[Northkeep] Recruitment ideas

I. M. Carlson marccarlson20 at me.com
Wed Feb 6 07:48:51 PST 2013

Recruiting is all well and good but the SCA's long term problem is retention.  You can bring in all the new people you want, but if you can't keep the old one's what's the point?


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On Feb 6, 2013, at 9:31 AM, "Jerry Herring" <jherring68 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Greetings,
> After some posts on the Kingdom list conversing about recruitment and
> retention I wondered if our group might like to think about and discuss
> some opportunities in those areas? There are two potential places where
> recruitment might occur and I do not think that our Barony is currently
> doing any active recruitment.
> 1.Tokyo in Tulsa - August 2nd-4th, 2013.  This could be is a huge venue for
> the SCA to make a presentation. The people attending this convention
> already have an interest in costuming and many of the younger players in
> Chemin Noire and Northkeep are familiar with the event. If the Barony were
> to stage a demonstration, or just man a booth at this convention it is my
> thought that would generate a good deal of interest in what we do. The
> booth might be manned by our members working on needle work, weaving,
> leather work, making jewelry, crafting chain-mail. These are just thoughts
> that I had. The follow up for this could be a two or three part ordeal;
> first a medieval costuming seminar to help teach those interested how to
> make some period apropriate clothes, a combo fighter practice\armor making
> session for those interested in the martial arts,  and an old fashioned
> revel with a bardic sing along and food.
> 2. Trek Expo - June 21st -23rd 2013. Another huge venue for finding people
> potentially interested in the SCA. Although I do not know if it would be
> possible to arrange a full demo this might be a place where just having a
> booth or convention table set up to pass out flyers and present A&S skills
> might be a good way to go, If nothing else these kinds of events have a
> printed program where a full page or partial page add might generate a good
> deal of interest. As a follow up for this we could plan a mid-summers
> themed revel.
> Now if getting together a group of local members with enough interest to
> man these events then what about pulling together a smaller contingent to
> attend each of these events in costume and while attending casually
> distributing flyers and answering questions from interested parties. Any
> efforts along these lines however grand or small might draw in a new
> generation of SCA players.
> I look forward to hearing your ideas on this subject.
> Kindly
> Ian
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