The month of March has seen two kingdom-shaking events in Lochac. And no, I’m not referring to earth tremors in Southron Gaard. Firstly, Rowany Festival!! If you were there, I don’t need to tell you anything about it. If you weren’t there, I am sure you are already sick of hearing stories. I will just add my voice to the chorus of huzzahs for the stewards and volunteers, and for the staff of Wamberoo. The stewards deserve a dancing laurel for their footwork around a recalcitrant local council, and the volunteers, as ever, were the heart and soul of the event.
Our mundane landlords at Wamberoo continue to be enthusiastic and keen to engage in making things succeed for the society and the campsite. It’s been really interesting (in a good way) to work with them on compromises and plans. My own campsite had a couple of visits from people in wombat tabards, checking out the oven and forge - and when I say “checking out” I mean admiring, not policing. If only they had done a better job of stopping the rain on Tuesday… but I always blame the bards when it rains.
The other milestone of March was that I had my first experience of preparing a Kingdom Seneschal’s quarterly report for the Society, Crown, Board and Committee (one down, seven to go – but who’s counting?). And I learned a lot, almost all of it good. I want to share a couple of things with you.
First up, the spirit of the Kingdom is strong. There are local disputes here and there. There are groups who are doing better than others. It continues to be a hard thing to keep a small group going – the highs and lows are much more pronounced for shires and cantons. But – and I’m not making this number up – about 95% of the Kingdom appears to be having a Good Time. If you are struggling with anything right now, take heart in this. Your turn to be on top is just around the corner.
Secondly, we are more active than ever. Again, your mileage may vary. But I’ve been looking at numbers, and comments, and getting a feel for how many people are actually going to events and training and classes. The numbers are all going up. I hope you agree with me that this is a Big Deal, because the truth is that our huge online socialising is a potential threat to people getting out of their houses. It would be easy for people to feel they need never leave their couches to play, and I am really glad that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Lastly, and interestingly, we’re recruiting like crazy in the Western Isle - but staying the same size. And not recruiting very many new members in the Crescent Isles - but still staying the same size. So, while there is nothing written that says we have to grow, if (like me) you think this game is worth sharing, that means that we need to have two different plans. In some areas, we want to work on advertising ourselves. But in other baronies, recruiting is working just fine… we need to look at our ex-members, and see if there is more we could be doing to encourage them to stick around.
The most important thing I can suggest to everyone, from what I’ve learned, is this: whenever your shire, canton or barony does something good – share it. There will always be someone in another group glad to borrow your idea, and with luck they will hand it back with an improvement.
Yours in service and in frank admiration,
Lord Nicodemus Novello
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