[Elfsea] Everyone is a Hospitaler

DonnelShaw@aol.com DonnelShaw at aol.com
Tue Sep 16 19:48:10 PDT 2003

Team the new person up with someone for the weekend. Make them your guest and 
take them with you everywhere you go. Get them involved. Keep them informed. 
Make sure they know were, when and how to get to the meetings or activities. 
If they don't want to drive find them a ride. Make sure they understand there 
are many other activities and if they want to go go. You will be there for them 
but sometimes they may have to just go on their own. But make sure they know 
you are there for them mentally and emotionally. Then even when you think they 
are all right go by and check on them and make sure they are all right. 

In a message dated 9/16/2003 6:46:57 PM Central Standard Time, 
dragonetti at generich.com writes:

> Greetings from Lord Armand,
> I have quoted Lord Ceatta's "Thank you" message below because, I too, would
> like to Thank him and all of you that helped make the Keller Library Demo
> such a success! We had several people express more than a casual interest in
> fighting and learning more about us. This is what we have been after and we
> have another opportunity at the Arlington Library Demo on Tuesday, 9/23 (a
> week from now).
> Now, what we do once we have attracted a little attention can be even more
> important than getting it in the first place. HL Brigit is doing an amazing
> amount of work as hospitaler, even while planning an awesome competition at
> Defender. Thank You, HL Brigit! You're doing marvelous! However, while she
> does get around alot, she simply cannot be *everyone's* first impression of
> Elfsea. We all need to be hospitalers. Especially now. I know many of us are
> distracted with Defender preparations, but unfortunately it has come to my
> attention that some of the newcomers we've attracted have met with poor
> initial experiences. This is very distressing to me. Especially since I have
> contributed to some of it. Mundanity prevented me from following through
> with some of my intentions. This is a problem for all of us and though we
> are all volunteers, *Please*......let's try to be extra aware of those new
> faces we see at activities and show them the friendly side of Elfsea that we
> all love and follow through on our words. I've often looked around when I
> first arrive at an activity to find no one new, then go off and do my own
> thing and never think to look around again. It's very easy to get focused on
> your own art, activity, fighting, planning, whatever, but let's make an
> extra effort to be aware of those new faces when they walk up. We've worked
> hard to get them to take that first step.
> Having said that, I know we have made very positive impressions on several
> new folks and it looks likely we'll see continued participation from a few.
> I am looking forward to attracting even more at the Arlington demo. I know
> this time before Defender is challenging, but it also provides one of our
> greatest opportunities, so please remember, we are all hospitalers, all the
> time!
> In the service of Kingdom &Crown, I remain,
> Lord Armand Dragonetti
> Vicar of Elfsea

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