FW: [MR] Secrecy and awards
dukelogan at bellsouth.net
Mon Apr 21 18:03:00 PDT 2003
just got this earlier tonight and though i would answer it and forward that
answer to this list:
"What is the best and most proper way to write a letter of recommendation
for someone we feel is deserving of an award?"
the best way is to send a copy to the king and queen (sometimes they have
separate addresses so please look for that) via email, if they accept email,
or by writing a letter.
"Does such letter need to come from someone already given the award, or can
it come from the general populace?"
by no means does the author need to hold the award they are recommending
someone for. however, i would encourage the author to take some time and
look up the criteria for the award/order they are recommending. talk to
some members of that order or recipients of that award and ask them to tell
you what it means to them. you neednt give them specifics about the person
you are thinking of, only seeing if your idea of the standard for that
award/order is similar to theirs.
"Should those letters go to Their Royal Majesties or should it go to the
of course it depends on what the recommendation is for. if it is for royal
recognition it is a good idea to copy the local baronage to hopefully light
a spark under their seats to add to your commentary. granted they may not
feel the same way about a candidate as you do but they will be asked for
their opinions anyway. it also allows them to take a look at regional
recognition as well. remember that they are our eyes and ears.
"And could the letter be in email form or should it be a more formal
depends on the monarchs. we prefer email as it is easiest to file. some
monarchs prefer the written letter much more. i will add that i am more
influenced by a written letter then an email as it shows a certain level of
dedication to the cause. but email is certainly acceptable.
i hope this helps clear up some of your questions and i look forward to
hearing from you again!
Sent: Monday, April 21, 2003 3:27 PM
Subject: Re: [MR] Secrecy and awards
Your response prompts me to ask this question for those of us newer to the
game: What is the best and most proper way to write a letter of
recommendation for someone we feel is deserving of an award? Does such
letter need to come from someone already given the award, or can it come
from the general populace? Should those letters go to Their Royal Majesties
or should it go to the Baron/ess? And could the letter be in email form or
should it be a more formal affair?
logan <dukelogan at bellsouth.net> wrote:
thank you for your concerns over this hrothny. i would like to add that it
is our desire to have most all of our court business prepared before
arriving at an event. we endeavor to have the scrolls prepared and signed
and ready to go before we arrive as well. that allows us to plan our court
with the head cook (the person who we believe is truly in charge of what
time we hold, and finish, our court), the local baronage (hows that herveus
;^) ), and our retinue. we do try to let as many people involved know what
our intentions are. additionally, we do not believe in the whole surprise
thing as being a necessity. i, for one, was informed of my impending
knighting some months in advance. it provided me with a double surprise.
first was the realization that the members of the order believed that i
should be amongst them, then the anticipation of the day. when that day came
it was a magical moment for me and one that i remember well. surprises are
fun as well and i think that we have a good mix of the two. isabel and i
like the idea of alerting a peerage candidate of our intentions thus giving
them time to prepare and invite friends and family to their induction.
however, back o the subject, none of this is possible without
recommendations. my original comment was based on the reality that we often
times arrive at an event and have received zero recommendations from the
local members or the landed baronage. then we have to try to run around and
find them (TEs) or the local seneschals to pick their brains for info on the
notable works of our people. while some suggest that we should accept that
as our role i would counter that there simply is not enough time in the day
and that rushing around to fill court time is just a poo-poo way of
recognizing people. it should, in most cases be handled in advance. last
minute things and the "duh" realizations (you mean he doesnt have an aoa?!)
come up and those are welcomed as well. but in order to do this we must have
the assistance of the populace and our chosen representatives. without their
help we simply are left in the dark most of the time.
i will add, in closing, that this discussion has prompted many people to
express their opinions of those works and efforts of people in their local
groups. as of this email my award recommendations folder has doubled in
size. not bad for a two day period. these have, for the most part, been well
written and informative. most have given us the sca and modern name of the
person, their home group, and the events they know the person is planning on
attending. this makes us very happy and will allow us the opportunity to
serve the people of atlantia as we should. thank you for that.
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