Seeing as Nigel is ignoring my various attempts at contact I feel obliged to put this here instead, so that the SG8 members can be part of the dialogue.
SG8 is currently operating under Schola Gladiatoria's name, benefitting in numerous ways from membership. Nigel is a Free Scholar in SG1 and like most other SG1 Free Scholars almost everything he knows about Fiore was learned at SG1. I allowed SG8 to be opened as a favour to Nigel - it doesn't really do anything for me personally and he gets the profits - I gain nothing from it financially or in reputation and in fact you could say that I lose out, as it attracts some students who would otherwise probably come to SG1, as we do share catchment zones to some extent. I am however very happy that SG8 was started and that it has a small core of loyal and regular members, and that SG8 has introduced more people to HEMA.
The question now is, why should SG8 remain in Schola? Obviously to start the group Schola's patronage was essential, but is it still appropriate? Personally I think that it might be time to consider devolution and making SG8 into a separate and new group. My feeling on this is encouraged by how very difficult it is to get Nigel to communicate - to try and overcome that we created an SG8 group of assistants, but frankly that does not solve the problem. To justify allowing a chapter to operate in Schola Gladiatoria's name I have to know how those classes are being conducted, and I can not hand-on-heart say that of SG8 anymore, because of a lack of communication. I am very confident in how Paul and Colin are running SG6, but I am not very confident in how Nigel is running SG8. From an insurance point of view alone that is a bad thing, not to mention Schola's reputation which has taken me a decade to establish. I have also been disappointed by the lack of interest from SG8 in Schola events, such as the Christmas Bash, and do not really get the impression that SG8 have an interest in being part of Schola (though of course I'm happy to be proven otherwise!).
I'll reiterate, I want what is best for Schola Gladiatoria. Maybe Schola Gladiatoria is better with SG8 remaining a chapter? Maybe there is another way to function? Maybe I need to appoint a new or joint leader for SG8?
Members of SG8, I welcome your thoughts on this
I actually consider the membership of SG8 more important than Nigel at this point, so I want to know what you guys want and how you see things.