The Tower in 2017

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The major events at TarValon.Net in 2017.

General

Main article: 2017 Annual Report

Three Departments experienced changes to Directorship with Ninya Evoneigh replacing Arie Davion as Director of Marketing, Melisande Arneil replacing Naomi al'Moranwin as Director of the Department of Events and Conferences, and Deoan Kakarot replacing Mendo Cath as Director of the Department of Technology. Bonding changes were discussed and it was decided to allow Companies to discuss whether or not to allow a second Gaidin Bond in their individual groups. Same-path bonding was shelved for the future.

Administration

Admin Meeting

Main article: Spring 2017 Admin Meeting

The announcement was made that the site would be transferring to new forum software from vBulletin.

Main article: Fall 2017 Executive Meeting

The Department of Moderators and Operators discussed two new proposed forums: Religion & Spirituality, and a separate forum to discuss the Wheel of Time TV show.

Membership

General

During this year, 25 new Citizens joined the site. 9 Citizens applied to join the Novice/Recruit level, and 5 Junior Members applied to join the Accepted/Soldier level. 8 Junior Members were raised to Senior Member level. The focus group to discuss adding an extra Gaidin Bond decided to allow each Company to make the decision for themselves. All Gaidin community groups decided to utilize the extra bond at this time.

Raisings

Main article: 2017 Raisings

Ten people were raised Aes Sedai and three people Gaidin.

Bondings

Main article: 2017 Bondings

Three couples bonded this year.

Demotions

Main article: 2017 Demotions

Four people demoted this year.

Fundraising

Main article: Maintaining the Tower Fundraiser

There was no particular theme this year, but the prizes were all decks of The White Tower CCG. The goal for this fundraiser was $3,500 and it was exceeded with a total of $4,931 being raised during this event.

Outreach Activities

Main article: 2017 Outreach Activities
  • Bel Tine: This event was held between March 20 - 27.
  • Homecoming Ball: This event was held between October 13 - 16 to commemorate Robert Jordan's birthday.
  • Shaoman: This event was held between October 27 - November 1.

Events

Main article: 2017 Official Events

March 17-20, held in Estes Park, Colorado. 50 people attended.

April 21-23, held in Atlanta, Georgia. 49 members attended.

September 1-3, held in Callander, Scotland. 28 people attended.

October 13-15, held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 15 people attended.

Awards

Main article: 2017 Awards
Amyrlin's Awards
Main article: Amyrlin's Awards 2017
Keeper's Awards
Main article: Keeper's Awards 2017
Merit Awards
Members' Choice Awards
Main article: Members' Choice Awards 2017

26 awards were given out this year.

Staff

Main article: Administrative and Staff Positions in 2017

Melisande Arneil became the Head of the Department of Events and Conferences on April 22. Ninya Evoneigh became the Head of the Department of Marketing on April 22. Deoan Kakarot became the Head of the Department of Technology on September 5.