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Re: [C.SacredStone] Re: Shire meeting at 12th Night
In a message dated 1/9/99 11:09:23 AM EST, email@example.com writes:
When Spiaggia was first discussed by its proto-members some six or
seven years ago, there of course was the question of whether or not it
would make it's appearance as a canton or a Shire. However, due to our
geographic obscurity and the relative 'newness' of the SCAdians in the
area, our founding members decided we would be better served, and we
could serve Atlantia better, as a canton.
I'm pleased to say that I feel they were absolutely correct in that
assumption, and I also pleased to say that we have a wonderful and
mutually beneficial relationship with our parent Barony, Bright Hills.
Knowing we could count on them for assistance or guidance during those
first formative years were a great comfort -- unlike some other new
groups, we had only one person (our founding seneschal) who had really
been in the SCA before for any significant length of time, and while he
had several year's experience, it can't compare to other groups that
might have a Peer or other 'old hats' of the Society from which to
learn. Being a canton under Bright Hills afforded the luxury of being
able to learn and interact with members who had considerably more
experience than we did.
Had we started out as a Shire right off the bat, I'm not sure we would
be as healthy or happy of a group as we are today, and for that, I'm
very appreciative to both our founders and our Barony.
I agree with your reasoning for being a Canton first.
Over a year ago I was involved with a small group people in Robeson and
Bladen CO. NC that were interested in joining the SCA. All I had intended to
do was teach them basic skills in garb and event camping. Before long we had
combined with some people in Scottland Co..and we were on the way to being a
group. I thought that being a canton would be better for a small
inexperienced group like ours. It made me feel more supported and like there
would be more resources, but Windmaster's was having trouble with being too
big and they wanted us to go Shire. It is a lot of work to get incipient
status and drive for members in an isolated rural area. It is essential to
depend on the support of the groups around you. My feeling was that as a part
of the Barony we could organize a better support network.
The time was not right...it may be someday.
In the Southern Wilds of Attillium a Canton of Windmaster's Hill,
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