[Elfsea] My "ideal" Baron & Baroness of Elfsea are: (from daniel)

Daniel Gutridge dgutridge at charter.net
Wed Jul 23 21:06:00 PDT 2003

My ideal Baron & Baroness would be Atila the Hun and Mother Theresa.
They would both have good traits for the job that would be a good mix
Atila would be able to lead the troops and no one would ever say he was
soft on crime.  I am certain all reports would be on time.
Mother Theresa would be nurturing and supportive to the end (even if
someone barfed in her hand)
They are unfortunately both dead so we must select someone else.
There are so many and all are my friends, so it makes it a most
difficult choice because there are no unacceptable choices in the
Please, who ever you are, when you run our barony please remember that
you must be both Atila and MT at the same time.  If you need us, just
ask (please before 9:00pm :-) ),  
Everyone remember that this is what we do for fun.  I forgot that once
and regret it.  Please support our vicar and vicaress and the new B & B.

No individual will be the perfect choice for everyone, but we must
support and assist the leaders as best we can at all times.
We will be there Monday and want to see all of you there also (you all
owe me a beer!).  It is time that all of this politicking ended.  We
must be together!  Elfsea is bigger and better than that.  
Remember that the V & V and B & B have a unpaid full time job and
deserve our support at all times even if you don't like them or you feel
they are doing wrong.  They are for Elfsea ( as we will always be) and
need every thread of support that they can get.
In service to the Dream,
-----Original Message-----
From: elfsea-bounces at ansteorra.org [mailto:elfsea-bounces at ansteorra.org]
On Behalf Of Vicki Marsh
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2003 7:23 PM
To: Barony of Elfsea
Subject: RE: [Elfsea] My "ideal" Baron & Baroness of Elfsea are:
Dear Lady Elysandre,
I am a ring-thegn to House Mountain-Gate and was mentored by Mistress
Tessa. I'm glad to have someone else who soaked up her great and gentle
wisdom residing within the fair Barony of Elfsea.
What one of the most important things that any group, society, family,
or community must have is a psychologically SAFE environment.  We must
all feel like we can express ourselves and ask our questions without the
fear of rejection or reprisal.
This is a PARAMOUNT issue in most SCA groups and has to be maintained by
the leadership of the group.  If the people fear or resent their
leaders, whether they are Nobles, Peers, or officers, they will not
believe that they are part of this community, this family we have.  We
must all feel SAFE before we can take ownership of this community.
Even leaders need to feel SAFE.  Yes, I'm shouting, because I feel that
often our Nobles, Peers and officers feel like targets for someone else
to come and take a potshot at.  
Ask yourself, when was the last time you thanked one of these leaders
for their hard work?  Do you think that a brass hat, a white belt, a
pretty scroll is enough?  They are merely symbols- albeit powerful ones-
that represent someone's thanks for hard work, skill, or talent. 
Each and every person in the group can affirm and appreciate each other,
whether they are in the kitchen washing dishes, sitting troll throughout
the night, spending hours going to a peerage circles, or on the phone
for four hours a night dealing with a Crown or the populace on an
We all have gifts to bring to the table, but we will only bring it if we
feel SAFE and appreciated. Everyone has value.
Thank you for your wisdom Lady Elysandre  .
In Service,
Despotissa Xene Theriane, OL, OP
-----Original Message-----
From: elfsea-bounces at ansteorra.org
[mailto:elfsea-bounces at ansteorra.org]On Behalf Of Candace Baker
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2003 7:30 AM
To: rjt at acm.org; Barony of Elfsea
Subject: Re: [Elfsea] My "ideal" Baron & Baroness of Elfsea are:
I would like to commend Caelin on asking his question.  If more people
asked similar questions, Elfsea would not be in its current situation.
I was once told that all great leaders will ask questions, They will
consult with their officers, past leaders and their populace.  Sometimes
it is easy to think that everyone should know the answer to such simple
questions, but everyone has a somewhat different answer and it is this
sharing of ideas that promotes unity and cooperation.  I have watched
many Barons and Baronesses and crowns and I think that the things that
Dana listed are all very important and very true.  However, I would like
to add that I would like the new B & B to take two things into
consideration.  1. Starting to revive the old practice of mentoring
within the group, taking someone under a wing and helping them grow to
be a vital part of the SCA.  I am not saying they should do it all, but
the populace w! ill follow their example.  To this day Simon and Tessa
hold a special place in my heart as they showed me the ropes.  2.
Encourage the officers of this barony to recruit from and listen to
their populace.  Being a good administrator means you utilize your
resources.  There appears to be a long time trend that needs to be
broken of officers thinking they have to do everything and excluding the
populace, then they complain about not getting any help.  This is not a
slight against the current officers, this has been a long time problem
and one of the reasons a lot of old timers don't play locally anymore.
There are many wonderful talented people in this Barony who would love
to help with various projects if they are just given the chance.  So I
say to whomever the B & B are, get to know ALL  of your populace and
utilize them.  I know this was long, but I needed to get it off my
Lady Elysandre Gernier


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