ARN - our goals

Marcus Hite mbhite at
Sun Aug 1 18:20:15 PDT 1999

edward cantu wrote:

> At the risk of sounding like a cliche, I would like to propose we consider a
> "Mission Statement" that is so popular with the corporate motivional gurus
> of the mundane world.  Why should individuals fight duello?  Of what value

No, No,  I don't think there will ever be a formalized "mission statement"   on
the society level, or  kingdom level ...flatly, I don't believe in this.  There
are too many views, too many people.  But I do  believe we as fighters should
have some idea where we want our community to be heading, and some idea of where
others think it should be headed.  I know some are pushing toward......more
period style fighting,  different and new weapon styles,  more regional and
kingdom level practices, more local level stuff, and the list will go on, I'm
sure............... I think that fighters of all levels should think about this
question......Because.......well... even Don Tivar was a newcomer once,  and
look at how he has changed Ansteorra and the society as a whole.

My post was not to get together a group and form a common kingdom goal, but to
get people to think, really think about the community, and their existence in
this community.   You don't have to post "your goal" here but just think about
it....where do you want rapier in 5, in 10, and in 25 years...........and what
can you do to make this happen...........

Now Why did I posted the  goal I did...thats get people to think
about their role in the community, one person can make a difference, and if I
have influenced one person to travel to smaller groups, to help spread rapier to
the far reaches, or if I have helped give one fighter in a far off place hope,
then my post *has* helped change the community in some small way...IMHO

May we meet on the field as friends,
Marquet de la Heyt
Cadet to Don Donovan

> Yes, in larger groups throughout Ansteora, rapier groups do in fact
> contribute greatly to the local SCA groups.  However, I agree that this may
> not be the case throughout the kingdom.  I too would like a sense of
> community with other rapier-fighters.  This is not possible in my local
> group owing to the lack of interest in duello.
> I was recently witness to the "scarffing" (I know, that's not a proper term)
> of someone to be a cadet.  The ceremony was moving.  The sense of teacher
> and student and commitment to the practice of duello was something special.
> But the promise made, by the Don, was not to teach the pupil to be a better
> fencer.  The promise was to instruct and encourage this person in "the way".
> Two simple words..."the way".  They can mean so much to someone that is
> interested in a sincere study of the more nobler side of "man". To
> illustrate.  At 20th year celebration, I saw one of our more senior ladies
> take a folding chair from the side of the great hall and carry it about 80
> feet, in front of, and past many able-bodied gentlemen until finally a kind
> gentle offered to carry the burden for her.
> I have no doubt as to the fighting ability of many good gentles in rapier.
> But what of their interest in others and the SCA?
> There are so many in our community with so much to offer if they are given
> the proper encouragement and direction.  There is so much that we can be
> proud of.  There is so much that we can share with others if we set the
> proper expectations from and with each other.
> I apologize for my rambling speech.  I believe Cadet Marquet, that you
> struck a cord with me.  To summarize my long-winded babble.  I too would
> like for our community to identify goals.  Goals, that demand the best from
> us as people not just as duellists.
> In service,
> Ld. Alessandro
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