Thursday, 27 April 2017

Call for Nominations - Board Committees

The Board of Directors is seeking nominations from the populace for individuals to serve as members of the following Board Committees:

Finance and Audit Committee
Mission:  to assist the Board’s oversight of the Company’s accounting and financial reporting processes, the audit and integrity of the Company’s financial statements and the qualifications and independence of the Company’s independent auditor

Communications Committee
Mission:  to develop and oversee advertising; public relations; publications, social media and other communications initiatives of the Society

Membership Committee 
Mission:  grow and sustain membership in the Society; evaluate and oversee implementation of programs and initiatives for membership support

Thursday, 13 April 2017

May Newsletters Available

We are pleased to let you know that the May 2017 electronic newsletters are available for your review.

To access, please go to:
Log in with the same login information that you use to renew your membership.There is even an option to "remember me on this computer", so you don't have to enter in your login information each time!

The nuances of logging in are on the left side of the screen, including methods for getting help.

Once you are logged in: 

At the top of the screen are the membership options.  Click the button for newsletter access on the far right.  This will open the directory of Kingdoms which remains unchanged.

Note that on the directory of Kingdoms, there is a folder marked Archives.  This is where the older issues of the electronic newsletters are maintained.  These files currently go back to March 2012 when we first introduced electronic newsletters.

If you have any difficulties or questions, please email  Include your Legal Name, membership number,daytime phone number, and a brief  explanation of the problem you're experiencing.

Kind Regards,
The Membership Staff

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Fourth Entry in Their Majesties' Bardic Competition

Photo by David Gotlieb.
Their Majesties Ealdormere, Siegfried and Xristina, have challenged the people of Ealdormere to a bardic competition wherein they are to extol the virtues of a former Queen of the lupine lands.

The fourth entry was by Lady Inge of Sten Mark, who presented the following song for five voices at Kingdom A&S:

Inge's Notes:

[Come, Sweet Nymphs] is a canzonet (canzonetta) in the style of Thomas Morley (1558-1603). Morley also called his canzonets "little short aer"s. Essentially these canzonets are lighter, short madrigals.

They are frequently pastoral in subject matter, and in England, always secular. They also frequently have rude undertones: the words, are completely and innocently pastoral when read on a surface level, but usually imply rude activities between the shepherds and nymphs when analyzed on a deeper level.

Another feature of a number of canzonets/madrigals at the time was including tributes to Elizabeth I. Frequently, she was compared to Diana, and this was rhymed with Oriana, or Gloriana in the last verse of the canzonet. Often, her virtues are sung at the end of a pastoral piece eg. Long live fair Oriana. (from “Hard by a crystal fountain", by T. Morley.)

The lyrics to these pieces are often in tetrameter, with rhymed couplets.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

New Heraldic Acceptances

Greetings unto the populace, once again it is time for this batch of accepted names, devices and badges!
Estienne de Nantes. Device. Per pale sable and argent, a saltire erminois.
Helena Katerina Roero. Name change from Caterucia Mountague and device change. Argent, a winged domestic cat sejant sable maintaining a Catherine's wheel gules, a mountain of three peaks vert.
Martin Bildner. Badge. Gules, three krummhorns fretted in triangle between three trilliums one and two argent.
Meleshka of Bryniau Tywynnog. Device. Or, a bear rampant vert maintaining a butterfly azure.
Meredyth Llwellyn. Name and device. Per fess argent and vert, three thistles proper and a rose argent.
Michael Corviser. Name.
Congratulations and enjoy!