50 Year Celebration Reminder

The Board of Directors would like to briefly remind everyone of the 50 Year Celebration of the Society on June 17-27th, 2016. This is a celebration of the history and the future of the Society. It is also a chance to meet and enjoy the company of those throughout the Known Worlde and experience just how diverse and wonderful the SCA truly is and how much it has grown. The Board does request that if there are other events in the Society on or near the June 2015 dates of 50 Year please take the time to raise a toast and salute what we all share in common. Thank you all.
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.

2015-06-06T08:54:44-04:00June 6th, 2015|BOD Announcements|

ACCEPS Update

The Seneschal of the Society sends greetings to my fellow SCA members and participants,

Based upon the fact that ACCEPS has now shut down, the need to remain silent to ensure the security of everyone’s credit card information on ACCEPS is no longer a concern and as such, I am able to divulge the following factual basis for the SCA’s ending of its relationship with ACCEPS in terms of all future events. 

Please know that it was the Board of Directors and the Corporate Officers’ intention to allow ACCEPS to continue to serve the Kingdoms and the local groups in terms of those events that were currently being handled through ACCEPS and that the immediate shutting down of all ACCEPS activities was not anticipated by the Board of Directors or the Corporate Officers.  The immediate termination of ACCEPS was a decision made solely by the ACCEPS staff. 

Furthermore, I did not anticipate that my official memorandum to the Kingdom Seneschals (the same email was sent by the Corporate Treasurer to the Kingdom Exchequers) would be disseminated in whole or in part on Social Media feeds and as such, I feel that the following points need to be made.

1. It was reported to the Board of Directors that ACCEPS’ security structure could be compromised and that ACCEPS’s security must be updated; when this was reported to ACCEPS, the creator of the ACCEPS program refused to bolster and update security and make the necessary modifications to ACCEPS to protect participants and the SCA.

2. In an attempt to protect the members and participants of the SCA using ACCEPS, the Board of Directors decided, in conjunction with the President, Society Seneschal (i.e. myself) and Corporate Treasurer, decided to remove the SCA’s authorization to use ACCEPS in terms of any future events.

3. All Kingdom and local group events currently being served through ACCEPS would be allowed to continue to participate as active ACCEPS participants; however, it was determined by the Board of Directors, in conjunction with Corporate Officers, that no new events will be allowed to register with ACCEPS due to the financial risk to the SCA and its participants.

4. The Board of Directors and Corporate Officers determined that it was most prudent to protect the individuals who are still being served by ACCEPS by not drawing attention to the security weakness inherent in ACCEPS; to do so would have been to place the participants and their credit card information at risk in terms of credit card fraud.

5. The Society Seneschal and Corporate Treasurer drafted an official letter to Kingdom Seneschals and Kingdom Exchequers to not use ACCEPS in the future, that to violate this rule would result in a suspended warrant (i.e. there was a real consequence to not following this directive) and that those events that were currently being served by ACCEPS may continue, but not be extended.  The potential sanction for any Seneschal and Exchequer not following this directive was commensurate with putting the SCA’s membership at risk.

6. A courtesy copy of these official letters (to Kingdom Seneschals and Exchequers) were sent to ACCEPS. As such, ACCEPS was informed that the SCA was terminating its relationship ACCEPS in terms of any new events; however, it was clear from the letter that the SCA would continue to allow the Kingdoms and local group to maintain all current events handled by ACCEPS.

7. The treasurer of ACCEPS contacted the Corporate Treasurer on the evening of April 18, 2015 which was the genesis of a conference call between the treasurer for ACCEPS, the President of the SCA, the Corporate Treasurer and I (as Society Seneschal), immediately after receiving the courtesy copy of the official email sent to all Kingdom Seneschals and Exchequers. The terms of the SCA’s response to ACCEPS were reviewed orally during this phone call, i.e. that the current events already being handled on ACCEPS would be allowed to proceed until fruition, but there would be no further events handled on ACCEPS.

8. Not only did ACCEPS refuse, previous to this past weekend’s Board of Director’s Meeting, to take steps to protect individuals which forced the hand of the Board of Directors and Corporate Officers, but later that evening, after the Board Meeting and after the conference call with Corporate Officers, ACCEPS chose to terminate their services to each Kingdom and local group in terms of all of the current events being handled by ACCEPS.

9. Later that evening, statements were made on Social Media quoting portions of the official communication to SCA Seneschals and Exchequers and this generated a great deal of negative comments in terms of the Board of Director’s and Corporate Officers; however, the Board of Directors and Corporate Officers were unable to comment on these until this opportunity.  To do otherwise would be to expose the weaknesses in security in terms of the ACCEPS system and put the credit card information of the members and participants at risk.   This posting is a response to all of those comments.  A number of comments received by the Board of Directors and Corporate Officers and I will be responding to each of these now that ACCEPS has been shut down.

10. PayPal is currently being utilized by several test Kingdoms and while the vast majority of the other Kingdoms are not currently ready to employ PayPal; however, the Board and Corporate Officers were compelled to act swiftly to minimize the opportunity for fraud in view of the refusal by ACCEPS’ owner/creator to make proper updates and enhancements to protect credit card information. I believe that we all understood that this would be inconvenient to Kingdoms and local groups, but in view of the world wide threat of credit card fraud and identity theft, the Board acted to protect individual participants who could be compromised by utilizing ACCEPS in the future.

If anyone has any questions regarding this matter, I can be reached at seneschal@sca.org.  I am unable to participate in Social Media due to the nature of my mundane employment; as such, if you are interested in actually discussing this matter, I invite you to send me an email.

Regards,

 

A.J. Pongratz, Esq.

Society Seneschal/Vice President of Operations, SCA Inc.

2015-04-20T16:11:21-04:00April 20th, 2015|BOD Announcements, Society Announcements, Society Seneshal's Desk|

ACCEPS No Longer Approved

The Board of Directors of SCA, Inc. believes that there are better options in terms of electronic payments in the SCA; the corporate office is moving towards an alternative payment service as rapidly as possible. As such, the Board of Directors is discontinuing its relationship with ACCEPS and no longer approves the usage of ACCEPS as of midnight April 18, 2015. As such, I am directing all Kingdom and Local Group Seneschals to follow the decision of the Board, Corporate Treasurer and Society Seneschal to not utilize ACCEPS. If anyone makes the unfortunate mistake of not being in compliance with this directive, the officer in question’s warrant will be immediately suspended.

As for all current ACCEPS related events, these will be allowed to go to completion; however, there will be no time extension in terms of these same events.

A.J. Pongratz
Society Seneschal

2015-04-18T21:08:24-04:00April 18th, 2015|BOD Announcements, Society Seneshal's Desk|

April 18, 2015 Board Meeting

The Board of Directors would like to remind everyone in the area that the Quarterly meeting will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Cincinnati – River Center, Covington Kentucky. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

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.

2015-04-17T10:58:57-04:00April 17th, 2015|BOD Announcements, Society Announcements|

Proposed change to Corpora – Chirurgeon’s Office

Currently open for commentary is a proposal for the closure of the office of the chirurgeonate. The language for this proposal can be found below. The Board of Directors recognizes that this topic is controversial and would like to emphasize that commentary is being accepted until July 1, 2015, and would strongly recommend that all members forward their opinions for consideration.
Over the last number of years, issues have been brought to the attention of the Board and Society Officers regarding the chirurgeonate as it is currently organized. These issues included numerous disputes between chirurgeons regarding availability of over-the-counter medications, interactions between chirurgeons and contracted EMS personnel at large events, interactions between event participants and chirurgeons, and differences between first aid provider credentials available in different states, provinces and countries. The frequency of issues and the potential for liability to the SCA as an organization prompted the President to ask the SCA’s insurance carrier to clarify whether the duties of the Society Chirurgeon, as described in Corpora, are covered by the SCA’s policy. In addition, a request for opinion was made to outside counsel to consider whether the risk of not having an office of the chirurgeonate created more liability for the SCA than keeping the existing office of the chirurgeonate. The response from the insurance carrier was that the duties of the Society Chirurgeon, as defined in Corpora, were not covered under the insurance policy, and there was not an available option for coverage of those duties. The response from outside counsel was that there is more liability to the SCA if the SCA has an office of the chirurgeonate.
The Board requested that a committee of current chirurgeons from across multiple North American kingdoms consider options: revising the existing office; evaluating insurance options specific to that office; eliminating that office. Given the recommendations from that committee, the following Corpora changes are proposed.
There is no intention to release the heraldry currently associated with the functions of volunteer first aiders participating in the SCA, nor to prohibit any individual from volunteering as a volunteer first aider. This proposal is driven by issues from the North American branches of the SCA. Non-North American SCA affiliates will need to determine their own needs regarding regulation of provision of first aid.
Table of Contents
Current text:
VI. H. Society Chirurgeon
Proposed change:
Delete H. Society Chirurgeon
Re-Letter I. Webminister to H.
Re-Letter J. Reservations to the Board to I.

Current text:
VII. H. The Chirurgeon
Proposed change:
Delete H. The Chirurgeon
Re-letter items I through M to H through L.
Corpora VI. D. Marshal of the Society
Current text:
The Marshal of the Society is responsible for activities related to combat, archery and equestrian activities. This includes directing the Earls Marshal of the Kingdoms in matters concerning the supervision of combat and related activities at Society events and the manner and conduct of duties of all marshals throughout the Society; working with the Society Chirurgeon to promote safety in the Society’s martial arts; and working with the Minister of Arts and Sciences to encourage research in armor and weapons. The Board specifically authorizes the Marshal to make interpretations and clarifications regarding the Rules of the Lists, with the proviso that such rulings must be reported to the Board at the following meeting. The Marshal’s rulings will stand until and unless overruled by the Board.
Proposed text:
The Marshal of the Society is responsible for activities related to combat, archery and equestrian activities. This includes directing the Earls Marshal of the Kingdoms in matters concerning the supervision of combat and related activities at Society events and the manner and conduct of duties of all marshals throughout the Society; working to promote safety in the Society’s martial arts; and working with the Minister of Arts and Sciences to encourage research in armor and weapons. The Board specifically authorizes the Marshal to make interpretations and clarifications regarding the Rules of the Lists, with the proviso that such rulings must be reported to the Board at the following meeting. The Marshal’s rulings will stand until and unless overruled by the Board.
Current text:
VI. H. The Chirurgeon
The Society Chirurgeon is responsible for organizing a program of volunteer first aid services and health-and safety hazard warnings to be made available whenever feasible at Society events, and for establishing policies for and coordinating the activities of the Kingdom Chirurgeons.
Proposed text:
Delete VI. H.
Re-letter I and J to H and I.

Current text:
VII. KINGDOM, PRINCIPALITY, AND LOCAL OFFICERS
A. General
1. Officers assist Royalty in the administration of the lands and branches of the realm. Each officer has a specific area of specialization, and a defined geographic scope. Within those bounds, an officer coordinates branch activities, and may supervise deputies or lesser officers.
2. Kingdom Great Officers are responsible directly to the Crown, but also report to a corresponding Society officer if such a Society officer exists. Each Kingdom’s Great Officer corps must include the Seneschal, the Principal Herald, the Earl Marshal, the Minister of Arts and Sciences, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Chronicler, and the Chirurgeon. No person may hold more than one of these Great offices at a time. The Crown may create additional Great Offices. Kingdom Lesser Officers and deputies are created by the Crown according to the needs of the kingdom. These officers may be supervised directly by the Crown, or be placed under the jurisdiction of a Greater Officer, and report accordingly. However, Great Officers retain ultimate responsibility for delegated functions.
Proposed text:
1. Officers assist Royalty in the administration of the lands and branches of the realm. Each officer has a specific area of specialization, and a defined geographic scope. Within those bounds, an officer coordinates branch activities, and may supervise deputies or lesser officers.
2. Kingdom Great Officers are not only responsible directly to the Crown, but also report to a corresponding Society officer if such a Society officer exists. Each Kingdom’s Great Officer corps must include the Seneschal, the Principal Herald, the Earl Marshal, the Minister of Arts and Sciences, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the Chronicler. No person may hold more than one of these Great offices at a time. The Crown may create additional Great Offices. Kingdom Lesser Officers and deputies are created by the Crown according to the needs of the kingdom. These officers may be supervised directly by the Crown, or be placed under the jurisdiction of a Greater Officer and report accordingly. However, Great Officers retain ultimate responsibility for delegated functions
VII. H. The Chirurgeon
The Chirurgeon administers the organization that is responsible for voluntary first aid at Society events, including assisting participants in tournament combat, notifying attendees of health and safety concerns, and such other related activities as kingdom law and custom may entail.
Proposed text:
Delete VII. H.
Re-letter I through M to H through L.

WARRANT TO APPOINTMENT OF OFFICE
Current text:
[ ] Chirurgeon
Proposed text:
Delete [ ] Chirurgeon
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.

2015-02-24T22:38:27-05:00February 24th, 2015|BOD Announcements|

Creation of the Order of Defense

SCA Announcements

Creation of the Order of Defense

Due to the large amount of information surrounding the additional peerage for rapier and cut and thrust, the Board of Directors decided to participate in a conference call on February 2, 2015. The Board received a large amount of additional comments and suggestions in the two weeks following the January 17 quarterly meeting. This was considered in addition to the first Board call for commentary on this issue.

At the February 2, 2015 special conference call meeting of the Board of Directors, the Board discussed the history of the APEC proposal process, the commentary received from the membership, and the various options available to the Board. The Order of Defense proposal was the result of many years of effort, and while the commentary from the membership opened the Board’s eyes to other options and possibilities, the Board decided at this time to reconsider the proposal to change Corpora to create the Order of Defense.  During the call a motion was made and seconded to approve the changes to Corpora, and such motion passed 6 votes for and 1 against.

Motion to approve the proposed changes to Corpora that will create the new peerage, Order of Defense, and direct Laurel Sovereign of Arms to submit such name and heraldry to the heraldic comment process, with the intention of opening the Order on May 1, 2015. Voted in favor of the motion: Arthur Donadio, Andrew Coleman, John Fulton, David Keen and Lisa May. Voted against the motion: Lisa Czudnochowsky. Chairman Scott Berk exercised his option to vote and did so in favor of the motion. Motion passed.

Motion in the matter of the Order of Defense to waive the requirements of Corpora Section IV.G. that the Crown consult the members of a peerage order prior to inducting new members of that order, but only in the case of the first three (3) members of the Order of Defense.  Once there are three members of the Order of Defense in a kingdom, the Crown must consult the Order per Corpora prior to adding members. Voted in favor of the motion: Arthur Donadio, Andrew Coleman, Lisa Czudnochowsky John Fulton, David Keen and Lisa May. Opposed: none. Chairman Scott Berk exercised his option to vote and did so in favor of the motion. Motion passed.

No candidate may be inducted into the Order of Defense before May 1, 2015. All candidates inducted into the Order of Defense on May 1, 2015, will carry equal precedence, regardless of the time of day each such candidate was inducted.

Five years ago, the enormous response in favor of a path to peerage was specifically focused on rapier and cut and thrust combat. When and if another martial activity engenders the response from the membership at large that rapier and cut and thrust did, when another martial activity has the depth, breadth and community as exists for rapier and cut and thrust, then the Board of Directors may investigate the possibility of facilitating a path to peerage for such martial activity.

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.

2015-02-02T23:22:58-05:00February 2nd, 2015|BOD Announcements|

February 2, 2015 Conference Call

Due to the large amount of information surrounding the additional peerage matter, the Board of Directors has decided to participate in a conference call on February 2, 2015.  This is not an unusual occurrence.  Conference call meetings are regularly held to help facilitate communication, especially on important issues.  This meeting was scheduled for further discussion of the results, reactions, and information that came forth after the last meeting’s failed vote on the peerage language change. 

 

The Board would like to assure the membership that they are reading all the comments that have been sent to them so far on the issue.  Anyone who would like their opinion heard is encouraged to write the Board at sca-comments@lists.sca.org

 

2015-01-27T15:37:51-05:00January 27th, 2015|BOD Announcements, Society Announcements|

Resignation of the Society Chirurgeon

At the Jan 2015 quarterly board meeting, the board accepted the resignation of the Society Chirurgeon, and directed the President to handle the responsibilities of that office until further notice. The chirurgeon@sca.org email address is now forwarded to the President, and the president@sca.org email address has been added to the KC email list.

As of now, the Chirurgeonate structure still exists as it had before the January BoD meeting. The only change effective as of the Jan board meeting is the resignation of the Society Chirurgeon and transfer of responsibilities to the President. The Chirurgeon Committee’s recommendations would require Corpora changes, which have not yet been sent out for commentary by the membership.
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.

2015-01-21T09:47:43-05:00January 21st, 2015|BOD Announcements|

Proposed Corpora Change Results – 4th Peerage

At the January 17, 2015 Board of Directors meeting in Milpitas, CA, the Board voted against revising Corpora to establish a rapier peerage. The Board also voted to delete wording that labeled rapier as an ancillary activity of the SCA and replace it with wording that unambiguously established rattan as the only permitted weapons in a Royal List. The ramifications of the two votes has generated quite a bit of discussion on social media about a number of things, but the Board did not make any decisions concerning anything at all except turning down the rapier peerage proposal and adding a statement that Royal Lists may only be fought with rattan weapons. This letter is intended by the Board to respond to the most prevalent rumors circulating in response to the Board actions of Saturday.

The Board Votes.

The Board was split on the question of the rapier peerage. Three directors voted to approve the Corpora changes and the resulting establishment of a rapier peerage because they believe that while rapier should really be recognized by the Chivalry, trying to force inclusion in the Chivalry by Board fiat would not work, and they were willing to vote yes on the proposal as a good compromise. Two directors felt rapier should be recognized as part of a peerage that recognizes all non-rattan martial arts and not a separate peerage. Two directors believed rapier should be recognized in the Chivalry. So, with a 4-3 vote against the proposed Corpora changes, which would have established a separate rapier peerage, no change will take place at this time.

The only other action the Board took concerning rapier in the SCA was removing language dating from 1979 saying that rapier was an “ancillary” activity of the SCA and, to make it clear that we are not discarding the traditions of Crown Tourney, the Board then made it very clear that only rattan combat may be used in a Royal list. This change to Corpora received the unanimous approval of the Board.

Response to Social Media Discussions.

First, the Board received commentary from less than 2% of the membership over the entire 3 years and all requests for comments on the rapier peerage issue. Many people wrote in more than once, but repeating an opinion doesn’t count as a separate opinion. However, it was not the lack of commentary that influenced some Board members to vote against the proposal; it was the fact that the small amount of commentary the Board did receive trended against a separate rapier peerage. The majority of comments received in favor of recognizing rapier with a peerage said that rapier should either be included in the Order of the Chivalry or in a new peerage that included all non-rattan combat. The result of such a relatively small number of people commenting is that the opinions the Board did receive were given greater weight – if a larger number of those who supported the separate rapier peerage had commented, a different result might very well have resulted. There’s no way to know that for sure, but it underscores the importance of writing in to let the Board know your opinions about proposed changes to Corpora.

Second, the Board did not open the Order of the Chivalry to inclusion of rapier fighters. There is a 1999 policy interpretation from the Society Seneschal (upheld by the Board at that time) specifically stating that the Order of the Chivalry is intended for rattan combatants only. It would take a new policy interpretation (which would need to be upheld by the current Board) or other Board action to change that fact. The Board’s intention in removing the “ancillary activity” language had nothing to do with making rapier knights. The Board removed the “ancillary activity” language because it was simply no longer accurate or true. It may have been true long ago when it was added to Corpora, but times have definitely changed. Rapier has permeated the fabric of the Society, and the Board felt that the language needed to be removed. However, in order to clarify that we weren’t changing the rules regarding Crown Tourneys by the deletion of the “ancillary activity” language, the Board added language restricting Crown Tourneys to rattan weapons.

The Board discussed removal of the “ancillary activity” language months ago and sent it out for comment at the same time as the additional peerage language. We understand that some people are unhappy the various changes weren’t put out in separate announcements, but it never occurred to us to send out multiple announcements on the same general subject at the same time.  The Board received commentary on that section, as well as the rapier peerage sections, and we can’t recall any comments that disagreed with the deletion.

People will always understand what they read through the filter of their own opinions and biases, and the fact that some have made certain interpretations and raised them on social media does not make those interpretations factual. Also, a strongly expressed opinion by one or two Board members does not constitute the opinion of the entire Board of Directors of the SCA, so any assumptions made based on one or two such opinions are also not based in fact. It takes a vote of 5 out of 7 directors to make changes to Corpora, individual director opinions notwithstanding. Any official opinion of the Board of Directors will always be labeled as such, will always come through the approved communication channels and will always be posted on the corporate web site.

We welcome your comments which can be sent to: SCA Inc. Box 360789 Milpitas, CA 95036.

You may also email comments at lists.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.

2015-01-19T22:18:29-05:00January 19th, 2015|BOD Announcements|

Board of Directors – Meeting Schedule

The Board of Directors would like to thank all those who took the time to attend the First Quarter 2015 meeting in Milpitas, California.

They would like to remind the membership that the Second Quarter 2015 will be taking place in the Middle Kingdom on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Cincinnati – River Center
10 East Rivercenter Boulevard, Covington Kentucky, 41011.
Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.
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.

2015-01-19T13:25:12-05:00January 19th, 2015|BOD Announcements, Quarterly Meeting, Society Announcements|

First Quarter 2015 Board Meeting

The Board of Directors would like to remind the membership
that the First Quarter 2015 Board Meeting is scheduled for tomorrow
Saturday, January 17, 2015.

The location is
Mt. Olive Church
1989 E Calaveras Blvd
Milpitas, California

Start time is 9:00 a.m.
All members are welcome to attend.
Modern clothing is appreciated.

Please send any questions to ea at 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.

2015-01-16T14:56:57-05:00January 16th, 2015|BOD Announcements, Quarterly Meeting, Society Announcements|

APEC Proposal – Commentary Being Accepted

Currently open for commentary is a proposal by the Additional Peerage Exploratory Committee (“APEC”) for a new Rapier Peerage.  The language for this proposal can be found below.  Due to the long-reaching effects of this proposal, the Board of Directors would like to emphasize that commentary is being accepted until January 15, 2015, and would strongly recommend that all members forward their opinions for consideration.

 

+++++++++++++++

 

At the July 2013 Board Meeting, the Additional Peerage Exploratory Committee (“APEC”) proposed that the Board of Directors create a new Patent-bearing Peerage Order parallel to the Orders of the Chivalry, the Laurel and the Pelican. This Rapier Peerage would be for the related martial arts of rapier and all forms of cut & thrust in the SCA. In August of 2013, the APEC’s proposal for name, heraldry and badge was sent out to the membership for commentary, and a second committee was formed of representatives appointed by the Kingdoms of the Known World to review the proposal and represent their interests. After reviewing all commentary received from the membership and the committees, the Board believes there is enough interest to request further commentary on the changes that would be required to Corpora if the Board decides to create such an Order. This will be the final opportunity for the membership to make its opinions and wishes known on this subject as the Board will vote at the January 2015 Board meeting on whether or not to create this Order.

 

In the event a rapier/cut & thrust peerage is created, the following would be the proposed changes to Corpora (additions in red; deletions in blue and struck out.)

 

Glossary, page 9.

 

DELETE

 

[• Peerage: Collectively, the members of the Order of Chivalry, the Order of the Laurel, and the Order of the Pelican, are referred to as the Peerage. A member of any of these Orders is a Peer.]

 

ADD

 

  • Peerage: Collectively, the members of the Order of Chivalry, the Order of the Laurel, and the Order of the Pelican, and the Order of Defense are referred to as the Peerage. A member of any of these Orders is a Peer.

 

VIII. PERSONAL AWARDS AND TITLES

 

  1. Patents of Arms

 

  1. Order of Precedence Within the Peerage

DELETE

[The Crown may establish the order of precedence within the peerage according to the laws and customs of the kingdom. However, the Chivalry, the Laurel, and the Pelican, and Defense are of equal precedence and must be considered as one group.]

 

ADD

The Crown may establish the order of precedence within the peerage according to the laws and customs of the kingdom. However, the orders of the Chivalry, the Laurel, and the Pelican, and Defense are of equal precedence and must be considered as one group.

 

  1. Patent Orders:

 

ADD

 

  1. The Order of Defense:

(i) Members of the Order of Defense may choose to swear fealty, but are not required to do so. The candidate must be considered the equal of his or her prospective peers with the basic weapons of rapier and/or cut-and-thrust combat. The candidate must have applied this skill and/or knowledge for the instruction of members and service to the kingdom to an extent above and beyond that normally expected of members of the Society.

 

(2) The duties of the members of the order are as follows:

 

(a)     To set an example of courtesy and chivalrous conduct on and off the field of honor.

(b)     To respect the Crown of the kingdom; to support and uphold the laws of the kingdom and Corpora.

(c)     If in fealty, to support and uphold the Crown of his or her kingdom.

(d)     To enrich the kingdom by sharing his or her knowledge and skills.

(e)     To enhance the renown and defend the honor of the peer’s Lady or Lord.

(f)     To advise the Crown on the advancement of candidates for the Order of Defense

 

(The section on royal peerage becomes section e, etc.)

 

  1. Titles
  2. The titles listed here are considered standard, and may be used by those who have earned or been granted the appropriate rank or award within the Society. The College of Arms publishes a more extensive list of titles and alternative forms, which may also be used freely by qualified persons. In addition, the College of Arms has full approval authority over new alternative titles, which must be added to their list before being released for use in the Society.

 

DELETE

 

TITLE

 

Master/Mistress

Members of the Orders of the Laurel, the Pelican, and Mastery of Arms.

 

ADD

 

TITLE

 

Master/Mistress

Members of the Orders of the Laurel, the Pelican, Mastery of Arms, and Defense.

 

  1. Society Combat

 

DELETE:

 

[C. Rapier Fighting in the Society

The Board acknowledges rapier combat as an ancillary activity of the Society when properly supervised by the Marshals and when approved by individual kingdoms. Rapier combat may take place within a kingdom only by rules established by the Marshallate of that kingdom and after the approval of those rules by the Marshal of the Society. The Marshal of the Society will maintain guidelines for rapier combat within the Society. Rapier combat, not having been part of formal tournament combat in the Middle Ages, shall not be a part of formal tournament lists for royal ranks and armigerous titles. ]

 

ADD

 

  1. Royal Lists

Only Chivalric (rattan) combat shall be used for formal tournament lists for royal ranks.

 

[This last might need some explanation. The current Section IX.C is a holdover from a Governing and Policy decision from October 1979, when the Board decided that rapier combat would be allowed in the SCA as an ancillary activity. Rapier combat is no longer considered an ancillary activity and has not been for many years. Also, the duties of the Society Earl Marshal are properly defined in section VI.D. So this section is reduced to a single clear, unambiguous rule.]

 

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:

SCA Inc.

Box 360789

Milpitas, CA 95036

 

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

 

The deadline for comments for the following is January 15, 2015.

 

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2014-12-02T21:54:35-05:00December 2nd, 2014|BOD Announcements|

APEC – Proposed Corpora Change

At the July 2013 Board Meeting, the Additional Peerage Exploratory Committee (“APEC”) proposed that the Board of Directors create a new Patent-bearing Peerage Order parallel to the Orders of the Chivalry, the Laurel and the Pelican. This Rapier Peerage would be for the related martial arts of rapier and all forms of cut & thrust in the SCA. In August of 2013, the APEC’s proposal for name, heraldry and badge was sent out to the membership for commentary, and a second committee was formed of representatives appointed by the Kingdoms of the Known World to review the proposal and represent their interests. After reviewing all commentary received from the membership and the committees, the Board believes there is enough interest to request further commentary on the changes that would be required to Corpora if the Board decides to create such an Order. This will be the final opportunity for the membership to make its opinions and wishes known on this subject as the Board will vote at the January 2015 Board meeting on whether or not to create this Order.

In the event a rapier/cut & thrust peerage is created, the following would be the proposed changes to Corpora (additions in red; deletions in blue and struck out.)

Glossary, page 9.

DELETE

[• Peerage: Collectively, the members of the Order of Chivalry, the Order of the Laurel, and the Order of the Pelican, are referred to as the Peerage. A member of any of these Orders is a Peer.]

ADD

• Peerage: Collectively, the members of the Order of Chivalry, the Order of the Laurel, and the Order of the Pelican, and the Order of Defense are referred to as the Peerage. A member of any of these Orders is a Peer.

VIII. PERSONAL AWARDS AND TITLES

A. Patents of Arms

2. Order of Precedence Within the Peerage
DELETE
[The Crown may establish the order of precedence within the peerage according to the laws and customs of the kingdom. However, the Chivalry, the Laurel, and the Pelican, and Defense are of equal precedence and must be considered as one group.]

ADD
The Crown may establish the order of precedence within the peerage according to the laws and customs of the kingdom. However, the orders of the Chivalry, the Laurel, and the Pelican, and Defense are of equal precedence and must be considered as one group.

4. Patent Orders:

ADD

d. The Order of Defense:
(i) Members of the Order of Defense may choose to swear fealty, but are not required to do so. The candidate must be considered the equal of his or her prospective peers with the basic weapons of rapier and/or cut-and-thrust combat. The candidate must have applied this skill and/or knowledge for the instruction of members and service to the kingdom to an extent above and beyond that normally expected of members of the Society.

(2) The duties of the members of the order are as follows:

(a)     To set an example of courtesy and chivalrous conduct on and off the field of honor.
(b)     To respect the Crown of the kingdom; to support and uphold the laws of the kingdom and Corpora.
(c)     If in fealty, to support and uphold the Crown of his or her kingdom.
(d)     To enrich the kingdom by sharing his or her knowledge and skills.
(e)     To enhance the renown and defend the honor of the peer’s Lady or Lord.
(f)     To advise the Crown on the advancement of candidates for the Order of Defense

(The section on royal peerage becomes section e, etc.)

D. Titles
4. The titles listed here are considered standard, and may be used by those who have earned or been granted the appropriate rank or award within the Society. The College of Arms publishes a more extensive list of titles and alternative forms, which may also be used freely by qualified persons. In addition, the College of Arms has full approval authority over new alternative titles, which must be added to their list before being released for use in the Society.

DELETE

[TITLE

Master/Mistress
Members of the Orders of the Laurel, the Pelican, and Mastery of Arms.]

ADD

TITLE

Master/Mistress
Members of the Orders of the Laurel, the Pelican, Mastery of Arms, and Defense.

IX. Society Combat

DELETE:

[C. Rapier Fighting in the Society
The Board acknowledges rapier combat as an ancillary activity of the Society when properly supervised by the Marshals and when approved by individual kingdoms. Rapier combat may take place within a kingdom only by rules established by the Marshallate of that kingdom and after the approval of those rules by the Marshal of the Society. The Marshal of the Society will maintain guidelines for rapier combat within the Society. Rapier combat, not having been part of formal tournament combat in the Middle Ages, shall not be a part of formal tournament lists for royal ranks and armigerous titles. ]

ADD

C. Royal Lists
Only Chivalric (rattan) combat shall be used for formal tournament lists for royal ranks.

[This last might need some explanation. The current Section IX.C is a holdover from a Governing and Policy decision from October 1979, when the Board decided that rapier combat would be allowed in the SCA as an ancillary activity. Rapier combat is no longer considered an ancillary activity and has not been for many years. Also, the duties of the Society Earl Marshal are properly defined in section VI.D. So this section is reduced to a single clear, unambiguous rule.]

 

The deadline for comments for the following is January 15, 2015.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
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2014-11-13T12:17:39-05:00November 12th, 2014|BOD Announcements|

Proposed Corpora Language Change – Corpora VIII.B.4

The SCA Board of Directors seeks commentary on the following proposed Corpora language change.

Current language for Corpora VIII.B.4

Non-armigerous awards and orders may be established by a kingdom, principality or barony, according to the laws and customs of the kingdom. The names and insignia of these awards and orders must be ratified by the Laurel Sovereign of Arms.

 

Proposed language for Corpora VIII.B.4

Non-armigerous awards and orders may be established by a kingdom, principality or barony, according to the laws and customs of the kingdom. The names and armory of these awards and orders must be registered by the Laurel Sovereign of Arms.

 

The Board of Directors seeks comments on the proposed language through 01/31/2015, which can be directed to comments at sca.org.
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2014-10-29T17:36:08-04:00October 29th, 2014|BOD Announcements|

Board of Directors Meeting – 10-25-14 – St. Louis

The Board of Directors would like to remind all who will be in the area and available that they are invited to attend the 4th Quarter Board of Directors Meeting. It will be held Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Embassy Suites located at 610 North 7th Street, Saint Louis, Missouri 63101. The start time is 9:00 a.m. and modern clothing is appreciated.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet the Directors and Corporate Officers, ask questions and learn a little bit about how the business side of the SCA works. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at ea@sca.org.
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2014-10-24T11:04:52-04:00October 24th, 2014|BOD Announcements, Quarterly Meeting|

Proposed Corpora Language Change

The SCA Board of Directors seeks commentary on a proposed Corpora language change recommended by the Laurel Sovereign at Arms.

Current language for Corpora VIII.B.2

2. Kingdoms may establish awards and orders conferring Awards or Grants of Arms, and the Crown may award membership in such orders according to the laws and customs of the kingdom. The names and insignia of these awards and orders must be ratified by the Laurel Sovereign of Arms. The order of precedence among orders conferring Awards or Grants of Arms shall be established according to the laws and customs of the kingdoms. Principalities may establish their own awards and orders, but the approval of the Crown is required before these awards and orders may convey Arms.

Proposed language for Corpora VIII.B.2

2. Kingdoms may establish awards and orders conferring Awards or Grants of Arms, and the Crown may award membership in such orders according to the laws and customs of the kingdom. The names and armory of these awards and orders must be registered by the Laurel Sovereign of Arms. The order of precedence among orders conferring Awards or Grants of Arms shall be established according to the laws and customs of the kingdoms. Principalities may establish their own awards and orders, but the approval of the Crown is required before these awards and orders may convey Arms.

The Board of Directors seeks comments on the proposed language  through 10/18/2014, which can be directed to sca-comments@lists.sca.org.

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2014-09-15T10:32:34-04:00August 18th, 2014|BOD Announcements|

A New Deputy Society Seneschal Office

 

The SCA Board of Directors is directing the Society Seneschal to develop and implement a new Deputy Society Seneschal Office and accompanying kingdom level infrastructure to deal with broad-based event support services.

The core activity and a core competency of the Society for Creative Anachronism is holding events – and our event autocrats and event staff are tremendous volunteer resources who typically shoulder the burden for our mutual benefit over and over and over again.

The Board of Directors of the SCA, Inc. believes that it is possible for the Society to take steps to reduce some of that burden by providing an ongoing information clearinghouse resource to provide autocrats and event staff with lists of providers of the support services needed to hold and best manage SCA events.

With this initiative coordinated by a Society-level Deputy Seneschal, and information gathered, managed, and supervised at the Kingdom level by deputy Seneschals, the new Office might thus gather, manage, and provide valuable and timely information for those who put together our events and activities.  The new Office will be charged with developing a clearinghouse of event support services like local port-a-john providers, local externally certified SCA first-aid volunteers, local emergency services companies, perhaps even local event sites, etc…  The Office might not only provide a list of providers, but could also provide additional information about those providers — such as if they had been used successfully or unsuccessfully by the SCA in the past, if they provided competitive or uncompetitive rates, basic information about their certifications/licensing (where applicable), etc…

This new Deputy Office will thus be responsible for providing information about the types of services listed above so that they might be made available for events when wanted or needed, along with information about the broader range of services of use to event planning and implementation staff.

The Office will be created as a new Deputy Seneschal position and, like the Deputies of all offices (e.g., the Seneschallate, Marshallate, Office of the Exchequer, Arts & Sciences Office, Herald, etc…) will act to develop and coordinate these resources at a Kingdom-level.

 

 

Comments regarding the creation of this new office should be sent to both sca-comments@lists.sca.org and seneschal@sca.org. Comments may also be sent by mail to:

SCA Inc.

Box 360789

Milpitas, CA 95036

 

 

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Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
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2014-02-14T16:24:39-05:00February 14th, 2014|BOD Announcements|

Announcement Regarding the Society Chirurgeonate Request for Comments

 

Announcement Regarding the Society Chirurgeonate Request for Comments

 

The SCA Board of Directors seeks commentary on a proposal to eliminate the official Office of the Chirurgeonate, and the associated changes to Corpora necessary to accomplish this action.

 

The Office of the Society Chirurgeon has been providing exemplary service to the Society since 1986. The Society and Board of Directors are tremendously grateful for the sterling service the Office of the Society Chirurgeon has provided over the years, and hope to continue to allow licensed first aid providers to provide such service, while needing to take into account the realities of the climate in which the SCA currently operates.

 

The Board of Directors has been advised by its outside counsel, as well as by its insurance company, that having officers of the Corporation acting as emergency services providers and warranting them as official Chirurgeons represents an unacceptable assumption of liability by the Corporation for the actions of these individuals. The SCA can allow individual medical professionals to provide emergency care under their own licenses and the various Good Samaritan laws. Such services can also be provided by professional emergency services organizations and companies that provide such services. However, having corporate officers and warranted officials do so represents an unacceptable risk according to both our outside counsel and our insurance company.

 

Acting upon the recommendations of our professional advisors, the Board of Directors of the SCA, Inc. seeks commentary regarding a proposal to eliminate the Office of the Society Chirurgeon, the Kingdom and local Chirurgeons, and all associated Deputies and warranted Chirurgeons as of a future date. All Society Chirurgeonate activities and warrants of office would cease at that time. Any emergency services at SCA activities would thereafter only be performed by Good Samaritans under their own licenses, or by professionals or professional organizations specifically hired or called by event staff to provide such services.

 

Individuals with appropriate emergency care related licenses or those acting under the general Good Samaritan laws that might be applicable are, of course, free to provide emergency care at SCA activities under the terms of their licenses and applicable state and local laws. However, they would be doing so as volunteers and would not be warranted by the SCA nor hold an SCA office related to the provision of emergency care services. Similarly, professional emergency care organizations (e.g., municipal, non-profit or for-profit ambulance providers) that are not affiliated with or part of the SCA or any SCA organization, might provide emergency care services at SCA events (particularly larger SCA wars) through arranged voluntary or for-hire agreements with event staff. Licensed individuals would still be able to provide significant service to their local groups, Kingdoms, and the Society by offering to provide any emergency services under their own licenses (and would thus be worthy of any and all appropriate awards) — but would no longer be providing such services through an official Society Chirurgeonate.

 

The SCA would no longer maintain an Office of the Society Chirurgeon, Kingdom or local Chirurgeons, or warrant any Chirurgeons or Chirurgeonate activity. However, individuals are still encouraged to meet and pursue any and all SCA-related interests on their own. People are, of course, free to pursue and provide emergency care at SCA activities as licensed medical practitioners under the licensing laws of their state or any Good Samaritan laws that might be applicable. Any such unofficial organizations, communications, or provision of emergency care related services would not be sponsored or overseen by the SCA, Inc. or any of its groups.

 

The SCA would no longer have Corporate, Kingdom, or local Chirurgeon officers or warranted Chirurgeons, so any and all class material taught on any related subjects would be developed and provided by SCA members individually and based on their own accreditation, licenses, and experience. Because the SCA, Inc., does not endorse or supply the content of any classes taught at SCA activities (other than those being taught by Officers in support of their Office), individual members are free to teach classes on any material that might be related to unofficial first aid activities, but would be doing so strictly as individuals with no official sanction or involvement of SCA, Inc. As individuals, such service could also be considered worthy of any and all appropriate awards, although there would be no relationship to an official Society Chirurgeonate.

 

The Board of Directors seeks comments on the matter through 03/18/2014, which can be directed to sca-comments@lists.sca.org. Additionally, we invite all those interested to send their comments to the Society Chirurgeon (chirurgeon@sca.org). The Board of Directors invites the populace to take advantage of the range of our communication outlets — including email lists, social media venues, and public meetings — to discuss the issue, but would simply like to remind everybody that courtesy and the presumption of honor are core values of the Society, and apply equally in on line venues as they do at SCA events. Additionally, the Board of Directors will be holding a public meeting at Gulf Wars, where these interested in discussing this issue are welcome to hear what the Board has to say and share their feedback.

 
Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
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2014-04-06T19:08:57-04:00January 18th, 2014|BOD Announcements|

4th Quarter Board Meeting – October 19, 2013

The Board of Directors would like to remind the membership that the Fourth Quarter 2013 Board Meeting will take place in the Kingdom of Trimaris on October 19, 2013.

 

The location will be the Embassy Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista, 8100 Lake St Orlando, FL 32836, (407) 239-1144 and the start time will be 9:00 a.m.

 

All members are welcome to attend. Modern clothing is appreciated. Please send any questions to ea at sca.org.
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2013-10-17T21:44:23-04:00October 17th, 2013|BOD Announcements, Quarterly Meeting|

Request for Commentary on Sanctions and Corpora

Over a year ago the office of the Society Seneschal began a complete revamp of the sanction process. The Grand Council assisted in this mammoth project as did past society Seneschals, Kingdom Seneschals, members of the Royalty and past board members. Special thanks to the feedback from individuals that have gone through the sanction process in the past and the subscribers to the Society Seneschal’s unofficial Facebook page.

The new sanction guide cannot exist without changes to corpora therefore both of these documents are being put up for commentary as they are matched pair. You can find PDFs of those documents on the Society Seneschal’s webpage at http://socsen.sca.org/. Commentary will be open for 60 days and should be sent to sca-comments@lists.sca.org. The commentary period concludes December 28, 2013. It will be helpful to reference specific page number and section number.

The plan is to hopefully put this project in front of the board for approval at the January 2014 board meeting. If you have questions for me directly please contact me at seneschal@sca.org.

Sir Modius von Mergentheim
Society Seneschal

 

Sanction Guide Ver1.01 Jan2014 with charts 

Corpora Redline Sanctions 01012014

2013-09-30T11:58:07-04:00September 30th, 2013|BOD Announcements, Society Seneshal's Desk|

Director-Elect Selected

The SCA Board of Directors would like to announce that David Keen / Master David of Caithness, has agreed to accept the position of Director-Elect.  Mr. Keen/Master David hails from the Kingdom of Caid.  He will be replacing Director Mark Faulcon, whose term ends at the close of business at the October 2013 quarterly meeting.

 

The Board would also like to remind the membership that Board nominations are encouraged and appreciated.  Any SCA member may nominate any member, including themselves.  Please contact Director Max Nelson, Board Recruiting at recruiting@sca.org for more information or visit the website at http://www.sca.org/BOD/nominees.html.
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2013-08-28T10:56:55-04:00August 28th, 2013|BOD Announcements|

Additional Peerage Exploratory Committee (“APEC”)

At the July 2013 Board Meeting, the Additional Peerage Exploratory Committee (“APEC”) proposed that the Board of Directors create a new Patent-bearing Peerage Order parallel to the Orders of the Chivalry, the Laurel and the Pelican. This Rapier Peerage would be for the related martial arts of rapier and all forms of cut & thrust in the SCA.

 

As announced in the Board’s original call for nominations to the APEC in March 2012, the APEC’s report is now published to the membership for comment. To access the APEC report, you may click on this link or go to http://sca.org/BOD/announcements/APECProposal.pdf. The commentary period is open until December 15, 2013.

 

Once the commentary period has expired, a larger and more representative Review Committee will then review the APEC’s proposal and all comments received from the membership on the proposal. The Review Committee will be established by the Board and will be comprised of representatives selected by the relevant groups and organizations within and across the Society (e.g., the Kingdoms, Peerages, Heralds, Seneschals, Grand Council, Rapier Fencing Community, and C&T Fencing Community) as a final input into the process.

 

The Board will work with the Kingdoms, the College of Heralds, the Seneschallate and the Grand Council to request their nominees to the Review Committee. The Board now solicits letters of intent from individuals willing to serve on the Review Committee as representatives of the Orders of the Chivalry, the Laurel and the Pelican, the Rapier Fencing Community and the Cut and Thrust Fencing Community. Hard copies of resumes (both professional and SCA related, including offices held and honors) must be sent 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 peerageexploratorycommittee@sca.org and resumes@sca.org.

 

The Board welcomes all commentary throughout this exploratory process from the populace at large. Please send commentary to Comments@sca.org and include “Potential New Peerage” in the subject line.
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2013-08-22T18:42:32-04:00August 22nd, 2013|BOD Announcements|

3rd Quarter Board Meeting Info

The Board of Directors would like to remind the membership that the Third Quarter 2013 Board Meeting will take place in the West Kingdom on July 13, 2013.  The location will be Mt. Olive Church on 1989 E Calaveras Blvd in Milpitas, California and the start time will be 9:00 a.m.  All members are welcome to attend.  Modern clothing is appreciated.  Please send any questions to ea@sca.org.

 
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2013-07-05T19:52:17-04:00July 5th, 2013|BOD Announcements, Quarterly Meeting|

Corpora Section X Announcement

Greetings unto the Populace of the SCA,

As you may be aware, the Society has been reviewing all Corporate documents with reference to Sanctions and sanction language. The goal is to create a comprehensive Sanction Guide.

The first stage of this review was performed by the Grand Council. The Grand Council was charged with finding, compiling, and reporting all references to sanction language contained within all the Corporate documents. The final report from the Grand Council was 38 pages long and contained many duplicated instances of the same sanction language.

With continuing efforts to create a Sanction Guide, we had to consider a revision to Section X in Corpora entitled “Sanctions”. Once again, the Grand Council was asked to revisit all the references to sanction language in Corpora and compile it and distill it into a simple but clear and concise section of language that would work in conjunction with the new Sanction Policy/Procedure once finally approved.

This phase simplifies and moves all grievance and sanction language to one spot in Corpora.

Proposed Revision to Corpora Section X – Grievances and Sanctions

Proposed Corpora Revision 06/2013 to run 60 days until 8/15/13.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
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2013-07-04T16:03:27-04:00June 15th, 2013|BOD Announcements|

Greetings from the Incoming President

Greetings!

I would like to share with everyone the following letter from our most recent SCA President, Tom Hughes. As he indicates, it has been a busy past three years for the SCA, and his summary speaks for itself. We thank him for his time spent on behalf of our organization!

There have been other position changes effective this past weekend, please welcome Arthur Donadio as the newest Director, Mark Faulcon as Chairman, and Lisa May as Vice-Chair.

As always, we encourage everyone to share their thoughts, concerns, questions with us at sca-comments@lists.sca.org.

 

Leslie Vaughn

Incoming President, SCA, Inc.

 

 

April 20, 2013

 

Greetings unto the SCA,

 

I stepped down at the end of the April 2013 Board Meeting. During the past three years, it has been my extreme pleasure and supreme honor to serve you and the members of the SCA. When I stepped up as Interim Society Exchequer in January 2010 and then as President in July 2010, the SCA was slowly bleeding to death financially since the revenue and cost models were out of balance, the Corporate Staff was burdened the need to manage responses to the legal matters in Pennsylvania, and the SCA was responding to changes in state laws and enforcement relative to foreign corporations as it relates to SCA, Inc. operating in states other than California. There have been many accomplishments which we can celebrate. These include:

 

1. Formation of 15 subsidiaries;

2. Returning the SCA to a cash-flow positive basis;

3. Revising the revenue model for the SCA;

4. Reducing the operating costs for publication of the SCA’s kingdom newsletters.

5. Creation of the Vice President of Information Technology to guide the SCA’s use of computer and information technology.

6. Upgrades to the SCA’s information technology infrastructure.

7. Development of electronic newsletters for sustaining members.

8. Settling the Pennsylvania lawsuit;

9. Settling the lawsuit against the non-compliant insurance companies;

10. Regulating youth combat at Society level;

11. Development of an updated, draft Youth Policy; and

12. Establishment of the new Youth and Family Activities Program.

 

The SCA Board has embarked on developing and adopting a new Long Range Plan which represents a “renaissance in SCA governance.” I firmly believe that these efforts will result in a better game and a better corporation. However, some opportunities remain for continued improvement, namely: attracting and retaining members; continuing to make the SCA a member, family and youth friendly social organization; and maintaining a long term sustainable organization.

 

As I depart, I end by repeating my usual mantra: I command all SCA members to “Have fun and make our game fun for everyone, everyday!”

 

As always, I remain in service to the SCA. Your humble civil servant,

Thomas W. Hughes

Thomas W. Hughes

Out-going President, SCA Inc.
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2013-07-04T14:52:19-04:00April 26th, 2013|BOD Announcements|

PayPal Testing

The Board of Directors has granted a one-time variance to the following Society Financial Policy, Section XII, B to allow the Barony of Gyldenholt, Caid to test the PayPal system for accepting credit cards at the Gyldenhold – Calafia Friendship Tournament on March 9, 2013. The Society Exchequer is currently evaluating the feasibility of PayPal for future SCA usage at events using this event as a test. Please direct any questions to the Society Exchequer at exchequer@sca.org.
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