Overwhelming Appreciation: Thank You!

calligraphy by Countess Aryanhwy merch Catmael, Drachenwald – © 2009, Sara L. Uckelman

Greetings Lyondemere

The SCA has had some difficult times on the social media front lately. It seems every time we go online another negative post pops up. Seraphina and I want to tell you of an amazingly positive social media experience the Barony recently had and the wonderful people responsible for it.

As you know, last week our baronial trailer was stolen. In the trailer were our thrones, pavilion, tables, banners, signs and other items we use for tournaments and wars. While these things are physically replaceable, the thrones and banners were handmade and the emotional loss is tremendous. There is video of the trailer being taken and a report has been filed with the LAPD. All we can do now is move forward. Our hope is for the safe return of our baronial property but we must plan for their replacement.

Within seconds of us posting our loss on Facebook, a tidal wave of support came in. Not just from Lyondemere. Not just from Caid. From all over the Known World offers of help came flooding in. Offers to build new thrones, help with the purchase of a new pavilion, to organize fundraisers… As word spread of our situation, Seraphina and I were absolutely humbled by the sheer volume of people wanting to do something, anything to help. People we’ve never met, people who have never heard of Lyondemere, offering to do whatever they can to help simply because help is needed. I commented to Seraphina “THIS is what the SCA is all about!” People helping people.

So often we only here about the negative things happening around us. While the theft of our baronial property was definitely negative, the resulting outpouring of heartfelt desire to help was overwhelmingly positive. Seraphina and I want to say thank you to everyone who has offered to come to our rescue. YOU are what the SCA is all about!!!

Gratefully yours,

Conchobhar & Seraphina

Image at the top © 2009, Sara L. Uckelman – from http://scriptura-et-pictura.blogspot.com/2009/10/a-thank-you-card.html