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Robartach and Gyda
Letter of Intent for Lord Robartach and THL Gyda
Unto Their Royal Majesties Mansur and Eilidh, Kingdom Seneschal Master Thomas Blackkeep, Their Excellencies Michel Philippe de Sarcey and Elspeth of Stillwaters, and the noble populace of the Barony of Starkhafn, do we Lord Robartach mac Lochlainn and THL Gyda Magnusdotter send our warmest and most humble greetings.
We have spent a significant amount of time seeking counsel and after much introspection and self-examination in regards to this position of import to the Barony of Starkhafn and the Kingdom of Caid, we humbly offer ourselves for consideration as candidates for the next term of service for Baron and Baroness of the Barony of Starkhafn.
The two of us are embarking upon our 12th year in the Society for Creative Anachronism; 7½ of those years have been here in the Kingdom of Caid. We started our SCA career in the Kingdom of the Outlands being very service oriented and that service continued in Caid. The two of us have received service awards while in the Kingdom Outlands and here in the Kingdom of Caid.
Robartach has contributed his artist talents to several projects throughout his time in the SCA, working on everything from helping build vital parts of a Motte & Bailey site in The Shire of Blackwater Keep, stone and pewter work for site tokens, creating gatebooks, most recently for Talon Crescent War 1, and numerous other art projects. He has served as a member of the court guard for Starkhafn since 2012. Robartach has been an avid volunteer and assisted Gyda in all her officer positions and both event & feast service. Although most of the service and work Robartach has done has been behind the scenes, he is looking forward to using his talents to support the Barony.
Robartach served for a total of 30 years in the United States Air Force, most of which were served in supervisory positions responsible for hundreds of personal and thousands of pieces of equipment in mission critical situations. Robartach’s training and experience in his service to the country has forged strong leadership skills.
Gyda has worn many hats in the officer core including: Hospitaller, Chronicler (twice deputy), Webwright (thrice), Deputy Herald, Deputy Exchequer and Deputy Regalia officer. She has been a Lady in Waiting since 2011 (for both Baroness Muirenn & Baroness Elspeth of Starkhafn) and Chief Lady in Waiting for Baroness Elspeth since 2012. She has also been a Co-Event Steward and Co-Feast Steward at numerous events.
Robartach and Gyda grew up in military families. That childhood experience along with their military life together, has found them in many areas around the world through which they have learned to work with and appreciate various different types of people along with their cultures, traditions and personalities.
We currently own and operate a small but successful business we founded fifteen years ago. Through this business we have mastered the skills of planning, organization and financial management. Throughout our 30+ years together as a couple, we have volunteered in several organizations and military support projects including the Boy Scouts of America and educational support groups. We are financially stable and have a schedule that will allow us to travel as this position will require.
We believe the time we have served behind the thrones has given us an honest view on what it takes to serve from the thrones. We view this position as a service position.
We believe that we have the abilities and traits to fulfill the obligations that would be expected of us should we have the honor of representing their Majesties and the Barony of Starkhafn. We endeavor to commit ourselves and our service to help support and promote the populace in their individual interests and in their pursuit of The Dream to the best of our abilities. What we don’t know, we will endeavor to seek wise council and utilize our strong research skills to learn. We hope you will allow us the opportunity to serve.
Yours In Service to the Dream,
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