It is hard to believe that another Calafian year has come and gone - how the time does fly! This event is always very nostalgic and sentimental for us for so many reasons. Four years ago we stepped up to this post imagining what it would be like but really having no idea what we were getting into. Now we look back four years later at all of the ups and downs, joys and sorrows, learning experiences, gaffs, and triumphs, and one feeling underlies it all - we could not be prouder of this amazing Barony or of the talented, kind, generous, and inspiring people who live in it.
Thank you for these last four years, and for allowing us the joy and honor of being your Baron and Baroness. This next year will bring many changes and new adventures. Change is always hard for us as a Barony, but the bonds that we have with one another are strong and will be what gets us through any challenges in our path. So as we start this new year, we ask all of you to start thinking ahead. What would you like to see for your future leadership of Calafia? What changes would improve your SCA experience? What is the most meaningful part of this society to you, and what can we do to strengthen that?
As has become our tradition, the November Populace meeting will be our annual "State of the Barony" meeting. We would like to request at least one member from every household, warband, and guild attend this meeting, as well as as many of our Baronial and Subgroup Officers as possible. We will be discussing what went well this past year and what areas need improvement, as well as setting our priorities for the next year. We would like this to be a productive, dynamic discussion, so please come prepared to participate! The only way we can make sure we are serving the Barony to the best of our abilities and make sure the needs of the populace are being met is if you tell us what those needs are.
We may be biased, but we think this has been a pretty great year! We've had some very successful events, our guilds are thriving, we had a number of first time event stewards, we've had an upswing in our armored and fencing communities, lots of new friendships have been made, and many wonderful memories created. Let's keep that energy going forward into the new year! November is a time for reflection and giving thanks, and as always, we are so very thankful to have all of you in our lives.
In service to Calafia,
Guy Rand and Muirrenn
Baron & Baroness of Calafia