I am resigning.
  • Master Ximon Martillo de Cordoba will be taking over for me.

Chatelaine (Lord Nikon Dawidowicz)

  • Nothing new to report.

Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • Eventually, we will do demos again. I have demo ideas. If you have any ideas, please let me know.
  • DragonCon is still selling tickets, but I have not looked into it. I have been looking at other Cons in the area.

Arts & Sciences (THL Alisandre de la Chapelle)

  • We have A&S.
  • It’s that time of the quarter. Please add your project to the sheet on the Barony feed.
  • A&S is not just the big things, smaller things are A&S too.

Provost (Daegam Soong Myeong-Su)

  • Still need a class for September. Please contact me if you are interested
  • This month’s class is bookbinding with Margavati. She will post a list of supplies for the class in the Barony group.

Chronicler (Signora Aelia Bassina)

  • The second quarter newsletter has been delayed due to real life. There is still time to get articles in. Please submit them to me asap.
  • I am looking for a deputy. If anyone is interested, please let me know.

Social Media Minister (HE Emelina le Nourreys & Lady Isabella Parr

  • We have social media.
  • This is my last meeting as the social media for South Downs.
  • When I started, we had 56 and now we have 351.
  • Isabella will be taking over from me.
  • The Barony has been great! Thank you!

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

  • I don’t know what I’m doing this month because I’ve scheduled things starting May through July. But, I don’t have anything for April. We will announce something in the next week or so.
  • Thank you to everyone for being so great and making my job super easy.

Webminister (Lady Zhelana Vovkivna & HE Piers Simmons)

  • Updated all plugins on the website and updated WordPress to version 5.7. 
  • Created a page for the Baronial Lineage off their Excellencies page. 
  • Added the BODs Resolution to Lift Suspension of In-Person Activity to the website.

Minister of Children (Lady Una Ulfrdottir)

  • Nothing new to report

Seneschal, (THL Juliane de Vivonne)

  • I would like to talk about what’s been on everyone’s Facebook.
    • The BOD made an announcement about in-person activities
      • We have to abide by state and local health guidelines
      • Masks that cover the mouth and nose by all attendees over the age of 4
      • Court or bardic activities must also include masks. Sound amplification is recommended
      • No day board, no water-bearing, or food of any kind. All attendees much provide their all food and beverages
        • You must remain in one spot and stay in one spot
      • No overnight events and they much be outdoors
      • There has to be a maximum of 150 people and everyone must pre-register
    • Small local gatherings shall remain at the discretion of the Crown and Kingdom Seneschal
    • The Crown and Kingdom Seneschal are working on it based on our own Kingdom guidelines. We are still in Phase Zero, which means nothing at this time. They are going to revamp that and tell us what they would like us to do. We will get guidelines that are specific to Meridies.
  • Red Tower
    • We are approved for the weekend before MGT in September
    • The Hard Labor Camp was not available. 
    • There is availability in Indian Springs. However, if we are required to only do day events, we don’t know how that will work out.
    • We are going to wait to see what the Kingdom says within the next week.

Their Excellencies, (Master Wistric Oftun & Mistress Sunneva de Cleia)

  • This has been an incredibly difficult year for everyone.
  • But there is finally light at the end of the tunnel and I am grateful to see people interacting online and making plans.
  • As Barony, you all have persevered throughout this year that I never foresaw us doing.
  • We might see people that were absent that pop up again.
  • As we cautiously move towards reopening, consider things about this virtual SCA that worked for you. Consider things that you would like to bring into this bold new future. 
  • We have watched you prevail and perceiver. We are so proud.
  • (She was tearing up!!)
  • We take a great deal of pride to claim association with you. Your works and deeds are admired across the Kingdom.

SCA Business

  • Juliane
    • At the last meeting, I mentioned the Known World Bardic. I could not find it for anything. I’ve found it for this month and I’ve posted it to the Barony page.
  • Margavati
    • The Crown posted some new enamel medallions. Check out the SCA Merchants page.
    • I have been talking about people in the Barony about this. We’ve been talking about creating some easy garb guides for people. If you have anything that you think would be easy for people to make, please send them to me. Garb for kids would be awesome!
    • We’re looking for the t-tunic for what your culture would be
    • Una
      • What if we made that little book and then did a bookbinding night to make them into booklets!
    • Lily
      • Maybe some illumination so that everyone can get in on it. Like a little scrapbook.
      • Since we are doing a class on SCA affordability, maybe we could include that in the class.
    • Juliane
      • Maybe try to make a dress form that matching your frame
      • Do not name the book “How to Cover Your Booty”
    • Emelina
      • We will be having a Homecoming social soon.
    • Ximon 
      • I am running a room this Saturday (@ Homecoming) and I’ll be in the “if you get hit, walk it off” room.
      • The opening subject is “ what does a consort do?l
      • So I am looking for input from fighters and non-fighters.
      • BYOB

The business meeting was closed @ 2019.

The next business meeting will be held on 05 May 2021, 1930, Zoom Meeting.

 

March 2021 Baronial Business Meeting

03 March 2021, Time: 1931

 

Notes submitted by Signora Aelia Bassina, South Downs Chronicler.

 

THL Lucien d’Artois called the March 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 (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • We had one award last month, SMS elevation.
  • HE Emelina submitted her device.
  • Ashlyn is also submitting a device.
  • Justina submitted a badge, and it has passed kingdom and will be sent to the society.

Knight Marshal (Lady Mairghread Wilson)

  • Our replacement for the Kingdom Earl Marshal is 

Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)

  • Nothing new to report.

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)

  • Nothing new to report.

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 Stella Nova, Cellach and Lykinia.
  • This is the last month in Q1. Please fill it out by March 30th.
  • If you have a personal page or blog that you post you things to, please let me know.

Provost (Daegam Soong Myeong-Su)

  • Nothing new to report.

Chronicler (Signora Aelia Bassina)

  • The second quarter newsletter will be coming out soon. If there are any articles that people would like to see published, please submit them to me asap.
  • I am going to start looking for a deputy. If anyone is interested, please let me know.

Social Media Minister (HE Emelina le Nourreys)

  • We are up to 344 followers on Instagram and 1 new follower in the FB group.

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

  • Class this month on the 17th will be for youth in the SCA, following that will be a panel. 
  • Will be working on a schedule for the upcoming months.

 

Webminister (Lady Zhelana Vovkivna)

  • Changed all email addresses of officers to @meridies.org addresses
  • Changed URL for DP update form to one that will email Piers instead of myself.
  • Changed sidebar to note new webmin and new webmin email address
  • We got hacked. Kingdom webmin stepped in and added new security protocols. We think we have it under control again. 
  • Updated site to mark Bu as the herald
  • Added Laurel to Tami’s page and updated the page to a new name and title
  • Updated Finbarr, Sefa, Gwen, and Lykania’s pages with awards
  • Updated baronial awards recipients page to indicate Midwinter Awards

Minister of Children (Lady Una Ulfrdottir)

  • Nothing to report

Seneschal, (THL Juliane de Vivonne)

  • Still thinking about Red Tower.
    • Still nervous about it being a weekend event since we don’t know if the state will be open by then.

Their Excellencies, (Master Wistric Oftun & Mistress Sunneva de Cleia)

  • We want to give our thanks to all those that helped with MidWinter.
  • Thank you for being out there and representing the barony this past month.
  • Would like to push the redbubble merch

SCA Business

  • Raven
    • Midwinter was about a month ago already.
    • It went really well. We had two full tracks of classes. We had teachers from at least 3 different kingdoms.
    • We had evening activities for the first time.
    • We had a regional A&S fair and Populace choice faire.
    • It went really well for being the first virtual event.
  • Lucien
    • Our Beacon Herald will be stepping down. Her deputy will be stepping up.
  • Ximon
    • Next week is project night. Bring your stuff. There’s no telling what we will talk about.
    • Maybe we can raid other kingdom’s project nights.

The business meeting was closed @ 2001.

The next business meeting will be held on 07 April 2021, 1930, Zoom Meeting.

February 2021 Baronial Business Meeting

03 February 2021, Time: 1932

Notes submitted by Lady Raven and Captain Brendan, South Downs Backup Chroniclers.

THL Lucien d’Artois called the February 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)

  • Not much to report – no awards or submissions in the past month
  • He is stepping down after 4 years, Bu is replacing him and he will be her deputy until she finds someone
  • He’ll still help with submissions etc as he is still heralding on the kingdom level

Knight Marshal (Lady Mairghread Wilson)

  • Reiterated Master Edward of Yarbrorough, Kingdom Earl Marshal’s message of the week: 
    • Check your gear, check your auth cards. 
    • Master Edward will be stepping down soon, and needs a replacement. 
    • Applicants should send a resume to him and Crown.

Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)

  • Nothing new to report.

Live Weapons (Mistress Mara Palmer)

  • Nothing new to report

Reeve (Mistress Alessandra Giovanna Fioravanti)

  • Nothing new to report

Quartermaster (THL Lucien d’Artois)

  • Haven’t seen any of our stuff for 6 months, but he’s assuming we still have our stuff
  • Clarifies – he reached his pun quota for his herald’s office, but he still has a lot available for his quartermaster’s quota
  • One of the storage locker doors won’t open. it was damaged when we rented the unit, but it’s gotten worse. Lucien will investigate it.

Chatelaine (Lord Nikon Dawidowicz)

  • No report – we probably have people

Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • Nothing new, but has been considering getting a table at this year’s Atlanta Pride. However, it is currently scheduled for the closing weekend of Gulf Wars, so perhaps next year? check FB group to see what interest might be. It’s possible that there may be enough interest if we don’t have as many people heading to GW as usual. Suggested FB poll to gauge interest.

Arts & Sciences (THL Alisandre de la Chapelle)

  • We have arts and sciences!
  • We have lots of fun classes for MWAS.  Check out 100 Days of Meridies, HRMs challenge to see lots of cool projects being worked on!

Provost (Daegam Soong Myeong-Su)

  • (She has a Korean class at the same on Wednesdays now, so submitted report electronically) The class meeting will be a live cooking show from Ogata (Charlie). If anyone would like to take a class for the barony, please get in contact!

Chronicler (Signora Aelia Bassina)

  • We have words, a chronicler, and double backup chroniclers tonight (Lady Raven and Captain Brendan)

Social Media Minister (HE Emelina le Nourreys)

  • We have social media 
  • Society social media is doing something for February – why you love the SCA #lovemySCA
  • Look for it on the FB group

Webminister (Lady Zhelana Vovkivna)

  • Site is down for the moment.  Kingdom is in control until further notice.  Should be coming back slowly over the next couple days.
  • Our website is having some temporary difficulties. This is above my paygrade and I have temporarily given up control to the kingdom webminister who has cut everybody’s access to the website both as a viewer and an admin. By tomorrow Wistric, Piers, and I should have access. Other people will come up slowly after that, as we can institute new security protocols. Aelia, you’re our priority. Once you regain access, please change your password to something difficult to guess that you haven’t used on other sites. 
  • It is now mandatory that we only use the official kingdom email addresses on our website. As soon as I regain control, I will be changing all email addresses to the @meridies.org addresses. If you don’t have one but need one, please contact me. Please check these emails. I am sorry; I was not given a choice. 
  • In more positive news, Piers Simmons has stepped up as my deputy. For now, he is responsible for the DP. You should make sure your DP page is up to date, and give him things to do. We have also recently put a pronouns section on DP pages, so if you are comfortable doing so, you should give us your pronouns on the DP form. This is strictly opt-in. 
  • Since last month I have added awards to Cellach and Aelia’s pages, changed the webminister page so that it lists myself and Piers as the webmin, fixed the sidebar so that all Wednesday activities are listed instead of just the 4th Wednesday, and changed the link on the A&S page to the 2021 A&S spreadsheet. Some of these changes did not stay on the site because of the aforementioned problems, but they will be back as soon as I regain control.

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

  • We have a class coming up this month – DEI spotlight. this month will be taught by Lady Majda on orientalism

Their Excellencies, Master Wistric Oftun & Mistress Sunneva de Cleia

  • Hello Loveliest of Baronies.  Reminder about Baronial Shop on RedBubble.  Helps pay storage fees.  Aelia & Margavati have made some cute designs. Will share link.
  • MWAS.  Baronial and Kingdom court will be on the same FB livestream, Sunday at 5pm.  If you need court time, let B&B know tonight or tomorrow morning.  No last-minute stuff.
  • Will contact others privately.

Minister of Children (Lady Una Ulfrdottir)

  • Nothing to report

Seneschal, (THL Juliane de Vivonne)

  • Two things:
  1. A reminder that all official activity should exclude modern politics. This includes postings to Baronial FB groups.
  2. Red Tower – we still don’t know about dates, but in thinking it over, we still don’t know where we’re going to be at that time. For those considering submitting a bid, please think about doing it as a day trip, as it will be a simpler event and will have less to adjust. Can we consider combining RT and CW again? maybe RT on Friday?

SCA Business

  • MWAS (Raven).  Event coming up this Saturday.  A&S judging is in progress NOW.  2 full tracks of classes.  Judging for populace faire is on the event page right now, go vote.
  • We will have online activities on Saturday night, graciously hosted by Mistress Ellen and the monthly Homecoming Social. MW will be adding a bardic circle, hosted by Master William Brewer, to Homecoming, and we hope to also host a revel – still looking for someone to host it, so please contact Raven if interested.
  • Margavati tells us that for zoom security, a private group within public event online for Soong’s vigil.

The business meeting was closed @ 2001.

The next business meeting will be held on 03 March 2021, 1930, Zoom Meeting.

 

January 2021 Baronial Business Meeting

13 January 2021, Time: 1931

 

Notice: Due to the events that occurred at the Capitol Building on 06 January 2021, the normal Baronial Business Meeting was rescheduled to 13 January 2021.

 

Notes submitted by Signora Aelia Bassina, South Downs Chronicler.

 

THL Lucien d’Artois called the January 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)

  • Not a whole lot this month

  • We did have two award recipients.

  • Last month, we got a new laurel, Mistress Veronica!

Knight Marshal (Lady Mairghread Wilson)

  • On the armor side of the house. There was a request to borrow armor for a photoshoot. We officially declined due to COVID. However, unofficially, if someone wanted to loan their armor and take care of cleaning, that would be on them.

  • Penfeathers is looking for submissions. If any of our youth would like to submit something. That would be artwork or an article. The contact for that would be Jennifer Harrington.

Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)

  • Nothing new to report.

Live Weapons (Mistress Mara Palmer)

  • Nothing new to report

Reeve (Mistress Alessandra Giovanna Fioravanti)

  • We have money. We finally got paid for Midwinter. There was a problem with the mail. We have $8,443.00. We will have enough money to pay for the storage unit to pay for the rest of the year.

  • The Red Tower event is already paid for.

Quartermaster (THL Lucien d’Artois)

  • We have stuff. It’s in the storage unit.

Chatelaine (Lord Nikon Dawidowicz)

  • Not a whole lot to report.

  • I started a Tik Toc account for personal use. I created a secondary account for SCA. I will see what comes of it. It will be informational/entertainment.

Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • No demos currently scheduled. 

  • I am working out where I can schedule things.

Arts & Sciences (THL Alisandre de la Chapelle)

  • It is the beginning of Q1.

  • Please fill out the A&S sheet!

  • I would like to introduce my deputy!

Provost

  • Nothing to report

Chronicler (Signora Aelia Bassina)

  • I am behind on the Quarterly Newsletter due to real life. However, I plan to have it ready by the end of this weekend. If anyone has any last-minute articles, I would gladly accept them.

Social Media Minister (HE Emelina le Nourreys)

  • The Kingdom has been getting a lot more zoom bombers.

    • I believe that the Barony is protected

    • Please do not post anything in public places and use the waiting rooms.

    • We’ve got some new followers.

Webminister (Zhelana Vovkivna)

  • Webminister report – I stepped up on the first. 

  • Since then we have given the kingdom admin access to the site but I still don’t have admin access myself. 

  • Added Laurel to Veronica’s DP page

  • Updated to 2021

  • Added a note that all events are on hold.

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

  • I have been working hard to get some DEI classes lined up.

    • I’ve created a Google Calendar as they get scheduled.

    • We have the first two months already set up.

      • The first month is really just informational and resources.

      • The first one is on inauguration day, so keep in mind things may be a bit tumultuous. 

      • Majda will be teaching in February.

      • We are going to try and bring in one of the silent heralds. 

      • I would like to include a young person in the SCA

      • We would like to have a class on SCA on a budget.

      • I’ve asked Justina to teach a class on behalf of the Courtesans’ Guild.

Their Excellencies, Master Wistric Oftun & Mistress Sunneva de Cleia

  • We don’t have anything particular

  • We are looking forward to MidWinter.

  • Y’all are the best barony in the whole world!

Minister of Children (Lady Una Ulfrdottir)

  • Nothing to report

Seneschal, (THL Juliane de Vivonne)

  • Thank you for being flexible. It has been a stressful week. It’s okay to not be okay. 

  • I want to emphasize that we don’t do outside political stuff during official SCA stuff

  • I want to talk about Red Tower.

    • We all know that Gulf Wars has been moved to out weekend

    • Don’t despair!

    • There are a few things being considered. 

      • Not official! We have had an offer to combine with another group.

        • There are pros and cons. The biggest being that it would be two weeks before Castle Wars

        • Because they are a small group, we would do most of the heavy lifting

        • That means we would have two events without any money coming in right away since it takes a couple of weeks from PayPal

      • We may be able to do it on our old weekend in September.

        • It may not end up being a physical event

        • It will be decided this month.

        • This is our best-case scenarios

        • The downside is that it is very hot that weekend.

      • We can also roll Red Town and Castle Wars into one event

        • Not a good choice as one is a melee event and the other is a tournament

  • The kingdom is making some changes to the website structures

    • Pietro is no longer our Webminister

      • He is amazing!

SCA Business

  • Raven

    • Yes, we are doing MidWinter this year. It will be on  Feb 6th. 

    • It will also be lasting over to Feb 7th for the elevation and court.

    • We are looking at doing some evening activities. We are working with the HomeComing crew as their event is on the same night. They will be adding some rooms for us. Keep your eyes open for that information.

    • On Saturday, there will be classes. If you are interested in teaching a class, please talk to Lady Alisandre. There is a google form on the event page.

    • Master Lorenzo is running our regional faire.

    • There will be a subtlety showcase for cooks who can show their food in disguise. 

    • Juliane and Lucien are sponsoring a prize. They are focusing on extra-European. The prize is a set of teacups.

    • There is no theme this year.

    • Emelina will be handling the advertising.

  • Bu

    • At demos, I normally have a banner for the Barony. Would it be okay if I flew something like that for Meriedies?

      • We would need to get permission.

      • We also have banners that have the badges for the Barony.

  • Margavati

    • Tammy’s vigil will be having her vigil on the first day of MidWinter. 

    • I have created a FB group for updates.

The business meeting was closed @ 2016.

The next business meeting will be held on 03 February 2021, 1930, Zoom Meeting.