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What do you believe the responsibilities of the Baron/ess are, and to whom?

What aspect of being Baron/ess do you expect to be, for you, the most distasteful part(s) of the job?  What strategies have you thought of to deal with them?

Some candidates have suggested that the Barony should run more / longer / Kingdom events.  How often have you been on staff for the events that the Barony already holds?  Do you sign up in advance for positions; are you involved in setup and cleanup; and what was your participation in the running of the Barony’s most recent event, Summer Solstice Shoot?

  • Sisuile Rumhann says:

    At our Summer Solstice Shoot we brought the thrown weapons targets, helped set up the range, marshaled the thrown weapons line, and tore down the range. Rumhann helped with wider clean up, including the archery range, and represented the Thrown community as Baronial Champion. Sisuile took a gate shift. We chose to keep our involvement at this event to day-of assistance, as Sisuile (and thus Rumhann) will be doing a lot of pre-cooking for both Artifacts and Yule where she is running both dayboards. We try to work with the coordinators of various event activities to let them know that we will be around to help, and frequently volunteer for jobs needed at events, including set up (Sisuile) and clean up (Rumhann). We have been involved with the last 3 baronial-involved events: Golden Seamstress (Sisuile helped with set up, clean up, running, and judging the contestants), Yule (Yule ceremonies, and Rumhann cleaned up the baronial presence after court), and we hosted/stewarded baronial thrown weapons champions.

  • MarkGwen says:

    Historically, we have worked on the Barony’s events from our earliest days. We started out helping with the pre-cook, set-up and clean up for Simplefare. We are always on site for setup and breakdown for events in the Barony. During the day we help Their Excellencies set up and break down court, Gwenllian takes gate shifts, and has run the Yule ceremonies for Her Excellency every year while she is at high table. Mark helps flip the hall at Yule, and has gladly filled in for the Midnight Visitor at the last minute at the request of Their Excellencies Bergental-Twice. We are involved in the planning of all of the events the barony holds. Both of us were part of the late night staff for the Golden Seamstress event: Mark assisted with setup and stayed until about midnight before he left on the account of another commitment the next day. Gwenllian stayed on site the entire time and worked the event from Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon, leaving with the autocrat and the rest of the clean-up crew. We are usually part of the Friday night setup for Yule and Summer Solstice Shoot. At Summer Solstice Shoot, the Barony’s most recent event we were both there for Friday night set up. On Saturday Gwenllian spent some time at gate and welcomed several newcomers, both prior contacts and walk-ins. Mark ran the MOL table and coordinated the tournament with Aengus. Both of us stayed for clean-up, and were some of the last people to leave the site.

  • Grimolfr and Khazariyya says:

    This question is confusing on the basis that as landed Baronage, we would not be able to steward an event regardless of how much experience we may or may not have. Therefore, while your question of our experience will be responded to, because such experience may help in delegating as well as performing the event, we will also respond with ideas on how we may achieve greater chance of recruiting to help out with such events.

    Currently, the only people who volunteer for events are, in fact, the same small group of people which is unfair as has been stated. These are also the same people who attend meetings. If the only time an event is mentioned or volunteered for is at medting, can is it also be unfair to assume that the same people are doing it because there is no one else willing?

    In my opinion, it is unrealistic for the entire Barony populace to show up at every meeting. That is what officers are for. Representatives of their chosen area of populace, ie fencing marshal represents the fencers, A&S represents the artisans and so on and so forth. What if we use social media and the official website to announce which events are being currently planned, and which positions of help are currently open for volunteering, including but not limited to, the main positions such as event steward, feastocrat, etc?
    Of course, the person who volunteers will have to know they should attend meetings up to the event. And if they are new to the position but want to learn, they can be guided by those more experienced. But this gives more people the opportunity to step up and enjoy being more involved without continually keeping the burden on the same few.

    If we start using more avenues than just the baronial meeting, we are positive it can and will involve more members.

    As for our experience in running and helping events, Grimolfr has run numerous fencing and thrown weapons tournaments. He had also been on Queen’s Guard for the better part of a year that helps set up and break down at Royal events. He has also helped in a dayboard kitchen and regularly volunteers to do dishes after feast events. He was also the baronial herald for a few years running courts and volunteering at several “Ask a Herald” tables at events. He stayed at EK Royal last year to help set up and break down that camp which takes many days during Pennsic.
    Khazariyya has been on the Queen’s retinue for the last year. She was the co-autocrat for the last Hrim Schola event where the Dragonship Haven autocrat requested her for the next Hrim Schola for her quick response and dedication to getting the job done. She also spends a good amount of time documenting events with her photography skills, both Royal and Baronial. Khazariyya also volunteered and helped chatelaine an event.

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    How will promote ALL aspects of Arts and Sciences ( i.e.  brewing, cooking, jewelry making, etc.)?

    (Admin note: the administrators did offer the option to rephrase this question in order to make it less duplicative of Question #8.  The poster declined on the basis that in their interpretation Question #8 deals solely with promoting the SCA as a whole to bring in newcomers.  Therefore it has been posted as stated.)

    How do you see the Baronage interacting with the Seneschallate? Where is the line between the roles and responsibilies of the Coronet and those of the Seneschal?

    What aspects of the Barony and of the SCA do you feel most comfortable representing?  What aspects are you personally least comfortable with?  With that in mind, how, as Baron/ess do you plan to represent those aspects of the SCA that you are least comfortable with in order to properly serve your Baronial constituents?

    As Baron/ess, you will be the liason of the Barony to the Crown, other baronies, and even other Kingdoms.  You will be the most visible representative of the Barony Beyond the Mountain.  With that in mind, how do you feel you represent BBM?  How do you plan to continue to best represent BBM as a whole as Baron/ess to those outside of the Barony?

    A few words on how you will promote the various activities that are the SCA.

  • Sisuile Rumhann says:

    We as the baron/ess will promote SCA activities by lending our presence to local, kingdom, and interkingdom events in our roles as representatives of the populace, by seeking a wider audience (through recruitment and demonstrations), through encouragement of the populace to participate at a stronger level, in working with our populace to facilitate the activities that they would like to see held, and by giving and facilitating praise and recognition where it is due for jobs well done (both administrative and achievement based).

  • Mark Gwenllian says:

    We will continue with demos, talking to people we meet and work with. We have both been doing this all along. Gwenllian will talk to anybody, seriously! We will continue to visit practices we already go to, expand to go to other practices we aren’t currently involved with, go to as many of the workshops as we can and we’ll promote them online. We both have access to the Facebook page and the Yahoo group. Gwenllian’s experience as a chatelaine will help us promote the Barony’s activities.

  • Grimolfr Khazariyya says:

    My son’s middleschool hosts a Medieval day every year. I am going to bring up the suggestion to contact the school as an organization to participate in their event. I already spoke to the school about the possibility and they seemed interested so my next step is presenting the idea at the Baronial meeting. This will promote our organization to children and families which is a very strong way to promote and expand our group.

    Hosting demos within Baronial borders is another way to successfully promote our group. My idea was finding the local, yearly flea markets throughout our Barony and seeing about acquiring a booth space and demo space for marshal demonstrations or footwork. This will all be brought up to the Chatelaine in Baronial meetings.

    Creating E-Flyers to post online for local web groups and town groups is also a great way to advertise the SCA for free. The flyer can state all the activities available with a brief description and have the contact info of the Chatelaine for more information.

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    The Barony, a few years ago, hosted a number of Kingdom events. For whatever reasons, we have not held any in the last few years. Do you have any thoughts to putting the Barony back out there to hold Kingdom level events?

    This Barony has a very large geographical footprint. It is good that the current practices take place towards the center of that land mass, but it still takes some areas a two hour drive to get to them. Any thoughts and ideas on attempts get more classes and practices to be spread into the farther regions and corners of the Barony? If one is expected to drive the two hours to the center of the Barony for a practice/class, should it not be expected that once in a while, that that travel time and distance be placed upon those who benefit normally from living close?

    The Barony has had many years of the same people doing the same work at events. To the point we have stopped and or even eliminated events. What plans do you have to get new blood into action and teach them how to run all aspects of events; eventually, to turn over the controls of Steward, Gate, Kitchen, Merchanting, Parking, and Clean-up.

    How will you make your mark as baron/baroness of BBM?  I.e. what is your focus/main area of interest in the Society, and what steps will you take to put your plans in motion?

    Would you describe yourself as proficient in the use of arbitration and mediation?  Please give examples.

    What skills do you think you could bring to the baronage, and what are some examples of when you used them?

    To their Excellencies and our Seneschal-

    We would just like to speak to a few points that we would like to do if we were to become the next Baron and Baroness of Barony Beyond the Mountain and to why we feel that we would be able to perform this job.
    We feel that we can bring a fresh element to the barony with some of the suggestions we would like to make.
    We have started a successful monthly Bardic Circle night that started last year. We have had guests from not only Beyond the Mountain, but also Dragonship Haven and Bridge. Everyone has a different skill set that has come and has a blast telling and listening to stories and sharing of songs and instrumentals.
    We have started a successful rapier practice in the barony when we didn’t have one for many years. It started with the intent to have Armored Combat, Youth Combat, Fencing, and Youth Fencing. We have had some hiccups along the road, but we have learned from them and are on our way to having this continue to be a successful and fruitful contribution to Beyond the Mountain.
    We have also run a successful demo in the Colchester area. With no experience with demos prior to that one, we were able to work with some other BBMers to have representation from both martial activity and A&S. We still see people in the area that remember us from that day and ask about local activities. We are always chatelaines first when speaking to everyone in barony and beyond.
    A couple of the things that we would like to bring to BBM are to see if we can spread our events throughout the barony so that all members feel included. Whether they live in one of the closed cantons or in the Canton of Ravenhill, we want to have all our members know that the barony does care about them wherever they are.
    We would also like to start a youth initiative in BBM. The youth of the barony are our future and we would like them to be able to be recognized more in their martial prowess, A&S activities, and the service that they can provide.
    Thank you for your consideration,
    Lord Grimolfr and Lady Khazariyya
    Category: LoI

    Unto Their Excellencies Dorien of Lewes and Eloise of Coulter, and unto their Seneschal and their Barony Beyond the Mountain, greetings.

    We, Lady Sisuile Buitiler and Lord Rumhann mac Duib Sidhe hereby declare our desire and intent to stand for the position of Baron and Baroness of the Barony Beyond the Mountain.

    Rumhann is long of the East, having begun to play in A.S. 20 in Mountain Freehold, before moving to Connecticut for a while, becoming an archer and a member of Clan Kveldulf. While living in Atlantia for a time, he practiced with the Needwood Company of Archers, and authorized as a thrown weapons marshal, and continues with hurling bits of wood and metal at targets at high speed in various forms, as well as in leatherworking and blacksmithing. Currently, he serves as this Barony’s Captain of Archers.

    Sisuile has traveled extensively, living and playing in five baronies in four kingdoms over fifteen years. She has been the Deputy Society Seneschal for Law and Policy, a deputy submissions herald in Northshield and Calontir, Lanner Herald (ceremonies), Dean of Performing Arts at Pennsic, an archer, fencer, costumer, general textilist, troll, bard, herald, and cook. Currently, she serves as this Barony’s Webminister.

    Since we moved (back) here in 2014, we have been proud to call the Barony Beyond the Mountain home. The artistry and service on display here is astounding, and we have been impressed with the ability of the barony to hold well received and profitable events, as well as being solicited by groups outside our boundaries to hold demonstrations because we have such a good reputation. And the flowering of the martial activities in the barony that had so long been in dormancy has been fabulous to behold.

    There do, however, seem to be a couple of divisions within the group. First, between those who participate without engagement and those who tend to have a very high level of service. In many non-profit groups, this is referred to as the 80/20 rule – 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people in any given volunteer scenario. One of the ways we have found to increase engagement is through community building social activities such as A&S nights, sewing days, and social gatherings. At present, the “barony” seems to only meet at marshal practices and at business meetings. Regardless of the polling outcome, we would like to open our home as an interstate-convenient location for baronial gatherings (which can also move around the barony if hosts are willing) on one Sunday a month for social time, which may include classes or baronial “projects” as needed. As a populace we do have baronial projects – it is always helpful to have cool and/or amazing collaborative endeavors to display at events and demonstrations. Garlands to mark list fields, banners to decorate feast halls, gold key sort-and-repair are the sorts of projects which fall into the categories of ‘Many Hands Make Light Work’, and very little experience or commitment required beyond the one day. As such, they work for newcommers and people with tight schedules as well as those who just don’t feel up to a higher level of participation. However, this gives all of us a larger sense of our local community as a barony.

    The other division that becomes notable upon acquaintance with the group is geographical. The Connecticut River is a divide that few end up crossing with much regularity, either in the Society or in modern life. We fear that the Barony will not survive as a cohesive unit if we do not make conscious, dedicated efforts to build bridges across this boundary. As Baron and Baroness, we promise we would do our best to work with all corners of the barony, to work with the southern coast as much as Ravenhill. Travel is our normal state of affairs, and the Barony deserves leadership who will be able and willing to promote Baronial interests within the barony and beyond.

    We have taken counsel of our peers, our friends, and many of the landed and formerly landed barons and baronesses before considering placing our names before the barony. We have considered time, ability, finances, and support structures before deciding that this is something that we wished to seek, and would be honored to hold on behalf of the populace of the Barony Beyond the Mountain and the Crown of the East.

    In service to Crown and Kingdom,

    Lord Rumhann mac Duib Sidhe and Lady Sisuile Buitiler

    Category: LoI

    For those who don’t know us, please allow us to introduce ourselves.

    In the Society I am Mark the Red Hand. I am the current Baronial Heavy List champion and hold the office of Minister of the Lists. I am a Companion of the Order of the White Oak and have received several tokens of appreciation for helping at Baronial events. In addition I have been awarded with the Trunca de Plata, a household award for attending all Heavy List fights at my first Pennsic with great enthusiasm (There are only about eight out there so this is not given to all household fighters.) I began in the SCA in 2001 in the Shire (now Barony) of Smoking Rocks, and continued my participation in the Canton of Bowman’s Rest after moving to the Barony in 2002.

    In the Society I am Gwenllian ferch Llewellyn ap Henry.  For the last seven years, I have held the office of Chatelaine, welcoming newcomers and helping them join and enjoy the hobby I have participated in for 20 years now. I am a Companion of the Order of the Silver Wheel.  I also have the honor to hold the Queen’s Order of Distinction, Order of the White Oak and many times have been recognized locally with tokens of appreciation for helping to run events.  I started in the SCA in 1996 in the Canton of Bowman’s Rest while working nights with another member and hearing lots about this great hobby where she spent her weekends and vacations with people of many different names (Turns out she was only speaking of, maybe, three or four  people. I was very confused until I got to meet them.) I’ve been in this Barony for my entire SCA career, and currently reside in the Parish of Bowman’s Rest where I was exchequer for three years until we made the difficult decision to suspend the Canton in favor of being able to better support the Barony.

    Our intent in running for Baron and Baroness is to continue our tradition of service while welcoming new people and new ideas to the Barony. Our current Baron and Baroness have encouraged this and more. We would like to see a continued sense of community as well as opportunities to bring new projects and concepts to life.  We feel that it is essential for our leaders to encourage such growth while also continuing to recognize deserving people for their efforts. BBM has always been a group whose Baron/ess has led lightly from the top – that light touch is an integral part of who we have become as a barony, and after so long with the group we have a great respect for that character.  Our desire is to maintain that essential and unique nature while remaining open to new people and fresh perspectives.

    While our approach to and execution of the Baronial office will obviously differ from previous holders, we expect some things to remain. We love the muster for the march to opening ceremonies at Pennsic. We wish to see activities of all kinds continue and increase within the Barony. We would like to encourage continuation of our current demos, and hopefully see them diversify to include more martial activities of all sorts. We also hope to see meetings include people from more areas of the Barony, and would welcome input on ways to make that happen.

    For more than fifteen and twenty years respectively, the Barony Beyond the Mountain has been our home.  We would be honored to be allowed to serve our Barony, friends, and neighbors as your Baron and Baroness should you choose us.  Please feel free to ask us any questions, or run ideas by us. We love to talk about ideas.

    Mark and Gwenllian

    Category: LoI

    What are your intentions for the long term of the barony? where do you see the barony going in the next 1yr, 3yr, 6yr?

    From the current version of Baronial Custom

    IV.    The Baronage.

    1.    Selection and Review
    a.    The Baron and/or Baroness of the Barony (the “Baronage”) will be selected and reviewed as set forth in Kingdom Law.
    b.    The election policies of the Barony are set forth in Schedule B of this Custom.

    2.    Term.  The Baronage will serve for a term as defined in Kingdom law.

    Schedule B

    The Election Polices for the Baronage of the Barony Beyond the Mountain

    All capitalized terms in this Schedule A will retain their meanings as defined in the Baronial Custom.

    I. The election policies of the Barony as regards the Baronage (the “Election Policies”) will conform to the election policies of the SCA and the Kingdom as regards the Baronage.

    II. Election Process.

    1. Timing.

    a. No later than one year prior to the end of the current Baronage’s term, the Seneschal or their designee will:

    i. commence the planning process for the Major Event to install the new Baronage (the “Investiture”). Event planning at this stage will consist of a minimum of the selection of a month mutually acceptable to the Barony and the outgoing Baronage for Investiture.

    ii. determine the current polling procedure as set forth by the Governing Documents and Kingdom Law, ascertain the materials and timetable required, and convey this information to the Populace at the Meeting.

    iii. contact the royalty regarding the proposed Investiture date as soon as possible.

    b. No later than nine months prior to the month selected for Investiture the Seneschal or their designee will issue a call for nominations of candidates. This will include but not be limited to announcements at Meetings, announcements on the Baronial Yahoogroup email list, and publication in the Newsletter and the Kingdom newsletter.

    i. Candidates will nominate themselves. No one may nominate a third party.

    ii. Nominations must be sent to the Seneschal or their designee, and the Baronage.

    iii. Nominations may be sent via first class mail or email.

    iv. Nominations must include proof of eligibility.

    v. Eligible nominations will be announced by the Seneschal or their designee at Meetings, on the Baronial Yahoogroup email list, and published in the Newsletter on an ongoing basis.

    c. No later than seven months prior to the month selected for Investiture the Seneschal or their designee will commence the selection of a form of ballot. The decision of the form of ballot will be made by the Populace as set forth in Section VI(4) of the Custom.

    d. No later than six months prior to the date selected for Investiture nominations will close and the Seneschal or their designee will finalize the form of ballot and send it to the Kingdom for approval.

    e. No later than four months prior to the date selected for Investiture, the Seneschal or their designee will send the ballots to those members of the Populace who are eligible to vote as determined by the Governing Documents and Kingdom Law. Ballots will include:

    i. The form of ballot;

    ii. A self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of the ballot;

    iii. A copy of the election issue of the Newsletter.

    2. Newsletter.

    A special edition of the Newsletter will be prepared for the election, containing the following:

    a. The sections of Kingdom Law that address pollings for the Baronage;

    b. The Election Policies of the Barony;

    c. The list of candidates, including both SCA and legal names;

    d. If they so choose, letters from the candidates, subject to the following guidelines:

    i. One letter per candidate or candidate slate;

    ii. The subject matter is at the candidates’ discretion;

    iii. Letters may be up to 1,000 words in length;

    iv. Letters must be received by the deadline for publication set by the chronicler;

    v. Letters will be published without editing by the chronicler; and

    vi. Letters may be submitted in any format legible to the chronicler;

    e. The special edition of the Newsletter will be published as usual, and will also be printed and sent with the ballots. Funds necessary for the printing will be provided by the Barony and will not require approval by the Financial Committee.

    III. Changes to the Election Policy.

    The Election Policy may be amended at any time by the following process:

    1. The proposed changes must be presented by a paid member, in writing, to the Seneschal and the Baronage.

    2. The proposed changes must be discussed and voted upon by the Populace present at a regular Meeting. The changes will be deemed approved upon receipt of a simple majority.

    3. Approved changes must be published in the Newsletter.

    Category: Process
    Section VII. Branches
    C. Polling Procedures
    The Crown may poll any land group at any given time for any reason they see fit. The Heirs may poll any land group at any given time for any reason they see fit with the permission of The Crown. Polling processes mandated by East Kingdom Law must adhere to the following criteria.
    1. A gentle may participate in the polling who:
    a. Holds a current Society membership. Any gentle who joins the SCA or cures a lapse in Society membership during a  polling process will not be sent a ballot but may obtain one from the Officer administering the poll, if they provide proof of Society membership and residence.
    b. Resides within the formally approved boundaries of the branch.
    2. Ballots and the Polling Process
    a. The members of a branch must be polled by ballots mailed via the postal system.
    i. Ballots must be prepared by the Local Seneschal in accordance with one of the Kingdom ballot templates (available on the Documents page of the Kingdom Seneschal’s website), and be approved by the Kingdom Seneschal or his appointed Deputy.
    ii. Expenses of preparing and mailing the ballots will be borne by the branch. However, a branch may petition the Kingdom Seneschal and the East Kingdom Council of the Exchequer to have the costs covered by the Kingdom.
    iii. Ballots must be mailed to the voting members no less than 30 days but no more than 45days before the closing date of the polling.
    iv. A voting member may obtain a ballot from the Local Seneschal if one was not received by mail.
    b. Ballots must be printed with:
    i. A statement of the purpose of the polling.
    ii. The closing date of the polling.
    iii. Instructions for completing and returning the ballot.
    iv. The recipient and address to which the completed ballots must be returned.
    v. A choice of statements allowing the ballot recipient to certify whether or not they are at least fourteen years of age.
    vi. A list of candidates or choices, including the option to abstain.
    vii. Spaces for the ballot recipient to fill in their Society membership number and legal name.
    viii. A space for the ballot recipient’s legal signature.
    c. For ballots to be counted, they must:
    i. Be returned to the Branch Polling Deputy and received, in a sealed envelope, by the closing date of the polling as printed on the ballot.
    ii. Be properly completed and signed with the voting member’s legal name legibly printed on it.
    d. At a minimum, ballots will be tallied by the Branch Polling Deputy, a Regional Seneschal, and the Kingdom Seneschal (or designate). Talliers must not reside in the branch conducting the polling or have any other conflict of interest regarding the polling. Returned ballots may only be viewed by the talliers, the Kingdom Seneschal and/or the Kingdom Seneschal’s designates, and The Crown.
    e. At least one-half (50%) of the polled members must respond to the polling for a polling to be considered valid. If a polling fails to be valid by this criterion, the disposition of the polling falls to The Crown.
    i. Properly executed ballots from members less than 14 years old shall count to establish the polling validity.
    ii. Only properly executed ballots from members 14 years old or more shall count toward the preference tally.
    iii. Any ballot returned by a member which is not properly executed shall be declared invalid and shall not count at all.
    f. For pollings in which a single-choice ballot template is used, the outcome of the polling will be determined by a simple majority of valid returned ballots. If a polling fails to result in such a simple majority, the disposition of the polling falls to The Crown.
    g. The results of the polling must be reported to The Crown and Kingdom Seneschal within three weeks of the closing date of the polling.
    h. Upon The Crown’s receipt of the results of the polling, The Crown has four weeks to inform the Kingdom Seneschal, the Seneschal of the polled barony, the polled barony’s current Territorial Baron/Baroness, and the newly-selected successor(s) which of the candidate(s) presented in the poll has been selected to be the next Baron/Baroness. Should the four-week period overlap the Coronation of Their Heirs, the current Crown may either make the selection, or defer to the Heirs. If the selection is deferred, the new Crown shall make the selection within four weeks after their Coronation.
    i. The selection of a Baronial Seat once made shall be binding regardless of the date of the Baronial Investiture.
    j. If the Kingdom Seneschal and The Crown agree that a variance from this process is reasonable and will not impact the integrity of the process, one may be granted.
    3. Proxies
    a. Proxies are not valid for use in any polling mandated by East Kingdom Law.
    b. The use of proxies in local voting is discouraged. However, if local policy or custom allows their use, proxies must:
    i. Be signed and legibly printed with the signatory’s legal name.
    ii. Be dated.
    iii. Be worded for use for one or several specific issues that will be addressed at a specific date or meeting.
    iv. Be accompanied by proof of the signatory’s Society membership, if local policy or custom requires Society membership for the matter being voted upon
    Category: Process