June 2016 – Officer’s Meeting Minutes

Starting with the June 2016 Meeting, the minutes for Officer’s Meeting will be made available here on the Blog by the end of the month of that Officer’s Meeting. If you have any questions, please contact the Seneschal, Odriana vander Brugghe.

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Meeting Date: 1 June 2016
Minutes Recorded by: Odriana vander Brugghe, Seneschal

Attendance
Present-
Baron, Brandubh O’Donnghaile
Baroness, Hilderun Hugelman
Seneschal, Odriana vander Brugghe
Herald, Jorundr hinn rotin
Knight Marshal, Isenwulf Thorolfsson
Exchequer, Hara Kikumatsu
Mistress of the Lists, Elizabeth Arrowsmith
Webminister, Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie

Proxied-
Minister of Arts and Sciences
Chronicler

Other Attendees-
Keiran MacRae, Ceindrech verch Elidir, Cairdha Eilis, Elizabeth Arrowsmith, Alethea Cowle, Alister MacLeod, Arthes MacLeod, Elß of Augsburg, Pavel Dudoladov, Liam Mac an T’soir, and Angus (Noah Ternullo)

Officer Reports:
Baron and Baroness
We have declared this the year of the towel. Will be making more and will have them at practices and at the reception at Pennsic. Congratulations to Lord Robert and THL Kieran our new champions. Baroness Soteria and Lord Yoshi, Kingdom Champions (Thrown Weapons and Archery). On the fighting front, Count Isenwulf will be unit commander. THL Jorundr fencing commander. Deadline for Pennsic pre-reg is in 18 days, “Debatable Lands” is the group, will have a camp meeting at an upcoming Fight Practice. We will have the next Baronial Court at Pennsic, then Archers to the Wald, and Agincourt. Steltonwald is holding a “Bad Italian Wedding” event the same weekend as Coronation. Seven Pearls Event is August 20th, 3-day camping event, the weekend after Pennsic. We are encouraging all Champs and their Seconds to attend this event. All of the 7Pearls events will happen there.

Seneschal
Things are progressing smoothly, nothing major to report. Pennsic is upcoming and the cook for the BMDL dinner will be Maighstir Liam Mac an tSoir. The dinner is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, 7 August 2016 at 6p. Awaiting confirmation from the scheduler for the AE encampment.

Exchequer
Not much to report. But, we had one returned check from Harlech and got a new check and we are waiting for it to clear. Also, jut any expenses that come up that were already approved, get receipts and get them to Hara ASAP.

Knight Marshal
All martial stuff is happening, going smoothly. On the HW front, THL Keiran has expressed a desire to do some command stuff and will be doing that.

Minister of Arts and Sciences

DO A&S! Attend AEthelmearc Academy next weekend down in Ballachlagan! On top of the classes, there will be an A&S display of works in progress. Come on down and talk to others working in your areas, take some classes and learn something new!

Calling for Letters – As of June 1, I am looking for an individual interested in taking on the position of Baronial A&S minister. This individual is best served by having the following qualifications:

1- Paid member of the Society.
2 – Independently mobile, so as to be able to attend scheduled local, regional and Kingdom wide A&S functions.
3 – Highly self-motivated to pull together a very large group of disparate peoples into a cohesive program of classes and activities.
4 – Capable of taking on a two-year commitment to the Barony and the people therein. Your responsibilities will include setting up a local class schedule, working with the Baronial Guilds to get them active again, setting up periodic A&S displays at local and regional events, working with other local and regional A&S ministers to promote the arts and sciences throughout the Barony and the region.

Interested parties should declare their interest, with supporting information on why they think they would be good in this position to the A&S Minister by July 8th. Applications being taken by e-mail (ansminister@debatablelands.org). Thank you in advance for your service.

Herald
We had a court at WP, the court report will be published shortly. Report sent in on time. More courts forthcoming.

Chronicler
Please ask everyone to submit articles.

Mistress of the Lists
We had Baronial Champions! We have a fencing and Heavy Weapons champions, reports already submitted.

Webminister
Still have a website. We’re not on the list of webministers who forgot to send their reports. The blog is still going, most of the posts are being made by Ishiyama – PLEASE SUBMIT CONTENT! If you need a login, get in touch with Ishiyama at webminister@debatablelands.org.

Other Business
Baronial Policy
Realized a policy review would be A Good Idea when reviewing it to make some needed changes.
Asking for one volunteer, someone not in a position related to policy to help with policy review. We have one volunteer already, Ceindrech verch Elidir.and Pavel volunteered to help.

Mistress of the Lists
One Letter received, from Baroness Anna Eisenkopf. Baroness Anna selected to replace Baroness Elizabeth. THANK YOU to Baroness Elizabeth for her service.

Chatelaine
One Letter received, from Lady Elizabeth Parker. Lady Libby selected to replace Lady Edana. THANK YOU to Lady Edana for her service.

Sunday Practices, June 18th

Greetings, Youth Fighters and their Parents.

I will be running youth fighter practice the next two Sundays while Mistress Fredeburg is away. Practice will run from 2-5 pm as usual at the Washington Blvd. site, map here: https://goo.gl/maps/FSmR8gqjq2F2

There will be loaner armor and freezer pops. Bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and a folding chair if you want a place to sit.

Last week we had two new youth fighters – welcome Shannon and Anna! Who will join them this week?

See you there.

Arianna

There will be heavy fight practice this Sunday beginning at 2 pm at the Washington Boulevard site. There will be loaner armor available.

Isenwulf

Reminder: Scriptorium tomorrow

Unto the Barony, greetings from Kameshima! This is your reminder that tomorrow night is the monthly Scribes Guild meeting, from 7pm until 9pm at our house in the North Hills. If you need our address and/or directions, please contact me via email and I will get them to you, or check in the Dark Pages.

This month we will be hosting an Open Project and Small Group Workshop night, where you can bring your current projects, and/or work with others present to improve or learn those skills you’ve been meaning to focus on. If you have specific requests, it’s not too late to make them! Send me an email with what you’re looking for, and we will try to arrange for someone to be there to work with you. (At this point, however, we can’t make promises.)

We look forward to seeing you there!

Award Recommendations Wanted!

Hello Debatable Lands, from Hilda and Brandubh, Baron and Baroness.

Our next Baronial Court is at Pennsic at the Debatable Lands Party, Middle Sunday in Aethelmearc Royal. It is our honor to be able to recognize those members of our Barony (including the Canton and College) with local awards. We are seeking recommendations!

Q: So, who can recommend folks?

A: Anyone! From the newest new folks to the people that have been around for decades!

Q: Who should you recommend?

A: Any gentle that lives in the Barony (including our Canton and College), and who contributes to the Barony in some way. We also have an “Friend of the Barony” type award for people that live outside our borders, but who have contributed to our Barony.

Q: What Baronial awards can we recommend people for?

A: The main Baronial award is the Comet. We separate the different areas of interest by color, or Branubh and I are using metals for our tenure for a few of them:
A Gold Comet is for service to the Barony.
A Silver Comet (previously blue-silver) is for excellence in Arts and Sciences in the Barony.
An Iron Comet (previously red) is for excellence in one or more of the martial activities here in the Barony.
Purple Comets are given to the youth of the Barony who contribute in any field.
A Comitus Amicus (previously green) is our “friend of the Barony” award, given to those who contribute to the Debatable Lands (any field, but usually service), but who do not live within our borders.

We also have an Order, the Order of Copernicus, given out rarely, and to those Barony members who have made a long-term, very positive impact here.

Q: How do you recommend people?

A: By private email, please. Or in person or by social media (private message), but it helps to follow up by email. You can reach us at baron@debatablelands.org, and baroness@debatablelands.org.

Q: How do we know if the worthy gentle already has a Comet?

A: Check out our Order of Precedence here: http://debatablelands.org/herald/op/

But you may notice that people can receive more than one Comet! Lots of folks have be awarded multiple Comets over the years, of the same and different colors, in recognition of continued contributions. Go ahead and recommend someone for Comet, even if they have one. It’s not likely that we’ll award a Comet of the same category within a year or two of the last one to someone, but it doesn’t hurt to recommend anyway! People are inducted into the Order of Copernicus just once.

Q: What if you want to recommend a Kingdom award?

A: Please do! You can use the form here: http://www.aethelmearc.org/onlineaward/, and it will get to the Royalty. And hey, if you want to drop me and Brandubh a note telling us about that recommendation, we could send one for that person, too!

Reminder: Pennsic Pre-Reg Deadline June18th

Hello! Here’s another reminder that Pennsic Pre-Registration ends June 18th! If you want to camp with the Debatable Lands, you MUST pre-reg, paid!

Here’s some info from the Pennsic folks:

Online prepaid registration for Pennsic will end on June 18th, 11:59pm EDT. With that in mind here are a few questions that have come up frequently for us at the Land Office:

Q: How much space is allotted to a group or camper per paid pre-registration?
A: About 250 square feet per person.

Q: Does an unpaid pre-registration reserve space for my group?
A: No, it does not. Unpaid pre-registrations are purely to provide convenience at troll, as your information will already be available in the computer system.

Sunday Practices (or not), June 12

Knight Marshal Isenwulf:

There will be heavy practice this Sunday, weather permitting, at the Washington Boulevard site, beginning at 2 PM.  I will be unavailable so Robert will be running the practice.

Captain of Archers Katheryn:

Due to the events of this weekend, there will not be Archery Practice this Sunday. Enjoy your events. And for those Archers going to the Hornwood Inn, I want to see a lot of iron tassels at our next practice.

Thrown Weapons Marshal Kuma:

There will be thrown weapons practice Sunday, and we may have the whole fields to ourselves. There will be 2 challenge targets, Simon says and the hanging man. Come on out and throw.

Deputy Youth Marshal Arianna:

While Mistress Fredeburg is unavailable, I will be running Youth Fighting from 2-5 pm this Sunday at the Washington Blvd. site. Map here: https://goo.gl/maps/K5K28wB4gRU2 There will be loaner gear and freezer pops!

Fiber Guild Show and Tell, June 14th

Lady Luceta di Cosimo writes:

Greetings! Everyone is invited to the BMDL Fiber Guild Show and Tell next Tuesday, June 14th, from 7PM to 9 PM at Luceta’s house in the South Hills ( address up to date on Dark Pages, or e-mail dinaternullo at yahoo dot com for directions).

Meet like-minded fiber geeks, exchange ideas, show off your projects and research, your favorite yarn or sheep, work on your projects and have fun!

Snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring something if you’d like.

Hope to see you all there!

Scribal Workshop, July 10th

The Scribes’ Guild announces:

SAVE the date!

There will be a workshop offered at CMU in the Debatable Lands on Sunday, July 10th from 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This workshop will focus on the techniques used in The Book of Hours of Louis of Orleans or what I refer to as the “French Quilt” style- bands in the marginalia filled with acanthus and flowers. Have you wanted to learn how to flat gild, master acanthus and the French flowers and strawberries? This workshop is for you!

I assume everyone’s summer is as busy as mine so I am posting a tidbit so that you may save the date should you wish to participate in this workshop.

For more information email me at MistressAntoinettedelaCroixAT gmail.com (please replace the word AT with @ and leave no blank spaces.

PS: Gladzor Book of Hours is coming your way at Pennsic!

Call for Letters – Minister of Arts and Sciences

a&s-symbol

As of June 1, Master Meszaros Janos is looking for an individual interested in taking on the position of Baronial A&S minister. This individual is best served by having the following qualifications:

  1. Paid member of the Society.
  2. Independently mobile, so as to be able to attend scheduled local, regional and Kingdom wide A&S functions.
  3. Highly self motivated to pull together a very large group of disparate peoples into a cohesive program of classes and activities.
  4. Capable of taking on a two year commitment to the Barony and the people therein.

Your responsibilities will include setting up a local class schedule, working with the Baronial Guilds to get them active again, setting up periodic A&S displays at local and regional events, working with other local and regional A&S ministers to promote the arts and sciences throughout the Barony and the region.

Interested parties should declare their interest, with supporting information on why they think they would be good in this position, to the A&S Minister (ansminister AT debatablelands.org) with a copy to the Baronial Seneschal (seneschal AT debatablelands.org) by 8 July 2016.

Sunday Practices, June 5th

Knight Marshal Isenwulf writes:

Come on out this Sunday for Baronial heavy fight practice. Hone your skills, learn new skills, and be ready for Pennsic! We start at 2:00pm at the Washington Boulevard site.

Fencing Marshal Jorundr writes:

There will be fencing practice this Sunday at Washington Blvd. starting at 1:00pm.

Dance Master Pavel writes:

There will be dance practice at the Washington Blvd practice site tomorrow. Come join in and have some fun.

Practice will start immediately after archery practice, around 2:00pm.

All dances will be taught and called. No experience necessary, if you can walk you can dance.

Captain of Archers Katheryn Täntzel writes:

Looks like the weather is going to clear up for Archery practice. Thunderstorms look to clear up just in time for 11am practice. Weather permitting archery practice is on for this morning. Hope to see you all there. Highland park 11am-2pm.