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Come Teach at Three Ravens!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-23 10:34

Unto the Good Gentles of Æthelmearc does Lady Kaðlin Sigvaldakona send Greetings!

As Chancellor of Classes for the upcoming College of Three Ravens event in the Industrious Barony of Thescorre, I am humbly requesting for gentles to share their knowledge and skills by signing up to teach a class (or two)! This day of teaching and learning will be on February 21, 2015 at the Western Presbyterian Church, located at 101 E. Main St, Palmyra, NY 14622.

We have the potential for 50 hours worth of classes. 17 hours have been filled already, and the event is one month away. So if you have been undecided about whether you should teach, please sign up and share your knowledge and skills with others.

Please use the following format when supplying information. It will greatly help me in setting the class schedules:

SCA Name: (as you wish it to appear in the class listings)
E-mail address:
Class Name:
Class Description:
Class Format: (lecture, round-table, hands-on, etc)
Length of Class: (one 50 min block or two 50 min blocks)
Handouts provided: (yes/no)
Participant Fees: (if any)
Class Limits/Restrictions: (# of participants, no children, children with supervision, etc.)
Room/equipment requirements: (table space, access to sink, use of projector, etc )
Preferred teaching time: (am, pm, either)

Please send emails to kadlin@thescorre.org with ‘C3R’ in the subject line.  I will send a confirmation email back to you within 48 hours.

Yours in service,
Lady Kaðlin Sigvaldakona
Chancellor of Classes
College of Three Ravens, 2015


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Birka Youth and Family Schedule

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-23 00:19

Baroness Leonette D’Angely wishes to share the youth and family activities schedule for Birka:

*Youth Service Initiative Forms will be available in the family lounge*
9:30-5:00: Family Lounge open on the mezzanine.
10:00-4:30: Medieval Games open in the lounge area.
1:30-2:00: Children of the East will be guarding the Royal Room
——————- Hawthorne——————
10:00-11:00: Make Your Own Medieval Toys (Ages 4 and up)
11:00-12:00: Intro to Juggling (Ages 8 through adult)
12:00-1:00: Family Meet and Greet and Garb Swap
1:00-1:30: Vikings! (Ages 4-10)
1:30-2:30: All Ages Intro to Embroidery (Any age, must be able to handle yarn needles and scissors)
2:30-3:00: Horses in Medieval Times (Any age)
3:00-4:00: Yarn Dolls (Ages 5 and up)
4:00-5:00: How to design an Equestrian Challenge Course (Any age)


Filed under: Youth Activities

Unofficial Court Report: 12th Night and Carillion Investiture

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-23 00:16

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 17 January in the forty-ninth year of the Society in the Barony of Carillion; 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. In the first sitting of Their Majesties’ Court, Their Majesties gave thanks to Kis Mária (called Mika) for her good, faithful and notable service holding the lands as Baroness of Carillion and, as token of her merit and great nobility, created the said Mária a Baroness of their Court, the which deed was confirmed in a document illuminated by Lillian atte Valeye and calligraphed by Jonathan Blaecstan.

Item.  Their Majesties invested Corcrán mac Diarmata as Baron of Carillion, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Vettorio Antonello.

Item.  Their Majesties invested Luned Gwyn as Baroness of Carillion, the which deed was confirmed in a document calligraphed by Kateryne of Bakestondone and illuminated by Boudicea Ravenhair.

Item.  Their Majesties gave thanks to Mistress Kayleigh Mac Whyte for her service as Tyger Clerk of the Signet and bid her take her rest; whereupon they accepted the oath of Mistress Nest verch Tangwistel as the new Tyger Clerk.

Item. Their Majesties thanked Lady Gabriella de Bas Serra for her service as Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences and bid her take her rest; whereupon they and accepted the oath of Mistress Rainillt Leia de Bello Marisco as the new Minister of Arts and Sciences.

Item.  Their Majesties accepted the oath of Lord Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch as the new Kingdom Chamberlain.

Item. Their Majesties called before them Sabine de Kerbriant and instructed her to go forth to the place prepared for her to sit vigil and prepare to answer the question whether she would join the Order of the Laurel.

Item. Their Majesties called before them Karl Meerstappa and instructed him to go forth to the place prepared for him to sit vigil and prepare to answer the question whether he would join the Order of the Chivalry.

Whereupon, Their Majesties adjourned their Court until the hour of tierce, at which time such further business was done and caused to be done:

Item.  Their Majesties accepted the fealty of Baron Corcrán and Baroness Luned for the lands and privileges of Carillion.

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

Item.  Their Majesties summoned before the Court Laurencia von Heisler, whereupon they inducted the good lass into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Shoshana Gryffyth.

Item.  Their Majesties called into their presence Caitilín ingen Donndubáin, whereupon they welcomed the said Caitilín into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was confirmed written in English by Theodora Bryennissa and in Gaelic by Medhbh inghean ui Cheallaigh, and calligraphed and illuminated by Wulfgar Silverbraid.

Their Majesties congratulate newly inducted Pelican, Sir Antonio Patrasso. Photo by Cateline la Broderesse

Item.  Their Majesties demanded the attendance of Antonio Patrasso and took testimony as to the merits of the said Antonio from Peers of the Realm and a good man of the common people; whereupon they elevated the said Antonio to the Order of the Pelican, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored in English by Alys Mackyntoich, translated into Italian by Martyn de Haliwell, and calligraphed and illuminated by Eva Woderose.

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

Item.  With leave of their Majesties, Countess Caoilfhionn gave tokens to children who had participated in the Children’s Service Initiative.

Item.  Their Majesties issued a proclamation in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the guild of Athena’s Thimble.

Item.  Their Majesties accepted words and gifts from the Crown of the Middle Kingdom, conveyed by their ambassadress, Mistress Zsof.

Item.  Their Majesties announced the creation of the Kingdom of Avacal from the northern reaches of An Tir.

Item.  His Highness announced the appointment of Master Padraig Dubh MacEanruig as the Warlord for the upcoming Pennsic War.

Item.  His Highness announced the appointment of Don Lottieri Malocchio as the Rapier General for the upcoming Pennsic War.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned Theodora Bryennissa, called Treannah, before the Tyger Thrones and, praising her many good works, inducted her into the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Rowen Cloteworthy and calligraphed and illuminated by Wulfgar Silverbraid.

Item.  Their Majesties awarded Arms to Vachir Arslajin, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Astrid Feilan.

Item.  Their Majesties awarded Arms to Tumen Qorchi, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Shoshana Gryffyth.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned before the Tyger Thrones the good lady Dosalena Sofia della Mirandola and, praising her skills with pen and brush, inducted her into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was confirmed by a document created by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova.

Item.  Their Majesties further inducted Celebriande of Owlsherst into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was memorialized in a document illuminated by Dosalena Sofia della Mirandola and calligraphed by Lada Monguligin.

Master Karl Meerstappa is presented with his hand- carved chivalry “scroll” Photo by Cateline la Broderesse

Item.  Their Majesties demanded the presence of Karl Meerstappa to answer the question put before him in the morning, to wit: whether he would join the Order of the Chivalry; whereupon their Majesties heard testimony from worthy Peers of the Realm and did create the said Karl a Master of Arms; and the said deed was memorialized in a runestone carved by Kenric aet Essex, inscribed with the words of Toki Redbeard that had been translated into Old Norse by Fridrikr Tomasson.

Item.  Their Majesties called before the Court their servant Ari of Hartshorndale and awarded him Arms, the which deed was memorialized in document created by Eowyn Eilonwy of Alewife Brook.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned Gwendolyn verch Gwilliam ap Gwilliam into their presence and awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a woodblock print created by Naomi bat Avraham with words by Andrew Schickard.

Item.  Their Majesties called David of Hartshorndale before the Tyger Thrones and thereupon awarded Arms unto the said David.

Item.  Their Majesties then summoned Kathryn Perry into their presence and, wishing to honor her talents in dress-making, cooking and dancing, elevated her to the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Kolozsvári Árpád and calligraphed and illuminated by Palotzi Marti.

Item.  Their Majesties requested their presence of Samuel di Bianco, whereupon they gave good report of the skills at cookery of the said Samuel, and, do doing, caused him to be added to the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was memorialized in a brass plaque created by Cormac Mór and bearing the words of Martyn de Haliwell.

Item.  Whereupon the good Maitre Lucien de Pontivi begged leave of Their Majesties to honor his lady Aildreda de Tamworthe in song, and led the assembled Court in harmonious praise of the said Dreda, at the conclusion of which, their Majesties summoned the Order of the Laurel and commanded the said Dreda to give answer whether she would join that august company upon the 21st day of February in Dragonship Haven; a Writ thereupon was issued bearing the calligraphy and illumination of Alexandre St. Pierre and the words of Maitre Lucien, translated into Latin by Master Steffan ap Kennydd.

Item.  Their Majesties commanded the presence of Sabine de Kerbriant to answer the question previously put before her; and the said Sabine stating that she would accept the accolade of the Order of the Laurel, their Majesties then took testimony from noble Peers and a good lady of the common people; whereupon they caused the said Sabine to be inducted into the Order aforesaid; in memory whereof the said Sabine was gifted with a portrait created by Reiner Verplanck, a poem by Ysmay de Lynn, and a triptych created by Arden of Icombe.

Item.  Their Majesties thanked the musicians who had played for the courts.

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:

Ryan Mac Whyte
Lucien de Pontivi
Mylisant Grey
Catrin o’r Rhyd For
Judith fitzHenry
Sabine de Kerbriant
Theodora Bryenissa
Martyn de Haliwell
Anastasia da Monte


Filed under: Court Tagged: awards, Barony of Carillion, court, court report, Edward and Thyra, royal court

Equestrian Meeting Change

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-23 00:15

From Baroness Doucette du Verdun:

The Equestrian Meeting, held every year at Birka, experienced a schedule
change after the site book went to the printers.

The previous time/location was noon in the Penthouse Room.

Instead, the Equestrians will be holding two meetings at Birka; everyone is
welcome to both.

9 AM: Business Meeting (event planning and scheduling, what we’re doing
this year, how to become a marshal or officiant or crew, etc.)

3 PM: Social (meet and greet, talk about the upcoming year and plans for
events, get to know people and get involved with us, come talk)

The 9 AM and 3 PM meetings will be held in one of the conference rooms near
the fighting – we will be informed by the site that day which room we have,
and we’ll put up signs. Please, come find us. We welcome participation in
whatever capacity you feel capable of.

Please forward to anyone you know who has interest in SCA Equestrian
Activities. Thank you!


Filed under: Equestrian

Precious manuscripts threatened by jihadists in Iraq

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2015-01-22 23:31

The fighting in Iraq continues to threaten, not just the populace, but historical treasures and manuscripts. Recently a Dominican Order of priests, known as the Order of Preachers, managed to rescue a number of these precious documents when Islamic State jihadists advanced into the region. (photos)

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Hartstone Muster Challenges Fighters and Fencers to Up Their Game

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-22 22:20

Duchess Dorinda Courtenay attended the Hartstone Muster and filed this report.

On Sunday, January 18, over 90 people heeded the call of His Royal Highness, Timothy, and traveled to Hartstone for a regional practice. These good folks started their Pennsic training by hiking up three long flights of stairs to a large area with a wooden floor and a room full of sword brothers and sisters. What followed was six hours of fun.

Photo by Prince Timothy

The day started with some warm-ups and authorizations as people gathered. The Shire of Heronter had two new fighters join the ranks of the Æthelmearc Rattan Army as both Rachel and Loegaire mac Conaill mhic Siadhhail picked up their initial authorizations along with at least one other fighter. Loegaire came to the Kingdom a few weeks ago from a different organization and immediately fell in love with rattan fighting. This practice gave both of them their first taste of SCA melee fighting, and they loved it. Matthew from Alfred also authorized, and Davus of the Rhydderich Hael successfully completed his rapier authorization in parry item. This practice not only gave people the chance to get their needed authorizations, but it also served as a learning opportunity for the Marshals in Training.

Photo by Lord Simon Peregrine.

The warlords split the floor as the rattan fighters took the floor for thirty minutes while the fencers went downstairs to discuss tactics. Every half hour, the groups exchanged places. This format gave each a chance to spend time actually fighting as well as time discussing what to improve. An afternoon of teaching and practice left both groups exhausted, but better than when they started. None were more exhausted than Prince Timothy and Lord Sittius of Hartstone, who switched back and forth between rattan and rapier all day, although by doing this they did manage to avoid some of the stair climbing!

Photo by Lord Simon

An afternoon of repeatedly climbing three flights of steps and thirty minute segments of fighting would normally leave people in a sorry state, but a marvelous crew from Hartstone provided food and drink for all. In addition to the standard pretzels and pickles, there were delicious meat pies and other foods to keep folks happy and healthy. This group of folks worked all day to take care of the 85 fighters and fencers who traveled in.

Hartstone cooks. Photo by Lord Simon.

Both groups spent time on standard “fight to the last man standing” scenarios as well as resurrection scenarios later in the day. Fencers also worked on “how do we deal with being outnumbered” – a scenario we have been facing on a regular basis on the fencing field. Finally, the day ended with pick up fights for those who hadn’t been able to match up during the melee scenarios.

The following members of the White Scarf were in attendance:

  • Don Orlando di Bene del Vinta, Kingdom Rapier Warlord
  • Don Will Parris
  • Countess Elena d’Artois
  • Duchess Dorinda Courtenay
  • Baron Eric Grenier de Labarre
  • Don Mateo Pesci
  • Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen
  • Baron Benedict Fergus atte Mede

Comes Tindal vs. Prince Timothy. Photo by Lord Simon.

The following members of the Chivalry were in attendance:

  • King Titus Scipio Germanicus
  • Prince Timothy of Arindale
  • Duc Henri d’Artois
  • Duke Cygnus the Blissful
  • Duke Marcus Eisenwald
  • Duke Khalek Shurrag Od
  • Comes Magnus Tindal
  • Viscount Syr Bear the Wallsbane
  • Sir Michael of Northwood
  • Master John the Pell
  • Sir Havoc the Wild
  • Sir Wulfstan Huscarl
  • Sir Óláfr Þorvarðarson
  • Sir Stefan Ulfkellson, Kingdom Heavy Weapons Warlord
  • Sir Vladimir Mechnik

The day was a huge success, and can best be summed up by Loegaire’s post after the practice:  “I love Æthelmearc!”


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Proposed Corpora Change Results - 4th Peerage

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2015-01-22 18:00

At the January 17, 2015 Board of Directors meeting in Milpitas, CA, the Board voted against revising Corpora to establish a rapier peerage.

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Statement from the East Kingdom’s Ombudsman to the Board of Directors

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-22 16:47

We re-print this from the East Kingdom Gazette (Master David of Caithness is also the Ombudsman for Æthelmearc).

The East Kingdom Gazette asked the Ombudsman for the East to provide a statement as to what the Board is considering it will do moving forward with regards to the Rapier peerage. David Keen kindly and promptly sent us the following reply.

The BoD has been at work towards a solution to the current crisis, including wording some proposed Corpora changes. We are constrained as to how we must operate to release these for commentary. We must open an executive session of the BoD, entertain a motion, second the motion, discuss the motion and finally vote on the motion to release it for commentary. Setting a time and date for an executive session via conference call can be challenging given modern work schedules.

The tone and timbre of the commentary to the BoD has been changing these past 24 hours. Keep your thoughts and comments coming. The input from the membership is vital if the BoD  is to come to the most appropriate solution.

(editor’s note: comments may be sent to comments@lists.sca.org)

w/r,
David W. Keen
Director, SCA Inc.
Ombudsman for: Æthelmearc, Atlantia, East, Middle, YAFA Committee
~David of Caithness, OP


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Statement from the East Kingdom’s Ombudsman to the Board of Directors

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-22 16:08

The Gazette asked the Ombudsman for the East to provide a statement as to what the Board is considering it will do moving forward with regards to the Rapier peerage.  David Keen kindly and promptly sent us the following reply.

The BoD has been at work towards a solution to the current crisis, including wording some proposed Corpora changes. We are constrained as to how we must operate to release these for commentary. We must open an executive session of the BoD, entertain a motion, second the motion, discuss the motion and finally vote on the motion to release it for commentary. Setting a time and date for an executive session via conference call can be challenging given modern work schedules.

The tone and timbre of the commentary to the BoD has been changing these past 24 hours. Keep your thoughts and comments coming. The input from the membership is vital if the BoD  is to come to the most appropriate solution.

w/r,
David W. Keen
Director, SCA Inc.
Ombudsman for: Æthelmearc, Atlantia, East, Middle, YAFA Committee
~David of Caithness, OP


Filed under: Corporate, Fencing

Call for Applicants for Society Chronicler

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-22 14:40

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is seeking candidates for the position of Society Chronicler. The Interim Society Chronicler’s warrant ends in August 2015. In order to ensure a smooth transition, applications for the position of Society Chronicler are now being accepted.
The Society Chronicler’s duties include the following:
• Supervision of all Kingdom Newsletters to ensure they adhere to Corporate standards and copyright law
• Maintaining, updating, and enforcing the Society Chronicler’s Policies
• Acting as a resource for Kingdom Chroniclers and all Chroniclers throughout the Society
• Administration of the annual Master William Blackfox awards for excellence in SCA publications
• Regular reporting to the Publications Manager and Board of Directors
The successful candidate should have the following skills/competencies:
• Experience managing a newsletter at the SCA Corporate or Kingdom level
• Extensive familiarity with SCA publications
• Basic familiarity with copyright law, both US and international
• Experience working with publishing software and mailing houses and/or postal systems
• Ability to meet deadlines
• Familiarity with SCA Corporate and Kingdom structure
• Familiarity with electronic publications
• Knowledge of Society Chronicler’s policies and issues currently facing SCA Chroniclers
• Excellent communications skills (written, oral, and electronic) and the ability to work with other Corporate and Society officers and deputies
As the bulk of the management of the office is done electronically, a reliable internet connection is also required.

Applications for the office will be accepted through May 15, 2015, and the successful applicant will be notified before the end of July. Please include both an SCA and a modern resume with three references for each including names and e-mail addresses. Send resumes to resumes@sca.org and pubmanager@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.


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St. Swithin’s Bog Twelfth Night is This Weekend!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-22 10:14

The Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog wishes to invite all our noble neighbors and friends to enjoy the hospitality of our 12th Night Celebration and Mid-Winter Tourney at our NEW SITE, Ace’s (318 Chestnut Street Johnstown, PA 15906) an immense great hall that will house all of our activities this Saturday, January 24!

Activities will include a tournament for armored combatants, a tournament for fencers, dancing, our annual silent auction, a side board lunch (included in site fee) and feast for 60. We will also be chancing for the opportunity for one of the populace to be “elevated” as Lord or Lady of Misrule for a day of the royal experience. Odds will be heavily in favor of those who are new to the SCA. We will also hold our Baronial Arts & Sciences as well as Bardic Championships on this festive day!

Prizes will be awarded to the victors and to the fighter /fencer deemed most chivalrous by the populace in each of the tournaments. Banners and displays of heraldry are encouraged.

THLord Sionn the Lost has graciously agreed to be our dance master for the day. He will hold classes leading up to a ball after a feast prepared by our own THL Rosheen Rois O’Faye. Please contact her at tzimmerman125@gmail.com with any dietary concerns. The Lord/Lady of Misrule shall of course be seated at high table! The menu for the day is:

Dayboard (included in site fee):
Chicken Rivel Soup, Vegetarian Vegetable Soup, Assorted Cheeses – Cheddar, Swiss and Pepper Jack, Sweet and Hot Sausages,  Assorted Breads,  Assorted Butters,  Fruit Salad

Feast (fees apply):
Mixed Greens with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing, Herbed Chicken with Mustard Sauce, Roast Beef Au Jus, Seasoned Red Skin Potatoes, Green Beans, Pumpernickel Bread, Mini Cherry Escarbuncle Pies, Mini Blueberry Raven Pies

Our site, in the Cambria City neighborhood of Johnstown, will open at 10 AM and close at 9 PM and is dry, but a Cash Bar will be available.

Site fee (including lunch!) will be $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-17, and those 5 and under shall be guests of the Barony. Feast will be $9 for adults, $5 for children 6-17 and free for those 5 and under. A $5 non-member surcharge will apply.

Questions about the event may be directed to the autocrat, THLord Guillaume Le Noir (Dave Damron, 704 Chestnut St., Johnstown, PA 15906) 814-421-1188 or lordguydave@aol.com or to his Co-autocrat, THLady Ursula of Rouen (Danielle M. Duvall, PO Box 5083, Morgantown, WV 26507) 540-287-1748 or ursula.of.rouen@gmail.com.
We have a festive day full of fun activities for everyone. We hope to see you there!

10 AM

  • Site opens
  • Armor inspection begins
  • Silent auction begins
  • A&S submissions accepted
  • Sign up for bardic (competition to be held at their Excellencies will)
  • 50/50 to begin
  • Game tables will be set up around this time, too.

11 AM

  • Armored tournament begins (rounds 1& 2 to be completed before lunch break)
  • Rapier tournament begins (rounds 1&2)
  • Dancing
  • Cash bar opens

1 PM

  • Lunch break (dancing and pick up fights for those who do not wish to partake)
  • Lord or Lady of Misrule declared

2 PM

  • Round3 & finals for both tournaments followed by pick up fights
  • Dancing may resume, with a pause for tourney finals

4:30 PM

  • Lists and dance floor to be closed for court set up.
  • Silent auction winners and 50/50 winner declared

5 PM

  • Court

Feast immediately following court.
Dancing, masked ball, resumes after feast
9PM site closes and clean up begins


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A Missive From Their Royal Majesties

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-22 00:16

Photo courtesy of Cateline la Broderesse

Greetings unto the people of the East,

We have 5 requests of you in the days ahead during the martial peerage discussions, in the wake of Saturday’s BoD meeting.

  1. Please be respectful. Courtesy is the social fabric that makes us the community that we are.
  2. Please assume misunderstanding over malice. We are a very diverse group of people, and we are also people with jobs and families and worries and opinions and stress. None of us is blessed with perfect foresight. All of us are making the best decisions we can as we go along.
  3. Please have a modicum of patience. There are many moving parts to this, and we have watched the dialogue evolve by the hour.  We are doing all that we can to hear the varied parties, understand the facts and develop a plan in conjunction with our Cousins so that we and the BoD can work in concert to quickly resolve this issue.
  4. Please remember courtesy, courtesy, courtesy.
  5. Please share your council with us: via email, phone or in person.  We have announced the following Order Meetings at Birka: Sagittarius 12:30-1:00
    OGR 2:30-3:15
    Chivalry 3:20-4:05
    Chivalry + OGR 4:10-4:40

    We will also be available Friday and Saturday evening at Birka.

We anticipate being able to share a draft plan sometime next week.

Thank you for caring enough to be a part of this discussion. It will help to shape the future of our society.
In Service to the Dream,
Edward & Thyra


Filed under: Tidings Tagged: royal missive

Announcements From the BoD

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-01-21 22:54

The Board of Directors of the SCA made the following two announcements today:

Board of Directors – Meeting Schedule

The Board of Directors would like to thank all those who took the time to attend the First Quarter 2015 meeting in Milpitas, California.

They would like to remind the membership that the Second Quarter 2015 will be taking place in the Middle Kingdom on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Cincinnati – River Center
10 East Rivercenter Boulevard, Covington Kentucky, 41011.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

Resignation of the Society Chirurgeon

At the Jan 2015 quarterly board meeting, the board accepted the resignation of the Society Chirurgeon, and directed the President to handle the responsibilities of that office until further notice. The chirurgeon@sca.org email address is now forwarded to the President, and the president@sca.org email address has been added to the KC email list.

As of now, the Chirurgeonate structure still exists as it had before the January BoD meeting. The only change effective as of the Jan board meeting is the resignation of the Society Chirurgeon and transfer of responsibilities to the President. The Chirurgeon Committee’s recommendations would require Corpora changes, which have not yet been sent out for commentary by the membership.

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

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

 


Filed under: Corporate Tagged: BoD, sca announcements

Event Report: Debatable Lands Twelfth Night

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-01-21 18:00

A report of the events at Debatable Lands 12th Night, submitted by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope

Baroness Constance and her sister, Lady Sarab, in gowns crafted by Lady Sarab. Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann.

The Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands’ Twelfth Night on January 17th was chock-filled with activities. The day began with a short Royal Court at which Their Majesties gave awards to several good gentles and then bid the attendees gather for a short “Get Well” video to be sent to Lady Ruadh mac Aodha, sister of Baroness Constance Glyn Dŵr and Lady Sarab bint Alima, who is in the hospital recovering from injuries received in a serious vehicle accident a week before the event. Then gentles scattered to partake of the pot luck feast, try their hand at arts and crafts run by Lady Aíbell ingen Chernacháin, shop the many merchant tables, peruse the entries in the A&S competition, taste the brews made available at the Taster’s Tavern hosted by THL Madoc Arundel, or just schmooze with friends.

Later in the day, Lady Ceindrech verch Elidir ran a pillow fight tourney in which numerous children and teens waged ferocious combat with stuffed animals as well as pillows. Even His Majesty, ever competitive, went pillow-á-pillow with some of the other combatants.

King Titus vs. Lord Hartman. Photo by Mistress Hilderun.

THLord Sionn the Lost taught dancing to an eager crowd of teens and adults, then Their Excellencies Baron Liam and Baroness Constance were faced with the daunting task of choosing a Baronial Bard from among the many talented performers. Entrants told stories, sang songs, and played instruments as they entertained the populace.

As the afternoon wore on, there was a hotly contested gift exchange, and a performance by the Debatable Choir, which led into the Baronial and Royal Courts.

The Debatable Choir performs a concert of renaissance choral music. Photo by THL Ishiyama Gentarou Yori’ie.

Their Excellencies recognized Lady Hara Kikumatsu as their new Baronial Champion for her Japanese garment, and thanked Lady Sumayya al Ghaziyya for her service as the outgoing A&S Champion and winner of the Seven Pearls A&S Competition.

Lady Hara Kikumatsu, Baronial A&S Champion. Photo by THL Ishiyama.

Lady Bugga Bilibit, outgoing Baronial Bard, spoke for herself and her Bardic co-Champion, Master William de Montegilt, who was too ill to attend the event, in recapping the bardic competition. Their Excellencies announced that they had selected Lady Silence de Cherbourg as their new Bardic Champion, to great applause.

Then Lady Abbatissa Dreye di Banbury was called to announce the results of the Baronial Brewing Championship. His Excellency Liam noted that he had asked Sir Thorgrim Skullsplitter to judge this competition along with Baroness Constance, as His Excellency does not partake of alcohol. Lord Valaric Dalicieux was chosen as the winner; although he lives in St. Swithin’s Bog, Baron Liam noted that there is no prohibition on having a champion from another Barony, and since there’s no Seven Pearls Brewing competition, Lord Valaric wouldn’t have to worry about competing against his own Barony.

Springerle cookies by Lady Luceta di Cosimo, which won King’s Choice in the cookie competition. Photo by Mistress Hilderun.

Their Excellencies recognized a number of gentles with baronial awards, as well as announcing the winners of the cookie contest and heraldic quest. The Canton of Steltonwald generously gifted the Barony with a large sum of money, as their coffers had been well fed in the previous year. The auction of useful things also brought in a goodly sum. But the highlight of the baronial court was when Their Excellencies bestowed the Barony’s highest award, the Copernicus, on THLady Elss of Augsburg. Her Ladyship has autocratted five 12th Nights, cooked feasts at many other events, performed with the commedia troup i Genisii, and served as Baronial Chronicler and a Thrown Weapons Marshal. Their Excellencies noted that all of the other members of the Order of the Copernicus are peers, so THLady Elss would be in august company.

During Kingdom Court, Their Majesties recognized many gentles for service or skill in the martial and peaceful arts. They also recognized Lord Madison Morai for his brewing, noting that his Apple Strudel Cordial had won both the populace choice competition and the Queen’s Choice.

In addition, They welcomed several newcomers attending their first event, instructing the populace to chant with Them to these new gentles, “We like you and we want you to come back!”

Court ended with multiple renditions of “Happy Birthday” for those gentles whose birthdays had recently been celebrated.

The evening was capped off with more dancing led by THLord Sionn, to music provided by the Debatable Consort.


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Announcement from the Board Concerning the Chirurgeonate

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-01-21 12:00
Resignation of the Society Chirurgeon Published January 21, 2015 | By Kelly Magill

At the Jan 2015 quarterly board meeting, the board accepted the resignation of the Society Chirurgeon, and directed the President to handle the responsibilities of that office until further notice. The chirurgeon@sca.org email address is now forwarded to the President, and the president@sca.org email address has been added to the KC email list.

As of now, the Chirurgeonate structure still exists as it had before the January BoD meeting. The only change effective as of the Jan board meeting is the resignation of the Society Chirurgeon and transfer of responsibilities to the President. The Chirurgeon Committee’s recommendations would require Corpora changes, which have not yet been sent out for commentary by the membership.
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.


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Letter to the BoD from Their Highnesses Æthelmearc

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-01-20 23:13

Unto the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism do Prince Timothy and Princess Gabrielle of Æthelmearc send greetings,

We would like to thank our Ombudsman, Baron David of Caithness, for calling on Monday night, assuring us that the BoD was feverishly working towards a solution to the current crisis. We took great comfort in his comment that the BoD had decided to rework their peerage proposal in such a way as to include the other marshal aspects of our Society that do not currently fall under the umbrella of Rattan combat. We were further comforted and greatly surprised with his assurance that this adjusted proposal wouldn’t have to go through a lengthy process of evaluation, and would, in all probability, be ready for consideration at the April BoD meeting, which I (Timothy) look forward to attending.

Given that this solution may or may not be possible, we would like to take the time to offer our opinion regarding the current turmoil that is dividing our Society. The time to assess blame or mistakes is another day. For now, we need to determine some way to salvage what members we may retain from the chaos that surrounds us.

Whatever solution the BoD devises needs to be done rapidly. Our Society has been hemorrhaging members for years, and this tumultuous situation seems to be greatly increasing the pace of these losses. Exploratory committees and focus groups are not what is needed right now. Within the bounds prescribed by Corpora, we need action by the BoD with all possible haste.

We put forth that a minimum item in any possible solution that you design is that the Rapier community, a growing, thriving part of our Society must have a legitimate path towards a Peerage. Not a “service to the rapier community” Pelican, not a “research into the art of historical fencing” Laurel. In our opinion, explaining that a path to a Peerage already exists based on these two existing routes is a cop-out.

Based in part on the conversation on January 19 with Baron David, it seems that at least one of the BoD members voted against the Rapier Peerage proposal because it did not include a path for other pursuits such as Archery, Equestrian, Thrown Weapon and other martial activities. This should not be a problem. We have always favored erring on the side of giving one too many cookies out, rather than too few. It seems reasonable that if these martial arts are pursued to a level of excellence worthy of a Peerage, then why not combine them into the same category, whatever name it is assigned.

The second consideration is to determine where it should be included. Perhaps this is the most tragic part of the current debate. Whether by design or incompetence, the misinformation that was shared with the populace after the BoD meeting on Saturday January 17th has dramatically divided our Society. Prior to last Saturday’s meeting, hardly anyone was anticipating the option of including the Fencers into the Order of the Chivalry. Most were expecting that they were to be granted a separate Peerage unique to their endeavors. We know several couples in our Kingdom who are actually on opposite sides of this issue. In one couples case, BOTH of them have strongly implied they will take their ball and go home if the other side “wins”. I am sure that this is not a unique situation and extends to other Kingdoms. Opinions also vary greatly from those who we consider our family and close friends.

So what to do? We start with addressing the concept of a Rapier-only peerage. I (Timothy) love fencing. I am not very good at it, but I have had an absolute blast as I continue to grow in this new pursuit. The Rapier fighters have a sense of community that doesn’t really exist in the Heavy fighting world. As much as both Rapier and Heavy compete on the battlefield and on the list field, it just isn’t the same. I can’t really explain why, it just isn’t. If you also consider the additional martial aspects of each pursuit, it makes even less sense to add Rapier to the Chivalry. And aside from the historical differences between the two pursuits, you are asking a community with nearly fifty years of history to change on a dime. That seems a bitter pill to swallow. Personally, I can accept this change, but I am afraid that many of my brothers could not. I greatly fear the repercussions. Surely you have noticed the vitriol expressed over the last few days, and it does not just come from the Knights. For every, “I’ll turn my belt in if they knight a Fencer” comment, I read “the Knights need to get over themselves and suck it up” from a Laurel or a Pelican. That sentiment will not go away if you choose to add Fencers to the Chivalry, and until such time as this wound heals, there will be Kings who simply will not make a Rapier Knight. To us, that seems a tragic, if unintended result.

It seems to us that the best possible and only realistic solution is to create a new Peerage. Call it what you will (if it is Masters of Defense, no time will be wasted creating a name, heraldry etc.) and voila, the issue is settled, and we can all get back to studying Machiavelli, rather than emulating him.

Whatever you do, please do it with all possible haste, we don’t want to be sitting the throne while the Society we love and cherish crumbles down around our shoulders.

As always, we remain in service to Æthelmearc and the Society,
Prince Timothy and Princess Gabrielle


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Correction of Information Reported from BOD Meeting

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-01-20 21:05

It appears the East Kingdom Gazette’s report on the BoD meeting was incorrect when it reported that the “Chirurgeon will be removed as a warranted office”. This in fact is NOT the case.  As Dr. Scott Berk, Chair – Board of Directors, SCA, Inc,  informed the Gazette today:

“The Chirurgeonate was NOT removed as a warranted office.

No action was taken to end the corporate office of Society Chirurgeon.

The Board does intend to examine the recent recommendations of the Chirurgeon committee and will announce its own changes if need be in the near future.”

The Gazette apologies for any misunderstanding it caused by the original post, which has now been updated to reflect the correction.


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Court Report: Kingdom Twelfth Night

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-01-20 18:02

Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Titus and Anna Leigh, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of Their Court at Kingdom 12th Night, 10 January Anno Societatis XLIX, in the Shire of Abhian Ciach Ghlais. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, with the assistance of Drotinn Jorundr hinn Rotinn, Golden Alce Herald.

During Curia:

The Kingdom Seneschale announced the following change to Kingdom Seneschal Policy: The lead time for soliciting resumes for the position of Kingdom Seneschal will be moved from 6 months to 15 months before the current Seneschal steps down. The choice will be made by the Royalty seated one year prior to the change, so as to allow for extended training time for the new Seneschal. This brings practice into line with the Exchequer’s office.

The Kingdom Seneschale further announced the following change to Section III-600 of Kingdom Law, Crown Tournament Requirements: The sentence “Letters of intent must be postmarked, e-mailed or hand-delivered to the Crown no mater than 30 days prior to the Crown Tournament” will be changed to “Letters of intent must be postmarked, e-mailed or hand-delivered to the Crown no later than the Coronation immediately prior to the Crown Tournament.”

The Kingdom Herald announced that the office of Chancellor of the Æcademy had passed from Meestress Odriana vander Brugghe to Mistress Alicia Langland.

The Kingdom Seneschale announced that Their Majesties would hold a second Curia at the Feast of the Seven Deadly Sins on February 7th.

In the morning:

Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn was brought forth and announced as the new Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences.

Baroness Rynea swearing fealty as the new Kingdom Minister of the Lists as her predecessor, Mistress Maria Cristina de Cordoba, looks on. Photo by Master Alaxandair O’Conchobhair.

Mistress Maria Christina de Cordoba was brought forth and thanked for her service as Kingdom Mistress of Lists. Baroness Rynea Ingen of Stormsport was then asked to join Mistress Maria and invested as the new Kingdom Mistress of Lists.

Lady Mairin O’Cadhla was inducted into the Order of the Keystone for her devotion to providing a safe and entertaining environment for the children of Æthelmearc at events. Scroll by THL Aindreas mac Ghille Fhionntaigh a’ Ghaoithe Airgid.

Lady Elizabeth Arrowsmyth was created a Baroness of the Court of Æthelmearc for her passionate service to her Barony, Kingdom, and to Their Majesties. Scroll by Mistress Kateryne of Bakestonden, Baroness Boudiccea Ravenhair, and Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.

His Royal Highness, Timothy of Arindale, was named a Companion of the Millrind for his tireless support and building of the Æthelmearc Army. Scroll illuminated by Lady Fiora d’Artusio and calligraphed by THL Kieran MacRae.

Baron Tigernach mac Cathail was invited before Their Majesties to answer the Writ of Summons that had been served to him. He answered that it was still his wish to sit Vigil and receive the counsel of the Order of the Pelican. Said order was then invited into Court to escort Baron Tigernach to the place that had been prepared for him.

In the evening:

Lady Alianora Bronhulle, the Sylvan Bard, came forth and announced to the populace that a grand competition had been held to allow Their Majesties to choose her successor. Their Majesties then proclaimed to one and all that Baroness Gwendolyn the Graceful had caught Their eyes and ears, and They named Her Excellency as the new Sylvan Bard of Æthelmearc. Scroll by Lady Rosalia Krowczykowa.

THL Madoc Arundel, who had overseen the day’s Taster’s Tavern, was brought forth and announced that Baron Rauthbjorn Lothbroke had won both the Populace’s Choice and Her Majesty’s Choice for his Lemon mead. Scrolls by Lady Lara Sukhadrev.

Lady Antoniette de Lorraine, the Seneschal of Abhain Ciach Ghlais, came forward and presented gifts to Their Majesties on behalf of the Shire. While Lady Antoinette was in Their presence, Their Majesties took the opportunity to commend Lady Antoinette for her unending patience, politeness and pleasantness by inducting her into the Order of the Cornelian. Scroll by Duchess Branwyn verch Gwythyr.

Lady Ysabeau of Comport, of the Kingdom of Ealdormere, was brought before Their Majesties and, the appropriate negotiations and documentations on behalf of Their Majesties Trumbrand and Kaylah having been negotiated and documented, named as a subject of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc.

Fede of Nithgaard was Awarded Arms for the splendid German garb that she made not only for herself, but for others who had attended the day’s event.

Lady Teresa Alvarez was inducted into the Order of the Sycamore for her skill and generosity in the creation of Italian garb. Scroll by Lady Mary Elizabeth Clason.

Lord Daniel Rufus was elevated to the Order of the Keystone for his generosity in opening his house to host meetings, classes and practices, as well as the annual shire’s Thanksgiving meal, for his involvement in the shire’s cook’s guild, and for his assistance in setting up and cleaning up events. Scroll in progress by Lord Angellino the Bookmaker.

Adelyn Idesborn and Christian Goldenlok were Awarded Arms for their devotion to the martial and musical arts. Adelyn’s scroll by Lady Vivienne of Yardley; Christian’s scroll illuminated by Mistress Juliana Delamare and calligraphed by Adelyn Idesborn upon wording by Sir Gareth Kincaid and Mistress Juliana Delamare.

Lord Conrad Kienast was created a Companion of the Sycamore for his skill in entertaining the populace through the art of storytelling. Scroll by Baroness Gillian Llewellyn of Ravenspur.

Lord Jeremiah MacCoul was named to the Order of the Keystone for his service as shire Knight Marshal, as a heavy weapons marshal, at demos, and for creating tabletop games for use at events and demos. Scroll by Lady Kaðlín Sigvaldakona.

Lady Elyse la Bref was inducted into the Order of the Sycamore for her skill in creating award scrolls. Scroll by Lady Vivienne of Yardley.

Lady Ylaire Sainte Claire was elevated to the Order of the Keystone for her work as autocrat, teacher, scribe, and Minister of Arts and Sciences. Scroll by Lady Alianora Bronhulle.

Lady Edekyn O Fierhie was created a Companion of the Sycamore for her performance skills with I Verdi Confusi, as a teacher and student of dance, and her devotion to several performances over the course of each of recent Pennsic Wars. Scroll by Lady Elyse la Bref.

THL Morien MacBain was named to the Order of the Millrind for his service setting up and cleaning up events, as teacher, as marshal, and equipping and training newcomers, as well as the extensive traveling that he does in order to make these things happen. Scroll by Countess Aidin ni Lier.

The Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc was convened, and Lady Alianora Bronhulle was inducted as its newest member, for she has shown skill and enthusiasm in both the execution and teaching of the arts of calligraphy, illumination, lacemaking, costuming, cooking, and bardic performance. Scroll calligraphed and illuminated by Lady Edana Aldys Haukyns upon wording by Baron Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn.

Baron Tigernach mac Cathail was summoned before Their Majesties and gave testimony that he had indeed received the counsel of the Order of the Pelican and the populace as They had instructed, and was now prepared to receive elevation to that Order. Their Majesties received the testimony of Duke Timothy of Arindale, who stated that his service to the Kingdom as its King, Prince, Knight and Duke paled in comparison to Tigernach’s. Sir Murdoch Bayne spoke of Tigernach’s first days in the Society, when he attended a meeting of the Barony of Endless Hills, found things that needed to be done, and stepped in and did them. Sir Malcolm Duncan MacEoghainn added that, having known the burden of the Crown, the Pelicans bear the burdens of running the Society, and Tigernach bears those burdens with joy. Mistress Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina of the Order of the Laurel spoke of the qualities of artisans that we admire, including the “fire in the belly” that gets others excited, and of Tigernach’s skill at getting others excited about serving the Society. Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn of the Order of the Pelican stated that he marvels at Tigernach’s knowledge of the laws of Æthelmearc, which is quiet, hidden service that few see and nobody appreciates. Duchess Anna Blackleaf, Lady of the Rose, sent words of Tigernach’s unfailing courtesy and gentle demeanor while performing service for others, even in the face of difficult situations. Brandubh O’Donnghaile, 33rd Jewel of Æthelmearc, spoke of the many forms of inspiration, some loud, some quiet, and that Tigernach was capable of both, doing what he does so that there will be no problems. Hearing such testimony, Their Majesties invested Tigernach with the regalia of his new station, being the ancestral Pelican Medallion of Æthelmearc, a personal medallion, and a cloak, created him a Companion of the Pelican, and Awarded him Arms by Letters Patent. They then received Master Tigernach’s Oath of Service, and read a proclamation illuminated by Countess Rosalinda of Castile and calligraphed by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai upon wording by Sir Malcolm Duncan MacEoghainn.

Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, Sylvan Signet, announced that a Scroll Blank competition had been held that day to bolster the supplies of scribes. The competition had been scored for both prolificacy and skill, with points both for new scribes and experiences ones. A total of 77 scroll blanks had been collected over the course of the day. The winner of the day’s competition was Ishiyama-roku-i Gentarō Yori’ie, who had produced 59 of the 77 scroll blanks.

There being no further business, Their Majesties’ Court was closed.

In Honor and Service,
Kameshima Zentarō Umakai
高貴国境の王国の治部卿
Silver Buccle Principal Herald, Kingdom of Æthelmearc

~ photos by Alaxandair O’Conchobhair


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Report on SCA Board Meeting – January 17, 2015

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-01-20 08:38

With the kind permission of our friends at the East Kingdom Gazette:

The East Kingdom Gazette thanks Viscountess Krysta of Starfall for taking the notes used to create this article.

The Board of Directors held their quarterly meeting on January 17, 2015 in Milpitas, CA. The following is a summary of the meeting.

The meeting began with introductions and an ice breaker question. The agenda was moved, seconded and approved. Minutes were approved for meetings held on October 25, 2014, December 2, 2014 and January 6, 2015.

Recurring Business
The Board changed the status of several branches. The following Cantons in the East were put into abeyance: Sea Tyger’s Rhyn, Dragon Forge, Fennbrycg, Dragon’s Aerie and Bowman’s Rest. Also of interest to the East were new branches in Drachenwald that were approved in the countries of Russia and the United Arab Emirates. New branches were also approved in Ansteorra and An Tir, the Shire of Cold Keep moved to Tir Righ from Avacal, Theobald College in Carontir was changed to an Incipient Shire, and the Canton of Westland Mor in Aethelmearc and Shire of Dun Ard in Calontir were dissolved.

The follow meetings were confirmed for the Board: April 18, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio; July 11, 2015 in Milpitas, CA; and October 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA. A conference call was tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, February 24, 2015. Renee Signorotti reported that hundreds of bank accounts had been authorized this quarter. Warrants were given for the Exchequer of the College of Arms and the Society Seneschal’s Emergency Deputy, Kelly McGill.

The Board is always looking for nominees to the Board. There are several people on the West Coast currently on the list. Comments on nominees should be sent to recruiting@sca.org

Proposed Peerage Order – Order of Defense
Two committees have worked on a proposed peerage order, the Order of Defense. One researched whether there should be a Rapier peerage and reported yes. The second proposed Order names, heraldry, and regalia.

The comments that the Board received leaned towards not supporting a separate peerage for Rapier. Many of the comments agreed that the Rapier combatants should be able to be recognized as peers, but not in a separate peerage.

A wide-ranging discussion with input from Directors and the audience covered many different sides of this proposal. The specific wording they were considering created a separate peerage for Rapier combatants only. There were three clear thoughts being expressed:
• fold a rapier peerage into the Order of Chivalry
• create a “fourth” polling Omnibus peerage to include rapier and all non-rattan combat/martial prowess
• make the fourth polling peerage Rapier only.

The discussion turned to definitions in Corpora for membership in the Order of Chivalry. As written, persons who exhibit prowess in tournament combat and meet the other qualities of a peer of the realm may be offered membership, and may choose between Knighthood and Mastery of Arms. This could be interpreted to mean that there is no impediment to the Crowns and Kingdoms to offering persons of prowess with rapier combat membership in the Order of Chivalry.

Director Fulton called the question and made the motion to approve the changes to corpora which would create a separate peerage for Rapier combat. A second was offered by Director Czudnochowsky. Lisa May (Countess Margaret ni Conner), Arthur Donadio (Duke Cuan McDaige) and John Fulton (Duke John the Bearkiller) voted Aye. Lisa Czudnochowsky (Duchess Marion FitzWilliam), Andrew Coleman (Jarl Ailghenan mac Sithigh), David Keen (Baron David of Caithness), and Chair Scott Berk (Baron Phillip Reed the Facetious) voted Nay. The language creating the separate peerage for Rapier failed.

The Board did make a set of changes to Corpora. They were part of the Additional Peerage Proposal that was sent out to the SCA for comment. The Board deleted the following from Section IX. of Corpora, which dated back to when Rapier was a new activity in the SCA.
C. Rapier Fighting in the Society
The Board acknowledges rapier combat as an ancillary activity of the Society when properly supervised by the Marshals and when approved by individual kingdoms. Rapier combat may take place within a kingdom only by rules established by the Marshallate of that kingdom and after the approval of those rules by the Marshal of the Society. The Marshal of the Society will maintain guidelines for rapier combat within the Society. Rapier combat, not having been part of formal tournament combat in the Middle Ages, shall not be a part of formal tournament lists for royal ranks and armigerous titles.

The Board added the following wording to the same section.
Royal Lists
Only Chivalric (rattan) combat shall be used for formal tournament lists for royal ranks.

Kingdom of Avacal
Strong support was expressed by the people of Avacal, from An Tir and from the Society Seneschal regarding The Crown of AnTir sent a letter in support of advancement citing geographic isolation and the great expense incurred when AnTir kingdom level events were held in Avacal. The Coronet scheduled for the first of May would be the first Crown Tournament, supported by AnTir, and the first Coronation would be at the end of June. The reign cycle would remain as the Coronet cycle is now. Director Czudnochowsky moved and Director May seconded that Avacal be advanced to Kingdom at their (Investiture) Coronation in June. Approval was unanimous.

YAFA Marketing Plan
More information will be offered at the April meeting on how to market the Youth and Family Achievement program by Director Keen.

Sign Herald’s Handbook
Laurel Sovereign of Arms has requested approval of a handbook for Silent Heralds (sign language interpreters for courts and other official SCA business). The motion carried.

Reassigned Shires
Two shires in Eastern Colorado are being moved from Artemesia to The Outlands for geographical reasons. Motion carried. Change was effective immediately.

Highlights of Officer Reports

President – Chirurgeon activities have been evaluated by a committee, and there was good participation from chirurgeons from across the Known World. The insurance will not cover Chirurgeonate activities. Chirurgeon will be removed as a warranted office. First aid activities are still encouraged. The Board directed the President to recommend Corpora language to accomplish this change. The badge and regalia will continue to serve as it has.

Vice President Information Mgmt. & Technology – The Legacy Known World mail server is being decommissioned.

Society Webminister Report – William Blackfox award recommendations will be accepted in the 1st Q. The audit of Kingdom websites is happening.

Vice President of Operations (Society Seneschal) – The NMS is set by the Board and may not be raised by local groups. A kingdom may not require its branches to add an event charge to fund kingdom projects. Site preparation and planning is moving forward for the 50th year event. The Known World map project is running into issues because of problems with zip code reporting. A chatelaine education and information project in being planned.

Vice President of Corporate Operations – The 2012-2013 audit had been approved and will be published.

Society Treasurer – The recommended salary and stipend changes for the 2015 budget were approved in executive session.

Laurel Sovereign of Arms – There were ~400 more submissions through the Laurel office in 2014 (from 2013)

Marshal – PVC bows are showing up and causing some concern.

Minister of Arts & Sciences – Working on retention of information about classes, content, and instructors offered throughout the Known World. MoAS is traveling.

Society Chirurgeon – Resigned as of the end of this meeting. No applications will be taken, because the office will no longer be a corporate office.

Standing Committees – The Grand Council was directed by the Board to discuss approaches to training officers, which offices would benefit from training and which methods would be best. There were no reports from the Legal committee. The Peerage Exploratory Committee was discussed above.

Limited Executive Session
This included acceptance of the Chirurgeon resignation, budget adjustments, votes regarding sanctions or expulsions of specific individuals, Board ombudsmen assignments, and acceptance of all actions of subsidiary Boards.


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Announcement from the SCA, Inc. Board of Directors – Proposed Corpora Change Results – 4th Peerage

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2015-01-19 23:09

The following message was sent out Monday evening to the SCA, Inc. Announcements mailing list.

At the January 17, 2015 Board of Directors meeting in Milpitas, CA, the Board voted against revising Corpora to establish a rapier peerage. The Board also voted to delete wording that labeled rapier as an ancillary activity of the SCA and replace it with wording that unambiguously established rattan as the only permitted weapons in a Royal List. The ramifications of the two votes has generated quite a bit of discussion on social media about a number of things, but the Board did not make any decisions concerning anything at all except turning down the rapier peerage proposal and adding a statement that Royal Lists may only be fought with rattan weapons. This letter is intended by the Board to respond to the most prevalent rumors circulating in response to the Board actions of Saturday.

The Board Votes.

The Board was split on the question of the rapier peerage. Three directors voted to approve the Corpora changes and the resulting establishment of a rapier peerage because they believe that while rapier should really be recognized by the Chivalry, trying to force inclusion in the Chivalry by Board fiat would not work, and they were willing to vote yes on the proposal as a good compromise. Two directors felt rapier should be recognized as part of a peerage that recognizes all non-rattan martial arts and not a separate peerage. Two directors believed rapier should be recognized in the Chivalry. So, with a 4-3 vote against the proposed Corpora changes, which would have established a separate rapier peerage, no change will take place at this time.

The only other action the Board took concerning rapier in the SCA was removing language dating from 1979 saying that rapier was an “ancillary” activity of the SCA and, to make it clear that we are not discarding the traditions of Crown Tourney, the Board then made it very clear that only rattan combat may be used in a Royal list. This change to Corpora received the unanimous approval of the Board.

Response to Social Media Discussions.

First, the Board received commentary from less than 2% of the membership over the entire 3 years and all requests for comments on the rapier peerage issue. Many people wrote in more than once, but repeating an opinion doesn’t count as a separate opinion. However, it was not the lack of commentary that influenced some Board members to vote against the proposal; it was the fact that the small amount of commentary the Board did receive trended against a separate rapier peerage. The majority of comments received in favor of recognizing rapier with a peerage said that rapier should either be included in the Order of the Chivalry or in a new peerage that included all non-rattan combat. The result of such a relatively small number of people commenting is that the opinions the Board did receive were given greater weight – if a larger number of those who supported the separate rapier peerage had commented, a different result might very well have resulted. There’s no way to know that for sure, but it underscores the importance of writing in to let the Board know your opinions about proposed changes to Corpora.

Second, the Board did not open the Order of the Chivalry to inclusion of rapier fighters. There is a 1999 policy interpretation from the Society Seneschal (upheld by the Board at that time) specifically stating that the Order of the Chivalry is intended for rattan combatants only. It would take a new policy interpretation (which would need to be upheld by the current Board) or other Board action to change that fact. The Board’s intention in removing the “ancillary activity” language had nothing to do with making rapier knights. The Board removed the “ancillary activity” language because it was simply no longer accurate or true. It may have been true long ago when it was added to Corpora, but times have definitely changed. Rapier has permeated the fabric of the Society, and the Board felt that the language needed to be removed. However, in order to clarify that we weren’t changing the rules regarding Crown Tourneys by the deletion of the “ancillary activity” language, the Board added language restricting Crown Tourneys to rattan weapons.

The Board discussed removal of the “ancillary activity” language months ago and sent it out for comment at the same time as the additional peerage language. We understand that some people are unhappy the various changes weren’t put out in separate announcements, but it never occurred to us to send out multiple announcements on the same general subject at the same time. The Board received commentary on that section, as well as the rapier peerage sections, and we can’t recall any comments that disagreed with the deletion.

People will always understand what they read through the filter of their own opinions and biases, and the fact that some have made certain interpretations and raised them on social media does not make those interpretations factual. Also, a strongly expressed opinion by one or two Board members does not constitute the opinion of the entire Board of Directors of the SCA, so any assumptions made based on one or two such opinions are also not based in fact. It takes a vote of 5 out of 7 directors to make changes to Corpora, individual director opinions notwithstanding. Any official opinion of the Board of Directors will always be labeled as such, will always come through the approved communication channels and will always be posted on the corporate web site.

We welcome your comments which can be sent to: SCA Inc. Box 360789 Milpitas, CA 95036. You may also email comments at lists.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.

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