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

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Being A Chatelaine

The S.C.A. has many customs, manners, and ways of speaking which can be difficult for a newcomer to understand or learn on their own. It is the job of a chatelaine to welcome newcomers and help them learn how to be good members of our society.

While every branch which is actively recruiting new members should have a Chatelaine officer, it is also good to have other people in the branch taking part in the newcomer's education. These people are chatelaines too.

A good chatelaine has been in the Society at least three years. They should have been to events outside their own branch, and hopefully to at least one Crown event as well. They should be able to recognize the crowns, and if they are in a principality, the local Prince and Princess as well. A good chatelaine understands the overall structure of the Society, knows who the various local officers are, and knows at least a little bit about each of the many activities the people of the Society participate in. They can give impromptu lessons on the major characteristics of S.C.A. combat, simple medieval costume, basic medieval food, basic S.C.A. manners and etiquette, what to pack for a typical S.C.A. camping event or banquet, and many other aspects of the Society. A chatelaine knows almost everyone in their branch and can introduce a newcomer to people who have similar interests.

A good chatelaine is warm and welcoming, and answers questions patiently - or knows where to find the answers. A good chatelaine is a good example of the average S.C.A. person.

(For more information about the office of Chatelaine, see Administration - Great Offices - The Chatelaines.)

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