by Meg Floyd
It is with no small amount of pleasure I share the first presidential address from the HEMA Alliance‘s new President, Ben Floyd, who was elected this week, along with a new governing council. See below.
Presidential Address 2014
Greetings HEMA Alliance members and the rest of the historical martial arts community. The most recent election cycle has ended, and I have been elected President. We’ve just officially handed over the reins from last year’s crew during the GC’s meeting tonight, and all of your newly elected GC members were in attendance.
My plans for the future of the organization are simple and will improve our community. Our previous Tyrant, now deposed, and I shared the vision to improve the nuts and bolts of the organization. I’m happy to report we’ve made strides in that direction, though there is plenty more to still be done. This will be one of my primary drives moving forward.
The Governing Council this year has a lot of new blood in it. With fresh motivation and new ideas, this should be an exciting year for all of us. I’ll be tapping into this talent pool, and the community will reap the benefits. For the guys not returning this year, I’d like to thank you for your volunteerism. On volunteerism, the GC this year will be organizing into action groups according to the role they are fulfilling on the GC. The GC members will head these action groups towards goals associated with that committee. The committees are as follows: General Committee (Marsden), Membership (Do), Budget Committee (Cotter-Reily), Events (Harmston), Web (McKeehan), Public Relations (Myles). How does this affect you as someone in the Historical European Martial Arts community? Each committee head will be asking for volunteers, which means you, to help accomplish the goals of the HEMA Alliance. If you’ve wanted to get involved, this is your year.
We now have an operational Curriculum Council, and you guys are starting to get certified. This is a great development within our community. At our meeting tonight, the GC ratified our current CC director will continue to be El Tigre Mike Edelson. He’s looking to continue onwards by building a CC website, and we have a few more ideas in the works. So, be on the lookout!
Last, and most definitely not least, I have news from the IRS. As many of you may have heard previously, we lost our non-profit status through some paperwork drudgery last year. However, the IRS has given word, coincidentally on the downfall of the HEMA Alliance’s despotic leader and installment of its new council, we are officially a 501(c)3 non-profit organization as of August 1.
Swords or death,
HEMA Alliance President