[Sca-cooks] OT- Fwd: [Ansteorra] Helpful suggestion to engage newcomers

Stefan li Rous StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Sat Aug 26 15:14:33 PDT 2006

This just came across the Ansteorra list. I generally don't forward  
stuff from one list to another, but thought this was an interesting  


Begin forwarded message:

> From: Dragonetti <dragonetti at generich.com>
> Date: August 26, 2006 5:01:33 PM CDT
> To: "Ansteorra List (ansteorra at ansteorra.org)"  
> <ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org>
> Cc: Barony of Elfsea <elfsea at lists.ansteorra.org>, DFT List  
> <dragonsfire-tor at lists.ansteorra.org>
> Subject: [Ansteorra] Helpful suggestion to engage newcomers
> Reply-To: "Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc."  
> <ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org>
> Greetings Dear Friends,
> I am forwarding a message that appeared recently on the Grand  
> Council list
> where we are discussing ways the Board of Directors might encourage
> membership. I think many groups, hospitalers, autocrats, etc, might  
> benefit
> from this simple idea.
> In the service of kingdom and crown, I remain,
> Baron Armand Dragonetti
> Grand Councellor
> Appointed from Ansteorra
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Fiskr
>> Sent: Friday, August 25, 2006 4:34 PM
>> To: Grand Council Mailing List
>> Subject: Re: [scagc-l] Membership discussion
>> I found a great looking old box at Hobby Lobby. It was about
>> 15" X 15"
>> by 8" deep, and it had ten drawers. When I first got to an
>> event I'd hunt down "hats" and Peers and get them to cough
>> up, er, donate a token or favor or bauble or something, and I
>> put one item in each drawer. Then I went on a newcomer hunt,
>> asking EVERYBODY if they'd seen any first timers. Upon
>> finding my quarry, I'd ask them to pick a drawer, any drawer
>> (always making sure that each drawer was stocked with a
>> favor). I told the new person that what they had was a gift
>> freely given to them from someone at this event. Since we are
>> a society of honor, the only proper thing to do was to thank
>> the donor. Sadly, I'm an old man and don't recall just which
>> person gave that gift, so you must approach everyone you
>> meet, introduce yourself, and ask if they are the original
>> owner of the favor. Heh.
>> It was the most amazing ice breaker, and gave each new person
>> a hand held reason to talk to anyone they fancied. I haven't
>> done this in years, and suddenly wonder why.
>> Fiskr, going off to search the garage for the old box...
THLord Stefan li Rous    Barony of Bryn Gwlad    Kingdom of Ansteorra
    Mark S. Harris           Austin, Texas           
StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
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