Announcements: RFC – Proposed Corpora changes related to the office of the Society Marshal – 09/01/2020

Men harvesting wheat, Queen Mary’s Psalter, circa 1310. Public domain in the US

The Board of Directors is currently requesting commentary regarding a number of proposed changes to Corpora that relate to the office of the Society Marshal.  Those proposed changes, and the reasoning for same, are outlined in the document here: RFC – Proposed Corpora changes related to the office of the Society Marshal – 09/01/2020

Commentary may be emailed to comments@sca.org.

Please use the title “Corpora – Marshal’s Office ” in the subject line. Failure to use this subject line may cause your commentary to be misdirected.

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

Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
RE: Corpora – Marshal’s Office
P.O. Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036-0789

Commentary regarding these proposed Corpora changes, whether sent by email or US Mail, must be received by the Board no later than September 1, 2020.

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.

 

Click to access SocietyMarshalGovDocsProposedChanges.pdf

Announcements: SCA Census Coming Soon!

Detail from the Hunterian Psalter, Glasgow University Library MS Hunter 229 (U.3.2) circa 1170. Public domain in the US

Whether casual attendee, crossover fighter, or experienced artisan, your voice is needed! Learn more about our upcoming census and how you can #BeSeenSCA.
FAQ Page: https://www.sca.org/sca-census-2020-faq/

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.

State of the SCA With President John Fulton and Gigi Coulson

Greetings Known World! In the video Gigi Coulson, member of the Board of Directors for the Society for Creative Anachronism sits down to chat with John Fulton, President of the SCA, about the State of the Known World in April of 2020.

We want to keep you all updated on what is going on across the SCA right now.
Here are the topics covered in this chat:

• State of the Known World at this moment in April of 2020
o Great Kingdom leadership
o Variances encouraged
o Participation has changed but is still happening

• Guidance and Information
o Crowns & Seneschals are the place to look during pandemic & after
o BoD Meeting minutes published, meeting more frequently
o Officers across the KW have virtual classes, events, challenges

• Non-Profit Status
o Renee/John/Mike handling operations
o BoD is meeting to fulfill other requirements
o A drop in membership renewals from last April (monitoring)
o Right now fine, but monitoring and will keep the info coming as the months go on

• BoD
o Meeting virtually more often for the foreseeable future
o Ombudsmen available to Seneschals and Crowns for advice or information
o Virtual meet and greet is in the works

• SCA in the time of Pandemic
o Hobbies aren’t the priority right now, but we can still use the intellectual stimulation, the camaraderie, and the joy we get from the SCA
o Virtual everything.
o Our mission is still being accomplished

o We can still pay our bills

o We see you; we are still thinking of you and working for you

o We want you to see us
▪ so we will be having more chats
▪ we are planning a virtual meet & greet

We really appreciate you giving us some of your time while juggling life, family, kids, work, staying-at-home, and slowing the spread of coronavirus.

Let’s
chat again, soon. Have a good one, my friends!

 

Announcement: Membership Expiration Dates Extended

During the mandated quarantine period, membership expiration dates of March 2020 onward will not be considered lapsed, and newsletter access will still be available. Please see the full announcement from the SCA Membership 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.

Announcement: Knowne World Symposium Cancelations and Virtual Classroom Facebook Group

Greetings from Lord Dagonell Collingwood! I am the Known World Symposium Advertising Deputy under the Society Minister of Arts and Sciences, Seigneur Etienne Le Mons d’Anjou.

It is my sad duty to announce the following cancellations due to the COVID19 virus:

Known World Italian Salon & Symposium was to have taken place THIS weekend, March 19 – 22, 2020 at Gulf Wars in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann. With the cancellation of the Gulf Wars itself, the symposium is cancelled as well.

Known World Academy of the Rapier & Costuming Symposium was scheduled for April 17 – 19, 2020 in the Kingdom of Avacal. It has also been cancelled.

If you have pre-registered for either of these events, please be patient while the event staffs deal with these overwhelming circumstances. Future symposiums have NOT been cancelled at this time.


Greetings from Lord Dagonell Collingwood! I am the Known World Symposium Advertising Deputy.  The SCA has created the Facebook public group, “SCA Virtual Classroom and Artisan Display” (https://www.facebook.com/groups/virtualsca/) “a place where teachers and artisans can share the virtual resources they’ve created to make them available SCA-wide to continue to foster a learning environment.”

The group contains among other things, links to other craft groups, online classes, handouts from IRL classes, journal articles, how to videos, subject bibliographies, and of course, endless discussions about historical arts.

Board of Directors Message March 17, 2020

ASL translation:

https://www.sca.org/news/board-of-directors-message-march-17-2020/

Greetings,

We, as a society, are in a unique situation currently with how to continue the business of the SCA while protecting our membership’s health with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our various Kingdoms have governments either recommending or mandating responses to COVID-19. We ask that all Kingdoms monitor and follow the recommendations from their respective authorities. These challenges are forcing us to look at new ways to speedily address the business of the SCA so that we can continue in a safe and practical way.

With this, we continue to support our Kingdom Seneschals and Crowns in their decisions to cancel and/or alter events as needed. In the SCA there have always been certain events, like Crown and Coronation, that are required by Corpora. Since typical formats are no longer an option for so many, we are encouraging kingdoms to apply for variances and to think creatively in how they approach these events. The variance process will be streamlined with a new online format for submitting requests that the Kingdom Seneschals can utilize. Every kingdom is unique in culture and tradition. This is one thing we deeply understand and do not wish to put a “one size fits all” mandate forth to the populace. We ask that the kingdoms think outside the box and to continue to be thoughtful towards their populace in making these decisions. Several variances of this nature have already been issued and we expect more to come.

As you can imagine, the Board will not be meeting in person for our regularly scheduled April board meeting. Instead, we will be utilizing technology to hold our meeting remotely via webcam. While it is not ideal, we are committed to working together to move the SCA forward.

In this time of uncertainty, we need our community now more than ever, but many are having to self isolate. Luckily, the Dream isn’t any one event, but the people within it. In that vein, we urge you to connect where you can if that is something you need: utilize video chats with your friends, host an online class, bring back pen pals and write letters to the friends you missed at war. Check-in with each other any way you can, but above all, be kind and try to remain calm. Thank you so much for all you do for Society and keeping the Dream alive!

Yours in Service,
Board of Directors Society for Creative Anachronism
https://www.sca.org/

Announcement: Corporate Guidance on Event Cancellations

Detail from the Hunterian Psalter, Glasgow University Library MS Hunter 229 (U.3.2) circa 1170. Public domain in the US

Greetings from the Board of Directors, Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

Re:  Corporate Guidance on Event Cancellations

The authority within the SCA to cancel, reschedule, or postpone events lies with the group hosting the event (Kingdom(s), Barony, Shire, etc.).   Event planners should take into account directives from legal authorities (municipal, county, state, federal) and current guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) when making such a decision.

If the event in question is required by SCA Corpora, please follow the guidelines therein for requesting a variance to postpone the event through your Kingdom Seneschal.   Any such requests will be reviewed in an expeditious manner at the corporate level.

The SCA remains supportive of Kingdoms and groups who continue to hold events as well as those that must cancel, reschedule, or postpone events for safety reasons or who have been directed to cancel events by modern civil authorities.  Our primary concern must always be the health and safety of our members and participants.   The Board will continue to monitor the situation and will communicate further when needed.

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: Updated Statement of Core Values

Detail from the Hunterian Psalter, Glasgow University Library MS Hunter 229 (U.3.2) circa 1170. Public domain in the US

At the Board of Directors July 2018 meeting, the following change to Corpora was approved and is to be considered effective immediately.

In pursuing its mission, the SCA is committed to excellence in its programs, communications 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.

http://socsen.sca.org/updated-statement-of-core-values/

Corpora will be updated shortly.
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.

Open Position – Society Chancellor of the Exchequer – Deadline April 1, 2020

Detail from the Hunterian Psalter, Glasgow University Library MS Hunter 229 (U.3.2) circa 1170. Public domain in the US

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.  Compile the Society and its subsidiaries Domesday reports, grouped by state and kingdom, with depreciation breakout, and submission of these reports to the Corporate Treasurer and the SCA Tax Accountant;
  2. Maintain the Kingdom Domesday report template spreadsheets and distribute them each year to the Kingdom Exchequers;
  3. Track NMS fees;
  4. Review quarterly reports on kingdom-level accounts;
  5. Review kingdom and inter-kingdom financial policies to make sure they are in compliance with the Society Financial Policy and to submit revised financial policies to the Board of Directors for approval;
  6. Review Inter-kingdom Event Financial Policies and submit to the Corporate Treasurer and the Board for approval;
  7. Report quarterly to the Corporate Treasurer and the Board of Directors and report the meeting results to the Kingdom Exchequers;
  8. Travel as required to support Kingdom Exchequers, including for training, book reviews, and theft investigations;
  9. Conduct supplemental training of Kingdom Exchequers and assist the training of local exchequers;
  10. Conduct reviews of Kingdom books and ensure Kingdoms are reporting;
  11. Maintain the Kingdom Exchequer email list;
  12. Maintain the SCA-Exchequer email list;
  13. Notify Kingdom Exchequers of any changes in policy or procedure, including consulting with them to develop any necessary new policies;
  14. Maintain the various exchequer handbooks/manuals and republish them at least every three years;
  15. Maintain the various exchequer reporting forms and update them as needed;
  16. Serve as subject matter expert for questions from the Kingdom Exchequers as well as the general populace;
  17. Warrant Kingdom Exchequers and special deputies; and
  18. Communicate with banks where necessary.

The Society Exchequer receives a stipend for their services and will receive a 1099 for tax purposes. Workload will vary but expect to put in an average of 15 hours per week.

 

Required for this position are dependable email access; dependable phone access; moderate Microsoft Excel proficiency; moderate Microsoft Word proficiency; and the ability to clearly communicate verbally and in writing, i.e. in person and via email, phone, and in written reports. 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.

A more detailed position description can be found here: https://www.sca.org/about/positions/exchequer/

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, together with modern and SCA qualifications, hardcopy to:
Renee Signorotti
Society for Creative Anachronism
P.O. Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036-0789

with courtesy copies to resumes@sca.org. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2020.

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.

Open Position – Laurel Sovereign of Arms – Deadline May 1, 2020

The Bavarian Herald Jörg Rügen around 1510. Public Domain in the US

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is seeking candidates for the position of Laurel Principal Sovereign of Arms (Laurel).

Laurel is the principal heraldic officer of the Society and the head of the College of Arms and is responsible for fostering the study and practice of heraldry, supervising the processing of submissions, and overseeing the heraldic activities of the Known World.

Laurel is an unpaid position, currently requiring approximately 20 hours a week. The position requires considerable tact and patience, armory and onomastic knowledge, supervisory ability, the ability to work within tight deadlines and coordinate closely with Wreath, Pelican, 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.

A more detailed position description can be found here: https://www.sca.org/about/positions/laurel/ 

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

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

with courtesy copies to resumes@sca.org.  The deadline for applications is May 1, 2020.

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.