Member Spotlight – Mendo Cath

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Today’s member spotlight is all about Mendo Cath, one of our Directors of Technology! Mendo is an Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah and has been a member of TarValon.Net since 2013. During that time Mendo has served as Staff Member for the Department of Technology, a Chat Operator (for over six years), a moderator and previously in the same position he holds now, Director of Technology. Mendo has also received two Members’ Choice Awards and one Keeper’s Award (2015). Mendo has also served our community as a mentor and has guided five different members through to Senior Membership. Keep reading as we learn a little more about Mendo (in his own words).

 

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Tar Valon Times (TVT): Tell us a little about yourself in real life (if comfortable sharing) – where you live, what you do, family/partner/pets/etc.? Photos you’d like to share (not necessarily of people!)
Mendo: Well.. Wife/2kids/dog/2cats.
 

TVT: Other hobbies/interests other than WoT? Share a “fun fact” about yourself.
Mendo: Lots of fantasy or sci fi books (audio/ebooks), Video games, scripting / programming (but only light hobby grade at this point in my life, didn’t go professional)
 

TVT: What brought you to TarValon.Net? What made you want to stay and get more involved?
Mendo: Oh, I think at some point I was looking for more people, fans of the books I had found and stumbled across the site. Love of the community and wanting to see it grow and be stable. I have skills that can help so I offer to use them.
 

TVT: How did you decide the Blue Ajah was right for you? Any advice for people still trying to find their place?
Mendo: Now this one is harder. I guested for a while and struggled to find a home pre integration. Post integration I was able to guest with Ajahs and at the time found a number of people I liked spending time with in Blue so I stuck around. Take your time. Know that the site’s Ajahs are more about the people you get to know than the flavor of the Ajahs in the books. Find what feels right. It’s not a race.
 

TVT: What led you to apply for Director of Technology? What are your goals for your tenure?
Mendo: So this is my second time around as a DoT. I had spent time as Tech Staff and op for IRC for a while, then when position first came up I was willing to help out and I had the skills needed at the time and it was history. We were able to upgrade the forums and do lots of fun stuff in the background. Later I stepped down for a while and caught up on personal life. Lately I found my self wanting to help out more and more, and when opportunity became available I re-applied and now get to work with Deoan as Co-Directors! Goals are harder but we look at getting more updates to the site and enabling the community with technology they need to grow.
 

TVT: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Mendo: I am bonded to a pineapple under the light?
 

TVT: If we were catching up at a coffee shop, what should I order you?
Mendo: Coffee I hope but tea isn’t bad either.

 

A big thank you to Mendo for taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions. Hopefully we’ll be able to catch up for that coffee sometime soon!

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Great Charity Hunt – May Update

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“Life is for service.”

 

It has been a busy couple of months on the Great Charity Hunt. The Great Charity Hunt was launched back in November 2020. In March 2021 we saw the first Heroes of the Horn Challenge, and our first Hero of the Horn, Idine Espanyas of the Yellow Ajah.

 

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In honour of our first Hero, part 2 of The Hero Story was shared with us all.

 

Lilli had seen her heroes come together to work to help those domestic animals that didn’t have homes. Not as many people stepped up to be a hero, but there was a hero that stood out. Idine Espanya showed real conviction in the first challenge. Hero number one had been found. Lilli pulled out a fresh sheet of paper and carefully wrote the name of the first hero at the top. Taking care to make sure the letters were clear. She sighed and sat back. What to do to find the next hero? Spring was upon the land in full. She looked out the window and looked over the city. The walls gleamed white, but the melting snow was uncovering a wealth of litter that had been mixed with the snow during the winter. Then it struck her. Later in the month was a day especially auspicious for tending to the land. It was called Earth Day. It was a day to help the land wake up from its winter slumber and get ready for planting and gardening. And with Traveling and Aes Sedai the world over, along with their warders, just maybe this could truly be a world wide effort. It was time to put out the next call. As Lilli firmed up her plans to call together the Aes Sedai, I figure in a green silk dress smiled serenely as she faded away to nothing……

 

In April the Heros of the Horn Challenge was led by the Gray Ajah and focused on “Spring Cleaning.” The challenge was in conjunction with Earth Day (April 22nd) where the Ajah challenged TarValon.Net to not only make a difference in the world around them but also to show how international the community of TarValon.Net is.

 

To some, Mother Earth is sacred. To others, the Earth is just the place we live. A whole host of emotion, thought exists in between. No matter how you view the Earth, the truth is that it is our home. For most of us, it will be the only planet that we have. As we do in our own houses, we need to keep it clean so that we can live.

On April 24th, we would like to see just how much of the Earth our Tower covers. We would like you to find a park, a stretch of highway, or some other area (nature trails, etc) to adopt for the day. On that day, Tweet or post a picture on Facebook of what the bags of trash you’ve picked up with the hashtag #TrashforTarValon and allow your photo to have a location tag.

If you do not have the mobility, or do not have the time to participate in this challenge, you can still help out.
The Grays have provided a link to an Earth charity near and dear to their hearts, Tradewater. – Lilli O’Neeus

 

April’s Hero of the Horn was Natalya Laragan, affectionately known as Dr. Aes Sedai! We look forward to seeing Natalya appear in the next installment of The Hero Story.

 

Natalya

 

TarValon.Net’s members found so many different ways to contribute over the past couple of months so here’s the run down.

 

April 2nd Update!

 

  • Nymala (Blue Ajah) has started crocheting stars for a charity project, and as of 3/1/2021 she had spent 2 hours working on this. Nymala also volunteered at the SPCA for 5 hours.
  • Sonea (Blue Ajah) donated the equivalent of £23.96 in toys or £23.96 to pay for toys to a local animal sanctuary
  • Atreyu (SDS) shared the results of the Dry Feb fundraiser he organized: $1,150.39 raised! Many site members also donated. :)
  • Dar’Jen (Of All and None) donated $20 worth of food to her work’s “Cram the Van” initiative to support Salvation Army efforts
  • Erin (Of All and None) donated $25 to MSF (Doctors Without Borders) through the WoW Pet Charity Program
  • Arella (Of All and None) donated $20 to MSF (Doctors without Borders) through the WoW Pet Charity Program
  • Ninya (Green Ajah) donated $348.66 to the GISH 2021: Change-A-Life Ecuador program
  • Jocasta (Of All and None) donated $25 to help a local family in need with surgery costs
  • Melisande (Green Ajah) donated $30.92 to support Dry February and $50 to Telemiracle 45
  • Juliya (Blue Ajah) donated to several different places: $50 to Movember (men’s health charity focused on prostate cancer, testicular health, and mental health), $100 monthly donations to Power 2 Change (a Christian charity focused on helping athletes in universities), and $80 monthly donations to CRWRF which sponsors 2 families in Kenya

 

May 1st Update!

 

  • Ahmyra al’Ruley (Of All and None) donated $50 for a Music for Life scholarship for a child in Uganda that covers school supplies and life supplies. She also donated $50 to Canadian Mental Health.
  • Mieriana Souvra (Blue Ajah) donated $20 to the Animal Welfare Institute.
  • Siera al’Cere (Gray Ajah) donated $25 to a local animal shelter.
  • Nymala Ingasy (Blue Ajah) gave 3 hours and 55 minutes of her time to the SPCA of Whangarei.
  • Maibella ni Rhoiden t’al’Varrak (Gray Ajah) spent 1.5 hours helping with a tree planting event on Earth Day.
  • Juliya Karisu (Blue Ajah), in addition to her regular monthly donations of $100 to Power 2 Change and $80 to CRWRF, also donated $10 to the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation and $75 to Pacific Post Partum, a non-profit organization that helps moms.
  • Ninya Evoneigh (Green Ajah) has started a cycle of volunteering that will continue on for the next 12 months. They will be spending 20 hours each month volunteering for IMALIVE, a crisis line. They will also be spending 50 hours each month working with the policy and abuse team at OTW (a 501(c)3). That is an astounding time commitment!! They also donated $25 to Tradewater.

 

This month also saw the beginning of the Third Hero of the Horn Challenge, May Flowers supported by the Yellow Ajah!

 

Our May challenge is about spreading good vibes and mental health and well-being. To do that, we’d like you to hand out a few of the May flowers that the April showers so often bring.
This link (Click Me) will take you to a pdf of our May flowers containing the numbers for major mental health help and crisis lines as well as numbers for LGBTQ+ support. We would like you to hand out these flowers in places or to people you think would appreciate or can use them.

 

May Flowers

 

The Yellows have chosen a charity for people to donate to if they are more comfortable participating in that way. It is the Trevor Project. It is one of the numbers featured on our flyer. The Trevor Project helps LGBTQ+ youth all over the US. LGBTQ+ youth are one of the more vulnerable groups in our country. They are more vulnerable to mental health crises, homelessness, and addiction, among other things. Please consider helping to give our vulnerable babies the support they need to make it through one of the hardest parts of life (becoming who they are).

 

Being a little over halfway through The Great Charity Hunt our Director of Community Outreach, Erin al’Denael shared a few interesting stats and figures with us. We’ve certainly been a busy bunch!

 

Entries & Participants

 

Entries and Participants

 

The Of All and None, Green, and Blue groups have been extra busy! Note the blue especially: quite a few members in these groups are active and help out in many different ways. Kudos to them.

 

Group Breakdown (by # of members)

 

  • 5 – Of All and None
  • 3 – Brown Ajah
  • 6 – Green Ajah
  • 1 – SDS
  • 1 – VC
  • 3 – Gray Ajah
  • 7 – Blue Ajah

 

Group Breakdown of Entries (many members have multiple entries)

 

  • 14 – Of All and None
  • 14 – Green Ajah
  • 3 – Brown Ajah
  • 1 – SDS
  • 1 – VC
  • 3 – Gray Ajah
  • 17 – Blue Ajah

 

Hours Donated

 

Hours Donated

 

While the majority of donations have been money or money in lieu of a physical donation, we do have some people who prefer to do their part through volunteering. Especially in Green!

 

Actual Numbers

  • 4 hours – Brown Ajah
  • 107.5 hours – Green Ajah
  • 11 hours – Blue Ajah

 

Donations, Random and Glorious

 

This inspires me to donate gently used/new clothes to Goodwill again, or school supplies to needy students. /ideas

 

  • 500 journals – Brown Ajah
  • Medical supplies – Green Ajah
  • Bags of food – Of All and None
  • Crocheted stars – Blue Ajah
  • Time, energy, and associated finances to adopt a puppy – Blue Ajah

 

Money Raised

 

We have raised a total of $6,729.58 omg as of April 30, 2021. Y’all astound me!!

That money has come from lots of different members and group activities, as broken down here:

Money Raised

 

Thank you to each and every member who has given during the past 6 odd months! If you haven’t had a chance to get involved yet, there’s still time. Stay tuned for the June update later this month!

 

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TVTT DM Edition – Service to the Tower

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A member of the Dai M’Hael is a Warder who uses their brain as well as their brawn. They use psychology and tactics as their springboard to combat. They are the sort of person who can map out battles in their head, and makes a good officer/tactician working with large groups of people. While also passionate, they maintain a bit of distance and weighs the odds of victory before going into a fight. A Dai M’Hael’s greatest weapon is their mind, for it is the mind that orders the fist to strike, the feet to run and the heart to pound. Without using one’s mind, a battle will most surely be lost. A Dai M’Hael is like a hawk, shrewd, intelligent and all-seeing. But still wielding deadly talons with great skill when the time calls for it. Val a’Shain

 

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Dai M’Hael is one of the four Companies of Warders at TarValon.Net. Founded alongside San d’ma Shadar and Val’Cueran in 2002, the Company gets it’s name from the Old Tongue for “Battle Leaders.” There are seventy-four people known to have been raised to Gaidin of Dai M’Hael. The Company is currently led by Company Commander, Dnae Ila; Honor Guard, Drake O’Neeus; and Warder Councillors, Brandon Tat’vakja and Kerwin Thaumiel.

 

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Drake  Brandon  Kerwin

 

Dai M’Hael has had 12 different Company Commanders.

 

The Honor Guards and Warder Councillors of Dai M’Hael have served their Company and our community at large. Thank you all for your service!

 

But their service doesn’t stop at their Company walls. Many members of Dai M’Hael have served (and continue to serve) the greater TarValon.Net community in many different capacities.

 

 

Many members of Dai M’Hael have also served as members of staff across our many Departments (and many still do!) The Gaidin of Dai M’Hael have collectively earned 10 Amyrlin Awards, 5 Keeper Awards, and a staggering 36 Members Choice Awards!

 

Thank you to all members of Dai M’Hael past and present for your dedication to your company and your service to TarValon.Net.

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TarValon.Net’s March 2021 Recap

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It’s never a dull moment at TarValon.Net!

 

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March was a very busy month, we saw lots of people giving back to TarValon.Net by taking up positions and there were many exciting happenings in the TarValon.Net Community Outreach Project, The Great Charity Hunt!

 

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Congratulations to the following members, thank you for your service!

 

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There was even a raising this month!

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There were many positions and opportunities to get involved at TarValon.Net this month.

  • Forum Moderators and Discord Operators – Applications closed March 25th.
    If you missed out this time, don’t worry! Applications open for these positions every six months.
  • Master or Mistress of Accepted & Soldiers – Applications closed March 25th.
  • Marketing Project Manager – Applications closed March 22nd.
  • Graphics Development Team – Applications closed March 28th.
    Applications are ALWAYS OPEN for the Graphics Development Team, Social Marketing Team and Tar Valon Times Staff. If you are interested in being involved in any of these teams please contact marketing@tarvalon.net.
  • Headteacher – Applications close April 2nd.
    If you’re interested in applying it’s definitely worth it! The Headteacher is now an 18 month rotating position.
  • Tar Valon Times Editor – Applications close April 1st.
    This is one of the most rewarding positions this writer has ever held, cannot recommend enough!

 

Keep an eye out for April when we will have a brand new Editor at the helm and the Val’Cueran Tar Valon Times Takeover!

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Great Charity Hunt – March Update

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The Great Charity Hunt was launched back in November 2020 by Erin al’Denael, the Director of Community Outreach. This month the very first Heroes of the Horn Challenge was launched. Lilli O’Neeus, the Servant of All Coordinator put to us all, a challenge. Lilli even hosted a See and Sew for those participating in the challenge!

 

The March challenge is to use your crafting skills to create as many cage liners/cuddle pads as possible for your local animal shelter before March 31, 2021.

 

So far The Great Charity Hunt has seen a multitude of efforts by members of our community.

 

  • Arella MatharaJocasta Braithe, and Erin al’Denael as part of the “Of All and None” Group have made donations to causes important to them.
  • Zashara Sho’am of the Brown Ajah donated $600 to a food bank.
  • Sonea Ilandred of the Blue Ajah adopted a puppy from a kill shelter in Romania.
  • Imzadi Hopewind of the Gray Ajah donates the equivalent of $70 every month to support an animal shelter, deaf children in Kenya, and the SOS Children Village in Nepal.
  • Ninya EvoneighMelisande Arneil, and Tree of the Green Ajah all made donations to worthy causes.
  • Roheryn ni Galghandhrei t’al’Djinn spends Wednesdays volunteering at a soup kitchen. The kitchen feeds 65-80 meals during that time.
  • Jocasta Braithe donates $10 from every paycheck to the Ronald McDonald House.
  • Arella Mathara ran a Facebook fundraiser in honor of her birthday for Stine Sofie’s Foundation. They work hard to support children, from child abuse to child advocacy and support. Her efforts raised approximately $425.
  • Mieriana Souvra donated to the Animal Welfare Institute, ASPCA, Feeding America and Toys for Tots!
  • Cataia Sylvianya donated $10 to the Canadian Dry February Fundraiser.
  • Kyla Sterling donated $230 to the NAACP and $375 to the Trans Women of Color Collective.
  • Vivianna L’antreau donated $150 in December for a variety of things, including a donation to a cash bail fund, purchasing goods to help with Alora’s NICU bags, and ordering items from the VA wishlist in support of Mellaine’s father. She also supported people through GoFundMe in November ($50) and January ($100), and donated $25 to support another friend via a Facebook fundraiser in November.
  • The Val’Cueran Company adopted a wolf! They donated $250 to adopt a wolf at the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center.
  • The Green Ajah has also been running a fundraiser for Covenant House and have raised $760 so far!

 

Let’s give a big round of applause to all these members. The difference you make in everything you do is priceless. If you have something to share as part of The Great Charity Hunt don’t forget to fill out The Great Charity Hunt Tracking Form and help your groups’ cause!

 

Keep an eye out in the coming months for more exciting news from The Great Charity Hunt and the April Challenge!

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