[Loch-Ruadh] Fw: [Elfsea] My "ideal" Baron & Baroness of Elfsea are:

Donna Wallis mama_mac at airmail.net
Wed Jul 23 08:15:39 PDT 2003

Thank you, I was sure someone would add to my "ideal" list. I "also" appreciated Caelin asking the question. I thought it was a good question coming from someone wanting to wear a "Baronial Hat".  It made me sit down and think, something everyone of us needs to do BEFORE the polling.  

Is wearing Baronial Hats and sitting in Baronial Thrones all fun and games? I don't think so!  Ask any past and/or current B&B how much responsibility this JOB entails, you just might be surprised!!  How well will the person(s) you have chosen handle stress and criticism?  Will they have the support needed for this JOB?  Will they be fair and honorable to friends and foes alike? They ARE the face of Elfsea in ALL SCA activities and are always on stage. Can they handle that and conduct themselves in a manor in which you will ALWAYS be proud of them?  Remember this is a BIG job and should not be a popularity contest. 

Now do I really believe there is an "ideal" B&B, not on your life!!  But, I do intend to stand behind the new Baron or Baron & Baroness of Elfsea and offer all the help, insight, support and my famous "Bear #&#@ in the woods talks" that I can muster. Will you do the same?

Baroness Dana Mac an Ghabhann
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Holder of the Azure Keystone of Elfsea
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Lady Elysandre Gernier wrote:

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 chest.

Lady Elysandre Gernier

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