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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.

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.

October 2021 Baronial Business Meeting

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

06 October 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)

  • The BOD has issued a Vaccine/Negative testing statement starting on October 8th.
  • The home test will not be accepted.
  • There will need to be at least one person at troll that will check vaccination/testing status as their sole job at troll.
  • Click here for the announcement.
  • Approval was received to get a new tub to hold the baronial pavilion.

Herald (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • Looking for a deputy.
  • Need voice heralds for Castle Wars.

Knight Marshal (Lady Mairghread Wilson)

  • Beginning this Sunday 10/10/2021, Proof of vaccination (2nd shot – no later than 2 wks prior) or Negative Covid test within 72 hrs (Dated no earlier than noon on Thursday the week of).  
  • This applies to fighters as well as spectators of any age.
  • Event is defined in Corpora as any official SCA activity (Event, Demo, Practice, Mtg, etc)
  • Masks are still required for now.
  • Upcoming practice considerations:
    • 10/31/2021 – Coronation – No practice unless other Marshal coverage (also Holiday)
    • 11/7/2021 – Conjuration – Possible demo?
    • 11/14/2021 – Crown Lyst – No practice unless other Marshal coverage
    • 11/21/2021 – Castle Wars – NO practice
    • 11/28/2021 – Thanksgiving – Practice

Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)

  • Practices have been happening, Sunday afternoons at Liane Levetan Park in Dunwoody, concurrent with Armored fighter practice. 
  • Numbers are low, but understandably so in the current weather and public health environment.
  • Castle Wars planning is in progress. 
    • Queen’s Champion Tournament in the morning, melee activity in the afternoon. 
    • More info to come.

Live Weapons (Mistress Mara Palmer)

  • Nothing to report.

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

  • Nothing to report

Quartermaster (Master Ximon Martillo de Cordoba

  • Nothing to report.. we have stuff

Chatelaine (Lord Nikon Dawidowicz)

  • We had a new person join us last week, Jasmine!

Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • Nothing to report

Arts & Sciences (THL Alisandre de la Chapelle)

  • We’re planning a mostly virtual A&S comp for CW on the theme of “commerce & trade” since the theme of CW is Open for Business.  Make something that would have been sold/traded be it local market Faire or down the Silk Road and tell who would have made it and who would have bought it.  
  • Prizes TBD.  
  • If anyone wants to offer a prize for a specific subcategory (ie woven item?  Item that traveled the Silk Road? Things like that) please talk to Rhi and I

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

  • Nothing to report

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

  • Lady Lily will be leading a discussion on extra-European scribal

Webminister (Lady Zhelana Vovkivna & HE Piers Simmons)

  • Canceled Red Tower
  • Changed fighter practice location
  • Added vaccination/testing policy to fighter practice page

Minister of Children (Lady Una Ulfrdottir)

  • Nothing report

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

  • 9 Lives Tourney is being hosted by our cousins to the west at the regional fighter practice this weekend; participate if you can; donate if you can (link shared on Baronial Facebook group)
  • Please send award recommendations for Castle Wars – Baronial Court will be at noon with the Royal Court. 
  • We have a new head retainer, Annelisa Wolf (mka Rebecca Scott). If you’re interested in retaining (either participating or learning more about it), reach out to her or her deputy, Justina. 
  • Baronial Pavilion Tub
    • Two options ($40 45gal. w/ wheels. $70 70gal. w/ wheels). 
    • Red one (45 gal.) should work but requested Barony allocate for the higher price ($70 plus tax) in case it’s needed.

SCA Business

  • Ximon
    • Castle Wars is coming!
    • McIntosh Reserve is in Georgia and near Carrolton. We went out there and the site looks good.
    • We are getting a flyer together and create the Facebook page/Website
    • We are going to need to do:
      • Looking for volunteers
      • People to help set up/take down the castle
      • No feast, no fundraiser
      • Help loading the trailer
    • There will be a South Downs encampment
    • No ground fires!
    • The signal is not very good out at the site, so it may not be able to be live-streamed. We will be looking into recording court and uploading it after the event.
    • There is no schedule yet.
    • More information will be available for the November Business Meeting.
  • Ximon
    • Next Wednesday is project night.
  • Ælfric
    • Will we have live weapons for Castle Wars?
      • Nikoslav: We will speak with Mara regarding that.
  • Emelina
    • Now that we have this vaccination check in place, are we going to have meetings in person again?
      • Wistric: We will need to see if we can get the old meeting spot. We would like to hear from people regarding this, informally. We may need to wait until after we get our Castle Wars money.
      • Nikoslav: I’m going to email the kingdom Seneschal and see if there has been any decision on indoor gatherings.
    • Since we already have outside fighter practice, can we do the meetings then as well?
      • Wistric: We can look into that.
  • Wistric
    • Midwinter is coming up. If you would be interested in autocratic that, please let us know.

The business meeting was closed @ 2032.

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

September 2021 Baronial Business Meeting

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

01 September 2021, Time: 1930

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)

  • Nothing big new.
  • All the stuff for Castle Wars has started.
  • Concerning Red Tower, with the new COVID numbers in mind, I will be making an announcement regarding Red Tower. I will have a final announcement on that by Friday. If you have any input, please let me know.
  • There is a survey that was put out by the Kingdom Seneschal regarding being for or against vaccines for events.

Herald (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • We are looking for people to help at Red Tower and Castle Wars with field and site Heraldry. 
  • Congrats to Ælfric on his Meridian Cross.

Knight Marshal (Lady Mairghread Wilson)

  • Heavy practices started off strong initially; 12-14 fighters.  After the mask mandate was put back in place our numbers have dropped off considerably.
  • Upcoming practice considerations:
    • 9/5/2021 – Dragon Con – poll yes/no to have practice
    • 9/19/2021 – Red Tower – NO PRACTICE ON SUNDAY
    • 10/3/2021 – Gulf Wars – No practice unless Gulf gets canceled or other Marshal coverage
    • 10/10/2021 – Gulf Wars – No practice unless Gulf gets canceled or other Marshal coverage
    • 10/31/2021 – Coronation – No practice unless other Marshal coverage
  • Heavy combat schedule for Red Tower:
    • 0900-1000   Armor Inspection
    • 1000-1200   Red Tower Tourney (Format – Double Elim)
    • 1200-1300   Lunch
    • 1300-1430   Baroness Prize Tourney (Format – TBD)
    • 1500-1630   9-Lives Charity Tourney (Format – William Marshal)
  • Youth Combat:
    • Div I & II have been suspended until further notice due to skyrocketing COVID rates & lack of vaccination availability in these age divisions.  
    • Div III (14-17 yr olds) can resume fighting but will wear a mask the entire time, on and off the field, along with any adults who are authorized to spar with youth

Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)

  • Practices have been happening, Sunday afternoons at Liane Levetan Park in Dunwoody, concurrent with Armored fighter practice.  Numbers are low, but understandably so in the current weather and public health environment.
  • Personally, I’m just finishing up a work project that has completely absorbed my time for the last couple of months, and Raven and I are in the process of moving our residence (still in South Downs).  Please bear with me as I re-emerge, but I am still planning on marshaling at Red Tower.  Look for some rapier-related publicity this week.
  • The Nine Lives Tourney, this year to be held at Red Tower does include a rapier list.  Buy some lives, save some cats!

Live Weapons (Mistress Mara Palmer)

  • Nothing to report.

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

  • Insurance for castle wars has been paid

Quartermaster (Master Ximon Martillo de Cordoba

  • Isabetta, Bu, and I went to storage several weeks ago and. Went through and culled out the food and supplies that were out of date. Isabetta graciously has worked to update and reorganize the inventory list and both she and I went to storage last week and performed counts and reorganized the shelves that all of the items were stored at and items are now all grouped by function of use. We do have a few more items that we need to account for, but it’s organized well enough. 
  • We did find that most of the gold key clothing was in cardboard boxes and most were not covered. I would like to ask the barony to review the cost of 6 totes to be purchased.  They are $11.98 each. We also need to purchase a new rolling tote for the Baron pavilion. I’ll get the cost of that later.(thought I had that…?) I know this still has to be approved by the financial committee but the Barony should be aware.

Chatelaine (Lord Nikon Dawidowicz)

  • We don’t have much. 
  • The quarterly report is due by the 10th but I’ll have that in plenty of time.

Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • I am putting a hold on indoor demos until the COVID situation improves. 
  • I would like to have an outdoor demo at the Westside Pop-up in October. (I will need permission from Barony as it will cost $25)

Arts & Sciences (THL Alisandre de la Chapelle)

  • The quarterly Report has been submitted. 
  • Not much else to report.

Provost (Daegam Soong Myeong-Su)

  • Class this month will be taught with Baroness Emelina with a title TBD
  • We have an opening in October should anyone want to teach next month

Chronicler (Signora Aelia Bassina)

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

Social Media Minister (Lady Isabella Parr

  • Created the Red Tower event. Related pre-reg is required and you now can find the URL link either in the about section or by hitting the tickets button on the event page. 
  • We’ve gotten a spam post within the group. The post was swiftly dealt with by our lovely Baroness so Thank you! 😊 After looking into the poster, It was clearly a fake profile that I kicked from the group. Hopefully, that solves everything. If you notice a spam post please feel free to report it and/ or send me a Facebook message. It really doesn’t matter the hour you message me- I keep odd hours 🙂
  • Also, I’m seeking a deputy

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

  • This month we will be having a class because it was highly requested, Bystander Intervention on our usual DEI night. It’s a great class at conflict management. 

Webminister (Lady Zhelana Vovkivna & HE Piers Simmons)

  • Updated Plugins
  • Deleted unused themes 
  • Announced Red Tower pre-reg
  • Updates to Red Tower site

Minister of Children (Lady Una Ulfrdottir)

  • Nothing report

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

  • Thank you to everybody who participated in the poll about vaccine policy. Results have been posted to the Baronial Facebook group on the post with the link to the poll. Results have also been sent to the SCA president, Seneschal, and BOD.
  • A very similar poll is up on the kingdom Facebook group and Baronial FB group. Please participate in that one as well so that the Kingdom Seneschal can accurately report the views of the entire kingdom to the BOD.
  • Her Majesty recently shared a letter that she sent to the BOD encouraging them to reconsider the policy, and I know some of you have also written to them on the matter recently. Pressure is increasing.
  • If you feel strongly about the SCA’s vaccination policy, however you feel, please write to the president@sca.org and comments@sca.org.
  • However, the next scheduled BOD call isn’t until the same day as Red Tower. So Red Tower, if it goes forward, will be held under the current kingdom rules (see Nik). We understand folks are worried about the risk of transmission under the current rules, and we share your concerns. 
  • We urge everybody to do what is best for the health of yourself and everybody around you, including vaccination, masking, maintaining social distance, hand sanitizer, and, if need be, staying home.

SCA Business

  • Red Tower – Iazzie
    • We’re renting a pavilion and using the space in front of it. The area that we have is small. 
    • The site will open at 8 am. That’s the time the area opens so we can’t open earlier than that. Though, if people arrive early, the gates are normally open.
    • Everything will be pre-reg. You will need to get the parking pass on your own. We do not want to have a til there.
    • There are several areas that could be used for Childrens’ activities and a quiet place if needed.
    • The area where classes would be is very big. There are close restrooms as well as electric outlets.
    • This isn’t a state-run park so annual passes won’t work. This is a county park and you will need to pick up your pass on the way in.
  • Castle Wars – Ximon
    • We are actively looking for people to help out for staff.
    • I have talked to the marshals. We are planning right now but will need a goodly amount of marshals.
    • The plan right now is Their Majesties will hold court after lunch, not after fighting.
    • We are still in the early stages and I want to thank Alisandre for handing out the check so we were able to get insurance.
    • In case we can’t have the event in person, we have started talking about online things. 
    • We are looking at maybe doing a raffle or a silent auction to help play for our storage.

 

The business meeting was closed @ 2008.

The next business meeting will be held on 06 October 2021, 1930, Zoom Meeting.

August 2021 Baronial Business Meeting

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

04 August 2021, Time: 1931

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)

  • The board is removing a good portion of the restrictions as of August 1st.
  • The kingdom restrictions should be out in the next few days. This is what we will be doing for the foreseeable future.
  • We have one Castle Wars bid. The financial committee has approved it. I will post a link to the bid.
    • Motion approved.

Herald (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • My quarterly report will be sent this week. 
  • If anyone has done any heraldry things or taught classes, I would love to include these.
  • If you have any classes you would like to see taught, please let me know.

Knight Marshal (Lady Mairghread Wilson)

  • Official Heavy Fighting Practices are up & running 12-3 pm at Liane Levetan Park
  • We will continue operating under Phase 1 guidelines until further notice from Kingdom
  • Reopening guidelines for Phase 1:
    • All Kingdom Guidelines will be adhered to include masks worn for non-vaccinated folks
    • Heavy & Rapier are able to practice on the same day/time, but at opposite ends of the greenspace to limit exposure and count our numbers separately toward the 20 allowable.
    • If we have under 20 combined, will we practice together (numbers include all spectators as well)
    • Heavy & Rapier have been combined onto a pre-registration sign up through Sign Up Genius to help facilitate the limited attendance (link posted to South Downs & Atlanta SCA Fighting Facebook pages as well as the Baronial website for those not on Facebook).  
      • Both fighters and spectators need to sign up in advance.  
      • Pre-reg collects info needed for Kingdom Rosters (mundane name, contact info, blue card info/waiver on site) which have to be submitted w/in 7 days of activity
      • “Walk-ins” will be allowed until capacity is reached.   
        • Walk-ins must fill out their info on a paper roster.  
        • If not signed up in advance you run the risk of being asked to leave.  
        • It is much easier to sign up in advance rather than have to do all that while you are trying to put on armor.
        • If you do not have a blue card, cannot remember your blue card info, or your membership is expired; you will be signing a waiver
    • You must have all your own kit.  Loaner gear will not be available for heavy fighting until a later Phase of reopening.
    • We will provide a water cooler; however, you must provide your own cup/drinking vessel
  • Red Tower
  • Double elimination (single bout; finals best two out of 3) Red Tower Tournament
  • Possibly Baronial prize fights? (Format TBD by their Excellencies)
  • Possibly Diamond Tourney (Single or double elimination depending on time/participants)?
  • NO PRACTICE THAT SUNDAY 19 Sept 2021

Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)

  • See above.

Live Weapons (Mistress Mara Palmer)

  • Nothing to report.

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

  • The Red tower site deposit has been returned and deposited.

Quartermaster (Master Ximon Martillo de Cordoba

  • This upcoming Saturday is Meridies homecoming hangout.. starting at 7:30. I’ll be holding a room for fighters. Come join if you are interested.
  • We are doing Baronial inventory/straightening up this Saturday. Starting at 8:30 if anyone is interested in toting barges and lifting bales as well as straightening items in boxes.

Chatelaine (Lord Nikon Dawidowicz & Cellach ingen Oengusa)

  • Not a lot of new people expressing interest.
    • Mairghread: There has been a new guy at practice.

Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • Our demo on Aug 1st was a success. Westside Pop-up Market seems like a good place to have a stall every few months. 
  • Next demo is Aug 7th on the Eastside. 
  • Please see the Facebook event for details.

Arts & Sciences (THL Alisandre de la Chapelle)

  • We have Arts and we have Sciences. 
  • If anyone did any Arts and/or Sciences please put them in our A&S tracking sheet. It would be lovely to have a big list to pass on to the Kingdom.

Provost (Daegam Soong Myeong-Su)

  • Class this month is Daoist Internal Alchemy with Bu Feiyan! As always, if anyone is interested in teaching a class for the Barony, they are welcome to host a separate workshop or class on another night if that works best for them. Just message me and we can get you on the schedule!

Chronicler (Signora Aelia Bassina)

  • Still looking for a deputy. Please let me know if anyone is interested.
  • Thank you to everyone who sent me their reports. It is very much appreciated!

Social Media Minister (Lady Isabella Parr

  • Made the Red Tower event page. 
  • We got new followers on Instagram, Twitter, and our baronial Facebook page.
    • Engagement on our page is up by 17% for the month. 
  • We have gained a few new members to our baronial group as well.

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

  • We had a class on deaf accessibility last month, that was great (but the recording hasn’t been posted yet). 
  • This month we’ll be doing a DEI update session, so I can share all the stuff that’s new since we started this office in 2020.

Webminister (Lady Zhelana Vovkivna & HE Piers Simmons)

  • Created the Red Tower Website
  • Created the Castle Wars Website just waiting for content.
  • Created the MidWinter Website just waiting for content.
  • Added the board of directors announcement concerning reopening On July 3rd
  • Added the south downs fighter practice post from our knight marshal. 
  • Added message from the Kingdom Seneschal about September 1st
  • Added the Bod post about the August 1st suspension of in-person.
  • Updated all of our plugins. 
  • Updated Website to wordpress 5.8

Minister of Children (Lady Una Ulfrdottir)

  • Nothing to report

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

  • We are super excited to have Red Tower coming. Super Excited to hang out in a field with our friends.
  • We get to have a court, so if you know of anyone that deserves recognition, please let us know. We could use them for Castle Wars as well. 
  • The baronal day shade is in a bin that is falling apart. It’s going to cost $50 + tax. Because of the cost, it’s not something for the financial committee.
  • Midwinter is 6 months out. Please get bids in for that. Make art for it.
  • Can’t wait to see you all!

SCA Business

  • Lily: With the variant and there is new CDC guidance, does that change the policy for events coming up, specifically mask requirements?
    • Nikoslav: A lot of that will be addressed in the kingdom guidance coming out soon.
  • Piers: As everyone knows, I am the deputy Webminister. The Webminister will be coming back, but she has asked for time. If you need anything, please reach out to her and she will let me know.
    • Nikoslav: Thank you for the work you’ve done so far.

The business meeting was closed @ 2031.

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

July 2021 Baronial Business Meeting

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

07 July 2021, Time: 1932

Notes submitted by Signora Aelia Bassina, South Downs Chronicler.

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

Officers Reports

Seneschal, (Master Nikoslav Mikolaevich)

  • Red Tower
    • Pre-reg only. However, things are changing each week so we may have pay at the door.
    • Bid passed

Herald (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • The 2021 Virtual Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium coming up July 9-11, 2021

Knight Marshal (Lady Mairghread Wilson)

  • Official Heavy Fighting Practice will reopen 18 July from 12-3 pm at Liane Levetan Park
  • Reopening guidelines for Phase 1:
    • All Kingdom Guidelines will be adhered to include masks worn for non-vaccinated folks
    • Heavy & Rapier are able to practice on the same day/time, but at opposite ends of the greenspace to limit exposure and count our numbers separately toward the 20 allowable.
    • Heavy will be using a pre-registration sign up through Sign Up Genius to help facilitate the limited attendance (to be sent out after the meeting).  
      • Both fighters and spectators need to sign up in advance.  
      • Pre-reg collects info needed for Kingdom Rosters (mundane name, contact info, blue card info/waiver on site) which have to be submitted w/in 7 days of activity
      • “Walk-ins” will be allowed until capacity is reached.   
        • Walk-ins must fill out their info on a paper roster.  
        • If not signed up in advance you run the risk of being asked to leave.  
    • You must have all your own kit.  Loaner gear will not be available for heavy fighting until a later Phase of reopening.
    • We plan to conduct armor/weapon inspections at fighter practices for a several weeks to make sure everyone’s kits are in order 
    • You will be responsible for your own hydration

Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)

  • Per postings on the various relevant Facebook groups:  With our entry to Phase 1 of re-opening, I plan to start rapier practices this coming Sunday, 7/11, at noon, at Liane Levetan/Brook Run Park I Dunwoody.
  • Per current regulations, policies, and very prudent precautions, we are limited to 20 participants, and we must keep an attendance roster in case there is a need for contact tracing. Therefore, pre-registration is required.  Sign up is via a Google form, link is in my previous fb posts.
  • Feel free to contact me with questions, fb Messenger or email (rm.southdowns@meridies.org).
  • Royal University of Meridies is coming up, 7/16-18.  Please join us online.  If my day is shaping up as expected, I’m in a RUM organizational meeting as this report is being delivered, and I promise to post anything relevant as soon as I can.

Live Weapons (Mistress Mara Palmer)

  • Unlike rapier and heavy, live weapons is combined with Owl’s Nest.
  • Per HM, Live Weapons can’t resume until Phase 2.
    • It’s a moot point until we have new target stands. 
    • 3 target stands will be about $100

Reeve (La Onesta Signore Justina di Silvestri)

  • Quarterly bill for storage unit is paid.

Quartermaster (Master Ximon Martillo de Cordoba

  • I have decided to delay inventory until early August and will contact people that I feel need to be at that inventory

Chatelaine (Lord Nikon Dawidowicz & Cellach ingen Oengusa)

  • Prince Wulfstan is looking to make recruiting videos (starting with twenty-somethings, I think) if anyone wants to get involved
  • Spoke about recruitment with Wistric last week.

Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)

  • I have not heard back from any of my contacts.
  • If anyone has any ideas where we can do demos, please send them to me.
    • Especially in a place with a minority presence.

Arts & Sciences (THL Alisandre de la Chapelle)

  • There will be a sew-a-long for a rectangular tunic/shift using the seamstrue custom pattern generator starting in a week or two details will be on the FB group as they unfold
  • I’d also like to plan a FineFabrics field trip for this weekend.  What are the parameters we need to follow? Max 20, must have a roster of who was there but we don’t have to pre reg?

Provost (Daegam Soong Myeong-Su)

  • Class this month will be Constructive Criticism and A&S Feedback with Acharya Mewadi Margavati Bai. 
  • I’m always looking for alternative classes for the barony, so please feel free to reach out to me if you have a class or workshop that you’d like to teach and we can schedule something. Doesn’t have to always be on class nights if anyone wants to host a workshop on the weekend or a longer class.

Chronicler (Signora Aelia Bassina)

  • I will be working on the next Newsletter and should have it out soon.
  • Still looking for a deputy. Please let me know if anyone is interested.
  • Thank you to everyone who sent me their reports. It is very much appreciated!

Social Media Minister (Lady Isabella Parr

  • We have social media ( aka nothing to report)

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

  • We’re having a DEI class this month, but Lily and I are still working out the details. We will announce the topic ASAP!

Webminister (Lady Zhelana Vovkivna & HE Piers Simmons)

  • Updated all of the plugins on the site
  • Added the covid-19 reopening plan with new guidance from his majesty.
  • Posted kingdom Senschal’s message about COVID reopening. 
  • Added the board of directors announcement concerning reopening 
  • Created a baronal progress page and added the events their excellencies plan to go to.

Minister of Children (Lady Una Ulfrdottir)

  • Nothing to report

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

  • We miss you guys!

SCA Business

  • Lady Mairghread Wilson
    • Bu had talked about doing signs. I’m not sure what signs she was talking about. 
      • Laser etched on wood, something permanent.
    • Did we get a bid for Castle Wars?
      • Yes, it will be passed to the financial committee.
      • Pre-reg only.
      • Ximon: We are planning on having it at McIntosh. We’re going to keep the same time format. A couple of things we are going to try to do, we have an idea for a scenario for a war. 

The business meeting was closed @ 2107.

The next business meeting will be held on 04 August 2021, 1930, Zoom Meeting.

JUNE 2021 BARONIAL BUSINESS MEETING

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

02 June 2021, Time: 1940

Notes submitted by Signora Aelia Bassina, South Downs Chronicler.

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

Officers Reports

Seneschal, (Master Nikoslav Mikolaevich)

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

Herald (Lady Bú Feiyan)

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

Knight Marshal (Lady Mairghread Wilson)

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

Rapier Marshal (Captain Brendan de Hay)

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

Live Weapons (Mistress Mara Palmer)

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

Reeve (La Onesta Signore Justina di Silvestri)

  • We have money.
  • No new business.

Quartermaster (Master Ximon Martillo de Cordoba

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

Chatelaine (Lord Nikon Dawidowicz)

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

Demo Deputy (Lady Bú Feiyan)

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

Arts & Sciences (THL Alisandre de la Chapelle)

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

Provost (Daegam Soong Myeong-Su)

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

Chronicler (Signora Aelia Bassina)

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

Social Media Minister (Lady Isabella Parr

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

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

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

Webminister (Lady Zhelana Vovkivna & HE Piers Simmons)

  • Updated Nikoslav’s profile: Added Senechal

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

Minister of Children (Lady Una Ulfrdottir)

  • Nothing to report

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

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

SCA Business

  • None

The business meeting was closed @ 2040.

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