Greetings Sofya....and all.
Please understand that my reply to the discussion was that of a "grumpy
olde pharte"..... and age and grumpiness seem to be catching up with me.
I believe the strength of our two groups lies in our abilities to work
together. At the same time I feel the independence of the two groups to
work to meet the special needs of our individual membership is critical
to our potential growth. If we wish to work towards a formal "merging"
of the two groups I would suggest the idea of working independently for
scheduling the regular meetings and activities (yet we all know that
anyone is welcome in either group at any time) and drawing on the
strengths of the two groups membership for special activities or larger
I would not mind having a Baronial "presence" in the area. I have seen
cantons come together regionally to form a "blanket" Barony. It is
another thought for the future. I would suggest that if filling
officers positions and maintaining activity levels is becoming an issue
that look at the possibility of changing your group from a shire to a
college. The demands are set for fluctuations in activity and
membership. It might lighten the load for some of your officers and
make filling offices a little less overwhelming. I believe there are
still distinctions between colleges and shires. It might prove to be
the easy route at the moment. I honestly feel you have enough
responsible, experienced members in your area to fill the minimum
I guess since this is not a new topic to me, and some of us have been
through similar discussions in the past, that many of the topics to
discuss will be similar to those in the past. I guess what I really
need is an idea of what might be proposed so that I am not making
assumptions that are unfounded. The operations and basic needs of a
group are really pretty standard. The expectations and activity levels
are what makes each group unique.
On 2/9/2012 8:46 AM, Sofya Chyudskaya Smolyanina wrote:
> There seems to be some confusion regarding the invitation to Wurm Wald's
> shire meeting tonight. Yes, Roana has asked within our shire for people to
> come so we can discuss the proposed merger. Kendrick has kindly extended
> this invitation to people of St. Carol. However, if I understand
> tonight's meeting is not designed to begin formal discussion between both
> groups just yet -- but rather, beginning to bring the issue to public
> discussion chiefly among those members of Wurm Wald who have not yet heard
> the arguments and expressed their opinions yet.
> It will definitely be helpful to have members of St. Carol present to
> St. Carol's perspective, but I think we are still only just beginning to
> discuss the issue. Tonight will be the first time Wurm Wald will hold this
> discussion among its own members at an official shire meeting. It is NOT
> meant to be taken as an official collaborative discussion between both
> groups -- which may still happen in the future, but we're a long way from
> that yet.
> Again, you are all always welcome to attend our meeting. I just wanted to
> clarify that this is by no means an official Wurm Wald / St. Carol joint
> meeting. If / When we reach that point, I'm guessing that everyone in both
> groups will get a lot more advance notice, and it will take place in a
> neutral geographic middle ground.
> For now, however, please keep discussing the issue. The people in Wurm
> who have argued in favor of a merger are by no means attempting to
> resurrect a barony, but considering the possibility of creating something
> new and wonderful with our neighbors. We would be honored if St. Carol
> played an active and equal role in this dream.
> In Service,
> Sofya Chyudskaya Smolyanina
> Deputy Wurm Wald Seneschal
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]