The Tower in 2021

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The major events at TarValon.Net in 2021.

General

After the Winter 2021 Executive Meeting, the idea for Co-Directors was introduced for those Directors that need and would like the help. After this decision, a hiring for Co-Director of Technolgy was open.

In October two members from the Board of Director stepped down and the Board felt the need to open up the positions for applications from the membership. In November from the Board also stepped down the Koyn Amyrlin, Eleyan Teyal Al'Landerin, which opened up a third spot in the Board of Directors.

In December it was announced that the Board of Directors has decided to create a new Officer level position, which would be in charge of the Membership and Community Outreach departments. It is a split from the Keeper's duties and it is meant to ease the work of the Keeper. Later it was announced that the position will be called Cordamora.

Administration

Executive Meetings

Main article: Winter 2021 Executive Meeting
Main article: Spring 2021 Executive Meeting
Main article: Summer 2021 Executive Meeting
Main article: Fall 2021 Executive Meeting

Membership

General

2021 saw big changes in the Department of Membership. First, some of the age requirements for the different Tower levels were increased - The minimum age to become a Citizen remains the same - 13. The minimum age to join the Tower as a Novice or Recruit is raised to 16 from the previous 14. The minimum age to be raised to Accepted or Soldier is increased from 15 to 18.

Second, Same Path bonding was discussed and announced as available in May. This means that now Aes Sedai can bond other Aes Sedai and the same for the Gaidin. The first Same path bonds were announced in June of this year.

And third, Aes Sedai or Gaidin who previously chose to demote to Accepted or Soldier to change their affiliation, now no longer lose their Senior Membership status, but instead are called Unaffiliated Aes Sedai/Gaidin. The demotion to a Junior Member or Citizen is still available if anyone chooses to do so. Along with that change, a change to the bonding dissolution procedure was also introduced - applying for a bond dissolution can now happen at any time during the year and they will not be announced publicly.

Raisings

Main article: 2021 Raisings

Six people were raised to Aes Sedai, and one to Gaidin. Seven people were raised to Accepted, and two to Soldier.

Bondings

Main article: 2021 Bondings

Sixteen couples bonded and eleven bonds were dissolved, six of them due to demotion. All but one of the bonds dissolved due to demotion were reinstated during the year, as the demoted part chose to return to (unaffiliated) Senior Membership.

Demotions

Main article: 2021 Unaffiliations and Demotions

Fundraising

Main article: Maintaining the Tower Fundraiser

In 2021 the Tower took on the Black Ajah. A total of $2,806.49 was raised and the following prizes were given out - a Black Ajah clay token, Black Ajah shawl, a variety of Black Ajah merchandise from our Zazzle store with a Black Ajah logo, and a gift basket from Australia.

Outreach Activities

Main article: 2021 Outreach Activities

Bel Tine 2021

Main article: Bel Tine 2021

Bel Tine 2021 was held between April 15 – 22.

Shaoman 2021

Main article: Shaoman 2021

Shaoman 2021 was held between October 22 - 31.

Events

Main article: 2021 Official Events

No offline events took place in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It was decided that the 20th Anniversary party will instead be celebrated in 2022. However, on November 6, a virtual Anniversary party took place with a smaller celebration for 20th year of TarValon.Net, including Amyrlin and Members Choice Awards, toast and competitions.

Awards

Main article: 2021 Awards
Amyrlin's Awards
Main article: Amyrlin's Awards 2021
Keeper's Awards
Main article: Keeper's Awards 2021
Merit Awards
Main article: Merit Awards 2021
Members' Choice Awards
Main article: Members' Choice Awards 2021

10 awards were given out this year.

Staff

Main article: Administrative and Staff Positions in 2021

In February Sa'areah Britthorn stepped down as Director of Membership after more than 8 years of service. She was replaced by Alenya Al'Roran, who in her turn handed over the Department of Marketing to Aleita Taviah.

In March Mendo Cath was hired as Co-Director of Technology to work alongside Deoan Kakarot.

In October Dralyn Montsier and Lireina Dormerus t'al`Bearach stepped down from the Board of Directors and later, in November, Eleyan Teyal Al'Landerin did the same. Vivianna L'antreau, Calen Velervron and Alora Sionn were chosen as new Board members.

After announcing the split of the Keeper's duties, Erin al'Denael was hired to be the next Keeper of the Chronicles, and Morrighan Daghdera was chosen as the first ever Cordamora.