The Office of the Seneschal - Kingdom of Lochac

From the Kingdom Seneschal

February 2015

Greetings, welcome to this months From the Seneschal for the Lochac Web Site.

This is my fifth Kingdom Report. If you have questions please ask them. If I miss anything please let me know.

The Kingdom continues to grow with the numbers currently there are 1363 current members, 319 minors in SCA Ltd and there are 173 current members, 5 minors in SCANZ. SCANZ does not usually record minors so this number is on the low side for active minors in New Zealand. This gives us total Kingdom numbers of 1536 adults and 178 minors over all the total member figure is 1714. This is still showing a steady increase in membership.

This quarter has resulted in a completion in the Auditing process as far as Reeves are concerned for the SCA Ltd portion of the Kingdom. This has been a huge undertaking by many people and it is good to see that the requirements have finally been met and our first all Australian groups audit completed. We will need to do one each year from now on but now that the processes are fully in place this should be considerably less stressful.

The new Peerage Order is coming to Lochac. This is causing a huge amount of feedback for the Crown on who people think should be the first OoD members, how they should be chosen what should happen with the current Order of the White Scarf and the Orders members and other similar issues. I feel confident that our Crown will come to some good decisions with regard to this change and that those decisions will be met with a positive response from those in Lochac.

Our first Junior Rapier members have now been authorised and are ready to participate in tourney. We have a way to go to get our first youth armoured combatants up and running but the process is started. Unfortunately it stalled when our Youth Marshal had to step down sooner than expected. However applications for the position have been received by the Earl Marshal and there should be progress in this area soon.

Lochac's Premier event is fast approaching and many groups are preparing for it. This is always a busy time of year activity wise but with less events occurring. However even with that reduction in events, this quarter has been full of many amazing events and some innovative ideas. Politarchopolis now has a regular market day stall and Ynys Fawr has a plot at the Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Both of these ideas are positives for their groups.

There are a large number of people that have put in significant effort for their groups and for Lochac. These people are mentioned in the Commendations section and it it wonderful to see how much that section has grown this quarter as individuals contribute so much to the SCA.

Branch Changes

Changes in status:

•    Closure of the Shires of Agaricus and Willoughby Vale


General Summary of Positive Occurrences, Projects, and Items of Note
Law Changes:
Law Changes this Quarter:

VI.8.xi The Order of the Golden Poyntel
The Order of the Golden Poyntel may be bestowed upon to those the Crown finds deserving of
honour, for achievement in the the Scribal Arts for the Lochac College of Scribes.

http://lochac.sca.org/laws/

New Seneschals:
Stephanos Maniakes Pogonatos (Interim)

New Kingdom Officers:
Lord Thomas Bacchus- Exchequer
Lady Leonor de Alcocer- Constable


Good Things:
1.    Lochac's first nine Youth Rapier authorisations have occurrred.
2.    We have a new King and Queen, Khatun Kinggiyadai and Yeke Khatun Altani
3.    Lochac (SCA Ltd) have submitted all of their paperwork for the audit. This has been a huge undertaking this year and will hopefully make many succeeding years much easier.
4.    Our first female Knight has been chosen and placed on vigil.

   
Numbers:   

The Kingdom continues to grow with the numbers currently there are 1363 current members, 319 minors in SCA Ltd and there are 173 current members, 5 minors in SCANZ. SCANZ does not usually record minors so this number is on the low side for active minors in New Zealand. This gives us total Kingdom numbers of 1536 adults and 178 minors over all the total member figure is 1714. This is still showing a steady increase in membership.



Fun Stats for the Quarter:

Event Membership Stats.

Graph 1

Unfortunately I don't have data for member versus non-member stats for prior to 2013. However it is useful to see here that there is a trend to a decreasing number of event memberships and an increasing number of full membership, in all States except for WA and the ACT. Event memberships can of course be taken out multiple times in a year as opposed to a full membership so event memberships do not indicate one for each person only the number of event memberships paid for over a year.

Festival artificially inflates the figures for NSW. Without the Festival figures the event membership numbers for 2014 show NSW with a very low number of event memberships compared to membership numbers and compared to other states. However regardless of Festival the trend still  holds.


Over the two years shown Victoria has shown a slight decrease in event membership and an increase in membership. With the change in Victorian weapons legislation this will be an interesting trend to watch over the next year or two.

Graph 2

However, currently, if anything Queensland shows the biggest increase in members with a corresponding drop in event membership.

In both WA and the ACT event memberships outstrip memberships substantially with very little difference over the two years. The rest of Australia shows event membership dropping with a corresponding rise in full memberships of about the same rate.



Combatants in Lochac and around the Known World

Lochac has 402 Authorised Armoured Combatants. This puts us 10th out of 19 Kingdoms. The number one Kingdom for Authorised Armoured Combatants is the Middle Kingdom with 2741 authorised Combatants. The lowest number of Authorised Armoured Combatants is Artemisia with just 165.

Lochac has 200 authorised Heavy Rapier participants. This puts us in 8th place with again the Middle and An Tir as number one and two and Calontir at the bottom with 0. For Cut and Thrust Lochac is 5th with 40 authorised participants, Calontir has the most and Gleann Abhann has the least with just 7.

Lochac has 166 authorised Archery Participants. This puts us at fourth with An Tir at number one with 276 and both Ealdomere and Drachenwald at the bottom with no authorised archery participants.

In total across the Known World there are 11324 authorised Armoured Combat Participants, 3859 Heavy Rapier authorised participants, 557 Cut and Thrust authorised participants, and 2433 authorised Archery participants.

This means Lochac has 3.5% of the Known Worlds Heavy Fighters, 5% of the Known Worlds Heavy Rapier authorisations, 7% of the Known Worlds Cut and Thrust authorisations and 7% of the Known Worlds Archery authorisations.

There is another category called Light Rapier, currently Lochac has no authorisations in this category. There are seven Kingdoms out of 19 that do have members in this category with the Outlands having the most and of those that actually have authorisations in this category Caid has the least.

Commendations
Leinad of Pandora- for his work on the Fort at Rowany, in particular his project management skillsd

Thomasina Coke- for all the hard work that she has put in as the Seneschal of Bordescros.

Anne de Tornais- for her work as Polit Seneschald

Katherine von Weyssin- for her continuing work on her group websited

Stephanos Maniakes Pogonatos- for taking on the role of Seneschal of Burnfield at a difficult time and then getting his Seneschals Report in on time.

Bethany of Guisborough for her work as the Reeve of Adora.

Leonor de Alcocer for taking on the role of Constable after the position being empty for six months and getting a report in on time just days after stepping up into the role.

Lady Gabriella Borromei for her work as Herald.

From the Previous Exchequer, Medb ingen Iasachta, thanks go to;
•    Eberhard von negerstein
•    Jean-Christophre le Saussier
•    Raymond of Annnan
•    Talia di Moro
•    Charly Kempen
•    Aveline de Goupil
•    Mathilde de Lilleburne
•    Deidre ui Neill
•    Beatrice Aethelsdottir of Jellling
for their work in getting their groups up to date and fixing problems with group financials.


In service to the Crown and Kingdom

Caristiona nic Beathain

Kingdom Seneschal

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