SR - How many stewards does it take...?

Bob Dewart gilli at
Sun Mar 21 19:21:28 PST 1999

You're so very right.  How could I have ever doughted the wisdom of so many
people with the expertise as yourself.  I have waste all my life doing
stupid things like helping to train Gen. Schwarkopf's staff for Desert
Shield / Storm.  And I'm just as sure that had you been present those human
mistakes would not have happened at those times and places.

Now if any one else would like to discuss their qualification, do it

>1) The United States has vast resources, in money, manpower, and

Perhaps you don't know what assets are avalaible.

-----Original Message-----
From: Pat Mullins <padric at>
To: southern at Ansteorra.ORG <southern at Ansteorra.ORG>
Date: Sunday, March 21, 1999 9:05 PM
Subject: Re: SR - How many stewards does it take...?

>>The United States Army does the same thing all the time, with more
>>over longer distances, with possibly far more at stake than a few dollars.
>>As long as the autocrat, steward, leader commander or whatever you call
>>person in charge, 1) delegates responsibilities and periodically checks on
>>his subordinates progress / problems; 2) the subordinates that have been
>>deligated resposibilities know what those responsibilities are and how to
>>accomplish them, 3) the weather cooperates and 4) the populace attends
>>the event will happen.
>There are a few differences between the Southern region and the United
states Army.
>1) The United States has vast resources, in money, manpower, and
>2) The overall commander is just that: in command. He gives orders, his
subordinates obey them. Failure to obey a direct order is a court martial
offense under the uniform code of military justice.
>3) Failure in an endeavor may directly result in death,
>for one or more participants.
>4) Members of the U.S. Army are paid, and theoretically professional. When
they coordinate an activity between groups, they are just doing their jobs.
>Whereas in the Southern Region of Ansteorra, SCA inc
>1.1) there are definite limitations in money, time, manpower, and
>2.1) The overall commander (autocrat) is a volunteer, as are all his or her
subordinates. The autocrat does not issue orders, only requests. Failure to
obey a request results in HURT FEELINGS.
>3.1) Failure in an endeavor is VERY unlikely to result in death, except
possibly for the death of the push for a southern principality.
>4.1) Everyone in the SCA is a volunteer, working on their own time and for
free. Most have a job and (in some cases) a life outside the SCA. After
accepting a position, they may find themselves forced to reprioritize,
sometimes having to put the SCA on a back burner, at least temporarily, but
unable to get anyone else to accept the position which they hold, so stuck
with, and responsable for duties they are unable to perform.
>As you can see, comparing a Southern Regional event to an Army exercise is
ludicrous, almost as ludicrous as saying Ansteorra would have lost the War
because... never mind, I won't go there.
>In service to THE Dream, but not necessarily YOUR Dream, I'M GLAD
>Lord Padric OMullan, Shadowlands

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