Website Update

Jen K. requested a different image on the homepage as the lightening had more to do with Taranis than Airmid and Miach – the Gods we’ll be honoring for Midsummer.  I suggested a photo of the Airmid doll I made and she thought that sounded great.  I’m happy to share my work as I think the site would benefit from more “homemade” images.

I also noticed that Beltaine’s meeting minutes weren’t loading correctly so I tweaked that.

Soon I’ll be adding our Wellspring meeting minutes and photos!

Visit our website: http://www.muinmound.org/index.htm.

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.

Spring Equinox Meeting Minutes

I’m sorry for the delay in posting the minutes. Here they are! They are also on the website.

Spring Equinox Business Meeting Minutes
3/19/11

Meeting called to order at 3:35 pm

Members present: Skip, Sharon, Mel, Ellie, Candee, Brian, Jen K., Jen E.

* Tabards
o We discussed the grove’s tabard tradition and how to make one
o The grove supplied the material
o New folk of the grove are to finish the tabards at home and decorate as desired
o Skip will email a template of Celtic knots for decorating
* New Traditions
o Jen K feels that grove accomplishments should be celebrated. She brought an ice cream cake to celebrate Mel and Skip’s finished DPs as well as Candee’s submission. Everyone seemed to enjoy this.
o Jen K also expressed the desire to say a prayer before the potluck begins. Mel seconded that idea.
* Wellspring
o Preregistration is opened
o There was discussion on who is and isn’t planning to attend
o There will be a North East Region camping site
* Voting
o Everyone was reminded to participate in ADF’s election
o There was a brief description on the merits of voting
* Grove Attendance
o Jen K is concerned about grove attendance and, in particular, why people do not visit or return. Possible suggestions were the mosquitoes in the summer and emphasis on academics in ADF overall.
* Website
o Mel gave some updates on the MM website. She is experimenting with CSS in an attempt to make the site easier to view on older browsers.
o There is a new section for poetry, art, and music. Please send anything you want to share to greycatsidhe@gmail.com.
o Mel would like to create a section just for Druid Scouts
o There is a new Muin Mound blog.
* New Grove Book and Bardic CD
o Skip reported that the grove’s “Wheel of the Year” book is officially out of stock. He intends to rewrite a new edition.
o The grove would like to record a new CD of chants for members to use
o There was discussion about finding a drummer and/or other musicians willing to help.
* Druid Scouts
o Jen K updated everyone on Druid Scouts. At the last meeting, the children discussed virtues and created patches to represent each if they could explain or demonstrate their understanding. Thus far, Abby, Brice, Rhiannon, and McKenzie each earned a patch.
o Jen K and Jen E have been brainstorming what to use for a uniform. At the moment, they are thinking of making satchels instead of sashes.
o Jen K would like to work with the kids in Druid Scouts to come up with content for a Druid Scout section on the MM website.
* Book Club
o Mel introduced the idea of starting a book club within Muin Mound as an attempt to further unite us between High Days. She expressed the desire to discuss books after the business portions of the meetings as well as online on the new blog.
o Jen E suggested Bard The Odyssey of the Irish by Morgan Llywelyn. Several interested members agreed. Further discussion on how much to read before the next meeting will be online.
o Jen K also suggested everyone look into A Pagan Ritual Prayer Book by Ceisiwr Serith.
* Outreach
o Skip will be presenting on Druidism and ADF at Syracuse University on April 20th from 7-9 in the Hendrix Chapel.

Meeting closed at 4:35 pm