Ballot for February 12, 2017 Election

If you plan to email this ballot, you must include a copy of your SCA membership card and ID proving you are a within the Shire’s borders. If you plan to send this with someone else to the meeting, you still need to provide that information. Email completed ballots to Seneschal@caer-adamant.eastkingdom.com by Saturday February 11, 2017 11:59pm or print and bring with you to the meeting on Sunday, February 12, 2017 1:00pm at the Dover Library.

Caer Adamant2017 ballot

February Election Notice

Place: Dover Public Library
Date: Sunday, February 12, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm

We have one candidate for each of the three candidates available positions, you may either vote for the person running or “none of the above”.

Candidate for Exchequer
Lady Sybilla of Rona

Candidate for Herald
Lord Simeon de Alcaçar

Candidate for Knight Marshal
Lord Arthur Alyn

To vote you will need to bring your membership card and proof of residency. If you wish for someone to vote your proxy, you will still need to provide a copy of the above information and a letter confirming you are allowing that person to vote your proxy.

Ballots will be posted shortly.

Yours in service to the Kingdom of the East,
Baron Adolphus Benner

Notice: January Meeting and Upcoming Elections

Greetings to everyone in the Shire,
As you know a new year is almost upon us and that means it is time for Shire Elections!
This year we have the following Officers up for election:
Exchequer, Knight Marshall and Herald
The Exchequer requires that you live inside the State of Delaware and be a member of the SCA. Knight Marshal and Herald do not require State residency, though does still require membership. Anyone wishing to run for these offices are required to send me a letter of intent.

LETTER OF INTENT. The candidate for an office will submit a letter of intent to the Seneschal and Deputy Seneschal prior to the scheduled start of the January business meeting. The letter will include the member’s modern name, SCA name (if applicable), membership number and expiration date, and a few lines describing the request. Proof of residence is required (e.g. photocopy of a current utility bill or valid ID).

On January 14, 2017, I will be attending the Shire Social at Grotto Pizza in Dover, if anyone wants to send in letter of intent by hand. If you are emailing your letter of intent, please send it to my Official email: seneschal@caer-adamant.eastkingdom.org and I will need them no later than midnight that night of January 14, 2017.

The January Shire Meeting will be held the next day, January 15, 2017, 1:00 pm at the Bear Library. The candidates will be announced at that time.

I encourage everyone to think about running for an office or if you’re not sure if your “ready yet” to ask the new Officer about being a Deputy.

If you have any other questions, just ask.

Yours in Service to the Kingdom of the East,
Baron Adolphus Benner
Seneschal, Shire of Caer Adamant

Sunday, November 13 Join Us at the Sixth Tournament of the Fallen Stag

Tales are told of glorious combat, and legends are built one story at a time. Shire members and neighbors alike are called to arms to join us on the Thirteenth of November for the Sixth Annual Tournament of the Fallen Stag. Our previous years’ winner, Adam Greatsword has issued a challenge to all fighters to join him in a Bear Pit style tournament where no shields are allowed. Bring great weapons, bring two swords, bring axes, but please set your shield aside. Prizes will be awarded for Overall Tournament Winner, Shire Winner, Best Death, and Chivalry.

Spectators are most welcome, and garb is encouraged. The site is a county park, so the public will be attendance, and the site is dry. We will have the Gold Key (clothing that can be borrowed for the day) available for those who wish to use it. This event is free of charge, and all are invited to the potluck Dayboard after the tournament, that is our tradition in the Shire.

Schedule:
11:00 am – site opens
11:00 am – registration for tourney begins
12:30 pm – tourney begins
3:00 pm – ‘pot luck’ dayboard starts
3:30 pm – prizes awarded
5:00 pm – site closes

Cost:
Free to all

Site:
Glasgow Park, Glasgow, Delaware. Route 40 between Route 896 and Route 72. Pavilion by the concrete duck pond.
Click Here for Google Map.

A message from Lady Shoshana

Friends,
Despite having a horrible cold, I’m feeling very lucky today. I’m so thankful that the officers and deputies who are stepping away from their positions were kind enough to give us what time they had available to assist, and that the people stepping into their shoes have the excitement needed to take up the torch. Being an officer or a deputy is a very big commitment, and I thank all those people who put their names on the ballot. We could not make this Organization work without volunteers.

I’m so happy to pass the torch to our new Shire Officers. Vivat, Baron Adolphus Benner, who will take up the position of Seneschal. Vivat, Lady Mairi Crawford, who will be our new Minister of Arts and Science. Vivat, Lady Dionise O’Towie, who will take on the position of Chatelaine. You are all crazy awesome!

Working hard in an organization like this one can be very rewarding. The research that you put into your work draws both yourself and those around you closer into our crazy world. The time you spend working with others, supports everyone around you and creates an atmosphere of forward motion and inclusion. The exciting projects we all forge create magic moments, and allow people to become caught up in the pageantry and joy of an event.

I really appreciated the time that I spent as Seneschal for the Shire of Caer Adamant. Thank you to everyone for the support; it’s truly a rollercoaster ride! My biggest piece of advice is to remember that it takes a lot of different skills to build a bridge, and a lot of awesome people to keep it well maintained. Never try to do something by yourself, when there are so many wonderful people that could help you.

In Service,
Shoshana Gryffyth
(Ellen Weiner)

From the pen of the Seneschal… Candidates

Thank you to everyone for your patience. Below are the letters for the candidates for elections. Please be sure to attend the Business meeting on Sunday Feb. 21 at 5:00pm at Days of Knights in Newark, or send in an absentee ballot by Saturday, Feb. 20 as indicated.
-Lady Shoshana Gryffyth, Seneschal

 


From Baron Adolphus Benner, interested in taking over the position of Seneschal.

I am running for the position of Seneschal because I am interested in working, spreading our hobby to others.

I have worked in many different areas in the SCA.

I have worked with Royal Households, held the local office of Seneschal, Chatelaine (2) and Chancellor Minor.

I was also Deputy Chancellor Minor in charge of children with challenges, a position I held for three years.

I do have plans for the Shire:

1) I’d like us to have at least four events per year, they don’t have to be huge events but something.

2) Along the line of events, I want to start fostering relations with our neighbors and to that end, Co events. We are lucky enough to have event sights available in the Shire that are relatively inexpensive. Other groups have people and the money, we have the spaces.

3) Regular monthly A&S items gatherings in both the North and Central parts of the state.

4) I want to send out a “mailer” to members of the SCA in Delaware to see what they want the Shire to do. This hopefully will get more people interested in what is going on in the Shire and plan classes that they might want.

5) Create more of an online presence. I want the Shire’s webpage to contain more about the people that make up the Shire and encourage people to build their Wiki Page.

6) Recruitment and in this I would like to be “seen” more. It used to be we did more demos and etc, I want to look into doing more of that.

7) My big wish is that we could “build” a Cooking Guild in the Shire.

8) There has been talk about getting Kingdom Crusades going again with the Kingdom of Atlantia. I would like to get the event “re-started” sometime in 2017. My hope is, the Shire could be the home for the event.

These are my ideas I have for the Shire and would welcome other ideas and help with them.

Thanks for you support in these matters.

Baron Adolphus Benner


From Lady Laurena Mouchot, interested in taking over the position of Chatelaine.

Greetings to all,

I would like to say that I love the office of Chatelaine…it is a position that really can change a person’s initial experiences in profound ways and really help individuals by being the first welcoming link to a whole new world or helping people who may have been in that world, but in other kingdoms, where rules and policies, as well as local shire customs, may be different than what they are accustomed to. A Chatelaine has the ability, through their service, to ease this transition and aid the newcomers and old timers alike in finding a place to belong within the established group. I have found that these initial experiences can really make a lasting difference in a new member’s perception of a group and can seriously impact their decision to stay. The bigger a group gets, the richer the diversity of skills and ideas are that become available to the entire group. While it can be challenging to manage and may result in growing pains at times, new growth is so worth it.

I would welcome the opportunity to serve the Shire of Caer Adamant in all the ways a Chatelaine can. By assisting with organizing demos and activities, making sure new members have garb for their first event, encouraging new people to participate in A&S, games, and dance nights, as well as, fighter practices and meetings whenever possible. Checking in on people who have been out of touch for a bit to see if there is any way they might need support to come out and play again. I like people, even ornery, hard to get along with people. I love hearing their stories and sharing my own with them. I love showing them why I find the SCA to be such a magical pastime and how it is possible to make fun in even the roughest spots by finding your talents and sharing them with others. I love those magical times when you experience the “time slip” and you drift into another world for just a little while and sharing those moments with people really makes me happy. I hope that you will consider my bid for the Office of Chatelaine.

Yours In Service,

Lady Laurena Mouchot


From Lady Mairi Crawford, interested in taking over the position of A&S Mistress.

I would like to submit my letter of intent to be the Shire mistress of Arts and Science. I try to attend all A&S nights and have been attending A&S nights offered out of the shire. Due to working retail I will not be able to attend all Shire meetings but will try to make at least once a quarter at the least.

In service,

Lady Mairi Crawford


From Lady Dionise O’Towie, interested in taking over the position of Chatelaine.

When I went to my first event in the summer of 2014, I really did not know what to expect. Earlier that year three different people mentioned the SCA to me and told me I should check it out, so I contact the Chatelaine, Marietta Messina, through the website. I had lunch with Mari, and we made plans to attend the upcoming Southern Region War Camp. I quickly sewed up a dress, threw some stuff in a bag and off I went to New Jersey. That day I wandered around the event, chatting with the people Mari introduced me to and had the wide-eyed tourist look on my face and a huge smile. At one point, I was standing by myself watching the fighters on the field, the families gathered around it, people in all sorts of garb shopping the vendors or just sitting talking with a project in their lap and I thought “Why haven’t I been doing this for the past twenty years?”

If we fast forward a year to the same event, you’d find me wandering around talking to people again. But things had changed a lot in that past year. At my first event, I followed Mari the Chatelaine around like a new puppy, bouncing from person to thing, desperate to soak up every little detail. This time, I was following around a Queen as one of her retainers. Last time I didn’t know to bring my own chair and drinking vessel but this time I had my own stuff. Last time I was newbie from Delaware, but this time I was the Webminister of the Shire of Caer Adamant, deeply involved in the local group, planning to attend Pennsic and receiving my Award of Arms. I’d grown into my little spot in the SCA because some people encouraged me with a kind word, a bit of advice, a hint of direction and my own determination to fix the Shire’s website. It snowballed into an entire hobby, which I love.

It is easy for the people who have been in the SCA for a while to talk about their hobby and forget that they were once the wide-eyed newcomer. Eventually your friends are SCAdians, too, and you acclimate to the distinct culture of the SCA. But it’s not easy for a new person to navigate the SCA world and not everyone can jump in and hit the ground running or has a friend to hold their hand in encouragement. The job of Chatelaine appears simple on the surface: it is the newcomer liaison. But the real job of the Chatelaine is to smile and try to help all the people feel good about the SCA; she’s the PR gal, in charge of recruitment and retention. It’s a full time position, since people don’t often schedule appointments to start a new hobby or only need attention at big events.

When at any Shire function, I will be the one who approaches an unfamiliar face and strikes up a conversation. When someone contacts me through the website or Facebook, it will be not only my job, but my pleasure, to respond as quickly as possible and make that person feel special and welcomed. If you bring a friend to a meeting or activity, I will want to be introduced. Expect me to pop up at Fighter practice and chat up the crowd and try to get them to tag us in any pictures the take; I will still your Webminister and I want the Shire to shine online. If a family relocates to our Shire from another part of the Known World, I will be there to help them transition to our culture. Are you Shire member who doesn’t play anymore with the Shire? I want to know why and what I can do to bring you back into the fold and experience Caer Adamant at its best; you can expect to hear from me soon. I will help outfit new members from the Gold Key, and will be working on getting that up to a level where the garb is not only an “attempt” but something people will want to wear.

Realistically, the Chatelaine won’t be able to be at every event, practice or activity, nor will every person want to be deeply involved in our game. But you can be assured that I love what the SCA does and feel passionate about helping Caer Adamant grow and enrich the lives of its populace. If I am your Chatelaine, I will be here for you, your friends and anyone else who comes along with a word of encouragement, a bit of advice, and a hint of direction on the SCA path.

In Service,

Lady Dionise O’Towie