[Northkeep] Newcomers and meeting

j.t.herring j.t.herring at sbcglobal.net
Tue Apr 4 23:44:48 PDT 2006

I very much like this idea and would be glad to participate.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Trudy and Lothur" <lothurandyrmentrude at yahoo.com>
To: "The Barony of Northkeep" <northkeep at ansteorra.org>
Sent: Tuesday, April 04, 2006 8:54 PM
Subject: Re: [Northkeep] Newcomers and meeting

I am in total agreement with Tega.  Every newcomer is
intimidated by the old timers who speak so matter of
factly about how things are run, the different areas
of involvement, the nobles, the conduct etc... and it
leaves the newbie out of the circle of people that
already know what it is all about.  There are always
things that a newcomer wants to involve himself in,
however to get into the various circles of activity is
difficult since the general attitude is made quite
known that the newbie probably isn't going to stick
around for long anyway, so why waste the energy in
making him welcome.  That pressure is heavy enough to
bear. Should some of the more experienced Barony
members take turns, kinda like recess duty, hosting a
newcomer's class (if the idea isn't liked, then I
didn't say it :-) it might make it so the circle opens
a little for fresh blood.  The economics of the SCA
can be demanding as well.  Perhaps a meeting on how to
get out from under supposed expectations...just a

Anyway, that is about a cent and a half worth.
Thought I would spare you the other half :-)


--- Montega <montega at gmail.com> wrote:

> I would recommend having a theme each meeting such
> as courtly conduct
> or something of the like. How it enter A&S, proper
> garb etc...
> something populace and new comers could learn as a
> result of the
> meeting. That way there is a little bit of structure
> to it while we
> are all chatting and having a good time.
> Cheers,
> Tega
> On 4/4/06, Carla/Ciana <cianaoh at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > How often are you planning on having these
> meetings??  I know personally adding much else to my
> schedule is ... well ... not easy!!
> >
> >   Ciana
> >
> >
> >
> > Katrina Harrell <ladyjehanettelechat at yahoo.com>
> wrote:
> >   First off, has Ludo or Emilina been added to the
> list yet? I have no Idea what their email is but I
> would like to make sure they are added.
> >
> > Second, the thursday meeting was very relaxed and
> informal. Only a few showed up, this disappointed
> me, but I rally again. I really want and need, as
> North Keeps recruiting officer, an informal meeting
> that is in a normal public building. Practice is
> awesome, but asking someone to come to 8th and
> memorial, who has never seen us, to watch people
> hack and bash at each other is interesting, but not
> appealing to the WHOLE crowd that exists in the SCA.
> Also, the fighters, well, aren't exactly talkative
> when hacking and bashing and grinning like twelve
> year olds. As endearing as that is, it does not help
> me in striving to help us RETAIN those that are
> interested in our organization.
> >
> > I would love input, in this my pet project, from
> the whole of populace. When is a "good" night to
> gather? Should there be a format, IE projects,
> teaching, heraldry, BS-ing, that you would find
> appealing? The meeting can not just be for a
> newcomer and myself, it doesn't work. Knowing just
> one, is fine week one but week four? it fails
> horribly!
> >
> > Thank-you for any feed back, Ideas, contentions,
> or support...
> >
> >
> >
> > Lady Jehanette
> > Chatelaine Le Northkeep
> >
> > "ils les combattent boivent et ils dorment avec ou
> avec dehors une femme de l'eau"
> > "They Fight, They Drink, and They Sleep with or
> without a waterbearer..."
> >
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