Looking for Officers … Baronial Clerk Register (Web Minister) and Baronial Herald/Persuivant.


Deadline for Applications: December 31, 2019.
Selection will be no later than: February 1, 2020

Clerk Register (Web Minister):

The web minister’s primary task is to maintenance the Baronial website for the Barony of Skraeling Althing.

Further information regarding the duties of Web Minister can be found in the Webministers Handbook… https://www.sca.org/resources/document-library/webministerhandbook/

Who can apply: Anyone who is a paid member of the Society and who lives within the Barony.

What qualifications do you need: A commitment to the Barony; a willingness to work with others; ability to do paperwork (including read email); and maintain our websites.

Time Commitment: The time spent on this role can vary with your knowledge of web maintenance. There will be small updates on a regular basis with information coming from Barony and cantons.

In the application:

A. Please provide a letter describing why you would like to be Clerk Register.It could include:

– what you would like to accomplish during your term (this can be anything: from keeping things going much as they are to trying this crazy-out-there idea, although we do tend to favour more modest ideas when dealing with money)

– challenges you see in your fulfilling the role

– areas where you think that you would excel

– relevant experience

B. Optional: SCA CV

If you need an accommodation to complete this process, please let the Seneschal know.Audio/video presentations are acceptable alternative to written format.
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Herald:

The Herald (sometimes called Pursuivant) assists the people of the Barony with selecting and registering suitable medieval names and heraldry. Also have the opportunity to Herald baronial court at the wishes of the Baron & Baroness.

SCA College of Arms has more information:

http://heraldry.sca.org <http://heraldry.sca.org/>

Who can apply: Anyone who is a paid member of the Society and who lives within the Barony.

What qualifications do you need: A commitment to the Barony; a willingness to work with others; ability to do paperwork (including read email); and encouraging the canton heralds to complete their quarterly reports.

Time Commitment: The time commitment for this position is fairly small.

In the application:

A. Please provide a letter describing why you would like to be Herald.It could include:

– what you would like to accomplish during your term (this can be anything: from keeping things going much as they are to trying this crazy-out-there idea, although we do tend to favour more modest ideas when dealing with money)

– challenges you see in your fulfilling the role

– areas where you think that you would excel

– relevant experience

B. Optional: SCA CV

If you need an accommodation to complete this process, please let the Seneschal know.Audio/video presentations are acceptable alternative to written format.

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Questions and Answers about Applying

1.  I heard that someone else is applying.  Why should I bother?

Just because someone else is applying doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. It isn’t first come first served, and having multiple candidates apply is helpful to the group. In addition, in most cases rumours are just that – rumours.

2.  I heard that a VERY EXPERIENCED PERSON is applying.  Why should I bother?

Very experienced people often step forward when they are concerned that a necessary job is not going to happen or that another VERY EXPERIENCED PERSON is going to burn themselves out. Many times these people would be pleased to do something else and be happy there is someone else wanting to do something. Remember: you cannot become a VERY EXPERIENCE PERSON yourself if you do not volunteer.

3. Are Baronial Level Officer positions too hard for first-timers?

No – in fact, none of the positions are terribly difficult. There are, admittedly, a lot of details for Seneschal and Exchequer, but they are still well within even a relative newcomer’s ability. In fact, in a large canton the workload for an officer is greater than the Baronial equivalent; in a small group, people sometimes have to hold more than one office. There’s also a lot of support for first-timers. People will want to see that you have some commitment to the SCA, as these positions are two year terms, but fresh eyes are often appreciated.

4. Many of the Council members are from one canton, why is that?

Generally, it is merely a factor of population.  The Council is stronger when it has a diverse membership and welcomes people from every group.  Currently, we have a bylaw for in-person voting on financial matters but much discussion happens by email.  With most meetings happening at events, even far-flung members should be able to participate fully.

5.  But why volunteer? AKA What’s in it for ME?

Short Answer: a vibrant fun group.

Long Answer: As a volunteer organization, we rely on each other to make sure that things happen. No one gets paid to do any Officer position within the Barony. We need people to make things happen, from floor sweeping to balancing cheque-books. Being an officer is a different commitment from wearing an authentic outfit or showing up to fight practice, but no less important. All are important for the group to work. Being on Council, or even just attending meetings, can get you more involved in being a member of the group and seeing how the various parts of the group operate. It can also give you good experience, help you learn new skills, and connect you to more people in the group

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