RE: [SCA-Archery] Re: Poll questions on a guild
In full disclosure, I’ve cast my vote for the guild to be based on many areas, in part based on some of the reasons we’ve seen discussed here. But here’s my $0.02 motivating this email, with no intent to offend anyone by my words.
Regardless of how long I’ve been holding a bow, I’m still a relative newbie in terms of experience, and certainly in terms of overall knowledge. Part of what I love about the SCA is the depth of knowledge and hands on experience so many people bring to this community. Through the SCA, I’ve been privileged to meet and talk with some of the most knowledgeable people on Archery and other topics and, frankly, I can’t get enough. I’m not a gregarious person by nature, so I have a difficult time finding these folks other than by accident &/or association. Having a guild that provides those contacts and that gives me the opportunity to learn from those who have devoted their time and interest in hands on doing and research is invaluable to me. (Even through this Yahoo group) I cherish the conversation, knowledge and wisdom from people I have interacted with who have spent their time in learning and doing and have been willing to put up with my redundant and naïve questions. To my mind, these are the folks who make the SCA an invaluable community in and of itself, but even more so, to the world at large. I find most of these folks devoting time and energy to their communities outside the SCA to spread knowledge and joy in their craft as well.
As mentioned, what I’d like to see in my ideal world, is a place where each aspect of Archery can come together with the respect it deserves. We all know if no one makes the equipment, we would not get to play. Likewise, if no one is excellent with that equipment, we lose a part of the “show” (just as with the heavy fighters). If we lose the history of this arena, we diminish our experience, wisdom, honor and even variety in the sport. If no one volunteers to put aside their play to organize and supervise, the rest cannot come together at an event or demonstration. It takes talent and sharing in all these aspects for each of us to have the best possible enjoyment at something we all love so well. This demonstrates as true not just in the Archery community, but throughout the whole SCA as is demonstrated by its structure. I’m working to improve my understanding and ability in all these arenas, knowing even so, I will not obtain more than basic proficiency in any one of them.
I think a Guild that is open enough as a start to those who show a basic interest in any aspect of archery is necessary. Most frequently this starts with a score, but not always. I also think a Guild that respects, values and cherishes all the talents needed for the community to thrive is something of which we would be proud, and for which we should strive.
Elynor (West Kingdom)
I think I see a possible solution for entry requirements. If the guild has several areas of interest/activity, then meeting the minimum requirements for any one of them is sufficient to gain membership. Areas and minimums to be decided later.