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ACCEPS Update.....
The Seneschal of the Society sends greetings to my fellow SCA members and participants,. Based upon the fact that ACCEPS has now shut down, the need to remain silent to ensure the security of everyone's credit card information on ACCEPS is no longer a concern and as such, I am able to divulge ...
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As the Social Media Presence of the Society continues to grow we seeking a few good members of our populace to assist with managing and moderating our Google+ Page. We are looking for individuals with 4-10 hours a week that can assist with researching content, comment moderation and helping the Google presence grow. Individuals will have a working knowledge of G+ page adminstration and an ability to support the current Social Media Policy. Facebook usage is not required however it is beneficial for those interested. Populace members who would like to express their interest should email a resume and cover letter to our Google team lead +Elena Marnach​ (elenamarnach at gmail dot com) Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2015
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Greetings all,
There was recently a published article regarding the SCA's 50 Year Celebration. A number of people have voiced concerns about one small portion of the article which indicated that: "The event in Hendricks County is for members only, but... an annual membership is only $45."
Let me be clear in addressing this point of concern: a person need not be a dues paying member of the SCA to attend 50 Year; as such, no one need pay for an annual membership prior to obtaining entry to this event.
It would appear that this comment was taken out of context by the journalist as it is clear that the representative of the event wished to stress that this event was not "open to the general public" like a Renaissance Faire. In speaking to the media, even the very best journalists quote us in sound-bites and even the best representatives of the SCA can be taken out of context; as such, it is clear that the event representative was merely trying to convey that this event is open only to "members of the SCA" (meaning, individuals who attempt to dress and act in a manner and style prior to the end of the 16th Century) as opposed to those individual who have purchased memberships.
I apologize if anyone became confused or concerned by the article as the wording is easily confusing/concerning; however, I am sure that no one sincerely intended to convey that one must purchase a $45 membership prior to gaining entry. Site fees and NMS will be the only financial prerequisite to entering this much anticipated event and to be clear, one need not be a card carrying member of the SCA to attend this event.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Best regards,
A.J. Pongratz
Society Seneschal
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A great project that is helping make available a large number of books from 1473 to 1700 available to the public. The Research possibilities are endless and even more books coming soon.
The texts of the first printed editions of Shakespeare, Chaucer and Milton, as well as lesser-known titles from the early modern era, can now be freely read by anyone with an Internet connection. The U-M Library, the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries and ProQuest have made public more than 25,000 manually transcribed texts from 1473-1700 — the first 200 years of the printed book.
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SCA Announcement

February 2, 2015 Conference Call

Due to the large amount of information surrounding the additional peerage matter, the Board of Directors has decided to participate in a conference call on February 2, 2015. This is not an unusual occurrence. Conference call meetings are regularly held to help facilitate communication, especially on important issues. This meeting was scheduled for further discussion of the results, reactions, and information that came forth after the last meeting's failed vote on the peerage language change.

The Board would like to assure the membership that they are reading all the comments that have been sent to them so far on the issue. Anyone who would like their opinion heard is encouraged to write the Board at comments@sca.org.
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It might help heal some feelings if you didn't call it a "failed vote." Try somethings as simple as "the decision" or "resolution."
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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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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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Proposed Corpora Change Results - 4th Peerage

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.

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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From today's Board of Directors Meeting
The Board of Directors of SCA, Inc. believes that there are better options in terms of electronic payments in the SCA; the corporate office is moving towards an alternative payment service as rapidly as possible. As such, the Board of Directors is discontinuing its relationship with ACCEPS and ...
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SCA Announcements
Creation of the Order of Defense
Due to the large amount of information surrounding the additional peerage for rapier and cut and thrust, the Board of Directors decided to participate in a conference call on February 2, 2015. The Board received a large amount of additional comments and suggestions in the two weeks following the January 17 quarterly meeting. This was considered in addition to the first Board call for commentary on this issue.
At the February 2, 2015 special conference call meeting of the Board of Directors, the Board discussed the history of the APEC proposal process, the commentary received from the membership, and the various options available to the Board. The Order of Defense proposal was the result of many years of effort, and while the commentary from the membership opened the Board’s eyes to other options and possibilities, the Board decided at this time to reconsider the proposal to change Corpora to create the Order of Defense. During the call a motion was made and seconded to approve the changes to Corpora, and such motion passed 6 votes for and 1 against.
Motion to approve the proposed changes to Corpora that will create the new peerage, Order of Defense, and direct Laurel Sovereign of Arms to submit such name and heraldry to the heraldic comment process, with the intention of opening the Order on May 1, 2015. Voted in favor of the motion: Arthur Donadio, Andrew Coleman, John Fulton, David Keen and Lisa May. Voted against the motion: Lisa Czudnochowsky. Chairman Scott Berk exercised his option to vote and did so in favor of the motion. Motion passed.
Motion in the matter of the Order of Defense to waive the requirements of Corpora Section IV.G. that the Crown consult the members of a peerage order prior to inducting new members of that order, but only in the case of the first three (3) members of the Order of Defense. Once there are three members of the Order of Defense in a kingdom, the Crown must consult the Order per Corpora prior to adding members. Voted in favor of the motion: Arthur Donadio, Andrew Coleman, Lisa Czudnochowsky John Fulton, David Keen and Lisa May. Opposed: none. Chairman Scott Berk exercised his option to vote and did so in favor of the motion. Motion passed.
No candidate may be inducted into the Order of Defense before May 1, 2015. All candidates inducted into the Order of Defense on May 1, 2015, will carry equal precedence, regardless of the time of day each such candidate was inducted.
Five years ago, the enormous response in favor of a path to peerage was specifically focused on rapier and cut and thrust combat. When and if another martial activity engenders the response from the membership at large that rapier and cut and thrust did, when another martial activity has the depth, breadth and community as exists for rapier and cut and thrust, then the Board of Directors may investigate the possibility of facilitating a path to peerage for such martial activity.

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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#onthisday in 1547: Edward VI, aged 9, becomes king upon the death of his father Henry VIII http://ow.ly/I6bTC
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Nope, Henry 8. He was the brother of Mary and Elizabeth. I believe you are thinking of Edward 4 (IV) not Edward 6 (VI).
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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 meeting 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.
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The SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Our "Known World" consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes & workshops, and more.

This page is held and managed by the Social Media Director of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. and is considered the official presence of this office here. Questions regarding its content should be directed to socialmedia@sca.org or seneschal@sca.org. Any discrepancies between the electronic version of any information and the printed version that is available from the originating office will be decided in favor of the printed version.