THL Marie l'Englois tells us about the next round of the Trillium Exschange, which is accepting sign-ups now!
Trillium Exchange starting soon!
What is the Trillium exchange? It's like a "secret santa" swap for Ealdormerean artisans. At the start of a new exchange, each participant fills out an online questionnaire about their activities, interests, and preferences, and is then assigned a recipient for whom they will craft something in the SCA art form of their choice. Each participant will also be assigned to a different participant as that person's recipient.
The first 30 people to fill out the survey will get into the exchange. The link will stop working after 30 responses. At that point the admins will match artisans with recipients, and crafting can begin!
The end date for this next exchange will be July 2nd, 2016. People can either mail their items to arrive before that date, or for those attending Trillies we will be setting up a time for an in-person exchange at Trillies as well. There will be three intermediate check-in points during the exchange, dropping out after the second checkin is not permitted. For everyone to receive a shiny, everyone must make a shiny! Materials cost for the item created is capped at $25, though use of “stash” materials is exempt and does not count towards costs.
You don't have to be an expert in your craft to participate. There are frequently laurels and absolute beginners participating side by side in the same exchange, along with every level of expertise in between. You can use an existing craft, or learn a new one, it's totally up to you!
I received the following email (see below) from the Society Seneschal Master
Antonio Giordano da Sicilia. The process for Canadians to complete a background
check to ensure the safety of the children in the SCA is a very complicated and
ongoing issue. To be clear, everyone agrees that the need for a background
check to be completed is a valid and necessary measure. The issue revolves
around using IntelliCorp, a US-based company, to conduct the background checks.
IntelliCorp requires our Social Insurance Number be provided to them to
complete a background check. Both Avacal and Ealdormere have been very clear in
communicating to the Board of Directors that providing our Social Insurance
Numbers across an international border is unacceptable and that most Canadians
would be justifiably unwilling to do so.
Someone let Graham Day behind the keyboard again. Won't somebody please think of the children? Actually, that's kind of what he's writing about today - Baby Scadians, those new to the kingdom, and what we can to do help them find their place among the good gentles of Ealdormere.
start by acknowledging a simple truth: We’re all geeks. All of us. You. Me.
That guy over there. The woman standing to his left. All of us. We’re all geeks
about something, and that’s not a bad thing. Being a geek just means there’s
something that you’re into to the extent that you’ll gleefully rabbit on about
it, unashamed, with wanton abandon. Some people are sports geeks, some people
are book geeks, almost everyone in the SCA is on some level a history geek, or
in the very least a camping geek.