Announcement: Proposed Corpora Addition – Non-Discrimination

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 currently requesting commentary with regard to the following the proposed policy addition to Corpora:

Non-Discrimination Policy

The SCA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, size, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by law.

Please email all commentary to comments at comments@sca.org.  Please use the title “Non-Discrimination Policy Proposal” 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 to:

Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
RE: Non-Discrimination Policy
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 January 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.

Announcements – Project Corpora Updates

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

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in my last President’s Report to the community there is a project to review Corpora to clean up any confusing or outdated language in order to make it more “user-friendly”.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.

Memories of Master Eadweard Boicewright

Nearly a month ago, my lord husband told me that Master Eadweard Boicewright, one of my dearest mentors and friends, had passed away. He said that he had suffered a cardiac event.

It broke my heart.

Papa, as those who learned from him call him, was a pillar, not just in our kingdom, but in the Society at large. He was a keeper of our memories, he dispensed wisdom to kings and peasants, and he gave of himself whenever and where ever he saw a need, without any expectation of praise or reward.

The first time we met was at Valor, in 2011. I was mending a friend’s trousers when he sat down across from me at the table. We talked about my SCA name, about trouser seam stability (he told me how his trousers were split when he was called into court to receive a Calon Cross), and mundane things. In retrospect, I see now how he was sizing me up and getting a feel for the kind of person I am.

I guess he liked what he saw because a few months later, he sponsored me in my first Queen’s Prize Tournament and introduced me to Marcella (Mama), his lady wife. She taught me how to make cloth buttons, finger loop braid, lucet, and heddle weave.  It became a habit during my first year in the SCA: I’d go hang out in Papa’s wood wright shop and make tools then go upstairs and ask Mama to teach me how to use them.

Since I moved away, I’ve missed that bond and rapport. Not many people will drive twenty-thirty minutes to take a broke college student out for a nice lunch because she spent the bulk of her much-need Spring break bedridden with Strep Throat, but Papa did. Not many laurels would steer apprentices that could be stars in their belts toward other peers because they see how they could flourish in that relationship, but Papa did.

To be clear, Papa was not the sort of man who brandished his title. I still remember the grin that spread across his face when he finally told me he was a laurel and saw my face pale as I shrunk away a little. I was still new enough to have Peer Fear and had been talking easily  with him for over an hour at that point, so I was a more than a little intimidated. More importantly, though, what he said to me about being a laurel gave me the first inkling that it was something I could aspire towards. He told me that being a laurel meant being a teacher and teaching is something to which I have always been drawn. That seed has remained with me eight years later.

Papa was also one of the most insightful people I have ever known and the most honest. He was the man he always aspired to be, like the Kipling poem he was fond of quoting: a man who talked with crowds without losing his virtue and walked with kings without losing the common touch. I wasn’t done learning from him and I’ll always miss our talks.

Pennsic Court Summaries, A.S. 54

This reporter did not go to Pennsic.  My thanks to Lord Jon Chesey for his court notes.  As always, updates and corrections are welcome.

On the field:
Oisín Haconson – Iren Fyrd
Rashid ibn Ahmad al-Ra’is – Iren Hirth

In Calontir court, August 8:
Lucia of Vatavia – Leather Mallet
Ívarr fótviss – Leather Mallet
Elizabeth Hathaway (formerly known as Dorissa) – Golden Calon Swan
Juan Hector Valdez – Leather Mallet
Hugh du Puy – Sword of Calontir

Other court tidings:
The East Kingdom banishment of Sir Halvdan Lynkehand was upheld in Calontir.
Lord Moon Hides the Sun received a replacement AoA scroll for his that was destroyed in a tornado.
1 newcomer received a mug.

Illustration of the Battle of Barnet (14 April 1471) on the Ghent manuscript. Public domain in the US

Nesscia’s Missives: 28 July AS LIV

Image from Huntington Library Ms HM 60, f°7, 15th C.

Letter from home
28 July Anno Societatus LIV
Being 2019 of the Common Era

Unto Mor does your friend Nesscia send heartiest of Greetings!

Words alone cannot express my joy. Riding in my wagon south, to the heart of our wondrous kingdom, to the Shire of Cum an Iolair, during the height of a glorious summer, for no other purpose than to celebrate life, I pondered my immense good fortune. My stars align to bring me such joy and make my heart glad.

I journeyed in my wagon with my countrywoman, Her Excellency Kezia, and Æðelwyn, a young villager new to Calontir. I know not what grand opportunity allowed me to make the trek south and return north with such fine women as to ease the long hours with chitter chatter.

I must extend my gratitude to you, dear Mor. The memory of sitting at our leisure, prattling about all the goings on in the commons room with you and your charming lady, and all the good folk wandering about, yet brings a smile to my lips.

Notice I did your conversations with our fledgling Calontiri. Making to feel welcome one of our new members is a great gift to our kingdom. I doubt not that your welcome to her will be a fond memory.

The tournaments and ceremonies upon the lawns, the shades along the perimeter, the banners and flags and pennons on high, the stream of food, the traders and tradesmen selling their wares, the glorious comfort of the cool hall all contributed to a splendid event.

Glad I was when Their Most Royal Majesties, Anton and Yseult, chose to honor many of Their Populace during court. Your own Lady given the right to bear Arms, Lady Adelaide granted the Cross of Calontir for her endeavors and tasks, Mistress Giraude recognized for her contributions to the girth of the kingdom, John Bowyer invited into the Order of the Chivalry, and so many other good tidings I cannot recall them all.

To look upon your charming face, and that of your dear Lady in a time of peace and celebration was verily a treat indeed. I anticipate the time when you are able to enlighten me on the working of leather.

This missive has grown over long. I must needs end and find the comfort of my bed. I shall find a rider to carry this south upon the morrow.

Until when next we meet, I remain ever your friend.

 

Feast of Eagles court summary, July 27, A.S. 54

In evening court:
Giraude Benet – Leather Mallet
Yang Shaoyun – AoA
Seamus Yanger – Leather Mallet
Adelaide Sarsfield – Cross of Calontir

Other court tidings:
A boon was begged for John Bowyer to join the Order of Chivalry.
The Cooks Guild presented largess.
The Parliament of Owls presented largess.
2 newcomers received mugs.
Lord Thomas Wunderer von Leipzig won the Man at Arms armored tourney.
Count Marius Lucian Fidelis won the armored tourney.
(Also worthy of remark is that there were 44 fighters in the Feast of Eagles armored tournament.)
Lord Øyríkr Raðúlfsson (Yurik) won the Gentlemen’s steel tourney.
de Wulf won the Cloak & Dagger steel tourney.
Master Mathurin Kerbusso and de Wulf won the 2 Man steel tourney.
Master Gawin Kappler won the Bear Pit steel tourney.
Melchior Woelffling van Meckelenburch won the Thrown Weapons tourney, unranked division.
Lord Asher de Lokwode won the Thrown Weapons tourney, in the ranked division.

From “Janvier”, Les Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry. c. 1412-1416

Non-Land Agents Asked to Wait Until Saturday to Arrive at Pennsic

Re-posted from the Æthelmearc Gazette:


As many of you know, it has been a very rainy summer in western PA. Wet conditions at Coopers’ Lake are proving more challenging than usual for the Land Staff. As a result, the Deputy Mayor in charge of Land for Pennsic 48, Duchess Elizabeth von Kulmbach, sent the following request to all Land Agents today:

Due to the ongoing challenging conditions with weather and wet ground, Pennsic Staff would like to strongly encourage all campers to hang back and leave FRIDAY, JULY 26th admission to LAND AGENTS ONLY for Pennsic War 48.

We may need extra time to work through unexpected map difficulties with as few distractions and displaced people as possible so that we may remain calm and courteous to one another. NON LAND AGENTS should please delay arrival to PENNSIC WAR 48 until SATURDAY, JULY 27TH. (Exceptions being those ride sharing with a Land Agent, or the minor children of Land Agents. The goal is to reduce the number of CARS and CONFUSTION on site as some groups may need to move blocks due to uncampable conditions.)

This is not a rule, but a very strong suggestion that all Land Agents are being asked to pass on at this time.

Previous suggestions to non-Land Agents that “delayed arrival would be helpful” applied mainly to Troll processing capacity. THIS NOTICE applies more to the number of vehicles on site before each group has a confirmed place to set up and we are able to open site to all cars.

The battle field will be soft and easily rutted, and the more cars that stack up before we can open, the worse condition it will be in for fighting later. Land Grab is expected to take longer than usual. Land Agents should REALLY go look at their blocks IN PERSON before approving their maps.

MERCHANTS should continue to defer to the Coopers for set up and arrival instructions, per usual.

Thank you for your understanding and aid in communicating this to attendees.

Sincerely,

Duchess Elizabeth
DM Land, PW 48

Photo by Master Augusto Giuseppe da San Donato

Announcement: The New Event Volunteer Job Posting Page Is Now Live!

Gleaned from the Book of Faces:


Due to popular demand – the Web Team has created a new job posting dashboard for Event Stewards (etc.) to post upcoming volunteer jobs that are needed for upcoming events!

Volunteers are encouraged to peruse the dashboard and e-mail the contacts listed to help groups to be able to put on the best events they can! This is a great way to give back to your Kingdom with service!

To submit a job posting, go to: Event Job Posting Submission Form (https://calontir.org/eventjobpostingssubmit/)

To view the dashboard, go here: Event Job Posting Dashboard (https://calontir.org/job-dashboard/)


Honorable Lady Allison of Forgotten Sea
Kingdom of Calontir Webminister