Letter from the Seneschal

Greetings to the Most Excellent Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands!

There’s a chill in the air and the days are getting shorter. It’s time to pull out the woolly sweaters, cocoa, and fuzzy slippers. It’s also the time that many of us turn to more peaceful pursuits to help us get through the long nights.

While you’re planning your winter activities, please consider taking a few moments to write in the people that inspire you for a Baronial or Kingdom award. It only takes a few minutes and it is a good way for you to share the accomplishments of others. There are online forms available at the Baronial website and at the Kingdom website to make it even easier to share the accomplishments of the many talented people we are fortunate to have here in the Barony. The Online Award Recommendation Form for the Barony or the Kingdom Award Recommendation Form are the quickest and easiest way of making sure that the right people are contacted.

For those of you who use social media, we recently welcomed a new Social Media Deputy, Brehyres Gwendolyn the Graceful, OL. She will be moderating the Facebook group and is your point of contact if you would like to have something posted to Stórfréttir, our online blog. She can be reached at socialmedia (at) debatablelands.org.

We have also unveiled a new way for you to share your ideas, concerns, or recommendations for things that you would like to see happening in the Barony, the Baronial Suggestion Box. The Suggestion Box has is space to enter your name and email address if you would prefer a direct response. You also have the option to submit your feedback anonymously, as that tends to clear barriers to offering honest, constructive feedback. Please contact us so that persistent problems are not permitted to continue becoming a source of conflict, unhappiness, and apathy towards participating with the Barony.

We have our annual Twelfthnight celebration coming up on 13 January 2018 at the North Park Lodge. This is also when we will be holding our next Barony Meeting. The event announcement is on the BMDL website (here is a direct link).

We also have another event coming in February – Tavern in the Park. You should see an event announcement from Elß soon.

My term as Seneschal will be coming to an end in February, and I will be seeking a second term, however, I am calling for letters. Send your letter to the Baronage and to me – baron(at)debatablelands.org, baroness(at)debatablelands.org, and seneschal(at)debatablelands.org. The deadline for letters is Thursday, 1 February 2018 to allow sufficient time for your letter to be reviewed by the Officers’ prior to the February Business Meeting on 7 February 2018.

As always, if you have any ideas about how to improve anything in the Barony or have concerns, I am available via email (seneschal@debatablelands.org), in person at events and meetings, or using our new Baronial Suggestion Box.

In Service to the Barony,

Odriana, Seneschal