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The An Tir Handbook, 3rd Edition, May XXXIII/1998

Administration

GREAT OFFICES

The Chatelaines

The Chatelaine's office is responsible for providing an introduction to the Current Middle Ages to new or prospective members; for advising newcomers of the conventions of the Society, their Kingdom and branch; and for encouraging participation in the group. The chatelaine can provide access to educational information such as handouts, booklets and other materials. In all of these activities, the chatelaine's main charge is to represent the S.C.A. accurately and favorably, and to encourage all members to do likewise.

The Kingdom Chatelaine

The Kingdom Chatelaine's job is to facilitate the ability of Branch Chatelaines to do their job effectively in educating newcomers. The Kingdom Chatelaine reviews and approves all literature and handouts which are used in the Kingdom of An Tir. The Kingdom Chatelaine makes sure that all Branch Chatelaines have current information. The Kingdom Chatelaine works with the Kingdom Seneschal to make sure that the Society is portrayed favorably in all communications with the media.

Principality and Regional Chatelaines

Principality and Regional Chatelaines oversee the activities of the Branch Chatelaines in their area. Their primary duties are to assist Branch Chatelaines when needed and to facilitate the flow or reports.

Branch Chatelaine

The Chatelaine's Office is responsible for providing an introduction to the Current Middle Ages to new or prospective members, for advising newcomers of the conventions of the Society, their Kingdom and branch, and for encouraging participation in the Society. The Chatelaine can provide access to educational information such as handouts, booklets and other materials. The Chatelaine, along with the Seneschal should be aware of any publicity about the group of the S.C.A. In particular, any interaction with the modern media should be cleared with either or both of these officers ahead of time whenever possible. No one may else may represent the Society to the media without the knowledge and consent of either or both officers.

Demonstrations (or "demos" as they're commonly called) fall under the authority of the Chatelaine. Some branch Chatelaines have deputies known as demo coordinators. A Chatelaine may have as many deputies as necessary to handle the functions of their office.

Local branches are required to establish a branch library and obtain, through gift or purchase, current copies of: The Known World Handbook, the Organizational Handbook (a.k.a. Corpora), The An Tir Handbook, the Laws of An Tir, and the An Tir Book of Combat, together with whatever resources the branch deems appropriate, including the officer manuals and handbooks. The Branch Chatelaine is responsible for maintaining the library unless the branch has a librarian or delegates the responsibility to another officer.

Gold Key

The Office of Gold Key maintains a collection of clothing, accessories and feast gear that a branch keeps on hand to loan to guests and new members. New members should be encouraged to make or acquire their own garb as soon as possible rather than borrowing from Gold Key indefinitely or for long periods of time. The Gold Key officer is in charge of maintaining this collection; making sure it gets to and from events where it will be needed; and setting up a system for loan and retrieval of the articles. Neither the Gold Key officer nor the Chatelaine is responsible for making or providing permanent garb for newcomers. In some branches, the Chatelaine will serve in both capacities, but it's helpful to have a separate Gold Key officer. The Gold Key officer may collect fabrics or raise funds to buy fabrics for Gold Key items, arrange sewing bees, solicit donations of suitable articles from branch members, or find other appropriate means of amassing a collection. Gold Key officers report to the chatelaine of the branch. Keeping track of how often the collection is used, at which events, and which items are borrowed the most frequently will help the Gold Key and chatelaine focus their efforts.

It is important to note that there is no Kingdom gold key collection.

Preceptor of the College of Pages

A Lesser Office of State - See Lesser Offices Below

Pied Piper

A Lesser Office of State - See Lesser Offices Below

Whalebone Deputy

The Whalebone Deputy is in charge of promulgating whalebone and boffer rules. The Whalebone Deputy trains and authorizes whalebone marshals to ensure that whalebone and boffer activities are safe.

Resources

  • The An Tir Chatelaines Handbook
  • The An Tir Book of Whalebone and Boffer
  • There are a number of resources available on the Internet (both WWW pages and e-mail lists) for S.C.A. officers. We recommend visiting both the S.C.A. Known World site at http://www.sca.org and the An Tir Kingdom site at http://www.antir.sca.org.


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