ES - Are we welcoming enough?

windell gibson draeco at
Sun May 17 04:14:24 PDT 1998

White Wolf wrote:
>    I am glad some of you feel this way because I am thinking of joining
> and would be very much discouraged if I felt 'out' in an event, whether
> because I was new or not.. But then again it isn't only the
> responsibility of the Barony or SCA, the individual themselves need to
> be somewhat outgoing atleast.
>        WhiteWolf
> >Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 22:27:04 -0500
> >From: Sue Dittrich <dittrich at>
> >To: elfsea at Ansteorra.ORG
> >Subject: Re: ES - Are we welcoming enough?
> >Reply-To: elfsea at Ansteorra.ORG
> >
> >Galen and friends--
> >
> >
> >
> >    You know, I have been thinking about this same phenomena.  I know
> that I
> >haven't made it to many events since I started dental school last fall,
> but I
> >have noticed some things at the few events I have been at that bothers
> me a
> >little bit.  Many of you know me who are on this list, and they know
> that I am
> >fairly new to Elfsea (1 1/2 years).  But I have noticed at events
> lately that
> >people don't seem to want to walk up to people they don't know or who
> are
> >newcomers and say hello.  I know I have been guilty of this sometimes,
> but I
> >would hope that it is not just the hospitaler's job to welcome people
> to this
> >game.  Not everyone who shows an interest in the SCA has a personality
> like me,
> >who will walk up to people and talk to them whether it's her first
> event or her
> >20th.  I have admired Mara's ideas of sponsoring of newcomers, but I
> would
> >really hope that more members of our Barony could walk up to someone
> who is
> >unfamilar and find out where they're from and what drew them to this
> event.  You
> >might meet the King of another Kingdom, or the person who in 5 years
> will be
> >your own King.  I have watched a person very close to me get
> disgruntled with
> >the SCA because very few people ever even came to him to say "Hi," let
> alone
> >invite him to their camp.  He is a very talented archer, knife thrower,
> leather
> >worker, and is a gentleman.  And he has told me he will never return to
> an SCA
> >event.  I'm not trying to get on a soapbox here, and I'm not trying to
> trash our
> >Barony.  All I'm asking is for each of you to approach someone who
> looks lost,
> >or whom you have never met and introduce yourself and welcome them to
> whatever
> >you are doing.  Make it your business to never meet a stranger at an
> event.
> >It's something my future father-in-law has taught me.  He never meets a
> >stranger, and can honestly wave at just about anyone in his hometown
> and say
> >their name.  Can you do that?
> >
> >
> >Just my two cents worth.
> >
> >
> >In service,
> >
> >Lady Genevieve de la Gamba
> >Matron, House Silver Moon
> >
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Whitewolf are you from another kingdom or just new to all of it?  bye
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