Druid Scouts

Druid Scouts will not meet this week.  We will meet during the weekend of the Folk vigil.

Community Service?

I forgot to bring it up at the business meeting but I have been thinking about the grove and community service.  I know that we collect food for the food pantry.  That’s good and we should continue with that.  However it seems like we could be doing more to contribute to our community.  I know many grove members are not local to the Syracuse area.  I’m not quite sure what kind of thing we could do that everyone could participate in given the distances involved.  Perhaps we could have people come for the whole weekend and work on a project of some sort.  I know last month St Marie among the Iraqois had a clean up day.  Maybe something similar to that?  Just something to think about.

– Jen K

Beltaine 2011 Minutes

Beltaine 2011 Business Meeting Minutes

April 30, 2011

Meeting called to order at 5:25 pm.

Members present: Brian, Jen K., Ellie, Candee, Megan, Skip, Sharon, Jen E., Amanda, Mel, and Ron.

Old Business

Syracuse University – Skip presented on ADF Druidism to 15 students and the professor. He reported that it went well. The class would like Muin Mound Grove to perform a ritual at the college. We talked about possibly doing one for Samhain, perhaps on a Sunday. Sharon reminded everyone that we would need to practice a lot. Skip invited the students to celebrate Beltaine with us but nobody showed up.

Tabards – New members who are making tabards need to finish hemming and decorating them. Skip and Sharon think we need to start earlier on a high day to add the iron-on grove logos. It was suggested that we do this activity during the upcoming vigil. Jen E. shared an idea to make the tabbards more adjustable – using grommets at the shoulders. Megan will wait to cut her tabard out until her vigil.

New Folk of the Grove Vigil – Megan and Brian requested to undergo the vigil to become official Folk of the Grove. Everyone decided to start on the Friday before our Midsummer celebration – 7 pm ish on June 17th. Everyone agreed that pizza would be an excellent dinner choice. Mel and Ron, requiring vegetarian cheese, will need a cheese-free pizza and offered to pay for their own.

Druid Scouts – We once more discussed messenger bags as a way for the kids to show off their badges. Jen E. and Skip shared what they had found and the prices. Jen E. found some at a local craft store for $12.99. Skip said he could order some through the ADF store for $8.45. The grove will further explore these options. It was agreed that Druid Scouts could display badges and pins on the strap and front flap. These bags are more practical than other options as they would allow the kids to carry their projects.

Website – Jen K. expressed approval of the changes Mel has made to the website. She says it is easier to view. Mel explained that the CSS updates are taking time but she is glad everyone likes the website.

New Business

Lughnasadh – Inspired by our book club selection, Jen E. waxed poetic about warriors and how she wants to find how she is a warrior. She encouraged others to think about how they are warriors in their own lives. She asked, “How can we develop our ‘warrior skills?'” This was followed by discussion about warrior activities for Lughnasadh. It was decided that further brainstorming could take place on the blog/Facebook/e-lists.

New Festivals – Jen K. reminded everyone that there is a new festival in Eastern Canada on June 10, 11, and 12th. It’s called The Three Rivers Festival. Skip reminded everyone that there’s a brand new festival in Massachusetts. For some reason there isn’t a link on the ADF website. If anyone has more details, please pass them along!

Wellspring – Everyone is excitedly planning for Wellspring! The North East Reagional Druid (NERD) invited us to join the “NERD Herd” in our own camping area in the spirit of fellowship and bonding. A few of us are hoping to join the herd. The Ellisons probably won’t as the RV is much too heavy for the chosen area, and Skip needs to stay by the ADF store. After the meeting, the NERD joined us and mentioned the possibility of chipping in for food. For more information visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nerd_herd_ADF/join. Following that, there was a discussion on what to bring as it can get very hot and very cold. Suggestions included warm and cool clothing and an extra tarp.

Next Beltaine – Jen K. noted that the grove will need more ribbon for our 2012 Beltaine celebration.

Midsummer – It was decided that the deities of the rite will be Airmid and Miach, sibling Gods of healing. The main offering will be an “Airmid cloak.” Mel offered to make the cloak. Everyone is encouraged to bring an herb to place on the cloak for offering. Brian agreed to invoke Airmid with a song he wrote for her. We still need to decide on a person to invoke Miach. Brian and Mel both expressed a desire to honor Aine at a future Midsummer rite.

Pursewarden’s Report – Sharon will share this information at a future date.

Meeting closed at 6:50 pm.

Celtic Women

We had a great discussion about Bard  Saturday evening.  I’ll post more about it later as I’m only on a quick lunch break from work.  I wanted to share this article – shared by another ADF member on the discussion lists – about a recently found Celtic grave.  It belonged to a woman and is full of finery!  It made me think of the discussion we had about the rights of women in Celtic society.  Very interesting archaeological find!


What do you think?

Crafty Pagan Tutorials – Tissue Paper Flowers for Beltaine « The Ditzy Druid

Crafty Pagan Tutorials – Tissue Paper Flowers for Beltaine « The Ditzy Druid.

I wanted to share the above tutorial I wrote with my grovies!  This is a fun and easy Beltaine activity to do.  I made mine for the fire, but these could also become crowns and Beltaine decorations.

Children of Earth

For those of you not on the mailing list, Skip wanted to share this art music video by Jacqueline Dicie & Grady Clarkson.  Feel free to share your thoughts!

The Verdict!

Thank you to those of you who participated in the last poll.  I really feel it’s important that everyone contribute to the decisions.  Five people voted in total.  One wanted to divide the book in half.  Four wanted to divide it in thirds.  Thus, after the business meeting at Beltaine, we will discuss the first twelve chapters of our selection.  We will discuss the next twelve chapters at Summer Solstice, and finish the book for Lughnasadh.

I can’t wait to discuss the book with you!  I’m really enjoying it thus far.  I can’t put it down!

Book Club – Another Option

Brian suggested dividing the book into thirds.  In other words, we would discuss the book three times and be expected to read 12 chapters for each meeting. It’s a good suggestion.  Would that be more doable?  One chapter a meeting is too little and it seems the whole book is too much.  Let’s have one more vote.  I want to find a good compromise!  This poll is opened for a week.

Book Club

Our meeting/Beltaine celebration is quickly approaching and we need to decide upon what’s expected of everyone interested in the Book Club.  I posted a poll last week and gave everyone a week to choose how much of the book should be read by our next meeting.  Unfortunately, that hasn’t exactly helped as we have a three way tie.  Two people want to discuss one chapter per meeting.  Two people want to discuss half of the book for Beltaine and the other half for Summer Solstice.  Two want to finish and discuss the whole book.  Obviously we are all over the place on this one.

Here are my thoughts – One chapter per meeting is just too few considering how often we actually meet.  If there is concern about reading a lengthy novel, perhaps our next selection should be shorter?  Anyway, back to the numbers.  Four out of six want to read/discuss more than one chapter so, clearly, the “one chapters” group is the minority.  The real trouble lies with the other two possibilities.  I will be open and say that I voted to discuss the whole book.  That said, I am  fine compromising and discussing half.  I don’t know who else voted for discussing the whole novel, but I am hoping this is an acceptable proposal.  We really need to have this set in stone so that people know how much to read.  As the facilitator of this activity, I’m going to have to be the bad guy to make sure everything is organized and everyone is on the same page.  So let’s plan to read 18 chapters of Bard and discuss them after the Beltaine business meeting.  To those unable to read all 18 chapters in time, I can’t promise that spoilers won’t be discussed.  That said, continue to read at your own pace and do the best you can.  Nobody will harass you for not finishing the selection.  People get busy and I think we all understand that.

I hope this works!

Evolving Website

I’m slowly changing the layout of the website using some CSS.  No more frames!  It’s difficult for some of our visitors to use on older browsers.  It will be a slow process but the main pages all load correctly with the exception of the map on the directions page.  I will have to fiddle with that!

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