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.

[Announcements] Request for Comments – Hate Ban Language

The Board of Directors is seeking commentary on the following policy proposal regarding hate speech and hate symbols.

Advice is additionally being sought on whether to place this proposed amendment in (1) Corpora, which governs the SCA as a whole, including all kingdoms and Affiliates, or (2) the Corporate Policies, which govern only the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., not the Affiliates.

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The SCA bars the use of hate speech and hate symbols.  The use of such will be sanctioned. The SCA notes that not all offensive speech is hate speech and recommends that the dispute resolution process be applied in matters of suspected hate speech.

Hate speech is not tolerated in the Society.  Please report any instances of hate speech to your Kingdom Seneschal, the Society Seneschal or the President immediately.  For more information about hate speech and the reporting of same, please refer to the Bullying and Harassment Policy, which can be found in the Seneschal’s Handbook.

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Comments may also be emailed to comments at lists.sca.org. Please use “Hate Ban” 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.

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Statement from the Board regarding Hate Speech and Hate Symbols:

The Board recommends that the Kingdoms implementing a ban on individual symbols, such as the swastika, discuss this with the Kingdom populace to ensure such action best serves everyone.

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

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

Current BoD Nominees

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The Chairman of Board is requesting feedback on the current list of Board Nominees. The list is at http://www.sca.org/BOD/nominees.html

Our own Contessa Giulia Isabella da VenezieSyr Duncan of Skeene and Honorable Lord Saito Takauji are on the list.

Also, new nominations are always needed. Any member of the SCA may nominate any member, including themselves.

Please direct any commentary, positive or negative, or any new nominations, to Chele Martines, Board Recruiting, PO Box 360789, Milpitas CA 95036, recruiting@sca.org

Please include your name and address, and the name and address of anyone you are nominating. You will be notified when your communication is received.

 

Announcement – Board of Directors Update – Hate Speech/Hate Symbol Policy

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The Board of Directors is fully aware of the concerns of our membership regarding hate speech and hate symbols. We are working on drafting new policy to help with these important issues.  Our intention is to create the most effective policy that we can before it is put out for commentary. Please know that your concerns have been heard and are not forgotten.


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 – Board Statement on Hate Speech

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In our zeal to craft a statement to show where the Board stands on the subject of hate speech, the word “Religion” was inadvertently left off. We apologize for the oversight.

 

Paul Lancaster

Chair, Board of Directors

Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

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The Society for Creative Anachronism strongly condemns hate speech in any form by any officers and participants of this organization. The SCA was founded on and continues to be governed by the concepts of chivalry and honor, and strives to include and be respectful of all people, regardless of race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and politics. All participants are reminded of and expected to hold to these principles in participating in this organization and interacting with other people in person and in all forums, regardless of media.

 

The Board of Directors has heard the concerns of many people regarding the use of hate symbols in the SCA. The Board is concerned about this matter and has tasked the President of the SCA to immediately investigate. The President has the full confidence of the Board, and the Board will act as necessary to protect the participants of the SCA and to ensure that chivalry, honor, and respect for all continue to govern the organization.


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.