Officer Transitions

Hello, Østgarðr! We are coming up on a time of transition within the province, when officer terms end and new terms begin.

We enter the new year welcoming three new people to the provincial officers council: Brokenbridge seneschal Ragnarr bláskegg, Minister of Arts & Sciences Randve L’il Hammar, and Chancellor Minor Kunigunde Wedemann.

*Huge thank yous* to outgoing officers Brandr Aronsson, Þorfinn Hróðgeirsson and Arnora Ketilsdottir for their service to the province and to their cantons! VIVANT! VIVANT!! VIVANT!!!

Our first commons with the new officers will be January 20th, following our new schedule of the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Provincial Court, Friday, December 18

This coming Friday, December 18, 2020 at 8 PM, our regularly-scheduled Provincial Commons gathering will be transformed into an Etherial Court of their Excellencies Østgarðr. See the announcement below for additional details. The next official business meeting will be in January.

Please join us for The Winter Court of Their Excellencies Suuder and Lada, the Il Khan and Il Khatun of the Il Khanate of Østgarðr. 

The court will be held via Zoom (link to be posted shortly). Everyone is welcome to attend court. We do ask that you wear garb or please keep your camera off. Court will be recorded and later added to our YouTube channel.

After Court please join us for a Provincial commons meeting and social via Google Meet. No garb is required for the social. You can join the social via your desktop web browser, Google Meet mobile apps, or the phone numbers listed here: https://meet.google.com/nhu-qsgk-zzi 

Østgarðr: The First 50 Years

Back in 2018, the Crown Province assembled a bunch of materials documenting its fifty years of history as part of the East Kingdom’s anniversary event.

These items were displayed at the event, and have been brought out a couple of times since then, but we neglected to make them available more widely, and are now attempting to correct that oversight.

The most comprehensive document of the Province’s history is “The Annals of  The Crown Province of Østgarðr,” a document originally prepared by Richard the Poor of Ely, who for many years was Østgarðr’s official Historian.

As part of the preparations for the East Kingdom Fifty Year event, I revised and extended that document, adding bits of history found in the public record or contributed by the populace.

The results were printed up as a hardback book, the contents of which you can view below.

If you have interesting stories from Østgarðr’s past to share with us, please let us know!

Commons Minutes for November 2020

November 2020 Minutes • Østgarðr Commons

The November commons meeting was held November 20. Here are the minutes as recorded by Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin and edited by Alienor Salton.  The officers’ reports are attached at the end.

Attendance

Present

  • Suuder Saran, Il-Khan
  • Lada Monguligin, Il-Khatun
  • Alienor Salton, Seneschal
  • Francisco de Braga, Exchequer
  • Drasma Dragomira, Herald
  • Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya, Chatelaine 
  • Þorfinn Hróðgeirsson, MoAS
  • Alec MacLachlan, Fencing Marshal
  • Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, Youth Marshal, Deputy Webminister
  • Anne of Østgarðr, Webminister
  • Zahra al-Andalusiyya, Chronicler
  • Vika Grigina z Prahy, Whyt Whey Seneschal
  • Ragnarr Bliskegg, Acting Brokenbridge Seneschal
  • Catelin Straquhin, Deputy Seneschal
  • Albrecht Anker
  • Aurora ffolkes
  • Friderich Grimme
  • Gibbs Moryss
  • Hanya Vladimirovna Polotskaya
  • Isabel of Østgarðr 
  • Jacqueline Helene Loisel
  • Jenna Childslayer
  • Kunigunde Wedemann
  • Luigj Vascili 
  • Medhbh inghean Uí Cheallaigh, East Kingdom Seneschal
  • Mikjáll bogmaðr, East Kingdom Exchequer
  • Morwenna Penrose
  • Oliver de Bainbrig 
  • Pia Maletesta di Rimini
  • Richard the Poor of Ely 
  • Thomas of Northpass

Chancellor Minor Letters of Intent

Our faithful Chancellor of Minors (Director of Youth Activities), Arnora Ketilsdottir, is stepping down at the end of her term, December 31, 2020. Three candidates for the open position have thrown their hats into the ring. Here are their letters of intent, volunteering for the position and outlining their qualifications and intentions for the role.

November Provincial Commons

Please join the provincial officers council and the populace of Østgarðr at our regularly scheduled 3rd Friday of the month social gathering and business meeting.  Call begins at 7:30pm, meeting convenes at 8pm.  Mistress Medhbh inghean Uí Cheallaigh, East Kingdom Seneschal, will be joining us for a brief question and answer session at the start of the meeting (8pm). 

After the Q&A, we will review letters of intent for the 10 officer positions whose term expires at the end of the year.  If you are interested in volunteering to serve the province in any of these capacities, please visit our website to review the role descriptions and officer responsibilities of these 10 offices.  http://ostgardr.eastkingdom.org/provincial-service-opportunities/

To add items to the agenda, please email seneschal@ostgardr.eastkingdom.org

Join the meeting via Meet: https://meet.google.com/nhu-qsgk-zzi Or dial in (audio only): ‪(US) +1 402-364-0138‬ PIN: ‪616 864 602#‬

All are welcome!

Officers, please submit your reports for commons to the officers list [Ostgardr-officers@ostgardr.eastkingdom.org], preferably by Wednesday evening.  Thank you!

Feast of Three Princes: Thank you!

A message from the event stewards of the Feast of Three Princes:

This past Sunday evening, we had the privilege to steward The Feast of the Three Princes, a virtual event.  While virtual events are not new, this was the first time Østgarðr attempted a virtual feast.  It could not have happened without the contributions of many, many people.     

We thank Noble Anne of Østgarðr, who was the rock this event was built on.  Their efforts in arranging for use of the East Kingdom Zoom, building the event website, processing pre-registration and coordinating all the technical aspects of the event literally made this event possible.  We would also like to thank the Honorable Lord Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, for his assistance with the website, event graphics, and for knowing just about any process of procedure that came up.

We would not have had a feast without food.  We thank the cooks, Baroness Zoe Mikra of Calontir, Lord Edwin Latorre and Fruha Arnbjorg Nilsdottir, for their efforts in preparing three tasty menu options for our event attendees and for making themselves available to answer any questions regarding the preparation of those menus.

The bardic arts played a key role in creating the ambiance of an SCA feast hall.  We would like to thank Sayyida Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya, for coordinating the bardic competition and running the open bardic for the event.  We also thank ÌÞròttamaðr Grimm the Skald and Lord Drake Oranwood for helping judge the competition, and Lord Brandr Aronsson for creating the prizes.  

To make a Zoom conference come alive as a feast hall takes skill.  We would also thank Catelin Straquhin, Armiger for bringing flair and wit to the hall as our MC for the evening and Drotin Ragnarr Blaskegg, for his work behind the scenes as stage manager and Zoom support.  

Letting the populace know of our virtual feast was a challenge in these times.  We heartily thank Il-Khatun Lada Monguligin for planning, creating and posting the promotional materials for the event, and Biocunta Culann mac Cianain for creating the event’s commemorative postcard.

We would also like to thank, the Il-Khan and Il-Khatune of Østgarðr for being our hosts, the Østgarðr seneschal, Hlæfdige Alienor Salton for her continuous support and counsel, and the Three Princes, for letting us hold a party in honor of their friendship.

The East Kingdom web team was gracious enough to allow use of the kingdom Zoom account for the event.  We thank Baron Symon of Barnesdale and the honorable Herr Matthias von Würzburg for their support in this endeavor.

Lastly, we thank all the bards, cooks and attendees who took the time to don garb, set a fine table and help us recreate a little bit of the dream in these challenging times.

In service,

The Event Stewards, Perez ben Meir Gershon Effendi and the honorable Lord Friderich Grimme  

Provincial service opportunities!

A message from our seneschal:

The following provincial officers are serving terms that end Dec. 31st, 2020.

  • Exchequer
  • Chatelaine
  • Minister of Arts & Sciences
  • Knight Marshal
  • Minister of Lists
  • Chronicler
  • Chamberlain
  • Archery Marshal
  • Youth Combat Marshal
  • Chancellor Minor

Would you like to volunteer for any of these offices?  I am calling for nominations from the populace from anyone who would like to serve in any of these positions. Role descriptions are below.  If you are interested in any of the positions, I urge you to check out the relevant website for the position.  None of these positions are term-limited, so the incumbents are also welcome to run again.