Seeking Applicants for Laurel Sovereign of Arms

Francois, Laurel King of Arms, is seeking applicants to fill the position of Laurel Sovereign of Arms. Greetings to the esteemed members of the Society:

Below is a message from the Laurel King of Arms concerning a call for applicants for that office.

Sincere regards,

Meg Baron
President, SCA Inc.

At the July 2003 meeting the Board of Directors reopened the call for applications for the office of Laurel Sovereign of Arms. A new call is being made because in the weeks between the close of applications and the Board meeting all three applications were withdrawn from consideration.

The decision about the new Laurel and staff will be made by the Board of Directors at the October 2003 Board meeting, with the new team to take office and start ruling on submissions in April 2004. Application must be made in writing to Laurel Resume, SCA Inc., PO Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789, or to Resumes must be received by September 30, 2003. Applicants are encouraged to forward their resumes to the College of Arms to allow the College to provide informed commentary to the Board.

Laurel is responsible for overseeing all heraldry in the SCA, including the processing of heraldic submissions. A detailed job description is found in section IX of the Administrative Handbook of the College of Arms.

The current structure of the Laurel office splits the submissions work between three main deputies: Pelican Sovereign of Arms (decisions on name submissions), Wreath Sovereign of Arms (decisions on armory submissions), and Laurel Clerk (handling the hundreds of submissions processed each month and the College of Arms correspondence for those submissions). Other structures for the office are acceptable.

Laurel will be taking a more active role in helping develop team applications this time. It is often hard to find the staff needed to do the entire Laurel office in one place. The current office setup shows that the staff can be located in multiple cities. To that end, people who might be interested in taking the responsibility for a portion of the Laurel job are encouraged to write to Laurel, who may be able to help them become part of a Laurel team bid.

Laurel would like to commend the three teams that previously applied. They all wished to serve the Society and the College of Arms. The reasons for making the hard decision to withdraw their applications were as varied as the teams that applied. One common concern I heard from each applicant was the volume of work and the time required for the office. I respect each of the teams that applied for the office. It is Laurel's hope that each of team will continue to work with the CoA and apply again in the future.

--Francois, Laurel

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:

SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036

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