Volunteer opportunity: Social Media Officer

As you may have read in our recent Commons minutes, we have a new provincial officer position: Social Media Officer. Albrecht Anker has kindly taken up the new position. As with all our offices, his term ends at the end of this year. If you are interested in running for this office, please submit your letter of intent by the November provincial commons (Wednesday, Nov. 17th). If more than one person volunteers for the office, it will be included in our upcoming December elections.

The job of the social media officer is to ensure that our social media complies with the new Social Media Handbook from the Society. The social media team will continue managing their respective channels, and will be responsible for the content therein.

Our Chatelaine’s Call to Action

Hey everyone!

This is Catelin, your local newcomer’s officer. I wanted to announce that with the help of our populace our official TikTok account has reached over 1000 followers! I want to thank everyone that has participated in making this number happen.

I want to keep reaching out to the public using TikTok as one of our platforms, but I am in need of help! Specifically I am in need of people who are comfortable being in front of a camera and showcasing what we do best: being part of the SCA through short form video clips.

If you are interested in being part of the filming process, or would like to send ideas/scripts/feedback for our TikTok feed, please send an email! I can be reached by email at chatelaine@ostgardr.eastkingdom.org.

One of my goals as part of the outreach committee is to show just how welcoming, diverse, and colorful we are as a chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism. One of the ways we can do that is by showcasing as many members of the populace as we can.

If you’re interested, please send me an email and I am happy to walk through with you on every step of the video creation process and show off the most Medieval-y version of you!

Yours in Service,

Catelin Straquhin
Ostgardr Chatelaine (Newcomer’s Officer)

Provincial Officer Elections 2021

The following provincial officer positions are up for election: Seneschal, Herald, Webminister, Historian, and Fencing Marshal. Each officer is elected for a two year term. Herald, Webminister, Historian, and Fencing Marshal all have incumbents who may choose to run again. Seneschal is term-limited and requires a new person shouldering the mantle.

Letters of intent from incumbents and new candidates are due by next provincial commons, Oct. 20th. For any positions which have multiple contenders, the populace will have an opportunity to meet the candidates at our November 17th commons. Voting (via a Google form) will conclude before our December 15th commons, where the results will be announced. Positions which have a single volunteer will be affirmed at the December 15th commons.

Below are the job descriptions as provided by our Vicereine. Please feel free to reach out to the current office holders with any questions about what the job entails.

Seneschal: Chief administrative officer of a branch, responsible for day-to-day overall smooth running of the Province. Current office holder Hlæfdige Alienor Salton.

Herald: The office of the herald is two parts: 1. voice herald responsible for running Provincial Court and filing reports after each court, and 2. helping members of the populace submit names and heraldic devices. You do not have to be able to do both and can have a deputy to help with one or the other. Current office holder Dama Drasma Dragomira.

Historian: Keeping and maintaining detailed records of the history of the Crown Province of Ostgardr. Current office holder Mistress Sofya Gianetta di Trieste.

Webminister: Maintain and update the Provincial website and email lists. Current office holder Lord Friderich Grimme.

Fencing Marshal: Oversee fencing activity in the Province. Current office holder Lord Alexander MacLachlan.

Chatelaine position available!

Chatelaine, always a crucial role for our province, has even greater relevance in these After Times, connecting people, new and old, to each other through their shared interests in our recreational hobby. Defender Against the Lonely Arts, this champion of conviviality forges the bonds of our community. Do you have what it takes? Nominate yourself at or before our Wednesday August 18th Commons.

To be a successful chatelaine, you have to like talking to people, both newcomers and people who have been playing for a while. You are the bridge between the modern world and the SCA. You tell people what we do, you find out what people are interested in, and you hook them up with other people who share their interests. We have a large collection of Gold Key (loaner garb) in the province, which you are responsible for circulating and maintaining. You also provide contact information and flyers suitable for distribution at demos. Being responsive to email is an important facet of this job. Reports to the kingdom four times per year on newcomer contacts and new members. Kingdom policies are posted at chatelaine.eastkingdom.org.

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.

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.

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.

Volunteer opportunities: deputies & committees

Hello, everyone! Welcome to a new year of volunteer opportunities within Østgarðr!

Under our provincial bylaws, deputies serve through the end of each officer’s term. Officers whose terms began January 1st include Seneschal (me), Herald (Drasma Dragomira), Fencing Marshal (Alec MacLachlan), Historian (Sofya Gianetta di Trieste), Minister of Arts & Sciences (Þorfinn Hroðgeirsson), Minister of Lists (Marion of York), and Webminister (Anne of Østgarðr).

If you have any interest in becoming deputies to these good gentles, either because you are interested in working with them, or to gain experience in how their office works, please get in touch with them now to explore deputy options. Email addresses for all officers are on our website: https://ostgardr.eastkingdom.org/principal-contacts/

Officers who have filled your deputy position(s), please let me know!

We also have 2 active provincial committees in need of fresh members: the coronet (regalia) committee, and the storage committee. You can read up on the ongoing activities of these committees in our commons minutes, posted on our website
or using the search feature:

Hlæfdige Alienor Salton, known as Piglet
Canton of Whyt Whey, Province of Østgarðr, East Kingdom
Seneschal Østgarðr, seneschal@ostgardr.eastkingdom.org

December 2019 Election Results

From the Viceregents:

Greetings to the populace of Ostgardr,

The votes for new officers have been tallied and the results are in. Out of the two officers positions that had more than one candidate are as follows and will take their office as of January 1st:

  • Provincial Seneschal: Alienor Salton
  • Provincial Herald: Drasma Dragomira

Results of the other offices that only had one candidate have been posted by our acting seneschal [ed. note: see below]. Welcome one and all officers, we look forward to working with all our them in the coming year.

Thanks to all who raised their hands to offer themselves up and to all who are staying, without you guys this wouldn’t work. We love you all. Also thank you to our outgoing officers, we really appreciate the service and work you’ve done.

Happy holidays and a Happy New Year to all!!

In Service,
Suuder and Lada

From the Acting Seneschal:

Greetings All,

As I’ve mentioned, there was an on-line vote held among the officers for those positions for which there was only one candidate. These being:

  • Fencing Marshal: Alexander MacLachlan
  • Historian: Mistress Sofya Gianetta di Trieste
  • Minister of Arts and Sciences: Thorfinn Hrothgeirsson
  • Minister of Lists: Marion of York
  • Webminister: Anne of Ostgardr

This vote ended this past Saturday night, and all of these people have been approved by the officers.

Three of these people were running for re-election, and two were running for the first time. Mistress Sofya, Anne, and I will continue in our roles (listed above). Thorfinn and Marion are scheduled to assume their positions as of this coming January 1st. As the position of MOL is currently vacant, I have asked Marion to take on the role immediately as an appointment for the remainder of the year.

I would like to thank all of these people for their past and continuing service. Everyone looks forward to working with them.

In Service,

Alexander MacLachlan
Acting Seneschal