Job Opening: Society Chatelaine

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The Society for Creative Anachronism Inc. is accepting applications for the position of Society Chatelaine.

The Society Chatelaine is the officer responsible for training, advising and coordinating public outreach, newcomer acquisition, acclimation and retention for the SCA. This officer is currently a deputy to the Society Seneschal. Duties include:

• Coordinating and monitoring the efforts of kingdom chatelaines/hospitallers

• Developing and maintaining materials for recruitment, newcomer orientation and retention, and local officer training.

• Maintaining a knowledge base for SCA demos, as well as monitoring compliance with the SCA demo policy/guidelines document.

• Work closely with other Society-level officers to create, implement, and monitor Society-wide marketing efforts aimed at new member acquisition and member retention.

• Performing other duties assigned by the Board or Society Seneschal as directed.

Successful candidates for this position must have demonstrated leadership skills, problem-solving expertise, and experience with project management.  A basic understanding of membership marketing principles and chapter development is strongly suggested.

Applicants should be able to travel to other Kingdoms as necessary and have easy access to phone, mail, and reliable e-mail. An applicant must be a paid member of the Society and must be able to meet quarterly reporting deadlines in a timely manner.

This position presents the opportunity to help preserve the rich traditions of the Society and assure its future by assisting in recruiting and retaining newcomers. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to help introduce people to this game and will have long term, positive impact on thousands of participants across the world.

As the SCA is the largest historic recreation organization in the world, with a membership of over 30,000 across the globe, the successful candidate will be assuming a role which not only offers the opportunity to grow the SCA, but to obtain significant professional experience, despite it being an unpaid position.

Chatelaine will begin working with the outgoing Chatelaine in April 2019, in preparation for taking over the position in July 2019.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to Jennifer Krochmal, Society Chatelaine via e-mail at chatelaine@sca.org.

Résumés, including SCA offices held and awards received, must be sent via email to resumes@sca.org. Résumés must be received by March 15, 2019.  

If you choose to send in comments, please use the subject “Society Chatelaine Position Feedback”

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.

Market Day at Birka News

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Art by Hlafdige Arastorm the Golden, commissioned for the event site book

The 30th Market Day at Birka is approaching, and the staff would like to offer some additional information about the event for your planning convenience.

We’d like to start of by reminding you that this year the event is 3 days long – Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.  As this is new, Sunday activities are limited – merchants will be open until 3 pm. There are no other scheduled activities on Sunday except for Kingdom Curia, starting at 9 am.  Because this is new, not all merchants will be staying for Sunday, so to avoid disappointment if you want to visit someone specific, we recommend trying to squeeze them in on Saturday.

The merchant book listing who is attending is now available on the event web site:  Birka Merchant List

If you are attending the entire weekend, Sunday is included in your base event fee.  There is a reduced fee for anyone who just comes for merchants on Sunday.  Also please note that if you are only coming for Curia on Sunday morning, you will be asked to sign the event waiver, but do not have to pay a site fee.

The hotel is under new ownership this year, and there are changes from last year.  Most are minor, but we want to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

  • Pet policy – the hotel remains pet friendly, but pets are no longer allowed in function spaces (the expo center, the armory, the meeting rooms, etc.)  They must remain in your room.  Service animals remain welcome – any questions about them should be directed to the hotel.
  • Elevator use restrictions – the hotel has modified the elevators to require a room key for access to upper floors. The mezzanine can still be accessed by anyone who needs or prefers to avoid using the stairs.
  • Lobby lounge restriction – The area of the lobby surrounding the fireplace has been converted into a lounge which is available only to members of Hilton’s Honors program at the gold and higher levels.  This is a policy of the hotel chain, and not something we can change.
  • Food options:
    • JD’s Tavern has closed. It will be re-opened as an additional restaurant called The Penstock when renovations are complete.  For our convenience this weekend, it will be open for bar service (drinks and a limited food menu) only.
    • A new hotel restaurant, The Current, will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the space adjacent to the lobby where the royal room was formerly located.  It offers typical hotel food at average hotel price ranges.
    • Lunch and dinner are also available at the bar section of The Current in the lobby where the breakfast cafe was under the old management.
    • As in previous years, food concessions will be open in the expo center and outside the armory for lunch on Saturday, and only outside the Expo center for lunch on Sunday.
  • Other changes are largely cosmetic – the carpet is new, there are fewer plants, etc.  Most of the actual staff have remained unchanged.

You can view a floor plan of the hotel here, on their web site:  First Floor and Mezzanine layout

Also the Gate Staff would like to remind you that if you are bringing a minor who is not your own child or under your legal guardianship, you must arrange the proper waivers ahead of time. https://www.sca.org/docs/waivers.html. See the bottom section about medical authorization. We do not want to have to disappoint anyone by turning them away, but SCA policy leaves us no discretion in this area.

And, to end on a good note, parking should be easier this year.  There are hockey games at the nearby Southern New Hampshire University Arena which shares the parking garage with us, but they do not start until later afternoon on Saturday, so we expect substantially less competition for space in the parking garage than in the past several years.

We look forward to seeing you next weekend,

The Market Day at Birka Staff

Job Announcement – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

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SCA shield logo[Correction – per a follow-up email on the official announcement list, the Gazette has corrected the deadline for resumes to read April 1, 2019.]

The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (SCA) is seeking candidates for the position of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer.  This is a volunteer position reporting to the President of the SCA.  The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer is responsible for recognizing, creating, and implementing plans to promote diversity and inclusion to create an atmosphere where all people feel welcome and valued.  A significant part of the role is promoting and offering Board approved officer training programs to enhance understanding of inclusion issues.

Your responsibilities as the Diversity and Inclusion Officer will include:

  • Researching and advising the board on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues.
  • Suggest policies relating to diversity, inclusion, and corresponding affected areas.
  • Identifying external trends and recognizing best practices which will increase diversity in our membership.
  • Work with officers of the SCA to improve our diversity and inclusion practices
  • Prepare diversity, equity, and inclusion training for officers.
  • Review the organizations policies and procedures to ensure that these are inclusive.

Requirements for this position:

  • Knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues.
  • Some policy development experience.
  • Dependable email and phone access.
  • Strong communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with the operating documents of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
  • Some social media experience.

Applicants must be paid members of the Society; be prepared to submit to an SCA background check; and be able to travel to board meetings as approved by the board.

Hard copies of résumés (both professional and SCA related, including offices held and honors) must be sent to the attention of ‘The Board of Directors’, SCA, Inc., P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789.  Electronic courtesy copies should also be sent to resumes@sca.org by April 1, 2019.

If you choose to send in comments, please use the subject “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer  Position Feedback”

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.

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.

Backlog Scrolls Available for pick up at The Market Day at Birka!

A message from the Backlog Deputy of the Tyger Clerk of the Signet
Greetings! I’m Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir (known by most as Feilinn), your Backlog Deputy. I have another batch of backlog scrolls ready for delivery to their recipients.

Backlog scrolls will be available for pick-up in person at the Market Day at Birka in the Barony of Stonemarche. As I will not be able to attend, Baroness Marieta Charay will be the point of contact for pick-up and drop off of any scrolls for this event. She will be in the Expo Hall merchant area at the Kellswood Krafts booth coordinating backlogs from 1-3pm on Saturday. Anyone who has previous emailed me in the past week for a Birka pick-up is all set and your scroll is packed (not listed below).

Since I am not able to personally be at the event, it is required that an email be sent to the Backlog Deputy (backlog.deputy@eastkingdom.org) to confirm that you will be picking up a scroll so it can be packed for transport. More pickups will be organized as the year goes on. Local landed Barons/Baronesses and Seneschals are encouraged to pick up scrolls on behalf of members in their local groups if they know the recipient and the recipient cannot make these events. If you want to arrange pick up outside of these events, please email the Backlog Deputy to discuss. All official communication must be done via email so please do not use social media messaging to discuss scrolls.

The following scrolls have been completed and are awaiting pick up:

Recipient Award Royalty
Adhemar the Arbiter – Silver Tyger Brion & Anna
Aidan of La Familia Gladiatoria – Troubadour Ioannes & Honig
Aislinn Finnvanna of Leioness – Court Barony Lucan & Marieke
Alaxandair Mórda mac Mata – Award of Arms
Aminha of Songhay – Court Barony w/ GOA Andreas & Gabriella
Astrid Olafsdottir – Award of Arms Hanse & Moruadh
Aurigne Amordeppe – Award of Arms Darius & Roxane
Bergsvienn of Owlsherst – Tigers Combatant Brennan & Caoilfhionn
Caitlin – Award of Arms Thorsen & Svava
Caitrina Gordon – Burdened Tyger Edward & Thyra
Caius Pontus – Troubadour Ioannes & Honig
Cassius Pontianus – Silver Brooch Brennan & Caoilfhionn
Ce’ol of Glenwood – Troubadour Ioannes & Honig
Christiana of Hampton – Tyger’s Cub Kelson & Geneviere
Ciaran d’alleherien – Silver Tyger Kenric & Avelina
Concobahr Mac Lughdach – Award of Arms Griffyth & Aikaterine
Damian the Magyar – Maunche Balfar & Luna
Declan Mac Aodhagain – Award of Arms Brennan & Caoilfhionn
Dmitri Stephanovich – Silver Brooch Ivan & Matilde
Domiana d’Acurio – Award of Arms Timothy & Gabrielle
Donal of Newcastle-on-Tyne – Award of Arms Timothy & Gabrielle
Dorian de San Kalogero – Award of Arms Tsurunaga & Genvieve
Duncan Stewart McBain – Award of Arms Lucan & Caitlin
Fiachra Failroch – Award of Arms Darius & Roxane
Finnegan Aldwald – Award of Arms Brennan & Caoilfhionn
Gunnar Alfson – Silver Tyger Kenric & Avelina
Hashiji Morikatsu – Silver Tyger Brennan & Caoilfhionn
Hrotger of Aujum – Award of Arms Ioannes & Honig
Ioannes Valerius Severus – Silver Tyger Brennan & Caoilfhionn
Ivan d’Feigorff – Award of Arms Timothy & Gabrielle
Ivar Volosatoi – Chivalry Lucan & Jana
Jabril al Dakhil – Court Barony Brennan & Caoilfhionn
James of York – Award of Arms Brennan & Caoilfhionn
Juliote de Castlenou D’Arry – Silver Wheel Ivan & Matilde
Karina Newald – Award of Arms Timothy & Gabrielle
Maeve O’Cleary – Award of Arms Ivan & Matilde
Magdalena Carminate – Sliver Wheel Kenric & Avelina
Marcus D’Orleans – Silver Wheel Ivan & Matilde
Meabh of Hawkridge – Award of Arms Edward & Thyra
Pamela Wise Award of Arms – Wilhelm & Vienna
Piers Cressner – Award of Arms Ivan & Matilde
Rafi al-Qasid – Silver Tyger Ivan & Matilde
Razvan Fokovich Volkov – Award of Arms Ivan & Matilde
Robert of Sugarbush – Queens Honor of Distinction Isabella
Rowan of Westwood – Award of Arms Kelson & Geneviere
Sophia von Eisental – Tyger’s Cub Hanse III & Olivia
Thora Ravenhair – Silver Crescent Balfar & Luna
Urraka al-Tha’labiyya – Award of Arms Kenric & Avelina
Vargus Ulfr – Silver Wheel Kenric & Avelina
Wolfgang Krausfaher (was Ivan Jarnev) – Award of Arms Bjorn & Morgen
Zhigmun’ Czypsser – Tigers Combatant Brennan & Caoilfhionn

*What is a backlog scroll? Sometimes an award is given out at a court and there is no scroll available to give the recipient. This could be due to transportation issues of the scroll or even that the royalty decided to grant a spur of the moment award to a deserving gentle. When this happens, the reign’s heraldic staff records this and sends it to the Signet staff in their court reports. The awards that should have had a scroll generated become backlogs and are assigned out to volunteer scribes to work on in between live assignments.

Creating Community At Events

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For the East Kingdom 50th Year event, Duchess Avelina wanted a Town Center where people could gather. The concept was a success despite the oppressive heat, and we want to encourage autocrats to try variations of it at their own events. This is a summary of what we learned creating the Town Center. EK 50 Year was a large camping event, but the ideas are adaptable to any event that has space.

Speakers at the “Growing Up in the SCA” panel

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First Polling for Prince Ozurr and Princess Fortune Sent, Due February 3rd

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arms East PrinceThe First Polling by Prince Ozurr and Princess Fortune was sent out to members of the polling orders on the morning of Monday, January 14th.

If you are a member of one of the following orders, and you have signed up to receive your order polling via email, a link to the current polling was sent to you this morning.

Polling Orders:
Order of Chivalry
Order of the Laurel
Order of the Pelican
Order of Defense

Order of the Silver Crescent
Order of the Maunche
Order of the Tyger’s Combatant
Order of the Sagittarius
Order of the Golden Rapier
Order of the Golden Lance
Order of the Golden Mantle

It is important to remember that there are separate discussion lists and polling lists for each order, and you must be subscribed to the polling email list in order to get your polling via email. Visit http://www.eastkingdom.org to sign up for the polling and the discussion lists. Note that all requests to subscribe to these lists are verified by the moderator before you will be subscribed.

If you are unable to receive polls via email or reply to polls electronically, a copy of the poll may be obtained by contacting Her Highness, Princess Fortune.

The Polling will close on Sunday, February 3rd at 11:59 pm EST.

Unofficial Court Report: Baronial Investiture at Buckland Cross

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It is not often that a new Barony is made, however, on this day, the 15th day in the month of December, Anno Societatis 53, called in the Common Era 2018, the East Kingdom would do exactly that. For the first time in five years, since the making of the Barony of Endewearde, there would be a brand new Barony.

When Their Majesties arrived, the hustle and bustle of preparing was well under way, and it wasn’t long until Their morning court was opened. There was but one piece of business for this morning – the investiture of the very first Baron and Baroness of Buckland Cross. The herald then welcomed Aurddeilen-ap-Robet and Sigridh Bengstdotter to present themselves before Their Majesties.

A grand procession entered into the hall, with banners and boasts from the herald, Violante Valeriano, about both herding cats and loving kittens, Aurddeilen and Sigridh made their way to stand before King Wilhelm and Queen Vienna. Their Majesties spoke about how honored They were to be installing the premier Baron and Baroness of this new Barony, and these two gentles in particular. Oaths where then sworn, and beautiful coronets made by Master Muin maqq Minain where placed upon their heads, and Aurddeilen-ap-Robet and Sigridh Bengstdotter became the first Baron and Baroness of Buckland Cross. Continue reading

East Kingdom Curia Agenda Now Available

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arms EastThe agenda for Their Majesties’ upcoming Curia at Birka is now available on the Seneschal’s web site, with a supplemental statement from the East Kingdom Council of the Exchequer, at seneschal.eastkingdom.org/curia.php

Please note the time change. Curia will begin at 9:00 am.

in service,

Lady Eadgyth of Steyning
Clerk of the Laws, East Kingdom Seneschal’s Office

East Kingdom Curia (the official review of the laws and policies of the East Kingdom) will be held on Sunday, January 27th at A Market Day at Birka in the Barony of Stonemarche, in Manchester, NH. More information about what Curia is and how it works can be found on the web page for curia, linked above. 

Knowne World Historic Combat Studies Symposium at Lilies War June 7-11, 2019

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Come join us in the heartland for the SCA’s first symposium for studying the arts and sciences aspect of historic combat! The symposium will take place as part of the opening weekend of Lilies War (June 7-16) and provide a series of focused classes and hands on workshops focused on the A&S side of medieval and renaissance combat.

These topics include but are not limited to the study of historic combat techniques – including weapons and techniques that are not part of SA marshal activities; military history; and the creation of armor, weapons, archery equipment, and equestrian equipment.

Fighting activities (rattan, fencing, and archery) will emphasize the historic aspects of combat and attendees will also be welcome to join Calontir for everything else that Lilies War has to offer! Plenty of camping space is available and dogs are allowed.

Kelsey Short Youth Camp
17980 Collins Road
Smithville, MO 64809

Event Stewards
Duke Damien MacGavin
Master Kirk Fitzdavid
Mistress Rhianwen ferch Bran ap Gruffydd
Count Fernanco Rodriguez de Falcon
Email: stewards@lilieswar.org

Symposium Coordinator
Master Gawin Kappler
Email: jjshafferjr@gmail.com

Hospitality Coordinator
Baron Galen MacColmain
Email: galenb3r@gmail.com

Website
www.lilieswar.org

 

-THFool Dagonell the Juggler

Eastern Results from the October 2018 LoAR

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badge HeraldEASTERN RESULTS FROM THE OCTOBER 2018 LoAR

The Society College of Arms runs on monthly cycles and letters. Each month, the College processes name and armory submissions from all of the Kingdoms. Final decisions on submissions are made at the monthly meetings of the Pelican Queen of Arms (names) and the Wreath King of Arms (armory). Pelican and Wreath then write up their decisions in a Letter of Acceptances and Return (LoAR). After review and proofreading, LoARs generally are released two months after the meeting where the decisions are made.

An “acceptance” indicates that the item(s) listed are now registered with the Society. A “return” indicates that the item is returned to the submitter for additional work. Most items are registered without comments. Sometimes, the LoAR will address specific issues about the name or armory or will praise the submitter/herald on putting together a very nice historically accurate item.

The following results are from the October 2018 Wreath and Pelican meetings.

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