Society Announcements

Request for Commentary – Mission Statement

Currently open for commentary is a proposal to expand the Society’s Mission Statement.

The Mission Statement currently reads as follows:

The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (SCA) is an international organization devoted to the research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century life, employing knowledge of history to enrich participants’ lives and the lives of others through events, demonstrations, and other educational venues.

The proposed revision reads as follows:

The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (the “Society”) is a 501(c)3 Educational Not-for-Profit organization devoted to the study of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.  As a living history group, the Society provides an environment in which members can recreate various aspects of the culture and technology of the period, as well as doing more traditional historical research.

The Society’s mission is to promote the research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century life, employing knowledge of history to enrich the lives of participants and others through live events and other educational venues.

In pursuing this mission, the Society is committed to excellence in its programs and activities and to

∙ act in accordance with the chivalric virtues of honor and service;
∙ value and respect the worth and dignity of all individuals;
∙ practice inclusiveness and respect pluralism and diversity;
∙ promote a safe and respectful environment for all Society events;
∙ act with transparency, fairness, integrity and honesty;
∙ be a responsible steward of Society resources; and,
∙ be committed to maintaining the trust of its members and participants.

It is the expectation of the Society that its members and participants, in all events and activities of the Society, will conduct themselves in accordance with these tenets.

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Comments may also be emailed to comments@lists.sca.org. Please use “Mission Statement” in the subject line. Comments may also be mailed to the attention of ‘Attn: Mission Statement’, SCA, Inc., P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789.

Commentary will be accepted until April 1, 2018.
 
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.

2018-01-27T17:37:39-05:00January 27th, 2018|BOD Announcements, bylaws commentary, Society Announcements|

SCA.org Hardware Migration Downtime

SCA.org will be offline a planned hardware migration starting Friday, February 9, 2018 around 22:00 (10:00 pm) Central Time. We expect to be back online by Saturday, February 10 by 9:00 am.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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.

2018-01-27T17:24:23-05:00January 27th, 2018|Society Announcements|

People on the Move – Director-Elect Seat E

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Carter (Quintus Aurelius Dracontius) as Director-Elect for Seat E for the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Craig Carter is the Chief Operating Officer for Radiology Associates of North Texas. Quintus Aurelius Dracontius is a Duke and a Knight from the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

Mr. Carter will take his seat at the conclusion of the April 2018 quarterly meeting.

The Board of Directors of the SCA Inc. establishes the rules of the Society’s historical recreation activities and minimum administrative requirements for officers and branches. It is the final arbiter of the interpretations of these rules as made by the officers of the Society. Members of the SCA Board of Directors serve three-and-a-half year terms. Candidates for the Board are nominated by SCA members and participants. For more information on this process please contact Director Chele Martines at recruiting@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.

2017-12-08T18:25:42-05:00December 8th, 2017|BOD Announcements, Society Announcements|

President’s Announcement – AmazonSmile Program

Greetings unto the Populace of the SCA,

As 2017 comes to a close, we wanted to update you on our partnership with the AmazonSmile program.  As of November 2017, AmazonSmile has donated an additional $880.68 to the Society For Creative Anachronism, Inc. for the period of July 1 to September 30.

The total received from AmazonSmile since July, 2014 totals $8,304.48.

It is your continued participation in this partnership that has made it a great success.  For those of you already participating, we send you a big thank you.  We appreciate your continued support of this partnership and SCA Inc.

For those who haven’t heard of the AmazonSmile program, here is the original announcement:

Many of us shop at Amazon for a wide range of products.  Did you know that the SCA can benefit from each purchase you make at no additional charge to you?

Here’s how:

  • Go to smile.amazon.com.
  • Sign into your account and a “pop up” page will appear.
  • On the right side of the page, at the bottom is a “search” window.
  • Type in: Society for Creative Anachronism and click the search button.
  • Click on the top one and you are done.

Your donations will be automatic for any purchase within the Amazon Smile program (which is most merchandise).

You can also use the following link:  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-1698556

Amazon donates 0.5% of each purchase to the non-profit organizations of your choice and the Society for Creative Anachronism is one of those organizations.  This is a painless way to support our organization.  These donations will be deposited quarterly from the AmazonSmile Foundation into a separate SCA corporate account dedicated for these donations.

What is the AmazonSmile Foundation?

The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon to administer the AmazonSmile program.  All donation amounts generated by the AmazonSmile program are remitted to the AmazonSmile Foundation.  In turn, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates those amounts to the charitable organizations selected by their customers.  Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by purchases on AmazonSmile.

Here at SCA Inc., we thank you, and wish all of you well in 2018.

Yours in Service,

John Fulton

President, Society for Creative Anachronism, 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.

2017-11-21T13:29:37-05:00November 21st, 2017|President Announcements, Society Announcements|

Call for Applicants – 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 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 at sca.org and it at sca.org. The deadline for applications is extended until December 31, 2017.

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.

2017-11-09T13:37:49-05:00November 9th, 2017|Society Announcements|

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.

The Society Webminister is a supervisory position, and is not involved in 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. Said work will not only include making sure that solutions are provided for current issues, but will also include observing trends, being aware of potential issues and streamlining the Webministry as a whole to provide better service to the SCA and potential members thereof.
  2. Warranting of kingdom-level Webministers, where necessary.
  3. 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.
  4. Working with Kingdom Webministers to ensure they develop and enforce clear guidelines for local SCA group websites based on the standards found in the Society Webminister’s Handbook.
  5. Acting as a subject matter expert and resource regarding issues related to electronic publications and websites at the kingdom and local levels, including, but not limited to: copyright issues, privacy issues, and technology-related issues.
  6. Quarterly reporting to the Board of Directors for the SCA, Inc.

Required for this position are: dependable email access; dependable phone access; moderate to expert proficiency in web-related technologies(e.g. HTML, Java, PSP, ASP, web hosting issues, etc.); moderate Microsoft Word proficiency; and the ability to clearly communicate via email, phone, and in written reports.

Prior experience as a Webminister in the SCA is required; prior experience as a kingdom webminister is highly desired.

Those interested in the Position of Society Webminister should submit their SCA and modern era resumes to both resumes at sca.org and it at sca.org.  The deadline for applications is extended until October 1, 2017.
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.

2017-07-17T13:40:15-04:00July 17th, 2017|Society Announcements|

Position Opening – Society Minister of Arts and Sciences

Society Minister of Arts and Sciences

The Society for Creative Anachronism is seeking candidates for the position of Society Minister of Arts and Sciences (MOAS), which is a warranted 3-year term of service.
The Minister of Arts and Sciences is the officer responsible for reporting on the artistic programs of the SCA, fostering the study of medieval culture and technology, and for promoting methods for producing historically inspired artifacts and performances.

Duties and responsibilities include:
•       coordinating the efforts of kingdom officers in the field;
•       promoting the dissemination of accurate information;
•       responding to inquiries from the membership and artisans in a courteous and timely manner;
•       constructive problem solving;
•       ensuring accurate and consistent reporting from A&S officers to meet the SCA’s audited charitable reporting requirements;
•       reporting quarterly on the artistic programs of the SCA.
•       performing other duties assigned by the Board.

This is an unpaid position. Applicants should be paid members of the Society and able to travel to other kingdoms as approved by the board, and have easy access to phone, computer, mail and e-mail. Experience in both the practice and coordination of the Arts and Sciences as practiced in the SCA is strongly preferred.

Hard copies of résumés (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 resumes@sca.org by October 1, 2017.

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.

2017-07-17T13:36:55-04:00July 17th, 2017|Society Announcements|

Position Opening – Society Seneschal and Vice President of Operations.

Society Seneschal and Vice President of Operations.

The Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism is now accepting applications for the position of Society Seneschal (Vice-President for Operations). This is a part-time, paid position, which requires approximately thirty plus hours per week.

Applicants must possess strong telephone skills, and be very capable of interacting with unique SCA personalities.  The ability to process and distill large amounts of information from different sources is a requirement.  Organizational and problem solving skills are essential.  Having held a Kingdom Seneschal position, while not required, is preferred.  Applicants must possess enough space at home for a medium sized office, have immediate access to internet, PC and printer, and possess word processing skills.

Position Requirements and Responsibilities:

–Prior experience in a position of leadership within the SCA or leading volunteer organizations
–Oversee directly and indirectly the planning and implementation of all game side activities.
–Good working knowledge of current SCA corporate documents
–Investigative skills
–Ensure confidentiality of all investigations
–Mediation skills
–Executive management
–Quarterly review of all Kingdom Seneschal Reports
–Interface as a corporate spokesperson for information management
–Explore, evaluate and create new documentation as needed to ensure a positive game side experience
— Management experience with both volunteers and employees
–Report to the Chairman and President regarding matters of significant importance to the SCA, Inc.
–Office, Project and Resource management
–Excellent communication skills both written and oral
–Writing to a mass audience and speaking publicly
–The ability to connect to internet/communicate via internet is required

The Society Seneschal deals with large amounts of correspondence (mostly electronic, some telephone and a portion written) with a wide number of individuals including, but not limited to all kingdom seneschals, royalty, and corporate level offices, especially the President, Vice-President for Corporate Operations and the Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors.
Applicants must be available for the four quarterly Board Discussion Sessions per year (typically held on Fridays), held in addition to the four Board meeting days per year (typically on Saturdays).  As Thursdays and Sundays tend to be travel days, each applicant must have sixteen days available per year, of which eight are week days.  Additional traveling may be required.  Availability for up to eight evening conference calls per year (generally starting at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time) is also required.
The successful candidate will plan, organize, and facilitate regular Kingdom Seneschals Meetings held via Go To Meeting for purposes of training as needed.

The successful candidate must be available to provide periodic advice to the Seneschals, the Crowns and Their Heirs in the 20 Kingdoms.  This will incur a degree of time on the telephone and electronic mail.
The Society Seneschal-Vice President of Operations is responsible for supervising sanction activity as described in Section X of Corpora, and the Uniform Sanction Procedure as noted in the Seneschal handbook and the current Sanction Guide.

Resumes (professional and medieval, including awards and titles) must be sent to SCA Inc., Box 360789, Milpitas CA 95036, or resumes@sca.org, no later than October 31, 2017.  You may also email commentshttp://lists.sca.org/listinfo/announcements.   This is an official announcement by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.; permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.
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.

2017-07-17T13:33:13-04:00July 17th, 2017|Society Announcements, Society Seneshal's Desk|

Position Available: 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.
The Society Webminister is a supervisory position, and is not involved in 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.
Said work will not only include making sure that solutions are provided for current issues, but will also include observing trends, being aware of potential issues and streamlining the Webministry as a whole to provide better service to the SCA and potential members thereof.

2. Warranting of kingdom-level Webministers, where necessary.

3. 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.

4. Working with Kingdom Webministers to ensure they develop and
enforce clear guidelines for local SCA group websites based on the standards found in the Society Webminister’s Handbook.

5. Acting as a subject matter expert and resource regarding issues related to electronic publications and websites at the kingdom and local levels, including, but not limited to: copyright issues, privacy issues, and technology-related issues.

6. Quarterly reporting to the Board of Directors for the SCA, Inc.

Required for this position are: dependable email access; dependable phone access; moderate to expert proficiency in web-related technologies(e.g. HTML, Java, PSP, ASP, web hosting issues, etc.); moderate Microsoft Word proficiency; and the ability to clearly communicate via email, phone, and in written reports.

Prior experience as a Webminister in the SCA is required; prior experience as a kingdom webminister is highly desired.

Those interested in the Position of Society Webminister should submit their SCA and modern era resumes to both resumes@sca.org and it@sca.org.  The deadline for applications is July 1, 2017.

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.

2017-05-22T08:34:52-04:00May 22nd, 2017|Society Announcements|

Peerage Committee – Call for Commentary

Peerage Committee – Call for Commentary

At the April meeting the Board of Directors established a committee to research the process of creating new Peerages.

The committee will review the Board’s present procedure, determine whether any changes are needed, and suggest how any future proposals, e.g. Valiance, will be accommodated.

The committee invites the membership to share their ideas and comments. Those letters can be submitted by email to peerage@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.

2017-05-09T18:32:07-04:00May 9th, 2017|BOD Announcements, Society Announcements|

20% off SCA Marketplace Sale for Month of May

Please be advised that the SCA Market Place is conducting a 20% off of all regular-priced items in the Stock Clerk’s office, through May 31st.

If interested the information can be found through the SCA website here: https://members.sca.org/apps/#Store
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.

2017-05-05T14:33:20-04:00May 4th, 2017|SCA Marketplace, Society Announcements|

Call for Nominations – Board Committees

The Board of Directors is seeking nominations from the populace for individuals to serve as members of the following Board Committees:

 

Finance and Audit Committee

Mission:  to assist the Board’s oversight of the Company’s accounting and financial reporting processes, the audit and integrity of the Company’s financial statements and the qualifications and independence of the Company’s independent auditor

 

Communications Committee

Mission:  to develop and oversee advertising; public relations; publications, social media and other communications initiatives of the Society

 

Membership Committee

Mission:  grow and sustain membership in the Society; evaluate and oversee implementation of programs and initiatives for membership support

 

If you are interested in serving on any of these Committees, please send a letter of interest, together with your SCA and mundane resumes to the following committee chairpersons:

 

Finance Committee: Richard Sherman (rsherman@director.sca.org)

Communications Committee: Vandy Donelson (vdonelson@director.sca.org)

Membership Committee: Chele Martines (cmartines@director.sca.org)

 

If you would like additional information, or have any questions about the Committees or the nomination process please contact the Committee chairperson or the Corporate Office.
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.

2017-04-26T22:15:14-04:00April 26th, 2017|BOD Announcements, Society Announcements|

Position Opening – Web Minister

Position Opening – Web Minister

The Web Minister is responsible for overseeing the websites of kingdoms, local branches, and any other website the Board may designate. In addition the Web Minister serves as a source of web publishing expertise and advice for the benefit of the Society. The Web Minister of the Society is responsible for collecting reports from Kingdoms, be they Greater or Lesser Officers.

As a member of the IT division of the SCA, the ideal candidate should have the following:

  • Experience in User Experience, Database Administration, Information Architecture and/or system administration ina not for profit or corporate environment.
  • Experience as an SCA Web Minister.
  • Possess strong written communication skills.
  • Strong understanding of SCA Inc. Web Minister, Chronicler, and Social Media Policies.
  • Ability to work in a cross collaborative group.
  • Ability to conduct risk analysis and present findings.
  • Knowledge of web technologies including WordPress, CSS, HTML, visual design and other content managementsystems.

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2017.

 

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, together with modern and SCA qualifications, via hardcopy to:

 

Renee Signorotti

Society for Creative Anachronism

PO Box 360789

Milpitas, CA  95036-0789

 

Courtesy copies should be provided via email to resumes@sca.org and it@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.

2017-02-23T10:50:30-05:00February 21st, 2017|Society Announcements|

Position Opening – Society Exchequer

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is seeking candidates for the position of Society Exchequer. This position reports to the SCA Corporate Treasurer.

Duties and responsibilities:
1. Track and review quarterly reports on Kingdom accounts
2. Review Financial Policies and submit to the Board for approval
3. Report quarterly to the Board and the Corporate Treasurer.
4. Conduct training of Kingdom Exchequers.
5. Maintain the various exchequer handbooks/manuals as scheduled.
6. Work with the Tax Specialist in maintaining exchequer reporting forms.
7. Review and process requests to open or change bank accounts.
8. Monitor use of Paypal and the training by Paypal specialist.

Preferred Skills:
1. Moderate to expert MS Excel proficiency.
2. Moderate MS Word proficiency.
3. Good communication skills.
4. Previous experience as a Kingdom Exchequer required.
5. Bachelor’s degree in accounting preferred.

Prior experience as an exchequer in the SCA is required; prior Kingdom Exchequer experience is highly desired. Working knowledge of SCA’s accounting procedures is necessary. Individuals with accounting backgrounds or training are highly desired. Dependable email access and dependable phone access are required for this position.
The Society Exchequer receives a stipend for their services and will receive a 1099 for tax purposes. Work load will vary but expect to put in an average of 15 hours per week.
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, together with modern and SCA qualifications, via hardcopy to:

Renee Signorotti
Society for Creative Anachronism
PO Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036-0789

Courtesy copies should be provided via email to:

resumes@sca.org
treasurer@sca.org

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2017.

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.

2017-02-13T11:54:24-05:00February 13th, 2017|Society Announcements|

Position Opening – Corporate Treasurer

The Board of Directors is accepting applications for the position of Corporate Treasurer. This is a part-time, stipend position, which requires approximately 5-10 hours per week except when finalizing the yearly budget.

Applicants must be available for at least the October quarterly Board Discussion Session (typically held on Friday), in addition to the October Board meeting (typically on Saturday). Additional traveling may be required.

Skills:
1) Working knowledge of basic financial spreadsheet program (QuickBooks or other);
2) Experience with managing budgets and financial forecasting, including tracking and analyzing variances;
3) Basic suite of office communication skills – spreadsheets, presentations, Word, etc.
4) Preference for degree in accounting or finance.

Duties of the Treasurer

Maintain knowledge of the organization and personal commitment to its goals and objectives.

Work with the Society Exchequer, the Vice President for Corporate Operations and the outside accountant to ensure all financial filings are maintained.

Work with the Society Exchequer to ensure that our relationships with third party financial vendors (i.e. banks) are maintained.

Understand financial accounting for nonprofit organizations.

Work with the President and the Vice President of Corporate Operations to ensure that appropriate financial reports are made available to the Board on a timely basis.

Prepare and present the annual budget to the Board of Directors.

Develop and maintain internal control policies, guidelines, and procedures for activities such as budget administration.

Work with the Society Exchequer, President and the Vice President of Corporate Operations to maintain and improve internal control policies, guidelines and procedures for PayPal.

Analyze the financial details of past, present, and expected operations in order to identify development opportunities and areas where improvement is needed.

Evaluate needs for procurement of funds and investment of surpluses, and make appropriate recommendations.

Ensure development and broad review of financial policies and procedures.

Maintain current knowledge of organizational policies and procedures, federal and state policies and directives, and current accounting standards.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, together with modern and SCA qualifications, via hardcopy to:

Renee Signorotti
Society for Creative Anachronism
PO Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036-0789

Courtesy copies should be provided via email to:

resumes@sca.org
treasurer@sca.org

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2017.

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.

2017-02-07T18:10:54-05:00February 7th, 2017|Society Announcements|

SCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS COMMITTEES

The following proposal is a summary of the Board Committee structure approved by the SCA Board of Directors on October 22, 2016.

1. The Board approves the formation of the following committees to serve at the pleasure of the Board, with the mission of each committee to be as set forth below that committee’s name:

Executive Committee
Mission: Execute day-to-day oversight of Society business between Board meetings and such other responsibilities as may be designated by the Board from time to time in its discretion.

Finance and Audit
Membership to include 3 representatives of membership at large
Mission: assist the Board’s oversight of the Company’s accounting and financial reporting processes, the audit and integrity of the Company’s financial statements and the qualifications and independence of the Company’s independent auditor

Risk Management
Membership to include 3 members at large
Mission: Oversee insurance, legal, and related matters.

Nominating and Governance
Membership to include 3 members at large
Mission: recommend to the Board the persons to be nominated for appointment as directors; recommend to the Board the directors to be appointed to each committee of the Board; develop and recommend to the Board Society governance guidelines and policies

Communications
Membership to include 3 to 7 members at large
Mission: develop and oversee advertising; public relations; publications, social media and other communications initiatives of the Society

Membership
Membership to include 3 members at large
Mission: grow and sustain membership in the Society; evaluate and oversee implementation of programs and initiatives for membership support

2. The Board also approves formation of the following ad hoc committees to serve for a specified period of time or until their mission is completed in the discretion of the Board:

Youth Activities
Membership to include 2 members at large
Mission: Completion of design and implementation of YAFA programs
Technology
Membership to include 4 members at large
Mission: Prepare 5-year technology development plan for Society

Peerage
Membership to include 4 members at large
Mission: Review proposals for the creation of new peerage

From time to time the Board, at its discretion, may form other ad hoc committees for special projects. The Board has the authority to dissolve or modify any committee or its membership at any time. Committees will make recommendations to the Board and give quarterly reports, but final decision making on all issues will remain with the Board.

Committees will consist of Board members, Society officers, and members-at-large to be nominated in response to a Request for Nomination (RFN) sent by the Board to each Kingdom Seneschal, describing the mission of the committee and suggested minimum qualifications for committee members. Nominations may be made by the sitting Crown with the advice and consent of the Kingdom Seneschal. RFNs for membership of the Finance, Communications and Peerage Committees will be promulgated by the Board on or before year-end, 2016.

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.

 

ADDENDUM

Requests for nomination for the Finance, Communications and Peerage Committees have been sent to all Kingdoms (Crown and Seneschal) asking for nomination of members from the populace.

Please contact your Kingdom Seneschal if you are interested.

Requests for nomination of members for the remaining committees will be sent at the end of Q1 2017.

2017-02-07T18:19:51-05:00January 19th, 2017|BOD Announcements, Society Announcements|

AmazonSmile – Program Update

Greetings unto the Populace of the SCA,

Now that 2016 has come to a close, we wanted to update you on our partnership with the AmazonSmile program.

As of November 2016, AmazonSmile has donated an additional $689.33 to the Society For Creative Anacronism for the period of July 1 to September 30.  The total donated from this program since July 2014 is now $4764.69.

It is your continued participation in this partnership that has made it a great success. For those of you already participating, we send you a big thank you. We appreciate your continued support of this partnership and SCA Inc.

For those who haven’t heard of the AmazonSmile program, here is the original announcement:

Many of us shop at Amazon for a wide range of products. Did you know that the SCA can benefit from each purchase you make at no additional charge to you?

Here’s how: Go to smile.amazon.com. Sign into your account and a “pop up” page will appear. On the right side of the page, at the bottom is a “search” window. Type in: Society for Creative Anachronism and click the search button. Click on the top one and you are done. Your donations will be automatic for any purchase within the Amazon Smile program (which is most merchandise). You can also use the following link.
http://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-1698556

Amazon donates 0.5% of each purchase to the non-profit organizations of your choice and the Society for Creative Anachronism is one of those organizations. This is a painless way to support our organization. These donations will be deposited quarterly from the AmazonSmile Foundation into a separate SCA corporate account dedicated for these donations.

What is the AmazonSmile Foundation?

The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon to administer the AmazonSmile program. All donation amounts generated by the AmazonSmile program are remitted to the AmazonSmile Foundation. In turn, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates those amounts to the charitable organizations selected by our customers. Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by purchases on AmazonSmile.

Here at SCA Inc., we wish all of you well in 2017 and thank you.

Yours in Service,
John Fulton
President, SCA Inc.

2017-01-03T10:11:45-05:00January 3rd, 2017|President Announcements, Society Announcements|

Job Opening – Wreath Sovereign of Arms

From Laurel: Job Opening – Wreath Sovereign of Arms

The Wreath Sovereign of Arms is an educational deputy of the Laurel Principal Sovereign of Arms, responsible for the consideration of and decisions concerning armory submitted for registration by the College of Arms.

Wreath is an unpaid position, currently requiring approximately 20 hours a week. Some knowledge of period heraldry is useful; knowledge of SCA heraldry is essential. The position requires considerable tact and patience, research and reasoning ability, a clear understanding of the Standards for Evaluation of Names and Armory and past Laurel rulings, the ability to write clearly and succinctly, the ability to work within tight deadlines and coordinate closely with Pelican, Laurel and other staff to produce a Laurel Letter of Acceptance and Return monthly, computer literacy and word processing skills, reliable e-mail and telephone access, and time and ability to travel. Given the current structure of the office, a high-speed internet connection is required.

Resumés must be sent electronically to Laurel at bids@heraldry.sca.org. Resumés must be received by Saturday, December 31, 2016, with an expected start date of February 2017, to be determined with the Laurel staff.
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.

2016-11-01T13:44:35-04:00November 1st, 2016|Society Announcements, Society Laurel News|

SCA Inc Email Update

We have rectified the problem with the corporate email addresses being unavailable.

All email addresses (especially sca-comments@lists.sca.org and directors.sca.org) are available to be used once more.

Thank you to the teams that worked tirelessly to resolve the problem!

As always, comments on this or other topics can be sent to the Board at comments at sca dot org.

Sincerely,
Aaron L. Lloyd
Vice President, Information Technology
(mka Baron Aaron Palomides of Buckminster, KSCA, OP) it@sca.org

2016-09-09T22:19:52-04:00September 9th, 2016|Society Announcements|

SCA Inc email

Greetings to the populace of the Society from Aaron L. Lloyd, Vice President, Information Technology.

Due to an overabundance of spam being sent to the SCA’s email addresses,some of the corporate internet protocol addresses have become blacklisted.

While we are working to rectify the problem through the appropriate agencies, please note that any electronic correspondence sent to
sca-comments@lists.sca.org or directors@sca.org is temporarily unavailable.

Until the situation is resolved, please take note of the following workarounds:

All correspondence sent to sca-comments@lists.sca.org should be sent to sca_sca-comments@lists.sca.org
All correspondence sent to directors@sca.org should be sent to sca_directors@sca.org.

If you wish to contact a particular Director or Society Officer directly, please feel free to do so as there is no problem with individual email addresses.

As soon as this matter is resolved, we will be in touch.

As always, comments on this or other topics can be sent to the Board at sca_comments at sca dot org <mailto:sca_comments at sca.org>.

Sincerely,

Aaron L. Lloyd
Vice President, Information Technology
(mka Baron Aaron Palomides of Buckminster, KSCA, OP)
it@sca.org

2016-09-04T21:39:27-04:00September 4th, 2016|Society Announcements|

Amazon Smile Program Update

Greetings unto the Populace of the SCA,

In July of 2014, the SCA launched its partnership with the Amazon Smile program. This launch was worldwide and through your participation in the program, we have had some very good results.

As of our first anniversary in July 2015, the Amazon Smile program donated $2,234.89 to SCA Inc. As of our second year anniversary in July of 2016, the Amazon Smile program has donated an additional $1,746.47 to SCA Inc.

It is your participation in this partnership that has made it a success. For those of you already participating, we send you a big thank you. We appreciate your continued support of this partnership and SCA Inc.

For those who haven’t heard of the Amazon Smile program, here is the original announcement:

Many of us shop at Amazon for a wide range of products.  Did you know that the SCA can benefit from each purchase you make at no additional charge to you?

Here’s how:  Go to smile.amazon.com.  Sign into your account and a “pop up” page will appear. On the right side of the page, at the bottom is a “search” window.  Type in: Society for Creative Anachronism and click the search button.  Click on the top one and you are done.  Your donations will be automatic for any purchase within the Amazon Smile program (which is most merchandise). You can also use the following link.    http://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-1698556

Amazon donates 0.5% of each purchase to the non-profit organizations of your choice and the Society for Creative Anachronism is one of those organizations.  This is a painless way to support our organization.  These donations will be deposited quarterly from the AmazonSmile Foundation into a separate SCA corporate account dedicated for these donations.

What is the AmazonSmile Foundation?

The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon to administer the AmazonSmile program. All donation amounts generated by the AmazonSmile program are remitted to the AmazonSmile Foundation. In turn, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates those amounts to the charitable organizations selected by our customers. Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by purchases on AmazonSmile.

Yours in Service,

John Fulton

President, 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.

2016-08-24T17:25:35-04:00August 24th, 2016|BOD Announcements, President Announcements, Society Announcements|

Sanction Guide – Corpora Changes – Request for Comments

As Corpora is the primary guide to all SCA rules and procedures and the sanction guide is subordinate to the Seneschals Handbook in terms of precedence, a change to Corpora is being considered by the Board of Directors, i.e.  deleting references to the Sanction Guide in Corpora.  This change clearly reasserts that Corpora is the primary guide to SCA rules and procedures, reduces confusion and eliminates any appearance that Corpora is subordinate to the Sanction guide.

In order to facilitate this change, the Board is presenting a proposal to the membership for commentary for removal of the following portions of Corpora dealing with references to the Sanction Guide:

Chapter I, Section F, subsection 4

Chapter X, Section C, subsections 1(b), 2(b) and 3(b).

For ease of reference a copy of the Governing Documents (Corpora) can be found here:

http://sca.org/docs/pdf/govdocs.pdf

Commentary can be sent to sca-comments@lists.sca.org .  Please place the term Sanction Guide – Corpora Changes in the subject line.  The deadline for commentary is October 1, 2016.
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.

2016-08-02T17:11:21-04:00August 2nd, 2016|BOD Announcements, Society Announcements|

Accessing Electronic Newsletters!!!!

In response to requests from our membership, there is a new process for accessing the electronic newsletters!!

Go to: [ members.sca.org ]( http://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 ]( mailto:membership@sca.org ).
Include your Legal Name, membership number, and a brief  explanation of the problem you’re experiencing.

Kind Regards,
The Membership Staff

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.

2016-05-12T14:47:42-04:00May 12th, 2016|Kingdom Newsletters, Society Announcements|

Call for Applicants – Pelican Sovereign of Arms

From Laurel: Applications for Pelican Sovereign of Arms

Dame Lillia, Pelican Queen of Arms, is nearing the end of her tenure, which officially ends January 1, 2017. We are beginning the process of seeking a successor for her office. If you are interested, please see the job description below and send a letter of interest and your resumé to bids@heraldry.sca.org and resumes@sca.org by Saturday, June 30, 2016.

 

If you have questions about the job, please contact Lillia at pelican@heraldry.sca.org or myself at laurel@heraldry.sca.org. Dame Lillia will be available at KWHSS 2016 for questions about the job.

 

Pelican Sovereign of Arms

The Pelican Sovereign of Arms is an educational deputy of the Laurel Principal Sovereign of Arms, responsible for the consideration of and decisions concerning names submitted for registration by the College of Arms.

 

Pelican is an unpaid position, currently requiring approximately 20 hours a week. The position requires considerable tact and patience, onomastic knowledge, research and reasoning ability, a clear understanding of the Standards for Evaluation and past Laurel rulings, the ability to write clearly and succinctly, the ability to work within tight deadlines and coordinate closely with Wreath, Laurel and other staff to produce a Laurel Letter of Acceptance and Return monthly, computer literacy and word processing skills, reliable e-mail and telephone access, and time and ability to travel. Access to a good research library is desirable but not required. Given the current structure of the office, a high-speed internet connection is useful but it is not required.

 

Resumés must be sent in both hard copy to Laurel at the address at the top of this Cover Letter and electronically to bids@heraldry.sca.org and resumes@sca.org.

 

The electronic applications will be posted on OSCAR with addresses and other contact information stripped from them. Resumés must be received by June 30, 2016 with an expected start date following Pennsic 2016.

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.

2016-04-23T14:47:43-04:00April 22nd, 2016|BOD Announcements, Society Announcements|

Call for Applicants – Tournaments Illuminated Art Director

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is seeking candidates for the position of Tournaments Illuminated Art Director. The current officer steps down in July, 2016, and in order to ensure a smooth transition, applications for the positions are now being accepted.

Tournaments Illuminated (TI) is the Society’s quarterly magazine that furthers research, education and ‘living history’ recreation in the field of pre-seventeenth century Western culture, with additional features unique to the SCA: humor, kingdom news, medieval travel destinations, museums of interest, and more.

Duties and responsibilities of the art director include:

layout of the magazine while adhering to our graphic standards on schedule;
maintaining contact with illustration and photography contributors
supplying TI-related supplementary materials for the SCA’s websites

The position requires a modest weekly time commitment, except prior to publication deadline when 30+ hours per week may be required. Qualifications for the Art Director position include expertise with magazine production, the ability to meet deadlines, and experience working with printers. Applicants need to have access to and experience with a computer running InDesign and the ability to export files to press-quality pdf format (if working on a PC – our printing vendor uses Macintosh, and our existing files are all Macintosh InDesign). Professional experience in a graphics environment and prior experience in an SCA chronicler position are desirable, but not required.   E-mail access is absolutely vital to the position, and while high-speed internet access is not required, it has proven to be very useful. Reasonable expenses are covered by the Corporation and may include: paper, printer cartridges, stamps, mailing expenses, and a post office box. You will be asked to submit an expense report, with receipts attached to receive reimbursement. The Art Director receives a small stipend from the SCA once an issue is complete.

Hard copies of résumés (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 resumes@sca.org and pubmanager@sca.org. Résumés must be received by April 1, 2016.

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.

2015-09-09T13:33:00-04:00September 9th, 2015|Society Announcements|

Call for Applicants – President, SCA. Inc.

President, SCA. Inc.

Leslie Vaughn, President of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., has announced that the SCA Board of Directors is now accepting applications for the position of President of the SCA Inc.

The Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. is currently accepting applications for the position of President of the SCA Inc. This is a position requiring approximately 10-20 hours per week and includes a stipend.

The President is the principal spokesperson for the SCA, Inc. This officer is a liaison between the SCA, Inc. and outside professionals such as attorneys, accountants and insurance representatives. This officer is a contact for the SCA, Inc. for law enforcement, government agencies, and claimants against the SCA, Inc.

The President works with the Vice President of Corporate Operations to coordinate much of the day-to-day modern operation of the Corporation, and supervises and facilitates communication between many of the Society Officers.

The President is required to execute contracts necessary to properly conduct the SCA’s business, and may delegate similar responsibilities. The President is also responsible for such legal matters as contracts and merchandising. The President advises the Board of Directors on areas of corporate governance and policy issues. The President may be assigned other duties by the Board.

Qualifications for the position include excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to work independently to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines, and strong computer skills. Experience in a modern business setting, organizational ability and problem-solving skills are a must. Experience in a modern non-profit organization and prior experience at the Corporate or Society level of the SCA are desirable, but not required.

Applicants must be available to attend quarterly meetings of the Board of Directors, typically held over a Friday and a Saturday. They must also be available for approximately four conference call meetings per year, typically during weekday evenings. As a great deal of the Board’s business occurs via the Internet, familiarity and basic skills with a computer, MS Office software (specifically Microsoft Word and Excel), and e-mail are required. The successful applicant must have reliable access to the Internet.

Hard copies of résumés (both professional and SCA, including offices held and awards received) must be sent to the attention of the Board and the President at the SCA Corporate Office, P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789. Résumés must be received by Oct 1, 2015. Questions regarding this position may be directed to Scott Berk, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SCA Inc. via e-mail at chairman@sca.org, or to Leslie Vaughn, President, via e-mail at president@sca.org.

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

2015-08-18T14:19:53-04:00August 18th, 2015|BOD Announcements, President Announcements, Society Announcements|

Directors and Corporate Officers Meet & Greet at Battlemoor VI!

How different is running a Corporation than running a Kingdom? How is it the same? How do they connect?

The Directors and Corporate Officers will be sponsoring a panel discussion at the upcoming at Battlemoor VI in the Kingdom of the Outlands to answer any questions the membership may have about the modern business of running the Society and its interaction with the game.

Panel Members will include: Director John Fulton (Duke John the Bearkiller), Director Paul Lancaster (Master Stephan of Durham), Corporate Treasurer Therese Hofheins (Mistress Kiara Loftus), and Society NMS Deputy Lynn Shirk (Master Bjorn Paulson).

This gathering will take place on Saturday, September 5, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Town Hall. One and all are welcomed 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.

2015-08-03T15:47:25-04:00August 3rd, 2015|Society Announcements|

SCA President Announcement – AmazonSmile

Many of us shop at Amazon for a wide range of products.  Did you know that the SCA can benefit from each purchase you make at no additional charge to you?

Here’s how:  Go to smile.amazon.com.  Sign into your account and a “pop up” page will appear. On the right side of the page, at the bottom is a “search” window.  Type in: Society for Creative Anachronism and click the search button.  Click on the top one and you are done.  Your donations will be automatic for any purchase within the Amazon Smile program (which is most merchandise). You can also use the following link.     http://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-1698556

Amazon donates 0.5% of each purchase to the non-profit organizations of your choice and the Society for Creative Anachronism is one of those organizations.  This is a painless way to support our organization.  These donations will be deposited quarterly from the AmazonSmile Foundation into a separate SCA corporate account dedicated for these donations.

What is the AmazonSmile Foundation?
The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon to administer the AmazonSmile program. All donation amounts generated by the AmazonSmile program are remitted to the AmazonSmile Foundation. In turn, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates those amounts to the charitable organizations selected by our customers. Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by purchases on AmazonSmile.
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.

2015-07-10T13:34:38-04:00July 5th, 2015|BOD Announcements, President Announcements, Society 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|

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|

SCA Comments List

A message from the Society’s Office of Information Management and Technology –

Due to unidentified difficulties, some e-mail messages submitted to ‘comments@lists.sca.org’ after 6:00am EST and before 3:00pm EST on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 were approved for release to the list, but did not make it into the list’s archive.

In order to insure that -all- missives and comments are received by the Board of Directors for due consideration in advance of this weekend’s meeting in Cincinnati, OH, we would earnestly request that all commenters who sent messages during the window of time identified above to please resubmit their communications to the list. We apologize for any inconvenience this request may present.

Webministers and Social Media deputies are requested to distribute this un-edited message widely.

Thank you,

Michael Schneider
M.Sc. CINS, CCISO, CISSP-ISSEP, CHFI, CEH
Vice-President, Information & Technology Management
Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
it@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.

2015-04-17T10:59:03-04:00April 14th, 2015|Society Announcements|
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