"Officer serves as the "president"
of the group. They act as group administrator and legal representative
of the SCA."
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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
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
We are working on making the report (currently available in 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.
April 9, 2014