We have been speaking over the last two populace meetings about some changes in how we are doing things, our focus, and what are medium term goals are (for the year).
The changes are a test for doing things a little differently. If we find they aren’t the most efficient and productive way of doing things, we can tweak, change, or go back to what we used to do.
Here’s a summary of a few things that have been discussed and a general concensus for direction:
1) I was pushing for our own Kingdom level yearly event. While I know we could pull it off, I’ve suggested a focus on marketing and membership for the next year. We are going to do our Regional Practice and do that well and revisit the Crystal Mynes Event later this year (for next year)
2) Based on some of my experience with non-profits, I’ve come up with a plan to change how decisions are made and things are run. This is the trial plan that is definitely subject to change if it doesn’t work. It’s based on my observation that some people join non-profits to do-the-do ™ and some desire to be responsible for helping others do-the-do while doing-the-do themselves. Sometimes (and I’ve seen this in every non-profit I’ve been a part of), people who just want to come, have fun, and leave are thrust into positions that resemble work when they really were looking for something resembling play. So, after discussing it at the populace meetings over the last two months, I’ve decided to put this into effect. For the foreseeable future, we will be holding a business meeting (sometimes I refer to it as the Council meeting, though council is not defined) and a populace gathering. The populace gathering will be for everyone. The purpose of the populace gathering will be to have fun, fighting, make, do stuff. And communicate the general stuff to the populace. Like, 5 – 10 minutes worth of reporting and discussion. Actually planning and work “to make this fun for people” will happen at the business meeting. Keep in mind, while officers are encouraged to attend the business meeting, both meetings are official SCA meetings which means they are open to everyone. The purpose is not to separate people, but separate purposes. Basically, if you want to bring someone new, you probably wouldn’t want to bring them to the business meeting as that’s going to be the stuffy, not fun stuff. The populace meeting will focus more on actually participating in the SCA. It will be a garbed, in period, gathering. That way people who can’t travel to events still get to play medieval without having to leave the Shire.
The business meeting will be the 2nd Wednesday of the month. The populace gathering will be on the third Sunday of the month.
Again, everyone is invited to all official meetings.
3) I’m also going to change up how we “do” officers. I’m going to make the process more formal with ceremony.
4) Lastly, and completely unrelated to direction, the position for Exchequer is opening up at the end of this month. If you are interested please let me know.
That being said, we have a business meeting this Wednesday at 6pm. The current focus is marketing and coming up with a plan to get a solid gold key.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
In your service,