September Baronial Business Meeting

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

07 September2022, Time: 1931

Notes submitted by Baronessa Aelia Bassina, South Downs Chronicler.

Master Mathias Blackett called the September meeting to order. Our Seneschal, Lady Raven Helmsplitter, greeted the populace joining the Zoom meeting. Raven read the Kingdom Anti-Bullying statement.

Officers Reports

Seneschal, (Lady Raven Helmsplitter)

  • Nikoslav has received the refunded deposit for our meeting site and is working on getting the check to Justina to deposit into the baronial account
  • I am still working on getting info about the art space site as a potential alternate A&S or project night site
  • The September meeting schedule has been posted to our FB group:
    • Tonight – Baronial Business meeting (virtual)
    • 9/14 – Project night (virtual)
    • 9/21 – A&S night Building scrolls (virtual)
    • 9/28 – Dance night (in person – yay!)
  • We are looking for bids for Midwinter A&S (Saturday, 2/4/2023). Please contact Their Excellencies or the seneschal if interested or if you have questions
  • As a Barony, we are required to submit a bid for one KLE each year. As of now, the following 2023 KLEs have not had any bids submitted:
    • War College (1/27-29/2023)
    • MCA (2/24-26/2023)
    • Spring Coronation (3/31 – 4/2/2023)
    • Artsy Crown (5/26-29/2023 – Memorial Day weekend)

Herald (Lady Bú Feiyan)     

  • Nothing to report.

Knight Marshal (Lord Erikr Palsson)

  • We won’t be having practice the weekend of Red Tower.
    • Not planning on bringing loaner gear, but I will be bringing authorization paperwork.
  • I will be looking to see if there is interest in a substitute marshal the weekend of MGT, I know our 2 regular knights aren’t attending so one of them may fill in for me.

Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)

  • Red Tower!  Thanks to Baron Piers for taking on the Rapier Marshal position for RT, and thanks to Master Ximon for helping him out (I understand they are collaborating so both can participate.).
  • Castle Wars!  Plans are underway for a Friday night fundraiser tourney as well as Saturday melee activities.  WooHoo!
  • Practices continue, Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings, which leads to…
    • My work is increasing again for the fall season.  I’ll need help making sure that practices have adequate marshaling and gear management.  Please contact me if you would like to help cover when my slack butt can’t be there.

Live Weapons (Master Mathias Blackett)

  • August practice changed locations due to the site hosts needing to prep for Dragon*con.
  • We held practice at my house in Lawrenceville; we held 2 archery classes, practiced with an atlatl, and recorded 2 TWICs.
  • Additionally, Roís O’Shannon completed the Reaper Challenge, shooting 100 arrows every day for 100 days.
  • Archery at Red Tower is looking like it’s a go.
  • Practice for this month may not happen, stay tuned!

Reeve (La Magnifica Justina di Silvestri)

  • Our bank account as of Sept is $6,761.64
  • Storage has been paid for September but they are raising the price again so next month it is a $583 payment, which is $117 more than last month, making our cost difference from the beginning of the year up by $234 per month.
  • We now have a PO Box:
    • P.O. Box 681863
    • Marietta, GA 30068
  • So moving forward, mailed-in reservations or necessary public addresses can go through there. I’ll be checking it on Fridays

Quartermaster (Mistress Isabetta de San Marco

  • Nothing to report.

Chatelaine (Lord Ogata Tarō Hiroyuki)

  • I would like to give a shout-out to our lovely scribes and calligraphers who helped make the August scribal night happen. I’m sorry I couldn’t be there in person, but I’m really happy that our newcomers had a chance to deepen their connection to the scribal arts
  • So, thank you immensely to…Sunneva, Aelia, Myeong Su Daegam, Lorenzo, and Emelina
  • Y’all rock!

Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • Nothing new currently.  
  • Waiting on a response from AWA to confirm our table still.

Arts & Sciences (HE Rhiannon verch Madyn)

  • Not much to report this month. 
  • I wanted to thank everyone for filling in the Baronial A&S tracking spreadsheet or sending me the info when the sheet does not behave. 
  • We’re finishing up the details for the first Baroness’s Challenge to be announced at Red Tower and run for the first time at Castle Wars. After it’s announced in Court, I’ll post all the details to the FB page.

Provost (Daegam Soong Myeong-Su)

  • Class this month will be virtual on September 21st at 8:00 PM. It will be Building Scrolls with Hlāford Bran Mydwynter from Atlantia. 
  • Class for October will be a Theodosia Colloquia (Ted Talk) hosted by La Magnifica Justina Di Silvestri. Come out and share your knowledge!
  • Red Tower Notes:
    • The overall schedule is being finalized and will be published soon. We’ve got a lot of great classes, so I hope everyone is excited! Thanks to Lord Aelfric for organizing the classes for Red Tower.
    • Still looking for some spots to fill for various jobs for Red Tower, so if you’re interested, please let me or Isabella know!

Chronicler (Baronessa Aelia Bassina)

  • May have a new deputy, woohoo!
  • Nothing else to report.

Social Media Minister (Lady Isabella Parr & Lady Agnes Halydaye

  • Business as usual with Social Media. We have social media, we gain a few friends and got some engagement on posts!
  • For those who love the numbers:
    • Facebook page reached 831 people and 503 engagements. 12 new followers
    • The Facebook group got 2 new members
    • Instagram gained 27 new followers. A lovely boost from our demo at the lag and shout-out on their IG.
    • Twitter remains the same.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (DEI), (Vidushi Mewadi Margavati Bai & Lily of South Downs)

  • Nothing to report for this month except in that in a month or two when the kingdom office changes over, he will not be able to continue his role. I will be stepping into his role. This means that Lily will be stepping up as the Baronial DEI officer. We’ll make an official announcement when the change happens.
  • Will be looking into quiet space for Red Tower.
  • Lord Red is teaching a DEI class at Red Tower.

Webminister (Lady Zhelana Vovkivna)

  • Nothing to report.

Minister of Children (Lady Una Ulfrdottir)

  • The schedule for Red Tower 2022 has been decided. Myndee (Deputy MoC) and Lex (our guest teacher) are going to be helping me all day. 
  • The classes are going to be:
    • Morning: The Story of the Moon Festival and Intro to Chinese Characters and Basic Paper Lanterns – Pretty and Practical
    • Afternoon: Lion Dance Intro: The Magic of Luck, Lore, and Noise and Knot So Lucky – Intro to Chinese knots
  • We’ve already started purchasing supplies and will send receipts to Justina as soon as we have them all.

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

  • I don’t have a huge amount of stuff to report. We’ve been busy preparing for Red Tower.
  • Wistric will be joining later, he’s catching up on work.
  • The Order of the Swift’s Heart. Please fill out your ballot. Remember this is a work in progress. We appreciate the enthusiasm. 
    • The very first medallion is being worked, it will be very beautiful!
  • Veronica is our new Baronial Scroll Boss. YAY! I know she’s going to do an amazing job!
  • We are so excited about Red Tower. We’re working hard to keep up with all of you planning this. We need retainers, a link will go out soon. 
  • We might need a helping hand with Carver during court. We would be willing to pay for a camp sitter!
  • The person doing the class this class is my apprentice brother! The most recent scroll he created was a bronze age mirror for someone with that persona and a bass scroll. It was quite cool.
  • Keep on being awesome!

SCA Business

  • Master Mathias
    • For those who remember Wulfstan and Thorkatla’s reign, there were two scoundrels that acted up during their reign. We are looking for people. Please let me know if you are interested in helping out.
  • Lord Ogata Tarō Hiroyuki
    • Vices & Virtue
      • Mistress Veronica was inducted into the Order of the Bough.
      • Lola authorized for rapier
      • Captian Pietro won the Patience & Wrath sword and dagger tournament.
  • Red Tower Notes:
    • Daegam Soong Myeong-Su
      • The overall schedule is being finalized and will be published soon. We’ve got a lot of great classes, so I hope everyone is excited! Thanks to Lord Aelfric for organizing the classes for Red Tower.
      • Still looking for some spots to fill for various jobs for Red Tower, so if you’re interested, please let me or Isabella know!
      • Feastcrat is looking for servers
      • We are still looking for help with Royal Lunch.
      • We need help with setting up and tear down. 
      • I will talk to Margavati about the quiet space
      • If you pre-reg you get a cabin! It’s cabins only, no camping.
      • We have a port-a-potty company
      • Shout out to Mirghred for the traveler’s fare. Shout out to Ogata for the feast. Owl’s Nest will be doing a fundraiser lunch.
  • Castle Wars
    • Baron Piers Simmons
      • We need a pottycrat
      • Our pre-reg will be open soon
      • The roses have contacted me and they would like to do a fundraiser Friday Night Fight. It’s a single-elimination event. With your donation for Breast Cancer, you get a second life.
      • If you have questions, let me know.
    • Seong Myeong Su – Will there be encampments?
      • Yes. We are trying to use a similar map as we did last time.
  • Seong Myeong Su – I made Their Majesties Trimeris coronation garb.

Non-SCA Business

  • None

The business meeting was closed @ 2011

The next business meeting will be held on 05 October 2022, 1930, Zoom Meeting.

August Baronial Business Meeting

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

03 August 2022, Time: 19

Notes submitted by Baronessa Aelia Bassina, South Downs Chronicler.

Lady Bú called the August meeting to order. Our Seneschal, Lady Raven Helmsplitter, greeted the populace joining the Zoom meeting. Raven read the Kingdom Anti-Bullying statement.

Officers Reports

Seneschal, (Lady Raven Helmsplitter)

  • In-person meeting space has been secured through the end of November (available dates in December run up against the end-of-year holidays, so we didn’t reserve any dates in December (yet). Stay tuned as we announce the upcoming monthly schedules.
    • The original security deposit for our meeting space is being returned to Nik as he is no longer seneschal. We should have that back in the next 2-4 weeks. We paid a new security deposit when I set myself up as the new contact with Parks & Recreation.
    •  Looking into using the art space next door for potential project night or A&S classes, in addition to our regular meeting space
  • We are looking for bids for Midwinter A&S (Saturday, 4 February 2023). Note: kingdom calendar has the entire weekend reserved for Midwinter, in case a bid wanted to propose a weekend event.
  • Outstanding Kingdom Level Events in 2023 that need bids
    • War College (Jan 27 – 29)
    • MCA (Feb 24-26)
    • Spring Coronation (March 31 – April 2)
    • Artsy Crown (Memorial Day Weekend)

Herald (Lady Bú Feiyan)     

  • It’s that time to tell me any heraldry stuff you’ve been up to. May, June, and July are covered in this report! Thank you to everyone who has been in touch so far!

Knight Marshal (Lord Erikr Palsson)

  • There will be practice this weekend.

Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)

  • His Excellency & I have discussed making Tuesday evening practices “official” again starting in August. The website still shows it on the practice schedule, so all that would be left is to start posting about it and making sure that the appropriate marshals are on hand. We’re pretty much ramped up for it on the rapier side of things, and in unofficial get-togethers, we’ve learned some things and developed some questions.
    • The park added electrical service along the side of the field, and we’ve been able to put our own lighting in for safe visibility. Expanding the light kit is not difficult if we need a bigger space.
    • The park doesn’t simply close at 9 pm anymore (We always thought it did). We aren’t limited to a 2-hour block.
    • The plan is to begin (from the rapier side) on August 9 (I’ll be at Pennsic that week, but His Exc will marshal that evening)
    • Is there interest in a Tuesday evening practice on the armored side?  Do we have an available marshal?
  • Red Tower
    • Odds are that I will not be available for Red Tower.  Master Ximon will be our RMiC.  Currently seeking a MoL.
  • Castle Wars
    • I am planning to be the RMiC for CW.  Plans are underway to hold a Rose Tourney on Friday evening (Rapier & Heavy).  Further details to follow.

Live Weapons (Master Mathias Blackett)

  • Live weapons report (because I’m at Pennsic): practice was able to happen thanks to Ælfric and Roís. We had lots of people at practice. The next LW practice is scheduled for August 28th.
  • While wandering the merchants at Pennsic, I found a used atlatl set for a steal. So we will be able to add atlatl to Live Weapons practice!

Reeve (La Magnifica Justina di Silvestri)

  • Our bank account balance as of July 31, is $9,002.64
  • Expenses in July: $1,503.43
    • Printing for RUM $37.43
    • Deposit for Castle Wars $250
    • Meeting space August-November $750
    • August storage $466.00
  • RUM
    • 101 Preregistrations (not counting 9 comped)
    • 87 at the door
    • 197 total (including comped)
    • We still need to do the final paperwork with expenses, but my math is we have a total income of $1,874.84, and our share is $937.42
  • Requesting motion to baronial vote on a PO Box maintained by the exchequer for the Barony: est  cost $212/yr
    • Passed
  • Red Tower:
    • Online reservation is in the works
    • To secure a weekend spot, an online reservation is strongly encouraged

Quartermaster (Mistress Isabetta de San Marco

  • Nothing to report.

Chatelaine (Lord Ogata Tarō Hiroyuki)

  • New wardrobes in Gold Key courtesy of Ælfric Hort and Sabine de Seint Clear
    • Unisex medium Japanese
    • Girls’ small tunics
    • Women’s medium bodices
  • Our demo at the LAG in Underground Atlanta went beautifully! I can let Bu take point on her Demo Deputy report, and I want to drive home how much of an MVP she was through the whole thing

Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • We had a great demo at LAG ATL. Looking forward to future demos at their events. 
  • Currently looking for someone to take part in a demo at a school in January or February. More updates on upcoming demos soon!
    • May be during the week (school day)

Arts & Sciences (HE Rhiannon verch Madyn)

  • As always I want to remind everyone to please record A&S activities on our Baronial A&S Spreadsheet. You can find it by clicking the A&S tab (not the dropdowns, just the tab itself). This takes you to the A&S site for the Barony and has a couple of spots to click for the spreadsheet. I will be sending over an edit soon to the Webminister to update the page.
  • Now for the fun! Her Excellency and I are creating a new A&S competition to be held at Baronial events. It will be called “The Baroness’s Challenge”. We will be coming up with ideas for categories that tie into the theme of the event. I’m hoping it will spark some creative fun and of course, there will be prizes.  The official announcement for the competitions will be announced at Red Tower with the first competition to be held at Castle Wars. I’m looking forward to seeing the different kinds of A&S projects the populace of Meridies brings to the competition.
  • Link to Baronial A&S Spreadsheet

Provost (Daegam Soong Myeong-Su)

  • Virtual class night on August 24 will be on Honor with Baron Wistric.
  • Next month, the class will also be virtual on Thursday, Sept. 22 – Building Scrolls by Hlāford Bran Mydwynter from Atlantia.
  • Also, we’re currently seeking classes for Red Tower this year and will soon put out a call for classes at Castle Wars too. Come teach us cool things!

Chronicler (Baronessa Aelia Bassina)

  • Still in need of a deputy. If you know anyone who may be interested, please direct them to me.

Social Media Minister (Lady Isabella Parr & Lady Agnes Halydaye

  • We have social media.
  • Created a couple of official events from our page: one for DEI meeting and one for the demo at the LAG.
  • We’ve gained 3 Instagram followers, and 7 new FB group members. We are started to inch our way to 1,000 in that group!

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (DEI), (Vidushi Mewadi Margavati Bai & Lily of South Downs)

  • No DEI this month due to being booked up and Pennsic.
  • Next month will be about Feast accessibility or Middle Eastern Calligraphy

Webminister (Lady Zhelana Vovkivna)

  • Created Castle Wars Website

Minister of Children (Lady Una Ulfrdottir)

  • Nothing to report

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

  • Thank you to everybody who helped make RUM a huge success! We’re looking forward to Red Tower next month and if you can contribute with setup or takedown for the event or a troll shift, please do so.
  • Drix, of Calontir Trim, has designed some custom trim for South Downs and is soliciting pre-orders. It is verrrrrah nice. (see pictures)
    • He needs pre-orders of at least 300 yards to make it happen, and we are currently up to 225 yards of pre-orders. The price is $3/yd – or $2.50 if we get to 500 yards worth of pre-orders. 
    • There’s a post on the baronial Facebook group which I bumped (link is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/baronyofsouthdowns/posts/5114757841891368/ ) where you should go comment how many yards you’d like.
    • Her Excellency and I have pre-ordered some for use as favors and/or to mark loaner garb (including belts), but the barony may want to order some as well.
  • We’re in need of new business cards to hand out at demos, fighter practices, and wherever else we may encounter potential recruits. I posted the designs for the new cards in the baronial fb group. 
    • The idea is to print 1,000 of general use, and 500 for officers.
    • The current design is ready to go in VistaPrint, and will cost approximately $125 with shipping, handling, and taxes. I may be able to get the cards printed by Office Depot or Staples for as little as $80, I’m still looking into how good I can get them looking from those services. I’m requesting baronial approval to spend up to $130.
      • Passed
  • We have been gifted his collection of books from 30+ years. I will be bringing them to the in-person meeting on the 17th. They are free to a good home.
  • Swift’s Heart announcement: 

SCA Business

  • Red Tower – Isabella & Myeong Su
    • SCARs and Pre-reg should be up by the end of the week. If you want a cabin with your friends, everyone should pre-reg together so you can be grouped together.
      • No tent camping on site
    • We are still looking for people to do foodstuff: breakfast, travelers fare, and royal luncheon.
    • We need another List Master. If you are interested, please let me know.
    • We will also need a field steward.
    • We are still accepting prizes for the gift baskets. At court, you will have a chance to will cool prizes.
    • We will also be having a silent auction. Please donate so we can raise funds for the baronial storage unit.
    • We need more merchants for Red Tower.
  • Castle Wars – Piers
    • We have a couple of jobs open: Dep Merchantcrat (great opportunity to learn something new) and we also need a Pottycrat.
    • It will be called “Castle Wars: Battle Across Time”
    • No breakfast or traveler’s fare, only feast
  • Scroll Boss – Aelia
    • The baronial scroll cases are getting rather thin. If you would like to contribute, we would love to have you. If you have any questions, please let me know.
    • The in-person event for the barony on August 17th will be a scriptorium. So please come out and play with paints!

Non-SCA Business

  • None

The business meeting was closed @ 2042

The next business meeting will be held on 08 September 2022, 1930, Zoom Meeting.

June Baronial Business Meeting

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

01 June 2022, Time: 1932

Notes submitted by Lady Raven Helmsplitter, stunt South Downs Chronicler.

Master Mattias 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)

  • If anyone has not seen it, he posted the info about the meeting space and schedule options
  • After talking with the officers, we’re looking at adjusting the in-person schedule to maximize time together and minimize costs.
  • Multiple options are shared online, all at the previous Doraville location
  • Doraville – not that much different in cost compared to other locations, and the contract is easier (other places need a new contract for each meeting)
  • Mathias said he’s a fan of having the business meetings online (because he loves Justina’s pie charts). Makes it easier for everyone to attend, even if they’re working or out of town
  • Online accessibility options are another advantage
  • Perhaps we can do dinner after project night instead of business meetings, to maintain community (Yeoung Su)
  • Emelina is really excited about having project nights in person – it can be difficult to work on projects while trying to participate online
  • Señor No commented that ongoing Zoom meetings outside of work is discouraging. Nik replied that this can always be revisited once we start getting $$ in after Red Tower/CW
  • Yeong Su mentioned that it’s been really hard to find suitable locations that are cheaper
  • Nik said that next Wednesday is potentially open in Doraville – we could start with the Option 3 schedule beginning 6/8. He’ll check with Doraville this week and see how far in advance we can schedule our meetings there.
  • Storage unit search is ongoing. Nik is checking out every public storage space in metro Atlanta. Justina said the current price is $466/month (?). Staying with Public Storage is good because we can pay at any location. Looking for a 20×20. We either need to move or get the price sorted out by the end of June – price increases in July. The budget has already been approved
  • Castle Wars bids – Nik posted on the FB page. No site yet, no theme yet, so completely open.

Herald (Lady Bú Feiyan)     

Knight Marshal (Lady Mairghread Wilson) who 

  • Nothing new (new Knight marshal)

Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)

  • Thanks to Master Wistric and Master Ximon for covering practices while I’ve been away on business trips.
  • We have a couple of new fencers that I’ve barely had a moment to meet.  Perhaps Ld. Ogata can make those intros for us.
  • Ogata and Pietro seem well on their way to getting marshal’s warrants, which will help make South Downs Rapier more accessible.  Huzzah!

Live Weapons (Master Mathias Blackett)

  • Last month’s practice went well – 20 people showed up
  • Agnes qualified for 
  • Donated arrows for youth archery
  • One more person qualified for 
  • One more person qualified for axes and spears
  • The next practice held on 6/19 – yes, it’s father’s day but that’s the date that’s available
  • Roice (sp?) is going to work on youth archery, which is really needed in this kingdom

Reeve (La Magnifica Justina di Silvestri)

  • The RT deposit check was lost, but Isabella was able to secure the reservation and she was reimbursed for the $675. The remainder will be due at the event.
  • The site fee has an additional $100 in admin fees and taxes, bringing the total to $1350, and the barony will vote to approve. Populace approved.
  • The original check has had a stop payment placed, the fee for that is $36. The Financial Committee has approved this expense and as it is under $50 does not need a populace vote at this time.
  • New checks have been ordered, the cost is $112.35, previously approved in the reeve annual budget.
  • June was the last month of the cost increase for storage, so storage fees increase to $466/mo starting in July

Quartermaster (Mistress Isabetta de San Marco

  • Nothing new
  • We have stuff
  • Trying to find a new place to store our stuff – the best deal she can find so far is a 10×30 for more $$ than what we’ve got currently

Chatelaine (Lord Ogata Tarō Hiroyuki)

  • I’ve also completed a Gold Key Donation intake document in the form of a Google survey and I’ll be getting in touch with our web minister to have that added to the Chatelaine page
  • Also uhhhhhh, we have more newcomers than I ever expected
  • Lola, Giovanna MKA Armena, Maryam MKA Kaity, Sein, and Red, and Laura McWhorter had a pretty solid time at ArtSci Crown. I could say that I had an enjoyable weekend, which could be the end of the report.
  • However, at different times this past weekend, our newcomers approached me in confidence to tell me how they were personally affected by casual discrimination and bigotry.

I don’t think we’re going to solve systemic bigotry once and for all in a single zoom meeting. What I would like to do right now is repeat some advice that Kehinde had during their class on Diversity Equity and Inclusion in the SCA.

Most of us don’t have bystander intervention training.

If someone approaches you to talk about a time they had to deal with bigotry, or even if they’re being targeted that way right in front of you, the best thing you can do is check in with them as a first reaction. Offer to get them out of the situation if that makes sense, listen to them sincerely, and trust them to tell you what they need at that moment.

I know the first reaction for some of us is to step in with dramatic, romantic gestures and promises about how we will act on their behalf. On some level that makes sense, a lot of us have this image of a knight as someone who steps in to defend the weak and take on any challenge no matter how great, and… you get the idea.

But that’s just one example of knightly behavior.

Instead, I think we could all stand to practice grace by asking our friends what they would prefer to have happen to resolve what they’re going through.

Also like, I know we’re getting a lot of newcomers and it may be hard to tell who is who.

What I would offer as a solution is some solid advice that was already offered by one of our newcomers.

Rather than asking “Hey are you this person?” try introducing yourself and then asking their name. Or, if they’ve already told you and you’ve forgotten, you can even try “Would you mind telling me your name again?” I guarantee, that someone will be way more forgiving of forgetfulness than casual discrimination.

Even if you’re 100% sure and you’re confident that they are who you think they are, the worst case scenario is you’re wrong and now somebody has been reduced to a category rather than being seen as an individual.

  • I hate the idea of ending this with something like “we can do better” and I would prefer to say something more concrete.
  • However, in the interest of time, I’m going to end it there by saying I trust y’all.

Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • Nil sent Bú and Ogata an email about a potential demo at a school
  • Holy Spirit prep 7th-grade history teacher looking for fighters and C&I in Dec/January. More info to follow

Arts & Sciences (HE Rhiannon verch Madyn)

  • No report

Provost (Daegam Soong Myeong-Su)

  • Class this month will be virtual and is How to Read Music by Noble Cellach ingen Oengusa. They will be moving to Boston, so they can only teach virtually this month. It is currently set for June 22, but I plan on talking to them in case the meeting schedule will shift things around. If we start with in-person this month, we’ll need to reschedule the June class since it will need to be done virtually. So – if you have an in-person class you’d like to teach, talk to Myeong-Su
  • Switching hats from South Downs Provost to Dean for RUM – Get your classes submitted for RUM by June 15th! We’re hoping to have a virtual track so you can teach even if you’re not going to be able to make it to the event. Use this form to submit your classes.

Chronicler (Baronessa Aelia Bassina)

  • Still in need of a deputy. If you know anyone who may be interested, please direct them to me.

Social Media Minister (Lady Isabella Parr & Lady Agnes Halydaye

  • Isabella says we have social media, nothing else to report

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (DEI), (Vidushi Mewadi Margavati Bai & Lily of South Downs)

  • Thanks to Ogata for his comments/advice about casual bigotry
  • Thanks also to everyone who was supportive and to Lily who spoke up when the situation needed 
  • Might be a good time to revisit our class on microaggressions and unconscious bias – often people are not trying to be malicious, they just need guidance
  • Moving DEI classes to every other month will definitely make it easier to prepare/plan and advertise classes
  • Working with kingdom to develop reporting processes
  • Thanked everyone in the group for the work y’all are doing. Despite things we’re still working through as a kingdom, we worked really hard to be welcoming and inclusive

Webminister (Lady Zhelana Vovkivna)

  • Added chatelaine (demos) to help wanted page.
  • Zhelana is also looking for a deputy

Minister of Children (Lady Una Ulfrdottir)

  • Nothing to report

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

  • Sunneva shared Wistric’s notes which she then attempted to decipher
  • We’re doing RUM, which means Baronial Court, which means they need recommendations. Recommendation forms are online, but if you find it intimidating, just text their Excellencies. They want to know!
  • Since we’re ramping up in-person events, we’re looking for retainers/courtiers. Hang out with TE in shifts, help out, etc. Great job for newcomers, very low-key gig (other than for feast or court).
  • Looking forward to meeting everyone in person again 🙂 we miss that!
  • Let’s continue the lovefest!
  • And say hello to newcomers!

SCA Business

  • Red Tower
    • Isabella – need volunteers – many hands make light work
      • Merchantcrat
      • Event Steward
      • Nastycrat
      • Fundraiser lunch (Mattias mentioned that Excelsior would likely love to do this)
    • Going to do a passport – get stamps for taking part in activities, raffle basket giveaway at court. Need donations for raffle basket
    • Margavati asked about whether we’re still doing pavilions – maybe not? But we’re looking at a pavilion for an SCA swap in addition to the merchants
    • The Grand Bazaar is the event theme. Mattias discussed ideas for LW targets that would reflect the theme and not be cliche
  •  RUM
    • Isabetta is still looking for 2 people to be runners – need a person on each floor that teachers can access for help
    • Looking for a royal liaison
    • Looking for someone to do a royal lunch
    • Troll volunteers also
    • Interested? Text her on FB

Non-SCA Business

  • none

The business meeting was closed @ 2022

The next business meeting will be held on 06 July 2022, 1930, Zoom Meeting.

April 2022 Baronial Business Meeting

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

06 April 2022, Time: 1930

Notes submitted by Signora Aelia Bassina, South Downs Chronicler.

Master Mathias Blackett called the April 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)

  • Raven announced as Deputy Seneschal
  • Call for Red Tower Bids, 5 months out from the event. Last call for bids before per policy Baronials will make a bid. In 4 months their bid will be accepted if we don’t get a different one.
  • Discuss and vote on RUM Bid
    • Unknown if RUM would be handling teachers’ gifts or for South Downs. Typically handled by RUM deans.

Herald (Lady Bú Feiyan)     

  • Please check our website to make sure that all of your Awards are reflected. 
  • Still looking for a deputy

Knight Marshal (Lady Mairghread Wilson)

  • Mask & contact tracing has been dropped for now.  Vax checks are still required for GA, however.  Please be flexible as COVID rates may change and procedures may be put back into place.   Please be respectful of others’ choices if they choose to wear a mask or social distance.
  • Deputy KM now has loaner gear and will take over the office around 15 May 2022 with the new heavy reporting cycle.  My warrant is good until July, and I will be available to assist with transitioning if needed.
  • Upcoming practice considerations: This time of year practice is weather permitting; be aware last-minute cancellations may happen.   
    • 4/3/2022 – NO Practice (Coronation)
    • 4/10/2022 – NO Practice (Fool’s War)
    • 4/17/2022 – NO Practice (Easter)
    • 4/24/2022 – NO Practice (Lemonade Days at the Park) or look at an alternate location (Blackburn)? 
    • 5/1/2022 – Practice
    • 5/8/2022 – Depends on interest level (Mother’s Day)
    • 5/15/2022 – Practice
    • 5/22/2022 – Practice
    • 5/29/2022 – NO Practice (Artsty-Crown)

Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)

  • Practices have been sporadic of late, primarily due to event activity (Hooray for the return of in-person events!)
  • My work schedule will make my ability to attend scheduled practices uncertain for the next few months.  Any warranted rapier marshals who are able to help as celebrity guest rapier marshals for our practice, please contact me.  We will need your help.
  • Also, no warrant is required, but it would be much appreciated if someone could coordinate our loaner rapier gear over the next few months as well.
  • The search for a deputy/replacement for my position continues.

Live Weapons (Master Mathias Blackett)

  • The next practice will be held on Sunday, April 24th.
  • Ælfric is having his marshal tournament this weekend at Fool’s War, so we should be up to 4 warranted LW marshals in the barony after that.
  • For those interested, I will be looking for a new MIT once Ælfric is a full-fledged marshal.

Reeve (La Magnifica Justina di Silvestri)

  • We have $9,093.86 in the bank
  • March expenses were the storage space- still looking for a new storage site as the rate will go up in 2 months and thrown weapons supplies.  Arrows, axes, and knives from the Live Weapons budget totaled $191.48. The remaining approved budget for Live Weapons is $108.52
  • Q1 2022 is due at the end of this month. I will be following up with folks on any outstanding business as I am moving all digital records to the kingdom Exchequer Drive.
  • I am looking for a deputy! If you find office management and spreadsheets fun, this is a really satisfying office to hold and an important one to the Barony! If you have any questions please let me know.
  • A reminder, there is a new process for reimbursement. If you have NEW barony purchases to request, please fill out a Purchase Request Form. If you have receipts for already approved purchases (such as budgeted expenses and approved bid event expenses- NO personal purchases may be on a receipt!), please fill out a Check Request Form. I am happy to help with these forms if needed. These forms are very helpful with record keeping and financial transparency.  

Quartermaster (THL Isabetta de San Marco

  • We have stuff still, it hasn’t been touched.
  • I will also start looking at storage units. I will look around Atlanta. If you have any near you, please let me know.

Chatelaine (Lord Ogata Tarō Hiroyuki)

  • The number of chatelaine things happening has ramped up /significantly/.
  • If you all remember Lisa Rogers from Coronation, it was her first event. I was fencing for most of the day, but I caught up with her during the Rose Ball and afterward on the ride home and I’m pleased to report that she enjoyed herself!
  • Yesterday I got confirmation that we have two newcomers attending Fools War this weekend. So everybody I’d like to introduce you to Lola and Johann.
  • Lola and I are getting to the site together on Friday. Johann will be arriving on Friday as well, probably later.
  • My plan is to do some site touring with these two before fencing starts up on Friday, then help get camps set up before Friday Night Fights. If you’re unfamiliar, Friday Night Fights is basically the WWE of combat sports in the SCA.
  • Interestingly, we received an email from another prospective newcomer Devin Roark. They’re very interested in attending some of our upcoming meetings and in-person events. Right now our contact has been limited to an email thread, but I’ve suggested they get set up with a Facebook account to keep up with the Barony and Kingdom pages as well as news on events.
  • Additionally, I’ve got a little update on the Gold Key. Since the last meeting, Nikon has generously laundered and packed up everything he had been storing at his house and moved it to Majda and Justina’s house. This is not Gold Key’s final resting place, just a temporary location while we settle on a date to get it cataloged and stored more appropriately.
  • Nikon was able to get everything laundered and packed up, it’s currently residing at Majda and Justina’s house.
  • I’m heading over there tomorrow to get things for Lola and Johann. Majda and I are also settling on a day to get everything cataloged and photographed.

Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • I am working on setting up demos. 
  • Currently, in the process of making a list of all of the places we would like to have demos. Please feel free to contact me if you have suggestions. 
  • Also, let me know if you’d like to be part of the demo team.

Arts & Sciences (HE Rhiannon verch Madyn)

  • Please enter your A&S activities into our tracker. A link will be posted on Barony’s FB page.

Provost (Daegam Soong Myeong-Su)

  • Class this month will be Old English Pronunciation Basics by Lord Ælfric Hort.
  • I’d like to say thank you to Magnifica Justina di Silvestri for hosting the Theodosia Colloquia last month because it has helped fill our class schedule out to August!
  • We’ve got lots of interesting classes coming up. If you’ve got a class that you want to teach, please let me know! We’ve got a few slots still available and would be happy to have you teach!

Chronicler (Baronessa Aelia Bassina)

  • Still in need of a deputy. If you know anyone who may be interested, please direct them to me.

Social Media Minister (Lady Isabella Parr & Lady Agnes Halydaye

  • Nothing to report. We have social media.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (DEI), (Vidushi Mewadi Margavati Bai & Lily of South Downs)

  • DEI class this month is DEI and the SCA (Applying Corporate DEI to the SCA), taught by Omokehindegbegbon Ayoka of the Opo, called Kehinde

Webminister (Lady Zhelana Vovkivna)

  • Corrected spelling of chatelaine deputy email
  • Added all awards from MCA
  • Changed Isabetta’s title
  • Changed LW officer
  • Linked to updated forms on reeve page

Minister of Children (Lady Una Ulfrdottir)

  • Nothing new to report.

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

  • We are sorry we can’t join you all tonight.
  • Congratulations to all who were recognized at Gulf Wars and Coronation – this barony and her members continue to shine. Another great achievement was Mariana’s feast at Coronation, which is being praised far and wide. 
  • We’ll see you at Fools War, where we will have the Baronial day shade set up. 
  • Thank you all, as always.

SCA Business

  • Mairghread
    • It has been brought to my attention that I am trying to sabotage Isabetta’s event bid. I would like to set the record straight, I think she is doing an amazing job at autocrating.
  • Ogata
    • If anyone needs Gold Key, please tell me before 2pm tomorrow (04/07/2022). If you don’t, I can’t promise it will be at Fool’s War. 
  • Justina
    • Thank you to everyone that helped with my elevation.

The business meeting was closed @ 2003.

The next business meeting will be held on 04 May 2022, 1930, Zoom Meeting.

March 2022 Baronial Business Meeting

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

02 March 2022, Time: 1930

Notes submitted by Signora Aelia Bassina, South Downs Chronicler.

Master Mathias Blackett called the March 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 for call for Red Tower Bids
  • Reminder for call for RUM bids
  • No other announcements or updates

Herald (Lady Bú Feiyan)     

  • Nothing to report

Knight Marshal (Lady Mairghread Wilson)

  • CDC dropped mask requirement for fully vaxxed.  However, we will continue with mask mandate at practice until further guidance from Kingdom Seneschal is received.
  • Deputy KM now has loaner gear and will take over the office around July-ish.
  • Upcoming practice considerations:
    • This time of year practice is weather permitting; be aware last-minute cancellations may happen.  Vaccination cards or negative COVID tests, and contact tracing info is still required.  Please be respectful of others and maintain social distance.
      • 03/06/2022 – Practice
      • 03/13/2022 – Practice depends on Marshal coverage (Gulf Wars)
      • 03/20/2022 – Practice depends on Marshal coverage (Gulf Wars)
      • 03/27/2022 – Practice

Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)

  • February saw only a couple of rapier practices with sparse attendance, but there we were.
  • Loaner gear will now be available for Sunday practices, but please try to request it in advance.  Come on out and join us!
  • Tuesday evening practices are still TBD, as work is doing “work” things to my life.
  • Where else were we?  Some of us went to a Rapier and Saber Pedagogy retreat, learning to be better teachers.  Some of us went to Meridian Challenge of Arms, (see the pictures taken by HE Emelina).
  • Where else are we going?  Gulf Wars is coming.
  • From the desk of the Kingdom Rapier Marshal. Also, they are not allowing authorizations at Gulf Wars.

Gulf Wars is coming up very soon. Please check that your authorization card is up to date.  If your card is expired you will need to do a reauthorization. 

If a new card is needed before Gulf Wars, please opt to send your reauthorization paperwork to the email listed on the auth form. This will guarantee there is not a mail delay. 

If you have previously sent in an authorization form and have not received a card. please send a copy of your original paperwork to rapier@meridies.org and rapier.auth@meridies.org

Master Nikoslav

Deputy Earl Marshal – Rapier

Live Weapons (Master Mathias Blackett)

  • Practices have started back up again. 
    • The next practice is set for this Sunday, March 6th so we can get one last practice in before Gulf Wars.
  • Loaner arrows are still en route, but the supplier is located in Ukraine. I will give them until April to update the tracking information before I contact them, international incidents permitting.
  • Royal rounds will commence this Sunday (March 6th), and hopefully, we will be able to have Ælfric run his marshal tourney at either Fool’s War or April’s Baronial practice.

Reeve (La Onesta Signore Justina di Silvestri)

  • Bank statement as the end of Feb 2022: $9,811.86
  • Last month we established our annual budget for the rest of 2022, you can find copies of that in the FB group files as well as the purchase request form if you have new baronial purchase requests, and the check request form if you have a receipt for an approved purchase. If you have any questions or need guidance navigating these forms, I’m always happy to help you out.
  • I want to be fully transparent about where this budgeted money is, so here are our expenses so far: 

  • We got an email from Public storage that the cost is going up from $349/mo to $466/mo.
    • This would be an additional $117/ mo and will cost us an additional $936 for the rest of the year
    • And bumps the cost of storage from $4,188 to $5,592/yr provided it doesn’t go up again. This is an additional $1,404 per year.
    • So we may want to consider our options. I called the storage office and the manager said they only do month to month but she applied the credit to our account for 3 months so the rate won’t increase yet and that gives us a little more time.
  • Lastly, I am looking for a deputy- if you like spreadsheets and organizing office things, this job is a lot of fun! Let me know if you have any questions, or if you are interested.

Quartermaster (THL Isabetta de San Marco

  • We have stuff.
  • Nothing was used at MCA.
  • Nothing new to report.
  • I will start pricing other storage options outside the perimeter. Hopefully, we can find something less expensive than what we are currently paying. 

Chatelaine (Lord Ogata Tarō Hiroyuki)

  •  Chatelaine things are happening.
  • I haven’t been available to see my friends, Viridia and Kayd, for classical saber practice. For lack of that, I’ve kept myself busy in other ways.
  • Nikon just got his floor installed, and we’ll be coordinating soon to get Gold Key cataloged so we know what we have and what state it’s in.
  • Also, as something Gold Key adjacent…
    • I’ve been putting some work into an idea that Margavati floated a while back, in which we develop guides for super simple extra-European garb.
    • The crux of the project is to “Make a really easy to follow set of guides for newcomers (and anybody, really) on how to make accessible garb, and give people options for cultures and time periods beyond a basic t-tunic”.
    • Credit goes to Margavati for that specific description.
    • Sometime tomorrow I’ll be releasing a guide on “Rolling Your Own Fabric Bolts for Rectangular Construction.” I chose to start there because having a bolt full of narrow lengths of fabric was a great way for me to expedite Japanese garb.

Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • Nothing to report.

Arts & Sciences (HE Rhiannon verch Madyn)

  • Our 1st quarter report went in. Let’s keep our tracking sheet going! As you enter your info in our A&S sheet please make sure you are entering your work on the Q2 tab.
  • 100 Days of Art/Sci challenge is up and running. Please drop in and add your voice to the challenge. Call out challenges to other folks to get them involved.
  • Gulf Wars! Lots of classes! I’d really like to encourage those who are attending to take a class or two and to consider taking one outside your normal interests. Be brave and try something new!
  • It’s not too soon to plan your entry for the Kingdom Arts & Sciences competition this May. For those who entered previously and received feedback from the judges please consider following the advice and re-enter your piece a final time. Judges love to see when their advice has been followed and it has improved an entry.

Provost (Daegam Soong Myeong-Su)

  • Class for this month will be a Theodosia Colloquia helped by La Onestra Signora Justina di Silvestri, which is a roundtable presentation where people do a short talk on a topic that they’re interested in or just learned about! It’s a very fun show-and-tell format that is sure to have some fun topics.
  • Classes are open for the rest of the year, so if you have a class that you’d like to teach for the Barony, please reach out to me or Lord Ælfric and we’ll get you on the schedule.
  • For the rest of the year, we need classes! If you’re interested, please let me know.

Chronicler (Signora Aelia Bassina)

  • I have had an inquiry as to being the Deputy Chronicler. However, I need to wait for approval from the Kingdom Schenishal and Kingdom Chronicler.
  • Nothing else to report.

Social Media Minister (Lady Isabella Parr & Lady Agnes Halydaye

  • We have social media accounts! 
  • We’ve had a slight uptick in spam posts so deleted those hopefully no one even noticed
  • Also went thru our member list in our group and deleted any obvious spam accounts. Even with the cull the FB Group still managed to grow by 2 this month. Insta grew by 6 and Twitter stayed the same. 
  • Worked with Owl’s Nest this month- they’re having a social for newcomers /fighters practice this weekend. Gonna share it on our socials tonight or tomorrow because it’s super close to us and if you know any newbies that are too shy for the event, this is a great way to dip their toes in!

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (DEI), (Vidushi Mewadi Margavati Bai & Lily of South Downs)

  • Mental health check-in for DEI this month!

Webminister (Lady Zhelana Vovkivna)

  • Updated A&S Minister
  • All awards from MWAS
  • All awards from MCA
  • Corrected spelling of chatelaine deputy email
  • I am looking for a deputy!

Minister of Children (Lady Una Ulfrdottir)

  • Nothing new to report.

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

  • We want to thank everyone who made it to Midwinter, everyone who made it happen, and everyone who took classes. Also, thank you all for behaving!
  • We have a lot of officers who need deputies. Please take this opportunity to step up. The officer positions are designed to be doable. 
  • In general, continue to be awesome!

SCA Business

  • Margavati – if you are a young person and are looking for experience in both the SCA and real life, the Seneschal is a great place to start. 
  • Iazzie – with the recent change with the CDC and the drop in numbers, is there a plan to go back to an in-person meeting?
    • Nikoslav – from the last meeting, we are going to be looking at the previous place we were using and looking at other options. We were thinking of maybe being able to meet in person again in June/July (Summer). There are a number of places that have their own rules in regards to gathering. We also need to look at the cost of the location. This could be complicated with the increase in the cost of the storage area.
  • Kal – I just want to promote the Meridian Social at Gulf War. We may or may not have light-up Viking hats. 
  • Agnes – Is there a chance that in-person won’t resume?
    • Nikoslav – there may be options for zoom to continue for things like classes. It may be cheaper.
    • Wistric – My take on it is we will have an option for virtual even for the in-person meetings.

The business meeting was closed @ 2010.

The next business meeting will be held on 06 April 2022, 1930, Zoom Meeting.

February 2022 BARONIAL BUSINESS MEETING

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

02 February 2022, Time: 1930

Notes submitted by Signora Aelia Bassina, South Downs Chronicler.

Lady Agnes Halydaye called the February 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)

  • Applications for Baronial Seneschal still open
  • WIll be making a post to announce taking bids for Red Tower on Sep 18th.
  • Will be making a post to announce taking bids for Royal University of Meridies as KLE bid for the year. 
  • Process of looking for an in person location for meetings is beginning. Aiming for potential physical meetings to begin in the summer

Herald (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • Please send word any heraldry-related research or projects you may be working on. Our quarterly report is due soon.
  • Still in need of a deputy

Knight Marshal (Lady Mairghread Wilson)

  • Regional practice this Sunday at the covered pavilion in Carrollton. Requesting $300 for an annual marshal budget to cover the cost to reserve for Sunday following MWAS going forward.
  • Inventory & hand-off of heavy loaner gear to Deputy KM to take place later this month.
  • Upcoming practice considerations:
    • This time of year practice is weather permitting; be aware last-minute cancellations may happen.  Vaccination cards or negative COVID tests, and contact tracing info is still required.  Masks are again required unless actively eating, drinking, or fighting.  Please be respectful of others and maintain social distance.
  • 2/6/2022 – Regional Practice tentatively at pavilion in Carrollton (back up is Liane Levetan)
  • 2/13/2022 – Practice
  • 2/20/2022 – Practice depends on Marshal coverage (Panhandle weekend)
  • 2/27/2022 – Practice depends on Marshal coverage (MCA weekend)
  • 3/6/2022 – Practice
  • 3/13/2022 – Practice depends on Marshal coverage (Gulf Wars)
  • 3/20/2022 – Practice depends on Marshal coverage (Gulf Wars)
  • 3/27/2022 – Practice

Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)

  • There were some practices before and after the 2-week hiatus.  Sparsely attended, but there we were.
  • Please note the updates from Kingdom about COVID policy.  
    • Masks are no longer required for outdoor events (including practices).  
    • In Georgia, we CAN and DO require proof of full vaccination or proof of negative Covid test for EVERY event. We also CAN and DO require masks indoors in accordance with Kingdom policy.
  • Just to get this in the minutes…. I could really use a deputy, who would actually take over the office at some point.  Interested in becoming a rapier marshal, and/or signing on as my deputy/replacement, please contact me or M. Nikoslav.
  • Thanks to Ld. Marco from Arenal who has agreed to be our Celebrity Guest Rapier Marshal for the regional practice, as I will be unavailable (family obligations).
  • I will also be unavailable on 2/20.  If there is a warranted rapier marshal available for that day, I’d be obliged.
  • All rapier and rapier-adjacent folks are encouraged to attend the greatest rapier event in the Knowne World, Meridian Challenge of Arms, on the weekend of 2/25-27.  Early sign up for the tournaments was posted a few minutes ago.
  • Februrary 27, I’ll be returning from MCA, so I probably won’t be available to operate that Sunday’s practice.

Live Weapons (Master Mathias Blackett)

  • Master Mathias Blackett (mka Ben Coffee) is taking over as Live Weapons marshal.
  • Lord Conner O’Dell (mka Shawn Mullen) remains in the deputy position.
  • Archery practices will start back this month at a new location in Austell, Feb 13th. The location belongs to the sister of Roìs O’Shannon (mka Tierza Coffee). The address will be sent to those interested.
  • I intend to include Thrown Weapons (axes, knives, and spears) at these new practices and will need to purchase some loaner gear.
  • Masks are no longer required while archers are on the line.

Reeve (La Onesta Signore Justina di Silvestri)

  • Q4 2021 Doomsday report was completed
  • Bank statement as of Dec 2021: $11,248.52
    • Minus pending checks: $10, 928.52
  • The Financial Committee met 1/31/22 to discuss the Annual Budget. Also discussed are the in-process financial policy update/reformat and baronial inventory. This is something we will do annually moving forward, per kingdom financial policy.
  • In Q4 2022, we will meet again to discuss the 2023 budget and have another approval vote by the barony at the December 2022 business meeting.
    • Projected Storage $349/mo x 12= $4188/yr
    • Meeting space: If we were to have ½ year of in-person meetings later this year, at our previous meeting rate,  $50/meeting at previous meeting space x 25 weeks= $1250 (half-year). This is added as something to consider and have a dedicated fund just in case.
    • Knight Martial:$300 – this was already approved via vote last month for the regional practice pavilion 
    • Rapier Martial-  $100, projected while the budget for repairs is estimated. 
    • Live Weapons Martial- $300 Estimated, notes: Thrown Weapons loaner gear. Axes: $25 for 3 at Harbor Freight; Knives: $40  plus tax, S&H (~$12) from Cold Steel for 3 Mini Flight Sport throwing knives; Spears: $60 for 3; New loaner arrows: $110 for 3 dozen arrows, plus shipping and handling.
      • Note this does not include event expenses for targets, so when it comes time to bid for CW and RT, we need to keep in mind the cost of target essentials. Wood for 2 new target stands (For RT & CW): $64 each. Conner has a target we can use for practice until it needs replacing. Caution tape: $10 Orange marking spray: $15- in event bid estimate $200~ supplies
    • Exchequer- requesting a one-time supplies/budget request of $350 for 2022 (will not be a recurrent budget) NEED: $Check refill. The cost is $112.35 for 252. This should include delivery. 
      • New Checkbook Binder:  $25+;  7 x 3-Ring binders to keep physical receipts and misc paperwork per year. 2” heavy-duty est $8/ea $60;  Sheet Protectors $10;  Stamps $25.  
    • So to look at the numbers, we would have  $6,488 dedicated funds out of $10, 928.52, leaving $4,440.52 in the “general” fund.
  • Projected Income:
    • Midwinter- $150, note this went virtual so we will have no expenses, I received a check for the sca-rs reservations placed and I need to write refund checks to those who requested refunds, so this number TBD until I do the report this weekend.  
    • Red Tower 2500 & Castle 4000, are low estimations for event profits.
  • Starting this year, I’m keeping records of Checks and Purchase requests via forms, so if you have any fund requisitions, keep an eye out for the new forms available soon or reach out to me.  
  • And as your monthly reminder…No personal purchases on any baronial purchase receipts!

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Quartermaster (THL Isabetta de San Marco

  • We have stuff.

Chatelaine (Lord Nikon Dawidowicz)

  • Lord Nikon officially passed the Chatelaine to Lord Ogata. 

Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • On hold due to my health. Hopefully, we will be able to have one in spring.

Arts & Sciences (HE Rhiannon verch Madyn)

  • I want to encourage everyone to list their current A&S activities on the Baronial spreadsheet. The report is due later this month and I would love to have South Downs shine. Activities would include prepping for a class you’re teaching at Midwinter. If there’s an issue accessing the spreadsheet let me know.
  • The 100 days challenge will be up and running in the next week or so. Life got ahead of Alisandre and myself but I’m putting it all together now.

Provost (Daegam Soong Myeong-Su)

  • The class this month will be Organizing and Using Your Research with THNoble Rebecca Whieldon Pyke via Zoom. Many thanks to them for offering to teach this month!  They will be teaching this as well as their Starting with Research class at Midwinter this weekend as well.
  • Speaking of Midwinter, we’ve got a full schedule of classes planned, so come out and learn something new this weekend! Many thanks to those who are volunteering their time for our event!
  • Still looking for classes for the monthly Baronial class nights, so please reach out to me if you’d be interested! No class scheduled for March yet but it could be your class!
  • Lastly, I’m pleased to announce that Lord Ælfric Hort is now Deputy Provost! Please give him all the wonderful South Downs support you’ve given me! He’ll be on track to take over the position around the next Midwinter.

Chronicler (Signora Aelia Bassina)

  • Still looking for a deputy!

Social Media Minister (Lady Isabella Parr & Lady Agnes Halydaye

  • Nothing to report for Social media. We’re having midwinter virtually- links to the zoom will be posted in the midwinter event.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (DEI), (Vidushi Mewadi Margavati Bai & Lily of South Downs)

  • We had a really great conversation last month about what we are going to do for DEI moving forward. Lily and I, but she has mentioned that she would like to try again for the Extra European class. We are going to do that class in February.
  • I figured out how to add auto-generated subtitles to premiere pro! Please reach out to me and I can help you with adding subtitles to videos.
  • As always, if you have any questions or need advice about anything, please let us know.

Webminister (Lady Zhelana Vovkivna)

  • Nothing to report

Minister of Children (Lady Una Ulfrdottir)

  • Nothing to report.

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

  • We are looking forward to the event and classes, along with court. If you were summoned, please attend if at all possible.

SCA Business

  • Ximon
    • Midwinter is on track. We have classes and regional practice.
    • I want to give a big thank you to Ceong Myeong Su, she is a champ and super organized. 
    • I want to thank everyone that wanted to be a teacher.
    • Thank you to Mathias for the bard competition.
    • Mairghgread: Are you needing Zoom mods?
      • Yes!
    • We do need more zoom mods for open socials.
    • Margavati will be running a salon
    • Court is scheduled to start at 6pm, or at their whim. 
    • Homecoming will happen after court.
  • Ogata
    • I just wanted to check in with the new people to make sure they are having a good time!

The business meeting was closed @ 2023.

The next business meeting will be held on 02 March 2022, 1930, Zoom Meeting.

January 2022 BARONIAL BUSINESS MEETING

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

05 January 2022, Time: 1930

Notes submitted by Signora Aelia Bassina, South Downs Chronicler.

Lady Mairghread Wilson called the January 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)

  • Posted call for Dep Sen Applications
  • Midwinter changed to digital, Autocrats in planning for how will go
    • Marshals will go over Sunday practice after Midwinter
    • Ximon brought up the potential of Baronial paid Zoom account.
  • Pro Zoom paid account is $149.90 /year/license. Up to 9 licenses
    • A single license would likely need to be attached to Sen Gmail for handover.
    • Before having a financial committee or barony vote on spending anything need to check with KSen about the procedure for Barony owning software.  Have contacted KSen and Kingdom Webmin.

Herald (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • Still in need of a deputy.

Knight Marshal (Lady Mairghread Wilson)

  • Positive COVID case at the last Regional practice.  The upcoming Regional practice proposed location is at the covered pavilion in Carrollton.  Requesting $300 for a marshal budget to cover the cost to reserve for Sunday following MWAS.
  • Upcoming practice considerations:
    • This time of year practice is weather permitting; be aware last-minute cancellations may happen.  Vaccination cards or negative COVID tests, and contact tracing info is still required.  Masks outdoors are no longer required, but please be respectful of others and maintain social distance.
  • 1/9/2022 – Practice
  • 1/16/2022 – Practice depends on Marshal coverage (Panhandle weekend)
  • 1/23/2022 – Practice
  • 1/30/2022 – Practice
  • 2/6/2022 – Regional Practice tentatively at the pavilion in Carrollton (back up is Liane Levetan)
  • 2/13/2022 – Practice
  • 2/20/2022 – Practice
  • 2/27/2022 – Practice depends on Marshal coverage (MCA weekend)
  • 3/6/2022 – Practice
  • 3/13/2022 – Practice depends on Marshal coverage (Gulf Wars)
  • 3/20/2022 – Practice depends on Marshal coverage (Gulf Wars)
  • 3/27/2022 – Practice

Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)

  • The Barony held two practices in December.  Attendance was low, but there we were.
  • Thanks to TRMs and Mistress Sibella, a regional practice was held on 12/18 at the Oak Mountain Pavilion in Carrollton.  The practice was a success, and the venue has a great deal of potential.
  • Please note the updates from Kingdom about COVID policy.  
    • Masks are no longer required for outdoor events (including practices).  
    • In Georgia, we CAN and DO require proof of full vaccination or proof of negative Covid test for EVERY event. We also CAN and DO require masks indoors in accordance with Kingdom policy.
  • Post-MWAS Regional Practice
    • Admittedly, my survey didn’t get out as early as I had planned, so small sample size.  As of this meeting, one day’s responses indicated that >90% of those responding would attend a regional fighter practice if we held it in the retaining pond behind the Baronial storage unit.  Of the positive responses, only one suggested that they would not leave a donation to defray costs.
  • For reference, we’ve been discussing possible venues:
    • Oak Mountain Pavilion, Carrollton, GA (where the 12/18 regional practice was held).  $300 flat rate for the day.
    • Liane Levetan Park at Brook Run, Dunwoody, GA (where our regular weekly practices are held).
    • If we use the fields we normally use, there is no charge, but no control over things like parking, and rain would make it difficult
    • The covered pavilion and amphitheater must be rented together, driving up the cost ($500 for up to 4 hours, $1000 for >4 hours).
    • Raven and I looked at some City of Dunwoody Parks.  Park at Pernoshal Court is a pretty good-looking site, $300/day
  • I am looking for a deputy!

Live Weapons (Mistress Mara Palmer)

  • Looking at getting practice up and running soon-ish. Mathias is running point on that if you have questions. 
  • He’s looking at changing locations bc our hosts can’t currently vaccinate and we don’t want them to feel unwelcome at practice on their own property; also them not being vaccinated means a place to go to the restroom isn’t easy to access; new location would still be in that general area though since Owl’s Nest uses us as a practice a lot and east side seems superfluous with the Madoc & Sol Haven practices already on the east & northeast sides of town.
  • We’ll need more loaner arrows eventually. They’re getting kinda sparse, but still manageable for now.
  • Looking at handing over LW to Mathias; Conner wants to stay deputy; QCC? (Also I’ll make a note to tell people that if they aren’t comfortable talking to me about this since Mathias is my husband, they can talk to Nik & Sunneva/Wistric).

Reeve (La Onesta Signore Justina di Silvestri)

  • Bank statement as of December 2021: $11,248.52
  • Our final CW numbers, for the records: 
    • Event Income: $7,728.00
    • Event Expenses: $4,395.79
    • Net Profit: $3,332.21
  • Would like to start the new year with a (not so new) baronial requisition/ reimbursement check process. This is very common in baronies and it will really help with record-keeping and getting your reimbursements to you sooner.
    • What this means is there will be 2 forms that as soon as I tweak the format a little will get those to our Webminister Zhelana so they can be uploaded to the website for easy download: requisition request and a check reimbursement request.
    • A Requisition request is the first step and will cover the description and budget of the baronial funding you need for whatever baronial supplies. This will be reviewed by the Financial Committee, and as always, if over $50.00 will go to the barony for a vote.
      • This will be the exchequers record for when you are ready to submit your receipts through step 2,  the reimbursement check request.
    • These are easy forms and will help record keeping and give me contact info and a trail to reference since it can be months between a vote and a receipt. If you have any questions about it please feel free to reach out and I’m always happy to help guide you through it. 
  • And I’ll say again- Please please please NEVER have personal purchases on a baronial purchase receipt. We cannot refund comingled purchases. 
  • The financial committee is going to meet later this month to go over a yearly budget and inventory review- will keep y’all updated on that next business meeting.
  • This brings us to  2 expenses that are CW/budget overages that the barony needs to vote on:
    • Field supplies purchased for martial activities overage totaling $177.47
    • Field Supplies purchased total: $327.47
    • The allocation for the martial budget in the bid, minus live weapons was $150 so it’s 177.47 to approve.
  • The supplies included in this were The bird netting and 1×2 strips were to make the field safe for combat archery. Rapier Martial Captain Brendan de Hay is the contact on those purchases and can give more details if needed
  • The second is for the overage of $66.71 for archery supplies. The allocation previously voted on was $200, so this will cover the remainder of the cost of those. Mistress Mara Palmer is the contact on these purchases and can give more details if needed.
  • I am also looking for a deputy.

Quartermaster (THL Isabetta de San Marco

  • We have stuff/
  • The three pavilions that were donated have been added to storage and the inventory.

Chatelaine (Lord Nikon Dawidowicz)

  • Sefa reached out to me in November. I’ve been putting her in contact with people with similar interests. 
  • In addition to Sefa being put in touch with people who have common interests, I’ve been meeting up recently with a couple whom I’ve known for a few years.
  • Their names are Viridia and Kayd and they’re really interested in fencing! We’ve been getting together to practice footwork and technique with sport sabers so far.
  • Also, they’ve shown some interest in historic Italian garb, so I pointed them towards Lorenzo’s blog.
  • I’m passing the torch to Ogata next month.

Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • I am looking at several possibilities for demos. Will happily take any suggestions.
  • Challenge issued to all Laurels in the Barony. Make a small something to showcase your persona, passion, or you whatever. I’d like to be able to fill our display tables with things we’ve made. 5 x 8 in or smaller preferred.

Arts & Sciences (THL Alisandre de la Chapelle & HE Rhiannon verch Madyn)

  • We’ll be starting “100 days of A&S” challenge in the next couple of days.  Watch the Baronial Page for the event to go up soon! We want to see what everyone is doing.  It doesn’t have to be fancy and heavily documented. Every day A&S courts!

Provost (Daegam Soong Myeong-Su)

  • Happy New Year! 
  • Looking for classes for the new year to fill out the monthly class schedule. All months are open except November and December for the holidays. Classes will continue to be virtual until further notice. This is a great way to test drive a class to a smaller audience! Contact Seong Myeong Su/Tami King if you’re interested. 
  • Also looking for classes for the upcoming Midwinter on Feb. 5th. The event is now virtual, so classes will be done on Zoom. A link should be posted to the sign-up form on the FB group but you can contact me directly if you’d like! As always, thanks for teaching!
  • Currently still looking for a deputy if you’re interested in organizing classes for the barony and our events.
  • I am looking for a deputy!

Chronicler (Signora Aelia Bassina)

  • Still looking for a deputy!

Social Media Minister (Lady Isabella Parr & Lady Agnes Halydaye

  • Nothing to report at this time.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (DEI), (Vidushi Mewadi Margavati Bai & Lily of South Downs)

  • This year we have some new stuff we can do.
  • I’ve talked to the Kingdom DEI officer and he’s very excited about what we’ve been doing
  • That being said, I’ve only had 6 people take the survey on DEI. Please take the survey. It’s been posted on the Baronial Facebook page.

Webminister (Lady Zhelana Vovkivna)

  • Updated Midwinter to virtual
  • Changed copyright to 2022

Minister of Children (Lady Una Ulfrdottir)

  • I spoke with the Kingdom MoC about virtual kid’s activities, and she says, “There is a prohibition against doing anything virtual with youth. It comes from the BOD & Society Seneschal.” In light of that (and unless there are any objections), I’ll plan on not doing any children’s activities at Midwinter.

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

  • Message us award recommendations, please.
  • Even though we won’t be in person, we would like to acknowledge people. The royals will be holding court so it will be in front of the kingdom.
  • I think more people in the Barony have caught COVID than during the entire pandemic. Please keep yourselves safe. We want to be able to see you in person.

SCA Business

  • Piers
    • I have spoken with Owls Nest and they may be interested in joining us for Artsy Crown.
  • MidWinter
    • Zimon
      • As everyone knows, we are going virtual for MidWinter.
      • It looks like we can get the pavilion for region practice.
        • We spoke about the pros and cons of where to have it a couple of days ago.
      • We could really use some moderators for some of our classes. It’s really easy. We are planning on having a training session for it to help take any scariness away from it.
      • We are going to have several competitions. We aren’t sure when these will be doing on. More will be posted as I know it.
        • Poet Lariet
        • Bardic Champion
      • We still need people to teach classes virtually.
      • We will have a virtual Kingdom A&S competition.
    • Justina
      • If you’ve already paid for MidWinter, please follow the reimbursement procedures for your refund.
    • Wistric
      • Any classes that need to be in person, there has been talk about having at the regional practice.

The business meeting was closed @ 2033.

The next business meeting will be held on 02 February 2022, 1930, Zoom Meeting.

December 2021 BARONIAL BUSINESS MEETING

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

01 December 2021, Time: 1935

Notes submitted by Signora Aelia Bassina, South Downs Chronicler.

Lady Bú Feiyan called the August 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)

  • Castle Wars went well, we made money
  • There is nothing crazy that happened
  • We had a non-martial injury
  • We have one MidWinter bid to go over. I will post it and let Ximon go over it. I do need to talk to the Kingdom Seneschal if there’s anything different we need to do for an indoor event
    • Ximon
      • Isabella Parr is my numbers person so I’ll let her go over it
      • I would like to get opinions on capping attendance, as we want to limit contact between non-pod people
      • Printing was offered by Angharat
    • Isabella
      • There have been small adjustments. 
      • MidWinter is pretty barebones when it comes to budgeting
        • We aren’t going to do any food
        • We only need general supplies
        • We need money for AS, printing budget, site tokens, etc
      • We are charging $10 for the day, pre-reg only. COVID documentation will need to be shown, just like at Castle Wars
    • Midwinter bid has passed

Herald (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • Members of the populace were given out at CW
    • Ælfric Hort -Swan’s Grace
    • Pietro di Conti – Red Raven 
    • Ogata Tarō Hiroyuki – Swan’s Grace
    • Brendan de Hay – Baronial Award of Excellence
    • Piers Simmons – Baronial Award of Excellence
    • Ximón Martillo de Cordoba – Baronial Award of Excellence
    • Mewadi Margavati Bai – Baronial Award of Excellence
  • If anyone needs me to check on names or devices, please let me know
  • I still need a deputy

Knight Marshal (Lady Mairghread Wilson)

  • Castle Wars Event Report has been filed.
  • 16 fighters in Champion’s Tourny
    • King’s Champion (Winner) – Barthelemy of Illyria
    • Queen’s Champion (Based on Chivalry, Courtesy & Prowess) – Iain MacArthur
    • Melees had a couple of calibration issues, but overall went well 
  • Upcoming practice considerations:
    • 12/5/2021 – Practice
    • 12/12/2021 – Practice
    • 12/18/2021 (Sat) – Regional Practice at W GA University; no practice on Sunday
    • 12/26/2021 – Christmas Holiday – NO practice
    • 1/2/2022 – New Year’s Holiday – NO practice

Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)

  • Castle Wars was a success for rapier as well
  • Practices have been happening, and there has been a rapier presence most weeks.  Thanks to Master Ximon & Master Wistric for covering my gaps.
  • We are nearing the point of being able to re-start Tuesday evening practices.  We’ve done one “dry run” with the lights, and I’ve got notes on how to tweak the lighting kit to make it more usable when I’m not there.  I feel like we might try to officially re-start Tuesday evenings at the start of the new year (1/4/22).
  • Speaking of practices, I may not be able to make Sunday this week, due to work issues.  If I can, I will, but I may need some coverage help.

Live Weapons (Mistress Mara Palmer)

  • We had archery at CW and it was good. 
    • We had about 20 people on the range
    • 9 people participated in the Baronial tourney
  • Also since we had to build stands for the event, we’re set for practices once we start them again

Reeve (La Onesta Signore Justina di Silvestri)

  • Castle Wars Total income, minus expenses is in the close estimate of $4,192.40. I have a few other considerations before the number is accurate, and on that topic can anyone who has any holdout receipts that I have not seen please talk to me by the end of the meeting because I have to finish this report for accurate numbers
  • 310 Adults, 55 non-member Adults, and 39 children
  • Also, preregistration only and SCArs is excellent for bookkeeping and is much easier for the staff and I personally am a fan and hope it continues to be something we put to use
  • I forgot to mention, PLEASE keep in mind when you do baronial purchases DO NOT add personal items on the same receipt. I cannot process receipts with personal expenses. 
  • Thanks to the awesome speakers and to Baroness Emelina for sharing the Theodosia colloquia that was hosted at castle wars on social media. I got a ton of interest for future salons and I would like to make it a reoccurring format for discussing a&s, so if you are interested in short ten minutes of sharing your SCA topics, please reach out and I would love to coordinate speakers for future events. Possibly for the next castle wars, I am working on teaming up with the Ca d’Oro Salon of Gulf wars fame to have our own Salone to host.

Quartermaster (Master Ximon Martillo de Cordoba & THL Isabetta de San Marco

  • Thanks to everyone that helped load out and unload for Castle Wars. It is greatly appreciated. It’s little things like that that really help. 
  • In January, Isabetta de San Marco will be taking over as quartermaster and I will be assisting as needed for any help on things. I want to thank her for taking this position over from me, and the baronial inventory is in great hands with her service

Chatelaine (Lord Nikon Dawidowicz)

  • We have a new person, Tiffany. I was, unfortunately, unable to meet her at CW, but Charlie did! She made a wrap-up video for YouTube that was shared with the Barony!

Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • Right now, I do not have anything planned for future demos
    • Do we want to do indoor or outdoor demos in the upcoming months?
      • Ximon expressed concern about doing any indoor demos due to cold and flu season
  • My sister came to CW and would like to volunteer to teach a Medieval Math class

Arts & Sciences (THL Alisandre de la Chapelle & HE Rhiannon verch Madyn)

  • A thank you to the teachers that taught at CW.  
  • A heads up to think about teaching at MW. 
  • A reminder about virtual Magna Faire next weekend (December 11)

Provost (Daegam Soong Myeong-Su)

  • No classes for December for the holidays. 
  • Thanks to all who have taught this year! 
  • Thanks to Lorenzo for organizing classes for CW this year. 
  • Looking for someone for a deputy if someone wants to help organize classes for the barony and our events!

Chronicler (Signora Aelia Bassina)

  • Still looking for a deputy!

Social Media Minister (Lady Isabella Parr & Lady Agnes Halydaye

  • Approved 3 new members to our FB group.
  • 16 new followers on IG. 
  • Castle war was very well received on social media Thank you to everyone who took photos for me!  Some of the kingdom’s photos were even reposted by Society! So good job everyone!!

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (DEI), (Vidushi Mewadi Margavati Bai & Lily of South Downs)

  • There isn’t a whole lot to report
  • Hopefully, we will have something to talk about next month
  • I don’t think there will be a class this month due to it being so close to the holiday period. We are going to push the class to January

Webminister (Lady Zhelana Vovkivna)

  • I have updated all of the plugins and updated WordPress. I also created an account for the Kingdom Eastern Regional Webminister.
  • Added all awards from Castle Wars.
    • Ælfric Hort -Swan’s Grace
    • Pietro di Conti – Red Raven 
    • Ogata Tarō Hiroyuki – Swan’s Grace
    • Brendan de Hay – Baronial Award of Excellence, Meridian Majesty
    • Piers Simmons – Baronial Award of Excellence
    • Ximón Martillo de Cordoba – Baronial Award of Excellence
    • Mewadi Margavati Bai – Baronial Award of Excellence
    • Mairghread Wilson – Argent Comet
    • Ælfric Hort – Weapons Master
    • Isabetta de San Marco – Pelican Writ
  • A page has been set up for all the positions looking for deputies. Please send me that information as soon as possible
  • I am looking for a deputy

Minister of Children (Lady Una Ulfrdottir)

  • We had 12 children attend children’s activities at Castle Wars. 
  • Thank you to Bloody Ridge for letting us use their communal tent since there was nowhere set aside for us to set up. 
    • We mostly had teenagers attend, and I’m glad they had somewhere to go. 
    • They did, however, appear to run off a number of younger SCAdians.
    •  Myndee and I would really like to make splitting up the kids a priority. The teens and pre-teens really need a place to go, but grouping all of the ages together really isn’t working.

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

  • First, thank you for Castle Wars. You guys are the best.
  • I can’t wait to see you all at MidWinter.
  • We need award recommendations.
    • If you don’t want to do the form, please reach out to us.
  • We did have a new award! It’s the Baronial Award of Excellence. It’s something you can award over and over. The regalia is going to be up to the sitting baronage. It’s for outstanding service to the barony.
  • We are looking forward to having in-person meetings in the new year. 
    • We are looking at implementing some of the items from virtual SCA to in-person meetings.

SCA Business

  • Ximon & Isabelle for MidWinter
    • We are looking for teachers, it’s on February 5th (weekend before Superbowl weekend)
    • I don’t know if there’s interest in doing a fighter practice after. Mairghread did mention that a large regional fighter practice that happens after MidWinter
    • We are going to have logistics issues with how many people are going to be in classes and how people are going to move between them. We are going to review that on our physical walkthrough
    • Justina will not have a vigil at MidWinter
    • Troll will be at the gym area, as of right now
    • We don’t know what’s going to happen with the new variant. We’re going to move forward as though it’s going to happen
    • Total props to Isabella for being the numbers person
    • If you have any questions, the best way to contact Ximon, please reach out to him via FB messenger
    • Questions
      • Lily – I wanted to ask if you had any thoughts on quiet spaces? If you could just keep that in mind when you do your walkthrough
        • Ximon – we can do a room. We may not be able to do one on every floor, but we will have a room

The business meeting was closed @ 2033.

The next business meeting will be held on 05 January 2022, 1930, Zoom Meeting.

NOVEMBER 2021 BARONIAL BUSINESS MEETING

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

03 November 2021, Time: 1932

Notes submitted by Signora Aelia Bassina, South Downs Chronicler.

Lady Bú Feiyan called the August 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)

  • We need bids for Midwinter.
  • We have talked about resuming in-person meetings in 2022. That will depend on the availability of the Doraville location and our money.
  • We do need deputies for some of our officers. 
  • Castle Wars is pre-reg only
    • For set up and take down, many hands make light work.

Herald (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • Look for a deputy. 
  • We need shouty people for Castle Wars.

Knight Marshal (Lady Mairghread Wilson)

  • Proof of vaccination (2nd shot – no later than 2 wks prior) or Negative Covid test w/in 72 hrs (Dated no earlier than noon on Thursday the week of).  This applies to fighters as well as spectators.  Please sign up in the Sign Up Genius to make reporting contact tracing rosters to the Kingdom each week easier on your marshals.
  • Event is defined in Corpora as any official SCA activity (Event, Demo, Practice, Mtg, etc)
  • Masks are still required for now.
  • Upcoming practice considerations:
    • 11/7/2021 – Conjuration – Possible demo? – rumored that 1/2 the rooms normally used for vendor space are under construction
    • 11/14/2021 – Crown Lyst – No practice unless other Marshal coverage
    • 11/21/2021 – Castle Wars – NO practice
    • 11/28/2021 – Thxgiving – Practice if desired

Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)

  • Practices have been happening, and there has been a rapier presence most weeks.
  • The Rapier Marshal in Training (RMiT) program has re-started.  If you are interested in becoming a Rapier Marshal, contact the Kingdom Rapier Marshal (KRM).  There is a class, and you must assist in the marshaling of several events and/or practices to be warranted as a “Marshal At Large.”  A Marshal at Large can act as Rapier Marshal in Charge of events, demos, practices, etc.
  • This is near and dear to my heart because I can’t always be available for every practice or event.  The more warranted rapier marshals we have available, the more flexible we can be.  Also, I could use a deputy with an eye for replacing me in this position at some future date.
  • A reminder of current KRM policy…. It is requested that each of us take a “re-authorization” real soon.  It can be as simple as taking a few passes with an experienced fencer from outside our regular circle and follow up with fresh paperwork.  This will help move forward the goal of creating a digital authorization card.
  • I will be unavailable for this Sunday’s practice.  Is there a warranted rapier marshal who can cover for me?
  • The city of Dunwoody has added power outlets on the edge of our practice field.  I’m working on a lighting package that will allow us to restore Tuesday evening practices.  My hope is for a test run on Tuesday, 11/23.
  • My focus now is on Castle Wars:  Open for Business
    • If possible, any authorizations or refresher authorizations should be done before the event or on Friday, because Saturday will be packed
    • Anyone currently enrolled in the Rapier Marshal in Training program can get some of their warranting requirements fulfilled at this event, contact me
    • Saturday schedule starts at 0800 in an attempt to start Their Majesties’ Champions tournaments on time.
    • The afternoon rapier activities will be pretty intensive, but there will be space for pickups, training, and further authorizations, PENDING THE AVAILABILITY OF MARSHALS

Live Weapons (Mistress Mara Palmer)

  • Practice is still on hold for right now
  • I need target stands for Castle Wars. We are building three more right now. It’s costing $130. Things aren’t cheap right now. $200 should be enough to get live weapons back up and running with everything we need. 

Reeve (Mistress Alessandra Giovanna Fioravanti & La Onesta Signore Justina di Silvestri)

  • We are in the process of switching over signatures for the bank
  • We do have money. As of the end of the month, we have $7,745.76
  • Just remember that if you make any purchases that need to be reimbursed, please make them separate from your personal purchases.

Quartermaster (Master Ximon Martillo de Cordoba

  • We have stuff!
  • I would like for Isabetta to take over for me and I will be her deputy.
  • It was decided to get a tube for the baronial pavilion. Wistric has it and will check to ensure that it is big enough.
  • On Saturday, Lady Agnes has asked to view things for the Royal Luncheon. If anyone else needs access, please let me know. 
  • We need a few things:
    • Index Cards
    • In the Baronial Feast gear, we are missing blue goblets
    • We need new parking signs
    • When Isabetta takes over, there will be a new way to sign things in and out.

Chatelaine (Lord Nikon Dawidowicz)

  • Nothing new to report

Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • Nothing to report

Arts & Sciences (THL Alisandre de la Chapelle)

  • Nothing to report

Provost (Daegam Soong Myeong-Su)

  • Class this month is Site Heraldry with Baron Kalbardr

Chronicler (Signora Aelia Bassina)

  • Still looking for a deputy. Please let me know if anyone is interested.

Social Media Minister (Lady Isabella Parr

  • Made castle wars facebook event. 
  • We held a steady 3% Facebook page growth and had 6 new people join the FB group. 
  • Nothing to report about Instagram or Twitter accounts 
  • Also, I got a deputy! Lady Agnes Halydaye

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (DEI), (Vidushi Mewadi Margavati Bai & Lily of South Downs)

  • The class this month will be on Extra-European Scribal Arts.
  • It is a panel of artisans discussing their various fields of focus, hosted by Lady Lily, South Downs DEI deputy. It will be during the third Wednesday meeting, at 7:00 pm on November 17th. Zoom details will be posted the day of the event on the South Downs Facebook page.
  • The survey for feedback on DEI has been extended for an extra month! I will be closing it the evening of the November DEI meeting. So if you haven’t done so, please fill it out. The form can be found here: https://forms.gle/uGXdjqjwVAAau3Tr5

Webminister (Lady Zhelana Vovkivna & HE Piers Simmons)

  • Various Castle Wars updates
  • Updated all of the plugins

Minister of Children (Lady Una Ulfrdottir)

  • Nothing report

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

  • As usual, I love you guys. You are the best barony.
  • Wistric and I went to Gatalop and it was really nice to see people and see people wearing masks and being safe. 
  • We need award recommendations
    • Message me, message Wistric and we can take care of it. This goes for Kingdom awards as well!

SCA Business

  • Castle Wars
    • THURSDAY 11/18
      • 3:00 pm EDT- Site opens to event participants for set up of camps and help needed for any other event things. There are no scheduled activities.
      • PLEASE NOTE:
      • **TROLL CLOSES at 11:00 pm EDT, no one is allowed access into the site after this time.**
    • FRIDAY 11/19
      • 12:00 noon EDT- TROLL / Covid check-in opens
      • 12:00 noon EDT- Main field open for pickups and any needed authorizations will start
      • OPEN TIME – If Castle Walls are on site, we will have a setup party
      • 5:00 pm EDT to 11:00 pm EDT – Fighter’s open mixer. (maybe a possible team torchlight tourney?) This is a chance for
      • fighters to get warmed up for championship tournaments on Saturday and for everyone be social. (Please mask up and practice social distancing when not fighting)
      • PLEASE NOTE:
      • **TROLL CLOSES at 11:00 pm EDT, no one is allowed access into site after this time. **
    • SATURDAY 11/20
    • **Please listen for announcements for Arts and Sciences classes and other activities.**
    • 7:00 am EDT – TROLL OPENS , **PLEASE HAVE ALL OF YOUR ITEMS NEEDED AND READY FOR TROLL TO GET CHECKED IN QUICKLY AND EFFICIENTLY AS POSSIBLE**
    • 8:00 AM EDT- ARMOR INSPECTION OPENS
    • 8:30 am- 9:30 AM EDT – “Coffee with the Crown” (bring your coffee, your chair and chat with their Majesties )
    • 9:00 am EDT – CHAMPIONS TOURNAMENTS BEGIN
    • 12:00 NOON EDT- Lunch break and COURT OPENS
    • 30 MINS AFTER COURT – Melee scenarios will begin.
    • 30 MINS AFTER ALL MELEE SCENARIOS ARE COMPLETED –
    • Non-Martial activities WILL COMMENCE! Please have fun and celebrate responsibly!
    • Marshal in Charge (Reporting Marshal):  Ldy Mairghread Wilson (Charmone Newell)
    • Add’l Marshals:  Sir William Colquitt (William Jackson) & Sir Vasilii Dragomere (Wes Babb)
      • Lyst Mistress:  Ailleghean (Rachel Strange)
      • Fri:
        • Field & castle set up, inspections & authorizations, pick-up fights
  • Sat:
    • 0800-0900 Armor Inspections 
    • 0900-1200 Champion Tourneys
    • 1200 Court/Lunch
    • 30 mins after court until sundown (5 pm-ish) – Melee Scenarios
      • Field (non-rez)
      • Bridge (non-rez)
      • Castle (limited rez)
  • Both Archery & Thrown will only be open on Saturday, 11/20.
    • *I will be arriving by 8 am. If the range is set up sooner than 9 am, then we will start sooner than 9 am.
    • Nathri Mac Conaill is running Thrown.
    • ARCHERY
      • 9-11 am: Queen’s Yeoman
      • 10-11 am: Youth Live Weapons Champion
      • Post-Court: South Downs Baronial Champion, Open Range
    • THROWN
      • 9-11 am: King’s Huntsman
      • Post-Court: Open Range
      • More details TBA once I have them.
  • Sunday, we have to be off-site by noon. When things start wrapping up on Saturday if you could help break things down that would be great.
  • Midwinter
    • If you’re potentially interested in putting in a bid, please let me or Nik know.
    • If you think that an indoor event isn’t a good idea, we can talk about looking at outdoor space.
    • If you need help with the bid form, let us know.

The business meeting was closed @ 2051.

The next business meeting will be held on 01 December 2021, 1930, Zoom Meeting.

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