We are excited to roll out a new group designation. We understand that some groups are struggling to maintain activity and officers and find the reports too burdensome.
Currently the options for struggling groups are dissolution or dormancy/abeyance. Historically very few groups manage to exit dormancy and end up dissolving. At that time all activity in the area ceases and the people tend to cease all activity in the SCA. To combat this the Midrealm has approval from the Society Seneschal to try an experimental group type. This is a Hamlet.
Essentially the group gives up money and property to a sponsor group. They then do not have to file financial or other paperwork. Their sole responsibility is to maintain communication with the sponsoring group. They may continue to have meetings covered by the SCA insurance as they are essentially now part of the sponsoring group.
For details about the closing of groups see here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bL94t774fUYHJkayqVmicyg6mjzrVb360xNVV-M_p10/edit?usp=sharing
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Yours in Service,
Helewyse de Birkestad
Middle Kingdom Seneschal