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SENESCHAL

The Honorable Lady Marie la Fauconniere
Nita L. Lewis


"Officer serves as the "president" of the group. They act as group administrator and legal representative of the SCA."


APRIL XLVIII

Greetings to the Midlands!

Spring at last, and the weather finally agrees with the calendar… Fortunately for all us winter-weary folk, the Midlands hasn't waited for warm weather to get active. In recent weeks I've had the pleasure of attending events in Ravenslake, Grey Gargoyles, Swordcliff, Carraig Ban, and Illiton. Crystal Chamfron and Awakenings are both right around the corner - and that just takes us through April. We do know how to keep ourselves busy, don't we?

Thank you to everyone who got their Q1 reports to me. I know it sometimes seems like just a monumental paperwork shuffle, but it's my (and Kingdom's) only way to see what's happening in the local groups. I really do read every bit of every report that comes in. You may be happy to hear that work is underway on a web-based version of the report like those already in use for Heralds and Marshals! With a little luck, it might be ready later this year - I'll let you know as soon as I know.

Thank you as well for responding quickly and thoroughly to the recent NMS audit "fire drill"! Believe me, it came as a surprise to me, too. But it's a good reminder that we should be keeping file copies - whether paper or electronic - of all Seneschal and Exchequer-related reports so your eventual successors in office will have easy access to your group's history. Also (as a reminder): it's a good practice for Seneschals to receive copies of other officers' reports and change-of-office forms.

One other paperwork note: It's really, REALLY important to send in your change-of-officer forms right away whenever an office turns over. Recently there have been missed or delayed communications from the Kingdom level because the appropriate Kingdom and Regional officers didn't know about personnel changes. The Kingdom website is improving about getting things up to date - it's a lot better than it used to be - but having the backup forms on file is still very much needed. Change-of-office forms go to the Regional officer; if you don't have a Regional officer, send them to Kingdom and copy me.

There was a great turnout at the Regional A&S Faire - one of the larger Midlands faires I've seen - and lots of entries are eligible to move on to Kingdom. Congratulations to all! Be sure to share what you've learned - whether by teaching, judging, entering displays, or helping someone else prepare an entry. The artisans at every level are the adornment of the Kingdom and they enrich the Dream for all of us.

E-MAIL NOTE: Yahoo has become increasingly unreliable (it ate this message twice), is constantly hacked, and is ridiculously full of spam. Therefore the Regional Seneschal e-mail address will change as of May 1 to midlands.seneschal@gmail.com. I'll continue to monitor the Yahoo address for a couple of months after that.

I'll be attending a number of events in the next couple of months, both in and out of the Region. As usual, I'm available for "office hours" whenever you see me wearing the red ribbon and sparkly Key. Come say hello!

And with that…remember to drink water, wear sunscreen, make stuff, do stuff, share the toys…Wishing you health and good fellowship!

Marie




ATTENTION SENESCHALS: Quarterly Reporting Schedule (Effective 29 December 2012)

  • Incipient Group Seneschal reports are due to the Deputy for New Groups and to their sponsoring branch Seneschal on: May 15 & August 15
  • Local branch Seneschal reports are due to Baronial and Regional Seneschals on: Feb 15, May 15, August 15, November 15
  • Baronial Seneschal reports are due to the Regional Seneschal on: March 2, May 30, August 30, November 30

There will not be any cumulative Domesday reports.

Remember, branches that do not send in a Quarterly Report by the deadline may be suspended automatically without prior notice. DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU! If you’re going to be late, let me know ASAP.

We are working on making the report (currently available in PDF at http://www.midrealm.org/seneschallorum/QuarterlyReport.pdf) into a user-friendly fillable form. In the meantime, please make certain you are using this version since there have been changes from previous years’ reports.


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