I will run for President.How long will Marsden's Tyranny last?
I was on the GC in 2013
President in 2014
Joined the Board of Directors in 2014
I am on the GC this year, 2015
Which means I can do two more years and will endeavor to do so.Background
As noted above, I've been involved in the HEMAA GC since 2013. The organization had issues at the time, mostly due to growth and all of us learning how to run and operate a 501c3 non-profit. We knocked out (and I mean we, this took numerous members of the GC) some of them. Example, pretty much everything I did, or worked on, was hand in hand with guys like Ben Floyd, Mayshar, Harmston etc.
501c3 status is up and running.
Safety Policy was established which was needed to maintain our insurance.
Event Policy was established and has been sponsoring/supporting events.
Instructor Certification was established by the CC and promoted.
Discounts established, including long-term and seasonal, both for products and events.
Fundraising for Wiktenauer was promoted. (Chidester and Harmston did wonders for this)
FB page was established. (Harder than you think, we debated on how best to do this and a two tier-system was implemented. I wanted total lockdown, but cooler heads prevailed)
Expenditures. (Shirts, Patches, Manuscripts, Events etc.)
My personal background is that I've been involved in swordplay since I was 15, became involved with the HEMA movement in 2007-8 or so, formed the Phoenix Society with John P. and have had a large and successful club since then. Iv'e written articles all over this forum and recently wrote a book on the Polish Saber, which originally started as a HEMA Alliance project a few years ago. I've been invited to teach at various events in the US and Canada. The Society has hosted various guests from the community and we always are happy to have more. We've done demos (some in modern HEMA attire, some in historical costume) and John P spear-headed a charity tournament raising $2000 for a women's shelter. On the tournament scene I have buckets of medals, but more importantly John and I's students have medals, and now THEIR students are starting to perform well. All of this is no solo-adventure. John P, Christopher Phoenix, Kyle the Cimmerian, Adam Simmons, and Jim Barrows are just some of the people involved in my immediate HEMA world that allowed for this success. I wanted to do it all. Fight well, have students who fight well, have a club, write a book, and be a model for HEMA as a movement. I might be a sickly thin model full of faults, but a model none the less. I do try and want HEMA to last generations, not just for my generation. Oh yeah, I'm a High School history teacher by trade, and do writing on the side, I like RPGs, have 3 cats, and a Masters in Land Warfare. My wife tolerates my madness. Agenda
Build a Zeppelin
Big Tent - My view of the Hema Alliance is that it is a big tent. It can include many people and inclusion is my approach. Our movement as a whole is still relatively small. There are more Horseshoe Throwers (Yep, it's a thing) in Arizona than HEMA practioners. I want more people in the tent. Will everyone like each other in the tent? No, but the HEMAA's job isn't to make people like each other.
Water Company - HEMAA isn't a super-club. It was never designed to be and doesn't act like one. It's part of the reason we can have a big tent. HEMAA is like the water-company. It has a service that is vital to most people, and it's fairly neutral about who gets it. HEMAA's job is to service its members, affiliates and events. We have insurance options so members and events can do their thing. We have tax advantages that help members and events financially, ranging from taxes to grants. We support projects like Wiktenauer that anyone can use. We have discounts and subsidies. We have a Curriculum Council to provide Instructor Certification (which is optional). Rules are sparse, and mostly wrapped around our Safety Policy for insurance reasons, and expenditures for legal reasons. Drink our HEMAA water!
Nuts and Bolts - Over the years we've gotten a handle on the nuts and bolts of the organization. I'm still not satisfied and want to tighten down a few more things. A friend of mine said, "You've had years to do it!"
I may need 2 more.
Worse, it may be ongoing. A forever thing as we implement new systems.
Membership automation has been the big shadow that's plaguing me since... oh day 3, and one way or another I want to be involved in getting that operational. Or die in the process. (Did you know I have less hair, a lot less hair, since getting involved in the GC?)
Promotion - HEMAA does things that its members forgets. One of my goals is that we sporadically remind members and events about what we can offer, be it discounts, or services like Instructor Certification, or banner subsidies.
Fund-Raising - We helped Wiktenauer raise 20k. I'd like to help again and get more manuscripts on the Wiktenauer site.
Website - We have some infrastructure built, we just need the talent to move it over. The current site is 'good enough', but we of course want better.
Outside the US - We have non-us HEMAA members and I like to work with them to see what we can do. By and large we're there as a community, but we're always seeking ways to do more, OR encourage our foreign members to set up a system like ours if possible. Are YOU running?
If so, please talk a bit about yourself. One of the issues with our election process is, if we don't know you, how can we vote for you? Let us know your skill-sets and talents. Even if you do not win, we are always looking for talent.