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SCA Giving Back – Nine Lives Tourney in the Kingdom of Meridies

Tailor and Bobbin October 2017This all began with the rescue of two cats in 2017, Maggie and Doby. There was no room at the no-kill shelters so Gwenndolynn ni hAilleachain and Erik Martel were asked to foster Maggie until she could be adopted. Severely malnourished, and of course pregnant, they began the process of getting her healthy.

One month to the day, two tiny tortoiseshell kittens were born in their sewing room. They were Bobbin (as she had no tail) and Tailor (who did have a tail, and was very, very small). Due to Maggie’s malnutrition, and her time outside, Tailor was born with a slight defect. With the help of their vet, who, like them, would not give up on Tailor, and had otherwise normal and happy kitten-hood. Sadly, at 7 months, Tailor collapsed and died very suddenly after being rushed to our vet. Everyone in the Barony of Iron Mountain knew about Maggie, Bobbin, and Tailor, and we were all heartbroken

Naz, in Thor’s Mountain, rescued a kitten about the same time as we had Maggie, and his name was Doby. Doby, like Maggie, had been abandoned and rescued, however, he was adopted from a no-kill shelter. Despite the care, he was weakened by his start and died very suddenly almost exactly a week prior to Tailor.

Baroness Rondalynne Seren and the populace of Iron Mountain decided that they could do something to help, to save abandoned cats from starvation and disease, in honor of these two kitties.

In June 2018 at Black Axe, the inaugural Nine Lives Tourney was held to raise funds for the local no-kill shelter to feed, house, and spay/neuter rescued cats. They raised over $1100 that year, but more importantly, other groups thought this was a great idea and also began fundraising for local pet charities through tourneys.

In 2019, at Black Axe, the second Nine Lives Tourney was held and expanded for heavy and rapier fighters. Master Wistric, Baron South Downs, issued a challenge. IF the tourneys could raise more than $1500, Sir Erik would fight at Castle Wars in the fall…wearing a catsuit.

Erik agreed, and well over $2500 was raised (because Meridians love a spectacle…and like to laugh). Thus, Erik Martel was forever deemed the Knight of Kittens. Mistress Elizabeth RaeFen and Countess Ellawin, taking …pity… on Erik, made mention that he shouldn’t be out there alone, and THL Lothan made plans and joined him in yet another catsuit for Castle Wars, and the Kitten Battle was born with its Cat “generals” leading either side.

The children of the Kingdom of Meridies glommed onto this, and the MOC began painting cat masks back in the summer for the children to wear at Castle Wars. Baroness Rondalynne and Mistress Gwenndolynn baked 200 sugar cookies with little mice images stamped into them for the kids (and adults) to enjoy, and cat ears were handed out to everyone who wanted (and didn’t already have) them. There was even a fighter dressed as a mouse on the field.

But unbeknownst to the Kingdom of Meridies, there was another brilliant, and secret, activity planned.

In the best-kept secret in the kingdom, Countess Ellawin, the Lady of Meridies and their Most Beloved Rose, donned the persona of Puss in Boots and began learning the art and skill of the blade.

She trained for months in secret, making her own cat armor, and authorizing for rapier. And then, at Castle Wars 2019, with the entire assembly watching, Her Excellency took the field representing all of the Kingdom of Meridies and challenged the best and noblest Master on the field—His Excellency South Downs, Master Wistric.

The video tells the visual tale, but behind it is the soul of Kingdom of Meridies: A people generous of heart, joyful in their participation, gleeful in their mischief, and gracious in all things.

Video: https://youtu.be/8x3Brllkx6o

What will they do next year when the Nine Lives Tourney returns in 2020? All we know is that these groups and many others continue to help some of the smallest among us who cannot help themselves.

Have a story about the SCA giving back? Please send it to communications@sca.org. We’d love to post it!

SCA Giving Back – Nine Lives Tourney in the Kingdom of Meridies2019-12-17T19:24:45-05:00

January 2020 Kingdom Newsletters are UP!

December 11, 2019

We are pleased to let you know that the January 2020 electronic newsletters are available for your review.

To access, please go to:

members.sca.org

Log in with the same login information that you use to renew your membership. There is even an option to “remember me on this computer”, so you don’t have to enter your login information each time!

The nuances of logging in are on the left side of the screen, including methods for getting help.

Once you are logged in:

At the top of the screen are the membership options. Click the button for newsletter access on the far right. This will open the directory of Kingdoms which remains unchanged.

Note that on the directory of Kingdoms, there is a folder marked Archives. This is where the older issues of the electronic newsletters are maintained. These files currently go back to March 2012 when we first introduced electronic newsletters.

If you have any difficulties or questions, please email

membership@sca.org. Include your Legal Name, membership number, daytime phone number, and a brief explanation of the problem you’re experiencing.

Kind Regards,

The Membership Staff

January 2020 Kingdom Newsletters are UP!2019-12-11T16:20:22-05:00

President’s Report for the October 2019 Board Meeting

John Fulton, President for the SCA, has announced that a report from his office is now available on the SCA website. This report contains the publishable summaries and commendation sections from each Society Officer’s reports, as well as publishable summaries submitted by various Board committees.

The report can be located here: https://sca.org/BOD/PresReport/October2019BoardMeetingPresidentsReport.pdf

Questions or comments regarding this report should be directed to Mr. Fulton at president@sca.org.

If you send comments, please use the subject line “President’s Report October 2019”.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

President’s Report for the October 2019 Board Meeting2019-11-18T13:33:58-05:00

2019 SCA Kingdom Seneschal Symposium a Success!

The 2019 SCA Kingdom Seneschal Symposium, held in Milpitas, California, was a great success, with 18 of 20 Kingdoms present. At this Symposium, there were considerable discussions regarding the new 2020 Sanction Manual, the Bullying and Harassment Procedures, changes in corporate matters, and other administrative matters related to duties and responsibilities of Regional Vice-Presidents (Kingdom Seneschals). Kingdom Seneschals shared their own experiences and issues related to their respective Kingdom offices.

Several Corporate Officers made subject matter presentations on various topics including, but not limited to: Diversity and Inclusion for Seneschals by Jessica Van Hatten; W9s, 1099s, and the Event Module by Mazelle Attiya; Corporate and Kingdom Interactions by John Fulton; Rule Compliance and Sanctions by Mike Watkins; and SCA Administrative and Corporate Matters by Renee Signorotti and Theresa Anderson. Thanks to Theresa and Renee for arranging for the meeting space and amenities!

Corporate Officers received many comments and feedback on issues and procedures from Kingdom Seneschals during the numerous discussions in the day-long Symposium with many more follow-up conversations to be conducted. Mike Watkins, the Society Seneschal, extends his deepest thanks and appreciation to all of the Kingdom Seneschals who attended and to the Corporate Officers who made presentations at the meeting. We have an outstanding cadre of Kingdom Seneschals dedicated to the administration of their respective Kingdoms to further the enjoyment of the Society by the membership.

2019 Seneschal Symposium

2019 SCA Kingdom Seneschal Symposium a Success!2019-11-15T13:15:15-05:00

December 2019 Kingdom Newsletters are UP!

November 11, 2019

We are pleased to let you know that the December 2019 electronic newsletters are available for your review.

To access, please go to:

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Log in with the same login information that you use to renew your membership. There is even an option to “remember me on this computer”, so you don’t have to enter your login information each time!

The nuances of logging in are on the left side of the screen, including methods for getting help.

Once you are logged in:

At the top of the screen are the membership options. Click the button for newsletter access on the far right. This will open the directory of Kingdoms which remains unchanged.

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December 2019 Kingdom Newsletters are UP!2019-11-11T16:34:07-05:00

People on the Move – Society Social Media Officer

Baroness Anne de Tournai OP, OLBrigid CostelloThe Board of Directors would like to announce the appointment of Brigid Costello (Baroness Anne de Tournai,  OP, OL) as Society Social Media Officer.

Ms. Costello has worked in knowledge, risk and culture strategy for public and private sector organizations. She has previously provided social media expertise for a range of non-profit organizations, including successful campaigns for ovarian cancer research fundraising and music and arts festivals.

Baroness Anne de Tournai (OP, OL) is a 15th-century Burgundian noblewoman with a passion for mustard and the culinary arts. She believes that everyone deserves to eat well.

Ms. Costello may be contacted via socialmedia@sca.org.

We would like to thank Ross Thompson for his dedicated hard work on the SCA social media presence,  and for his continued service to the Society.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036
You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

People on the Move – Society Social Media Officer2019-11-02T15:50:40-04:00

Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium (KWHSS) 2020

Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium (KWHSS) 2020

Balduineum Wahl Heinrich VII – Seven Prince Electors, circa 1341

Unto Good and Great Nobles of the Kingdoms of the Society,

The Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium (KWHSS) is an annual inter-kingdom SCA event for the purpose of promoting heraldic and scribal education and research in the SCA. By the grace of Dame Juliana, Laurel Queen of Arms, the Kingdom of Lochac has been chosen to host the Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium (KWHSS) in July 2020.

The event will be held in Melbourne Australia, known as the Barony of Stormhold from Wednesday 8 July to Friday 10 July 2020. Timed to coincide with the Kingdom of Lochac’s Midwinter Coronation, (in a separate event scheduled for Saturday 11 July to Sunday 12 July 2020) the event will showcase this Kingdom’s outstanding Heralds and Scribes.

Classes on Heraldry and the Scribal Arts will run all day Wed, and half-day Thursday. Thursday afternoon will then be a break in the classes to then see the heraldic sites of the Barony, or visit the State Library of Victoria to see their medieval manuscripts. There will be the famous Heraldic Roadshow on Friday, as well as a Scriptorium and market (this day will be garbed).

Please check out the website for information on timetables & the excursion details- https://kwhss.lochac.sca.org/ and book through there.

Yours,

Miriam bat Shimeon

Event steward

Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium (KWHSS) 20202019-11-02T11:21:25-04:00

Seneschal’s Handbook Update – 2013 Marijuana Policy Interpretation

The Board of Directors has removed the 2013 Marijuana Policy Interpretation from the Seneschal’s handbook. The SCA will alternatively utilize the following language located within Corpora in section I. A. 2.

Despite the use of the word “law” to describe the operating documents of its regional branches, the Society recognizes the absolute precedence of law issued by civil authorities over any of its internal rules. The SCA, Inc. as a corporate person, along with all of its members as citizens, must obey the law of whatever jurisdictions apply to them in exactly the same fashion as all other corporations or citizens in those jurisdictions.

Where marijuana consumption is legal for recreational use, all local and/or state laws should be followed and its usage should be treated similarly to alcohol and tobacco. Additionally, where marijuana consumption is legal for medical use, all local and/or state laws should be followed to conform to those regulations as well. Participants within the SCA should always observe courtesy with their use of any product that produces smoke or vapor. Both tobacco and marijuana smoke can be harmful to others and exposure to second-hand smoke is a health risk we should not impose on others.

Anyone having any questions regarding this policy should contact the Society Seneschal for more information.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036
You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.
This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

Seneschal’s Handbook Update – 2013 Marijuana Policy Interpretation2019-10-21T10:35:41-04:00

Corpora IV.B.1. – Royalty Qualifications

On June 4, 2019, the Board of Directors requested commentary regarding a change to Corpora IV.B.1. – Royalty Qualifications. On October 19, 2019, the following change to Corpora was approved:

Corpora IV.B.1. – Royalty Qualifications
Each competitor in a Royal List must be fighting for a prospective consort.

Anyone having any questions regarding this Corpora change should contact the Society Seneschal for more information.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036
You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.
This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

Corpora IV.B.1. – Royalty Qualifications2019-10-20T18:39:22-04:00

Expulsion of L. Rondon – East Kingdom

Unto the Society, on October 12th, 2019 the Society Seneschal expelled Luis R. Rondon, known in the Society as Luis de Castille, from the Society for Creative Anachronism.  This is due to a criminal investigation of Mr. Rondon. 
 
Mr. Rondon has abdicated his position of King of the East.  Her Majesty, the Queen of the East, will continue as Queen going forward. The Board is reviewing all of the information regarding the situation and will be issuing further statements when possible.

 

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036
You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.
This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

Expulsion of L. Rondon – East Kingdom2019-10-12T20:44:34-04:00

People on the Move – Society Webminister

Eowyn de Wever, OLThe Board of Directors would like to announce the appointment of Eowyn Cenek, Ph.D. (Eowyn de Wever, OL ) as Society Webminister.

Ms. Cenek is a database administrator at the University of Southern Miss. She is currently the proud owner of 20+ looms and is considering adding another room to the house to store some of the looms. Her husband is thrilled at the prospect.

Mistress Eowyn de Wever is a tablet weaver who enjoys designing patterns and teaching novice weavers to weave and design their own. Currently residing in Gleann Abhann, she is known to occasionally comment hopefully that “Winter is Coming!”.

Ms. Cenek may be contacted via webminister@sca.org.

We would like to thank all who applied for this position and for their continued service to the Society.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036
You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

People on the Move – Society Webminister2019-09-25T14:46:34-04:00

Call for Nominations – Board of Directors for the Society for Creative Anachronism

The SCA’s Board of Directors is continually seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the Board. The Board sets policy and maintains the unified rules that provide the framework for all of the SCA’s activities and acts as the final arbiter when rule interpretation is required.  Candidates for the Board may be nominated by SCA members and participants or can be self-nominated.  Once nominated candidates remain on the candidate list for two years, but may renew at the end of that term if they so desire.   No special experience is required and candidates do not need to have specialized modern degrees.  They need not be peers. Candidates from all walks of life are desired.

Members of the Board make a four (4) year commitment when agreeing to serve (three-and-a-half (3 1/2) years after a six (6) month training period).  The position does require travel a minimum of four (4) times a year to attend quarterly board meetings. Additional travel may also be needed.  Board Members are volunteers, but all travel expenses (flights, food, and lodging) are covered.  There is also a budget to handle administrative costs and/or necessary equipment.

The idea of being a member of the Board of Directors can sound daunting, but service in this manner is vital to the health, well-being, and future growth of our organization. To make a nomination, please send the person’s Modern Name, SCA Name, and email address to recruiting@sca.org.

If, before making a nomination, a chance to speak with someone who has first-hand knowledge of what is required is desired, please send your request to recruiting@sca.org and a chance to chat with a Director will be arranged.

If you send comments, please use the subject line “Call for Nominations to the BoD for SCA”.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

Call for Nominations – Board of Directors for the Society for Creative Anachronism2019-09-16T09:24:39-04:00

Kingdom Newsletters for October 2019 are UP!

September 11, 2019

We are pleased to let you know that the October 2019 electronic newsletters are available for your review.

To access, please go to:

members.sca.org

Log in with the same login information that you use to renew your membership. There is even an option to “remember me on this computer”, so you don’t have to enter in your login information each time!

The nuances of logging in are on the left side of the screen, including methods for getting help.

Once you are logged in:

At the top of the screen are the membership options. Click the button for newsletter access on the far right. This will open the directory of Kingdoms which remains unchanged.

Note that on the directory of Kingdoms, there is a folder marked Archives. This is where the older issues of the electronic newsletters are maintained. These files currently go back to March 2012 when we first introduced electronic newsletters.

If you have any difficulties or questions, please email

membership@sca.org. Include your Legal Name, membership number, daytime phone number, and a brief explanation of the problem you’re experiencing.

Kind Regards,

The Membership Staff

Kingdom Newsletters for October 2019 are UP!2019-09-11T14:24:59-04:00

President’s Report for the July 2019 Board Meeting

John Fulton, President for the SCA, has announced that a report from his office is now available on the SCA website. This report contains the publishable summaries and commendation sections from each Society Officer’s reports, as well as publishable summaries submitted by various Board committees.

The report can be located here: https://sca.org/BOD/PresReport/July2019BoardMeetingPresidentsReport.pdf

Questions or comments regarding this report should be directed to Mr. Fulton at president@sca.org.

If you send comments, please use the subject line “President’s Report July 2019”.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

President’s Report for the July 2019 Board Meeting2019-08-21T12:49:48-04:00

Proposed Corpora Addition – Non-Discrimination

The Board of Directors is currently requesting commentary with regard to the following the proposed policy addition to Corpora:

Non-Discrimination Policy

 The SCA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, size, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by law.

Please email all commentary to comments at sca-comments@lists.sca.org.  Please use the title “Non-Discrimination Policy Proposal” in the subject line.

Do not use attachments in your commentary to sca-comments@lists.sca.org. Attachments will cause your message to be marked as spam.

In lieu of email, commentary may be sent by US Mail to:

Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
RE: Non-Discrimination Policy
P.O. Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036-0789

Commentary regarding this proposed Corpora change, whether sent by email or US Mail, must be received by the Board no later than January 1, 2020.

Proposed Corpora Addition – Non-Discrimination2019-08-19T22:26:35-04:00

Project Corpora Updates

Greetings to all,

From John Fulton, President, SCA, Inc.

As mentioned in my last President’s Report to the community there is a project to review Corpora to clean up any confusing or outdated language in order to make it more “user-friendly”.  This will be an ongoing project and will not affect the Board presenting proposals to the membership on substantive changes such as the recently suggested change to Corpora IV.B.1 which would remove the mention of gender as a requirement for Royal Lists.

At the July 2019 meeting, the Board approved the first set of edit changes/clarifications for commentary to the membership.

Information about this project can be found here:

https://sca.org/BOD/PresReport/CorporaEditAug2019.pdf

A copy of the relevant parts of Corpora showing the proposed edits can be found at the above link.  Edits are red-lettered.

Also available is a copy of an explanation of the proposed changes.  Most of these are editorial in nature only.  This includes changes to the Glossary, some standardized language cleaning, and moving toward gender-neutral terms.  This also proposes removing such phrases as Western Europe in order to properly include many other cultures within the scope of the Society’s pre-17th Century reenactment activities.  This part was addressed recently by the Board.

This is the first of the current attempts at editing and updating Corpora.  It will not be the last. Nor is this considered to be a complete and finished document. 

The intent of this project is NOT to do substantive game-changing alterations.

Please send all comments to sca-comments@lists.sca.org with the subject line “Corpora Edit Comments – Set 1”.  Include your modern and SCA name and membership number if you have one.

Also, please feel free to email me also at president@sca.org with questions or suggestions.

Many thanks to Kelly Magill and Lis Schraer for helping me so much.

In service,

John Fulton

Mka Duke John the Bearkiller

President, Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

Project Corpora Updates2019-08-15T21:43:17-04:00

September 2019 Kingdom Newsletters are UP!

August 12, 2019

We are pleased to let you know that the September 2019 electronic newsletters are available for your review.

To access, please go to:

members.sca.org

Log in with the same login information that you use to renew your membership. There is even an option to “remember me on this computer”, so you don’t have to enter in your login information each time!

The nuances of logging in are on the left side of the screen, including methods for getting help.

Once you are logged in:

At the top of the screen are the membership options. Click the button for newsletter access on the far right. This will open the directory of Kingdoms which remains unchanged.

Note that on the directory of Kingdoms, there is a folder marked Archives. This is where the older issues of the electronic newsletters are maintained. These files currently go back to March 2012 when we first introduced electronic newsletters.

If you have any difficulties or questions, please email

membership@sca.org. Include your Legal Name, membership number, daytime phone number, and a brief explanation of the problem you’re experiencing.

Kind Regards,

The Membership Staff

September 2019 Kingdom Newsletters are UP!2019-08-12T12:38:06-04:00

People on the Move – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Officer

Jessica Van Hattem (Lady Astridr “Zahra” Ymirsdottir)The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of  Jessica  Van Hattem (Lady Astridr “Zahra” Ymirsdottir) for the position of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Officer for the Society for Creative Anachronism.  Jessica is a technical writer specializing in procedural and policy documentation.  Lady Zahra is a 15th-century Ethiopian diplomat’s daughter, preparing for a voyage with her family to the Italian peninsula.  She currently resides in the Middle Kingdom.

The DEI Office is committed to promoting the values of inclusion throughout the SCA by facilitating the necessary conversations and decision-making that can lead to a more equitable and inclusive SCA.  As DEI Officer, Jessica/Lady Zahra will be responsible for developing training for Kingdom Officers, promote accountability based on our core values, and support our existing processes to address inequitable actions including discrimination and bullying, among other duties.

Jessica/Lady Zahra will assume the office at the close of the October 2019 Quarterly Meeting.

If you wish to send in a comment please use “New DEI Officer 2019

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

People on the Move – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Officer2019-07-31T12:48:52-04:00

New Announcement: Seneschal’s Handbook – Youth Policies

The SCA Board of Directors has approved the language below to be used in the Society Seneschal’s Handbook.  While we believe this to be a functional policy we wish to consult subject matter experts in the area of youth activities and further changes may be made in the future. We greatly appreciate thoughtful suggestions to policy language and welcome commentary.

Commentary may be sent to sca-comments@lists.sca.org.  Please use the title “Seneschal’s Handbook – Youth Policies” in the subject line.  Please make sure that all comments are contained in the body of the email.  This email does not accept attachments and will not forward emails containing attachments.

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Motion by John St. Dennis that Section X.3 “Dealing With Minor/Youth -Related Policies of the Seneschal’s Handbook be replaced with the following language effective immediately:

Parents or guardians of minors shall have ultimate responsibility for the welfare and behavior of their children at all times.  It is the responsibility of the adult who brings a minor to an event to ensure that the minor is safe and not in danger.  At events in which youth participate in any way, participating minors must either have a parent or legal guardian present at the event, or an accompanying adult present in possession of a properly executed “Medical Authorization Form for Minors.” 

 

Notification of this change to the membership should be accompanied by the following announcement:  “The SCA Board of Directors has approved the language below to be used in the Society Seneschals Handbook.  While we believe this to be a functional policy we wish to consult subject matter experts in the area of youth activities and further changes may be made in the future. We greatly appreciate thoughtful suggestions to policy language and welcome commentary.”

Second by Dan Watson.  In favor: Natalie Degerstrom T.S. Morgan, Vandy Pacetti-Donelson, Richard Sherman, John St. Dennis, Dan Watson.  Opposed: None.  Chairman Craig Carter exercised his option to vote and did so in favor of the motion.  Motion carried 7-0.

New Announcement: Seneschal’s Handbook – Youth Policies2019-07-20T18:54:57-04:00

Agenda for July 20, 2019 BoD Meeting

The agenda for the July 20, 2019 Board of Directors meeting is now available at the following link:

https://sca.org/BOD/agendas/July-20-2019-Audience-Agenda.pdf

The start time for this meeting is 9:00 am.

If you wish to send in comments, please use “July 20, 2019, BoD Agenda Comment” as the subject line.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

Agenda for July 20, 2019 BoD Meeting2019-07-17T15:30:39-04:00

Applications for 2020 Census Committee – Deadline July 18, 2019

The Board of Directors is accepting applications from participants interested in being a part of the 2020 Census Committee. 

The mandate/scope of the committee is to design and prepare questions for the 2020 SCA Census, to launch and administer the census, and to analyze and report on findings based on the census data collected. It is anticipated that the 2020 SCA Census will be based in large part on the 2010 SCA Census, with the addition of questions related to issues currently of interest in the Society.

Applicants should be broadly familiar with all aspects of SCA culture and represent a diversity of opinions/backgrounds.  They must be willing to work collaboratively with other Committee members and the Board of Directors.  Experience in conducting and analyzing surveys and polls is useful, but not a prerequisite. 

Applicants should direct a resume and a letter of application to resumes@sca.org.  Deadline for applications is July 18, 2019.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

Applications for 2020 Census Committee – Deadline July 18, 20192019-07-02T09:16:30-04:00

People On The Move – Director Elect – Seat A

The Board of Directors would like to announce the appointment of Gigi Coulson, M. S. (Giata Magdalena Alberti, OL) as Director-Elect  – Seat A.

Gigi Coulson, M. S.Ms. Coulson, M.S. worked for the federal government for over 15 years as an interdisciplinary sociologist and biologist. She has experience in both qualitative and quantitative social assessments, environmental impact statements, diversity initiatives, program management, environmental justice, conflict resolution, policy creation, and training program development. She has a passion for sociocultural anthropology, living history, learning, and teaching. She is a complete Italophile and tries to visit Italy each year.

 

 

Giata  Magdalena Alberti, OL is a late 15th-century Florentine living in Venice. She passes her time spending her condottieri husbands’ money and entertaining the visitors of her father’s house in Venice by hosting weekly salons. Her hobbies include working on her  herbal experiments, occasional hawking, mediating contests of skill and chance, and traveling to Mantua, Milan, and Ferrara to visit her friends at court.

Ms. Coulson may be contacted via gcoulson@director.sca.org.

 

 

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

People On The Move – Director Elect – Seat A2019-06-12T20:15:03-04:00

People on the Move – Society Chatelaine

The Board of Directors would like to announce the appointment of Anne Stevenson, M.S. (Giovanna Adimari, OP ) as Society Chatelaine.

Ms. Stevenson is a Program Development Manager for a local College and has worked on a variety of non-profit boards in membership and volunteer recruitment.

Maestra Giovanna is a 16th century Florentine who has served a Kingdom Chatelaine for the Midrealm, as well as Kingdom Law Clerk and Media Relations Officer and a Territorial Baroness. She has taught a variety of classes on leadership, volunteer management, running events, membership recruitment, retention, and Newcomer tracks. She also serves on Signal Corps at Pennsic.

Ms. Stevenson may be contacted via chatelaine@sca.org.

We would like to thank  Duchess Kalisa Aleksandrovna for her faithful service as Society Chatelaine and wish her well on her future endeavors.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

People on the Move – Society Chatelaine2019-06-11T14:20:04-04:00

July 2019 Kingdom Newsletters are UP!

June 11, 2019

We are pleased to let you know that the July 2019 electronic newsletters are available for your review.

To access, please go to:

members.sca.org

Log in with the same login information that you use to renew your membership. There is even an option to “remember me on this computer”, so you don’t have to enter in your login information each time!

The nuances of logging in are on the left side of the screen, including methods for getting help.

Once you are logged in:

At the top of the screen are the membership options. Click the button for newsletter access on the far right. This will open the directory of Kingdoms which remains unchanged.

Note that on the directory of Kingdoms, there is a folder marked Archives. This is where the older issues of the electronic newsletters are maintained. These files currently go back to March 2012 when we first introduced electronic newsletters.

If you have any difficulties or questions, please email

membership@sca.org. Include your Legal Name, membership number, daytime phone number, and a brief explanation of the problem you’re experiencing.

Kind Regards,

The Membership Staff

July 2019 Kingdom Newsletters are UP!2019-06-11T13:20:47-04:00

Requests for Commentary – Corpora IV.B.A- Royalty Qualifications – Commentary Deadline October 1, 2019

The Board of Directors is currently requesting commentary regarding a proposed change to Corpora IV.B.1 – Royalty Qualifications.  

Corpora IV.B.1 currently reads:

Each competitor in a Royal List must be fighting for a prospective consort of the opposite sex unless the Crown has elected to permit a competitor to fight for a prospective consort of the same sex.

The following change in language is proposed:

Each competitor in a Royal List must be fighting for a designated consort, without discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, or disability.
Please email all commentary to sca-comments@lists.sca.org.

Please use the title “Corpora IV.B.A” in the subject line.

Do not use attachments in your commentary to sca-comments@lists.sca.org.

Attachments will cause your message to be marked as spam.

In lieu of email, commentary may be sent by US Mail, Postage-Prepaid, to:

Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
RE: Corpora IV.B.A
P.O. Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036-0789

Commentary regarding this proposed Corpora change, whether sent by email or US Mail, must be received by the Board no later than October 1, 2019.

Requests for Commentary – Corpora IV.B.A- Royalty Qualifications – Commentary Deadline October 1, 20192019-06-04T14:35:41-04:00

Position Opening- Society Webminister

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is seeking candidates for the position of Society Webminister.

This position reports to the SCA Board of Directors through the Office of the President. The Society Webminister is a supervisory position of Kingdom Webministers and is not involved in the maintenance of the Corporate website (www.sca.org).

The Society Webminister is responsible for the following duties:

1. Ongoing development and revision of the Society Webminister’s policies and procedures, as detailed in the Society Webminister Handbook. This work will include solutions for website issues as they develop; observing trends; awareness of potential issues and streamlining webministry policies to provide better service to the SCA.

2. Develop and enforce clear guidelines for local SCA group websites based on the standards found in the Society Webminister’s Handbook.

3. Warranting of kingdom-level Webministers.

4. Supervision of all kingdom-level websites, including proper use of domain names, monitoring content, regular reporting from Kingdom Webministers, and enforcement of the Society Webministry policies and procedures.

5. Acting as a subject matter expert and resource regarding issues related to websites at the kingdom and local levels.

6. Quarterly reporting to the Board of Directors for the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

Required Qualifications:

* Moderate to expert proficiency in web-related technologies (e.g. HTML, Java, PHP, ASP, web hosting issues, etc.);
* Microsoft Word proficiency;
* The ability to clearly communicate via email, phone, and in written reports; and
* Dependable email access, internet, and phone access.

Desired Qualifications:

* Prior experience as a Webminister in the SCA; and
* Prior experience as an officer at the Kingdom or Baronial level.

Those interested in the position of Society Webminister should submit hard copies of résumés (both professional and SCA related, including offices held and honors) to the attention of ‘The Board of Directors’, SCA, Inc., P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789. Electronic courtesy copies should also be sent to resumes@sca.org and it@sca.org. The deadline for applications August 1, 2019.

If you wish to send a comment, please use the subject line “2019 Webminister posting”.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

Position Opening- Society Webminister2019-05-28T20:03:31-04:00

Passing of Society Webminister

Members of The Society:

I have some sad news to share with you all.

We have recently learned of the passing of the Society Webminister, Lord Markus der Jäger (Uwe M. Donaldson).

Uwe was a long time, extremely dedicated member of the Society, and held a variety of offices before taking the office of Society Webminister.

Although his tenure was short, it was extremely fruitful. His zest for the role and his work in helping the Society was clear and earnest.

Thank you, sir. You will be sorely missed.

In service,

Aaron Palomides of Buckminster (mka Aaron Rusty Lloyd)
VP, Information Technology, SCA Inc.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

Passing of Society Webminister2019-05-28T11:58:03-04:00

Current Ombudsman Assignments – April 2019

The current Ombudsman assignments are:

Craig Carter – Chairman
Ombudsman for: President, Society Seneschal, Corporate Office, Financial Officers, Executive Assistant

John St. Dennis – Vice-Chairman
Ombudsman for: Board Recruiting, Ansteorra, Gleann Abhann, Meridies, Trimaris

Natalie Degerstrom -Director
Ombudsman for: An Tir, Caid, West, Marshal, Membership Committee

T.S. Morgan – Director
Ombudsman for: Information Technology (Webminister and Webmaster), Calontir, Northshield, Outlands

Vandy Pacetti-Donelson – Director
Ombudsman for: Publications (TI, CA, Chronicler), Communications, Artemisia, Atenveldt, A&S

Richard Sherman – Director
Ombudsman for: Aethlemerc Financial Committee Drachenwald, Ealdormere, Lochac, Avacal

Dan Watson – Director
Ombudsman for: Heralds, Atlantia, East, Middle, Peerage Committee

If you wish to send in a comment, please use the subject line “Ombudsman April 2019”

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

Current Ombudsman Assignments – April 20192019-05-28T10:50:23-04:00

President’s Report for the April 2019 Board Meeting

John Fulton, President for the SCA, has announced that a report from his office is now available on the SCA website. This report contains the publishable summaries and commendation sections from each Society Officer’s reports, as well as publishable summaries submitted by various Board committees.

The report can be located here: https://sca.org/BOD/PresReport/April2019BoardMeetingPresidentsReport.pdf

Questions or comments regarding this report should be directed to Mr. Fulton at president@sca.org.

If you send comments, please use the subject line “President’s Report April 2019”.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

President’s Report for the April 2019 Board Meeting2019-05-06T18:00:45-04:00

MEET THE BOARD AT Les Beltaines, East Kingdom!

Ever thought about what the SCA is like at the Corporate level? Ever wonder what the job of a Director involves?

The Directors will be sponsoring a panel discussion at the upcoming at Les Beltaines, June 22, 2019, from 3 pm – 4 pm in the East Kingdom to answer any questions the membership may have about the modern business of running the Society and its interaction with the game. There will be an informal 30 min session after where people may chat with the panel. As well the panel will be onsite the entire weekend of the event.

Panel Members will include Director Craig Carter (Duke Quintus Aurelius Dracontius), Director Dan Watson (Sir Bartholomew Hightower), Director Natalie Degerstrom (The Honorable Lady Saruca bint Lazari), and President John Fulton (Duke John the Bearkiller). Please watch the official event notices for the exact location of the panel discussion. One and all are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

For more information on Les Beltaines, please see the links below.
https://beltaines.eastkingdom.org/
https://www.eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3428

If you wish to send in commentary, please use the subject “Meet and Greet Beltaines 2019“.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

MEET THE BOARD AT Les Beltaines, East Kingdom!2019-05-02T19:06:05-04:00
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