Starting 2011 with a New Home, Skirmish Line News

by Mike Kendra on February 14, 2011

It’s good to be back, I’ve missed writing my Skirmish Notes posts. I hope I can meet or exceed everyone’s expectations in the coming year.

Before I forget:  Happy Valentines day to all the Ladies! For the guys, I got nothing for you but the post I wrote below, sorry! Maybe next year! (Yes dear, Happy Valentines Day to you too, you know I love you most of all. My smoothbore is just my second love…)

New Job, New Home

I started work at a new job in Hagerstown, Maryland a few weeks ago, ain’t that sweet? For those of you who don’t know that is SOUTH of the Mason-Dixon Line. So there. (Don’t worry folks, it’s an inside joke.)

Yes, this means I am abandoning the clutches of the Garden State, and I’m taking my guns too!

Now I just need to find myself a home to live in and get my family moved and I’ll be all set. We have hopes of finding something in the Martinsburg, WV area. Wish us luck!

Did I hear that right?

No Skirmish Line this year?


Perhaps this a scene not to be repeated in 2011?

You may have already heard that the Skirmish Line will not be published anytime soon, until a suitable editor can be found. So said our National Commander in his column in the last issue.

I’m sure this should save our organization quite a bit of funds in 2011, I haven’t heard any detail as of yet of the new allocation of said funds, whether it will be saved for the future, or spent on current or future projects…

Honestly, I think a complete reorganization of the Skirmish Line has been a long time coming. I do long for the days of the Rick Dunbrook Skirmish Line, but even then, publishing all these endless meeting minutes and skirmish results left us with a rather bland magazine.

I think that someone needs to start publishing ALL Skirmish Results and Meeting Minutes in a standardized format on our N-SSA web site. I’m happy to find Nationals results in this way, why not publish Regional results and meeting minutes this way too? It’s faster and much more efficient.

If you must have a printed copy of this information, print it as a yearly supplement plus include the latest copy of our N-SSA rule book and maybe even our contact list. Print all this on copy-paper and just mail one copy to each team, or burn it to a CD-ROM for those teams preferring that format.

This way the Skirmish Line can be filled with all our favorite features, Skirmisher Profiles, and historical articles, and not waste publishing dollars stats and meeting minutes.

And I’d think that offering an online version of the Skirmish Line should be seriously considered.

Some might say it’s a travesty…

Is this the first year in our organization’s history that we didn’t publish a Skirmish Line? I’m sure someone out there knows better than me. I will say it is a shame, with the Civil War Sesquicentennial upon us, this is terrible timing…

You also have to feel bad for the Winners at the National Matches in 2011, their photos won’t be featured for the membership to see. That’s something I do enjoy seeing.

Someone, somewhere posted a spoof image of a 2011 Skirmish Line, I’m positive I saw it on Facebook, but now I can’t find it, so I can’t share it with you. It showed a bunch of Confederate Teams parading across the bridge to the Sunday Musket Match, it was titled “Special 2011 Edition” or something along those lines. Maybe the light-hearted soul who created it will come forward to share again.

What will you miss most about the 2011 Edition of the Skirmish Line? Leave your comments below:

Next Monday: The Daytona 500 and the Fall Nationals, what do they have in common?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike February 14, 2011 at 9:54 am

I’m pretty sure we’re required by the Bylaws to publish the meeting minutes to the membership. I wonder how we’re getting around that this year?

Phil Spaugy February 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Meeting minutes will be published on the NSSA website as part of the online SL format. Copies will also be available from your regional commander.


Phil Spaugy

Mike Kendra February 15, 2011 at 6:33 am

That’s great news Phil, thanks for updating us!

Dana Hanson February 16, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Good to see you are back online! I really like your blog, I think this site has great potential for the N-SSA membership.
I must say I will miss a hard copy of the Skirmishline, but it has got thinner and thinner over the years. If the organization saves money, I am all for the cut. Hopefully, the N-SSA website will become a place to post regional and national results. I like your suggestion.
Keep up the good work with this blog… In the absence of our magazine, I will be looking to it for my “N-SSA Information Fix”!

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