ANST - New Members

Michael Peters shdwstel at
Sat Nov 8 20:31:46 PST 1997

Erik Langhans wrote:
> The conversations re new member acquisition/retention have wandered near and far.  Three points to keep in mind...
> Point 1:  We are a non-profit educational group.  During my 2+ years on the Grand Council of the SCA I have read/heard an incredible range of opinions.  One thing which is accepted as fact by this diverse group which always argues and debates every single word is that we have at our core legal charter the requirement that we maintain the non-profit educational focus.  This we do for the most part across every kingdom with each demo we put on.  We must continue to educate in order to maintain our
> Point 2:  To grow or not to grow.  I am always surprised when I ask SCAers this question.  As an administrator I personally feel to grow we must have a steady infusion of new ideas and blood.  Some do not agree.  As the SCA grows yes there will be hardships in dealing with the problems inherent with an organization in this mode.  But, there are plenty of people who will be there willing to help shape and reshape our form, structure, and operations.  What we do is FUN and EDUCATIONAL.  It lives a
> I hope I have not come across in a patronizing way. It was not my intention, but I have STRONG feeling re what we do and the importance of bringing in new blood.
> Modius von Mergentheim
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My point is this. At fairs we get a lot of "tire-kickers" and a few of
our members shine at interfacing with the public.That's great ...for
 On the other hand those with a strong and abiding interest in the
middle ages WILL seek us out. Our task is not to seek out new members,
but instead make those who make that effort to find us feel welcome.
Many people have different opinions, that's fine but don't expect the
kingdom to give up our time with each other for a fair. Spring crown
usually falls on the same weekend as The Medieval Fair in Namron, I
support the Barony, but I don't begrudge the loss of those who find
Crown more important. What's right for you may not be what's right for
others or even your group. Anyway that's how I see it.


Lord Mykaru Kurodachi
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