A Seneschal is the officer serving as “president.” They act as the group administrator and legal representative for the group.
The seneschal’s primary responsibility is the smooth operation of the branch. They typically run local meetings and administer the operation of the branch, reporting on branch activities as required to the other officers of the kingdom.
- Ansteorran Seneschal Reports
- Outdoor Events Checklist
- Indoor Events Checklist
- Kingdom Seneschal Resource Page
Latest Seneschal Posts
- Covid 19 Update for the Barony
Greetings, populace and friends of Bryn Gwlad!
I am writing you to provide an update on the state of activities within the barony and our plans locally for when we will resume in-person activities. Currently, Bryn Gwlad just entered our second week at phase 1 on the Ansteorran Martialate Practices Reopen Plan. The officers of Bryn Gwlad met this week and have decide to use the following criteria as a baseline of when our local group can resume in-person activities.
- Stage 3 of Austin Public Health’s Covid-19 Risk-Based Guidelines (currently Stage 4)
- “Green light status” for both of the Ansteorran Reopening plan criteria (only one required by kingdom)
- 14 day average of total cases is a downward trend (currently green)
- 14 day average of positive cases as a percentage of population for the Barony is <.02% (currently red)
Bryn Gwlad does not meet these criteria and so will not resume in-person activities at this time.
Once these requirements have been met, the officers will reconvene to decide how quickly to resume in person activities. This is to provide a buffer period in which the criteria can maintain their downward trend. Factors that will be considered in how long that buffer period will be are things like how consistent the reduction in cases has been and how long Austin-Travis County has been in Stage 3 or lower.
Currently, all A&S activities are only allowed via appeal to the Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences (email@example.com). Once Bryn Gwlad’s local reopening criteria are met, we encourage all guilds to coordinate with myself and our local minister of Arts and Sciences if they are interested in holding local A&S activities.
To ensure all members of the populace have an opportunity to have their voices heard, I have created a survey through which you can provide your feedback on the reopening plan and the decision making process. Please let us know your thoughts!
The officers all dearly miss the populace of the barony and our SCA activities, but we do not want to rush back into in-person activities without taking local conditions into account. We will continue to monitor the local situation and to the best of our abilities keep the interests of the populace in mind. Until we meet again in person, stay safe, stay awesome, and wear your mask!
In joyful service,
Don Orazio d’Assisi
MKA Ricky Fink
Seneschal, Bryn Gwlad Chapter of the SCA
- Equity and Inclusion 101 – Slides
Equity and Inclusion 101Gigi Coulson, May 2019
DEI in the SCA
Goals of the presentation:
- Build a shared understanding of the concepts of equity and inclusion
- Increase awareness of DEI in the Society
- Develop skills to promote equity and inclusion
Sections of the presentation:
- DEI Officer, SCA Mission, Core Values, Chivalric Virtues, Agreements we Make, Our Personal Responsibility, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Bias, Ingroup/Outgroup examples
- Concepts in Action! A panel discussion between Richard Dawkins, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan, and Victor Stenger
- Skill Building
- Recognizing Privilege
- “Unpacking your Knapsack“
- Acknowledging and recognizing mistakes and microaggressions
- Understand the cost of silence
- Examples of how to take action
- Follow-up Exercise: “What would you do if…”
- Guidance for Officers and Leaders
- Round Table – Saturday, 1 Aug – Link to Sched
Hail and Well Met, dear Populace!
Tomorrow is Kingdom Round Table, the event where we learn about and tend to the administrative side of our Society. The schedule can be found at the link below.
If there isn’t a class you want or need to attend, please consider tuning in to the State of the Kingdom Address at 440pm Central.
kolfinna inn kyrra Ottarsdottir
- DEI – What does that mean?
You’ve probably seen or heard the terms “diversity”, “equity”, and “inclusion” before. We’ve said them a number of times in this blog already. …but what do they actually mean?
What does it mean to “be diverse” or “foster diversity?” Can you have a “diverse person?”
What does it mean to “be inclusive?”
What does it mean to have “equity?” Is equity something you can “have?”
This article from the General Assembly Blog will hopefully help
- demystify the terms
- teach you ways to examine your own understandings of the terms
- give you techniques and tools to recognize diversity, inclusion, equity, or the lack thereof in your own organizations, workplaces, or SCA groups
- demonstrate the interconnections between the three terms
- Update on in-person events
Greetings Bryn Gwlad!
I have an update from the SCA’s board of directors concerning events for the rest of the year. To read their full resolution you can find it here.
The long and short of it is there will be no in-person kingdom-level events through January 31st. I know this is disappointing but it does not mean there aren’t things going on! You can still find out what kingdom events are going virtual by checking out the Kingdom Calendar, check out what is happening locally on our baronial calendar, and watch for when our local group will be able to restart practice by monitoring the Ansteorran Martial Reopening Plan. I will also continue to monitor and will announce once we are able to resume practices.
In Joyful Service,
Seneschal of Bryn Gwlad
- Serving with Disabilities
Lady Elspeth Bhorúma inghean uí Bhria recently taught a class about how to serve with disabilities in the SCA.
The SCA is a volunteer organization; we are active; and most of our events and activities require/result in a lot of physical activity, a lot of moving around. This can make it a challenge or make it very discouraging for persons with disabilities who want to be a part of that activity and energy but don’t see ways that they can join in. We also don’t always now how to best support persons with disabilities at events. Lady Elspeth discusses these topics and more.
Lady Elspeth covers the following during this class, and it is well worth a watch.
- How to serve while disabled
- Serving while anxious
- Serving while depressed
- Serving while mobility challenged
- How to be disabled while serving
- How to support those who are serving disabled
- Equipment/tools/other support options
It’s also available in the “Media” tab of the Virtual Academy of Service Minded Individuals on Facebook.
- How to serve while disabled
- Purpose for the DEI Blog
“The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Office of the SCA is committed to promoting the values of inclusion throughout the SCA. The focus is equity, which is just and fair inclusion into an organization in which all can participate, prosper, benefit, and reach their full potential.”https://www.sca.org/dei-office/
What do “diversity”, “equity”, and “inclusion” even mean?
Diversity means the presence of difference, or variety, within our groups. We each have different characteristics, preferences, abilities, strengths, weaknesses, labels, cultures, and beliefs. In the SCA, we do not allow something as organic as variety to hinder the very organization we love and support.
Equity means equal access. When people come together in groups, some have advantages while others have disadvantages. In context of this office, equity means a process to ensure that everyone has equal access to the same opportunities in the SCA. It also means being treated with the same courtesy, respect, and dignity as everyone else, no matter how you are different.
Inclusion means being welcomed and truly valued for what you contribute. It means that no matter your race, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or able-ness, you are accepted. Verna Myers explains, “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.” This office will be using the framework of Inclusive Excellence.
What does that mean for us?
First, that we are aware of issues going on in the world we live in and we know that our organization is not insulated from the impacts of implicit bias.
Second, that to be successful we must welcome and value new and existing members who are different from 90% of our populace.
Third, that discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying, and hate speech will not be tolerated in our Society.
Lastly, that we take action. We value chivalry and live by those tenets we claim to hold as ideal. When a participant violates the code of conduct we require, we let them know so they can adjust their behavior. “If you see something, say something” can be applied here.
How do we support and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion while we play in the SCA?
First, Use the information here and on the Society DEI page to educate yourself on bias, cultural intelligence, and inclusive excellence.
Second, Understand that bias exists and it doesn’t make one a bad person; it is simply something to be aware of and to challenge so that you don’t act on bias, mistreat any member of the SCA, or violate our laws or policies.
Third, remember that our job as society members isn’t to judge others. Rather, it is to be clear on what actions are and are not acceptable. Saying things like “we don’t treat people that way in the SCA”, “that violates our core values”, or “that action/statement isn’t acceptable” can be simple ways speak out. If you have trouble or feel uncomfortable, report the incident to your local Seneschal.
Where do we go from here?
This post is the start of the DEI Blog. We intend to use this blog to help cultivate a climate where our members are treated fairly and are able to thrive in a welcoming atmosphere.
- 18 May Populace Meeting – Watch Here!
The 18 May Populace meeting was recorded and is now available online for people to watch! The link below will direct you to the Zoom Recording. You do not need a Zoom account to watch the video. It’s approximately 56 minutes long.
The full video is available here!
- Bids are in for Fall Baronial – VOTE TODAY!!
Fall Baronial 2020 is the first weekend of October this year. We have had two presentations for event bids tonight during our Zoom Business Meeting.We are going to be using Survey Monkey to vote on which bid will be chosen.Robert de Bray
If you want to look at the documents for each bid you can find them here on a Google Drive Folder;
Bid#1 Camp Arrow Head
Bid#2 Rockdale Fair Park
Survey Monkey Voting Link;
Voting will be open for 24 hours (Closing 8PM 4/28/2020) only so please spread the word and the links and use this chance to voice your opinion and choice.
Bryn Gwlad Seneschal
- COVID-19 Update from Kingdom Seneschal
I hope all are well and finding ways to deal with our mutual isolation. Thank you to all who have been helping put out content for people to enjoy and to all the groups having virtual meetings. Connection is still needs, glad to see folks doing so.
Originally, we had announced that all SCA Official activities would not happen in Ansteorra until March 30. Given that the situation is what it is, and mostly that it is so fluid and not predictable, I, in agreement with the Crown, am going to change that statement to not include an end date. For now, we will continue the “no official activities” for as long as needed. We will wait and see how things are looking, we will comply with government directives. I will make sure to update as we move forward. Let me know if you have questions.
We are still planning on Coronation to happen, along with Queen’s Champion and King’s Champion, on May 9th. We have been given permission by Society to hold a Virtual Event for Coronation, if needed. This permission also includes the ability of the Crown to give awards at that time, up to and including Peerages. Hopefully, we will not have to do that, but it is good to already have permission if needed.
Take care of each other, stay safe. We are Ansteorra, we are stronger than anything this situation can throw at us. We will rise again.