Provincia Canada Ulterior - Events (Nova Roma)

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a.d. IX Kal. Sep. L. Arminio Ti. Galerio cos. MMDCCLX a.u.c.

Event: Provincial Meeting
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Citizens: Gnaeus Iulius Caesar, Gaius Vipsanius Agrippa, Quintus Suetonius Paulinus, Vibia Lucretia Camilla.
Summary: This was an evening meeting where the following provincial issues were discussed. (1) Oppidum status: This was deferred until the citizenship status of our recent members is confirmed. (2) Provincial Medal: The decision was to defer this until the Oppidum is established and to use the medal to commemorate this event. (3) Provincial Legion: Posters to be displayed at the University of Alberta advertising this project. (4) Provincial Flag: Agrippa is still waiting for quotes. Depending on the result he may decide whether to supply a Nova Roman flag, which people have been enquiring about in the forum. (5) Roman feast: Paulinus will arrange one at his house in October. Discussions also followed on the forthcoming elections and current events in Nova Roma.

a.d. XVI Kal. Mar. L. Arminio Ti. Galerio cos. MMDCCLX a.u.c.

Event: Roman Focus Group meeting
Location: Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Citizens: Gaia Aurelia Falco Silvana
Summary: The topics discussed were beginning Latin, continued; consideration of a list of topics for future discussion; Roman archaeological sites as presented in National Geographic magazines (with special note of the perfect teeth in the Pompei skeletons!) and some discussion of dietary and hygiene practices (like tooth-brushing) that left them with teeth not to be seen again for over 1000 years.

Food: myrrh gum was presented by Gillian, with instructions for liquefying it and notes on the fact that Romans perfumed some foods (including lentil soup!); it was also noted that the Roman-era non-stick spray consisted of baking on top of bay leaves; and the Roman pinch of soda in the cooking water for cabbage makes it falling-apart tender. (Easy touches for anyone to add to their kitchen.)

Notes: Silvana's teaching aids are useful, and she is getting a solid grip on using the direct method (the one she has used for years with other languages) wrapped around Latin structures.

Future discussion topics will almost certainly include member-directed focus on famous Romans (one member is a Cicero fan, and Silvana is a confirmed Marcus Aurelius person) including Silvana's own computer-drawn material.

Membership: Membership is now a solid group of four: Silvana anticipates repeat contact with another person who was interested in late autumn, but was waiting for serious surgery and not able to participate until done and recovered.

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, March 14, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Topics: Beginning Latin, cont'd; famous Romans (member's choice); a Roman cookbook; more from National Geographic.

a.d. XVI Kal. Feb. L. Arminio Ti. Galerio cos. MMDCCLX a.u.c.

Event: Roman Focus Group meeting
Location: Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Citizens: Gaia Aurelia Falco Silvana
Summary: The topics discussed were: Beginning Latin, cont'd; photos of Volubilis (Roman town site in Morocco, near the city of Meknes; photos by Silvana); food; intro to Marcus Aurelius and Roman virtues.

Silvana is developing teaching aids to use with LATIN FOR DUMMIES, including her own computer-drawn material. The photos prompted some discussion of the refined techniques of Roman mosaic-making, which seem to have been preserved & continued by the mosaic craftsmen of Morocco. Food centred on nut trees and locally grown Mediterranean foods--figs and one olive tree are known to grow here in the Valley.

The benefits of locally grown nuts and herbs were discussed, including dandelions and dock. On the topic of virtues, the public virtues of Fides, Clementia and Concordia led to discussion of the current world political situation.

Membership: The group now numbers four: it has lost one member due to work commitments, but have gained two new members.

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, February 14, 1:30 - 3:30 pm.
Topics: Beginning Latin, cont'd; Marcus Aurelius (now that members will have had time to read some of the material presented on Jan. 17); more on food. Other topics as suggested by members.

prid. Id. Dec. C. Buteone Po. Minucia cos. MMDCCLIX a.u.c.

Event: Provincial Meeting
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Citizens: Gnaeus Iulius Caesar, Gaius Vipsanius Agrippa, Quintus Suetonius Paulinus
Summary: This was a working lunch where the plan for the next stage in the design of the provincial medal was discussed. The filing of the provincial report with the Senate was also raised. Gnaeus Iulius Caesar gave an update on the discussions over the province's boundaries and the proposed resolution of the issue that will be put before the Senate by the consul Pompeia Minucia Strabo.

a.d. VIII Id. Dec. C. Buteone Po. Minucia cos. MMDCCLIX a.u.c.

Event: Roman Focus Group meeting
Location: Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Citizens: Gaia Aurelia Falco Silvana
Summary: Latin greetings and pronunciation, and an introduction to nominative and accusative first-declension nouns were discussed. Information exchange took place, with the group looking at photos of the arena and a Roman temple in Nimes (France) taken. The group then compared notes on books already exchanged. Mulsum (a recipe including honey, white wine, black pepper, bay leaf, saffron and a roasted, crushed date pit) was well received, while fresh dates (locally available Iranian imports), were declared "amazing." The dates of Saturnalia were introduced to the group, and a university information sheet on the focus of the festival was distributed, covering home, family, warmth, etc.

a.d. X Kal. Dec. C. Buteone Po. Minucia cos. MMDCCLIX a.u.c.

Event: Roman Focus Group meeting
Location: Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Citizens: Gaia Aurelia Falco Silvana
Summary: Due to weather conditions (which made national news) the Roman focus group gathering was postponed from Nov. 15 to Nov. 22. Topics discussed were Latin, history and food (recipes).

In Latin pronunciation was practised and a basic Q & A format was introduced. For History, books of interest were exchanged. A selection of Roman recipes were brought for the group to try; Roman-style tuna in a sauce of dates, herbs, wine and vinegar, defritum and honey. The verdict was that, for all its exotic combintion of ingredients, it was "delicious." The group also tried "tractum", a type of cracker.

a.d. VIII Kal. Nov. C. Buteone Po. Minucia cos. MMDCCLIX a.u.c.

Event: Roman Focus Group meeting
Location: Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Citizens: Gaia Aurelia Falco Silvana
Summary: The inaugural meeting of an outreach activity aimed at increasing awareness of Romanitas within the geographic area of Vancouver Island. Three people attended and discussion followed on the direction that the group should take.

a.d. IX Kal. Nov. C. Buteone Po. Minucia cos. MMDCCLIX a.u.c.

Event: Provincial Meeting
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Citizens: Gnaeus Iulius Caesar, Gaius Vipsanius Agrippa, Quintus Suetonius Paulinus, Vibia Lucretia Camilla
Summary: This was a working lunch where Marcus Patronius Proculus had passed on his apologies for being unable to attend due to work commitments. The proposed provincial medal was discussed. The discussion covered in general terms the size, metal and design of the medal. Samples provided by the local mint were examined. Further discussions concerning the design will take place on the provincial list.

The possibility of a bid to host the North American Nova Roman convention that is being proposed was also mooted, but it was agreed that Western Canada in March maybe more than some citizens from other warmer provinces could tolerate. Additionally the burden of arranging it would fall on four people, which was an unrealistic expectation. It was agreed to defer a bid until such time as the citizen roll has increased to a point where there are sufficient volunteers.

A significant decision was made to proceed with an application for Oppidum status for Castellum Augustus (Edmonton), there being sufficient citizens living within the city limits to qualify, Gaius Vipsanius Agrippa being the primary applicant. This was fully endorsed by Gnaeus Iulius Caesar and all present. The necessary paperwork will be submitted to the Senate for consideration of the grant of this status.

The local recruitment strategy was set as being principally through existing citizen's contacts since this has the obvious potential to yiled fast results, with efforts continuing on the GO ROMAN! project. The timing of submission of the provincial report was also debated, together with the status of the provincial legion and pricing for a supplier to produce the provincial flag. Further discussion was held concerning the Nova Roman current affairs and news. More items from the Harpax webstore were purchased.

a.d. VII Id. Sep. to a.d. IV Id. Sep. C. Buteone Po. Minucia cos. MMDCCLIX a.u.c.

Event: Alberni District Fall Fair
Location: Alberni, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Citizens: Gaia Aurelia Falco Silvana
Summary: A promotional activity involving use of display space at the Alberni District Fall Fair. The space was generously offered for the duration of the fair, which annually sees some 20,000 visitors. The display promoted Roman history, the Roman virtues, and Roman literature, with handouts available.

Non. Sep. C. Buteone Po. Minucia cos. MMDCCLIX a.u.c.

Event: Provincial Meeting
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Citizens: Gnaeus Iulius Caesar, Gaius Vipsanius Agrippa, Quintus Suetonius Paulinus, Marcus Patronius Proculus
Summary: This was a working lunch that covered a wide range of topics, including Nova Roman current events, provincial recruitment, provincial merchandising, provincial emblems and sundry matters. Paulinus introduced us to Proculus, an engineering student, who subsequenly applied for citizenship a few days later. Agrippa had brought some coins and T-shirts for sale. On the major topic of discussion, recruitment, general agreement was reached that recruitment efforts would continue in respect of the GO ROMAN! project, but in the short term individual recruitment efforts amongst friends and family of those present was the policy most likely to show immediate results. The meeting was concluded on a positive and optimistic note.

a.d. XVIII Kal. Quin. C. Buteone Po. Minucia cos. MMDCCLIX a.u.c.

Event: Provincial Meeting
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Citizens: Gnaeus Iulius Caesar, Gaius Vipsanius Agrippa
Summary: A working lunch to discuss Nova Roman current events, redesign of provincial emblems, provincial sub-divisional boundaries and recruitment policy.

a.d. X Kal. Apr. C. Buteone Po. Minucia cos. MMDCCLIX a.u.c.

Event: Provincial Meeting
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Citizens: Gnaeus Iulius Caesar, Quintus Suetonius Paulinus
Summary: A working lunch to discuss Nova Roman current events.

a.d. XVII Kal. Mai. Fr. Apulo C. Laenate cos. MMDCCLVIII a.u.c.

Event: Provincial Meeting
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Citizens: Quintus Suetonius Paulinus, Gnaeus Iulius Caesar, Vibia Lucretia Camilla.
Summary: A working lunch at Paulinus introduced his wife, who subsequently applied for citizenship and took the name Vibia Lucretia Camilla. Current events in Nova Roma, the status of the GO ROMAN! project, and sundry matters were discussed.

a.d. VII Kal. Nov. Cn. Salice Cn. Equitio cos. MMDCCLVII a.u.c.

Event: Provincial Meeting
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Citizens: Quintus Suetonius Paulinus, Gaius Vipsanius Agrippa, Gnaeus Iulius Caesar
Summary: This was a working lunch where the state of the province generally was discussed, together with recruitment policy, links with Legio XXI in Calgary, contacts with the University of Alberta, reunions, finances and Nova Roman current events.

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