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Re: [E_Rapier] Awards !!

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  • David Whitford
    Being the tourist on this list I have a few simple suggestions that you may or may not care for (I handle being told to be quiet and sit out of the way very
    Message 1 of 16 , Mar 11, 2009
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      Being the tourist on this list I have a few simple suggestions that you may or may not care for (I handle being told to be quiet and sit out of the way very well). Inquire of incoming Crowns what they look for in award recs, ask how They view particular awards. This can assist a great deal in your writing as insure that you have gathered the information They require. When opportunity presents itself say "hello" and ask if They (or their secretary for such things) if they had recieved and look for Their input and opinions (very useful if They do not agree with you). Politeness and persistence will be your best ally.
      (back to war packing)

      --- On Wed, 3/11/09, Anna B <abaginski@...> wrote:

      From: Anna B <abaginski@...>
      Subject: Re: [E_Rapier] Awards !!
      To: E_Rapier@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 9:18 AM

      Speaking as one of the 'others' who has attempted to assist Gerrard in having the very worthy people has has recomended for a number of extremely over-due awards, for the past what oh?.. three?  four reigns?  I can honestly say that this is not an approach which always works.

      Personally, I find this extremely frustrating as our Royals cry out daily for recomendations, to recomend people who are deserving, contributing, wonderful and well liked over and over and over and -nothing-.  After a while you just give up.   And that's not exactly consturctive, or helpful in any respect.

      In service,
      Rusalka the much absent

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      From: leslie falzone <leslie.falzone@ cogeco.ca>
      To: E_Rapier@yahoogroup s.com
      Sent: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 7:04:15 PM
      Subject: Re: [E_Rapier] Awards !!

      Hi, I am going to give you another suggestion, Pass on the recommendation to others who might be able to assist you in helping to recognize deserving people. There is nothing that says that you can't send a recommendation to other people who are in the SCA or to peers to have them add your voice to theirs. Dont' send letters that says me to or one letter with a bunch of people signing it. The crown likes to see seperate letters of recommendation from each person sending them. My husband and I often send seperate letters for the same person, because we truely beleive that they deserve what it is we are recommending them for.

      I agree landed baron and baroness can also be helpful. I would love to have someone cc me on a recommendation for a fencer, I would most likely agree and send in one of my own.


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Kelly Wyatt
      To: Ealdormere Rapier
      Sent: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 6:06 PM
      Subject: RE: [E_Rapier] Awards !!

      Dearest Gerrard,

      I too am frustrated and concerned with the state of recognitions within the Shires (specifically) . Having no baronial representation, I have found that I've had to make recommendations for up to 4-6 reigns before I see any kind of action on them. Since I'm a bit tardy in writing them sometimes, it's usually a year or so before I get around to writing in about various people's activities that I see and am told about. That may very well be part of the issue...are people remembering and actually followin g through with writing recommendations? Are they submitting them to the correct addresses? (The web site was sending them into the ether for almost a year there, without anyone knowing!) It's very upsetting to see Lady so and so bust her butt for THAT long and not be recognized for her efforts. Or Joe jock turn out an impressive full kit of his own for fencing or fighting in less than a year!

      I have developed a bit of a system though, that may help to make things move more quickly. I have discussed my concerns regarding the shires with a number of barons and baronesses in the Kingdom. Everyone I have talked to have suggested that I copy them on recommendations that I make to their Magesties. And now, I do so. I can't say that I've really seen it make any kind of difference in any award at Grant level or higher but I have noticed that it makes the AoA and Maiden's Heart/Scarlet Banner/Orion level awards be given out faster.

      I would be interested in knowing how many recommendations their magesties actually got for Winter War. It was very disappointing to hear that only two awards were given. Very disappointing.


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      To: E_Rapier@yahoogroup s.com
      From: thltoymaker@ cogeco.ca
      Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 07:53:19 -0400
      Subject: Re: [E_Rapier] Awards !!

      Hmmm yes mostly the process can be frustrating !!
      Just look at how many times we have made a recommendation for a certain fencer for a Hammer.
      For myself I feel like hmmm how many times do I need to do this?
      I now have a second person in mind for a Hammer. Yet until fencer A gets theirs I cant see that fencer B would even be considered.
      Three of my recommendations have gone through three different Reins without recognition !

      What I guess I'm looking for is a system that allows me to contact a large group so that a large irrefutable recommendation can be given.

      So I propose to create within my own e-mail program a Contact Group of fencers.
      Now unfortunately it can't include anyone we might want to recommend for a Scarlet Banner.
      So since Hammer is the highest level they can easily be included.
      Then add any Scarlet Banners as they already have one !

      So who all has Hammers and who all have Banners ??

      Reply to

      thltoymaker @...

      THANKS !



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    • Ross Weaver
      A few comments about award recommendations from Ealdormere s outlying barony... First off, just because you submitted recommendations to one set of Royalty you
      Message 2 of 16 , Mar 12, 2009
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        A few comments about award recommendations from Ealdormere's outlying barony...

        First off, just because you submitted recommendations to one set of
        Royalty you are not done. Most of the time when a new King and Queen
        step up no list of already proposed individuals does not get passed
        on. They are usually starting from scratch again. So a long history
        of recommending someone often means nothing. The best strategy here
        is to target the new Prince and Princess after Crown Tournament, each
        time. You know it gets on their list then and if for some crazy
        reason they do get a list of previously proposed people they may not
        even look at it. And if the sitting K&Q discussed awards the P&P then
        that name is on both their radars hopefully.

        Second, it is funny to hear that the Southern Shires feel lacking in
        recognition. You want lag time, come to Skraeling Althing. There is
        a marked difference between the amount of time recognition comes to
        members out here than in Southern Ealdormere. There are few factors,
        of course. One is that often K&Q's have a target length of court and
        trim their awards to meet that length, and well we don't see the K&Q
        as often up here. Two, is that we are thinly populated so even if the
        Canton supports someone , you get maybe 12 to 14 recommendations...
        There are others as well that aren't worth detailing, but basically
        the Southern Shires don't have it as bad.

        Third, well if you are not a "core focus", you are not as noticeable
        to the Royalty. If we just look the percentage of authorized armoured
        combatants that recieve a Scarlet Banner or a Thorbjorn's Hammer
        versus the percentages of Rapier combatants or Archers, it becomes
        obvious you are more likely to get a combat award if you are an
        armoured combatant. Heck we had a King that gave an award to every
        armoured combatant that fought at Pennsic, but not a single rapier
        combatant got one... And don't even talk to me about the status of
        historical dance in the A&S community...

        So some food for thought people...
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