[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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Request for Commentary – Mission Statement

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

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, 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.

Updated and Revised Equestrian Waivers

Gleaned from the CalonList, kudos to Mistress Eoswyth þe Siðend who shared this news:

Bavarian engraving of a medieval tournament from the 1400s. Public domain in the US

 


Greetings to all KEOs, and felicitations at this festive time of year!
After literally years of work, I’m very pleased to announce that the Society has updated waivers for equestrian activities. I claim no credit for this accomplishment – all credit and thanks for a huge amount of work go to Mistress Eowyth, and to the work on review and acceptance on the part of the Office of the Society Seneschal and the Society’s in-house counsel, Patrick Anderson.
Details are as follows:

In order to reduce the amount of paperwork required at equestrian events, a new “combined” Waiver and Consent to Participate form has been created. This new waiver is only to be used for those events where an equine is present. All attendees are required to sign this waiver, including members who have a blue card. This form is applicable to equestrian events only, because it is both the equestrian waiver *and* the general site waiver (combined into one).  This eliminates the need for those without a blue card to sign multiple waivers at events with equines.  Everyone just signs this one form.The equestrian insurance policy has not changed.For those states that do not have equine liability laws (as of October 2017 that includes California, Maryland, New York, and Washington D.C.), the use of the Society Standard combined waiver is required.All states must showcase the appropriate Warning signs on site, with at least one to be at the equestrian field and one at the event check-in location (i.e. Gate/Sign-In/Troll). These signs can be purchased online through appropriate vendors or created following the appropriate requirements.If there are no equines, standard participant waiver procedures apply. Refer to the Seneschal’s Handbook if you have any questions. For those Kingdoms that include the waiver language on their gate forms, please contact Mistress Eowyth and she will help in updating your forms appropriately. Forms can be downloaded from the SCA’s Library of Documents at http://www.sca.org/docs/library.htmlIf you have any questions regarding these updated waivers, please contact Mistress Eowyth (Eowyth@gmail.com), Master Terafan – the Society Equestrian Officer (equestrian@sca.org),  Master Alan – the Society Earl Marshal (marshal@sca.org), or Master Antonio – the Society Seneschal (seneschal@sca.org).

IMPORTANT: Please make sure that all your equestrian marshals know about the change, and please help seneschals and autocrats understand that they only need this one form at any events with equines.

cheers,
    Terafan
Master Rhys Terafan Greydragon, OL, OP    equestrian@sca.org
Society Equestrian Officer

Board of Directors, Director – Elect, Seat E

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

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.

Society Seneschal – Elect

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

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Mike Watkins (Alywin Watkyn) as Society Seneschal-Elect for the Society for Creative Anachronism. Mike Watkins is the a Tech Projects Manager for Auburn University. Alywin Watkyn is a Pelican and former Kingdom Seneschal for Meridies. Mr. Watkins will undergo an intense training period, before succeeding current Society Seneschal, Anthony Pongratz (Antonio Giordano da Sicilia).

The Society Seneschal is responsible for coordinating the administration of the Society’s historical re-creation. This involves directing the activities of the Kingdom Seneschals and of Society-level deputies. Where questions arise concerning the intent of Corpora, the Board specifically authorizes the Society Seneschal to make interpretations and clarifications. The Society Seneschal is also responsible for reviewing all sanction related activities.

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.

President’s Announcement – AmazonSmile Program

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

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.

REQUEST FOR COMMENTARY – Proposed Changes – By-Laws and Corporate Policies

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

Currently open for commentary is a proposal for changes to the By-Laws and Corporate Policies for the Society for Creative Anachronism. The reasons for the suggested changes are to clarify confusing language, eliminate antiquated terms, and to correct grammar errors.

 

Due to the number of corrections requested, the documents along with the proposed changes have been posed on the SCA website to facilitate review of same. This file can be located at:

 

sca.org/BOD/ProposedRevisions.pdf

 

All members are encouraged forward their opinions for consideration. Comments may be mailed to:       Comments / By-Law Changes

SCA Inc.

Box 360789

Milpitas, CA 95036

 

Comments may also be emailed to comments@lists.sca.org. Please use “By-Laws Changes” in the subject line.  Commentary will be accepted until January 15, 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.