Ayreton Baronial Charter Meeting, March 8, 2009
AYRETON BARONIAL CHARTER MEETING
MARCH 8, 2009
The following citizens of the Barony of Ayreton attended and participated in the Baronial Charter meeting held on Sunday, March 8, 2009 at Patrick’s Fine Food and Spirits in the Incipient Canton of Fox Vale.
Stephen Des Roches
Etienne le Canteau des Roches
Harlie Des Roches
Richard of Scolay
Hillary of Logerbrode
Tree Girt Sea
Francesca Del Mar
Tree Girt Sea
Tree Girt Sea
Purpose of the meeting was to develop text for the Organization Section of the Baronial Charter based on in put received during the previous five months. Master Sean o’Shaughnessy presided over this meeting for Robyyan who was out of town on company business. Results of the breakout groups used to develop the text are presented below.
AYRETON BARONIAL CHARTER – DRAFT
MARCH 8, 2009
Whereas the purpose of a Barony is to provide new opportunities for fun in the SCA and to create new traditions, let it be known that the Barony of Aryeton claims no jurisdiction over the internal activities of the Cantons, specifically the activities involving Canton events, officers, and financial decisions. The Barony of Aryeton will respect and honor the traditions and customs of the Cantons. All participation in the Baronial activities is strictly voluntary and cooperative.
- Proxy voting
Officers and Citizens of the Barony of Ayreton wishing to vote on issues when they cannot physically attend meetings may provide written proxies to specific individuals covering specific topics. These proxies must be in writing; however, a copy of a written electronic communication is acceptable. Members may also attend the meetings electronically, e.g., via telephone or videoconferencing if the member makes the appropriate arrangement at their own expense.
The Barony of Ayreton supports its artisans in all their endeavors. To that end, we encourage the formation of Guilds. To use the name “Ayreton” in conjunction with the any Guilds, approval by the Ayreton Baronial Curia is required.
- Decision making
The Ayreton Baronial Curia shall be responsible for all decisions made for the barony of Ayreton. The Ayreton Baronial Curia shall consist of the following offices:
vi. Minister of Art & Sciences
vii. Knight’s Marshall
Lesser baronial offices are not members of the Baronial Curia. The Baronial Curia may add additional Curia or Lesser Baronial offices as needed and determine whether they are to be added to the Baronial Curia or added as lesser Baronial offices.
A quorum of the curia shall consist of 75% of the Baronial Curia officers. Each officer of the Baronial Curia gets one vote for all decisions made. All decisions must be made by a substantial agreement of the members of the baronial curia, meaning 75% of the baronial curia officers. When a substantial agreement of the baronial curia does not exist, the baronial curia may defer the decision to a vote of the populace. The decision must then be agreed to by a substantial agreement of the populace, meaning 75% of the voting populace. When the number of votes required is based on a percentage, the actual number will be rounded down to the nearest whole percentage. Any decisions regarding funding must follow the rules of the final policy decision making process.
- Precedence of law
The precedence of law within the Barony of Ayreton shall follow the order of precedence as shown below in decreasing order of precedence:
i. Modern Era Law
ii. SCA Corpora
iii. SCA Corporate Policies
iv. Middle Kingdom Law
v. Barony of Aryeton Baronial Charter
Baronial Curia meetings shall follow an agenda as established by the Baronial Seneschal. The Baronial Seneschal, or his/her designee, shall run meetings of the Baronial Curia.
i. The Baronial Populace shall meet at least quarterly. The Baron and/or Baroness will lead the Baronial Populace meeting.
ii. The Baronial Curia shall meet at least monthly. The Baronial Seneschal, or his/her designee, will lead this meeting.
i. The Ayreton Baronial Charter shall be reviewed no less often than every two years in a standard Baronial Curia meeting.
ii. All proposed changes must be published for comment at least once in the normal communication channels and be discussed at a Baronial Curia meeting being approved.
iii. Approval of changes to the charter shall follow the decision making process provided above in this Ayreton Baronial Charter.
Baronial Events will be approved by the Baronial Curia. Events will be announced to give all citizens of Ayreton the opportunity to submit bids to run the events. Bids shall include the proposed date, location, autocrat, feast-o-crat (head cook), and budget.
People who are part of the Barony of Ayreton will be referred to as citizens regardless of their membership status in the Society for Creative Anachronism and without regard to their place of residence or Zip Code.
i. Privileges of Citizenship in Ayreton include, but are not limited to, participation in the decision making process for the Barony, holding office, and wearing the Baronial Livery.
ii. Citizens of the Barony of Ayreton are expected to support the Barony by participating in Baronial activities but there are no specific requirements.
- Terms of office
- Baronial transition (ongoing, not this first time!)
- Internal Operation:
- Canton <-> barony interactions and jurisdiction
- Adding & subtraction of cantons
- See financial policy (have you read it and returned comments to Ghita yet?)
- Just In Case
- Problem solving
- Grievance procedures