What's that, you ask?
Well, rather than just interview a single member of the NW Region (as is the plan from here on out), we decided to kick off our very first blog with a dual interview. Here we have outgoing Northwest Regional Druid (NWRD) Rev. Sean Harbaugh, and former/incoming NWRD Aigeann Weed interviewing each other! Read on..
First off, Sean interviews Aigeann.
Sean: You've been doing a great job behind the scenes with the ADF Grove Coordinating Committee, and it's been a number of years since you were NWRD; what made you decide to run for Regional Druid this past year?
Aigeann: Actually, I'm involved with the Grove Organizing Committee. I decided to run again because I think it's important to raise awareness about Paganism in Oregon. It's generally a liberal state located roughly in the heart of the Region. Additionally, the role of Regional Druids has changed dramatically since my original term. I wanted a clearer understanding about these changes because the input from the RDs is vital to the GOC.
Sean: As the incoming Regional Druid, what changes would you like to see? What are your goals?
Aigeann: My goal is to continue increasing lines of clear communication.
Sean: Specifically Eight Winds: what are your ideas for this regional festival? PantheaCon?
Aigeann: I would like to see Eight Winds become the Meeting Location. In all fairness, I think getting it ready will be too complex to finish during my term.
I would like to see and help PantheaCon continue as it has in recent years. From when I first attended in the early 2000s, the ADF Hospitality Suite has become almost its own entity.
Sean: What would you like the region to look like after your term?
Aigeann: More people hugging the nearest tree.
And now, Aigeann has a few questions for Sean..
Aigeann: Sean, I know you wear many hats in ADF. However, during this past term as Regional Druid, what has been the most significant thing that has happened?
Sean: There was a great deal of positive things that happened the past 3 years though, including a new Protogrove in San Jose that is now firmly established, Eight Winds continuing to be a successful yearly festival, and our PantheaCon Hospitality Suite was huge this past year. I also started to work together with the leader of the House of Danu (OBOD) and Joel from FoDLA to bring a pan-Druid ritual and discussion panel to next year's PantheaCon. The ritual outline is already written, and it is going to be fabulous. There were some challenges the past three years that were significant, but I tend to focus on the positive. Time heals all wounds, and hopefully this proves to be true in the long run.
Aigeann: As the outgoing RD, what do you recommend I focus on? For example, I don't want something to fall through the cracks simply because I don't know about it.
Sean: I recommend staying true to the rules. It is really easy to allow friendships to cloud our judgment, and that is why I think being RD is the hardest job in ADF. You have to remove yourself from getting emotionally involved in issues, and as RD you have to stay neutral. I would focus on communication and allowing the process to take its course when issues arise. The nice thing is that it appears many of the issues I had to deal with have quieted down, so you are working off of a clean slate.
Aigeann: If resources were no object, what would you like to see happen within the PNW Region?
Sean: If resources were no object, I'd like to see the Eight Winds Festival have a permanent home. While it is nice to see it rotate locations each year, I think adding some consistency would help members better plan for the coming year. 2014 is already set for San Diego, but 2015 is in the air. It just would be nice to take the uncertainty out of the air.
Aigeann: Bonus question... What is the most important aspect for great grilling?
Sean: It's all about the rub.
Tune in next month to find out who we'll interview next, and feel free to send us an e-mail if you would like to suggest a member of the NW Region for us to interview.