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April 2021 Business Meeting Minutes

Coronet’s Report – Baron Muin maqq Minain

To the People of Bhakail, its Friends, it’s Allies, and that odd person standing behind you, offering you odd things from the larder to sniff;

Let us not, dearest Bhakail, forget our dear friends the Northern Dual Flanged Peryton… flipping glorious flying murderous featherbags. Pen them up together, and they will devour each other without a second thought… it’s Our nature, is it not? Ooor… avian-ungulate nature… So yes… We continue safely behind Our ramparts, watching as some neighbors thrive. Some neighbors wallow, and sway upon rolling waves like an over burdened and poorly made coracle. Some few even slumbering like beetle larvae, awaiting a plague free time to emerge, to begin pushing about a great, shining cowpat anew!!

We of this Barony continue to hold up here, well-provisioned and well-armed, bettering ourselves with Arts, Crafts, and Sciences most potent, month after month! Some even garnering great fame and Awards!

Which seems lovely to me any way you slice it!

Or… ahh… as some less-learned jackenapes, who may be want to boink wagon hubs when left to their own… devices… so naively suggests, we can release the ravening deer-rapter hybrids of outrageous metaphorical disposition, and we can pray that they will be merciful… I rather doubt it.

Can we, in fact, pretend that they are anything other than a herd of peryton scorned, like which fury Hell hath no…of…?

We cannot.

Res ipsa loquitur, tabula in naufragio, we are left with but one option… We must continue in our safely held paths, allowing for those with better intentions in mind to become inoculated, then thus slowly and securely beginning to step only tentatively from out behind Our Ramparts to meet in person once again.

In Anticipation;

  – Muin
Baron of Bhakail

Seneschal’s Report – Honorable Lady Alesia de Maris of Ravenstar

Thank you to everyone who came out to help with cleaning up the thrown weapons/archery site, it went really well. The Kingdom is starting to allow outdoor practices, with the good weather coming I encourage everyone to go outside and enjoy some sunshine.

The ban on outdoor events expires on May 31st and many of us are looking forward to attending events in person again. This is very exciting but please take care to follow all of the kingdom guidelines and attend outdoor events safely.

  – Alesia

Social Media Deputy – Magister Rowen Cloteworthy

Hello, hello, Bhakail! –

Five new people have joined the FB group. Several of them are new to the Barony and have been directed to the Chatelaine.

Information continues to be cross-posted from the email list and the FB group and back.

Also, we’ve made a permanent change to our Facebook group. Based on input from the Baron and Baronial Seneschal, as well as guidance from the Society Social Media Officer passed through to the Kingdom SMO, and after posting the proposed change on our page for comments from Barony members, we have moved the Facebook group from Public to Private, though still marked “Visible” so it can be found. This is due to changes FB is making to public groups.

From the Kingdom Social Media Officer – “One key ‘feature’ is that individuals are able to join public groups and view posts without having to wait for administrator approval, which becomes an issue when attempting to keep individuals who have been banished or TRP’ed from the society from monitoring activity on our official groups.”

That’s all for this month.

I remain,
  – Rowen

Exchequer’s Report – Mistress Philadelphia Brown

Seeking a deputy.

Many thanks to Máistir Mael Eoin mac Echuidh for raising the money from all his Yule and Tavern meals so that there is activity to report on in the 1st quarter chancellor of the exchequer report!

  – Philly

Chamberlain’s Report – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

Nothing to report.

Herald’s Report – Lady Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

From the Eastern Internal Letter of Intent (ILoI) – This letter includes all new names and devices that have been submitted to the Eastern College of Heralds in the last month. It takes about two months for items to reach the next stage, the Eastern Letter of Decision.

  • March 2021:
    While I am pleased to report that the monthly letter has seen a sharp increase in activity, I did not see any names or items that I recognized as belonging to members of the Barony.

From the Eastern Letter of Decision (LoD) – This letter reports what items will be forwarded to Laurel to be decided on and what will be returned to the submitter for more work. It takes about six more months for submissions to reach the next stage, the Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns.

  • March 2021:
    No letter appears to have been posted.

From the Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns (LoAR) – This letter says what items have been accepted by SCA’s College of Arms and what has been returned to the submitter unregistered.

  • February 2021:
    I did not see any names or items that I recognized as belonging to members of the Barony, but send a hearty congratulations to our neighbors in Hartshorn-dale on the acceptance of their new badge ((Fieldless) A heartsease azure seeded within and conjoined to a mascle Or).

If you are currently unsure of the status of your name or device, please contact me at herald@bhakail.eastkingdom.org and I will provide you with an update.

In service,
  – Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

Chronicler’s Report – Lady Triona MacCasky

Nothing to report.

Knight Marshal’s Report – Lord Egill Illugasson

Hello,

Philadelphia heavy practice has resumed, and is being held on Thursdays, 7pm, at the Riverview Plaza Parking lot. Parking is free, and the location is protected from rain. Masking and signing in for contact tracing are mandatory. See the Philadelphia SCA Higher Practice page on Facebook, or reach out to the Knight Marshal of Bhakail for details (knightmarshal@bhakail.eastkingdom.org).

Thank you,
  – Egil

Rapier Marshal’s Report – Don Melchior Kriebel

Practices are canceled until further notice.

Archery Marshal – Lady Maryna Borowska

Archery practices will be restarting April 24, full announcement forthcoming.

YIS,
  – Maryna

Minister of the Lists’ Report – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

Nothing to report.

Chataleine’s Report – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

The Black Boot Company had an online meetup earlier in March, and though it wasn’t widely attended, great conversation was had by all. More meetups are planned for the future in order to welcome some of our newer members into our community.

אני לשירותך
  – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

Minister of Arts & Sciences’ Report – Lady Maryna Borowska

Greetings the Barony!

Vivat to Lady Scolastica Capellaria, who has been inducted into the Order of the Silver Brooch for her arts!

The deadline to enter the Laurels Challenges is April 18. Visit moas.eastkingdom.org for more information.

YIS,
  – Maryna

Chancellor Minor’s Report – Lady Honorable Lady Roseia Poseia

Greetings, Bhakail!

My report is as follows: Still planning on helping Shire of Blak Rose with their Youth Activity in October doing Shire Wars.

Respectfully submitted,
In Service to the East and the Dream
  – Roseia Posey

Webminister’s Report – Lord Rúni inn írski

No report.

Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust – Honorable Lady Livia Petralia

No report.

Pennsic Campmaster – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

As the latest update from the Mayor says, no major changes have been announced – planning still continues as it needs to. However, since the EK’s recent re-opening guidelines have been released, they shine a bit of light on Pennsic. Currently the guidelines prohibit gatherings of over 150 people, and also camping events, but please keep in mind these rules are only for our kingdom and Aethlemarc may create different ones or apply for a variance in order to hold Pennsic.

Another point of interest is the note that the SCA will NOT REQUIRE proof of vaccination status to enter an event, meaning an event like Pennsic will almost definitely have both vaccinated and unvaccinated people in attendance. Please use this information to make your own informed decision about whether or not you plan on attending any event. Please keep your camp masters informed as you make a final decision for you and/or your family, so we can keep our information updated as well.

The Mayor’s most recent update can be found on the Pennsic website – www.pennsicwar.org.

אני לשירותך
  – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

New Business

  • Crown Tourney bid – Hartshorn Dale is putting in a Crown Tourney bid and has asked for the Barony’s help. They are only asking for manpower as they are covering the cost of the event themselves, but wish to include their neighbors in the endeavor to promote cooperation between the two groups. The date is July 17th, 2021, and the event will be pre-registration only. The Barony has agreed to be a co-sponsor and are seeking volunteers to help out where needed. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Lady Millisent de Harthewaite at smagcoll@yahoo.com.
  • New Webminister – The webminister’s term is up and our current webminister has not indicated his intention to continue in his post. Mael Eoin has agreed to step up to assume the position. He has indicated that if anyone else wishes to assume the position, please let him and the seneschal know, and he will step down from the position and give the new web minister any support they might need in getting settled in.
  • Deputy Herald – Our Herald is looking for a deputy.
  • Deputies for Baronial Officers – It was suggested that all officers who currently do not have a deputy, should consider seeking one. Currently the only position with a deputy is the MOAS. If anyone is interested in becoming a deputy for any of the other offices, please let the officer and the seneschal know.

Old Business

  • Deputy Exchequer – The Exchequer is looking for a successor or a deputy interested in learning the position. Mistress Philadelphia’s term as Exchequer is not due to expire until 2022 but she is looking for someone interested in learning the position with the intent to take over when her term ends. If you have any questions regarding the duties of the Exchequer please contact Mistress Philadelphia at exchequer@bhakail.eastkingdom.org.
  • Commons and Champions – Lady Triona MacCasky stepped up to be the steward for the event. The event date is August 29th, 2021, and we are tentatively planning on holding our heavy weapons and rapier championships at the event, provided we are able to do so. Traditionally this has been a potluck event, but due to the rules set forth by the BoD, this year will be a “bring your own picnic” event, as we are currently not allowed to share food at events. If anything changes between now and then, an update will be published in either the newsletter, or through our other social media outlets, should the announcement fall between newsletters.
  • Yule – Lady Maryna has indicated that she was still willing to be the event steward, assuming we will be allowed to host indoor events by December. In the meantime, she is still moving forward with planning and is seeking volunteers for various positions. Lady Triona has agreed to be the head cook for the feast, and Lord Ian Douglas has agreed to be the dayboard cook. Both are also looking for help in the kitchens.

Meeting ended.


March 2021 Business Meeting Minutes

Coronet’s Report – Baron Muin maqq Minain

To the People of Bhakail, Our Friends, and Our Allies;

In states NOT Pennsylvania, the rollout of the various vaccines for the coronavirus is going well. In those fanciful, far away lands, it looks like we are in the fourth quarter of this pandemic, and we may be able to schedule events this coming Autumn, and be well on the way to full events for Yule in 2021(mundinaiacly speaking).

So, here we are… Get vaccinated as fast as you can. for everyone’s sake.

In the meantime, there are some neighboring groups who will be holding their own ethereal events. (Not saying they’re copying Bhakail…I’m not. Really… uhm… LOOK OVER THERE!! A FLOCK OF TURTLES!!!)

So, attend them! And all of the other great East Kingdom offerings that will teach, entertain, and keep you connected until we can meet in person again.

With hope,

Muin
Baron of Bhakail

Seneschal’s Report – Honorable Lady Alesia de Maris of Ravenstar

Hello the Barony!

The March meeting is Tuesday March 9th at 7 pm on Google Meet. All are welcome. If you want to attend go to the calendar on the Bhakail website. Click on the Business Meeting then click on more details. Then click on Join with Google Meet.

I look forward to seeing you.

  – Alesia
Seneschal of Bhakail

Social Media Deputy – Magister Rowen Cloteworthy

Hello to the Barony!

The minutes for last month’s meeting have been posted to the website. We’ve had three new people join the FB group since the February meeting and ten people in January. Information keeps flowing back and forth between the email list and the FB group.

In service,

 – Rowen

Exchequer’s Report – Mistress Philadelphia Brown

Nothing to report.

Chamberlain’s Report – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

Nothing to report.

Herald’s Report – Lady Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

From the Eastern Internal Letter of Intent (ILoI) – This letter includes all new names and devices that have been submitted to the Eastern College of Heralds in the last month. It takes about two months for items to reach the next stage, the Eastern Letter of Decision.

  • February 2021:
    No letter appears to have been posted.

From the Eastern Letter of Decision (LoD) – This letter reports what items will be forwarded to Laurel to be decided on and what will be returned to the submitter for more work. It takes about six more months for submissions to reach the next stage, the Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns.

  • February 2021:
    I did not see any names or items that I recognized as belonging to members of the Barony on this month’s report.

From the Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns (LoAR) – This letter says what items have been accepted by SCA’s College of Arms and what has been returned to the submitter unregistered.

  • January 2021:
    Rowen Cloteworthy’s household name (Cloteworthy Manor) and Augmentation of Arms (Lozengy argent and sable, a chief gules, for augmentation a canton purpure charged with four millrinds in cross within a bordure Or) have been accepted.

If you are currently unsure of the status of your name or device, please contact me at herald@bhakail.eastkingdom.org and I will provide you with an update.

In service,

  – Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

Chronicler’s Report – Lady Triona MacCasky

Nothing to report.

Knight Marshal’s Report – Lord Egill Illugasson

Hello,

Per current kingdom policy, heavy practice continues to be on hold for the time being. I will provide updates as changes are announced.

  – Egil

Rapier Marshal’s Report – Don Melchior Kriebel

Practices are canceled until further notice.

Minister of the Lists’ Report – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

Annual report sent in to kingdom. Nothing else to report.

  – Mikael

Chataleine’s Report – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

Nothing new from the Chatelaine.

אני לשירותך
Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

Minister of Arts & Sciences’ Report – Lady Maryna Borowska

No report.

Chancellor Minor’s Report – Lady Honorable Lady Roseia Poseia

Greetings, Barony of Bhakail –

My report for March is as follows. I was contacted by Eleazar ha Levi from Shire of Blak Rose. He asked me to provisionally be a part of 2021 Shire Wars staff as their Youth / Childrens activity person. I accepted provisionally.

Respectfully submitted,

  – Rosie

Webminister’s Report – Lord Rúni inn írski

No report.

Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust – Honorable Lady Livia Petralia

The event that was scheduled to be held at the Penn Library has been postponed to 2022, due to the pandemic.

New Business

  • Baronial Birthday options – The Barony is turning 50 this year! Our beloved barony was founded in September 1971 and since this is an important birthday, His Excellency has asked for ideas and suggestions for how we should celebrate. Being that we are Bhakail, it was deemed appropriate that our celebration should last the entire year from September 2021 to September 2022. Suggestions so far have included something special at Yule, should we be able to hold the event in person this year, and a long-weekend camping event over the 4th of July weekend. Apparently, back in the mists of time, Bhakail used to hold an event on that particular weekend and several of those who remember those days thought it fitting that we try and “revive” that event for our 50th. To that end, His Excellency has asked for folks to keep an eye out for an appropriate site to hold this event. Amenities that have been requested are flush toilets and the ability to imbibe alcohol on the premises. Anyone with possible sites should contact either Lady Alesia or His Excellency.
  • Yule – Lady Alesia will be contacting Lady Maryna to see if she is still interested in being the event steward for this year’s Yule, should we be able to hold it. Lady Triona confirmed that she was still willing to prepare the dayboard for the event, regardless of who the event steward is. In the event that Lady Maryna is no longer interested in stewarding the event, a call for bids will be put out, most likely at the next business meeting.
  • Shire Wars – We are still committed to assisting the Shire of Blak Rose with running this event in October, which seems to have a decent chance of being held in-person, depending on the BoD’s decision about holding in person events again. More details will be discussed as we get closer to the event and have more guidance from the BoD.
  • Thrown Weapons and Archery – Lord Mikael mentioned that he is looking to startup thrown weapons practice again soon. He will be putting out a call for help to get the space ready for the season. He will also be talking with Lady Maryna to see if she will be starting archery practices again.
  • New Officers and Stewards – Lady Alesia raised a concern that we do not have a good pool of newer people who are willing to hold offices and run events in the Barony. This was a discussion that took place at a Kingdom Seneschal’s meeting and this concern was echoed by many of the Kingdom’s Seneschals. We talked a great deal about how, once we can meet in person again, we can more engage our newer members to help expand this pool. Shadowing and task-based volunteering were discussed. This is something that is very important for all of us to keep in mind as we will not survive in the long run if we rely on the same small cadre of people to hold our offices and run our events.
  • Business Meeting – The next Business Meeting will be held on April 13th at 7pm via Google Meet. Check the baronial website for more details and links for the meeting.

Old Business

  • Webminister – The Webminister’s term of office is expiring in April. Letters of Intent are still being called for. Anyone interested in the position should send a Letter of Intent to Lady Alesia.
  • Exchequer – The Exchequer is also still looking for a successor or a deputy interested in learning the position. Mistress Philadelphia’s term as Exchequer is not due to expire until 2022 but she is looking for someone interested in learning the position with the intent to take over when her term ends. If you have any questions regarding the duties of the Exchequer please contact Mistress Philadelphia at exchequer@bhakail.eastkingdom.org.
  • PennsicLady Chana Freidl the Maker, Campmaster – Nothing to report.

Meeting ended.


February 2021 Business Meeting Minutes

Coronet’s Report – Baron Muin maqq Minain

Hello, Peoples of Bhakail, Our Allies, and Friends;

Please be advised that while we are coming out of the pandemic, slow though that may be, we are still in a pandemic. Getting everybody vaccinated is going to take time, and I ask that people be patient with the process. I myself have had to temper my expectations greatly over the last few months, and I don’t expect anyone else is having that much of an easier time then am I, so please be patient.

With those in the medical field, your family, and your friends here in the SCA.

We recently had Our tavern event, and it came off as a great success with many friends family and allies being recognised by the Barony for their deeds and efforts; not just over the last year but over the last several years here in the East Kingdom. May We all be lucky enough to be Bhakailis, that the world would be a better place.

Looking to the future, We have need of people to run Our Commons event this coming Fall, whether that be in person or ethereal, and we will need people to run our annual Yule event as well.

I would also like to put people in mind of the idea of holding, once we can all meet person again, a new event in Bhakail concentrating on arts and sciences, cooking, feasting and dancing, and a rapier tournament… possibly a camping event if we can arrange it. Keep this in mind, and bring any ideas you have to Myself or to Lady Alesia, Our Seneschal.

With thanks aplenty;

  – Muin
Baron of Bhakail

Seneschal’s Report – Honorable Lady Alesia de Maris of Ravenstar

It’s February, the shortest month, but it always feels like the longest. Spring will soon be here and with it we may be able to start having outdoor practices again. Spring brings hope. Here’s to hoping the pandemic runs its course and we can begin to gather together again soon.

  – Alesia
Seneschal of Bhakail

Social Media Deputy – Magister Rowen Cloteworthy

No report.

Exchequer’s Report – Mistress Philadelphia Brown

Year-end report has been submitted.

Thanks!
  – Philly

Chamberlain’s Report – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

Nothing to report.

Herald’s Report – Lady Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

From the Eastern Internal Letter of Intent (ILoI) – This letter includes all new names and devices that have been submitted to the Eastern College of Heralds in the last month. It takes about two months for items to reach the next stage, the Eastern Letter of Decision.

  • January 2021:
    I did not see any names or items that I recognized as belonging to members of the Barony on this month’s report.

From the Eastern Letter of Decision (LoD) – This letter reports what items will be forwarded to Laurel to be decided on and what will be returned to the submitter for more work. It takes about six more months for submissions to reach the next stage, the Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns.

  • January 2021:
    I did not see any names or items that I recognized as belonging to members of the Barony on this month’s report.

From the Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns (LoAR) – This letter says what items have been accepted by SCA’s College of Arms and what has been returned to the submitter unregistered.

  • December 2020:
    I did not see any names or items that I recognized as belonging to members of the Barony on this month’s report.

If you are currently unsure of the status of your name or device, please contact me at herald@bhakail.eastkingdom.org and I will provide you with an update.

In service,
Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

Chronicler’s Report – Lady Triona MacCasky

Nothing to report.

Knight Marshal’s Report – Lord Egill Illugasson

Hello,

Per current kingdom policy, heavy practice continues to be on hold for the time being. I will provide updates as changes are announced.

  – Egil

Rapier Marshal’s Report – Don Melchior Kriebel

Practices are canceled until further notice.

Minister of the Lists’ Report – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

On 2/7/21, the below was published by the EK MoL:

Over the past month or so, The Ministry of Lists has been looking into regulations and requirements with regard to fighting authorizations. After speaking with the VP for Corporate Operations, Society Marshal, and the Kingdom Seneschal, we have come to an agreement for handling this, as follows:

All authorizations expiring between March 1, 2020 and June 6, 2021 will have their expiration dates extended to June 7, 2021. This gives authorized fighters 1 year from the date martial activities were able to hold official practices in the EK to work on their renewal paperwork.

While we know this is not a perfect solution, we feel it is the best compromise for the East Kingdom. As a matter of perspective, please be aware, some other Kingdoms are requiring ALL fighters to reauthorize.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Olivia Baker, East Kingdom Minister of Lists, at mol@eastkingdom.org.

Nothing else to report.

  – Mikael

Chataleine’s Report – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

Nothing new from the Chatelaine.

אני לשירותך
Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

Minister of Arts & Sciences’ Report – Lady Maryna Borowska

No report.

Chancellor Minor’s Report – Lady Honorable Lady Roseia Poseia

Nothing to report.

Webminister’s Report – Lord Rúni inn írski

Nothing new to report this month.

Runi

Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust – Honorable Lady Livia Petralia

No report.

New Business

  • Webminister – The web minister’s term is expiring soon, so our Seneschal is accepting letters of intent for this position.

Old Business

  • Exchequer – The Exchequer is looking for a successor or a deputy interested in learning the position. Mistress Philadelphia’s term as Exchequer is not due to expire until 2022 but she is looking for someone interested in learning the position with the intent to take over when her term ends. If you have any questions regarding the duties of the Exchequer please contact Mistress Philadelphia at exchequer@bhakail.eastkingdom.org.

Meeting ended.


January 2021 Business Meeting Minutes

Coronet’s Report – Baron Muin maqq Minain

Hello, the People of Bhakail, Our Allies and Friends;

The Wheel of the Year has once again turned, and we now find ourselves in completely new year! With all of the same problems we had last year, if not a few more added on top.

It’s all most as if only a pair of weeks have passed, and none of those problems were taken off the table in that scant time frame.

So, with this in mind, please be patient with each other, and be patient with yourselves.

As it is a new year, check your memberships! Now is the perfect time to renew if you will be expiring soon.

And, as we are in the month of January:

Saturday next will be our online Tavern Event (Jan 23rd) and we will be partnering with another online event for the glory of the East Kingdom!

And remember, the World may have stuttered, and stumbled, but Bhakail is still here!

Your Baron;
  – Muin

Seneschal’s Report – Honorable Lady Alesia de Maris of Ravenstar

Happy New Year! I have filed my fourth quarter report.

Tavern is happening on the 23rd and there are several other events that are happening this month. Please take a few moments to check out the East Kingdom calendar of events.

And of course winter is always a good time to take a look at your garb and armor for needed repairs or replacement. Now is the time to think about new and shiny things for when events start up in person again.

In service to the Barony,
  – THL Alesia de Maris

Social Media Deputy – Magister Rowen Cloteworthy

Hail, the Barony!

Since the December meeting, we’ve had three new people join the FB group. Minutes for the December meeting have been posted to the website. We’ll start pushing our Tavern event on social media and email this week. Important information from the Kingdom, like the change for the February Royal Ethereal Court to the 3rd Sunday instead of the 2nd as usual, is still regularly shared with the Barony’s email and FB groups. See you all around the web!

Waauugghh, Bhakail!
  – Rowen

Exchequer’s Report – Mistress Philadelphia Brown

Year-end report is being worked on. Almost complete.

Thanks!
  – Philly

Chamberlain’s Report – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

Nothing to report.

Herald’s Report – Lady Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

From the Eastern Internal Letter of Intent (ILoI) – This letter includes all new names and devices that have been submitted to the Eastern College of Heralds in the last month. It takes about two months for items to reach the next stage, the Eastern Letter of Decision.

  • January 2021:
    The January 2021 letter has not yet been posted.
  • December 2020:
    I did not see any names or items that I recognized as belonging to members of the Barony on this month’s report.

From the Eastern Letter of Decision (LoD) – This letter reports what items will be forwarded to Laurel to be decided on and what will be returned to the submitter for more work. It takes about six more months for submissions to reach the next stage, the Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns.

  • January 2021:
    The January 2021 letter has not yet been posted.
  • December 2020:
    I did not see any names or items that I recognized as belonging to members of the Barony on this month’s report.

From the Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns (LoAR) – This letter says what items have been accepted by SCA’s College of Arms and what has been returned to the submitter unregistered.

  • November 2020:
    Jacqueline Cross’ new name “Jacqueline Cross” has been accepted. “Berrick Grayveson” has been retained as an alternate. “Jack Cross” has been released as an alternate.
  • October 2020:
    Jibril ibn `Ammar al-Fayyad’s new badge “(Fieldless) A lion Or seated in a wooden chair maintaining a wooden crossbow proper.” was accepted.

If you are currently unsure of the status of your name or device, please contact me at herald@bhakail.eastkingdom.org and I will provide you with an update.

In service,
  – Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

Chronicler’s Report – Lady Triona MacCasky

Nothing to report.

Knight Marshal’s Report – Lord Egill Illugasson

Hello,

Although PA has lifted its restrictions on in person sports, Philadelphia’s restrictions continue through to Jan 15th. I will have more updates as to when practice will resume once I hear back from the regional marshal.

  – Egil

Rapier Marshal’s Report – Don Melchior Kriebel

Practices are canceled until further notice.

Minister of the Lists’ Report – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

Now registered with Kingdom MoL. Nothing else to report.

  – Mikael

Chataleine’s Report – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

Nothing to report.

Minister of Arts & Sciences’ Report – Lady Maryna Borowska

Hello the Barony!

Winter is a lovely time to practice your arts and sciences as the weather limits our outdoor frolicking. This is true even when a pandemic is on!

Check the EK MoAS website (and the sites for other kingdoms!), Facebook, and mailing lists for announcements of virtual classes and events. “Sparkly and Shiny” and the Embroidery Schola are two I know of off the top of my head, but there are many more.

If you have any interest in teaching a class or otherwise hosting a virtual A&S activity, please reach out to me or the EK MoAS. Or if there’s a class you want to take… reach out to the teacher and ask if they’ve considered offering it!

Stay warm and stay safe,
  – Maryna

It was also mentioned that Kingdom A&S is going to be virtual this year with each entrant getting their own webpage with links to documentation and such. Folks will also be able to leave comments instead of tokens.

Chancellor Minor’s Report – Lady Honorable Lady Roseia Poseia

Nothing to report.

Webminister’s Report – Lord Rúni inn írski

Nothing to report.

Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust – Honorable Lady Livia Petralia

No report.

New Business

  • No new business.

Old Business

  • Pennsic – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker, Campmaster

Just a note to say that Pre-Reg has opened on the Cooper’s page for Pennsic 49! Our Barony’s pre-regs from last year have been rolled over (Morwill, Rosie, and John Patrick). If you pre-regged last year and you are not one of those three people. please let me know and I will figure out who to get in touch with.

We do not yet know if Pennsic 49 will be a reality, but the planning committee needed to get started working, and opening pre-regs at the normal time is part of that process. I have no more information than you, as the Mayor has not released a new update since the last one in December (which you can find here – https://land.pennsicwar.org/docs_mayor.php).

As always, if you would like to camp with Bhakail at Pennsic this year, you must get permission from me before pre-regging. I know the situation is much different than normal, regarding precedence in who has camped with us before. If Pennsic happens this year, and you choose not to come due to Covid, that will not be held against you in terms of limiting your ability to camp with us at Pennsic 50.

אני לשירותך
  – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

  • Exchequer Deputy – The Exchequer is looking for a successor or a deputy interested in learning the position. Mistress Philadelphia’s term as Exchequer is not due to expire until 2022 but she is looking for someone interested in learning the position with the intent to take over when her term ends. If you have any questions regarding the duties of the Exchequer please contact Mistress Philadelphia at exchequer@bhakail.eastkingdom.org.

Meeting ended.


December 2020 Business Meeting Minutes

Coronet’s Report – Baron Muin maqq Minain

To the Barony of Bhakail, its Allies and Friends –

This marks the last business meeting of 2020 and may we all be blessed by the passing of this year.

This coming Saturday will see Our annual Yule Event, although due to necessities it will be held virtually Behind the Ramparts. We hope to see you all there.

Bless and keep Bhakail in these harrowing times.

 – Muin maqq Mìnaìn
Baron of Bhakail

Seneschal’s Report – Honorable Lady Alesia de Maris of Ravenstar

December is finally here. The dumpster fire that is 2020 is almost over. This has been a very difficult year for all of us but as the new year approaches there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon. The first vaccine has been approved and there are two more waiting for approval. It shouldn’t be too long before we can be together again. I wish you all a happy and safe holiday season and I look forward to seeing you in the new year.

– THL Alesia de Maris
Seneschal of Bhakail

Social Media Deputy – Baron Rowen Cloteworthy

Nothing to report

Exchequer’s Report – Mistress Philadelphia Brown

Working on year-end report.

Seeking addresses for the following two people who attended Yule 2019 because we owe them $5 each as overpayment refunds: Brandon Roller and Evan Copeland.

Thanks!

– Philly

Chamberlain’s Report – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

Nothing to report.

Herald’s Report – Lady Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

Nothing to report.

Chronicler’s Report – Lady Triona MacCasky

Nothing to report.

Knight Marshal’s Report – Lord Egill Illugasson

Practice continues to be on hold due to current Philadelphia covid restrictions, and kingdom policy. If changes are announced, I will relay them through the Philadelphia fight practice Facebook page, and in the next officer report.

Thank you,

– Badhands

Rapier Marshal’s Report – Don Melchior Kriebel

Practices are canceled until further notice.

Minister of the Lists’ Report – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

Sent email to Kingdom and Regional MoL letting them know the results of the election. Have not received any response yet.

– Mikael

Chataleine’s Report – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

Nothing to report.

Minister of Arts & Sciences’ Report – Lady Maryna Borowska

Nothing to report.

Chancellor Minor’s Report – Lady Honorable Lady Roseia Poseia

Nothing to report.

Webminister’s Report – Lord Rúni inn írski

Nothing to report.

Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust – Honorable Lady Livia Petralia

No report.

New Business

  • PennsicLady Chana Freidl the Maker, Campmaster – I’m sure everyone saw the message that came out from the Pennsic Mayor – conversations have begun about how to have a Pennsic in 2021. There are absolutely no details, just a lot of ideas and a lot of hope that Pennsic can happen this coming summer. As soon as I have any more information, I will share it with the Barony. In the meantime, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to email me at campmaster@bhakail.eastkingdom.org.

Old Business

  • Exchequer Deputy – The Exchequer is looking for a successor or a deputy interested in learning the position. Mistress Philadelphia’s term as Exchequer is not due to expire until 2022 but she is looking for someone interested in learning the position with the intent to take over when her term ends. If you have any questions regarding the duties of the Exchequer please contact Mistress Philadelphia at exchequer@bhakail.eastkingdom.org.

November 2020 Business Meeting Minutes

Coronet’s Report – Baron Muin maqq Minain

To the People of Bhakail and Our friends and allies;

We are entering the 10th month Behind the Ramparts. This world, both SCAdaiacal and Mundane, is not the world any of us have wanted. This is not the world We expected.

Having just completed Our First Court Behind the Ramparts at Our UnCommons event, we, all of us, have shown we can be more flexible and adaptable than most would have expected before this grand Embuggerance. Bhakail has shown Strength, Unity, and a Clarity of Purpose that is inspiring.

Having said that, Your Baron is not blind to the difficulty we all face. This is not an easy time. Using these methods to engage is not as easy for all as is easy for some. This certainly describes Myself. If you are experiencing these problems, please reach out.

We are here.

We are Bhakail.

 – Muin
Baron of Bhakail

Seneschal’s Report – Honorable Lady Alesia de Maris of Ravenstar

Greetings to the Barony. I renewed my membership at the end of October for two years. This will cover the rest of my term as Seneschal. This reminded me of the best way we can support the SCA at this time, membership renewal. If your membership is up for renewal or your membership has expired please consider renewing it. If you are in a place financially where you can’t afford to renew your membership there is help available. There is a fund that can help pay for your membership. The following is taken from the SCA letter on Membership Assistance Requests dated September 8, 2020.

If you are having a difficult time purchasing a membership, you can request assistance directly from the Corporate Office. There is no need to prove that this request is valid. No financial questions will be asked, as the request will be taken on good-faith. To do this, please email membership@sca.org and let us know that you would like to take part in this program as funds allow. Please be assured that we will treat your request confidentially.

There is no shame in asking for help. We all need it once in a while.

Please stay safe.

In service to the Barony,

 – THL Alesia de Maris
Seneschal of Bhakail

Social Media Deputy – Baron Rowen Cloteworthy

Things continue in the world of social media. October minutes were put on the website. We’ve had three new people join the FB group in the last month. UnCommons happened and the results of Court shared with the email and FB groups. That’s all for now. See you in the aether!

Rowen

Exchequer’s Report – Mistress Philadelphia Brown

Third quarter report submitted to Kingdom. Planning to start review of Baronial financial policies in 2021. Seeking heir-apparent deputy and/or emergency deputy.

Thanks!

Philly

Chamberlain’s Report – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

Nothing to report.

Herald’s Report – Lady Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

Nothing to report.

Chronicler’s Report – Lady Triona MacCasky

Nothing to report.

Knight Marshal’s Report – Lord Egill Illugasson

A new practice site has been located, so the need for the outdoor lighting is no longer necessary. However, due to increased restrictions due to Covid, practices are still on hold for the time being.

Rapier Marshal’s Report – Don Melchior Kriebel

Practices are canceled until further notice.

Minister of the Lists’ Report – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

Sent email to Kingdom and Regional MoL letting them know the results of the election. Have not received any response yet.

Mikael

Chataleine’s Report – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

Nothing to report.

Minister of Arts & Sciences’ Report – Lady Maryna Borowska

Greetings!

A team from Bhakail entered the Shire Wars largesse derby, and Lady Eleanora the Tilemaker and John Patrick O’Donagal entered the individual bracket as well. Vivant all!

The deadline to enter the Crown’s A&S competition or display is December 13th.

There is a Metal and Glassworks schola event this weekend (November 14 and 15) for those interested. Mistress Lissa will be teaching an intro to glass beads.

Coming up in the new year, the annual Embroidery Schola will be virtual, February 7th.

There is also a month-long Ethereal Seamstress Competition that will be held February 27 – March 27. Competitors are expected to make a complete set of garb from head to toe.

The EK MoAS continues to offer online classes. Check out their website! Anyone interested in offering a class should reach out to moas@eastkingdom.org.

Please let me know if I can provide any assistance with any projects or other A&S topics, please let me know.

YIS,
Maryna

Chancellor Minor’s Report – Lady Honorable Lady Roseia Poseia

Greetings.

I assisted Shire Of Blak Rose with the Shire Wars event as their Youth Activities Coordinator. There were activities available online for the parents to print out. There were several coloring pages, crafts for the youth to make under the supervision of their parents, and a word search. The event went well as far as I know. I was unable to attend due to illness.

 – Rosey

Webminister’s Report – Lord Rúni inn írski

Nothing new to report this month.

Runi

Archery Practice – Lady Maryna Borowska

Archery practices have officially begun and will continue to be held as long as the weather permits.

Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust – Honorable Lady Livia Petralia

No report.

New Business

  • Letter of Intent for Chatelaine – Our Chataleine’s term of office is expiring in December. The Seneschal is currently accepting Letters of Intent for anyone wishing to apply for this position. A vote will be taken at the December meeting. So far, letters have been received from Lady Chana Freidl the Maker and the Honorable Lord Cailin MacSalny.
  • Letters of Intent for Chancellor Minor – The office of Chancellor Minor expires in January 2021. This is the official call for Letters of Intent for anyone interested in the position of Chancellor Minor. If you have any questions regarding the duties of the Chancellor Minor please contact the Honorable Lady Roseia Poseia at youth@bhakaileastkingdom.org. The current Chancellor Minor has expressed interest in continuing the position and has submitted a Letter of Intent. If no one else is interested in the position we will have a vote of confidence at the December barony meeting. To submit a letter of intent please email Seneschal at seneschal.bhakail.eastkingdom.org.
  • Exchequer Deputy – The Exchequer is looking for a successor or a deputy interested in learning the position. Mistress Philadelphia’s term as Exchequer is not due to expire until 2022 but she is looking for someone interested in learning the position with the intent to take over when her term ends. If you have any questions regarding the duties of the Exchequer please contact Mistress Philadelphia at exchequer@bhakail.eastkingdom.org.

Meeting ended.


October 2020 Business Meeting Minutes

Coronet’s Report – Baron Muin maqq Minain

Greetings to the Barony of Bhakail;

This report sees the end of the Tyrant Summer, and hopefully the entrance of the Glorious Season of Harvest Smells, Hearty Foods, and Frost.

Thanks to those of you who have sent me your recommendations by the deadline, and who attended the Horse and the Salamander meetings. Life now living in this tech-bubble world of emails and on-line meetings is not always the best, but it is something we do to manage our mutual interests.

As of this writing We are looking forward to Our UnCommons Event Behind the Ramparts, on November 1st, which I have always found an especially festive day. And we are also looking forward to our Yule Behind the Ramparts to be held the second weekend in December. I hope to see you all there.

Muin
Baron of Bhakail

Seneschal’s Report – Honorable Lady Alesia de Maris of Ravenstar

Greetings, 

The Kingdom is still in quarantine. But we continue to gather ethereally in our meetings, socials, classes and courts. Bhakail will have it’s first ethereal court on Sunday November 1st. I look forward to seeing everyone that day.

The Barony continues to conduct business and this month we vote on candidates for the office of Herald and MOL. And we have started martial activities again! We now have socially distanced thrown weapons practice and heavy weapons practice. There are rules regarding participation, please contact the Knight Marshal regarding heavy weapons practice and the Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki regarding thrown weapons. 

In service to the Barony, 

THL Alesia de Maris 
Seneschal of Bhakail

Social Media Deputy – Baron Rowen Cloteworthy

Hello, hello, Bhakail! – 

Minutes for the September meeting were posted to the website. Information is being distributed over email and FB for the upcoming UnCommons: Behind the Ramparts event on Sunday, 11/1. I still have to put information up on the website. Information is being shared about the Henry V production, starring several Bhakailis and friends of Bhakail, coming up on Sunday, 10/25. Six new people have joined the FB group in the last month. That’s all I have for now. 

In service to Baron and Barony,

– Rowen

Exchequer’s Report – Mistress Philadelphia Brown

Working on third quarter report. 

– Philly

Chamberlain’s Report – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

Not much to report. With the pandemic, just waiting to life to return to somewhat of normality. 

In service to the East,

– THL Bryan Mac Dhungiall an Boghadair

Herald’s Report – Lady Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

From the Eastern Internal Letter of Intent (ILoI) – This letter includes all new names and devices that have been submitted to the Eastern College of Heralds in the last month. It takes about two months for items to reach the next stage, the Eastern Letter of Decision. 

September 2020: 

– Rowen Cloteworthy has submitted a new household name (Cloteworthy Manor), new badge ((Fieldless) A millrind within and conjoined to a mascle gules)), and resubmitted a new Augmentation of Arms (Lozengy argent and sable, a chief gules and for an augmentation a canton purpure charged with four millrinds in cross within a bordure Or).

From the Eastern Letter of Decision (LoD) – This letter reports what items will be forwarded to Laurel to be decided on and what will be returned to the submitter for more work. It takes about six more months for submissions to reach the next stage, the Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns. 

August 2020:

— Jacqueline Cross’ new name change (Jacqueline Cross) has been forwarded on to Laurel. 

From the Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns (LoAR) This letter says what items have been accepted by SCA’s College of Arms and what has been returned to the submitter unregistered. 

August 2020:

 — Aurelia Alfaiata d’Alcaçova’s new device (Per chevron sable and vert, a chevron ermine between two pairs of threaded needles in saltire and an owl maintaining a carnation slipped and leaved Or) was accepted.

May 2020: 

— Iriniia Mieszkowna’s new device (Per pale azure and argent, two sparrows rising respectant counterchanged argent and sable) and new badge ((Fieldless) A sparrow rising contourny maintaining a chasing hammer and an artist’s paintbrush both inverted in saltire sable)) have been accepted. 

If you are currently unsure of the status of your name or device, please contact me at herald@bhakail.eastkingdom.org and I will provide you with an update. 

In service,

Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

Chronicler’s Report – Lady Triona MacCasky

Nothing to report.

Knight Marshal’s Report – Lord Egill Illugasson

Practice continues to be on hold for the time being. A request was made for funds to purchase battery operated floodlights, so that outdoor practices might be able to be held, taking into account the shorter days.

Rapier Marshal’s Report – Don Melchior Kriebel

Practices are canceled until further notice.

Minister of the Lists’ Report – Mistress Judith the Confused

Greetings unto all, 

The Society is still on lockdown for events so there have been no in-person events. Kudos to the equestrian community for holding a virtual tournament. The commentary by their Majesties was hilarious. (It can be seen on YouTube for those who missed it.) 

As we have elections this month, we hope to have a new MOL starting soon. Kindly continue to show the joy, courtesy and support that you have shown us all these years and a special shout out to all the Marshals and MOLs who have been there for us all. I likely will still see you on the list fields. 

Yours in Service,

Gisela and Judith

Chataleine’s Report – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

The only thing I have to report from the office of the Chatelaine is a new deputy! Scholastica Capellaria (mka Caitlin Binkhorst) has agreed to become Deputy Chatelaine and she has already done an amazing job. She has been active in the SCA and Bhakail since she started and I know she will make a fabulous addition! 

אני לשירותך
Lady Chana Freidl the Maker
Chatelaine, Barony of Bhakail

Minister of Arts & Sciences’ Report – Lady Maryna Borowska

The East Kingdom continues to host virtual A&S classes and discussions, check their website for details. Kingdom A&S Champions competition information has also been announced. 

YIS,

Maryna

Chancellor Minor’s Report – Lady Honorable Lady Roseia Poseia

Greetings,

With this Covid virus issue still continuing and all events are on hold, I have nothing to report this month.

Respectfully submitted,

– Rosey

Webminister’s Report – Lord Rúni inn írski

Nothing new to report this month.

Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust – Honorable Lady Livia Petralia

No report.

New Business

  • Lights for fight practiceOur Knight Marshall has requested funds to purchase battery-operated flood lights to facilitate practices now that we are allowed to hold outdoor practices with certain restrictions, but yet the days are growing shorter. He is currently looking to hold practice in Fairmount Park, however some questions were raised about the legality of using the flood lights in the park. The decision on the funds was tabled until the park could be checked with to make sure that we are allowed to use the lights.
  • Minister of the ListsThe office of the Minister of Lists was voted upon at the meeting. There were two candidates, Mistress Gisela Szabo and the Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki. Mistress Gisela indicated that she was willing to step aside should another candidate put their name in. A vote of confidence was taken and Mikael is the new MoL. We thank Mistress Judith the Confused and Mistress Gisela for their long service to the Barony. Vivant!
  • HeraldThe office of Herald was also up for election. Lady Ragna Grímólfsdóttir had submitted her intent to remain as Herald, and Lady Maryna Borowska also submitted her name. Unfortunately, as Maryna is currently our Mistress of Arts and Sciences, the Seneschal was unable to accept her letter of intent. A vote of confidence was held and Lady Ragna was approved for another term.
  • ChatelaineOur Chatelaine’s term of office is expiring in December. The Seneschal is currently accepting Letters of Intent for anyone wishing to apply for this position. A vote will be taken at the December meeting.

Old Business

  • Shire WarsAs so many other things that have moved to the ethereal world so has Shire Wars. It will now take place virtually on Saturday, November 7th. Please see the event announcement below.

Meeting ended.

The Once and Future Shire Wars

I am Lord Eleazar ha-Levi of the Shire of Blak Rose. As Event Steward, it is my honor to invite the populace of the Western Reaches (and anybody else) to Shire Wars IX.i or “The Once and Future Shire Wars”, a virtual event being held on Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 10 AM to 8 PM. 

The event will feature: 

  • An A&S Display, “A Journal of the Plague Year” with the Artisans of the East invited to submit projects that they have finished (or nearly finished) since March 1, 2020, when we suddenly found ourselves with all that extra “free time” on our hands. This is a display, not a competition. 
  • An SCAvenger Hunt in which teams will compete by sending in pictures of their doing any or all of the 46 activities listed. (For example, make two boffer weapons and have a battle; paint your face with your heraldic device, football fan style; write your weekly shopping list in a calligraphic font; the full list is available at our website. Some are harder than others.) Register now and start planning which ones you want to do. You can start sending in the pictures on November 4. The populace will pick the winners. 
  • A Largesse Derby to gather items for Their Majesty’s coffers. This is a contest open to individual adults, teams, or children. Judging will be done by the populace on the day of the event. Rules for the completion are at our website. 
  • A pair of martial challenges: 
  1. The “Online Shire Wars Martial Workout”, which is open to heavy weapons fighters, fencers, and anyone else who wants a good workout. Awards for best performance, best site for the workout, etc.
  2. A Speedwork Challenge: Number of strikes at a pell in one minute, open to both heavy weapons fighters and fencers. Awards for most strikes (with points off for bad form), but also for most interesting attack and most interesting decorated pell. 
  • Classes – martial, A&S, and children’s activities. (Teachers welcome, see our website.) 
  • A virtual feast by Mistress Tirza bithe Reaboughes. Yes, a virtual feast; see our website for details on how we’re going to do it. 
  • Possibly a set of bardic activities. This is still to be worked out; a coordinator is needed. Contact the autocrat at eleazar_halevi@yahoo.com if interested. 

Details may be found at our website: http://shirewars.eastkingdom.org. Looking forward to welcoming you to our event.


September 2020 Business Meeting Minutes

Coronet’s Report – Baron Muin maqq Minain

Hello, The Barony!

We have finally moved past the trauma that has been a Year Without a Pennsic, and maybe we have gained a new perspective on Pennsic as SCAdians. We now have almost a year to prep ourselves for the next Pennsic. Projects we didn’t quite get finished for this year, we have a grace period allowing those same projects to get finished, and possibly to troubleshoot any snags encountered.

We have been given time to get it right.

And, some of you may have noticed I had said “Almost a year.”

We are now less that a year to the next Pennsic.

This awkward time has also allowed the Barony, and its friends and allies, to work on other projects that each open up new avenues for us to engage in this Society we love. We have had Bardics. We have continued with our weekly Socials, and our monthly Business Meetings. We have even had East Kingdom Courts, elevations, and A&S classes.

Thankfully, here in Bhakail, we were even able to hold another Behind the Ramparts event this last month. The conversation is good, and the chance to show off new cooking skills and achievements is always a welcome topic.

With this in mind, I am proposing that another Behind the Ramparts event be held in October, or early November. Possibly with a short Baronial Court held therein.

Your Baron,
  – Muin

Seneschal’s Report – Honorable Lady Alesia de Maris of Ravenstar

Greetings,

The first Ethereal Coronation in the East has happened. It was very well done and if you were unable to see it live, you can still see it on Youtube.

Events are still canceled for the rest of the year, but that just gives us the opportunity to make new garb and look forward to next  year. As our beloved Baron pointed out, we have less than a year to prepare for Pennsic. 

  – Alesia

Social Media Deputy – Master Rowen Cloteworthy

Hello, the Barony! – 

Information continues to flow in, out, and around the Barony. Five folks have joined the FB group in the last month, including the Kingdom SM Officer. Alesia updated the announcement at the top of the FB group page with updated resource links and the contact info in the group description has been updated. Kingdom has  started a spreadsheet of SM contacts for local groups. I’ve updated our Seneschal contact on that list, as well as Livia’s contact as the Bailiwick Seneschal. Minutes for last month’s meeting were posted to the website. That’s everything for this  month. 

In service to the Baron and Barony, 

 – Rowen 

Exchequer’s Report – Mistress Philadelphia Brown

Nothing new to report other than I am focusing on getting old, uncashed checks reissued and cashed so we can clear them off the Bhakail liability report. The old, uncashed checks are mostly $5.00 refunds for overpaying for events. 

Thanks!

  – Philly

Chamberlain’s Report – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

Not much to report. With the pandemic, just waiting to life to return to somewhat of normality. 

In service to the East,

  – THL Bryan Mac Dhungiall an Boghadair

Herald’s Report – Lady Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

No report.

Chronicler’s Report – Lady Triona MacCasky

Nothing to report.

Knight Marshal’s Report – Lord Egill Illugasson

Practice continues to be on hold for the time being.

Rapier Marshal’s Report – Don Melchior Kriebel

Practices are cancelled until further notice.

Minister of the Lists’ Report – Mistress Judith the Confused

No fighting events… No MOL report. However, if you need any replacement card paperwork, or anything else – no, not a million ducats! Just let me know and I’ll be happy to help. 

YIS, 

  – Gisela

Chataleine’s Report – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

Nothing new to report. People still contact me through the website and I respond to them as I get their messages.

אני לשירותך 

  – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

Minister of Arts & Sciences’ Report – Lady Maryna Borowska

Hello, the Barony – 

As we pass the six-month mark of the pandemic affecting both daily and SCA life here in the East, I want to remind everyone to take care of and be kind to themselves. This is a prolonged period of stress that the human body and brain is simply not designed to handle easily. Many people have done great artistic things during this time, and of course the move to online classes and meetings has made many things accessible to those who might not be able to attend an in-person class. But it’s also important to remember that daily life takes a lot of energy right now – stress takes energy – and that it’s OK if you haven’t touched a needle or a brush or an instrument in months. The arts can be a wonderful source for self care, and an outlet for some of that stress, but they can also be a source of pressure. 

Take time for yourself. Pick up a project that’s just for you, and not for largesse or commission or competition. 

Breathe, and remember it won’t be like this forever, and it’s OK if  it’s still hard after all this time. This isn’t something we can or should get used to. 

YIS, 

  – Maryna

Chancellor Minor’s Report – Lady Honorable Lady Roseia Poseia

Greetings,

With this Covid virus issue still continuing and all events are on hold, I have nothing to report this month.

Respectfully submitted,

  – Rosey

Webminister’s Report – Lord Rúni inn írski

  • Website is running 
  • Lists are in good order, no pending join requests 
  • MoAS membership renewal is due end of September. All other Officer memberships are current.

  – Runi inn Irski

Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust – Honorable Lady Livia Petralia

No report.

New Business

No new business.

Old Business

  • Shire WarsThe Barony has decided to allow the Shire of Blak Rose to keep the funds that we sent them for Shire Wars, as this year’s event had to be postponed. The event has tentatively been rescheduled for next fall.

Meeting ended.


August 2020 Business Meeting Minutes

Coronet’s Report – Baron Muin maqq Minain

Greetings to the Barony, its Friends and Allies, and all!

We have just enjoyed our third Behind the Ramparts Ethereal Dinner event, and I wanted to start off with a brief thank you to all of you who joined us. It was a lovely and lighthearted affair. Just what We needed. 

This last month there have been many options for online meetings, classes, and concerts, and I believe these are the things that are helping to make the lives of many SCAdians easier, or, at least to some extent, less stressful. 

If any of you have ever had any thoughts about hosting a class, doing an instructional video, or hosting an Ethereal Event, now is the time to step up and make this dream a reality. 

Take heart, you are not alone. 

Wishing you all the best, and that you take care of yourselves;
  – Muin, Baron of Bhakail

Seneschal’s Report – Honorable Lady Alesia de Maris of Ravenstar

From the Board of Directors During the BoD’s ad hoc meeting of July 28, 2020, it was decided to cancel all in-person events until January 31, 2021. 

Yule 2020 Cancelled Due to the BoD’s decision, Bhakail Yule has been cancelled for 2020. I know this seems to be a heavy blow on top of so many other hits we have had recently, but if it keeps us safe and lessens the number of new cases of plague, it will be all worth it when we are finally able to gather with our friends and loved ones to resume the activities we love so much.

Financial Status of the SCA – Many of you have seen the BoD video or read the notice of the status of the SCA. There has been a significant decline in revenue as well as a decline in membership. This situation threatens the Society’s ability to return to the game we love and miss. The best way at this time to support the SCA is to re-up your membership if it has lapsed. The East Kingdom Seneschal is looking into ways to assist those who lack the resources to resume/continue their membership. Information will be shared with the Barony as it becomes available.

Officer Vacancies – At this time, two officer positions have expired and we need to fill the following positions – Minister of the Lists and Salamander Pursuivant (Herald). If you have any questions about the responsibilities of these positions, please contact the Seneschal. The Seneschal will be accepting Letters of Intent for both positions until the end of the next Barony Meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Virtual Pennsic – The last month has brought more new changes to our Society. The very first virtual Pennsic took place. For those of us on Facebook we got to enjoy regular announcements (move your car to the parking lot!), weather reports and reminders of items lost and found. As someone who has been unable to attend Pennsic for the last couple of years and has had to live it vicariously through Facebook updates I found it to be comfortingly familiar.

Please stay safe.
  – THL Alesia de Maris, Seneschal of Bhakail

Social Media Deputy – Master Rowen Cloteworthy

Hello, the Barony!

New people continue to join the Barony’s FB group. We’ve had 6 new people in the last month.

I continue to try and make sure important notes from the Society get passed to email and FB, like the BoD’s recent announcement that funds to continue operating are falling very short.

Next, we’ll have to be a little tighter on distributing information about our virtual events. I missed that the event organizer for the latest Bhakail: Behind the Ramparts event only posted it to FB and not to email, so I didn’t get a copy of the announcement to the email list until the day before the event. That cuts non-FB people out of the information loop. I apologized to the email list for that oversight.

In service to Baron and Bhakail,
  – Rowen

Exchequer’s Report – Mistress Philadelphia Brown

2nd quarter exchequer report sent in.

The Champions Commons pavilion rental fee (less $6.50 service charge) was returned. (Thanks, Alesia!!)

The German Society has been informed that they can release our Yule Revel and Tavern dates. They were disappointed but understood. (These dates were pencilled in only. No contracts signed yet nor deposits paid so we are not out any money by cancelling.)

Thanks!
  – Philly

Herald’s Report – Lady Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

Heraldic Submissions If you have submitted an item to the College for review via another consulting herald, please let me know what name you are submitting it under so that the progress of your items can be included on future versions of this report.

From the Eastern Internal Letter of Intent (ILoI) – This letter includes all new names and devices that have been submitted to the Eastern College of Heralds in the last month. It takes about two months for items to reach the next stage, the Eastern Letter of Decision.

  • July 2020: Berrick Grayveson has submitted a new alternate name (Jacqueline Cross) and a new release of name (Jack Cross).

From the Eastern Letter of Decision (LoD) – This letter reports what items will be forwarded to Laurel to be decided on and what will be returned to the submitter for more work. It takes about six more months for submissions to reach the next stage, the Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns.

  • July 2020: Jibril ibn `Ammar al-Fayyad has submitted a new badge (Fieldless) A lion Or seated in a wooden chair proper, maintaining a wooden crossbow proper.

From the Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns (LoAR) – This letter says what items have been accepted by SCA’s College of Arms and what has been returned to the submitter unregistered.

  • May 2020: Iriniia Mieszkowna’s device (Per pale azure and argent, two sparrows rising respectant counterchanged argent and sable) and badge ((Fieldless) A sparrow rising contourny maintaining a chasing hammer and an artist’s paintbrush both inverted in saltire sable) has been accepted.

If you are currently unsure of the status of your name or device, please contact me at herald@bhakail.eastkingdom.org and I will provide you with an update.

In service,
  – Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

Chronicler’s Report – Lady Triona MacCasky

Nothing to report.

Knight Marshal’s Report – Lord Egill Illugasson

Full contact practice continues to be on hold pending kingdom approval to resume. Socially-distanced practices are available in Iron Bog and Caer Adamant. Please see their respective Facebook pages for details or feel free to reach out to me for information. If interest is expressed in a socially-distanced Bhakail practice, arrangements can be made for one.

Thank you,
  – Egil

Rapier Marshal’s Report – Don Melchior Kriebel

Practices are canceled until further notice.

Minister of the Lists’ Report – Mistress Judith the Confused

Greetings unto you all,

As you are aware, Bhakail Champions and Commons has been cancelled, following the guidance from the East Kingdom and the SCA Board of Directors.  So sorry to miss being with you all.

No new pending information to share at  this time.  Wishing you all to be well and stay safe.

Yours in Service,
  – Mistress Gisela and Mistress Judith

Chataleine’s Report – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

Nothing to report.

Minister of Arts & Sciences’ Report – Lady Maryna Borowska

Nothing to report.

Chancellor Minor’s Report – Lady Honorable Lady Roseia Poseia

Nothing to report.

Webminister’s Report – Lord Rúni inn írski

Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust – Honorable Lady Livia Petralia

Nothing to report.

New Business

  • Proposal for a Regional Demo Team – Lady Yasamin al-Sardaniya attended the meeting to discuss putting together a Regional Demo Team. This is an idea they have been working on in Buckland Cross. Having a dedicated team would benefit everyone and allow us to pool our resources and staff to hold more demos. This will get the word out about us and our activities. Reactions were favorable and Lady Yasamin will contact us to discuss the proposal in more detail.

Old Business

  • Ramparts Event – The event this past Saturday went well but wasn’t as well attended as the two prior events. For future events we will try to do a better job of announcing the event on Facebook and the Baronial list. Also need to put the event on the East Kingdom calendar and make sure we don’t conflict with other events.

Meeting ended.


July 2020 Business Meeting Minutes

Coronet’s Report – Baron Muin maqq Minain

With the ridiculous nature of the mutated camel’s back that is the corona virus we need to all be both assiduous and fastidious in our conduct and hygiene, we ALSO need to be flexible in our expectations of events and activities. Be safe.

 – Muin, Baron of Bhakail

Seneschal’s Report – Honorable Lady Alesia de Maris of Ravenstar

The state of PA is changing its recommendations daily. At this time, please do what you need to do to stay safe so we can all see each other when events start up again.

 – THL Alesia de Maris, Seneschal of Bhakail

Social Media Deputy – Master Rowen Cloteworthy

People have inquired about opening a Baronial Instagram page. Do we need or want that as a platform right now? There has also been talk of setting up a Discord server. There’s definitely two opinions about that. Some people feel they’re overwhelmed with social media and wouldn’t track Discord as an additional feed. However there are a number of people who’d like to see that set up because it’s a more primary social media source for them. 

Did a number of updates to the Baronial website. 

Business meeting minutes for Feb-June have been added. 

On the Welcome page, it now references “pre-17th century world” instead of “pre-1600 Europe and the cultures that had contact with it”, to bring it into alignment with the SCA’s updated mission. Also some language changes and updated references to the Baron, rather than Baron and Baroness. Also, a link to the Announcements page has been put on the Welcome page. 

The “About the Barony” page now has an image of the badge and descriptions of what the device and badge are. The Canton of Black Icorndall has been removed. Links to the Bhakail EK Wiki and the East Kingdom website were added. The outdated zip code list has been removed and replaced with a link to the EK zip code finder. 

Some titles on the Officers page have been updated. A link was added for the Bailiwick and Social Media. 

The Baronial Champions page has been updated, as has the Baronial Appointments page. All references to Baron and Baroness have been changed to Baronial Seat. 

The Announcements page has been updated for the first time since 2015. :-O 

The page for Bhakail Yule has been updated to reference Yule coming in 2020. Last pointed to 2018. 

On the Resources page, the subscription link for the email list was updated. The subscription link for the Pennsic list was added. Several broken links were removed. Financial policies were moved from Resources to Law & Policy. 

On the Newcomers page, links were updated for the email list and links added for Announcements and Calendar. Several pages on the EK site for newcomers were taken down, so our links were updated.

In service to Barony and Kingdom,
  – Rowen

Exchequer’s Report – Mistress Philadelphia Brown

Working on the 2nd quarter exchequer report, which is due at July month-end. 

Our Shire Wars check has been cashed. 

The only “sunk costs” for upcoming events is the pavilion rental fee for Commons. We haven’t yet paid the $50 for insurance for Commons.

We haven’t paid the site rental deposits or signed the contracts for Yule 2020 or Tavern 2021 yet.

We haven’t yet paid out any advances for food/supplies for Commons, Yule, or Tavern.

Thanks!
  – Philly

Chamberlain’s Report – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

Unto the Barony of Bhakail does THL Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair send greeting and the hope that all is safe and well. 

There is not much to report. Between now and December, I will be putting out a day to organize and count the equipment. 

In Service to the East,
  – Bryan

Herald’s Report – Lady Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

The report is available on the website.

Chronicler’s Report – Lady Triona MacCasky

Nothing to report.

Knight Marshal’s Report – Lord Egill Illugasson

Practice continues to be on hold for the time being.

Rapier Marshal’s Report – Don Melchior Kriebel

Practices are canceled until further notice.

Minister of the Lists’ Report – Mistress Judith the Confused

Greetings unto those within reach of the Barony of Bhakail, 

I bid you welcome and hopefully welcome back to in-person events in the future. At present, the next Bhakail Champions and Commons Tournaments are scheduled to occur on Sunday, August 23rd if the signs continue to be favorable and The Oracles agree. 

The Honorable Lady Olivia Baker, the East Kingdom MOL, announced last Friday that she had recently begun to catch up on paperwork and began sending out authorization cards about two weeks ago. She still has more to process, but expects to be caught up shortly. 

If you have any questions or need to update your paperwork, please contact your local MOLs and we will be happy to assist. 

 – Mistress Gisela and Mistress Judith

Chataleine’s Report – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

Nothing new to report. People still contact me through the website and I respond to them as I get their messages.

ךתורישל ינא
 – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

Minister of Arts & Sciences’ Report – Lady Maryna Borowska

Hi! Art continues to happen. Check the East Kingdom MOAS website for lots of great happenings! 

YIS,
 – Maryna

Chancellor Minor’s Report – Lady Honorable Lady Roseia Poseia

Greetings! Basically there is nothing to report until we can again start having events. Still planning to do the Youth Activities for Shire Wars of the Shire of Blak Rose. 

Respectfully submitted,
  – Roseia

Webminister’s Report – Lord Rúni inn írski

No report.

New Business

  • August Business Meeting Normally we would not hold a Baronial Business Meeting in the month of August, because many of us would be at Pennsic. However, since our town run has been extended an extra 52 weeks this year due to the pandemic, there will be an online Business Meeting held on Tuesday, August 11, at 7 PM.

Old Business

  • Art Challenge Chana, A&S Champion Our Baron’s Art Challenge is still happening! His Excellency has set the challenge – “Pennsic isn’t. Bhakail is.” I hope to see some great art during Peace Week! Remember to send your entries to Baron Muin (baron@bhakail.eastkingdom.org); Lady Chana, A&S Champion (chatelaine@bhakail.eastkingdom.org); and Lady Maryna, Minister of Arts and Sciences (moas@bhakail.eastkingdom.org).
  • Pennsic Chana, Campmaster – As we all think about the Pennsic-prep we would be doing right now, I encourage you all to support those SCA artists you would normally have supported at Pennsic. Many have Etsy sites or their own websites, and a Facebook group called “SCA Merchant Relief” was formed several months ago to help SCAdians around the world who have lost substantial income due to our quarantines. Please consider purchasing something from these artists, we can keep each other afloat so we can see them at future events.
  • Commons – It was decided at the meeting that Commons will be canceled for this coming August. There are a number of restrictions with regards to the number of people and activities that could take place, as well as the concerns for the health of all of our members that factored into this decision. His Excellency will be contacting our current Champions for both armored combat and rapier, and ask if they wish to continue their service to our Barony or to step down. If they wish to step down, His Excellency will make arrangements for obtaining the regalia from the outgoing Champion. Depending on how things go, we may be looking to reschedule sometime next spring.
  • YuleMaryna, Event Steward – Yule is tentatively still on. We will have to make a decision next month whether or not the contract is signed with the German society. If a contract is signed, and the event cannot be held, there is a sum of money that will be lost. It is not an insignificant amount, so it will be discussed and voted on at the next meeting.
  • ArcheryMaryna – Archery guidelines have not yet been issued for re-opening practices.