Dame Sarra Graeham Elevated to the Order of the Pelican

Dame Sarra Graeham of Birnham was elevated to the Order of the Pelican on Saturday, February 12 by TRM Malik and Genevieve of Ealdormere. The elevation took place at Break the Back of Winter in her home canton of Greyfells (Kingston, ON), which was particularly appropriate given that one of the reasons for her recognition was her role in building Greyfells over many years. She has also served in many capacities as a group officer, scribe, feast cook, and currently serves as Calendar Secretary for the Kingdom of Ealdormere. She was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for her calligraphy and illumination in 1991.

The boon was restated by Baron Menken Brechen, OP, KSCA and Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton, OP, OL. When the candidate was called, she processed into the hall singing Sainte Marie Viergene. When questioned by Their Majesties as to whether she was prepared, she stated that she had thought long on it, but was unsure as to whether she could bear the burden alone. Numerous speakers then stepped forward to support her, including Dame Helen of Greyfells, THL Richard Larmer (reading a letter of support from Lady Genevieve la flechiere, Principal Herald of Drachenwald, and Master Guerin, former Principal Herald of An Tir), two of her three apprentices, a newcomer to the canton of Greyfells, Baroness Adrielle Kerrec, Viscountess Rylyn Buchanan, Master Cerdic, and THL Baldric. All stated that she was worthy to join the Order and that they would gladly stand behind her.

Satisfied that she was well supported, Sarra then gave her oath and accepted the legacy medallion of Ealdormere from Baroness Eleanor Cadfan, who recited the lineage of the twelve Pelicans of the Kingdom of Ealdormere who had worn it before. TRM Genevieve also presented her with her own medallion, bearing both the symbols of the Pelican and the Laurel, and Sarra's apprentices presented her with a peerage cloak. She then placed the medallion on the Sword of State and swore fealty as a Pelican. Accompanied by the Greyfells singers singing Edi Be Thu, she left to hall to great acclaim.

Wassail to Dame Sarra, thirteenth Pelican of Ealdormere!