Please give this website out when you tell people about the book(s). It's easy to remember, viewable to all, and besides having the books for sale, it will also soon have John's Kindertales videos, author bio's, behind-the-scenes info on the creation of the stories and the books, and any other nifty stuff we can think of.
If you have any suggestions for additional stuff we can include on that page, please leave a comment here.
That's right folks, after far too long, "Kindertales Volume II: More Stories For the Children of the Folk" is now finished and available for sale!
The sequel to the Freehold's popular collection of children's stories, "Kindertales: Stories Old And New For the Children of the Folk" is even longer than the original, with full illustrations for each story.
Witangamot 2010 is beginning as of Friday Feb 26 @ 8:00pm, 2010 A complete record of the discussion is available to paid members hereas well as the:
- Agenda and Witan / Executive Officer Roster. This is our second executive meeting held completely over an electronic medium, in a purely text format. It allowed participation from all our witan no matter the physical location, unrushed by limits of meeting time, and allowed a complete record of the entire discussion, and facilitated an easy creation of minutes.
I would encourage all paid members to drop by and watch the discussion. This IS an executive meeting so input is restricted to just our current roster. If there IS something that you would seen discussed at this witangamot, please contact one of the witan who can have it added to the agenda.
Once the meeting begins it will continue till all topics are closed. We DO accept new business from the floor for the duration of the Witangamot, as this medium allows us to deal fully with each question, without needs to stay up all night trying to do it in one session. We do NOT accept new business from the floor at Althing, for the same reason.
While Althing is our big meeting / get together for the year, Witangamout is accessible to all paid members regardless of location and time schedule, and is the average members best chance to see your elected witan in action, steering the Heathen Freehold Society of BC thru the waters of this coming year.
There is a pagan meetup discussing a united front to the public for anyone interested. I just got this now in my mail and thought I'd post it. I think we will go. -Ken
Announcing a new Meetup for Vancouver Area Pagans (VAP)!
What: The Fires of February: Welcome to a New Year of Vancouver Area Pagans When: Saturday, February 6, 2010 7:00 PM Price: CAD2.00 - 5.00 per person, suggested donation Where: WHATTLEKAINUM HOUSING COOPERATIVE 8740 - FOREST GROVE DRIVE Common Room Burnaby, BC V5A 4C9
After a brief hiatus during the holiday season, Vancouver Area Pagans (our new name) is back, and eager to leap into the February fray. The Wiccan contingent will just have celebrated the sabbat of Imbolc, or Oimelc, on February 2. What's happening with the other Pagan groups in our area? How do Vancouver Area Pagans feel about the advent of the Winter Olympics, and having the World on our doorstep? Should we have/do we need a Vancouver Area Pagan Council? A Pagan Inter-Faith Committee of some sort? Can we present a united, Pagan voice on social justice and political issues that affect us and our city? Should we? Just a few ideas to think about as you prepare for our next meeting. I look forward to seeing you there! Submitted by Ken
Sponsored this year by the Heathen Freehold, and organized by our own Cheryl Price, this years Vancouver Pagan Pride was blessed by both fair weather, and fine attendance and hospitality. Attendance was around one hundred, ranging from the swaddling to at least one octogenarian, with all ages well represented. Truly it was a year with something for everyone, of all ages and paths.
The time has come again to bring our friends and Freeholders up-to-date on all the Freehold has been doing in this busy year of 2009, and what lies ahead for 2010!
In this issue you can read about some of our hosted events, see the range of wonderful activities that Freeholders have helped the broader Pagan community bring to life, and sample some of the creative talents the gods have seen fit to bless our fair community with.
This has been a time of great achievement, and I look forward to sharing just a sample of it with you all.
Althing 2009 is over, and our winners by acclimation are in!
Lifetime Achievement award is given to the Heathen whose lifework is deemed to be the most influential and important in the advancement of Heathenry. This years recipient is Diana Paxson, whose contribution to Heathenry and literature each could have won her the award. Diana has been an inspiration to us all, so to her we give this award and acknowledgement of her place in our hearts.
Tyrbold award is given to the Heathen who best exemplifies the courage, attention to duty, and leadership of the very best Heathen warriors. A soldier who has chosen to return again and again to Afghanistan in the service of his folk, Graeme is a living example of the virtues of Tyr. In acknowledgement of his achievements, we grant him this honour and pride of place amongst our warriors.
Althing 2009 clarified the overly complicated membership rules and brought us more into line with the Societies Act. Classes of membership are now defined as follows:
Trothed: Oath sworn dues paying voting memberships with full access to forums and the rights to apply to any gender appropriate guildhalls.
Journeymen: Oath sworn dues paying voting members in their first part year whose membership must be upheld by 75% majority at Althing, at which time they become full Trothed members.
Friends: Members of the general public who have interest in Freehold news and activities but pay no dues, and swear no oaths to the gods or society. They may have access to public areas of the Forums but not Freeholder or Guildhalls.
Donating Friends: Members of the general public who have an interest in Freehold news and activities who swear no oaths to the gods or the society, but who feel strongly enough about the Freehold goals and activities that they pay donations equal or greater to the $20 membership dues. These Donating Friends have access to public areas, and may apply to any gender appropriate guildhalls. While not members, these are valued guests at our halls with much to contribute.
Those who have paid their dues in the last quarter before Althing will have their dues pro-rated for the next year. In other words if you paid just before Althing, you will only owe the difference between the end of one calendar year from your payment, and the next Canada Day Althing weekend. I will be getting a hold of all of you to update you on the differences so that all memberships will be due at next Althing, and our bookkeeping can remain simple.
Cheques can be mailed to
Heathen Freehold Society of British Columbia 23-21960 River Road Maple Ridge, BC, Canada BCV2X 2C3
Direct deposit at Bank of Montreal into the Heathen Freehold Society of British Columbia account 080270 001 8902 494 Please email or pm the Freyr with your transaction date and number so we credit your membership appropriately
Paypal payments to 'firstname.lastname@example.org' to the Heathen Freehold Society of British Columbia in Canadian or US dollars are also acceptable, but please remember to email us your details so we can properly update your memberships
Submitted by John T Mainer
Notice of General Meeting or 'Thing'
Mikhail on Wednesday 08 July 2009 - 08:40:48 | Comments are turned off for this item
All members in good standing are asked to read and participate in an special general meeting called by our president John.
There are some specific questions that would be best handled by our general membership, and with the understanding that it affects us all, not just those able to travel to Althing, It has been decided to call a Thing and have our membership direct us accordingly in these matters.
Non paid and sworn members are welcome to follow the proceedings but only our membership will be able to discuss and vote on the issues at this Thing.