Senators: Pontifex Maximus ƤЄƬƦƲƧ ƓƝƛЄƲƧ ƤƠMƤЄƖƲƧ, ƛƲŔЄԼƖƲŞ ƤӇƠЄƝƖҲ, Boby Galtier Leone Collingwood, Jonny Galtier-Caproni, Tiberivs Galtier and Nero Antonius Octavius Drakon by his proxy Janu Octavius
Others in attendance: Andy, Dakota Numitoria, Stendhra Ptolemeus, Ariel Vindelici, Ruggeris Parthicus-Britannicus, ProConsul Miles Galtier Maximus, Janu Octavius,
Guard: Claudius Antonius Paullus
Minutes: Jonny Galtier-Caproni
Opening of Senate Meeting
Senate Lead Ras called the meeting to order at 11:00 AM SLT. He advised that Regent Tybalt is unable to return to Romanum from the Provinces and will not be with us today (PC problems). He stated: “It is important that the Senate meet at its appointed date and time, therefore we will go ahead with this meeting.”
Senate Lead Ras made a special announcement appointing new Senators:
“The appointment of a Senator is not something taken lightly and quite of bit of work is undertaken behind the scenes before it is announced at a Senate Meeting. Recently the Regent appointed three citizens to the Senate but it has been difficult for all current members of the Senate to get together at one time to confirm the appointments. The Regent proposed that a secret voting by notecard ballot be held to confirm the appointments and this was agreed to by Senators. This ballot has been held and the requirement that candidates receive two-thirds of the majority vote for election has been met by the three proposed appointees. Therefore, it is my pleasure to announce that the following citizens of Romanum have been appointed to the honourable position of Senator of Romanum: Tiberivs Galtier, Jonny Galtier-Caproni and Boby Galtier Leone Collinwood.”
Roll Call of Senators
ƛƲŔЄԼƖƲŞ ƤӇƠЄƝƖҲ: Present
Eryx Etchegaray-Drake: Absent
ѕץяus Etchegaray- Đяαkє: Absent
Nҽɾσ Aɳƚσɳιυʂ Oƈƚαʋιυʂ Dɾαƙσɳ: Janu Octavius as Proxy for Senator Nero: Present
Zarek Antonius: Absent
Ras Galtier Parthicus: Present
Tiberivs Galtier: Present
Jonny Galtier-Caproni: Present
Boby Galtier Leone Collinwood: Present
Pontifex Maximus ƤЄƬƦƲƧ ƓƝƛЄƲƧ ƤƠMƤЄƖƲƧ saluted the three new Senators, and invoked the blessings of the gods that their decisions will benefit the Empire and that the wisdom of Minerva will guide them.
He led the meeting in prayer for those who are sick: Regulus and Prince Jin. He asked us to remember those who have passed away from us and are now freed from the burden of earthly life to wander peacefully across the fields of Elysium.
He asked us also to remember those who, with tears and sweat of blood, have to endure a terrible war that a ruler here in Europe has brought over a neighboring country. A moment of silence was observed.
The Pontifex Maximus continued his prayers: “Illustrious son of Saturn and Ops, king of the gods, ruler over Olympus and the god of sky and thunder in myth. Great Protector of the Republic, I plead for Your blessings upon us and be with us.”
"O Great Father, protector of Rome and her People, finally we ask your blessing for your twin cities of Pompeii and Romanum. May they co-exist in continued love and friendship.”
Internal Senate Matters
Senate Lead Ras stated that the Regent wants to assure people that his travel modus operandi will soon be repaired. It requires internal repairs.
Matters arising for discussions as proposed on the floor by Senators
Senator Boby Galtier Leone Collinwood recalled that at our last meeting he brought up the matter of a HUD for new members to find us, and reported that after much research, he had found that it is not something that will bring the right kind of visitors to our wonderful city.
Senator Boby also thanked Stendhra and Dakota for the wonderful dinner that was prepared for the Imperial family the day prior to this meeting. He also thanked Ariel for the wonderful music.
The Senate Lead invited the Pontifex Maximus to comment. PM Petrus responded: “I don't really have to say too much about the religious celebrations, the situation is well known to everyone, and I've addressed it too often. This month nothing will take place apart from the normal temple sermons, but the Saturnalia are already casting their shadows. Just for information, the great religious opening of the Saturnalia will take place on Friday, December 16th. Everything else will be announced in good time.
Senator Boby Galtier Leone Collinwood stated that he understands the Bacchus temple has been rebuilt, and that Jerome that has done this and Senator Boby wishes to make it known that he needs to speak to Jerome regarding help in the matter, as he wishes to be his partner in the running of the Bacchus temple.
The Pontifex Maximus commented that he has not seen the temple, and Jerome has not announced when it will be ready so the Pontifex Maximus can dedicate and commemorate it.
Senate Lead Ras asked if Jerome is still in Romanum. Boby said he had heard that he still is. Stendhra responded that Jerome sill wants to be the flamen of Bacchus; that he has given up his role as public slaver of Romanum, and has taken the name “Dogba.”
Stendhra went on to thank the Regent, Ras, Ejix, Ariel, Dakota, Giton, Holmes and all who came to the Imperial family dinner on the proceeding day. He also stated that “we, in the palace, are ready to help at our best for religious events. We'll do our best for Saturnalia and of course there will be a king of the day.”
Senate Lead Ras said that he would leave Boby to work out the Bacchus temple matter with Jerome.
There was no report on the activities of the Tribunes.
Ruggeris Parthicus-Britannicus reported that The Pompeii Show Garden festival is in full swing, with some notable gardens already built, and Pompeii welcomes everyone to come and see the progress. The show continues for a week and a day. There is also a linked art competition which Magistrate Popov is running, a musical evening at the Pompeii Theatre which Petrus is organizing, and a grand dance and announcement of the results at the end of the judging. He asked everyone to please come and enjoy.
Stendhra remarked that Cato did an event in the Boys Club of Pompeii this week and will probably start some events in the Boys Club and Club Olympus at American hours soon, but he does not know the days and hours for the moment. He also stated that there will be a dinner at the Palace for Saturnalia on Saturday December 17 at 1 pm SLT. Details will be provided soon. There will be a King of the Day as usual.
Janu Octavius reminded the meeting of the regular Thursday dinner that he and Petrus host at 12 noon SLT, with themes, accessible classical music and good chat.
Ruggeris Parthicus-Britannicus mentioned Senate Lead Ras’ event at Satyricon which takes place Thursdays at 9:00 to 11:00 AM SLT.
Ariel Vindelici mentioned the Club Olympus events every Wednesday and Friday.
Senator Jonny Galtier-Caproni mentioned that the parties at Club Romanum on Fridays and Tavern and Baths on Sundays also continue.
Pontifex Maximus ƤЄƬƦƲƧ ƓƝƛЄƲƧ ƤƠMƤЄƖƲƧ reminded the meeting that on Friday 16th, the Saturnalia opening will take place at 11:30 AM. Stendhra stated that Club Olympus will end at 11:00 AM that day. The Pontifex Maximus also stated that he and Pontifex Maximus Ben St-Clare of Pompeii will make the Saturnalia opening together.
Janu Octavian noted that there is usually a service in Pompeii at 11:30 AM on Fridays and noted that we will need to discuss this.
Business from the Floor
Dakota Numitoria thanked the Regent and Stendhra for their trust in him to allow him to chariot race. He hopes his racing will bring glory to the Empire.
Senator Boby Galtier Leone Collinwood stated that he has been trying to think of ways to get more citizens to Romanum. He has noticed there are ad boards that we may use to advertise our RP and maybe get more traffic. He stated that he is working on this.
Senator Jonny Galtier-Caproni stated that Regent Tybalt has asked him to convey his thanks to Senate Lead Ras for running this meeting in his absence. Senator Jonny also volunteered to prepare minutes for this meeting since the Scribe is absent.
Senate Lead Ras said that he hopes everything works out well for the Regent and that he will be back with us soon.
Senate Lead Ras stated that the next Senate meeting will be held on Sunday December 11, 2022 at 11am SLT. The Senate Lead thanked everyone for their attendance and involvement and then declared the Senate meeting adjourned.