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Polling Award Recommendations Due April 17

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2015-04-13 12:22

King Omega and Queen Etheldreda wish to let all know that They will issue Their second and final polling shortly. Please send Them your recommendations no later than this Friday, April 17.

Recommendations are requested via the online form:
http://fluidsurveys.com/s/EKRecommendations/

Editor’s Note:  Need more information about the East Kingdom awards polling process? This article gives a good overview. Need to find out whether or not someone has the award you are considering? Look them up in the Order of Precedence: http://op.wiglaf.org/index.php. You do not need to be a member of an order to recommend someone for an order. Any person may recommend any other person for any award.


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Pennsic War Points & Battles

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-04-12 14:24

Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle, have released the Pennsic War Points and Battle Schedules and Plans.

Complete and detailed information about how the war points will be fought, plus related regulations and schedules can be found here – Pennsic War Point Details and Regulations.

WAR POINTS SUMMARY
15 Points for Armored Combat
10 Points for Rapier
7 Points for Archery
1 Point for Service
1 Point for A&S
1 Point each for Thrown Weapons and Siege

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2
9:00 am: Opening Ceremonies
10:00 am: Unbelted Champions – 1 point
11:00 am: Belted Champions – 1 point.
12:00 pm: Matched Champions – 1 point
1:00 pm: Century Champions

MONDAY, AUGUST 3
10:00 am: Armored Castle Battle – 2 points.
1:00 pm: Rapier Manor Battle – 1 point

TUESDAY, AUGUST 4
10:00 am: Armored Bridge Battles – 3 points
1:00 pm: Rapier Village Battle – 1 point
3:00 pm: Siege and Combat Archery Battle – 1 point

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5
9:00 am – 5:00 pm: A&S Point
9:30 am: Archery Champions Shoot – 1 point
TBD: Thrown Weapons Tournament – 1 point
TBD: Rapier Champions Battle – 1 point
TBD: Rapier Heroic Champions – 1 point

THURSDAY, AUGUST 6
11:00 am: Armored Woods Battles – 3 banners, 3 points
2:00 pm: Rapier Woods Battle – 3 points

FRIDAY, AUGUST 8
10:00 am: Three Armored Field Battles– 1 point each (3 points total)
1:00 pm: Rapier Field Battles – 1 point each (3 total)
Service Point comprising hours from Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 1 point
A&S Point for non-Laurels – 1 point

ONGOING DURING WAR WEEK
Populace Archery Shoot – 6 points


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First Female Knight of Lochac Created

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2015-04-11 20:23

At Rowany Festival this Easter, Countess Eva Von Danzig, Baroness of Innilgard, became the first female knight of Lochac.

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First Eastern Writs Given for Order of Defense

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-04-11 16:51

The writs for the first three Eastern members of the Order of Defense were delivered today by Their Majesties Omega and Etheldreda. The Order of Defense recognizes superior prowess and contributions in rapier combat with a patent level award, more commonly known in the SCA as a peerage. This peerage order was created by the SCA’s Board of Directors in February. The peerage may be awarded beginning on May 1st. The writs notified the first three candidates that they were instructed to appear at Crown Tourney on May 2nd and answer Their Majesties as to whether they are willing to be accepted into the Order.

Sir Antonio Patrasso has been active in the East Kingdom Rapier community for twenty five years, and served as East Kingdom Marshal of Fence from 2004 to 2008. In addition to being a companion of the Order of Chivalry and the Order of the Pelican, he was the 26th inductee to the East Kingdom Order of the Golden Rapier. Sir Antonio also holds the Order of the Silver Crescent, the Order of the Tygers Combattant, the Queen’s Cypher, the Order of the Iron Tower (Settmour Swamp). He currently serves as King’s Rapier Champion and and is a Past Queen’s Rapier Champion. In addition to his duties as a marshal, he also serves the Seneschalate as New Groups Deputy, and serves the office of the Tyger Clerk as Backlog Scroll deputy. He lives in the Barony of Settmour Swamp.

Don Donovan Shinnock has been active in the East Kingdom Rapier community for over twenty years and was a cadet of Don Martin Quicksilver. He has served twice in the East as King’s Champion of Rapier and as Queen’s Champion of Rapier. Don Donovan is a Companion of the Order of the Silver Rapier and the Order of the Golden Rapier. He is also a Companion of the Maunche for his research on rapier combat, received the King’s Esteem of Merit from King Edward II, King Kenric II and King Brennan and is a Companion of the Carolingian Orders of the Perseus and the Daystar. He currently lives in the Shire of Quintavia.

THL Fraiser Macleod currently serves as the East Kingdom Marshal of Fence. He has been active in the East Kingdom Rapier community for twenty six years, beginning his SCA career in Endewearde as a student of Master Gregory Finche before moving to AEthelmearc and then returning to the East. He is the 8th White Scarf of Aethelmearc and the 31st Companion of the Golden Rapier, and has fought as a Rapier Champion at Pennsic for both the East and AEthelmearc. He has previously served as Queen’s Rapier Champion of the East. Don Fraiser is also a Companion of the Silver Crescent, the King’s Esteem of Merit, and the Portcullis of endewearde, and is one of the founding members of the Northguard Rapier Company. He currently lives in the Barony of Endwearde.


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Pennsic War Points List Released/Points De Guerre Pour Pennsic

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-04-11 12:01

En français

His Majesty Darius, called Omega, has released the listing of Pennsic War Points to the Gazette. Here are the highlights. More detailed information about how the war points will be fought, plus related regulations and schedules can be found here – Pennsic War Point Details and Regulations.

WAR POINTS SUMMARY
15 Points for Armored Combat
10 Points for Rapier
7 Points for Archery
1 Point for Service
1 Point for A&S
1 Point each for Thrown Weapons and Siege

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2
9:00 am: Opening Ceremonies
10:00 am: Unbelted Champions – 1 point
11:00 am: Belted Champions – 1 point.
12:00 pm: Matched Champions – 1 point
1:00 pm: Century Champions

MONDAY, AUGUST 3
10:00 am: Armored Castle Battle – 2 points.
1:00 pm: Rapier Manor Battle – 1 point

TUESDAY, AUGUST 4
10:00 am: Armored Bridge Battles – 3 points
1:00 pm: Rapier Village Battle – 1 point
3:00 pm: Siege and Combat Archery Battle – 1 point

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5
9:00 am – 5:00 pm: A&S Point
9:30 am: Archery Champions Shoot – 1 point
TBD: Thrown Weapons Tournament – 1 point
TBD: Rapier Champions Battle – 1 point
TBD: Rapier Heroic Champions – 1 point

THURSDAY, AUGUST 6
11:00 am: Armored Woods Battles – 3 banners, 3 points
2:00 pm: Rapier Woods Battle – 3 points

FRIDAY, AUGUST 8
10:00 am: Three Armored Field Battles– 1 point each (3 points total)
1:00 pm: Rapier Field Battles – 1 point each (3 total)
Service Point comprising hours from Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 1 point
A&S Point for non-Laurels – 1 point

ONGOING DURING WAR WEEK
Populace Archery Shoot – 6 points

En français

Sa majesté Darius dit Omega a révélé la liste des points de guerre pour Pennsic à la gazette. Voici les points majeurs.

SOMMAIRE DES POINTS DE GUERRE
15 points pour le combat armé
10 points pour l’escrime
7 points pour le tir à l’arc
1 point pour le service
1 point pour les arts et sciences
1 point chaque pour les armes de siège et les armes projetées

DIMANCHE LE 2 AOUST
9:00am: Cérémonies d’ouverture
10:00am: Champions sans-ceinture – 1 point
11:00am: Champions avec ceinture – 1 point
12:00pm: Champions comparables – 1 point
1:00pm: Champions du centenaire

LUNDI LE 3 AOUST
10:00am: Combat armé, battaille du chateau – 2 points
1:00pm: Escrime, bataille du manoir – 1 point

MARDI LE 4 AOUST
10:00am: Combat armé, batailles sur le pont – 3 points
1:00pm: Escrime, bataille au village – 1 point
3:00pm: Bataille de s’armes siège et tir à l’arc – 1 point

MERCREDI LE 5 AOUST
9:00am – 5:00pm: point des Arts et Sciences
9:30am: Tir à l’arc, tournoi des champions – 1 point
Heure à être déterminée: Tournoi d’armes projetées – 1 point
Heure à être déterminée: Escrime, bataille des champions – 1 point
Heure à être déterminée: Escrime, bataille des champions héroiques – 1 point

JEUDI LE 6 AOUST
11:00am: Combat armé, bataille dans le bois, 3 bannières, 3 points
2:00pm: Escrime, bataille dans le bois, – 3 points

VENDREDI LE 7 AOUST
10:00am: 3 batailles de champs – 1 point chacune (3 points total)
1:00pm: Escrime, bataille de champs – 1 point chacune ( 3 points total)
Point de service durant les heures comprises de mardi, mercredi, jeudi – 1 point
Point d’Arts et Sciences non- lauriers – 1 point

CONTINUEL DURANT LA SEMAINE DE GUERRE
Tir à l’arc de la populace – 6 points.

Traduction: Mór of Kilkenny


Filed under: En français, Pennsic, Uncategorized

Reacting to Medieval Reactions

Medievalists.net - Sat, 2015-04-11 00:48
In mid-March a new Twitter account came into being: @MedievalReacts


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The Rapier and the Rose

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2015-04-10 16:43

Countess Elena d’Artois is a Companion of the Order of the White Scarf. This article is from a Facebook post in which she contemplated the relationship between Æthelmearc’s Ladies of the Rose and Garnet and the rapier fighters, most especially the White Scarves.

Countess Elena at the Rose Tourney at Pennsic 43, where she was sponsored by Countess Kallista. Photo by THL Juan Miguel Cezar.

The Queens of Æthelmearc, Roses, and Garnets have a very special and ever-changing relationship with the White Scarves and fencing community. Their paths have changed from guardian, to guide, to confidante, to dear friend, to momma bear, and who is in what role changes as the community changes.

When I was a terrified first time princess, three White Scarves especially changed my path. They helped me to understand the art that is fencing (which I still don’t understand as well as I would like…. but we all grow, every day, together). They and the fencers welcomed me and supported me in that role, so much so that I have stayed and now serve in that community. Don Bastiano, Don Corwin, Don Christian and others were wonderful guides at that time. They taught me the Cult of the Queen, the honor of being a target, a courtier, a scholar, and a soldier. These are integral to the role of the fencer in the Society and those things that we learn in our art martial are skills that help us be successful in life. Focus. Determination. Discipline. Respect. Service. Pursuit of excellence. Kindness. Standing for what is right. A kind word can mean the difference to someone, and you never know who you touch. The art of defense can be elegant. One need not be a brute to eviscerate an enemy. Those are the things that the fencers taught a Rose-to-be.

As a fencer I watch the Roses. Those qualities that they embody and protect are those that we aspire to. Service to a greater community. Excellence and Chivalry are more important than victory. Gentility. The impact of words we speak. Inspiration. Loyalty. Honor. Grace. The responsibility of position doesn’t end when you leave the field. Leading by example in all things. Those are the things that I learn from the Roses I watch. So much yet to learn.

Lord Mark le Gabler (at right) competing in the Rapier Champions Tourney at Pennsic 43. He was inducted into the White Scarf the following month. Photo by THLord Juan Miguel Cezar.

Our kingdom’s Queen’s Rapier Championship Tournament is coming. Take this opportunity to look at your Queen and the Ladies of the Rose who support you. Spoil them. Revere them. Respect them. They are the Ninjas of Æthelmearc. Do something nice for a Lady of the Rose when you see them next. Coronation is this weekend. What a wonderful opportunity to share a drink or a piece of chocolate.

Countess Elena, photo by Mistress Chrestienne de Waterdene.

That said – if you would do those wonderful things for a Lady of the Rose – also do those things for someone you don’t know. Reach out to a new person and say hello. Offer a stranger a beer. Give a piece of chocolate to someone who might like it. You don’t have to be a Rose to appreciate a kind word, a drink, or a sweet. Those skills we learn in our game are the same skills that help us to make a better world in every area of our life. We serve a larger community. Kindness and respect are universal. But if learning to do it for one person or group of people teaches us how to do that better, then we have truly learned and grown as a people.

My fellow fencers, what do you see as the relationship between the Roses and the fencers? How do they inspire you?


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The Gratitude of Their Majesties

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-04-10 15:13

Photo courtesy of Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

En français
Their Majesties have arranged for photographs to be posted to their website of the work given to them by artisans of the East to be used as gifts by them. Queen Thyra described how important these gifts are to them and to the East Kingdom, as well as the depth of their gratitude, in this way.

“We are so grateful for the generosity of the artisans of the East. Strengthening the ties between Kingdoms is very important to Us, and one of the ways we can do that is on a personal level between the Royal Cousins. The giving of gifts, particularly from royal hands, has been a tradition for millenia. In our Society, while the Royalty only reign for a short time, their memories of the gifts they receive are vivid, and they speak well of the kingdom that gave those gifts for years afterward. We have been the recipients of many beautiful things, and we wanted to make sure that the East gave gifts in kind.

The royal gift exchanges aren’t as visible as A&S displays, but they do give the artisans a different exposure. Their items are admired and treasured. Still, it requires a depth of loyalty to the East and a wealth of generosity to give away the products of their time and effort to royalty they do not know and may never meet. We are humbled and inspired by them, and would like their works to be remembered.”

The artisans’ work can be seen here.

En français

Leurs Majestés ont organisé un système sur leur site internet, afin de publiciser tous les artisans de l’Est ayant contribué à la banque d’items pouvant être offerts par Nos Monarques en guise de reconnaissance ou d’amitié. La Reine Thyra a voulu exprimer combien ces présents étaient importants pour eux, ainsi que pour le Royaume de l’Est, par ces mots.

“Nous sommes tellement reconnaissants pour la générosité des artisans du Royaume de l’Est. Renforcer les liens entre Royaumes est d’une grande importance pour Nous, et Nous pouvons entres autres nous acquitter de cette tâche de manière personnelle entre Cousins Royaux. L’offre de cadeaux, particulièrement venant de mains royales, est une tradition vielle de plusieurs millénaires. Dans notre Société, même si la Royauté ne règne que pour une courte période de temps, les souvenirs des cadeaux reçus restent vifs et évoquent les qualités du Royaume qui les a offerts pour bien des années à venir. Nous avons été les récipiendaires de bien belles choses, et voulions nous assurer que le Royaume de l’Est pourrait en offrir de toutes aussi jolies.

Les échanges de cadeaux royaux ne sont pas aussi visibles que les expositions d’Arts et Sciences, mais ils donnent aux artisans une forme différente de visibilité. Leurs objets sont admirés et chéris. Malgré tout, cela requiers une profonde loyauté envers l’Est, ainsi qu’une générosité sans pareille pour donner ainsi le produit de leur temps et efforts pour une royauté qu’ils ne connaissent pas et peut-être ne rencontrerons jamais. Nous nous sentons humbles et inspirés par ces personnes, et voulons que leurs travaux ne soient pas oubliés.”

Le travail des artisans peut être vu ici.

Traduction: Behi Kirsa Oyutai


Filed under: Arts and Sciences, En français, Tidings

EKU Location Change – TOMORROW

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-04-10 14:59

The following message was sent today by the East Kingdom Chancellor

Due to unpreventable circumstances beyond our control, tomorrow’s EKU needs to be held in a different location– we will be moving to Eastern Maine Community College, Maine Hall (354 Hogan Road, Bangor, Maine 04401. This is right down the street from the old location. ALL classes will still be held as planned and at their scheduled times– the room numbers will be different but there will be plenty of signs to help you find your way. Please pass this message along to any and all FB groups, mailing lists, and friends you may know of who are attending. Please contact me at university@eastkingdom.org if you have any questions.


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The Bards of Æthelmearc: Alianora Bronhulle

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-04-09 22:38

This is the first in a series of profiles featuring the bards of Æthelmearc, from Baroness Gwendolyn the Graceful, our current Sylvan Bard.

photo by Alexander Ó Chonchobair

What’s your full SCA name (and anything else you typically use to introduce yourself)?
THL Alianora Bronhulle, but just Alianora works for me. :)

What attracted you to the bardic arts?
I love to sing, but I don’t think I’m all that good at it. [GtG’s note: Yes, you are!] My first AEcademy was a couple months after I joined the SCA, and there was a “Sing We of AEthelmearc” class by the current Sylvan Bard (Orlando). I had so much fun that I joined the Sylvan Singers and have been finding bardic circles ever since.

How long have you considered yourself a bard / scop / scyld / minstrel / term-of-choice?
Almost 3 years now.

What’s your primary form (singer, storyteller, poet, etc.)? Do you play any instruments, and if so, which?
My primary form is singing. I have not played any instruments in the SCA yet.

Where can we find your work? Do you have a brief sample you’d like to share?
The first round of the 2014 Sylvan Bard competition was recorded and posted on youtube by the Viking Home Companion. The video for my performance is here.
I don’t have any other recorded performances that I know of.

What sorts of pieces do you enjoy producing? What attracts you to that style?I like a variety of music. Everything from the funny to serious, filks and period pieces, love songs and war songs. I most enjoy something with a drum to accompany because it changes the feel of the piece. The best performance of ‘The Minstrel Boy’ I ever did was the first time Don Brennan the Misguided accompanied me with his bodhrán. I’ll never forget how it felt.

Describe a favorite performance of your own in the SCA. What makes it a highlight for you?
The day TRMs Timothy and Gabrielle chose me to be the Sylvan Bard, Gabrielle asked me what my third piece would have been if the competition had gone to a third round. My reply was ‘The Minstrel Boy’ because it is my favorite song of all that I do, so she asked if I would perform it at feast that evening. Once they were seated and eating, I stood not far from their table and offered my song to them amidst the chatter of the good gentles eating their meal, and two lines into the song there was silence except for the sound of my voice. I was humbled and amazed at the attention my performance of the song received, and it showed me the power of one bard’s voice.

Describe a performance by someone else that inspired you in the bardic arts. How did that performance guide you to improve your own art? What did it prompt you to do?
In 2014 at ice Dragon, I had the pleasure of listening to Don Brennan the Misguided perform a song called ‘Belt and Chain’. It was amazing, and he is a very spirited performer. I had never heard the song before, and his rendition brought me to tears. In speaking with him later to gush about how much I loved his performance, we started talking about having a piece for every situation as my repertoire was somewhat limited at the time. He inspired me to start collecting songs for different occasions.

What projects are you working on now?
I have several songs that I am brushing up on, one of which was a special choice for the bardic competition at White Hart had it not been cancelled, so it will wait until later. I am also working on learning ‘The Glasgow Reel’ on the violin, but it will be some time before I bring that out for performance.

Who are some of your favorite influences, either for your own research and composition, or for performing within the SCA?
I like the haunting sound of madrigals from period. If ever I were to write something epic, it would be in that style.

What other types of performance do you particularly love to see / hear?
I love the atmosphere around a bardic circle. It is a place to sing familiar songs or to try out new ones. A place where people join in on the chorus and laugh and enjoy themselves.

What advice do you have for someone who wants to be a bard?
Just do it. Stand up at a bardic circle, raise your hand, speak out, and give it a go. I get so nervous before I perform, but I (hopefully) hide it well and I don’t let it stop me from doing something I love. Somewhere someone needs to hear a story or a song, and yours might be the one they need to hear, but they’ll never know until you do it.

Is there anything you want to add?
Music is a love of mine, and in the SCA it has the ability to really pull out the magic of an event and lend ambiance to an otherwise stark venue. At Gulf Wars this year, I met a bard on the road singing her song as she walked along for anyone to hear. I traded her one song for another and we talked about music. Being a bard is a great way to meet people, if even on a small scale, and to spread the dream through music and stories.


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Crown Tournament Approaches!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-04-08 20:56

Good Gentles!

photo by Ida Caroline Cliff

The time is almost upon us to find out who our next heirs will be. Who will be the best fighter of the day? Whose game is at its peak at just the right moment? Who is so hungry for the Crown that none shall best them? Whose colors will fly highest at the end of the day and meld into the red of Æthelmearc, making our Kingdom even stronger than before?

We shall find out on Saturday, May 2nd at the Wellsville Elementary School in Wellsville, NY (Shire of Hartstone). Site opens at 8:30 am, with armor inspection from 8:30-11:30. Starting at 11:00 am, our beautiful Queen will be hosting a Consort’s Tea in the Royal Pavilion, please plan on attending if you can to hear the wise words of our Queen and the Ladies of the Rose. A banner filled procession is to take place at 12:00 pm, so bring your banners and wear your colors proudly! Bring a herald (or hire one!) to announce you and your consort to Their Majesties and the populace – there may be something in it for them! The Tourney and Dayboard will follow the procession, fighting will continue until a victor is declared and we have the names of our newest Heirs.

The day wouldn’t be complete without admiring the skills of the artisans of our great Kingdom! There will be an Arts and Sciences Display area for any and all who wish to show us what makes our artists so special. Please feel free to bring your finished pieces or works in progress so we can admire your hard work and talents. There will also be space available both indoors and out for any gentle that wishes to merchant during the event, at no charge.

The focus of the day will be on the combatants and consorts, but that can’t happen if you don’t get your letters delivered to the hand of Their Highnesses by this Saturday (April 11th). Please consider entering Crown Tourney so you can have a deciding voice in guiding our Sylvan Kingdom on her path to increased greatness. Also, please contact the autocrat with the dimensions of any day shade or pavilion you intend to set up around the List Fields so we can be sure all have the space they require ahead of time. There will be a map of List Field pavilion setups available the day of Crown, please check with the autocrat or Baroness Helene of Delftwood, for your allotted space before setting up.

We look forward to seeing you there! Please check the Facebook Event page or the Kingdom website for more information.

YIS,

Lady Lasairfhiona inghean Aindriasa
Autocrat – Shire of Hartstone

 

 


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Q&A About the Order of Defense Regalia

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-04-08 20:30

With the first writs for the newly created Order of Defense expected to be issued this weekend at Coronation, the Gazette is grateful to Lord Yehuda ben Moshe, Elmet Herald for submitting this article clarifying the regalia for the new order.

Many questions have arisen regarding the regalia of the forthcoming Order of Defense.  Lord Yehuda ben Moshe, Elmet Herald (East Kingdom Education Deputy) answers some of the most common questions

A red livery collar. The regalia of the Order of Defense is a white livery collar.

Q: What, exactly, is the regalia of the new Order?

A: A white livery collar.

Q: Where does it say that?

A: The SCA College of Heralds April 2015 Special Letter of Acceptances and Returns

Q: What, exactly, is a livery collar?  Is it the same as a collar of estate?

A: “Livery collar”, “collar of estate”, “chain of estate”, “chain of office” all seem to be fairly synonymous.  There is a wide variety of forms found in period, though most seem to fall into two categories – a leather or fabric strap with fittings and mounts, or a metal “chain” made up of plaques, “S” shapes, or other elements.  A variety of period livery collars can be seen here and here.

Q: So which of those is reserved to the Order of Defense?

A: No particular form is specified.  The relevant text from the decision:

In acknowledgement of the diverse forms and ornamentation that livery collars may possess, we decline to specify a type for the Order, just as we do not specify anything beyond a white belt for the Order of the Chivalry. In order to be considered regalia, the collar itself must be white.

Q: White?  Heraldic white is the same as silver.  Does that mean that all metal livery collars are now reserved for the Order of Defense?

A: No.  While the heraldic term “argent” is used to specify both “white” and “silver”, that applies to armory, not regalia.  The registration specifically states that only white-colored collars are reserved for the Order, not metal-colored ones.  The relevant text from the decision:

Much like the superprotection of the white belt as regalia for the Order of Chivalry does not prevent the populace from wearing belts of other colors or metal, the superprotection of a white livery collar for the Order of Defense does not mean that members of the populace cannot wear livery collars of another color or metal livery collars, including those made of silver.

So just as a silver-colored belt isn’t reserved for knights, a silver or pewter colored collar isn’t reserved for Masters of Defense.

Q: What about a shirt with a white collar?  Or an Elizabethan-style white ruff collar?  Can I no longer wear these?  Can I not have a white collar on my dog if I bring her to an event?

A: No.  The regalia is only for livery collars, not any other kind of collar.  Shirt collars, ruffs, dog-collars, etc. can all be white.  Only white livery collars are protected.

Copyright 2015 Juliean Galak.  Permission is hereby expressly given to republish this article in its entirety in any non-commercial publication, as well as any publication of the SCA, Inc. or its subsidiaries, provided the article is not altered except as to formatting and this notice is retained.
Filed under: Fencing, Heraldry Tagged: order of defense, regalia

"In 1492, Columbus sailed the oceans blue. And brought back syphilis."

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2015-04-08 17:51

Medical researchers have long sought the origins of the sexually-transmitted disease syphilis, but most now believe that the pox was brought back by Christopher Columbus from one of his voyages to the New World. LiveScience recently published an Op-Ed from the Conversation.

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Unofficial Court Report for Mudthaw

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-04-08 16:38

COURT OF THEIR MAJESTIES EDWARD III AND THYRA II
AT MUDTHAW

Their Majesties accept the fealty oath of the new Kingdom Chatelaine. Photo by Cateline la Broderesse

The Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen by agency of that same right, second of that name, held upon 28 March in the forty-ninth year of the Society in the Barony of the Settmour Swamp; on which day were called all and sundry the lords of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Item.  Their Majesties thanked Vienna de la Mer for her service as Kingdom Chatelaine and gave her a token of the same, whereupon they dismissed the said Vienna and bade her take her rest.

Item.  Their Majesties accepted the oath of Erhart von Stuttgart as the new Kingdom Chatelaine and gave him a token.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned Rose Storie MacTherion before the assembled Court and thereupon awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Katherine Stanhope.

Item.  Their Majesties then summoned Therion Sean Storie, father of the aforesaid Rose, and, praising his skills with the rapier, endowed him with the Order of the Silver Rapier, the which deed as memorialized in a document created by Isabel Chamberlaine.

Item.  Their Majesties commanded Jenevieve Fiana Spillane to attend upon them and, recognizing her famed skill with the blade, inducted her into the Order of the Silver Rapier, the which deed was confirmed with a document created by Katrusha Skomorokh.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned into the Court the good lady Isabel Chamberlain and ordered the said Isabel to sit vigil to answer the question whether she would join the Order of the Laurel.

Item.  Their Majesties caused Tiberius Nautius Maximus to be brought before the Court, whereupon, in recognition of his might upon the field of battle, inducted him into the Order of the Tygers Combattant, the which deed was confirmed with a document created by Vettorio Antonello.

Ivan Ivanov syn Dmitriev surrounded by the Order of the Chivalry is sent to vigil. Photo by Cateline la Broderesse

Item.  Their Majesties commanded Ivan Ivanov syn Dmitriev to be sent to sit vigil to answer the question whether he would join the Order of the Chivalry.

Whereupon the Court was adjourned until later in the afternoon.

Item.  Their Majesties caused Benjamin Black to be brought before them, whereupon, in acknowledgement of the diverse good labors of the said Benjamin, inducted him into the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Rhonwen Glyn Conwy.

Whereupon the Court was adjourned until later in the afternoon.

Item.  Their Majesties welcomed as guests in their Court their Graces Dionysus and Persephone of the Holy Kingdom of Acre.

Item.  Their Majesties announced that they and their Heirs signed the Golden Lance Treaty, establishing the Order of the Golden Lance of the East as an Order of High Merit for equestrian activities.

Item.  Their Majesties decreed that, for the duration of their reign and that of their Heirs, the Order of Defence shall be excused from the verbal polling requirement of Section IX.E.2 of East Kingdom Law, requiring 20 members of an Order to be present in person for a verbal poll to be valid.

Item.  Their Majesties recognized the children who had participated in the Children’s Service Initiative.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned before the Court the good lad Brendan of Silver Rylle and endowed the said Brendan with the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was confirmed with a document calligraphed by Jonathan Blaecstan and illuminated by Ellesbeth Donofrey.

Item.  Their Majesties gave tokens of welcome to newcomers to the Society.

Item.  Her Majesty announced the creation of inspiration tokens, to be distributed among the populace and shared with gentlefolk who inspire others.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned Jenna Childersley, called Childslayer, before the Tyger Thrones and, praising her display of a pottery wheel in Artisans’ Row, endowed her with the Award of the Golden Lyre.

Item.  Their Majesties announced the banishment from the realm of Nicholas Condon.

Item.  The Guild of Athena’s Thimble made a gift of white-work embroidery to Her Majesty.

Briony of Chatham is inducted into the Order of the Silver Crescent. Photo by Cateline la Broderesse

Item. Their Majesties bade Briony of Chatham, guild mistress of Athena’s Thimble, to tarry before the Court, whereupon they invested the said Briony with the Order of the Silver Crescent in recognition of her many labors, the which deed was confirmed in a document calligraphed by Jonathan Blaecstan and illuminated by Kis Maria.

Item.  Their Majesties called Ulf Jageren to stand before them and awarded him Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document calligraphed by Nest verch Tangwistel and illuminated by Lillian atte Valleye.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned into the Court the good Rosie O’Connel, whereupon they awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Henna Sinclair.

Item.  Their Majesties bade Orlando Sforza to attend upon them and, giving praise to the said Orlando’s research in matters of rapier and swordsmanship, inducted the said Orlando into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Elsa de Lyon.

Item.  Lady Angelina Capasso presented gifts to Their Majesties and Their Highnesses from the Stronghold of Warrior’s Gate, in the Kingdom of the West.

Item.  Her Majesty endowed Juliana le Chaluner with the Queen’s Award of Esteem for her sundry and diverse labors for the good of the realm.

Item.  Their Majesties called into the Court the notable lady Rhode Kephalaina and thereupon invested her with the Award of the Burdened Tyger for her stewardship of Dragonship Haven’s Baronial Investiture, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned Aaron the Arrowsmith to attend upon them and duly created the said Aaron a Baron of the Court with a Grant of Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Kayleigh Mac Whyte.

Isabel Chamberlain answers Their Majesties summons. Photo courtesy of Cateline la Broderesse

Item.  Their Majesties commanded Isabel Chamberlaine to appear before them and answer the question whether she would join the Order of the Laurel; and hearing the said Isabel’s answer and the testimony of goodly and noble persons of the Realm they invested the said Isabel as a Peer of the Realm with Arms by Letters Patent, the which deed was confirmed with noble gifts and a document authored by Angus Pembridge, calligraphed by Eva Woderose and illuminated by Ro Honig von Summerfeldt.

Item.  Their Majesties ordered Rupert the Unbalanced and Diana the Wanderer to attend upon them, whereupon they invested the said Diana and the said Rupert as Baron and Baroness of the Court, and caused the same to be confirmed with a document created by Leonete d’Angely and a gift of stained glass created by Conor O Ceallaigh, Lada Monguligin and Ryan Mac Whyte.

Item.  Their Majesties awarded Arms to Kára Grímsdóttir, as confirmed by a document authored by Alys Mackyntoich and calligraphed and illuminated by Heather Rose de Gordoun.

Item.  Their Majesties awarded Arms to Tathiel Aidanswife, as confirmed by a document authored by Alys Mackyntoich and calligraphed and illuminated by Chrestienne la pescheresse.

Item.  Their Majesties commanded Ivan Ivanov syn Dmitriev to appear before the Court and answer the question whether he would join the Order of the Chivalry; and the said Ivan answering that he would accept the belt, spurs and chain of a Knight; and the Court hearing testimony concerning the good worth of the said Ivan from honored and noble persons;  Their Majesties created the said Ivan a Peer of the Realm with Arms by Letters Patent, as confirmed in a document created by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Item.  Their Majesties thanked the musicians playing for the Court and the day’s festivities.

I, Alys Mackyntoich, Eastern Crown Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.

Witnesseth:
Grim the Skald
Ryan Mac Whyte
Malcolm Bowman
Yehuda ben Moshe
Erna Mani


Filed under: Court Tagged: court report, mudthaw

EKU Class Listing and Schedule

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:10

The East Kingdom University, to be held in the Barony of Endewearde this coming Saturday, April 11th, is pleased to announce that its full class listing and schedule is now available on the event website! We welcome you to come and partake in a multitude of classes throughout the day on topics covering the arts, service, marshal activities, and more!


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Period or not… Names

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-07 17:30

This is a recurring series by Mistress Alys Mackyntoich on whether certain names currently can be documented to period based on existing evidence. There are a lot of names that people think are medieval, but actually aren’t, and others which people think are modern, but in fact are found in the SCA’s period. If you would like to suggest a name, send an email to the Gazette.

Today’s names are Moira and Maura.

Moira is one of those “Irish” names popularly believed to be medieval or Renaissance, but which is currently undocumentable in that form.  The spellings we can document in Anglicized Irish (not Gaelic) are Moire[1] or Mora[2].  Neither is pronounced like the modern “Moy-ra.”  Moire is most likely pronounced as either “Moor” or “Moora.”  In Gaelic, the closest name is Máire[3], pronounced roughly “May-ra” or “Ma-ra.”

Many also think of Maura as an “Irish” name, but in fact it appears in period in Occitan French[4], Italian[5], and Spanish[6].

[1]  Moire is dated to 1601 in “Names Found in Anglicized Irish Documents” by Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada (http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnglicizedIrish/Feminine.shtml)

[2]  Mora is dated to 1541 in “Names Found in Anglicized Irish Documents” by Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada (http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnglicizedIrish/Feminine.shtml)

[3] Máire is dated between 1396 and 1601 in “Index of Names in Irish Annals” by Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada (http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/Feminine/Maire.shtml)

[4]  “Names from Fourteenth Century Foix” by Cateline de la Mor (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/cateline/foix.html)
[5]  “Late Period Italian Women’s Names” by Juliana de Luna (http://medievalscotland.org/jes/Nuns/Florence.shtml).

[6]  Maura Yespes Setien; Female; Christening; 07 May 1598; Santa Maria Magdalena, Valladolid, Spain; Batch: C04657-9 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F5Q5-Z68)


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Unofficial Court Report for Carolingian Investiture

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-07 15:09

COURT OF THEIR MAJESTIES EDWARD III AND THYRA II
AT CAROLINGIAN BARONIAL INVESTITURE

The Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen by agency of that same right, second of that name, held upon 4 April in the forty-ninth year of the Society in the Barony of Carolingia; on which day were called all and sundry the lords of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Baron Fergus learning of his execution. Photo by Master Albert Faulke of Sandford

Item.  Their Majesties thanked Imigla Venture for her service as Baroness of Carolingia and, wishing that she continue to maintain herself in appropriate state, conferred upon her the lands of Ventura and the rights accompanying thereupon; whereupon the said Imigla retired from the Court.

Item.  Their Majesties thanked Fergus MacRae for his service as Baron of Carolingia; and, the protection of the Crown having thereby been removed, and the said Fergus having been indicted and convicted of wrongs against the Crown and the state, issued a Writ of Execution and Attainder against the said Fergus, the which document was created by Alys Mackyntoich and Vettorio Antonello.  Whereupon, the said Fergus was taken to the market cross and his head was struck from his body.

King Edward speaks to the daughter of Mistress Khioniya and Sir Seosamh Photo courtesy of Raziya Bint Rusa

Item.  Their Majesties heard the plea of Mistress Khioniya Ryseva for clemency on behalf of the pinas des Indes hailing from the lands of Western Seas; and having weighed her words, Her Majesty rescinded her edict banishing and attaindering the pinas des Indes, vulgarly known as pineapples, saving those that appear upon the archery field.

Item.  Their Majesties invested Colin Ursell as Baron of Carolingia, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Alexsei Dmitriev.

Item.  Their Majesties invested Nicolette Bonhomme as Baroness of Carolingia, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Altani Khatagidai.

The new Baron and Baroness of Carolingia offer their fealty. Photo courtesy of Raziya Bint Rusa

Item. Their Majesties accepted the fealty of Colin and Nicolette as Baron and Baroness of Carolingia.

Whereupon the Court was adjourned until later in the afternoon.

Item.  Their Majesties caused Joiha Huguenin to be brought before them and, so doing, awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Lada Monguligin.

Whereupon the Court was adjourned until later in the afternoon.

Item.  Their Majesties awarded Arms unto Gudrun Thorvaldsdottir, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Aaradyn Ghyoot.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned the good Aine Oliphant before the Court, whereupon they awarded her Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Svea the Short Sighted.

Item.  Their Majesties caused David of Quintavia to be brought before the Tyger Thrones and thereupon awarded him arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Nest verch Tangwystl.

Raziya is welcomed into the Order by Baroness Nicolette. Photo by Master Albert Faulke of Sandford

Item.  His Majesty endowed Yehuda ben Moshe with the King’s Award of Esteem for his work on the heraldic staff for the reign.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned Raziya bint Rusa before the Court and, praising her good works in the study of plants and herbs, invested the said Raziya with the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Aildreda de Tamwurthe, calligraphed by Eleanor Catlyng and illuminated by Sakurai no Kesame.

Item.  Their Majesties made gifts of toys to the children of the East.

Item.  Their Majesties commanded the attendance of Sigmarr Avarsson and, so doing, awarded the said Sigmarr Arms, the which deed was confirmed in document created by Constance de Saint Densi and Lillian atte Valeye.

Item.  Their Majesties caused Ammalina Taikkizhavi to be brought before the Court and, so doing, awarded Arms unto the said Ammalina, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Nest verch Tangwistel and Agatha Wanderer.

Item.  Their Majesties endowed Cassandra Boell von Bayer with the Order of the Burdened Tyger for her labors in creating the feast for Their Majesties’ Coronation.

Item.  Her Majesty endowed Li Kung Lo with her Queen’s Award of Esteem.

Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch is inducted into the Order of the Silver Crescent. Photo by Lady Simona bat Leone

Item.  Their Majesties created Ygraine of Kellswood an Artisan to the Crown for her many talents and labors.

Item.  Their Majesties gave tokens to the Baron and Baroness of Dragonship Haven for them to distribute to the populace, as emblems and signacles of Royal gratitude for their work in arranging that group’s Baronial Investiture.

Item.  Their Majesties commanded Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch to attend upon them, whereupon, praising his diverse travails for the good of the Kingdom, inducted and invested him with the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Constance de Saint Denis and Æsa feilinn Jóssursdóttir.

Item.  Their Majesties created their noble servant Sergei Rozvad syn a Court Baron and Granted him Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Item.  Their Majesties created the good lady Æsa feilinn Jóssursdóttir a Court Baroness and Granted her Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Lochleven presents their rustling proof sheep to Their Excellencies Carolingia. Photo courtesy of Raziya Bint Rusa

Item.  The House of Lochleven presented their tithe of taxes to the Baron and Baroness of Carolingia.

Item.  Their Majesties gave tokens of welcome to newcomers to the Society.

Item.  Their Majesties called into the Court the good Liadin ingen Chineada and awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Jonathan Blaecstan and Melisande of Griffin Wood.

Item.  Their Majesties awarded Arms to the good and worthy Aimee of Carolingia, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Nest verch Tangwistel and Lisabetta Medaglia.

Item.  Her Majesty endowed Simona bat Leone with a token of gratitude by virtue of her good works for Their Majesties’ benefit.

Item.  Her Majesty endowed Anton of Winteroak with her token in absentia.

Baroness Clarice della Luna and Baron Lachlan Graheme Photo courtesy of Raziya Bint Rusa

Item.  Their Majesties created Alec Craig an Artisan to the Crown.

Item.  Her Majesty invested Dereca ni Donndubhain with the Queen’s Award of Esteem for her good works in support of the Realm.

Item.  Their Majesties created the following ladies Seamstresses to the Crown:  Dereca ni Donndubhain, Edyth of Steyning, Matilda of Carolingia, Rosina von Schaffhausen and Constance de Saint Denis.

Item.  His Majesty endowed Constance de Saint Denis with the King’s Cypher for her diverse labors in support of the reign.

Item.  His Majesty endowed Clarice della Luna with his King’s Cypher for her good works in support of the Crown.

Item.  Her Majesty invested Lachlan Graheme with the Queen’s Order of Courtesy, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Sorcha Dhocair ingen ui Ruairc and Ulrich Reinhart.

Item.  His Majesty invested Lucien de Pontivi with the King’s Cypher for his notable and honorable works.

Sir Michael receives his glove from Queen Thyra Photo courtesy of Raziya Bint Rusa

Item.  Her Majesty invested Aildreda de Tamwurthe with the Queen’s Cypher for her true and worthy service.

Item.  His Majesty invested Anastasia da Monte with the King’s Cypher for her labors as part of the heraldic staff and the Queen’s Guard.

Item.  Her Majesty summoned Michael of York to attend upon her and, praising the good Michael’s unfailing noble bearing and undoubled honor, invested the same Michael with the Queen’s Order of Courtesy, the which deed as confirmed in a document created by Bronwyn of Wentworth.

Item.  Their Majesties caused Catrin o’r Rhyd For to be brought before the Tyger Thrones,

Mistress Catrin with Their Majesties Photo courtesy of Raziya Bint Rusa

whereupon they lauded the good Catrin’s diverse and sundry good works over many years, not least of which being the creation of the East Kingdom Gazette, thereupon created the said lady a Baroness of the Court and further endowed her with an Augmentation of Arms, the which deed being confirmed in a document created by Aildreda de Tamwurthe and Eva Woderose.

Item.  Their Majesties thanked the musicians playing for the Court and the day’s festivities.

I, Alys Mackyntoich, Eastern Crown Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.

Witnesseth:
Mistress Mylisant Grey
Don Donovan Shinnock
Dona Anastasia da Monte
Lord Yehuda ben Moshe


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The codpieces of Wolf Hall

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2015-04-07 09:30

This spring, viewers of the BBC and PBS will be treated to a video version of the Hilary Mantel book Wolf Hall set in the court of Henry VIII. Since its announcement, there has been discussion of the size of the actor's codpiece, perhaps smaller than is historically accurate. Jane Huggett of The Guardian joins the conversation.

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Pennsic War Exchequer Sought

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-07 09:19

The Pennsic War Financial Committee, of the Society for Creative Anachronism Pennsic War Inc., a subsidiary corporation of the Society for Creative Anachronism Inc, seeks a qualified individual to become the Pennsic War Exchequer, a member of the senior staff of Pennsic War. Information about the position and how to apply is listed below. The deadline for the application is June 1, 2015. This is a volunteer position.

SCA Pennsic War Inc (PWI) presents the largest annual event, The Pennsic War (PW) sponsored by the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). This event attracts nine to ten thousand attendees, and runs for seventeen days, plus two weeks of set-up prior and one week of takedown after. The overall Staff of PW can be upwards of 100 named positions and 600 onsite volunteers. The position of PW Exchequer along with the Chief Executive Officer, Finance Committee, and the Pennsic Seneschal Group, coordinates the fiscal activities of PW and PWI.

Many of the activities and tasks the PW Exchequer will engage in:
• Maintaining PW’s accounts using Excel and Quick Books Pro v10 or later
• Attending planning meetings generally held in May and November at the event site.
• Day-to-Day operations of tracking expenditures and ensuring budget compliance
• Remitting payment for PW’s valid accounts payable.
• Filing quarterly and yearly reports required by the SCA
• Being in attendance at PENNSIC WAR during its entirety plus at least 5 days early and as many subsequent days require to wrap up the current year’s on-site business. During the event it is expected that the PW Exchequer will have business hours of at least 6 hours per day.
• Preparing documentation for certified audits.
• Chairing the PW financial committee
• Ensuring compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles as regards not-for-profit corporations.
• Overseeing the Exchequer staff, which includes a Quartermaster, an Inventory deputy, and other staff as the office may require to properly conduct business.
• Assist in budget preparation by tracking spending patterns of Pennsic War
• Prepare reports to the Chief Executive Officer of PW as required to maintain effective tracking of expenses.

Qualifications:
Required:
• A level of understanding sufficient to create, maintain, and amend Excel workbooks which may contain up to 15 inter-related worksheets, macros, array formulas, and other senior level user skills.
• A professional level of understanding of Quick Books Pro, version 10 or later, normally associated with the duties of a finance manager.
• Understanding of SCA Exchequer requirements as regards SCA financial policies
• Understanding of the Pennsic Administrative Policies and the Pennsic Financial Policies
• Reliable internet and phone services, not only at home, but also while away.
Desired:
• Previous Exchequer experience in SCA on any level
• Modern accounting experience or Modern positions in finance planning
• Previous PW experience in a sustained capacity
What we are looking for:
• Strong and effective communicator, both written and verbal, with excellent interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with both accounting and non-accounting personnel.
• Proficient computer skills using MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet.
• Strong interview skills, ability to ask the right questions to gather and obtain relevant information.
• Ability to work independently, as well as maintain a positive working relationship with PW staff
• Perform multiple tasks under tight deadlines without sacrificing quality or accuracy.
• Strong attention to detail and follow-through.
• Ability to work in an intense time critical work environment
Time Commitment:
• Serve approximately two years as Emergency Deputy Exchequer
• Assume full duties on or about November 1, 2016, for a 3 year term
• It is estimated that during the times, other than the estimated 5 weeks of PW so noted above, the time commitment is ten to twenty hours per week,

We’re looking for evidence that you have the skills, experience, and abilities indicated in this announcement. Information you provide will be used for deciding who’ll be selected for the next step in our process.

Should you be interested in this position, here is the application packet:
• Your modern and SCA resume’s highlighting your experience which fulfills our requirements.
• A cover letter expressing your desire and ability to become the PW Exchequer
• Other materials you wish to have considered in the selection process.

Email this packet to the PW Financial Committee at: pennsic.resume@gmail.com by June 1, 2015


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Pennsic War Exchequer Position Open

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-07 09:02

The Pennsic War Financial Committee, of the Society for Creative Anachronism Pennsic War Inc., a subsidiary corporation of the Society for Creative Anachronism Inc, seeks a qualified individual to become the Pennsic War Exchequer, a member of the senior staff of Pennsic War. This is a volunteer position.

SCA Pennsic War Inc (PWI) presents the largest annual event, The Pennsic War (PW) sponsored by the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). This event attracts nine to ten thousand attendees, and runs for seventeen days, plus two weeks of set-up prior and one week of takedown after. The overall Staff of PW can be upwards of 100 named positions and 600 onsite volunteers. The position of PW Exchequer along with the Chief Executive Officer, Finance Committee, and the Pennsic Seneschal Group, coordinates the fiscal activities of PW and PWI.

Many of the activities and tasks the PW Exchequer will engage in:
• Maintaining PW’s accounts using Excel and Quick Books Pro v10 or later
• Attending planning meetings generally held in May and November at the event site.
• Day-to-Day operations of tracking expenditures and ensuring budget compliance
• Remitting payment for PW’s valid accounts payable.
• Filing quarterly and yearly reports required by the SCA
• Being in attendance at PENNSIC WAR during its entirety plus at least 5 days early and as many subsequent days require to wrap up the current year’s on-site business. During the event it is expected that the PW Exchequer will have business hours of at least 6 hours per day.
• Preparing documentation for certified audits.
• Chairing the PW financial committee
• Ensuring compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles as regards not-for-profit corporations.
• Overseeing the Exchequer staff, which includes a Quartermaster, an Inventory deputy, and other staff as the office may require to properly conduct business.
• Assist in budget preparation by tracking spending patterns of Pennsic War
• Prepare reports to the Chief Executive Officer of PW as required to maintain effective tracking of expenses.

Qualifications:
Required:
• A level of understanding sufficient to create, maintain, and amend Excel workbooks which may contain up to 15 inter-related worksheets, macros, array formulas, and other senior level user skills.
• A professional level of understanding of Quick Books Pro, version 10 or later, normally associated with the duties of a finance manager.
• Understanding of SCA Exchequer requirements as regards SCA financial policies
• Understanding of the Pennsic Administrative Policies and the Pennsic Financial Policies
• Reliable internet and phone services, not only at home, but also while away.

Desired:
• Previous Exchequer experience in SCA on any level
• Modern accounting experience or Modern positions in finance planning
• Previous PW experience in a sustained capacity

What we are looking for:
• Strong and effective communicator, both written and verbal, with excellent interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with both accounting and non-accounting personnel.
• Proficient computer skills using MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet.
• Strong interview skills, ability to ask the right questions to gather and obtain relevant information.
• Ability to work independently, as well as maintain a positive working relationship with PW staff
• Perform multiple tasks under tight deadlines without sacrificing quality or accuracy.
• Strong attention to detail and follow-through.
• Ability to work in an intense time critical work environment

Time Commitment:
• Serve approximately two years as Emergency Deputy Exchequer
• Assume full duties on or about November 1, 2016, for a 3 year term
• It is estimated that during the times, other than the estimated 5 weeks of PW so noted above, the time commitment is ten to twenty hours per week,

We’re looking for evidence that you have the skills, experience, and abilities indicated in this announcement. Information you provide will be used for deciding who’ll be selected for the next step in our process.

Should you be interested in this position, here is the application packet:
• Your modern and SCA resume’s highlighting your experience which fulfills our requirements.
• A cover letter expressing your desire and ability to become the PW Exchequer
• Other materials you wish to have considered in the selection process.

Email this packet to the PW Financial Committee at: pennsic.resume@gmail.com by June 1, 2015


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