Volunteers are still needed for BWTA on Feb. 7. Please sign up!
It's that time again--The Oaks Academy's Saturday School demo is going to be March 7th this year. Rapier and Heavy Armored fighters are needed. For those who aren't familiar, this is a demo we've been doing annually for many years--the kids are sharp as tacks and very engaged. Volunteer on VolunteerSpot starting tomorrow!
Upcoming meetings: Archery is tomorrow at Yurts of America. Costumers in February will be at the Willow Oaks Panera.
Baronage - We have a Barony, it has not burned down. We gave out awards - they will be published in the Star.
Seneschal - Still need edits to the Awards section of the Baronial Bylaws. BWTA is February 7th - volunteer early and often, Gate will have cookies.
Chatelaine - We have a lot of new people recently.
Herald - We need voice heralds for BWTA. There will also be a consultation table at BWTA, run by Jerric. There are three people with names and devices at Laurel level.
Chronicler - There was a November/December Star. There will be a January Star published tomorrow. If you are submitting something - submit it tonight!
Exchequer - Bank Balance is $13,080.01 as of right now. Big checks for Krannert, feast advance for BWTA, etc. just went out. ACCEPS is open for BWTA.
Property Master - The sign project, polled for the first time last month, was brought up. A motion was raised to approve $400 for the sign project. Motion was seconded and passed second polling. Hoping to have a few of them done before BWTA.
Armored - We have not had practice recently (boo!).
Rapier Combat - No really, we haven't had practice recently. Hopefully we will on this upcoming Tuesday?
Archery - Archery happened this week.
Equestrian - Next practice is the first Sunday in February. Working on Games equipment. The insurance for the old site (in Mooresville) has been taken care of. The marshal has a lead on an alternate practice site and would like to start taking steps towards moving to this other site.
Chirurgeon - No report.
A&S - Nothing new to report at this time. The regional MOAS sent info for the BWTA A&S Faire.
Costumers - The 1st Thursday in February is Costumer's. A newcomer's garb gathering (with fittings, etc.) is being planned because of newcomers who are going to Pennsic this year. If you are interested, please contact Colette.
Cooks - Is this Sunday at Grainne's.
Dance - is now every month (2nd Thursday) at GPAC 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Colette is sharing duties with other callers. Those callers do more modern English Country Dances. We also have musicians who have started attending every month.
Ars Rustica - Seed catalogs and hatchery catalogs are in! Yay!
Web Minister - We have a website for BWTA. Simple Day site exists in draft form and Hadley and Antonio are working on getting something that can be published.
Prize Czar - She has prizes. If you need prizes, please give her information about 2 months ahead of time.
Youth (VACANT) - No report.
Recent and Upcoming Events
Better War Through Archery - Planning is going ok.
Baronial Yule - Went great. Looking for bids for 2016. It's easy - volunteer to run it! (If we keep growing like we have, we may have to find a bigger site. Over 90 attended!
Simple Day - July 3-5, 2015. Steward: Hadley of Sternfeld. Planning is ongoing.
Baronage - Mateo Lopez won the Baronial Armored Championship and Bjorn Arnaldsson won the Rapier Armored Championship.
Seneschal - Holding off on voting on bylaws revisions until next month. The FFA has formally apologized for whatever is causing us to not come back for Simple Day in 2015.
Chatelaine - There's been several new people. Been busy. Looking at doing a new member's gathering, at least quarterly. Either to meet at her house or a restaurant or other public venue.
Herald - Someone got their name and device passed.
Chronicler - There will be a combined November/December issue of the Star.
Exchequer - Saldis is getting settled in and is going to work on reconciling bank statements.
Property Master - Ronan presented a proposal for six signs to use within an event site including an arrow that can be pointed. The proposal is for a budget of $363.25. A motion was made to approve $400 for the signs. First polling passed. Second polling in January.
Armored - We've been having Armored Combat at Fighter Practice. Going well.
Rapier Combat - We had one fighter authorize at Christmas Tournament.
Archery - The 17th was the last archery practice of 2014 and we are looking for sites to use in 2015. Please email Ysabel with ideas.
Equestrian - Insurance is being setup for 2015 practices. Practice will resume in February. Equipment for the games is being gathered and purchased.
Chirurgeon - No report.
A&S - Class list for BWTA is being assembled. Regional Arts and Sciences will also be at BWTA.
Costumers - We are looking to start earlier for the January Meeting. We've got a workday on Saturday at the Brownsburg Public Library. If you need help with a project, try and contact a costumer ahead of time to arrange help.
Cooks - Meeting is Sunday. There will be food.
Dance - There were 42 people at the Garfield Park English Country Dance. Working on getting live music for many of the upcoming dates. The Dancing is monthly in 2015.
Web Minister - Updates to BWTA site to be made, Yule site to come very soon. Simple Day website will be up by 1st of the year.
Prize Czar - Has prizes. If you need prizes for BWTA, let Grainne know.
Youth (VACANT) - We have lots of kids.
Recent and Upcoming Events
Better War Through Archery - We will have archery, classes, regional arts and sciences faire, and TRM will be present. Second polling for $150 for judges lunch was moved, seconded, and passed polling.
Baronial Yule - Site will be opening at noon. At St. Timothy's.
Simple Day - None.
Demos - None.
New Business - The loaner armor project is proceeding - we should get the results somewhat soon.
Baronage - We are still here. Baronial champions need to be selected before Yule.
Seneschal - We had a nice discussion about the Baronial Bylaws at the Althing. Please review and provide additional feedback by the December business meeting so we can begin polling. We need to figure out what has to be done to update the awards section.
Chatelaine - We've got a number of new folks coming. Talking about having a "new member meeting" once a quarter starting in the new year.
Herald - Jerrick is doing a Heraldic Consultation table at BWTA.
Chronicler - We had a Star last month. We will have one this month. At this point there have been no submissions for this issue.
Exchequer - We have funds. In the process of getting Saldis on the bank account. After discussion, we agreed to remove Katrina Pogue from the account, add both Karen Foster (the new Exchequer) and Charles Schefferly (the Regional Exchequer), and Retaining Karen Briscoe, Eric Chance, Polly Redmond and Aimee Formo as signers on the account. Second polling passed for the Financial Policy Changes discussed at the Althing. Second polling passed for the Officer Budgets that were set at the Althing.
Property Master - Look for his proposed project next month at the business meeting! We moved stuff from Leandra's to the new storage location. Several items that were damaged were left at Leandra's. We need to remove those items to get rid of them.
Armored - We've got some new people fighting. Hooray! Looking for an update regarding the Loaner Armor project.
Rapier Combat - People show up and stab each other and our newbies love melee. She's teaching two rapier classes at RUM.
Archery - We will need to find a new location to hold archery by January 1st.
Equestrian - Officer needs to transition. Polling: 1 Candidate (Michael de Quarmby) - Polling passed. Additionally, Tualith (a MIT) would like to serve as deputy.
Chirurgeon - No report.
A&S - We have a new dance manual and CD with music.
Costumers - There will be a workday in December at Brownsburg Library.
Cooks - We met in November. The December meeting will be about holiday foods and people will be bringing holiday cooking. Pizelles for BWTA will be started. If you have empty popcorn tins to store Pizelles in, that would be awesome.
Web Minister - Web pages for Yule and Simple Day coming soon. BWTA site updates ongoing.
Prize Czar - No report.
Youth (VACANT) - No report.
Recent and Upcoming Events
Better War Through Archery - February 7, Steward: Waldetrudis. Things are moving along. Since we now know that we are doing Regional Arts and Sciences. A polling for $150 for Judges Lunch (to be prepared by Odette) passed. Second polling in December.
Baronial Yule - January 10, Stewards: Antonio & Colette.
Simple Day - July 10-12, 2015. Steward: Hadley of Sternfeld.
Please see the VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT, ABOVE!
Business Meeting, which should be pretty short this month, is this week, November 20, 7pm at St. Timothy's.
Archery: Tomorrow night, as usual!
Please review proposed bylaws and financial policy revisions and send Ysabel any last bits of feedback by December 1. We will discuss final changes at the December Business Meeting and poll on a document to submit to Kingdom in January.
Due to a computer snafu, the notes that were taken at the meeting were not saved. An attempt was made to recreate the notes from memory and it was decided in the interest of not misrepresenting the discussion, the documents under discussion (including changes as discussed from the meeting) would be posted instead. My apologies for the screwup. ~Antonio
First up, revisions to the Sternfeld Financial Policy, were discussed and passed first polling. Please see this draft which shows the changes and additions made.
Secondly, budget amounts for 2015 for the various officers were discussed. These are amounts that can be spent by the officer without requiring specific approval from Open Council. Link to those figures is available here!.
Thirdly, proposed revisions to tbe Baronial Bylaws were discussed. A revised version including the changes proposed at the Althing can be found at this link.
Fourthly, the bids for Simple Day were discussed and a second polling to approve the bid submitted by Hadley passed. Simple Day 2015 will be at Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds (the site where we recently have been holding BWTA and where 50-year will be held) - 4th of July weekend.
Baronial: Champions are doing good work on the field. Congrats to Mateo for representing us well. Congrats to Moira for winning a tournament in Odile's name.
Seneschal: Please fill out event site evaluations for event sites you are investigating. An event toolkit is being developed and is existing in draft form. There's insurance documents, a bid overview document, and a guide for event stewards. Links to all in the online agenda for this meeting (posted on Facebook and on Yahoo Group). Althing is November 2nd, which is also the same day as Equestrian. The meeting is at 4:00 PM, with pitch-in dinner, a silk banner class before - be sure to sign up. (All spaces now filled. ~Ed) It will be held at St. Timothy's and there will be space for open crafting. Pitch-in will be eaten during the meeting. Revision of the Baronial Bylaws is ongoing. If interested in helping let Ysabel know. If you are holding an office, please especially review those sections relating to your office.
Chatelaine: No report this month.
Herald: Tikka has submitted her name. Colette will be doing voice heraldry at several upcoming events.
Chronicler: We had a Star this last month. The Back-Issue scanning project continues. Hopefully will have something soon.
Exchequer: See her report in the star. Q3 report is due this month. Officers will be receiving information about their spending vs. budget for 2014 - please review and prepare a budget request for 2015 before the November 2nd Althing. This is Elisabetta's last month as Exchequer. A motion was raised to remove Eilsabetta (Karen Briscoe) from the checking account, and add Saldis (Karen Foster) as well as the Regional Exchequer. The motion was seconded and passed polling.
Property Master: If you have Baronial Property, please let Ronan know before the Domesday. Saturday November 1st, we are having a gathering to move all Baronial Equipment to our new storage location. Details on where/when to meet forthcoming.
Armored Combat: Continues.
Rapier Combat: We stab each other. It's awesome.
Archery: Our current Archery Marshal is moving so we will need a new one.
Equestrian: Practice the last few months has been great, including new people. Everyone is welcome. Next practice is the goat game. Kiltigern is interested in being replaced soon. Michael de Quarmby has expressed interest. If someone else is interested, they should contact Ysabel. We'll be having a first vote for the office at the November 2nd Althing.
A&S: People keep making awesome stuff. Bredyllwyn has expressed interest in the position. No one else has expressed interest. A motion was made to install Bredellwyn as Arts and Sciences Minister at Better War Through Archery. He was selected, and since he was unopposed, he was selected in one polling.
Dance: 29 People came to dance. English Country dance will be happening monthly starting in 2015. December's dance will have live music. There will also be dancing at Yule.
Brewer's and Vintners had a meeting. Several cordials were made. The November meeting will be sampling the cordials made in September. A field trip is coming up to go to New Day Meadery.
Garb Work Day: Went really well. Costumer's group still exists. Want to make a Gothic Fitted dress? Contact Colette.
Scribes: A scribal group is in the process of forming. Meeting details.
Webminister: Website for BWTA should be up soon. We've been having problems with the Yahoo Group and have been doing testing of using the Google Groups platform - so far it is going well. Google Groups does not include a calendar, but we've got one setup on the Baronial email accounts that can be used. Some discussion of using Google Groups occurred - several individuals asked to be added to the beta.
Prize Czar: No report this month. If you need prizes for an upcoming event, let Grainne know.
Better War Through Archery: Should be up on ACCEPS fairly soon. Website will be up once the event steward(s) send info to Antonio.
Yule: No updates. Second polling for $300 for the event was passed.
Simple Day: It's the final month for Simple Day bids. Rois has submitted a bid at the FFA Site we've used the last three years. Hadley also has submitted a bid, using the Hendricks County 4H Fairgrounds (the site we've been using for Better War Through Archery). Motion was made to approve both budgets but not pick a bid this month, pending answers to some questions. There was a lot of discussion of both bids. Bid documents are available for Hadley's Bid and Rois' Bid - please send your feedback to Ysabel.