The General Membership Meeting is now closed.
Welcome to the 2014 General Membership Meeting of the AHF. The general agenda of this meeting is as follows:
- 2014 Report on activities and accomplishments from the Executive Committee and Directors of the AHF.
- Notice of proposed changes to the bylaws of the AHF to amend the definition of the Membership Year and simplify rules around the scheduling of meetings.
- Restatement of membership benefits of the AHF, and updates on membership cards.
- Appeals to the AHF general membership in several critical areas, including
- PR and promotions
- Contributions to the AHF website and Facebook group
- Open thread for other feedback from the general membership.
Over the last year, the AHF has continued with three annual events: Classical Foil Open Tournament (Jupiter, FL ), Redwood Coast Assault of Arms (Humboldt State University in California), and The Grand Assault of Arms in New York. The entire competition of The Grand Assault at Arms was open to the public in 2013, due to a compression of the event to a single day. The Fencing Officials Commission is engaged on producing a new booklet containing a consolidated set of rules and the scoring process for AHF events. A Judges’ Clinic is upcoming next month for the Humboldt State Fencing Club in Arcata, CA.
Our long-serving webmaster, Stephanie Zimmerman, resigned from her role in the fall, and the Secretary of the AHF has been serving this role in the interim. The AHF Facebook group continues to grow steadily, and there have been many discussions among the Executive Committee has to how to better take advantage of this audience. Ideas and suggestions from the general membership are welcome.
From an overall membership perspective, there has been limited growth over the last year, and currently a high proportion of the membership has let their subscriptions lapse in 2013. The Secretary will be reaching out to the membership with a reminder to renew presently.
The Historical Fencing Translation Project is in production this year, with a new project commissioned to translate and interpret Le Perche’s L’Exercice des Armes. The translation is being carried out by Maestro Jeannette Acosta-Martinez.
Members of the Executive Committee and Directors, please include your reports as comments to this post. Here follows a report from Ivan Peterson, President of the AHF.
The last year has seen a new executive team stepping in to their various roles. As we explored and discussed what we wanted the AHF to become it was clear that some administrative house cleaning was in order. Several items are up for a vote that seem to be the most critical for making the association run more smoothly. But more than that, it seems clear to all that the AHF can be more, can do more. More than just talking about what we should do, we need individuals who would be willing to volunteer their time. For example, I would like to see more scholarly work done having to do with historic swordplay, but alas I have a day job. So, we look to the membership to volunteer their time to network with local scholars, find interesting period essays, or report on swords located in local museums that we could put on the website for all. To that end we look to various ways that we might get useful scholarly content on the website. I look forward to hearing from the membership as to how we might accomplish this and other tasks.