Greetings one and all,

Something that has bothered me for more than several years and many Reigns:

 Every year or so we have the same subject come up. Combining the Arts 
GOA's and the Sciences GOA's under one award. What bothers me about this
 is the difference in the two discipline tracks which I define loosely 
as: Arts-I can break it with a hammer (yes I can break Elizabethan 
costume with a hammer), and Sciences-I make it with a hammer, it is my 
definition-one that works for me.
 I hear no discussion occurring on 
combining the now 3 different Marshallate GOA's under the same thought 
process, although by logic if it is good for one to streamline its good for all.

 I am opposed to a combined A&S GOA.  It leaves many starting over 
in the awards structure as then the pool of individuals to satisfy 
becomes much larger, and the number of folks who know nothing of the 
craft in question are now getting to discuss folks without adequate 
basis in the skills required. 
 The biggest concern here is that the 
people who always want this to happen, are people who already have these
 awards, and just seem to want to put a mark on Kingdom history and 
customs, IMO be it good or bad. That is a rather self-centered and 
self-serving stance IMO. There was a reason for the creation of the 
current award structure, and one that has served us well. Discuss away

Master Gottfried von Koln, OP