Backlog Scroll Display Day Announced

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IMG_9717 (2)The Signet’s Office is organizing a Backlog Display Day at Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins:

http://www.eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3040

Many of you work hard on backlogs, and they never get to be seen because they don’t go out in court.  This is a chance to show off your beautiful work, to be recognized for it, and for the Signet Office to show its appreciation.  As a bonus, for anyone who needs a firm deadline, this will hopefully help serve for some extra motivation to get those backlogs done and out of your hair!

Please let Mistress Eva know if you’re planning on bringing (or sending) a backlog scroll to display so that we can make sure to have enough table space.

If you’re excited about the idea but don’t have a backlog assignment, Sir Antonio would be happy to provide one.

Mistress Eva will be providing fun, fabulous prizes for those who bring backlogs.

Brennan & Caoilfhionn’s Ducal Challenges to be held August 27th

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13418821_10209647711210135_3194491490166015579_nThis Saturday, the Barony of Settmour Swamp is pleased to host Brennan & Caoilfhionn’s Ducal Challenges. The day will feature prize tournaments for both armored and rapier combatants. Each combatant is asked to furnish a prize either made or sponsored (not purchased) for the prize pool.

Winners will alternate choosing prizes with the artists who made those prizes.

Their Graces goals for this event are two-fold.
1) To provide a tournament and an opportunity to train for either Crown or K&Q rapier.
2) To promote a well-rounded Kingdom, where prowess at arms walks hand in hand with excellence in the arts.

Anyone who wishes to participate, but does not have either an art to present or a combatant to represent their art, please contact Duke Brennan via brennan at hullraiser dot com.

Full details are available on the event website: http://www.eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3058

SCA Board of Directors Announces New Committee Structure to Replace Grand Council

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SCA shield logoThe message below was published Wednesday, August 24th via the SCA Board of Directors Announcements email list (announcements@lists.sca.org)

At its August 22, 2016 meeting the Board of Directors approved the development and implementation of an expanded Board committee structure to encourage and facilitate transparency, participation in and understanding of Society governance throughout the membership of the Society.

The Board shall establish Board committees to serve at the pleasure of the Board. Each of these committees will include representatives of the membership-at-large of the Society, to be nominated by the Kingdoms. A request for nomination process is expected to be in place for the initial committees in the 4th quarter of 2016. Committees to be established include the following:

  • Finance and Audit – Mission: assist the Board’s oversight of the Company’s accounting and financial reporting processes, the audit and integrity of the Company’s financial statements and the qualifications and independence of the Company’s independent auditor
  • Risk Management – Mission: Oversee insurance, legal, and related matters.
  • Nominating and Governance – Mission: recommend to the Board the persons to be nominated for appointment as directors; recommend to the Board the directors to be appointed to each committee of the Board; develop and recommend to the Board Society governance guidelines and policies
  • Communications – Mission: develop and oversee advertising; public relations; publications, social media and other communications initiatives of the Society
  • Membership – Mission: grow and sustain membership in the Society; evaluate and oversee implementation of programs and initiatives for membership support

The Board has also formed the following ad hoc committees to serve until their mission is completed in the discretion of the Board:

  • Youth Activities – Mission: Completion of design and implementation of YAFA programs
  • Technology – Mission: Prepare 5-year technology development plan for Society
  • Peerage – Mission: Review proposals for the creation of new peerage

From time to time the Board may form other ad hoc committees for special projects. The Board has the authority to dissolve or modify any committee or its membership at any time. Committee members serve at the pleasure of the Board, subject to a 3-year term limit. Initial appointments may at the discretion of the Board be for staggered terms so that the term of all such members of a committee do not expire at the same time. Committees will make recommendations to the Board and give quarterly reports. Committee members will be appointed by the Board and Committee chairs designated by the Board. Committee members at large will be nominated in response to a Request for Nomination (RFN) sent by the Board to each Kingdom Seneschal, describing the mission of the committee and suggested minimum qualifications for committee members. Kingdoms may then (within a defined period of time) nominate individuals in their Kingdom. Nominations would be made by the sitting Crown with the advice and consent of the Kingdom Seneschal.

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.

Follow-up Message from the Society Seneschal

The following was sent out by the Society Seneschal as a follow-up to his announcement of earlier this week. The original announcement can be found here.

Greetings to all Kingdom Seneschals,

There have been questions about this week’s policy requirements forwarded to all Kingdom Seneschals and I would like to address the answers to those individual questions to everyone.

First, these responsibilities for over-sight basically fall to the ranking Seneschal (i.e. the seneschal of the hosting group) in terms of events, e.g. Kingdom Seneschals need not review purchases by the Principal Herald, Marshal, Chatelaine et al. What we are talking about is acknowledging the responsibility and over-sight required of ranking seneschals when it comes to “event” contracts.

Second, all event coordinators (autocrats, stewards, et al.) are deputies to the Seneschal and as such, these individuals must be members in good standing as they are officers and agents of the SCA. In special cases, there may be a knowledgeable individual who is acting as the go between (i.e. the conduit between the SCA and the site owner/manage). In those cases, that individual must be made a deputy to the seneschal based upon their position. If an individual is working as a conduit between the Seneschal and the land owner/manager, the role of this individual must be defined, i.e. they are either the fiduciary of the SCA (an officer or agent of the SCA) or they are a fiduciary or agent of the land owner/manager. We want to avoid confusing situations. If the individual is a fiduciary of the SCA, said individual must be working exclusively to the benefit of the SCA; such a fiduciary is a person who holds a legal and ethical relationship of trust with the SCA. In short, said fiduciary is required to prudently act in the SCA’s best interest.

Third, in general, event coordinators and special deputies for an event do not need to be warranted nor must they be approved by the Crown; In some cases input into the selection of event coordinators is within the authority of the Crown or Crowns based upon multi-Kingdom treaties or specific Kingdom Law. If you are the Seneschal, you may select your deputies, but you are ultimately reasonably responsible for their actions. As such, the ranking seneschal has over-sight authority over all deputies to the office; furthermore, the ranking seneschal may replace the event coordinator for reasonable cause.

Fourth, when it comes to a review of a contract for sites or site related activities by the ranking Seneschal, the Seneschal is acting as a responsible party who has the authority and responsibility to over-see that everything is right and proper with the event. To quote Peter Parker’s uncle (Uncle Ben Parker) in Spiderman: “with great power comes great responsibility.”*

Fifth, when I speak of a Society review of a contract, we are only dealing with a very, very small percentage of contracts that require anything more than an “additional insured policy” and a security deposit. These should truly be few an far between. If there is a request for a surety or indemnification, then and only then, will the contract need to be forwarded to the Society Seneschal. In cases where there is an extraordinary request for a surety or indemnification, please allow a reasonable time for discussion between the President, VP of Corporate Operations and VP of Operations as well as our in house counsel and our insurance broker. We are not trying to be restrictive or time consuming, we are only acting to protect the SCA and your Kingdom.

Please feel free to disseminate this email. If there are any additional questions, please feel free to send those to your Kingdom Seneschal who will direct them to me.

Best regards,

A.J. Pongratz
Vice President of Operations
Society Seneschal

SCA VP of Operations Notice and Unofficial Interpretation

The Gazette requested an interpretation of this Society Seneschal’s official announcement from one of our editors to assist our readers in understanding its implications to them.  The original announcement sections are in italics and her interpretations are indicated below each section.  Our thanks to Mistress Katherine Barr for taking on this task.  The interpretation is not an official statement by the SCA.

Greetings from Mistress Katherine Barr, previous East Kingdom Seneschal.  A formal communication from the Vice President of Operations, SCA Inc. (Society Seneschal) was issued concerning contracts for events/services and insurance issues.

In an effort to streamline the information to be more readily useful for the administration of our kingdom, I provide this interpretation.

  1. In terms of contracts, only seneschals should be signing contracts for events or services. If the seneschal chooses to designate the autocrat/steward (i.e. a deputy seneschal) as the signatory to a contract, that contract must first be completely read and reviewed by the ranking seneschal before the ranking seneschal gives authority IN WRITING to the designated deputy (autocrat/steward). As such, the Kingdom Seneschal must review all contracts for Kingdom events, Principality Seneschal for Principality events or Baronial Seneschals for Baronial events; in terms of all other local events, the local group seneschal must review the contract for the event prior to granting the autocrat/steward the authority to sign the contract and this must b in writing. In the event the seneschal wishes to designate a deputy (autocrat/steward) to sign the contract, that signatory must be an actual and recognized/authorized deputy Seneschal with a valid membership (i.e. autocrat/steward) and said contract must be first reviewed by the ranking Seneschal (Kingdom Seneschal, Principality Seneschal, Baronial Seneschal et al.).

Interpretation from Katherine Barr:  The local seneschal of a group must review a contract for events or services within their respective group, be it a local group, barony, principality or kingdom.  After review by the respective seneschal, the seneschal may then either sign the contract themselves, or designate the autocrat/steward (the recognized/authorized deputy Seneschal) to sign the contract.  The designation to the autocrat/steward must be in writing and the autocrat/steward must hold a valid membership with the SCA.   The Kingdom Seneschal must review all contracts for Kingdom events.

  1. 2.  In terms of contracts calling for something other than the usual surety of a “named insured” insurance policy, the contract must be submitted to the Society Seneschal (V.P. of Operations), Renee (V.P. of Corporate Operations and the President of the SCA.  If the written contracts calls for any surety, indemnification, provision for repayment or action in furtherance of acting to bind the SCA Inc. to some known or unknown liability, then that contract must be submitted to the Society Seneschal, Renee and President. This excludes security deposits  We are currently dealing with a landowner who is requiring something other than a “named insured” policy and this requirement of indemnification/additional surety is causing a great deal of concern.  As such, if you see something in a contract that proposes that the SCA accept some form of liability (anticipated or not anticipated), acceptance of indemnification, offer of a surety– in short, anything that is not a simple and usual “named insured” policy– you must forward that contract. If you are unsure about a contract, send it to me for review. Trust me, no one wants to explain why the SCA is now on the hook for something either anticipated or not anticipated pursuant to a contract, i.e. in this case, it is paramount that permission is sought prior to the signing of this type of contract.

Interpretation from Katherine Barr:  Contracts for events or services may have additional clauses for surety, indemnification, provision for repayment or action in furtherance of acting to bind the SCA Inc. to some known or unknown liability.   In essence, this means that a clause is put into a contract that may make the SCA liable for known or unknown occurrences.  If a contract proposes that the SCA accept any form of anticipated or not anticipated form of liability, acceptance of indemnification, offer of surety, or other responsibility beyond the usual “named insured” policy, then the contract must be forwarded for approval prior to being signed.

This section requires that the contract be sent to the Society Seneschal (V.P. of Operations), Renee Signorotti (V.P. of Corporate Operations) and the President of the SCA.  However, as this communication appears to be written to the Kingdom Seneschals, it is unclear as to who should be forwarding the contract to these individuals.  This is an issue for the Kingdoms.  However, if I was a local seneschal and came across a contract issue of this nature, I would forward it to the regional seneschal for clarification of who would be responsible to send the contract for review.  In any case, permission to sign the contact from the Society Seneschal (V.P. of Operations), Renee Signorotti (V.P. of Corporate Operations) and the President of the SCA must be received prior to signing the contract.

This portion of the communication does not apply to security deposits or the standard adding a “named insured” to the policy.

  1. 3.  This is a reminder in view of the theft of golf carts this year…always obtain insurance for all moveable items rented as anything moveable can be stolen; this includes but is not limited to golf carts, rented trailers, rented trucks et al.  If it has wheels, ask the renting agency to provide us with the opportunity to seek insurance.  Stolen moveable items are not covered by the SCA’s insurance and the cost of the stolen item will be the responsibility of the group hosting the event.

Interpretation from Katherine Barr:  Whenever moveable items are rented from a third party, including but not limited to golf carts, rented trailers and/or rented trucks, insurance should be obtained from the renting agency.  If a moveable item is stolen, it is not covered by the SCA’s insurance, and the cost of the stolen item will be the responsibility of the group hosting the event.

  1. Equestrian insurance if acquired [sic] if there are any horses present at any event or demo (demonstration); even if it is just one horse for people to view in an enclosed arena, equestrian insurance must be obtained. Horses and their “accidents” are considered strict liability under the law because horses are inherently dangerous, i.e. even if we are not negligent, the SCA will be liable. Even if there is a single horse present at an event, Equestrian Insurance must be obtained. If there is no equestrian insurance and someone wants to bring their horse to the event, that horse is prohibited from entry in terms of the event. If you are unsure about the circumstances, please contact me immediately.

Interpretation from Katherine Barr:  Equestrian insurance is required and must be obtained if there are any horses present at any event or demo, even if it is just one horse, and regardless of the reason the horse(s) is/are present at the event or demo. If equestrian insurance has not been obtained, horses are prohibited from entry to the event/demo.

Without the required equestrian insurance, the SCA will be liable for any damages caused by horses as under the law, they are considered inherently dangerous and strict liability will be applied.

At this time, I am not an officer of the SCA, and this is strictly my interpretation of the formal communication

Pennsic 45 War Point Totals

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Allied Champions Battle

Allied Champions Battle

The planned war points for this year’s Pennsic were changed slightly due to accessibility issues with the woods and the extreme heat index.  Both woods battles were cancelled.  A substitute heavy list battle was fought, but martial activities were canceled for the time when a substitute rapier battle would have been fought.  Instead of the planned 28 points, there were a possible 27 points.  The East took 24 of those points.  A detailed chart of the war points follows.

War Points

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Updated Information from Their Highnesses on Pollings

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Photo by Lady Lavina Attewode

Members of Our Noble Orders:

As we mentioned at our order meetings at Pennsic, it has come to our attention that several recommendations were not picked up during our first polling. To fix this issue and to make sure everyone recommended is on the polls, here is what we are going to do.

First
We will be extending the due date of the current 1st poll one week so it is now due August 29th at 11:59 PM.

Second
We will send out a second polling with the missing recommendations in the next few days.

Third
We will likely do a third Polling at some point following coronation.

In general, we will send out all recommendations that we receive in order to gain feedback on any candidate. We trust you, Our Orders of High Merit and Peerage to give us the feedback We need to make informed decisions.

Thanks you for your patience and participation. If you have any questions about this or any other matter, please feel free to contact us.

In Service to the East,

Brion Princeps
Anna Principessa

Polling Award Recommendations Due August 22nd

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Editor’s Note: Since this article was published, Their Highnesses have announced a change in the polling schedule. Updated information is available here.
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Polling Orders: Prince Brion and Princess Anna’s first polling of awards is due on the 22nd of August 2016. Please send Them your recommendations no later than this date, and, as always, early is better.

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