Announcement: January 2021 BoD Meeting Goes Live

We are pleased to announce that we will be live-streaming meetings via GoToWebinar. After the meeting ends, a recording will be uploaded to our SCA YouTube channel.

Each meeting has a unique GoToWebinar registration link, which will be posted on this page.

Please register for The January 24, 2021 SCA Inc. Quarterly Board Meeting on Jan 24, 2021 10:00 AM PST at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7268442973953495820

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on joining the webinar.

Please note: Space is limited as we are trying to keep costs low. If you have registered and cannot join the webinar, please try again later as people will enter and leave as the meeting progresses.

In addition, we will take questions through the Webinar software during the Board Meeting, and hold a Q&A session after the main business is concluded.

For more information please click here: https://www.sca.org/board-meeting-agendas/


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

You may also email sca-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 Kingdom Newsletter Paywall Removed

Reposted from The Æthelmearc Gazette


From the SCA Board of Directors:

During the October 2020 meeting, the Board of Directors voted unanimously in favor of the removal of the “paid members only” barrier from the sca.org e-newsletter online portal.

As of December 1, 2020, the paywall will be removed from newsletters, inter-kingdom directory and Board Minutes. This will give all participants and groups the opportunity to explore the rich and abundant history of the SCA. We are hoping these documents can be used as historical references and tools to help us grow the SCA community.

Subscribers to the paper copies of Kingdom newsletters will not be affected by this change. Your paper subscriptions will continue to be mailed to you in a timely manner.

Newsletters can be found by clicking on this link: https://members.sca.org/apps/#Newsletters

Announcements: Board of Directors October Meeting Video Available

From the Society Announcements:

The Board of Directors Meeting was held on October 25, 2020. The meeting was held via GoToWebinar with 51 people in attendance from the community.

The video playback can be found on our SCA YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/d5Mbq6nw2Pc

To keep up to date on SCA YouTube, please consider subscribing and turning on notifications. Please give us a thumbs up if you want us to continue providing this type of content.

Thank you to all the people in attendance for this meeting.

 

 

 

SCA, Inc. Board Meeting to Live Stream

The Board of Directors has announced that the October 25th Board Meeting will be streamed via GoToWebinar. The recording will be uploaded to YouTube after the meeting is ended.

Register for the meeting at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7737438557040663823

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Please note: Space is limited as we are trying to keep costs low. If you have registered and cannot join the webinar, please try again later as people will enter and leave as the meeting progresses.

In addition, we will be taking questions through the Webinar software during the Board Meeting and having a Q&A session after the main business is concluded.

Announcement: Establishing the Membership Assistance Fund

From the Announcements mailing list: http://lists.sca.org/listinfo/announcements


 

In 2020, we are seeing the impact of the pandemic seriously affecting our members and their families.  To help where we can, our community suggested the Society set up a donation fund to support those participants who may be unable to continue their memberships.  You spoke and we listened.

The purpose of the “Membership Assistance Fund” is to allow the members of our community to request assistance directly from our Corporate Office for new memberships and renewals.

To submit a request, please follow the instructions in the letter from the Membership Office. SCA Membership forms are available on our Document Library page. Form Requests will be processed as funds allow. All requests will be treated confidentially.

To make a donation: Due to our not-for-profit status, we need your donations to make this fund work.  All donations designated ‘Membership Assistance Fund’ will be used for that purpose and that purpose only.

Make a tax-deductible charitable donation online.
Paypal and credit/debit cards accepted.

or you can mail your donation to:

Membership Assistance Fund
SCA Inc.
P.O. Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036-0789

For more information, please email membership@sca.org.

 

Message from the Board of Directors August 8, 2020

Greetings,

The SCA Board of Directors wants to update you, the participants of this great organization, on the impact that Covid-19 is having on the SCA.

We are facing an unprecedented decline in membership revenue. Revenue has dropped off to the point where the Society could be facing some exceedingly difficult choices soon. Choices that may impact our ability to return to the game we love and miss.

To grapple with the current realities facing the SCA, the Board of Directors has canceled all travel and non-essential expenses at the corporate level.  Additionally, the Board and Corporate Officers are meeting bi-weekly via video teleconference to increase the speed at which we respond to the constantly evolving landscape of the SCA.

During these bi-weekly meetings it has become clear that we need to address our current financial situation. Since the outbreak of the pandemic we have seen an extraordinary 28% drop in membership, which is approximately 4,000 members.  We know that many of you are personally facing great hardships and we understand the difficult choices you are having to make each day. Not one of us has been untouched by the reality of living in the times of COVID.

For those of you who are able and willing to help the SCA face this threat there are several things that you can do.

First, please renew your membership if it has lapsed.

Second, please consider extending your membership for a few years.

Third, if you feel you can help support another person‘s membership you can reach out to our administrative team at membership@sca.org to arrange for a Gift Membership.

Fourth, you can make a charitable tax-deductible donation to the Society directly.

We are a volunteer society with a huge diversity of membership. We are all doing the best that we can in a trying time. Now more than ever is our opportunity to live our lives following the core values of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Now is the time to display to the world that we are a chivalrous people of honesty, integrity, honor, service, respect, and fairness.

In Service to the Dream,

Craig Carter,  Chairman 

John St. Dennis,  Vice Chairman 

Gigi Coulson,  Director 

Natalie Degerstrom,  Director  

 

T.S. Morgan,  Director 

Dan Watson,  Director 

Ross Roegner,  Director  

 

 

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

You may also email sca-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: Topical Town Hall Sessions. You Ask. We Answer.

As a world-wide Society, getting to talk to all our members is a little difficult in person. Thankfully, modern technology has given us the opportunity to able to connect on a regular basis and discuss the important topics that matter for SCA members and participants.

Introducing SCA Topical Town Hall Sessions! Click here for more information and to send in your topic proposals. The topical Town Hall schedule will be posted once dates, times, and guests are confirmed.

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

You may also email sca-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.

Topical Town Hall Request Form

Announcement: New Social Media Committee

Greetings,

The Board of Directors, in direct response to the increasing issues of Social Media, has decided to form a Social Media Committee to discuss and address the following:

  • Clearly defined scope of review for SCA Social Media.
  • Established Social Media bright-lines* for what constitutes unacceptable social media behavior.
  • Corrective action guidelines for Crowns and Seneschals to administer proportional corrective actions for transgressions against the aforementioned bright-lines.
  • Suggested training program for social media officers, seneschals, and crowns on how to identify bright-line transgressions as they occur, when and how to lock threads, turn off comments, and/or delete posts.
  • A strict definition of doxxing.

We wish to assure our community that the SCA is committed to being a non-political entity and inclusive of all beliefs and people.

The President and Society Seneschal will be reaching out to kingdoms soon to gather input on Social Media.

*Merriam Webster defines a bright-line as – providing an unambiguous criterion or guideline especially in law*

Announcement: Statement from the Laurel Queen of Arms on Offensive Names and the Current Situation

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

From Juliana de Luna, Laurel Queen of Arms, greetings to all those to whom these presents come.

Offensive Names and the Current Situation

As you doubtless know, a great deal of concern has been expressed about the fact that Wolfgang von Sachsenhausen, a name registered in 2007, included reference both to a Nazi concentration camp and a scientist who did experiments there.  We wish to share with you, so that you can share with your populace, an explanation of how this name was registered and a general road map of what the Laurel Office has been working on since we became aware of the issue in the morning of Saturday, June 6, 2020.

How this name was registered:

The Standards for Evaluation of Names and Armory (“SENA”) ban the registration of names that are offensive.  Specifically:

No name that is offensive to a large segment of members of the SCA or the general public will be registered. Offense is a modern concept; just because a name was used in period does not mean that it is not offensive to the modern observer. Offense returns are rare because the bar for determining offensiveness is quite high; it has not been unusual for years to pass between returns for offense.

Offense is not dependent on intent. The fact that a submitter did not intend to be offensive is not relevant. The standard is whether a large segment of the SCA or the general public would be offended.

In 2007, we were not as attuned to the problems of white supremacy in the SCA as we are today.  At that time, we used a different set of rules, but the rules about offensiveness were substantially the same.

The people making decisions on names and armory are not experts in every topic that arises.  For that reason, we rely heavily on commentary from our array of volunteer heralds from every Kingdom.  In this particular case, no one at the Society level identified the link between this name and the concentration camp in commentary, so the issue was not considered at the time.  I was a commenter at that time and can say that we rarely looked actively for such issues, assuming that submissions of hate were a thing of the past.

Now, in 2020, we are more alert to the problems of white supremacy and racism in the Society, as are our commenters.  In addition, there is vastly more information available to allow us to identify potentially problematic names.  We make a regular practice of checking Google and other available resources, such as the databases of white supremacist images and lists of offensive racial terminology, when making decisions.  Offensive racial epithets such as the Gypsy have been banned, as have certain depictions of the Celtic or Norse crosses that are commonly used by hate groups.

What has the Laurel Office been doing?

Since becoming aware of the issue, the Laurel Office has been working on several projects:

(1)  We have prepared a report to the Board of Directors discussing the issue, our plans for moving forward, and the calls for revocation of this person’s registration (something that is regulated by Corpora rather than the Laurel office).

(2)  We have prepared and will shortly be issuing a Palimpsest Letter for commentary adding a provision to SENA banning names that are morally offensive and proposing a multi-factor test for moral offensiveness.

(3)  We have researched and prepared a proposal for how to handle names that incorporate place names of concentration camps, which will appear in an upcoming Cover Letter.

(4)  On the April 2020 Cover Letter, we will be announcing a new policy allowing free changes of names and armory for people whose registered elements are offensive.  For example, some period armorial motifs have been co-opted by hate groups in the years since they were originally registered.  Likewise, the phrase the Gypsy once had a very different popular meaning, but is now considered hate speech by the Roma people and the United Nations.  People who now find themselves with inadvertently offensive names may wish to change them and we are removing one barrier to doing so.

(5)  Pelican Queen of Arms is forming a working group to identify other potential red flags in names so that we can maintain a list of problematic name elements going forward.  Although Pelican and her staff have been doing this same work behind the scenes for several years, we now are actively reaching out to people who are not presently commenting to request their assistance.

What can people do?

(1)  Be patient.  Many of the things we are trying to do require substantial research time or input from the Board of Directors.

(2)  Become involved in researching and commenting on names and armory in OSCAR.  The Sovereigns are not experts in every single area of language, history or armory.  We need and rely on commentary from experts in a wide variety of fields.  We remain particularly in need of people with expertise in languages and cultures outside of Europe.

(3)  Become involved in researching and writing articles to help educate people on period names or armorial motifs that have problematic modern connotations.

Julia Smith/Juliana de Luna

Laurel Queen of Arms

herald@sca.org