Announcements – Project Corpora Updates

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Greetings to all,

From John Fulton, President, SCA, Inc.

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in my last President’s Report to the community there is a project to review Corpora to clean up any confusing or outdated language in order to make it more “user-friendly”.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

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

Information about this project can be found here:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In service,

John Fulton

Mka Duke John the Bearkiller

President, Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

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.

Announcement: Seneschal’s Handbook – Youth Policies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Announcement: Director Elect, Seat A

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

 Ms. Coulson, M.S. worked for the federal government for over 15 years as an interdisciplinary sociologist and biologist. She has experience in both qualitative and quantitative social assessments, environmental impact statements, diversity initiatives, program management, environmental justice, conflict resolution, policy creation, and training program development. She has a passion for sociocultural anthropology, living history, learning, and teaching. She is a complete Italophile and tries to visit Italy each year.
Giata  Magdalena Alberti, OL is a late 15th-century Florentine living in Venice. She passes her time spending her condottieri husbands’ money and entertaining the visitors of her father’s house in Venice by hosting weekly salons. Her hobbies include working on her  herbal experiments, occasional hawking, mediating contests of skill and chance, and traveling to Mantua, Milan, and Ferrara to visit her friends at court.

Ms. Coulson may be contacted via gcoulson@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.

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

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

Corpora IV.B.1 currently reads:

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

The following change in language is proposed:

Each competitor in a Royal List must be fighting for a designated consort, without discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, or disability.

Please email all commentary to comments@sca.org.

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

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

Attachments will cause your message to be marked as spam.

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

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

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

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.

Announcement: President’s Report for the January 2019 Board Meeting Is Now Available

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John Fulton, President for the SCA, has announced that a report from his office is now available on the SCA website. This report contains the publishable summaries and commendation sections from each Society Officer’s  January 2019  report, as well as publishable summaries submitted by various Board committees.

The report can be located here: http://sca.org/BOD/PresReport/ . Questions or commentary regarding this report should be directed to Mr. Fulton at president@sca.org.

If you wish to send in comments, please use “Jan 2019 President’s Report Commentary” as the subject line.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:

SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

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

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

Announcements: Interim SCA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

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The Board of Directors would like to announce the appointment of Gigi Coulson, M.S. (Giata Magdalena Alberti, OL ) as Interim SCA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer.  Ms. Coulson  is an interdisciplinary sociologist and biologist with experience in both qualitative and quantitative social assessments, environmental  impact statements, and diversity initiatives, among other things.  Mistress Giata Magdalena Alberti is a late 15th-century Florentine living in Venice. whose hobbies include working on her herbal experiments, occasional hawking, mediating contests of skill and chance.   Ms. Coulson will hold the position until an official placement can be determined and may be contacted via Equity@sca.org.

Applications for official term placement for this position will be accepted until April 1, 2019.  For more information on how to apply, please go to https://sca.org/officers/openings.html

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.

Announcements: Job Opening – Society Chatelaine

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The Society for Creative Anachronism Inc. is accepting applications for the position of Society Chatelaine.

The Society Chatelaine is the officer responsible for training, advising and coordinating public outreach, newcomer acquisition, acclimation and retention for the SCA. This officer is currently a deputy to the Society Seneschal. Duties include:

  • Coordinating and monitoring the efforts of kingdom chatelaines/hospitallers
  • Developing and maintaining materials for recruitment, newcomer orientation and retention, and local officer training.
  • Maintaining a knowledge base for SCA demos, as well as monitoring compliance with the SCA demo policy/guidelines document.
  • Work closely with other Society-level officers to create, implement, and monitor Society-wide marketing efforts aimed at new member acquisition and member retention.
  • Performing other duties assigned by the Board or Society Seneschal as directed.

Successful candidates for this position must have demonstrated leadership skills, problem-solving expertise, and experience with project management.  A basic understanding of membership marketing principles and chapter development is strongly suggested.

Applicants should be able to travel to other Kingdoms as necessary and have easy access to phone, mail, and reliable e-mail. An applicant must be a paid member of the Society and must be able to meet quarterly reporting deadlines in a timely manner.

This position presents the opportunity to help preserve the rich traditions of the Society and assure its future by assisting in recruiting and retaining newcomers. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to help introduce people to this game and will have long term, positive impact on thousands of participants across the world.

As the SCA is the largest historic recreation organization in the world, with a membership of over 30,000 across the globe, the successful candidate will be assuming a role which not only offers the opportunity to grow the SCA, but to obtain significant professional experience, despite it being an unpaid position.

Chatelaine will begin working with the outgoing Chatelaine in April 2019, in preparation for taking over the position in July 2019.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to Jennifer Krochmal, Society Chatelaine via e-mail at chatelaine@sca.org.

Résumés, including SCA offices held and awards received, must be sent via email to resumes@sca.org. Résumés must be received by March 15, 2019.

If you choose to send in comments, please use the subject “Society Chatelaine Position Feedback”

 

 

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.

SCA Announcements – 2019 Peerage Committee Survey

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On behalf of the SCA Board of Directors, the Peerage Committee would like to solicit the opinions of all members of the Society in the following survey to gauge post-implementation views within the Society of the addition of the Order of Defense, as well as to understand the appetite for a future martial peerage or peerages for activities such as archery, thrown weapons, equestrian, and siege engines.

The last survey of this type, the SCA Census, was conducted over 10 years ago.  Much has changed within the Society in the years since that survey, and the Board cannot assume the data from the Census still reflects the opinions of members, particularly following the implementation of the Order of Defense.

The purpose of this survey is to understand if and how opinions have changed since the Order of Defense was introduced as a Peerage order, as well as to understand the lessons learned during that implementation.  The Board also recognizes that there has been much discussion by the membership since the implementation of the Order of Defense regarding extending recognition to other activities currently not covered by a martial skill-based peerage, including (but not limited to) archery, thrown weapons, equestrian activities, and siege engines.  This survey is a prelude to any future discussion by the Board regarding additional peerage Order(s).

By completing this survey, you will help the Board to collect fresh data regarding attitudes towards existing and potential Peerage orders, and to progress the discussion of these topics.  Thank you for your assistance in this matter. Deadline for completion of this survey is January 28th, 2019. The Survey is now live at :

https://surveys.eastkingdom.org/index.php/313648?lang=en

If you wish to re-take the survey to change your responses should your opinions change you may retake the survey but be aware that taking the survey again will negate your previous survey in its entirety. Please fill the survey out again fully.

-In Service

The Peerage Committee.

If you send comments, please use the subject line “2019 Peerage Committee Survey“.

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.

[Announcements] Mission/Core – Board Request for Commentary – Revised Mission Statement and Core Values

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The Board of Directors has requested commentary on revised wording for a new Mission Statement and Core Values Statement. The proposed wording is as follows:

Mission Statement

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international non-profit volunteer educational organization.

SCA is devoted to the research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century skills, arts, combat, and culture, employing knowledge of history to enrich the lives of participants through events, demonstrations, and other educational presentations and activities.

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SCA Statement of Core Values

In pursuing its mission, the SCA 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 SCA events;

∙ act with transparency, fairness, integrity and honesty;

∙ be a responsible steward of SCA resources; and, be committed to maintaining the trust of its members and participants.

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

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

Commentary will be accepted until June 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.