I would be extremely honored to serve on the HEMA Alliance’s Governing Council. While I believe I still have a lot to yearn (a gross understatement), I am confident that the HEMA Alliance can greatly benefit from my dedicated participation. I view my current position (in relation to study of the sword, and my entrance into this community) as the first part of a lifelong journey. Though I don’t have the experience and knowledge base that many do, what I do have is commitment, passion, and organizational skills that are on-par with anyone in the community. I am willing to put forth the time and effort that a position on the GC requires. I am committed to doing what it takes to facilitate the learning, and progress of our arte.
I have had numerous positions in business and management, including running my own business. I am currently furthering my education and have been very active in my local fencing club. I love the “administration” parts of fencing clubs as well as the fencing itself. I am also a dedicated writer and I believe those skills could greatly benefit the HEMA Alliance. I bring great organizational skills in records, finances, project brainstorming and creation, as well as a unique perspective that stems from my age, gender, and beginner level.
I have been studying classical fencing for two and a half years and historical weapons since the beginning of this year. I teach classical foil and run my own satellite club (a division of Baited Blade, my home fencing club). I don’t have a lot of fencing credentials, but I do have this: I am willing to do the work, spend the time, and study in both the arte, as well within the GC. I can be trusted to make a difference. I will be where I say I will be. I’ll do what I say I’ll do.
There are so many wonderful individuals who can bring a lot to the HEMA Alliance through their participation on the GC. If elected, I promise to put forth the effort that the position requires. If not elected (due, no doubt, to the high caliber of other individuals) I will still work to better the HEMA Alliance, and myself.
I welcome any questions, comments, or concerns on this thread and am eager to discuss the possibilities that the coming year holds for us.