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Welcome to the newsletter for the Barony of Thor’s Mountain in the Kingdom of Meridies. Here you will find meeting minutes, officer reports, our regnum, and articles from our members.

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October Business Meeting Minutes

Baron & Baroness – We have a pretty picture. [Ooooooo]. Please make sure that, when art is contributed, the artist is noted on the back.

Bring a cooler to Silver Hammer, court may be long. We may have a bathroom break in the middle.

Senechal – I don’t actually have anything. I’ve been in Iceland….

Reeve – We have $18,685.16 in the bank account. After uncleared checks (two of which are for Holly & Ivy), we have $18,214.99.

We would like to get the wheels moving to purchase a PO box for the barony. For 12 months, an extra small box is $70. A small box is $102. May I have a motion? Baron supports convenient box for the Reeve. Liz makes a motion that we get the more convenient box at $30 additional per year (with keys being in possession of the senechal and reeve). Murienn seconds. Motion carries.

Chatelaine & Gold Key – I have nothing. I am doing a newcomer’s/welcome tent space at Silver Hammer.

Consul – We had a demo at the Clayton-Bradley Academy. Much fun and talking were had. I don’t think that we need Tristram to be in charge of heavy fighting again. They will be looking forward to us returning again.

Knight Marshal – We are going to be changing over. Rorik will be stepping up as Knight Marshal. I will be running Silver Hammer, but he will be taking over that position.

Rapier Marshal – Nobody has died! [Despite South Down’s best effort!] [That is someone in Vulpine Reach’s report, not mine!]

Live Weapons Marshal – Let’s talk about arrows. We talked about this last month. We need some. Our arrows are getting lost or having their things come off. I would like to request to use some of the marshal’s budge to replenish our arrow supply. Liz makes a motion that we give her $100 to spend on the barony’s archery supplies. Osric seconds it. Motion carries.

Equestrian Marshal – Not present.

Arts & Sciences and Dance – We had a class last month, Basic Costuming. Waylan is my deputy for A&S. He is going to be taking over organizing and setting up classes. If you are interested in teaching a class or have something that you would be interested in seeing taught, talk to Waylan. He has posted a survey to see what people would be interested in seeing class-wise.(Class Survey here).

 

Please submit your A&S report for the month here: Monthly A&S Report Form.

 

Because we are moving, we have to do something with the May Pole. It can probably go into our storage unit, but we cannot guarantee that we would have ready access to it. Liz has volunteered to store it in the attic of their garage. Carol has a second garage that could also be used.

The bigger issue is the SCA signs. We put them out for the last Silver Hammer. We were told that they were not going back into the trailer. Decision has been made that those signs are going back into the trailer.

 

Have any classes from Gulf Wars or other events or class nights not listed on your RUM transcript? You can self-report your classes using the form found here: Class Report Form.

Student Group – As student group president, we got through the student engagement fair. We have had a couple of people sign up. A couple of people have contacted me about getting involved. I’ve given them the information about what, when, and where.

I have talked to a couple of people about a way that we could potentially get students involved. We could potentially sponsor a student to come to an event. When I was an undergrad, I couldn’t go to as many events due to cost. Students are poor. If this is something that the barony wants to do…If someone is willing to run with that, step forward. Naz volunteered! [Yay!]

I really want us to have more of a student group. It is currently me and Emilee that are the active students in the student group. We don’t really have any undergraduates that are active, come out, and do stuff. There exists, at the University, sort of training sessions for student organizations to learn how to be more effective at recruitment. If that is something that we are interested in trying to recruit more, I would be happy to set up this training session and go to it. I would like other members of the barony to be participate in this so that it is just me. I am not going to be able to do the stuff that I do for the student group forever. I want students that the student group can be handed over to. Thoughts? Advice? Comments?

Discussion tends towards it being a good idea.

Provost

 

Have any classes from Gulf Wars or other events or class nights not listed on your RUM transcript? You can self-report your classes using the form found here: Class Report Form.

Herald – Not much with herald’s office this month. Report has been sent. Devices and badges discussed last month haven’t been sent out yet. Still looking for a deputy. I will probably need to make an announcement at Silver Hammer as we get a wider audience there at biz meet. I have talked to a number of people, and there tends to be some aspect of the job that they just don’t want to do. And that is okay. But, at the end of the day, it is important to pass off these offices so that they aren’t on the same person forever. If anyone is interested in doing heraldy things, please contact me.

Bagatelle – Cords! If you have signed up to do cords and have them today, I can take them today. From my understanding, it is pretty important that these cords be present at Silver Hammer. If you are unable to do so, please send a message that you aren’t able to make them so that we can make them ourselves.

Parchment

Chronicler – I need a deputy that would be able to attend business meetings and either take notes or record the meeting so that I can transcribe the meeting minutes. I have had a shift in my mundane life that has resulted in me being unable to attend business meetings for the next year or so. (It is a good shift, but it does mean that I am not available in the evenings!)

Please let me know if you would be able to accept a position as my deputy. I would appreciate it very much.

I have also started the process of being warranted.

Also, I need a deputy!

Social Media – The Lucys and I are setting up a meeting this month to get them caught up on all things social media with the plan to pass that off to them at the end of the year.

Webminister – We need to purchase a webhosting service and a domain. This is not optional. It is $68/year with WordPress for more basic. The more amount is $168/per year for more control and customization. Miklos states that there may need to be additional costs and to allocate $150 to cover any and all costs. Liz made that motion. Murienn seconded. Motion carries.

Subdomain to be created for the canton.

If you have something that needs to be added to the calendar, please email the webminister as she is going to be unable to attend meetings for the foreseeable future due to classes. Also double check your information on the website.

Minister of Children – We still need volunteers for Silver Hammer for running the morning session. We need bodies.

My background check has to be renewed in March.

Events –

Silver Hammer –

It is shaking up to be okay. Tristram will not be able to attend. Sigard is stepping up to cover rapier. Besides that, we still need volunteers for children activities. We may need pottycrat still. Gellis, Catherine, and Jyne state that they will help cover that. More troll people is always better. Volunteer for troll!

Feast menu is being pre-cooked [and was covered quickly, but I couldn’t type that fast!] this Sunday, next Sunday, and the Friday before the event. On-site kitchen volunteers are greatly appreciated.

Hammers are going to happen soon.

Site visit will be set up the week before. I will need to figure out exactly when I should order the port-a-potties. Advised to order it now.

There will be a Bard of Silver Hammer competition. The them is love.

Breakfast menu was also discovered. French toast and porridge bar on Saturday. Sunday will be some of the same things. Almond tart on Sunday.

Holly & Ivy –

Yes, we are having it. We have a menu. It is Elizabethan English. We are interested in having performances from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. So let us know if you are interested in that.

If you fight, your barony needs you to turn out for the theigns’ tourneys at Holly & Ivy!

Black Gryphon –

If you want to teach a class, contact April (Rose)! A Japanese tract would be great!

Calendar

October:

  • Tuesday, the 2nd: Business Meeting at 7pm at UT Agricultural Campus in Room 260
  • Wednesday, the 3rd: Fighter Practice at 6pm at West Side Family YMCA
  • Saturday, the 6th: Canton Demo
  • Sunday, the 7h: Fighter Practice at 1pm at West Hill Park/John Bynon Park
  • Wednesday, the 10th: Fighter Practice at 6pm at West Side Family YMCA
  • Sunday, the 14th: Fighter Practice at 1pm at West Hill Park/John Bynon Park
  • Monday, the 15th: Troll class at Miklos’s house at 7pm
  • Wednesday, the 17th: Fighter Practice at 6pm at West Side Family YMCA
  • Sunday, the 21st: Fighter Practice at 1pm at West Hill Park/John Bynon Park
  • Friday, the 26th, through Sunday, the 28th: Silver Hammer

November:

  • Sunday, the 4h: Fighter Practice at 1pm at West Hill Park/John Bynon Park
  • Tuesday, the 6th: Business Meeting at 7pm at UT Agricultural Campus in Room 260
  • Wednesday, the 7th: Fighter Practice at 6pm at West Side Family YMCA
  • Friday, the 9th: Whatnot Night
  • Sunday, the 11h: Fighter Practice at 1pm at West Hill Park/John Bynon Park; Archery Practice at 1:30pm Location to be determined
  • Wednesday, the 14th: Fighter Practice at 6pm at West Side Family YMCA
  • Sunday, the 18th: Fighter Practice at 1pm at West Hill Park/John Bynon Park
  • Sunday, the 25th: Archery Practice at 1:30pm Location to be determined
  • Wednesday, the 28th: Fighter Practice at 6pm at West Side Family YMCA

September 2018 Business Meeting Minutes

Baron & Baroness – We have a thing. As I am sure that you are aware, in the middle of Pennsic, most of the SCA across the country and world blew up on a number of sensitive and important topics. We feel that it would behoove us to make a public statement. When I cam to Thor’s Mountain, it was a place that welcomed pretty much everyone. Our predecessor worked to make everyone feel welcome. With that in mind, we just want to make a public declaration that we support the equality for all. We want everyone of all races, gender, sexuality, etc. to be welcome here.Don’t be a jerk. We reject all forms of intolerance and bigotry. Everyone should feel safe here. Anyone that does not feel safe in our domain, come and speak to us. [This is paraphrased as it was read off quickly.]

Senechal – All I have to say is, ditto. If you do have any concerns regarding harassment, diversity, inclusiveness, bullying, you are ALWAYS welcome to give me a call.

B&B – Corporate has a policy on this now.

Senechal – I will be out of the country the last two weeks of this month.

Reeve – $18,731.11 according to BB&T. Due to a few outstanding checks, we have $18,214.99. If you have a check for us that you have not cashed, please do so. If you are not sure, come see me, and I can let you know if you are on my list.

Chatelaine & Gold Key – There will be a newcomers’ nook at Silver Hammer! We will broadcast that it is a safe place for newcomers to come hang out.

Consul – We have a demo coming up at Clayton-Bradley on the 13th from 10:30am to 11:30am. They have invited people that wish to stay for lunch to join for the medieval feast. If you can come about thirty minutes early, please do so. The students put together displays, and it is really nice and fun to check them out. Spend time with the kiddos!

Knight Marshal – Overall, practices have happened. No injuries or deaths. Yay! The combat archery demonstration went well. No one was shot in the ankle. We did receive notice from Gellis that she had received notice that our marshallate has been revoked due to non-reporting. There is an issue with the automated reporting system. He has our current report. We are NOT revoked. We are good to go.

We had an equestrian practice.Nobody died.

Rapier Marshal – Combined with Knight Marshal report.

Live Weapons Marshal – We have been having practices. They are happening. They are rotating between our three locations. Hopefully one of them is near you! If you have loaner arrows, I need them back. We probably need to make or buy more loaner arrows.

I do need someone to run the practice this weekend at White Pine as I have another commitment. If you are a marshal and feel like you can do that thing, I would appreciate it if you would do that thing.

Equestrian Marshal – Combined with Knight Marshal report.

Arts & Sciences and Dance – Waylan is the new deputy! Yay! He is taking over scheduling the A&S classes.

Please submit your A&S report for the month here: Monthly A&S Report Form.

Have any classes from Gulf Wars or other events or class nights not listed on your RUM transcript? You can self-report your classes using the form found here: Class Report Form.

UT Student Group – No report.

Provost

 

Have any classes from Gulf Wars or other events or class nights not listed on your RUM transcript? You can self-report your classes using the form found here: Class Report Form.

Herald – Herald things! I am passing around badges that we are attempting to register for awards that do not have them. There are a couple of modifications that I had to make. The Silver Heart pendants that we give out are knotwork. Knotwork does not exist in heraldry. I had to do just a heart. I had to add to it as someone has just a silver heart registered. I added a gold chain. These badges are fieldless, which means that when you display this award, you can put it on any background color that you want.

The Companion of the Daughters of Aduin as the name is not period. As of now, we are not registering order names. To be more accurate, we would need to change the “Aduin”. “Aduin” is not period. Not Norse. Etc. Iðunn is correct. To register this, it would have to be Iðunndottir, which is a last name and is not allowed. We can register “Order of Iðunn” and call those that receive this award “The Daughters of Iðunn”. When we revisit this in a few months, we can see about registering “Order of Iðunn”.

The Ram’s Horns have been historically put on a white background (white on white), which doesn’t work. But the badge is fieldess so this works.

[With bonus heraldry lesson!]

Bagatelle – If anyone signed up to cords and are unable to finish the by next biz meet, let me know.

Parchment – No report!

Chronicler – Hey, I need a deputy!

Social Media – We’re good!

Webminister – If you have something that needs to be added to the calendar, please email the webminister as she is going to be unable to attend meetings for the foreseeable future due to classes. Also double check your information on the website.

Minister of Children – No report. We are going to have changing how we do youth activities going forward. We will have one session per event, either morning or afternoon. No sit down classes as that is where our children are leaning to. Starting with Silver Hammer, we are doing a youth ground equestrian class. Next year is to be determined.

Events –

 

Silver Hammer –

  • Brewing competition and Bard of Silver Hammer – Do those things! Theme for Bard of Silver Hammer is Love! Love is all you need!
  • All of our staff is ready, with exception of potty crat. If you are interested, let me (Caelan) know!
  • The event is shaping up to be pretty good. Feast menu should be just about finalized.
  • Some of our advertisement blasts are ready to start going out.
  • We are going to be in the Pop Chiv for October.
  • There will be three Silver Hammer tourneys this year: heavy, rapier, and archery.
  • There will be a nice thrown weapons competition featuring severed heads!
  • Also, we haven’t announced this yet. You are the first to know! Master William Brewer had purchased one of Allesaundra’s bows. He is bringing it to Silver Hammer and using it as the prize!

Holly & Ivy –

  • We are having one. It will be great! By the will of the coronet, we will be having the baronial championships at Holly & Ivy. There is a change. If you are currently one of the champions, you cannot win this time around.
  • Jyne for War Lord!
  • If you want to teach a class, this is a very laid back day. Think about it!
  • Bird class!
  • There is a private group for those that are interested in making things to distribute to the children.
  • Feast menu at next biz meet!

Black Gryphon –

  • It is on track. If you have classes, get with April (Rose).
  • Feast is fine. I need A LOT of rice cookers.

SHENANIGANS!

Calendar

September:

  • Tuesday, the 4th: Business Meeting at 7pm at UT Agricultural Campus in Room 260
  • Wednesday, the 5th: Fighter Practice at 6pm at West Side Family YMCA
  • Sunday, the 9th: Fighter Practice at 1pm at West Hill Park/John Bynon Park; Archery Practice at 1:30pm (White Pine location)
  • Tuesday, the 11th: Basic Costuming (Location to be announced)
  • Wednesday, the 12th: Fighter Practice at 6pm at West Side Family YMCA
  • Thursday, the 13th: Clayton-Bradley Demo at 10:30am to 11:30am
  • Sunday, the 16th: Fighter Practice at 1pm at West Hill Park/John Bynon Park
  • Wednesday, the 19th: Fighter Practice at 6pm at West Side Family YMCA
  • Friday, the 21st, through Sunday, the 23rd: Tournament of the Foxes
  • Wednesday, the 26th: Fighter Practice at 6pm at West Side Family YMCA
  • Friday, the 28th, through Sunday, the 30th: Meridian Grand Tournament

October:

  • Tuesday, the 2nd: Business Meeting at 7pm at UT Agricultural Campus in Room 260
  • Wednesday, the 3rd: Fighter Practice at 6pm at West Side Family YMCA
  • Sunday, the 7h: Fighter Practice at 1pm at West Hill Park/John Bynon Park
  • Wednesday, the 10th: Fighter Practice at 6pm at West Side Family YMCA
  • Sunday, the 14th: Fighter Practice at 1pm at West Hill Park/John Bynon Park
  • Wednesday, the 17th: Fighter Practice at 6pm at West Side Family YMCA
  • Sunday, the 21st: Fighter Practice at 1pm at West Hill Park/John Bynon Park
  • Wednesday, the 24th: Fighter Practice at 6pm at West Side Family YMCA
  • Friday, the 26th, through Sunday, the 28th: Silver Hammer

August 2018 Business Meeting Minutes

Baron & Baroness – Not present. Off enjoying Pennsic shenanigans.

Senechal – Doesn’t have a lot. Just a reminder that if you are sending a report to kingdom, please send me a copy.

Reeve – Our balance according to the bank statement is $18,856.51. Due to uncashed checks, we have available $18,307.39. PayPal for Silver Hammer is in progress. Form is being sent to kingdom.

Chatelaine & Gold Key – Not a lot right now. The newcomer’s design is on a large thing so that it can be made into a banner. Changes are coming due to a kingdom chatelaine change over. There is going to be a gold key challenge as an attempt to get everyone’s gold key streamlined with a variety of sizes. There will be a nifty thing for the group that does the best.

Sale, hopefully, planned for Holly & Ivy to get rid of our “discard” gold key.

Consul – September 13th, Clayton-Bradley has requested that we come and do a demo. If you haven’t gone to a demo there before, I recommend that you do. It is a wonderful, awesome thing. The kids create personas and do all types of A&S things. I need fighters and people willing to dance. Our part starts at about 10:30 and goes to about 11:30.

Knight Marshal – We have had practice. No injuries. Yay! Joint practice is planned for this Sunday, the 12th, from 9am to 5pm. It will be archery, equestrian, and fighting. If it rains out, we can always do something in the barn or in the house.

Rapier Marshal – No report.

Live Weapons Marshal – Good turn out for the White Pine practice. Yay! Next practice is at the joint practice this Sunday. Calendar will be updated with locations.

Equestrian Marshal – No additional information to add.

Arts & Sciences and Dance – File out your A&S report. Working with the webminister on adding a link updated monthly on the baronial site.

Two classes this month:

  1. Dance class on the 14th at the UT Conference Center. Different room than we have met in previously. Please be quiet and courteous.
  2. Intermediate woodworking will be taught on the 28th.

More classes to come in September. They will be announced.

I am looking for a deputy to take over the A&S office. I am reaching the point to where I cannot handle multiple hats at the moment. If you would like to be my replacement deputy, please let me know!

Please submit your A&S report for the month here: Monthly A&S Report Form.

Have any classes from Gulf Wars or other events or class nights not listed on your RUM transcript? You can self-report your classes using the form found here: Class Report Form.

UT Student Group – UT is having their annual student engagement fair on the 24th from 7pm – 9:30pm, I think. Fighters, A&S display, and other volunteers would be great. I think it would be a good idea for us to bring some kind of medieval finger food to share with those that would be interested. Locations have been first come, first serve, historically.

Also, I have to go to a seminar about harassment and all kinds of stuff since I am the president.

Provost – I just want to say thank you to April for all of the work that you did for getting us ready for RUM. We had several people that graduated with degrees. We will have a lot of people next year. James will be working on our stuff after he finishes RUM data entry.

Have any classes from Gulf Wars or other events or class nights not listed on your RUM transcript? You can self-report your classes using the form found here: Class Report Form.

Herald – No significant report. I submitted a device this month. (I am on my third device.) Still need a deputy that is willing to take over the job at some point.

Bagatelle – A big, huge thank you for everyone that jumped onto the post that I put out calling for cords. If you are interested in creating cords for awards, please let me know. I am still looking for bids for anyone that is interested in making awards such as Daughter of Aduin, etc.

Parchment – No report.

Chronicler – I am giving up my post to my lovely deputy as of probably next month. She will be taking over then.

I have received an email requesting our information be updated with the Knox County Library. I have directed that to the senechal.

Social Media – No report.

Webminister – Event page for Silver Hammer is live. Waiting for the Facebook event page to be live before sending it to the senechal to send to kingdom.

Minister of Children – No report.

Events –

Silver Hammer – Planning is coming along fine. I have done my first of many check ins. Everyone seems to be pretty much on the ball. PayPal is being resolved as Danielle and Mao need to get registered/whatever for that. Cost of silver for the hammers wasn’t in the budget so that adjustment has had to be made. Scheduling a site visit coming up. It is chugging along.

Troll volunteers are needed to step in for an hour or two here and there. More volunteers make it easier. No one would have to be stuck there all day, if we have quite a few volunteers.

If you don’t know how to do troll, we can set up a troll class!

Holly & Ivy – No report.

Black Gryphon – It is going to be a thing. Bryan is the feastcrat. Richard and I (Emilee) are going to autocrat. April is our classcrat.

A google form is ready to go for those interested in signing up to teach a class at Black Gryphon.

Other –

The canton has been invited to host a demo on the 6th of October at the Heritage Festival in Union County. If you can help out, let Ragnarr know.

Rorik was given a whole box of documents that looks like they were from Father Gregory (not financial!).

Calendar

August:

  • Tuesday, the 7th: Business Meeting at 7pm at UT Agricultural Campus in Room 260
  • Wednesday, the 8th: Fighter Practice at 6pm at West Side Family YMCA
  • Sunday, the 12th: Joint Practice from 9am – 5pm at FOB Johnston
  • Wednesday, the 15th: Fighter Practice at 6pm at West Side Family YMCA
  • Sunday, the 19th: Fighter Practice at 1pm at West Hill Park/John Bynon Park
  • Wednesday, the 22nd: Fighter Practice at 6pm at West Side Family YMCA
  • Sunday, the 26th: Fighter Practice at 1pm at West Hill Park/John Bynon Park; Archery Practice at 1:30pm (Andersonville location)
  • Wednesday, the 29th: Fighter Practice at 6pm at West Side Family YMCA

September:

  • Sunday, the 2nd: Fighter Practice at 1pm at West Hill Park/John Bynon Park
  • Tuesday, the 4th: Business Meeting at 7pm at UT Agricultural Campus in Room 260
  • Wednesday, the 5th: Fighter Practice at 6pm at West Side Family YMCA
  • Sunday, the 9th: Fighter Practice at 1pm at West Hill Park/John Bynon Park; Archery Practice at 1:30pm (White Pine location)
  • Wednesday, the 12th: Fighter Practice at 6pm at West Side Family YMCA
  • Sunday, the 16th: Fighter Practice at 1pm at West Hill Park/John Bynon Park
  • Wednesday, the 19th: Fighter Practice at 6pm at West Side Family YMCA
  • Friday, the 21st, through Sunday, the 23rd: Tournament of the Foxes
  • Wednesday, the 26th: Fighter Practice at 6pm at West Side Family YMCA
  • Friday, the 28th, through Sunday, the 30th: Meridian Grand Tournament

July 2018 Business Meeting Notes

B&B – We were successful at Giant’s Dance. We can in first overall, and we had a good showing. Lady Muirenn won the archery shoot, I believe. Weylan put on a good heraldic showing. Gellis surprised us with a sudden change of entry. She documented period block printing. We gave out the first Friend of Thor awards to Edain and Wu. Those that did not come missed a good party. Everybody was happy. It is SO not a dry site.

Senechal – Miklos is your brand new shiny seneschal. Reminder that his new email is seneschal@thorsmountain.org. If you try to reach me by phone, leave a message, and I will call you back. I get about 10 spam calls a day so I don’t answer it if I don’t recognize it. I will get you all added in with time.

Officers need deputies. Volunteer!

Reeve – Bank account has $18,856.51. However, due to four outstanding checks, we actually have $18,753.39.

We need to vote on the signatories for the bank account. These are the people on the financial committee. These are the people that can vote on money spending if we aren’t able to get a biz meet together. New people that we need to vote on are Richard, Kelly, Danielle, and some other people that I missed. Osric motioned. Liz seconded. Motion passed.

Trailer bureaucratic non-sense – We need to get the new title set up for the barony. Murienn went to the clerk to do this. They said that they need for us to buy a registration/tag for it. Wants to reach out to people that own trailers of that size to see if that is actually required. Fergus stated that it isn’t necessary as long as we don’t take it out of the state. Do we want to do this? It doesn’t expire. Discussion ensued. Cost is $113.75 for the tag/registration. No cost associated with the title itself. Liz motioned that we do so. Caelan seconded. Motion passed. We will get that taken care of. Hopefully by the next business meeting.

Senechal – Backing up for a moment. We received a very nice thank you card from their Majesties.

Consul – We don’t have anything showing up on the calendar. Spoke with Castelana about being my dropdead deputy, and she agreed. Yay!

Chatellaine – I don’t have a whole lot. Or really anything.

Gold Key – Same.

MOC – No report.

Knight Marhsall – Practices have been hit or miss mostly due to weather. We need to be checking the heat index. We are using weather.gov and any Knox county zip code to make this determination. July has five Sundays. When there are five Sundays, the fifth Sunday includes combat archery. There will be a combined equestrian/rapier/armor/archery practice in the next few months.

Live Weapons – We are rotating between the three available archery sites. This coming Sunday’s practice is in White Pine. If anyone is wanting a ride from the greater Knoxville area, I will probably have two seats in my car. Please let me know. The next one is on the 22nd at the Andersonville location. This is the day after RUM. The hosts will be available that day. Those are the ones that we have scheduled right now.

Baron – All baronies have been challenged to recruit a new combat archer. Anyone interested in becoming a combat archer before Gulf Wars is encouraged to see him.

A&S – I have a couple of things on my report. The A&S report is going around. Please fill it out. You can fill it out online here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJC7ljXNVcC04b_GHIr5pJ9du1DMls3Mh3XEosXtyBvJGrYg/viewform?usp=sf_link

We are coming up on submitting our second quarterly report. These reports are to tell Kingdom and the society that we are doing what we need to in order to maintain our non-profit status. PLEASE fill that out. I need to submit that report by July 15th. You have until then to complete that report.

Secondly, I am looking for a replacement deputy to replace me in the next year or so, approximately. If you are interested in being the A&S officer, please let me know.

Thirdly, we are slowing down on the RUM prep classes this month. We are going to be hosting one class per night. They are not on the calendar currently, but they will be. If you are interested in teaching a class, let me know.

Starting in August, we are going to slow down to two A&S classes a month.

Dance – No report.

Provost – All of these wonderful classes and A&S stuff that you are doing are awesome! We log them on a Google Doc and share them so that you can work towards a RUM degree. Hopefully, we will be able to get some of you your degrees at RUM. If you have any questions, Liz would be happy to talk to you!

Herald – Herald report should be in your inbox in the next couple of days. I have put together the most complete award compilation that I am aware of. Please check to make sure that your information is correct. If something needs to be corrected, please let me know.

Baron – We suffered a tragedy with the death of Father Gregory, and we lost records that only he had access to. Please check the Farspeaker list and the online list, and please let us know if something is missing.

The award rolls that are currently on the baronial website are, for the most part, accurate. If you are wanting to know if someone has an award, please check the online award roll. The Farspeaker list doesn’t necessarily have all of the awards on there. I am working with Emilee, the webminister, to update it as necessary.

Castelana and Etheria both got their devices passed. If you have name and device stuff that you would like to register, please let me know. I am happy to work with you as I can.

I am looking for a dropdead deputy.

Bagatelle – I handle regalia. If you are missing a scroll or shiny for an award, please let me know. I am not going to mention it again as I have mentioned it many times before. If you are interested in making award regalia, please submit a bid so that we can vote on it.

Parchment – No report.

Chronicler – No real report. Hopefully I will have a report for next month.

I have the Farspeaker pulled up on my computer. Jerusha has requested that everyone please check their information before they leave so that we can ensure that it is correct.

Social Media – Nothing to report.

Webminister – All of the new email addresses are live except for the Librarian and one other. If you would like to update your office information, please let the webminister know. Anything that you would like to have on the calendar, please send an email. If you have any expertise in assisting in moving the website, please let Emilee know.

Other – Pastimes will be back. First Thursday of September.

Senechal – I would like to say a tremendous thank you to Lady Gellis for all of her service as senechal.

Events –

Silver Hammer – It is coming together okay. All major positions are filled. We are missing a couple of things. We would like someone that would be willing to handle fighter support. Jayne had mentioned that the newcomer’s location could do that. Castelana volunteered. (Yay!).

We really need a pottycrat. Gellis said that she usually does it.

We are looking at raising the price by $1 to cover expenses. As long as we have 100 people on site, even if they are just daytrippers, everything should be covered.

Holly & Ivy – We have a date. I need checks to reserve said checks. Date is December 29th. Christmas for New Year’s. It is going to be a fun event. If anyone wants to each classes, that is an option. Santa Jeff should be there. Rorik and Naz are going to be doing feast. Traditional English Christmas feast. Lost of curry! Kidding.

Very laid back. If anyone wants to teach classes, etc., we can talk. AFTER PENSIC.

Black Gryphon – Still in the works. Theme is going to be Japanese. If you have any classes that you would like to teach, great! If you would have any Japaneses themed classes, even better! Date is the 16th. (Which is Miklos’s birthday!)

Other Event/Date Issues –

We need to start thinking about curia. The only date available for this building is Saturday, the 5th of January. Date seemed fine. Asking Lacey to see about reserving room.

Silver Hammer of 2020 will be on Halloween. Discussion about possibly moving event due to Halloween festivities. Communicating to see about what date War of the Wings will be on was suggested. Suggestions were thrown out to have trick-or-treating at the event; to make candy and have a contest judged by the children.

Any other business?

Baroness – We will not be at the next biz meet.

Eleanor – For those that haven’t heard, there was a couple that had an accident on the way to Giant’s Dance. The car was totalled. They were banged and bruised, but they are okay.

I have the last of the gryphon gonfalons for those that bought them/want them. See me after the meeting. Also, I have the baronial ones that need to be stored.

Back in April, we put forth the concept of making t-shirts with the same design. Price was approximately $15. How many people would be interested in having one? Just asking for interest, not money right now. Suggestion was put out to post it on Facebook to gauge interest there.

Olehan – Archery and class event coming up on August 4th. They will need marshalls as well as people to come shoot.

Anything else?

Calendar! You can view the calendar here: http://thorsmountain.org/calendar.php

June 2018 Meeting Minutes

Gellis – Crown and Kingdom Senechal are moving forward and taking steps on enforcing the bullying policy

B & B – Received a letter from kingdom to know what actions to take in regards to the bullying instances.

We put out a bid for thrones. Bid was out for about three weeks. Sent to approximately 14 different artisans and on the woodworkers group. Received three bids. One was twice our budget. One was Oh My God! Duke Thomas also put out a bid. His bid was in a Viking design with three mountains for roughly half of our budget.

Bid specifications: Thrones must pack down and be stable. Minimum of 1 inch shorter than Meridian thrones and at least two inches taller than those of South Downs *Laughter abounds*. 24 inch minimum width. No plywood. All hardwood. Design was up to artisans with some various facts about the barony. Delivery date of 4pm Eastern time on October 27th. Delivery time is a little tight for this amount of handwork. Mock ups were passed around. Specific number once materials are sorted, but should be well under budget.

Muirenn motion to approve. Ronan seconded. Approved.

What to do with the old throne? Put it to the barony. No space in trailer. Suggestions?  Guilleme suggests gifting it to Goldeline. Ronan also seconds that. We are going to put it to the populace for other options and revisit at next business meeting.

It has been brought to my attention that there was a lawsuit brought up with the NFL due to repeated head injuries. 96% of players autopsied have signs of CTE. Guys who quit playing after high school still show signs. Science is very new on CTE. Not much study on it. Concerned about how hard we hit each other with sticks. Evaluating helm padding. I am upgrading mine as ½ inch is not enough. Recommend everyone check their helm padding and consider upgrading.

Guillueme questions if we need to sit down and figure out a standard. Osric states that this issue has been discussed on a society level for three years now. Differences in padding, helms, hitting distance, etc. Football helmets do not have the same considerations that our helms have. Differences in activity levels between football vs. SCA. In kingdom of Meridies, you must take your helm off and show your padding to the marshall in charge. Several knights, etc. could not fight when this was first instated. Padding needs to be changed regularly depending on type of padding. You have to check your padding. You have to check your armor. Discussion of HEMA’s armor requirements. Tristram states that if you aren’t responsible for your own gear, you cannot expect the marshal to be responsible for your gear. Blue foam is compressible. Needs to be changed in 6 months. Lacey can get you horse hair.

 

Catherine: Thank you’s from investiture. Thank you to everyone. Thank you to Carol for the royal luncheon. Thank you for everyone who made sure I was hydrated.

Moretum – AKA “That Garlic Stuff” or “That Green Stuff”

We were recently asked to provide the recipe for the Moretum that was served at Black Gryphon’s feast this year. Which made me remember (several months late) that several people had asked for that recipe. Moretum is a Roman recipe and was even mentioned by the poet Virgil (see his poem here.) So, here is the recipe we used…this will make a spread for approximately eight people.

Moretum

My Version:

1/4 c. minced garlic

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 bundle of cilantro

1/2 tbs celery leaves

1/2 tbs flat parsley

1 tb white wine vinegar

1 tb olive oil

1/4 lb Romano cheese

  1. Grind garlic with salt in blender or food processor.
  2. When pureed, add greens and olive oil and grind.
  3. When pureed, add remaining ingredients.
  4. Taste and add more salt only if needed.
  5. Form into a ball and chill overnight.

Thor’s Mountain Baronial Investiture Ceremony 5/12/18

Thanks to Master Alexander of Ravenscroft for allowing us to post this where all can enjoy.

Investiture for the Barony of Thor’s Mountain

(Lights come on) Odin enters, flanked by Frigg (on his right) and and Freyja (on his left)

Odin
“I am Odin All-Father, Chief of Aesir, and King of Asgard. King and Queen of Meridies, with respect, I wish to discuss a matter.”

Crown
“Approach, our alliance is long, and we welcome you.”

<Odin, Frigg, and Freyja approach stopping before the thrones. (They do not bow, but may incline heads.)>

Frigg
“In the ancients depths of time, a bargain was struck between our kingdoms. For generations it has endured.”

Freyja
“In sign of this, Odin allowed the name of his son to be attached to the lands around here. For all of the kingdom, blessings of rain, wisdom, and strong warriors have been given.”

Odin
“Many times have I been to Yggdrasil since the friendship has been forged. Now I have a need that you can fulfill, thus in the name of this ancient friendship I ask it of you.”

Crown
“Many battles have been fought since our two people first grasped hands in friendship, and we of Meridies would not be found lacking. Speak, what do you wish of your friends?”

Odin
“A great prize. We would ask for Godelind of Windemere, that she may take a seat in council with us. Let her tread with us across the Bifrost, and be as she has earned, among the Aesir.”

Crown
“Great indeed, for Godelind forms the bulwark of our northeastern lands. Though we may have watchtowers, none are as strong as the loyalty she commands. However, Meridies will never be found ungrateful, nor will it ever be whispered she abandons her friends. One impediment could be her will. Baroness Godelind, will you take your place in Asgard?”

Godelind
“I will, Your Majesty.”

Crown
“Give us leave but to wish her well, and we shall release her from our service to yours.”

Odin
“So shall it be.”

Crown or Herald
“Come forth all who would speak to Mistress Godelind of Windemere at this time.”

<Presentations made here.>

Crown
“Mistress Godelind of Windemere, long have you been the Iron Fist of the North. Were we release you now, we know you will forever watch over these lands, and that the songs sung of you will braven the hearts of the bold, make nimble the fingers of the artisans, and inspire those who serve. You have tempered the metal of this land and its people more than any fire. Bards shall speak of you to the end of days.”

Godelind
<Any final words she wishes to make.>

Crown
“Let mead be brought. ”¹

<Crown, Godelind, and Aesir drink>

Freyja (or Odin)
The Vanir sought redress.
The Gods sat in council.
What gifts could they bestow?
Godhood. Nothing less.

Godelind (or Frigg)
He gave me rings and necklaces, ²
In return for prophesy
So I saw into all worlds
And described my vision:
Crops will grow unseeded;
Ills healed, Baldr returns
To live at Valhalla,
Shrine to the slaughter-Gods.
Vili will cast the blooded runes
And the sons of brothers,
Baldr and Hod,
Will live with the Wind.
I see a sun-bright hall,
Gold-thatched at Gimle,
Where the Gods will pass
Their days in pleasure.³

<Godelind is escorted out of the hall on the arm of Odin. Crown rises on her departure.>

Crown
<Sitting>
“Thor’s Mountain is important to us, and this kingdom. It is more than the mountains that act as a strong wall, here on the borders. It is the great strength and loyalty of the people here. I would hear the words you have for us as we consider who we should place in the baronial seat, and watch our borders and nurture our subjects here.”

Crown (if both wish to speak)
“We will thus put aside all other business and declare a Thing at this time and in this place.”⁴

<Crown places sword across knees>

 Catherine
“Thor’s Mountain is indeed strong, and will forever be loyal to the Crown. All here spend their sweat and blood to the glory of Meridies. Much of legend resides here, and as time moves on, more shall come from these mountains as the cold, clear water in the spring thaw.”

William
“True, Thor’s Mountain has wisdom and will maintain it’s guard here, in the highest mountains of Meridies. I and my wife step forward to take on what duties are placed with us. As the people support us, we support them. As those who dwell in their lands as bandes, we shall make udal-holders .”⁵

Crown
“Well spoken. We will hear the acclamation of those here in the Thing. Shall William and Catherine sit in the seats here, and rule in our name?”

Crown (if two speak)
“Yes, tell us now.”

Crowd
<Acclimation⁶>

Crown
“So it shall be. William and Catherine, approach.”

<Crown removes 2 arm bands on the sword (either one at a time or together). When William and Catherine approach, Crown stands, offers the arm bands from the sword⁷. William and Catherine place the arm bands on. William and Catherine kneel, each are invested with coronets.>

Crown
“Drink with us, and be created Baron and Baroness of Thor’s Mountain. ”⁸

William and/or Catherine
Mailed monarch, god of battle,
Maketh the tinkling circlet
Hang,  his own arm forsaking,
On hawk-trod wrist of mine.
I bear on arm brand-wielding
Bracelet of red gold gladly.
War-falcon’s feeder meetly
Findeth such meed of praise.⁹

<Baronial thrones are set up. William and Catherine take their places.>

Crown or Herald
“This Thing is ended. The Baron and Baroness are invited to open their court.”

Baronial Herald
“The first court of William and Catherine, Baron and Baroness of Thor’s Mountain is opened.”

William and Catherine
(Any opening remarks)

Baronial Herald
“Summoned forward are the theign’s of Thor’s Mountain.”

William
“Mistress Godelind’s wisdom is so legendary, that Odin himself has invited her to Asgard that the very gods may hear her advice. We follow the same path. She took you as theigns, we ask you to continue.”

Catherine
“Drink with us, as we salute you. You are the arms of Thor’s Mountain, and hold the strength we show the kingdom and the world.”

<All drink¹⁰>

 

¹ Olexova, Katerina “Ritual in Beowulf” Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic), 2007
²“Her” if spoken by Frigg
³http://thejunket.org/2014/01/archive/voluspa-the-seeresss-prophecy/ (exerpts)
⁴https://www.historyonthenet.com/viking-law-and-government-the-thing/
⁵http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/sturlason-the-heimskringla-a-history-of-the-norse-kings-vol-1 (Hakon chosen king)

⁶http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/sturlason-the-heimskringla-a-history-of-the-norse-kings-vol-1 (Hakon chosen king)
⁷http://sagadb.org/egils_saga.en ​Chapter 55
⁸Olexova, Katerina “Ritual in Beowulf” Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic), 2007
⁹http://sagadb.org/egils_saga.en ​Chapter 55
¹⁰ Olexova, Katerina “Ritual in Beowulf” Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic), 2007

May 2018 Business Meeting Minutes

Pending coronets: Putting together a team (or teams)  for Giant’s Dance. Hoping that everyone will come out. Thank you to everyone who’s been so supportive of the upcoming investiture.

 

Senechal: Report going in this week. If there’s anything I need for that let me know. Gellis’ last meeting as seneschal is June. Miklos will be taking over from there.

 

Reeve: We’re passing the hat for the royal luncheon as we’re not allowed to pay for royal luncheons out of baronial funds. We have 16766.16 in the bank account right now. We have to turn a profit on events. We can not spend money like water. Baronial funds are not people’s personal playground. Shannon will be teaching a budgeting for events class at some point this summer.

 

Our trailer is brand new and already overloaded. Society rules say that we have to operate our equipment within the given rules. It does need to have a weeding day after May Tourney Investiture. No more stuff goes into the trailer!

 

Chatelaine: We’re doing a newcomers lunch at May Tourney from 12-1. They should all have a newcomer’s badge on them. They can also get belt tokens at troll. We’re all going to be nice to people wearing them. Smile and ask them if they need help or directions or anything. We do *not* criticize any attempts at garb. We almost lost two newcomer’s over criticism like this. There will also be a newcomer’s meet and greet at the event.  

 

Consul:: Rossini was against two events this year, so the crew was a little thin, but we did well. The partnership with MARCO/Bearden demo is not working out and may not go forward in the future. They have offered to give us more of a hand in doing things in an effort to keep that going. Osric is going to the planning meetings this fall. They would like to get the drama club and Latin club involved and having us work with those groups.

 

Marshallate: Sunday and Wednesday are practices. Foot traffic has been high recently. Please come by to participate and talk to people. July 29th is a 5th Sunday…so that will be a combat archery demonstration.

 

Archery: Having practices. Rotating among three sites. This weeks will be at Andersonville

 

Equestrian. There will be a combined practice on the 20th from 10-4 at Lacey’s farm. There will be a potluck lunch. Future practices to be announced.

 

Dance & A & S – Report your monthly projects on the google form please. The next series of classes for arts and sciences nights will be for the RUM scholar’s degree track. The next one will be Protocol and Precdence with Muirenne on May 15th. Locations will vary, but will be posted in all the normal places. Still looking for instructors for those courses. There is a sign up sheet on FB. We’re aiming to teach two classes per A & S night. They are generally 1 hour classes. There is a list of all required classes. Mistress Roz and Master William are going to teach History of Meridies class at some point.

 

Student Group – Notified of a recruitment opportunity on Monday. For summer orientations. We have to commit to attend 10 out of 13 orientations. They last all day on a weekday (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday) starting late May.

 

Gift Baskets: Gift basket put together party at Friday night of the event. There are six total baskets.

 

If anyone has done scrolls, please bring them to the event.

 

Herald: Wolfgang got a badge passed. Heraldry planning for MT/Investiture seems to be going fine. If you like yelling loudly at people come see Caelen.

 

Chronicler: I have a deputy. Thank you Mao! Updates are being made to blog.

 

MOC: Has a sort of deputy, but needs someone who would be willing to replace her in the next year. Current, deputy is not in that position. If you have a child of appropriate age, please contact MOC for registering for page school.

 

May Tourney: Things are going well. The staff is working hard. Feastcrats are doing fine. Thank you everyone for your generosity for the royal luncheon. Any part of the live weapons field and the ranger’s house front yard. A designated person to help create actual parking lots would be helpful. Guillame has volunteered to be parking wrangler. Make sure you only park single file along the roads so the park is still accessible. Screen and mattress replacement is under way at the park. There will be vendors. There is the possibility of a blacksmithing demonstration as well. Mistress Liz is heading up the tokens. There are ceramic medallions being made with the help of many. Earliest the trailer can be there is 4:30.

 

Silver Hammer: Caelen is autocratting. He is searching for feastcrats. If you’re interested in any other staff positions contact Caelen. He’ll be making a bigger push after MT.

 

Holly and Ivy – Catherine can autocrat. Feastcrat search on-going. Seamus and Sarah volunteered to feastcrat if it’s not 12/15

 

Farspeaker: Marthe is transporting to Susan.

 

MoC needs two unrelated volunteers in the tent at MT.

 

WebMistress: There are new baronial email accounts going out for officers. We’re doing this through Google for Non-profits. Everyone has been contacted to set up your email. There are security safeguards set up. John Farmer has been hosting and paying for our domain for two decades. He would like to step down from that. It makes sense for us to take over our own domain. Anya is also working on a submission form for baronial awards. It will be live soon. The new baronial coronet email address is bandb@thorsmountain.org. Use it!

 

The kingdom is getting a kingdom social media officer. However, now if our name is on it…it is official. This includes the discussion list…so be nice.

 

Calendar: See calendar here.

 

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